Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) Composed & performed by Don McleanRead the short stories below and then listen and watch this incredible story, song,and artwork unfold."Vincent”, a song by Don McLean, written as a tribute to Vincent VanGogh. It is also known by its opening line, "Starry, Starry Night," areference to Van Gogh’s painting "Starry Night.” The song describesdifferent paintings by Van Gogh. Don McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971after reading a book about the life of the artist. The following year the songbecame the #1 hit in the U.K. and #12 in the U.S.Starry Night’ was painted during the time Van Gogh was in an asylum.He sold only one painting during his lifetime, as his genius was notrecognized. Thats perhaps what caused him to fall into an abyss ofdepression, which eventually led to his suicide in 1890 at the age of 37.He said in his final note that he was shooting himself ”for the good ofall”. How tragic to have felt so hopeless and not understood in spite ofbeing so gifted!
Starry, starry night,paint your palette blue and gray.