Friday, March 23, 2012

My Favorite Things / Buffett & Gauguin

Tonight's My Favorite Thing Tour was great...such a nice group. We spent the tour discussing the connections between Jimmy Buffett and Gauguin and their very different quests for paradise.

When I first saw the Gauguin exhibit, a soundtrack of Jimmy Buffett began to play in my head. At first, it seemed highly inappropriate but the more I thought about it, the less strange it seemed. Born a hundred years apart (technically 98), they share many superficial similarities but the most important is that both were/are driven by a desire to find paradise, free of the constraints of Western mores. 

For this tour, I handed out some suggested pairings of Buffett songs to go with some of Gauguin's paintings based on complimentary lyricality. I don't think even a handful of people on the tour knew who Jimmy Buffett, which added an extra layer of ridiculousness to my premise. 
Guaguin's Coastal Landscape from Martinique
Buffett's One Particular Harbor

Gauguin's Arii Matamoe (The Royal End)
Buffett's King of Somewhere Hot

Gaugin's Female Nude with Sunflowers (Femme Caraïbe)
Buffett's Cheeseburger in Paradise

Gauguin's Women of Tahiti (Femmes de Tahiti)
Buffett's Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw?

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