Vincent (Starry Starry Night) – Slide Show

Here is the slide show of Van Gogh paintings with a soundtrack of Don McLean singing “Vincent”. Originally posted as a storyline on our forum several years ago by abeille and put to music in our streaming music section, modern technology and youtube allow us to present the high quality ‘video’ version (requires flash).


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  1. I love them individually and together-the art AND the musical storytelling. One master making another more accessible.

    Van Gogh’s work has always spoken to me and moved me, frightened me and elated me, on a very deep, primal level, like watching the output of a prodigious/insane child with a box of magic crayons.

  2. I always thought this was just a nice song – watching this and listening to the emotion in Don McLean’s voice, it sends a chill through me. I appreciate both the music and the paintings far more than I ever had. Thank you for the beauty of the music and the man.

  3. I also would like to download / buy the slide show with the music. How can I get it? I saw yesterday the exhibition in ALBERTINA in Vienna and was guided through all the pictures … it was phantastic!

  4. I cry every time I hear this song, and your beautiful video
    just heightens the experience.

    This summer I had the chance of a lifetime to travel in
    France, chaperoning a trip of high school students. Travel-
    ing in Arles and St. Remy helped me realize why Vincent
    painted the landscapes with those thick forceful painting
    techniques. He was able to capture the movement of the fields,
    the amazing sunflower fields, and the cypress trees that are
    planted to block the constant Mistral wind.

    In Arles, stood where Vincent was standing when he painted
    “Starry Night over the Rhone River” It was just a short walk
    from his “Yellow House’ to the river with the bridge in the
    distance. I also stood where he was when he painted “Cafe
    at Night” and the one of the hospital garden — the one with
    the arches. When we got back on the bus, our guide put on
    this amazingly beautiful song. I was unable to hold back my
    tears. Most of the students also were also emotionally
    moved by the experience.

    I thank you, Don McClean for sharing your talent and being a
    part of my world.

  5. I can never hear this song often enough. It is so moving, so evocative, particularly when coupled with the images of van Gogh’s paintings which helped to inspire the lyrics. My grandfather, Otis Oldfield, was a painter in France in the early 1900s and later in San Francisco, upon his return to the States. He, too, was underappreciated in his own time. Perhaps for this reason (and my Menière’s Syndrome), I feel some kinship to van Gogh, albeit undeserved.

    Thank you, Don McLean, for your loving tribute to this tortured man who had so much to offer, and offers it still. Perhaps, largely due to your beautiful song, I think they’re listening, now.

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