Sunday, January 25, 2015

For A´ That / Trotz Alledem

When I first saw this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge theme "Robert Burns Night", I thought it would be a hard one, but then I thought of all those lovely Burns songs I´ve listened to at the age of 15-25 when I was a big fan of Scottish and Irish folk music ... (I still am, but I listen to a lot of other stuff nowadays).
So the difficulty was to decide which song to use - Auld Lang Syne? Ae Fond Kiss? John Barleycorn?
I decided to go with "For A´ That", one of my favourite political songs both in English and German:

"For a´ that, an´ a´ that,
It´s coming yet for a´ that,
That Man to Man, the world o´er
Shall brothers be for a´ that."
(you can listen to my favourite version of this song by Five Hand Reel here)

This song is about Scotland´s independance and also about the abolishment of slavery, it´s a song about freedom. If you´re German, you may know it as "Trotz alledem", a well-known song/poem written by Ferdinand Freiligrath after the failure of the 1848 revolution in Germany, based on Robert Burns´ famous song. Take a minute and listen to it here.
For my postcard, I´ve used stamps from MadRat, Enchanted Ink, Darkroom Door, MaVinci, Oxford Impressions, Art Impressions, and VivaLasVegas.

7 comments:

Ozstuff said...

A lovely tribute to Robbie Burns (I am an English speaker but have problems with a lot of his Scottish words!)

Mandy Chilvers said...

fabulous postcard Marion

Linda Gibbons said...

Great card, Marion.

Karla B said...

We do have a lot of things in common.Literature is tattoed on our souls, my friend!Lovely take on the theme!

Diane said...

Super-- love the lettering!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Beautiful colors in this!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wonderful imagery and a powerful message, thanks for sharing!