—– Leah Jay, Artist —–

A Thousand Days of Thunder

“A Thousand Days of Thunder” 24 x 12 inches. Yarn, acrylic, and felt. $230.

A Thousand Days of Thunder, a yarn painting by Leah Jay
This yarn art piece as well as many others can be found at KALEID Gallery in downtown San Jose, California, on 4th street between City Hall and the MLK Library. Map


As a Californian, I’ve been glad for the recent rains. I don’t think it’s possible to rain “too much” this year, at least when it comes to refilling reservoirs and restoring ground water levels. This piece represents the contrast between the blue sky above the cloud cover, and the dark storm below.

For the title, there are a lot of things I could have named it. However, I think I’m pretty stuck on Kishi Bashi lyrics lately. His music inspires me, plus he’s a better poet than I am. It’s from “Unicorns Die When You Leave” – which is very quick, upbeat, and fanciful.

“Check check
A cherry fruit roll up in the evergreens
A reminiscent dissent, have you did the scene
I came from the valley of fake dates and lovers and I’m never going back again
I woke up fresher than a honeydew
I make it brew (hoo hoo!) in the city view
When the rain comes I pick up and pack up my boogie and I float down the bou-le-view

When you fell to your knees and you’re aiming to please well look up right now
‘Cause everything is looking alright, and it’s prime time, you’re looking to be breaking in the evening news
Cause it’s your fight, and nothing falls far quicker than your body in a lake of booze
And if you’re following all the rules, it ain’t nothing cool cause you’re a fool

I’m feeling silly green, like a can of peas
*A thousand days of thunder cracking in my jeans
I ran to the back of the flat town bodega just to see you in a magazine
I took you home with some Philadelphia cream cheese
I read it and spread it on the back of page 3
I found the space for your face on the cream case and I’ve got all I need
Cause I didn’t know when I would see you again in the flesh and blood

But everything is looking alright, and it’s prime time, you’re looking to be breaking in the evening news
Cause it’s your fight, and nothing falls far quicker than your body in a lake of booze
Baby alright, and I’ll be thinking of you when I walk down the bou-le-view

When you broke, you made all the magic gone, I laid it down, and murdered our favorite friend

Sleep, and dream your way back to me
I’ll sell my soul, and resurrect her again

When you broke, you made all the magic gone
I laid it down, I murdered a unicorn
And if you sleep, and dream your way back to me
I’ll sell my soul, and resurrect our unicorn
Baby alright, and I’ll be thinking of you…”
– K. Ishibashi

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