As with most parodies, Purple Stain started out to be humorous. However, the lyrics took a turn toward the more serious aspects of life. Purple Stain was inspired by Holly at House of Heart in the Fall of 2020 when we were commenting back and forth on images and poetry. I thought for a long time about how to do a video to go with the song. I finally worked it out.
Many of us don’t fit “Normal” as defined by Miriam Webster*:
- Conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern: characterized by that which is considered usual, typical, or routine.
- According with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, procedure, or principle.
- Approximating the statistical average or norm.
- Generally free from physical or mental impairment or dysfunction: exhibiting or marked by healthy or sound functioning.
- Not exhibiting defect or irregularity.
- Within a range considered safe, healthy, or optimal.
For we who have fallen outside almost all of the above definitions of “normal” at one time or another throughout our lifetimes for various reasons that are often outside of our control, we have dealt with “normal” people who do not understand the issues surrounding the problems we have had, problems we have to deal with continually, and the problem of being different and trying to fit into a “normal” world.
By Timothy Price
Inspired by Holly Rene Hunter
Cleverly we put off until tomorrow
Wearily the things that make us go insane
Fondly running into the waves and splashing
Fondly raising our glasses, waking with a purple stain
Purple stain, Purple stain
Are we insane? So insane
Purple rain, Purple stain
So here we are scrubbing and washing out that purple stain.
Forever longing wanting to be like others
Our sensitivities make us like the strangest friends
Unfortunately we feel our sensibilities are plundered
Again the same our glasses raised as we pretend
Purple stain, Purple stain
Are we insane? So insane
Purple stain, Purple stain
Funny how we see, we see how things are changing purple stain
You and I we need to live as two
Look! Something new
That time we had to greet her
She stared at us like we’re insane
I thought you were going to lose it
As it was all about it was all about our purple stain
Purple stain, Purple stain
Are we insane? So insane
Let’s get us out of here purple oh the pain
Walking hand in hand
We only want, we only want our sanity
We only want our sanity
Storm clouds built up in the early afternoon, with a constant rumble of thunder as the clouds rolled in. I took the above photo at 1:30 pm and the temperature was 81ºF (27.2ºC). Thirty minutes later the clouds pelted us with hail and heavy rain that lasted for thirty minutes or so. The temperature fell to 55ºF (12.7ºC) in a matter of minutes. Needless to say, our poor peonies got beaten up by the hail.
90 thoughts on “Purple Stain”
Another gem! Sorry about the hail and your peonies. I had a gentle rain but no hail. The temperature drop was impressive here too.
Thanks, Susan. Laurie’s parents said they got over an inch of rain with the hail.
A fantastic storm cloud photo and a thought-provoking video!
A good video, Tim. There are no bounds to your creativity!
I love those storm clouds, but dread hail.
Thanks, Lavinia. It’s nice to get the rain, but I can always do without the hail.
91 and clear skies today. Not a cloud in sight.
That’s quite toasty for your part of the world.
And it’s only June 1st. It’s supposed to still be raining at this time of year, but tapering off.
love this inspiration Timothy with your amazing lyrics inspired by Holly.
That picture is INSANE!!!
Thanks, Cindy. I’m happy you liked it. The clouds were threatening and they delivered on their threat.
Send the love our way❣️❣️
we need it❣️
Ah Timothy, as with Resa, you had me at Holly. Great post.
I’m sure this song will haunt me the rest of the day… Great post, Tim!
Thanks, Herman. I hope it’s not too troublesome for you?
No no… I prefer your lyrics from now on… 😉
I’m happy to hear that.
I feel absolutely well in your world of pelting purple rain! Many thanks, Timothy:)
Oh, Tim, I love this! Song, inspiration, mix and imagery in the video! Many if us certainly don’t fit that term and I’d say, fortunately.
On the image, I was blown away by the sureal feel of it, as if it came out of a Tolkien story!
Thanks, Marina. We are blessed to live outside the norm. But the norm doesn’t always deal well with it. The clouds looked mean before my eyes, but it’s amazing what the clouds looked like after I filtered out the haze.
Well, tough! We’re good in ‘our norm” so… 😉 Clouds were extraordinary!
A most inspiring work, Tim. And what a striking rapid temperature drop. Wonder what the owls thought, and where they took cover from the hail.
Thanks, Maj & Sher. The cottonwoods thick branches that grow in different directions offer the owls a lot of protections.
I enjoyed the parody, the video, and your thoughts about normal. The latter got me thinking about myself and I tend to have a different view/opinion than others – outside the norm – especially during my working years.
Thanks, Frank. I know what you mean. And your views were probably considered “wrong!” I’m still there, doing that.
After I changed professions, I knew I had arrived when I was at a local professional meeting and I was disagreeing with most of the people making comments.
I hear you on that.
Wow! Those clouds! Sorry about the hail.
Such scary clouds and sky!
They delivered on their threat. Thanks, Yellow Cable.
WOW. This is exceptional Timothy. You made my day.
Thanks, Gabriela. I makes me happy to make your day. Give you sweet kitties a hug for me.
My pleasure. I will. Seriously this is spectacular. You are a star. Everyone in this house applauds you!
I appreciate it.
Reblogged this on House of Heart.
Thanks, Holly. I appreciate it.
It’s so my pleasure dear Timothy. I love this!
You are great inspiration. Not that you are insane by “normal” standards of insane, but an insanely great poet, lovely person, and one of my idols because you Old Route 66 on a Harley. That’s like so insanely cool!
A little bit insane never hurt anyone, and I got to be included in Purple Stain. If I get back on Rte 66 I’ll tip my helmet to you and Albuquerque.
Total sanity is boring.
I’ll always love Purple Stain! The memory is driving me insane…I can’t refrain from
re-blogging before this tops the charts.🎵 Purple Stain, Purple Stain….🎵
If I ever get back on old Route 66 I’ll tip my hat to you and Albuquerque!
I would love that.
I wanted to see how “abnormal” you were, so I played your video without sound. I’d say you’re more irreverent than abnormal. Irreverence is not an abnormality, provided you know how to turn it off. If you do not know how to turn it off, then you are (fill in the blank).
Maybe you should try playing Purple Stain, All Day and All Night Through, Canonical Day, Wood Duck Daze, and Life’s Habit all at the same time and see if you can remain “normal” and “sane”. Thanks, David.
The video didn’t come over to House of Heart…what does it mean? 🙂 Sending hugs!
That’s because the video doesn’t get loaded to your site. I just uploaded the video to YouTube at https://youtu.be/WTDWpRDS1fc. You can embed it on your post from YouTube.
I went there for it and added the URL, it wouldn’t open but still
A path to it. 😊
Replace the link with the flowing script, but leave off the first and last quotation marks. The script will embed the video in your post: “
Perfect! Thank you Timothy!
That works well.
You are a fabulous asset for the tech challenged!
Love this! Way to go Tim & Holly!
Thanks, Resa. You and the AGMs give me all kinds of inspiration.
Yay! I mean, they are AGMs for a reason. I also find them inspiring! ….. and fun!
Your care package has crawled into your “delivering post office”. Oh how long before it to crawls to you?
Not sure! ….Soon!
Tim did al the work and he’s a musical genius. I really love this. ❤️
But your inspiration played a huge role, Holly. Without it the parody would have never been.
It’s important to keep a stimulating work environment, who knows what we will come up with next.
I have a parody I’m working on that was inspired by Gigi. It’s funny, I think. I still waiting of props for the video.
I can’t wait. Love Gigi!
If feeling good in this crazy world is being normal, then I prefer not to be and continue to live in another madness or, in any case, an abnormality…
your video is superb, the parody too, and it seems to me that humor and seriousness are not incompatible.
Thanks, Flo. Exactly. From what we know of each other through our blogs, I believe we think very much alike, which is quite different from the norm.
Ah Tim – the idea of being an outlier is a profound benediction of what it means to be human. Diversity is an awesome power to create enormous possibilities. Your thoughtful approach to recognize individual efforts and undertakings comes through in your video. Holly is remarkable. The two of you have come together to remind us that we all belong, that following the status quo comes at a cost. May we embrace who be are and shun mediocrity. And howling at the moon is fun!!!
Thanks, Rebecca. Unfortunately, many people, especially those in power, don’t like outliers or the individualistic nature of the human condition, and try hard to make everyone fit a common, what they see as a “normal” mold. C.S. Lewis explained it brilliantly in “Screwtape Proposes a Toast”, included as an addendum to the “Screwtape Letters”. I’m pretty sure you have read it.
Dear C.S. Lewis – that was a difficult passage ““What I want to fix your attention on is the vast, overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence—moral, cultural, social, or intellectual.” I am now howling at the moon – and dancing too.
Lewis could see into the future quite well.
Lovely thought Rebecca!sending lots of hugs to you 💛🤗
Awesome parody and video!
Thanks, JYP. I happy you enjoyed it.
I enjoyed the video, especially the animation part, not sure what it is technically called but that was cool. I really liked your lyrics and that amazing picture of the coming hail storm, wow, just so beautiful. Sending you a lot of love and hugs – PS thought the T-shirts were pretty funny too. Just a great post. xoxoxxo
Thank you, Joni. I’m really happy you enjoyed the video. Clouds are amazing when I take the haze out when I process the photos.
Fantastic parody, Tim, you did a great job!!! I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry, so I did both! 🤣😂💜
You covered all the bases. It’s sad theme with some humor. The next parody is pure silly and funny.
purple stain. ❤ though the skies are "normally" blue, there will sometimes be purple stains as well! and that's super cool. 🙂
This was great, the lyrics I love and great music and very interesting video.
By the way I agree who is normal if those are the definitions. That knocked me out of the park.
Great work, sounds like a bad storm and hail can do a lot of damage. Glad it only hurt the flowers.
Sending love. ❤️🤗🌺🥰
Thanks, Joni. I’m happy you like it.
It was a lovely treat and those hot air balloons were beautiful too. Just so much in your post you have to sit with your computer and take your time or you miss something really fun and special. ❤️🤗🦋😘
We have a lot of hotair balloons out here. The special shapes like Van Gogh and the special people we perfect for the video.
Yes they were and they were beautiful. I couldn’t tell if that was you and someone else in the cat suits dancing but that was really funny too. It looked like a great time. Some great photography too. Those balloons were amazing. ❤️❤️
The couple in the cow and unicorn suites were having a blast. They asked me to photograph them. I did and gave them the photos. They were a really sweet couple, full of life, energy, and fun. The world would be a lot better place if there were more people like them around.
Oh that was nice of you. Yes they were having a blast. Yes we could use more happy, kind and loving people on this earth. That is one of the big reasons you are still here Tim. You make the world a brighter place. 🤗❤️🐈⬛🐈🦉🎶🎼🐈🐈⬛love y’all Joni ❤️
Thanks, Joni. I take the Lord’s Prayer seriously. “They Kindom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” is telling us to get out there and make the world a better place. Do our parts to make the earth like Heaven.
Amen so true my friend. I believe you are right on there. One day we will meet in heaven if not before. I really feel blessed to know you. I admire your zest for life, your incredible love of nature and all your talent. You are so gifted. I bet you were a wild one, still are a bit, which I love, but you are special. You guys have an amazing week. I am excited about the baby owls and will be checking up on them. I can’t imagine having that experience to watch with your monster lens. I look forward to watching our Wren’s hatchlings every year. The monarch caterpillar‘s should be hitting the milkweed soon and yesterday I got a photo of two Luna Moths getting ready to mate and another female on stand by. They only live seven days, they don’t even have mouths for eating. They love it here. They rarely are seen by professionals, like yourself more than once in their lifetime. They are very elusive. Have fun you two and take care. Sending my love to y’all there on the Rio Grande. ❤️🤗🦋😘🐈🐈⬛🦉🎼