The wild parade

Get your motor runnin’

The Wild Parade has now begun
Listen to the engines hum

Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
In whatever comes our way

People out to have some fun
A cobra on my left
Leopard on my right, yeah

I like smoke and lightnin’
Heavy metal thunder
Racing with the wind
And the feeling that I’m under

The deer woman in a silk dress
Girls with beads around their necks
Kiss the hunter of the green vest
Who has wrestled before
With lions in the night

Yeah, darlin’ gonna make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace…
And explode into space

There are still a few animals
Left out in the yard
But it’s getting harder
To describe sailors
To the underfed

Like a true nature’s child
We were born
Born to be wild

We need someone or something new
Something else to get us through, yeah, c’mon

Born to be wild
Born to be wild

Can you give me sanctuary
I must find a place to hide
A place for me to hide

Can you find me soft asylum
I can’t make it anymore
The Man is at the door

We can climb so high
I never wanna die

All our lives we sweat and save
Building for a shallow grave
Must be something else we say
Somehow to defend this place

Tropic corridor
Tropic treasure
What got us this far
To this mild equator

Born to be wild
Born to be wild.”

I am Lady Y. Princess Blue Holly’s evil sister. The wild parade has just begun.

This post is dedicated to the “three Musketeers” (as I call them):

Holly at House of Heart:

Gigi at Rethinking life:

Resa at:

You guys make blogging fun.

Princess Holly character (c) Resa McConaghy & Holly Rene Hunter

Born to be wild lyrics by M. Bonfire, Steppenwolf.

The Soft Parade lyrics by Jim Morrison, The Doors.

Featured image is the cover photo of the Steppenwolf Live album. (Yes, I still have both LP’s)

Thank y’all for joining us in this ‘wild’ parade. Get your motor runnin’.

77 thoughts on “The wild parade

  1. Post-Scriptum. The idea for this sketch comes from a photo of Holly posted by Gigi. I thought: let’s give it a try. But with pencil or ink, I never could get the eyes right.
    So the character became Lady Y (as in Ylloh), Princess Blue Holly’s evil sister (Princess Blue Holly is a character developed by Resa and Holly).
    Meanwhile Born to be wild and the Soft Parade were turning into my head. A bit of intertextuality to end the mix.
    (I need to work on eyes… Darn.)

    • Thank you mon amie. As I pick up sketching and painting again, I realize some things are easier with practice, but the eyes! Damn, damn! The exact same eyes are always difficult for me. I need to practice more…
      Tout va bien chez toi?

      • It is, like all art forms, something that has to be practiced again and again. So, you keep it up and before you know it, you won’t be damning the eyes! (They are SO hard to draw…)
        Oui, merci, mon ami. Les températures sont à la baisse… -7C ce matin! WTF? Je n’étais pas encore prête pour le sous zéro!

      • LOL. Second time you catch me whining… (Damn!) Il y a avait un poème d’Aragon qui s’appelait “Les yeux d’Elsa”… 😳
        -7? Damn et re-damn! Ça fait quand même drôle. On va peut-être aller à NY bientôt. Je vais mettre un écharpe. Couvre-toi bien.

      • But I refrained from using that term!!
        Ahh… dois-je le trouver ce poème?
        Ouep… welcome to Québec. NY a plusieurs degrés de moins que nous 😉
        Suis pas feluette! 😉

      • Thank you 🙂
        Me souviens de l’avoir déjà lu!
        D’oh! Quelques degrés de plus!! Si tout va bien, je serai dans l’État de New York vers la fin du mois. Pas mal moins “frette” que chez nous.
        Feluette (momoune, tapette, 😉 ) You know, all those politicially incorrect terms… she whistles lightly as she walks away…

      • Tiens donc. On lit Aragon au Québec? You guys are extraordinary. I don’t think they teach anything about Québec in the french schools…
        Fluette = tapette! haha! I love political incorrectness. It ‘s the last thing that might save the world…
        New York State huh? Way “up North”?
        Nous on sera juste à Manahattan. En train de “fixer” les derniers détails. A + ma grande… 😉🙏🏻🌹

      • Tiens, tiens…nous ne sommes pas tous des illettrés. 😉
        Feluette… 🙂 I told you I would teach you stuff!
        Hmmm… looks like plans have changed. We might end up vacationing somewhere in January.
        A+ mon ami! xoxo

      • I love languages and accents too!
        Do y’all now? Do tell 😉
        Bonne semaine à toi mon ami de trop de régions que je les nomme 😉

    • It was pleasant to intertwine the two songs and the sketch. I love the Doors. One of the greatest groups in history. (And I still have most of my LP’s from that time)
      (Born to be wi-a-a-ild…)

      • Do you have a favourite Doors song? I listened to sooo much doors as a teen I don’t listen to them much anymore. Their songs and melodies were so good to listen to, I might have worn them out.

      • The Soft parade of course. When the music’s over. Light my fire. Riders on the storm. Alabama song (whisky bar). Apart from the LP’s, I have compacts. Maybe you should give them a second chance?
        Music links people all across the world right?
        Take care Astrid.

      • Riders on the storm is so iconic isn’t it, Brian? I do like the tempo of, ‘Do you love her madly?’ Reminds me of an times driving in cars at night with friends and an ex….
        The others you mentioned are all high on the fav list, despite so many repetitions over the years, “killing” the songs, as my kids would say.
        Have a lovely weekend,
        Regards Astrid

  2. Oh! The Soft Parade is one of top 5 Doors songs. The line “It’s getting harder to describe sailors to the underfed” is one of my favourite lyrics ever by anybody. Your mash is working wonderfully. Leppard on my right. Oh yeah.

  3. How absolutely wonderful. You did a fabulous job with the music and the excellent artwork. It was fun watching Holly’s face take shape. 🙂 Loved it. So creative. Holly is amazing. Thank you so very, very much. One of the Three Musketeers. 🙂

  4. Wow, what a wonderful sketch, Brian 🙂 As someone who’s not even able to draw a straight line/perfect circle, I very much admire your ability to master the process of layering shapes, lines, scribbles on top of each other until you get your desired result 🙂 Aiva xx

    • I think anyone can. As for me I had a great teacher, my mother who really was a good sketcher and painter. She taught me when I was a kid. I stopped for more than 40 years, and here I am again. My hand remembered. (And I still have many progress to make. But each sketch is a learning.)
      Bon week-end Aiva

      • Ah, pas besoin de s’excuser. The earworm persists but yet welcome 🙂 I’ve had some good days, PTSD is a new experience for me. Thank you for asking Brian – I do have the good fortune of having access to professionals and a support team.

      • Pas besoin de s’excuser? So you do mumble Frog? Interesting.
        PTSD? Support team? Er… Are you all right? (Maybe I should know… Hopping to your site now.)

  5. Brian!
    What a treat.
    This is a very creative post. We 3 Musketeers do have a lot of fun blogging.
    You seem to have had a lot of fun yourself with this drawing and the post!
    Thank you so much for the mention!
    I’ve been drawing a lot recently, although the lion’s share of my time lately was focused on the new Art Gown.

    Next Princess Blue Holly episode I will include a link to this, if that is okay by you!
    Resa xo

  6. Well the hidden talents Brian and you know I appreciate the music… j’adore les arts et nous avons besoin de plus d’art… so make more art and have fun…have a creative day Brian ☺️🕊hedy

  7. This is an awesome post, Brian ~ watching the evolution of this Wild Child, play with the perfection of the lyrics and song. Beyond the talent you show, the best for me is the fun I could see with this creation all along.
    Cheers to you and it looks like autumn is treating you very well. Stay safe and well, my friend ~ cheers!

    • Hi Dalo. I have a post from you in my mail… Keep it in my inbox to read at leisure…
      Not sure about “talent”. I am an amateur and dilettante. (Been diagnosed the latter at an early age…)
      The sketch turned out a bit differently from the original intention. But it’s all right. The hand commands not the mind. And the sketch called the songs. Then it was just cut and pace, finding the rhythm.
      As ana analogy, riding is a matter of rhythm isn’t it? Some horses one never gets the rhythm. Others? In a matter of minutes…
      You too stay safe and well. 🙏🏻

      • Yes, I like to do this as well ~ saving some posts for a read at some point. I like the thought you write here “the hand commands, not the mind” as this goes with photography too 🙂 Cheers and enjoy a relaxing weekend.

      • Still haven’t read it. But I will. The downside of saving them, is they might stay a while in the inbox.
        The hand? Definitely. If you play or have played music, it’s the hand that plays. Ask any musician. Same goes with sketching. (Of course it is another part of the brain that works, not at a conscious level.
        I hadn’t thought about photography in that respect. (You surely have a good camera. I’ve given that up) But yeah. You’re right.
        You too Dalo.

    • (Blushing) I’m not an artist. I’m just an amateur who had a very good teacher. (My mother was very good, much better than I ever will be.) But its’ fun to practice. And possibly progress. We’ll see in a while… Thanks for your visit and comment… 🙏🏻

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