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Up On The Roof is a Classic Pop song written by Carole Kin, and first recorded by the Drifters in 1963. Years later it made it back to the charts with a recording by James Taylor in 1979.  I picked this song to paint, for some reason, somewhere, at some time,  I had good feelings towards this music. That feelings is constituent even today, every time I hear it.  I am not sure whose version I first heard, and fell for,  or when it made such a lasting impression on me.  Maybe, It is the lyrics or the way the words connect,  that puts it in my iTunes three stars plus list,  that now numbers 291 songs out of 20,000.

“When I come home feelin’ tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet
Up on the roof
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat race noise down in the street
Up on the roof”

For this artwork it was the next lines of this music that are the inspiration:

“On the roof, the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let’s go up on the roof
Up on the roof”

Of course this  music may have stuck in my head, because it is a rare pop song that has nothing to do with wanting, having, losing, or not getting it on with someone.  It is only about finding peace and maybe sharing it with another.

“And if this world starts getting you down
There’s room enough for two, up on the roof
Up on the roof”

Scott Von Holzen