Why the Red Balloon

Almost by happenstance the red balloon has popped up in most of  the art representing The Davey Foundation.  If you love film, you can’t help but remember the 1957 Academy Award winning foreign film The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse, a film full of love, hope, and sorrow in which a red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 1.43.00 PM

David wrote (and sang) what is perhaps the most beloved song by the band MUSHMAN about a red balloon (Eddie’s Balloon) that also encapsulated love, hope, and sorrow in these lyrics:

She departed far too soon
Leaving him a red balloon
To let go in the sky.

From a window Eddie watched it soar
‘Til he couldn’t see it no more
Who knew heaven was so high.

(An uncommissioned  You Tube video by Brittney Mccain.)

Why the red balloon?  Because it just seems to follow The Davey Foundation as we take our steps to engage community and emerging artists.  It encourages us to look up, try harder, do more, believe in ourselves, and in the limitlessness of our dreams and passions.

Who knew heaven was so high.