Lyrics Illustrated

A picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words. How much of a picture do you need for a popular song, which probably has fewer than a thousand words? I have no idea. Fortunately, someone does:

Take some of music’s best known lyrics, combine them with a retro-inspired aesthetic, sprinkle in some humour and finally add a pinch of enigma.

The results are the intriguing pieces of art by San Francisco-based graphic designer Katrina McHugh.

The 37-year-old takes songs referencing nature from artists as diverse as Otis Redding and Snoop Dogg, and has illustrated them as infographics.

An example, from the works of Bill Withers:

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone

“It’s incredible how much nature is in music, when you’re listening out for it,” McHugh tells BBC News. “I think people like tying an emotion or something non-physical to a real, physical property.

“I love the idea of how nature is a constant and how, even after 500 years, people can still connect to the same idea.”

Fascinating.

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