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And The Band Played On


And The Band Played On
The May 22nd  , bombing  at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande, made me think of the line, “The day the music died” from the 1971 song "American Pie", by Don McLean.

And, “the band played on”.

And now, there have been more attacks.

Anarchists can never accomplish anything; but, harm the most vulnerable.


This was made for the New Challenge: MY SADNESS', hosted by Castle-of-Cards.

Theme: Delve into your feelings and illustrate a sadness, pain or injury.

Guidelines: Must include one animal and one person.

Due Date: June 5th, 2017


Thanks to all the Stock Artists.



Quarter Note:

Spaceship Earth Clear-Cut, by WDWParksGal-Stock

Tower Stock, by EveLivesey

Beetham Tower, Manchester, from below, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license, May 13, 2008, by sykerabbit77



Mari, by PirateLotus-Stock

Cloak 15, by AilinStock

DSC09449 Fedora 2, by wintersmagicstock

DSC09456 Fedora 5, by wintersmagicstock

Drac Bride - 5, by mjranum-stock

STOCK PNG wings set1, by MaureenOlder

Call the Fire - 6, by mjranum-stock, Model: Susan Coffey,, Gown: Kambriel

Birds and Animals:

Dog PNG.., by AledJonesStockNArt

PNG STOCK: Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, by MAKY-OREL

White Wolf PNG Stock, by BeccaB-323-STOCK

Cut-out stock PNG 90 - white wolf profile, by Momotte2stocks

Dove Stock, by BatDesignz-Stock

Dove, by ViolettaLeStrange

Bird 312 - flying crow, by Momotte2stocks

Cut-out stock PNG 59 - flight of ravens, by Momotte2stocks

Cut-out stock PNG 34 - pack of 3 crows, by Momotte2stocks

Raven, by Tasastock

Crow-raven, by InKi-Stock


Fire ruin Stock 05, by Malleni-Stock

Factory Demolition 07 by CD-STOCK, by CD-STOCK

Factory Demolition by CD-STOCK, by CD-STOCK

FREE STOCK Background - Destroyed City, by ArtReferenceSource

Smoke and Clouds:

FOG/CLOUDS PNG, by Moonglowlilly

Cloud/Fog, by Moonglowlilly

FOG PNG, by karolinebecker

Smoke Explosion, by HZ-Designs

misc smoke element png, by dbszabo1

Smoke 2, by mrscats

STOCK PNG white smoke, by MaureenOlder

STOCK PNG black smoke, by MaureenOlder

stock 002, by mrs-shironeko

Other Resources:

Stock-wolfworx-Sunrise-Imk59130, by wolfworx

Sky, by CathleenTarawhiti

Mixed Exclusive Textures, by CD-STOCK 

(For Honourable Mention, for The Canadian Corps of Engineers, for CREATIVE MINDS CHALLENGE IV, hosted by CD-STOCK)

Texture 203, by Malleni-Stock



PSE, Photoshop Elements 9



[1] And the band played on is an expression used to describe the deliberate masking or downplaying of an impending calamity by authorities.

[2] "The Band Played On", also known as "Casey Would Waltz with a Strawberry Blonde", was a popular song written in 1895, with lyrics by John F. Palmer and music by Charles B. Ward.[1]

[3] The musicians played, while the RMS Titanic sank, in 1912. All perished.


Listening to:

Mandy Patinkin – And The Band Played On (Casey Medley)

Oscar Hammerstein introduces the song "You've Got to be Taught"

You've Got To Be Carefully Taught - South Pacific (1958)

South Pacific - Cockeyed Optimist


There is something seriously wrong when the most disenfranchised at the same time as the wealthiest and most powerful are trying to pull apart the fabric of society;

Just when threats to basics like shelter, health care, and ecology, from climate change, need the world to pull together, more than ever.


“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche


“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

-Dr. Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring”


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wintersmagicstock's avatar
beautiful concept and tribute, thanks for using my stock
mrscats's avatar
beautiful; thanks for the using my stock :)
Branka-Artz's avatar
A beautiful concept and a wonderful dedication to those
who lost their lives in terrorist attacks cross [version 2] 
Can-Cat's avatar
 Thank you. Pray 
Branka-Artz's avatar
Most welcome, my friend :love:
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