The Letter (1958). Sir William Russell Flint (Scottish, 1880-1969). Watercolour with bodycolour.
The Letter depicts Flint’s favourite model, Cecilia Green. From the moment that Flint first saw Cecilia he knew that he had found the model that he had always wanted to paint, a woman who embodied his ideal of feminine beauty. Despite his obvious attraction to her, the relationship between Cecilia and Flint was purely professional and she regarded him as a kindly uncle.
@edwardspoonhands is a smart guy so I’m assuming he already looked into this song and knows it’s about his daughter, but for everyone else…
Andrew wrote this song shortly before his daughter (Cecilia) was born. Fun fact: Cecilia is a super awesome science baby! See, the intense chemotherapy treatments Andrew went through before his transplant made it basically impossible for him and his wife to conceive naturally, so they had to do IVF. Thankfully, it worked. ~YAY SCIENCE AMIRITE~
The other really important detail you have to consider is the importance of the sky in Andrew’s music. It’s a consistent image he’s been using for the past 15+ years. Go listen to “Watch the Sky” if you wanna understand.
It’s important to consider these things when trying to understand the song. After years of pain and heartbreak and NEAR DEATH (this poor little satellite has seen a lot of shit) this little girl emerges and changes his whole life. HIS WHOLE CONCEPT OF THE SKY CHANGES.
In the grand scheme of things, he’s just a tiny part of her life, and he’ll never be able to truly understand her, just like she’ll never truly understand what he went through before she arrived. She’ll never understand how cancer almost destroyed this young satellite and made her life impossible. But dammit, he’s gonna keep and eye on her and try to protect her the best he can.
TL;DR If you criticize this song and let science get in the way of art YOU ARE GARBAGE.
Cecilia Reading. Sir William Russell Flint RA, PRWS (British, 1880-1969).
Cecilia Green was Flint’s favourite model, appearing in many of his paintings in roles which varied from Spanish gypsy to cloistered nun. Her nude poses – more aesthetic than erotic – were, and remain, famous. Their association lasted for some 15 years, but she was much more than his model and his inspiration. Flint’s wife was confined to a nursing home with arthritis, and Cecilia took over many additional duties, such as dealing with agents and acting as hostess.