The story behind "Running Bear and Little White Dove"

Sometime in July, 2015 I received a notice from the Riverside Art Museum regarding their upcoming members' show. Its' theme is Drought (very timely here in California). I did not find this to be inspiring. I have grown weary of all things drought related. Some time later, however, I had an idea. Probably hit me while showering or walking the dog. I thought of an old song from my childhood about the Indian couple Running Bear and Little White Dove.  It was recorded by Johnny Preston and written by J. P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper). It tells a story of unrequited love between a brave and a squaw separated by a river. In the end they simultaneously attempt to swim across the river to be together. Unfortunately, "as their hands touched and their lips met the raging river pulled them down. Now they'll always be together in their happy hunting ground". It struck me that the story might have a happier ending because of the drought. With no river they could just walk across the empty bed and hook up. My aim was to imitate sheet music from a fictitious "Music for dry times" version of the classic tune. The frame I designed to resemble a music stand. The show runs from Sept. 22 through Oct. 16, 2015.