Month: Nov 2010
Here is a song giving my personal take on organised religion – which I believe to be one of the greatest troublemakers in the world. Religion tends ultimately to bring death and destruction rather than life and creation. This world needs spirituality rather than religion…
This is a little song (in style naive) which I wrote many years ago in praise of my ideal woman (who probably doesn’t exist)
When I looked into your eyes
And it took me by surprise
I saw you — I knew you.
Never thought that it could be
Doesn’t come that easily
I loved you — it’s all true
It all happened to me.
So-called “Remembrance Day” looms large again. Instead of buying poppies and making wreaths, there should be public readings of Wilfred Owen’s powerful and haunting war poetry, which was written in the battle trenches in 1917/18. Try this sonnet-drenched sample, where Owen shows what a lie it is to say that dying for your country in battle is “sweet and right”:
When you take the burdens of the world on your shoulders it’s difficult to feel like anything other than leaves falling as tears to the barren earth. Then all treachery and betrayal blends into one…
I’m bored and lonely said the voice
It came from my own head
I couldn’t hear a word at all
But I made out what it said
Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who have always influenced you and will always stick with you:
There is nothing more liberating and primeval than spending a whole day wandering around completely naked (not a metaphor). Makes me realise just how shielding and defensive clothes really are…
This is one of those sagas which came wrapped up in the tune. It’s about someone I knew many moons ago who should have become a lover but it couldn’t happen because of a major choice she made for herself in her teenage past. If you’re smart you can see what that choice was. Tragic. Still brings tears to my eyes. This is my favourite of all the songs I ever wrote.