Music

Vaughan Williams’ Glorious 5th Symphony

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THIS MUSIC REPRESENTS MY MOOD TODAY — heartfully wistful, strangely valedictory, gently profound, and full of a yearning for that-which-cannot-yet-be-reached. The 5th Symphony of the English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams, is one which reflects great beauty, honour, glory and everything noble and virtuous about life which is nostalgically lurking on the hinterland of the universe and in a hidden corner of our hearts. This is, to my mind, the most beautiful piece of pure music ever written. It is certainly one of the most spiritual pieces of music ever composed. Astonishingly, it was written at the height of the Second World War and first performed at the BBC Proms in June 1943 (with the composer himself conducting). Vaughan Williams was inspired to Read the rest of this entry »

“Thinkers” [new song video]

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🔥🤯 LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #55, “Thinkers” 🤯🔥 Written yesterday, this is a song which grew out of the concept of another song, entitled “Blinkers”. I prefer “Thinkers”. It’s more suited to the needs of our time. I wanted a song which would be more encouraging rather than simply observational. It’s more upbeat than many of my songs have been lately. It’s a new era. The lyrics are below:

Once upon a time, I wrote a song.
I called it “Blinkers” — but I was wrong.
It’s not about the blinkers people wear;
and so another song I hereby share:

[1st Refrain]
It’s called “Thinkers”! (c’est necessaire)
Prefer “Thinkers”! (for thoughts we wear)
Let’s have Thinkers (to show we care)
Um-hmm…

I’m not talking here about IQ.
Thinking’s something which we ALL can do.
We don’t need to have a Ph.D
to let our brains become what they should be.

[2nd Refrain]
We need Thinkers! (who understand)
Just be Thinkers! (and make a stand)
Be deep Thinkers! (now take my hand)
Oh yeah…

Have you ever thunked a startling thought
which you then think that you should not ought?
That policeman’s planted deep in you
by people frightened what your thoughts can do!

[3rd Refrain]
World needs Thinkers! (fearless ones)
Outright Thinkers! (with minds that stun)
Piercing Thinkers! (’cause thinking’s fun)
For real…

The evil folks who think they run this show
must crush your thoughts so that you can’t grow.
They want you mindless watching your TV
on which they exercise their sophistry.

[4th Refrain]
They’re scared of Thinkers (who see right through)
They hate Thinkers! (that’s me and you)
So love Thinkers! (there are too few)
Uh-huh…

This ain’t about mundanities,
brain-ticklers, or some thoughts that tease.
The need for serious thoughts is grave
if your mind’s no more to be enslaved.

[5th Refrain]
Embrace Thinkers! (with all your soul)
Seek out Thinkers! (that should be your goal)
Your tribe’s Thinkers! (helps you to be whole)
So true…!

   [Vocal bridge]
   The thinking I mean
   ain’t just cerebral.
   You’re not a machine
   who’s trapped in a skull…

Our Creator gave us all a brain
so we could find our way back again
to what we’re put on earth to truly be:
avatars of Light who are strong and free.

[6th Refrain]
That means Thinkers! (who see what’s real)
Free-range Thinkers! (who more than feel)
Outright Thinkers! (who will not keel)
Oh yeah…!

In school they taught you all just what to think
so your minds would come to be in sync
with the powers which work behind the scene,
so you’d then be used as their machine.

[7th Refrain]
So be Thinkers! (a rebel force)
Brave bold Thinkers! (who’ve gone back to Source)
Untainted Thinkers! (with love, of course)
Alrite…!

When your thinking’s finally your own,
you’ll no longer merely be a clone
of those who want to make you think like them.
Your integrity will blossom then.

[8th Refrain]
You’ll be Thinkers! (in word and deed)
You’ll see Thinkers! (within your feed)
Just free-Thinkers (born to lead)
Woohoo…!

Something interesting which you should know:
Thinking opens up the rate of flow
exponentially; it’s like a dam
which bursts its wall, so then you can…

[9th Refrain]
become Thinkers! (in a full-time sense)
All-out Thinkers! (without a fence)
Profound Thinkers! (it’s so intense)
It is…!

 

 

© Alan Morrison, 2020

Letting Go [new song video]

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🎬 LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #54 🎬, “Letting Go”. Here’s a new song written as a result of the feedback I received from a post the other day, entitled “People Among Your Close Friends or Family to Remove Yourself From”. The first line of the song, “Learning to let go is not an easy thing to do”, popped into my head and the rest flowed from there. Here are the full lyrics: Read the rest of this entry »

“I Would…” [new song video]

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LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #53: “I Would…”. Here is a new song which speaks of immersive, what I call “holistic” love in a way which transcends mere infatuation, showing how a real sexual relationship involves not just the physical but the whole person. I hope it moves you. Here are the lyrics:

I would bathe me in your blood
if you were real.
And spectators, please don’t
hold me by my heel.
For no portion must be spared
and I give my ‘all’ right there.
Such completion is the spark
which one must feel. Read the rest of this entry »

“Let’s Rock the Boat” [new song video]

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LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #52: “Let’s Rock the Boat”.
A new song completed today. It needs a band, some orchestra and a big choir in the refrains (wait till the next album!) but, in the meantime, here’s the unplugged version for voice & acoustic guitar. I hope it resonates. The lyrics are below: Read the rest of this entry »

“Fragments” [new music video]

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Living-Room Video #51: “Fragments”. This is a song which has lain (literally as a fragment) in a drawer for around 17 years, waiting for a “home”. Now it has found one. Intimately linked to my post yesterday about playing the victim, it shines a light on the perils of clinging on to that, for one remains fragmented until one lets go of victim status and drops the war. I hope this resonates with you. Lyrics are below: Read the rest of this entry »

“Hole in My Ozone Layer” [new music video]

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🎬 LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #50: “Hole in My Ozone Layer” 🎬 Here is a song I just wrote. It’s a kind of “morality tale” (the only way I can put it) — about a lesson I learned (and am still learning, and probably always will be learning this side of the big transition). It needs some intense strings really. But here it is with just me on my ownsome and my wife (guitar) accompanying. Hoping it resonates. Here are the lyrics: Read the rest of this entry »

“Blood Spilled On Your Strings” [music video]

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LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #49: “Blood Spilled On Your Strings”. This is a song hot off the press, just completed today. It’s a big fat metaphor. See the video for details. I hope it resonates. The lyrics are below:

If there’s no blood on your strings,
then you’ve never really played:
Consanguinated metal makes the grade. Read the rest of this entry »

“Snow-Capped Mountain” [music video]

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LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #48: “Snow-Capped Mountain”.
I originally began writing this song more than 12 years ago. Now, after some additional verses and a vocal bridge, it has become appropriate. Elders are not being valued for their wisdom, knowledge and experience. This song is an anthem against ageism! I hope it resonates with you. Please click above to listen… and share. Here are the full lyrics… Read the rest of this entry »

“It’s Never the Final Song” [music video]

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LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #47: “It’s Never the Final Song!” I wrote this unexpected song on a deeply contemplative walk in the Alps last week. The story is in the video. The lyrics are below. Hope it is helpful and resonates. Love to one and all…

I thought I’d written all I had to say —
thought I had sung my final song.
But when I got down on my knees today,
I realized I’d got it wrong.
My mind was focused on the outer things
I hadn’t reckoned on the Muse.
Angelic helpers mean my spirit sings
and drives away that ‘no-song’ blues. Read the rest of this entry »