Music

Vaughan Williams’s Symphony no 5

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IF YOU RECALL, a few weeks ago I presented Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony as THE symphony for our times, in its realistic depiction of state evil and its warning that history repeats itself. Well, here is another symphony for our times but in a very different sense altogether — one which reflects 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. The 5th Symphony of the English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams, 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! Vaughan Williams was inspired to write it while composing his opera “Pilgrim’s Progress”, which he viewed as the manifestation of morality and this is what lies at the heart of this symphony. There is an order and cleanness which feels wholesomely noble. The very opposite of the chaos, amorality and disorder which lay at the heart of Europe when the symphony was being written. From start to finish, it is rivetingly beautiful. Just when you think it couldn’t get any more beautiful than the first movement, the third movement (coming after a lilting scherzo) is nothing less than divine, music to bring you into the presence of God. The final movement is the perfect end to the work; the coda in the last few minutes being one of the most beautiful endings of any symphony ever written.

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“I’ve Tried!” (LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #25)

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LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #25: “I’ve Tried”.

This is the first song I’ve written for almost 18 months. Lots of articles and poems but no songs. Too much other music-making going on in 2016 with recording and releasing “The Key” album in Sweden to be writing songs. But now they’re back. Details in the video. Enjoy!

(Click on the link below the video to read the lyrics)


Read the lyrics for “I’ve Tried!”

I’ve Tried! [song lyric]

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I’ve tried to be a normal guy
and wander through the maze;
pretending that I’m just like those
whose hearts are not ablaze.
That only lasted for a day;
I couldn’t wear the cloak.
I cannot play at being someone else
who’s just a joke.

I’ve tried to hide myself away
and never show my face —
go off the grid and disappear
without a single trace.
But why should I be forced to flee
while others foment war?
Until my dying breath, I’ll do
what I’ve been put here for.

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“For Someone’s Child” [video]

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HERE’S A VIDEO of “For Someone’s Child”, a song from my latest album, “The Key”. It was just made by staff of The Liberty Beacon as they resonated with its message about child victims of war. It is a requiem for every child who has been killed or maimed in conflicts around the world. I wrote the original version in Barcelona in April 2003 after the “Shock & Awe” US bombing campaign on Baghdad, which initiated the gratuitous genocide and deliberate destabilisation of Iraq. I have since updated the lyrics and added a vocal bridge. Note that it is in the key of E major to give a glimmer of hope. Click below to listen.

(Click on the link below the video to read the lyrics)

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“Time to Choose” [video]

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HERE’S A VIDEO of “Time to Choose”, a song from my album, “The Key”. It was made by staff of The Liberty Beacon as they felt it summed up their mission statement “Eradicating Programmed Ignorance”. Click below and crank up your volume!

(Click on the link below the video to read the lyrics)

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“The Key” (official video)

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“THE KEY” – THE VIDEO by Alan Morrison. The official animated video, displaying lyrics. This inspirational song for the downhearted, from my heart to yours, builds to a climax of orchestral & choral power to accompany the message. This is the title track from my new album, “The Key”. It has an 8-piece band plus the Stockholm Concert Orchestra, including tubular bells, timpani drums & choir. The credits are at the end of the video. Here is the essence: “For I have found that when I love, then strength will fill me from above.” Please share as widely as possible on social media. Thank you!

(Click on the link below the video to read the lyrics)


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“You’re So Naïve”, part 1

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EXACTLY 7 YEARS AGO TODAY, I wrote a song, entitled “You’re So Naive!” It was written in the bawdy ensemble style of one of those songs which football teams record to commemorate a World Cup championship. 🙂 This was in the immediate aftermath of the first election of Barack Obama as president of the USA in November 2008. The world was riding on a wave of euphoria. The internet was awash with people thinking that the Messiah had come and that world peace was at last attainable. The naivete was astonishing! All the trendy new age people were saying that they had been told by their “channelling” sources that Obama had been sent as a light-bringer and that overnight the vibration of the planet had been raised to a new high. The Ascension was finally here! Really, you couldn’t make it up! 🙂 When I put the song with a commentary about it on social media (which was MySpace in those days as Fakebook was barely two years old), I received many angry messages from people accusing me of standing in the way of the “energetic flow” which this event had caused. One woman wrote that even if it was true that Obama was just another “patsie president”, it didn’t matter because the wave of positivity which had swept across the planet at his election “had changed the earth’s vibration forever”. In other words, hope which is based entirely on falsehood and deception is to be welcomed. Eight years later, I see no improvement either in the state of the earth or in the extent of that dippy way of thinking, which is now even more widespread in its hold on people’s minds. Honestly, I wonder if “stupidity” would be a better word than naivete, using it in its base meaning of being in a stupor. Or maybe “wilful ignorance” would be even better. For the truth is plain for all to see but the majority refuse to acknowledge it and either accuse truthtellers of being “conspiracy theorists” or lose themselves in pseudo-spiritual fantasies about imaginary channellings, energy fields and “Ascensions”. I could write a whole book about this! Anyway, here are the lyrics of “You’re So Naive”:

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