Music

“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 »

LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #46: “Blonde for a Day”

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LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #46: “Blonde for a Day”. Please enjoy this exuberantly direct song which I’ve just written. (Well, I enjoyed writing it!). The social context is all in the introduction on the video. Hope it resonates. The lyrics are below. Love to one and all… 💝
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“If You Can Answer Yes” [Living-Room Video #45]

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“IF YOU CAN ANSWER ‘YES’!”, Living-Room Video #45. This is a song about real connection in relationships. As I recently wrote: “I would never get into a relationship unless it was based on a mutual desire to create a masterpiece”. In this song you can see the brush-strokes behind such a masterpiece. I would even say that this song is a vivid example of verbal foreplay. (That should freak a few folks out! 😉). . Click above to watch the video. Here are the lyrics: Read the rest of this entry »

“Just Rise Above It All” [new song video with lyrics]

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🎞LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #44🎞: “Just Rise Above It All”. This is a video of a song I just wrote. It woke me up the night before last and wouldn’t let me go back to sleep until I’d written down the first verse. I finished it yesterday. I hope it gives comfort to some. Here are the lyrics: Read the rest of this entry »

LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #41: “The Slide”

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LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #41: “The Slide”. Here’s a new song just completed the other day. It is a “shorthand song” (i.e. a minimalist lyric), which is a social commentary on current affairs which have been building up for millennia. It would have a big “epic” feel in a live concert, but here it is the cut-down, unplugged, acoustic, living-room edition. I hope it speaks to you. Here are the lyrics: Read the rest of this entry »

LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #39: “Fathomless”

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🔥LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #39: “Fathomless”🔥. There is a nautical meaning to the word “fathomless”; but this song carries the metaphorical sense, as explained in the video. (See you there). In my head, there is a light band, string quartet and cor anglais. Definitely one for the next album! 😉 Here are the lyrics:

I’ve always swum to the bed of the sea;
have no desire just to skim.
Somehow the pull of the deep conquers me:
Love living out on a limb. Read the rest of this entry »

Holy Fools: Prophetic Elements in Music

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2019-08-25

PROLOGUE: Music Mimics Spirit

In so many ways, music mimics spirit. In the realm of the arts, the manner in which music works is surely the nearest that one can get to spirit within this 3-D fallen world. With what we call music, in common with all sound, invisible vibrations are generated in the air which imperceptibly glide from the source to the human ear. But when what we call “notes” are struck harmonically, what we call music ensues. But where is that music in the air? Just grooving around in the ether waiting to connect with you! Within the confines of artistic expression, that is as near to spiritual communication that one can get; and it enters you at a level beneath your ordinary consciousness, which is why it can have a damning or enlightening effect, depending on what kind of music it is and how open (or vulnerable) you are to receiving it. Read the rest of this entry »

Five-Letter Word (a riddle song)

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[If you think you know the answers to the 2 riddles in the song below, send me an email to nakedtroubadour@gmail.com and if you are correct I will send you a free download link to one of my music albums!]

It shines in the shadows;
it shines where the sun shines least.
It lights up the basement
and the feeding grounds of the beast.
You can always see it coming
and run from its rays, if you please. Read the rest of this entry »