LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #79: “A Bouquet of ‘Ifs’”. Just completed a couple of days ago, this song takes me back to my folkie roots again, where I love to be. With my 12-string guitar too. It’s a song which, in part, reflects the saying from The Little Prince: “That which is essential is invisible to the eyes”. As one of the lines suggests, we need to go “Beyond the broken boards which blight this theatre’s floor” and “live in truth and screw all else”. It’s time to let go of the “desperate barbs” which we clasp and un-immerse ourselves from the “childish shadowlands” where we choose to dwell. Click to see and listen. Here are the full lyrics:
If I thought that you could take the truth,
I would feed it to your soul.
If I believed that this would be of use
and would fill your aching hole,
I would make a featherbed for you
of dandelions and myrrh.
But you’re too immersed in shadowland
and the child who you once were.
LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #78, “Stand Your Ground!” I just completed this song last night when the two final verses came to me. It’s a song of encouragement in these curiouser and curiouser times. The heart of the song is in the line, “Find out who’s really at the helm!” Try to imagine it with a full band and epic sound, because that’s what it needs! If you want to know more, then just click and watch the video. Here are the full lyrics:Read the rest of this entry »
LIVING ROOM VIDEO #77: “To Whom Do You Bow Your Knee?” This new song, written last night, asks that simple question. For everybody serves someone (or maybe even someTHING). And if you say, “I serve no one and nothing”, then you most likely serve yourself (which is someone). 🙂 Everybody serves someone. Who you serve will determine not only your way of life and relationships, but it can even have far-reaching consequences well beyond this present realm. This song would be cool with some banjo and fiddle, upright-bass, and a bit of subtle percussion in a concert or in the studio. But here it’s just me and my unplugged acoustic guitar. For those who like to know these things, the guitar is in Dsus4 tuning (DGDGCD). Here are the lyrics:Read the rest of this entry »
LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #76: “When the World Has Let You Down”. This new song was written in a half-hour sitting yesterday, plus 2 new verses added today. It could do with some nice fiddle accompaniment. But here it is with just me and unplugged acoustic guitar. My intro in the video tells the background story (as you’ll see if you watch it) and the song contains multiple promises. So, if you ever need anything — a helping hand, a listening ear, a responsive heart, especially when the world has let you down, well, here I am, and here are the lyrics:Read the rest of this entry »
LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #74, “Happy Vagrant”. Just completed today. Here’s my intro from the video: “Sometimes a song comes through and I think, “Well, that’s no epic” and I might begin to dismiss it, as happened with this one. But then I realise that I can’t measure everything on the scale of “epic”. How about the scale of sweetness? Or the scale of simplicity? This is the kind of song you write when you’ve reached a space where you’ve no one to impress, where you don’t have to push yourself, where no one can poke you or prod you to do or be this or that or anything, where you can be a vagrant wanderer without regret, where you couldn’t care less what family and friends may think of you, where your only guides are Love and Truth… and the occasional cheesecake. Picture it with orchestral accompaniment and shimmering strings and you’ve got it”. Here are the lyrics:Read the rest of this entry »
Living-Room Video #73, “The Battle for Everyone’s Heart”. This is a saga in folk-style which is based on the material in the Book of Revelation, chapters 12 & 13, in which the whole panoply of time is laid out – past, present, & future in a prophetic tour de force. The battle for everyone’s heart is a battle between light and darkness, good and evil. I hope the song resonates. Soon I will write a commentary on those two chapters in the Book of Revelation (12 &13), which were written in a cave on the Greek island of Πάτμος. [See below for lyrics and more details].Read the rest of this entry »
LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #63: “A Trace of Sky”. This new song has a percussive arrangement and would benefit from a full band. But you’ll have to make do with lil ol’ me me and my unplugged acoustic. The song is a slightly surrealistic and metaphorical take on what it means to be a bunch of defences (with a touch of sociopathy thrown in). How important it is to have your face touched, leaving a trace of sky. And just who is that “she”? 😉 Here are the lyrics:
Searching for a reason
He’s trying to find the answer why
Brave hearts to believe in
Need to feel something real inside
HERE IS LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #62, “The Writing on the Wall” (lyrics below). This is a New Song for a New Year and it doesn’t pull any punches. It’s about the need for inner conviction, courage, discernment, integrity and a commitment to Truth and Justice. In the studio or concert hall, the arrangement I hear involves an expressive violin part (fills and solo), upright bass, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboard drone, with minimal percussion. But for now you’ll have to make do with l’il ol’ me and my unplugged acoustic guitar. I hope it resonates with you. Here are the lyrics:Read the rest of this entry »
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HERE IS LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #61, “Imagine an Empty Sky”. This new song, played unplugged and raw, asks if you could imagine a world without music and birds. The lyrics I wrote three days ago. The melody — in a somewhat mournful but robust folk style — has been floating in my head forever, waiting for its lyrical home. Below are the full lyrics:Read the rest of this entry »
LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #60: “Out of Time”. This is a new song that was originally going to be a short story. I think it’s an interesting subject. I describe its heart and meaning in the video. See what you think. Click on the heading at the top and you’ll be able to read the lyrics:Read the rest of this entry »