Sep 16 2013

The Miracle Is Worth The Wait

« Yamagata University Craft-Pal 2006 » by simo100

« The Miracle Is Worth The Wait » was the 2nd song written for the « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project, and was completed on January 8, 2013.


The inspiration for this opus came from conversations held with David, a somewhat peculiar fellow with whom I was sharing living spaces earlier this year. To the best of my memory, the first words he ever spoke to me were « I can guarantee world peace. » Obviously, the statement got my attention and I just had to know more about him. I eventually learned that he was on a mission to build an ultralight, and that, assuming I correctly understood his long-winded stories, world peace would be achieved upon completion of the aircraft. That particular causality remains to be seen, but one thing for sure, there was something strangely beautiful about how he just kept going against overwhelming odds.


It sometimes seems as if many of us have to build an ultralight of some sort, which will somehow transport us to our ideal. David definitely could trust that it was his fate to fly above the hill. Can you believe it is yours ?


The version embedded above was released earlier this year on the « The Abode Of The Blessed » EP.

verse 1
aviator you’re working still
to build your ultralight
when it will fly above the hill
the bird will destroy the night

there’s a new world to establish
a new order to crystallize
a skyward ladder to finish
an uprising to organize

you’re pushing hard, we’ve seen you go
you will get there in the long run
dismiss your doubts you have to know
that you’ll have your time in the sun

verse 2
jerusalem opens its gates
to let you see the golden tree
that patiently for you awaits
you will claim it when you are free

today tomorrow is unclear
yet it’s no reason to worry
to get to the dream that’s so dear
surrender to uncertainty

never give up you shining star
don’t give in to the daily gloom
joy of this life heals every scar
and ripens each fruit to full bloom

verse 3
aviator you’re working still
to build your ultralight
when it will fly above the hill
the bird will destroy the night

chorus
hone your feathers and keep your smile
you have a date with destiny
steady go for the extra mile
and you will soar to liberty
can you trust that it’s your fate
the miracle is worth the wait

bridge
onward to complete harmony
at heaven’s door often you’ve knocked
all of the time never knowing
that the entrance was never locked

last chorus
hone your feathers and keep your smile
you have a date with destiny
steady go for the extra mile
and you will soar to liberty
can you trust that it’s your fate
though the road might not be straight
can it ever be too late
the miracle is worth the wait
Sep 02 2013

Mother Of Pearl

« Natural Abalone with conical pearl » by Worldexplorer82

« Mother Of Pearl» was the last song written in the location where the music for the « The Abode Of The Blessed » EP was composed. Yet, arguably, considering the clear stylistic and thematic distinctions between this opus and the pieces that preceded it, they probably shouldn’t belong on the same album. Assuming that I eventually get the chance to properly record the 8 songs and 8 instrumentals put together during that particular period, « Mother Of Pearl» will likely serve as closing track, announcing what’s to come.


In the context of the « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » series, « Mother Of Pearl» was the 8th song that I wrote. The music and most of the lyrics were completed by January 21, 2013, but I had no satisfactory words for the bridge until the beginning of May.


The inspiration for the piece stems from how pearls come into being. When a microscopic intruder or parasite enters an oyster, it irritates the mollusk which secretes nacre, also called mother-of-pearl, to cover the undesirable and soothe itself. As the process is repeated and layers are added, a pearl is produced.


However such occurrences can also be interpreted alternatively as follows : when the intelligence that unites and animates all beings needs a pearl, it finds a way to introduce an irritant into an oyster, which will then transform the source of pain into the sought beautiful object.


When I look back on my life there is no doubt that the main incentive that has impelled me to create works of art throughout the years is a psychological trauma that I experienced as a teenager. In a manner similar to that of the oyster which soothes itself by adding layers of nacre onto the irritant, I healed my injured mind through repeated creative processes. Thus, conceivably, this might be one of the ways using which the intelligence underlying all things develops works of art, by creating the conditions that compel beings into action. And considering how ill-equipped I was to face the distressing event when it occurred, it seems plausible that this is also how artists are goaded towards maturity, carrying within themselves the motivation that urges them to give expression to what’s in them.

verse 1
told love was forbidden
i used to play the fool
hopeless and angst-ridden
yet in me you saw the jewel

you cared to make me wise
led me to the river
made sure i saw the prize
across the great water

verse 2
with a dream to fulfil
and a heart to restore
i rowed like a windmill
to reach the other shore

you oversaw the tide
i sought stability
through this purposeful ride
i grew in adversity

verse 3
looking back i’m aware
each moment every day
you have always been there
with me on the journey

years of battle upstream
out of the days of yore
you are the constant theme
the ever open door

pre-chorus
you shape me
make me all
i can be
show me the
better me
whoa-oh-oh

chorus
you know how to make me pure
see me through the whirl
orchestrate the cure
o mother of pearl

my all-embracing oyster
take me in your swirl
add another layer
o mother of pearl

bridge
feed me your potion mother of pearl
relieve my tensions mother of pearl
rouse my devotion mother of pearl
show me the ocean
Aug 19 2013

Perfect Magic

« Spirit of the Night » by John Atkinson Grimshaw

« Perfect Magic » is the 9th opus penned for the « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project. It was completed on February 6, 2013, and is the first new piece to follow the compositional rush that led to the « The Abode Of The Blessed » EP.


The lyrics were written in an « everything happens for a reason » frame of mind and aim to hint at how each and every life, even the apparently disadvantaged, is blessed with the loving support of the underlying intelligence that unites and animates all beings.


Although they are presented as separated in written form, the pre-chorus really evolves into the chorus, both lyrically and musically, and so the boundary between the two is not that clear-cut when I perform it. The current structure is basically verse -> pre-chorus -> chorus which means that the pre-chorus -> chorus sequence is heard four times overall. I’m sometimes under the impression that this might be one time too many, so the song will probably be edited before it is properly recorded.


« Perfect Magic » has the distinction of often serving as icebreaker whenever I go play in public places. Not that it is the easiest song of my repertoire, but it surely is one I am most comfortable playing.


verse 1
in this infinite world there’s a man named Joe
really he’s a boy with a thirst to know
when it was time for school he had no chance to go
it’s so tough when you’re coy to get out of skid row

verse 2
in this infinite world there’s a woman named Lynn
really she’s a girl whose broken heart has caved in
the onions and the garlic she overeats everyday
are no treats for her health but it keeps most people away

verse 3
in this infinite world there’s a prime minister
people will tell you that he’s an impostor
they haven’t realized that indeed he is there
only to spur them to rise against all that’s unfair

verse 4
in this infinite world all is in its good place
and everything unfolds at the proper pace
miracles occur as we intertwine
apparently apart but part of yours is part of mine

pre-chorus
yet it’s hard to outgrow
what you’re unaware of
when you’re blind as life shows
the true meaning of love

chorus
that there’s a cause for all things
and it’s understanding
that it’s part of the plan
try to trust ‘til you can

life will never forsake
whichever road you pick
at the best time you will awake
to this perfect magic
Aug 08 2013

A Tide Of Positive Change

« Wave » by Mark

The 23rd song written for the « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project is entitled « A Tide Of Positive Change » and was completed on March 24th, 2013.


The aim here was to come up with an inspiring and energetic song that can uplift the listener into an optimistic frame of mind. Considering the comments offered so far when I played it in public spaces, I’d venture to say that this particular objective has been achieved.


No audio nor video clips are available at this point as my game plan for this summer is to make the most of the sunny days and go out busking as often as practicable. In my crystal ball I can foresee myself switching into demo-producing mode sometime around mid-September. That being said, if you’ve been following my activities of the last few years or so, you know how reliable my crystal ball can be. But there’s always hope, right ?


verse 1
there’s a river running over
the consequences of your errors
putting out all the fires
that burn the fruits of your labours

you gotta wish it up muse it up
build it up to live it up
you gotta wish it up work it up
build it up

pre-chorus 1
trust in the dream that flows in you
parts of it stream inside me too
when it’s ready let it be true
it’ll sweep you off outta the blue

verse 2
this turning point you’re pining for
is closer than ever before
never lose sight of the plot
and strike the iron when it’s hot

you gotta keep going believing
the ending will be amazing
you gotta keep going believing
keep going

pre-chorus 2
trust the feeling inside of you
the water is flooding me too
out with the old in with the new
this current will bring me to you

verse 3
you’ve done your best you’ve passed the test
enjoy the rest you’re being blessed
you’ve wished it up, you’ve built it up
now live it up

pre-chorus 3
trust the feeling inside of you
the water is flooding me too
out with the old in with the new
this current will bring me to you

chorus
no way to stop
this tide of positive change
the surf is up
let the wave rearrange
cream of the crop
time to reap your reward
expect the top
you have worked so hard
Aug 02 2013

To Kill Your Demons

« Painting created in Year 12 Painting at Albany Senior High School » by Mosborne01

« To Kill Your Demons » was completed on March 10, 2013, and is the 20th song written for the henceforth entitled « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project.


Basically, the main point of the song is that most-if-not-all experiences, apparent catastrophes included, can be interpreted positively as opportunities for growth.


Again, I plan to repost the following lyrics with an audio or video clip when time allows for the recording and production of proper demos.


verse 1
you were waiting for the right word
for the phrasing no one has heard
no escaping the calendar
no book signing for the dreamer

pre-chorus 1
you’ve learned your lessons
paid for your crimes
to kill your demons
life took its time

verse 2
you were hoping to be a bird
you had two wings but wanted a third
scared of jumping you went downward
no high flying for the coward

pre-chorus 2
you’ve bitten lemons
you’ve bitten limes
to kill your demons
life took its time

verse 3
you were waiting for an answer
an opening on the future
you couldn’t stick to the letter
no advancing for the sinner

pre-chorus 3
you’ve heard the sermons
you wrote the rhymes
to kill your demons
life took its time

verse 4
you were hoping to get a chance
to find a friend to share a dance
no one could get past your first glance
for the heartless there’s no romance

pre-chorus 4
you’ve seen the omens
magic sublime
to kill your demons
life took its time

chorus
how many doors must pass
‘til you go in at last
don’t let your moment pass
just seize it fast
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