#Music (#Fragments)

Fragment #1: Music is an essential part of the writing process for me…the right music can stretch the writing, and the quality in the atmosphere it helps to create in my imagination. Music is…

Fragment #2: Music is so much more than entertainment to me…it has saved my life on more than one occasion…it feeds my soul…

It is security, it is perception…
It is perspective, it is salvation…
It is rest, it is peace…
It is inspiration, it is reflection…
It is my lifeblood, it is my saviour…
It is emotion, it is clarity…
It is truth, it is joy…
It is strength,
It is the soundtrack to life…
It is the moment…
It is more than notes on a page…
It is me.

Fragment #3: I love the feeling you get from the sudden, and it is sudden sound of a song or a piece of music which just makes you stop. A song you’ve never heard before makes that happen, or a song you had forgotten, the beauty just makes you stop in your tracks, reminds you of the beauty of music…the power, it’s just something…magical…(‘Gorechi’ by Lamb or ‘One Day’ by Björk are two memorable times this has happened) It is like a wave that washes over the senses, engulfing, making you stop in your tracks and knocks the wind out of your lungs, leaving you breathless with the sheer beauty of it…the perfection it provides in that moment…for that moment…music has the power to be so beautiful, it forces you to stop and listen, not much in this world can do that…

Fragment #4: …totally absorbed and at one with the music, detached from the world, seeing it through a camera lens with it’s own soundtrack, only you can hear and appreciate precious moments of a type of stillness for only yourself…

Fragment #5: …remember the precious moments of listening to music with headphones…intimate, private, intense moments between you and the music…detached from the world…at one with yourself

Fragment #6: As time moves on and more fragments are posted it will become apparent that music is an enormous part of my life and who I am…music seems to have a way of finding me and speaking to me, inspiring and comforting when I seem to need it…it’s magic…and with this in mind the little gem below by Jose Gonzalez has found it’s way into my soul and mind…have a read of the beautifully poetic lyrics:

“Stay Alive”
There’s a rhythm in rush these days
Where the lights don’t move and the colors don’t fade
Leaves you empty with nothing but dreams
In a world gone shallow
In a world gone lean
Sometimes there’s things a man cannot know
Gears won’t turn and the leaves won’t grow
There’s no place to run and no gasoline
Engine won’t turn
And the train won’t leave
Engines won’t turn and the train won’t leave
I will stay with you tonight
Hold you close ’til the morning light
In the morning watch a new day rise
We’ll do whatever just to stay alive
We’ll do whatever just to stay alive
Well the way I feel is the way I write
It isn’t like the thoughts of the man who lies
There is a truth and it’s on our side
Dawn is coming
Open your eyes
Look into the sun as the new days rise
And I will wait for you tonight
You’re here forever and you’re by my side
I’ve been waiting all my life
To feel your heart as it’s keeping time
We’ll do whatever just to stay alive
Dawn is coming
Open your eyes
Dawn is coming
Open your eyes
Dawn is coming
Open your eyes
Dawn is coming
Open your eyes
Look into the sun as the new days rise
There’s a rhythm in rush these days
Where the lights don’t move and the colors don’t fade
Leaves you empty with nothing but dreams
In a world gone shallow
In a world gone lean
But there is a truth and it’s on our side
Dawn is coming open your eyes
Look into the sun as a new days rise

Now have a listen…

Fragments #7: I love discovering musical gems…this is one I have been listening to on repeat this week…it’s from the soundtrack to ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, a wonderful American Folktale (more on those at a later date)…

…I love music which contains a philosophy or an eloquent and articulate perspective on life…quality, thoughtful…poetic lyrics…

….but also I love music which tells stories, hence the reason that I love English Folk Music, the merging of poetry , music and a story is mesmerising for me…I am just attracted to the storytelling tradition and the atmosphere folk music evokes and the culture and sense of community around it…

….and then I love unexpected musical gems, unearthed and discovered like artefacts from an Ancient Civilisation, finding these gems brings joy to a music collector, it satiates that urge to discover and explore, listening to every word, every sound and revelling in the emotions the song brings…
‘Dirty Paws’ by Of Monsters and Men is one such musical gem, discovered in the candle-lit cave of comfort and cosy-ness that is ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’…unearthed and shared here to be enjoyed and savoured before being returned to where it was found for others to discover or rediscover…enjoy and savour the moment of this song (with headphones in a room lit by a single low light…if possible)

“Dirty Paws”
Jumping up and down the floor,
My head is an animal.
And once there was an animal,
It had a son that mowed the lawn.
The son was an ok guy,
They had a pet dragonfly.
The dragonfly it ran away,
But it came back with a story to say.
Her dirty paws and furry coat,
She ran down the forest slope.
The forest of talking trees,
They used to sing about the birds and the bees.
The bees had declared a war,
The sky wasn’t big enough for them all.
The birds, they got help from below,
From dirty paws and the creatures of snow.
And for a while things were cold,
They were scared down in their holes.
The forest that once was green
Was colored black by those killing machines.
But she and her furry friends
Took down the queen bee and her men.
And that’s how the story goes,
The story of the beast with those four dirty paws.
Now have a listen for yourself:

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