ROSIE

I think the whole family have a new best friend called Rosie.

- MIKE STEEDEN -

Waking up to a thumping headache, a headache born of far too much of last evening’s scarlet Bordeaux, a bleary eyed cursory morning glance toward the bedside table only to spot what I thought had been the stuff of dissolving dreams, namely a post-it note I’d scribbled upon that read, ‘Miss Rosie Mayday Lily Eve Blamey-Steeden’.

A few four-letter words later, plus a question to self, “Did I really write that…what planet was I on?”

I’ll explain. After days and days of wretched insomnia, a genuine madness about me and my old adversary ‘corbeau sombre’ lurking on a branch in the immediate background, a promise made at sunset the previous day was to become a reality. ‘Miss Rosie Mayday Lily Eve Blamey-Steeden’…what a ridiculous handle if there ever was one, and I should know having written it…a puppy dog, a baby lurcher to be precise, was the promise made…

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SLOWLY PIECING TOGETHER

Hi everyone, just letting you know I don’t have a usual WordPress blog post schedule at the moment. I’m currently in the middle of producing a brand new album which is slowly but surely piecing together.

A screenshot of one of the tracks I’ve been working on.

The most important thing that has been put into place lately is that all my music is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music under the name ‘George Blamey-Steeden’. ‘Zoolon’ is no more.

^ Spotify Link^

If you enjoy my music whether following, ‘liking’, sharing or simply streaming from time to time on those platforms I mentioned above helps me out massively and is much appreciated. In the meantime I’ll still be reading your posts.

SHINING BEACON OF POSITIVITY

Continuing from last weeks post, I’m going to showcase another one of my initial tracks I wrote in my early days, the song ‘Delusional Troll’. I don’t usually like to reveal the true meaning of my lyrics as I prefer the listener to decide their own interpretation but I’m going to make an exception this time.


When I finished my GCSE exams in the town I grew up in most of my closest friends (including me) parted ways to different areas of the county. I decided to start my A levels in a town about 30 minutes away from where I lived. Not being the most confident teenager around it took me a few weeks to get my footing and find a group of people I fitted in with.

Dartmouth, the town I grew up in.

Within my new circle of friends only one was interested in making music with me. This particular person was whom I eventually wrote the song about…

Here are the lyrics:

The troll out on the streets
Busking his heart out or so he believes
He hasn’t a soul but I’m starting to see
That delusional troll
Hasn’t a clue what I think
Hasn’t a clue what I think

Under his bridge he thinks he can do anything
Delusional troll
Delusional troll

Love is a word that he’ll throw about
To fill a gap in his songs
I hope you can see that love isn’t seen
By this man called delusional troll


Now, you’re probably thinking that my teenage self was a horrible person. Casting judgment on someone who probably didn’t deserve it… trust me when I say this guy was the epitome of someone you meet in life that at first seemed to be a shining beacon of positivity, only to then sour into their true rotten self once the dust had settled.


I’m not going to go into to detail about what this particular individual did that pissed me off so bad at the time, because who really cares about irrelevant teenage drama that everyone has had to deal with. But hopefully my lyrics are self explanatory and give you a small insight to his character. Growing up in a small town with friends who thankfully provided little drama as a kid, I was definitely dropped into the deep end when I met this delusion troll.

Here is the track:


In other news I have started a Twitch channel. For anyone who doesn’t know, it’s a hugely popular website where people can live stream content such as video games, podcasts and various other hobbies to the internet. If you’re interested in seeing what I get up to in my spare time then feel free to watch along when I’m online.

My nerdy alter ego.

Here is the Twitch stream link:


If you’re signing up to Twitch or already have an account I’d appreciate a follow, doing so will notify you when I’m live.


I’ve also recently uploaded all my songs individually to YouTube, separating the lyrical and instrumental songs into two different playlists. Handy for anyone who needs a choice of background music.

Original Music (Lyric Videos) YouTube Playlist:

Original Instrumental Music YouTube Playlist:

NEWFOUND HEROES

Around the age of twelve my Dad used to take me to the seaside town of Torquay every Saturday to go shopping. It was one of those weekends when I came across two very special music related DVD’s at the now deceased Virgin Megastore that changed my life forever:

Jimi Hendrix & Metallica

“A Film About Jimi Hendrix” documentary and “Metallica: Cunning Stunts” concert film.


To this day I couldn’t tell you what made me purchase these particular DVD’s. I had no real passion for music, Mum had tried to force me into piano lessons a few years before and I hated it. But when I got home and watched these two films they completely and utterly blew my mind. The next thing I did was beg and plead my very supportive parents into buying me a guitar so I could start learning the instrument and begin writing songs like my newfound heroes Jimi Hendrix and Metallica.


Due to the nature of my voice and how my brain works I gradually came to the realisation I could never be a carbon copy of the great musicians I started listening to. Eventually over a period of a few years I started to develop my own style that in hindsight was heavily influenced by the folk music my Dad would listen to in the car.


‘In Praise Of Shadows’ was one of the first tracks I ever wrote. It’s a laid-back, mournful acoustic track with simple lyrics that I’m quite proud of. I have remade the song on many occasions due to getting better at recording and upgrading my gear. I don’t have the first sketch at hand anymore to show you, but my shy teenage signing voice from that time really wasn’t anything to marvel at, trust me. The current version of the song is still faithful to the original.

Take a listen to the track via my Bandcamp link (recommend using headphones):


Self advertisement has never been my forte in life so I will make this nice and short… any support you can offer either by sharing or purchasing the music I release via my Bandcamp page would help me out greatly and is much appreciated. All my tracks are sold individually (£1 each) or in album bundles which you can download either on your computer or the Bandcamp app on your phone or tablet.


I have some new songs in development at the moment and will let you know straight away on this blog when I release them.

LIQUID TRUTH

Pieces of Life’ by TheodorWorker

‘Liquid Truth’


All my bridges burnt
No sparkle in the stars
No redness in the sunset
Just the sad song of guitars


You have a version of the truth I can’t believe
You’re all wrapped up in lies, I’ve got to leave
You tell liquid truth from behind those eyes
But you hide it well behind indifferent sighs


How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’*
And never nearly always means forever


When will all the pieces come together?
And if I don’t like the picture am I stuck with it forever
Yes, when will all the pieces come together?
And if I don’t like the picture am I stuck with it forever


The candlelight flickers but the flame holds strong
I guess you’re wondering now where you belong
You say you don’t want your death to last for hours
“Don’t wait until I’m dead to send me flowers”#


*Quote about laziness from Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest & philosopher.

#Words of my mother in a poem she wrote.



If you’re interested in downloading any of my professionally put together Zoolon music then all my albums are available for from BANDCAMP .


If you’re interested in my inexpensive PROMO VIDEOS FOR AUTHORS  hit the link here or aim at the one at the top of this blog.


As ever, if any poets out there are interested in having their poems turned into songs then click here to check it out: POETRY TO SONG


If you are looking for all my other music then you’ll find it to download on BANDCAMP and at AMAZON when searching ‘Zoolon Audio Albums’or you can stream and/or make a playlist of it on SPOTIFY


If you’re interested in my book of lyrical verse, ‘LOOKING FOR REASONS’ (above) is available on Amazon, either as a paperback or on Kindle. The purchase prices have been cut right back, hence they’re not expensive. On Kindle Unlimited it’s even free!


If you’re thinking about new t-shirts, leggings, mugs and much more for yourself or as a gift, here’s my collection you might be interested in ZOOLON’S MERCHANDISE


Copyright © 2014 Zoolon Audio. All rights reserved. Unauthorised copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.

THE CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN

Artwork ‘La Belote’ by Nini Gollong


You saw the light when you lost your soul
Blind to the heavens you were on a roll
But suddenly your world went dark
The only thing left, a question mark


It happened then as it happens now
The Crescent Moon fights the Holy Cow
Face to face a death wish farce
The chances of peace on earth are sparse


But I’ve heard the circus is coming to town
The city cries out for its new crazy clown
And jugglers, strong men and a freak show
The people don’t know if they’re friend or foe?


Drips of salt water, the tears of the unknown
Lonely are the shadows – that means they died alone
Children of the puppet masters all bow in shame
They never could decide if life’s a battle or a game


I don’t think this weird title track from an earlier album of mine ever got posted on the blog. I think it fits the words above. I hope you enjoy;


If you liked that instrumental then the album is available for download from BANDCAMP at just £4.50 or foreign currency equivalent.


If you’re interested in my inexpensive PROMO VIDEOS FOR AUTHORS  hit the link here or aim at the one at the top of this blog.


As ever, if any poets out there are interested in having their poems turned into songs then click here to check it out: POETRY TO SONG


If you are looking for all my other music then you’ll find it to download on BANDCAMP and at AMAZON when searching ‘Zoolon Audio Albums’or you can stream and/or make a playlist of it on SPOTIFY


If you’re interested in my book of lyrical verse, ‘LOOKING FOR REASONS’ (above) is available on Amazon, either as a paperback or on Kindle. The purchase prices have been cut right back, hence they’re not expensive. On Kindle Unlimited it’s even free!

If you’re thinking about new t-shirts, leggings, mugs and much more for yourself or as a gift, here’s my collection you might be interested in ZOOLON’S MERCHANDISE


Copyright © 2019 Zoolon Audio. All rights reserved. Unauthorised copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.

AN ‘ONLY CHILD’ & HIS MUM’S AMAZING GERM PHOBIA

This is my Dad’s new book all about his bizarre life. I’ve not read it yet but am told some of the dumb things I did as a kid are in it.

- MIKE STEEDEN -

An Unusual Take on Life and Social History from the 1950’s Onward

In a perfect world I’d have been rich and famous thus deemed worthy of penning the story of my own life. In reality I am a content ‘nowhere man’ with a vast chronicle of all things bonkers to pass on to anyone who cares to take the risk and read this factual tale I’ve pieced together.

I wrote this ‘new’ book nearly a decade ago yet did Sweet Fanny Adams with it. My line of thought was logical for two debatable reasons. Firstly, I’d heard tell that for one’s first stab it was best to write about something one knew inside out, in other words ‘me’…besides I knew little of just about anything else, save perhaps thinking obtusely throughout my waking hours, and playing the game of love as it remains the only sport I’ve ever…

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AFTER THE STORM

Art by Lucid Dream Photography

I’m carrying the burden of your sanity
Hoping you won’t take it the wrong way
Coming in last is better than first
They say that every loser has their day


The beast rests deep inside the forest
The darkest places summon up no fear
Rays of hope they cannot penetrate
A canopy of words no one can hear


Dreams can survive upon remnants
Of beauty that exists in your mind’s eye
The truth is always the greater part of dreaming
And you know dreams, they just have to wave goodbye


So I’m carrying the burden of your sanity
Looking at this world in my own way
Knowing if I let the moment pass by
You’ll set the price that I can afford but never pay


But after the storm when all is quite
And the winds and the torrents subside
After the storm when the sun smiles again
You’ll survive, yes you’ll survive with eyes opened wide



Any musicians out there looking for BACKING TRACKS I’ve both high quality 20 track, 3 hour+ albums ‘Volume One’ and ‘Volume Two’ available to download on BANDCAMP at just £6.50 each or foreign currency equivalent.


If you’re interested in my inexpensive PROMO VIDEOS FOR AUTHORS  hit the link here or aim at the one at the top of this blog.


As ever, if any poets out there are interested in having their poems turned into songs then click here to check it out: POETRY TO SONG


If you are looking for all my other music then you’ll find it to download on BANDCAMP and at AMAZON when searching ‘Zoolon Audio Albums’or you can stream and/or make a playlist of it on SPOTIFY


If you’re interested in my book of lyrical verse, ‘LOOKING FOR REASONS’ (above) is available on Amazon, either as a paperback or on Kindle. The purchase prices have been cut right back, hence they’re not expensive. On Kindle Unlimited it’s even free!


If you’re thinking about new t-shirts and similar for yourself, here’s my collection you might be interested in ZOOLON’S MERCHANDISE


Copyright © December 2019 – Zoolon Audio. All rights reserved. Unauthorised copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.

DOVE OF PEACE


The Dove Has Flownby Gregory Anthony Stone

I don’t want to see the big picture
I’d rather be left alone
I’m not the centre of your universe
It’s a pity the dove of peace has flown


Some say there are too many patriots
Some say freedom fighters are too few
Some say that it’s a bad omen
To hail a hero out of some loser we once knew


Go fight the way the rebels fight for freedom
Stealth by day and at night let it be
And though they’ll never know a victory
No empire conquers what it cannot see


They say ‘If you’re not with us you’re against us’
I guess that triggers a crusade
The moral code out of balance
The way of man that we’ve betrayed


I don’t want to see the big picture
I’d rather be left alone
I’m not the centre of your universe
We’re walking blind into the unknown


Any musicians out there looking for BACKING TRACKS I’ve both high quality 20 track, 3 hour+ albums ‘Volume One’ and ‘Volume Two’ available to download on BANDCAMP at just £6.50 each or foreign currency equivalent.


If you’re interested in my inexpensive PROMO VIDEOS FOR AUTHORS  hit the link here or aim at the one at the top of this blog.


As ever, if any poets out there are interested in having their poems turned into songs then click here to check it out: POETRY TO SONG


If you are looking for all my other music then you’ll find it to download on BANDCAMP and at AMAZON when searching ‘Zoolon Audio Albums’or you can stream and/or make a playlist of it on SPOTIFY

If you’re interested in my book of lyrical verse, ‘LOOKING FOR REASONS’ (above) is available on Amazon, either as a paperback or on Kindle. The purchase prices have been cut right back, hence they’re not expensive. On Kindle Unlimited it’s even free!


If you’re thinking about new t-shirts and similar for yourself, here’s my collection you might be interested in ZOOLON’S MERCHANDISE


Copyright © December 2019 – Zoolon Audio. All rights reserved. Unauthorised copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.

A HANDFUL OF STARS

‘Reaching to the Stars’ photo by Ares Nguyen

How can you run before you can walk?
How can you speak before you can talk?
How can you listen before you can hear?
How can you cry without just one tear?


How can you dream before you’re asleep?
How can you laugh when you ought to weep?
How can you touch before you can feel?
How do you know what you’re seeing is real?


How can you hate before you know love?
How can the eagle fly with the dove?
How can the mountains part for the sea?
How come in life’s prison you still feel free?


How can you try and yet always lose?
How can you cut and never get bruised?
How can you ache but never get hurt?
How come love rubs your face in the dirt?


The answers are hiding but easy to find
The clues all alive in the back of your mind
One day you’ll stumble never to fall
Don’t rely on the words ‘love conquers all’
Mad as it sounds go grab a handful of stars
Neptune, Pluto, Venus and Mars
Never let go and hold them tight to your heart
Let yesterday’s darkness take you back to the start


Here’s ‘Uplifting Groove – C Mixolydian’ (Guitar Jam Backing Track) from Guitar Jam, Vol. 1 – Backing Tracks by Zoolon Audio (that’s me!). I hope you enjoy;


Any musicians out there looking for BACKING TRACKS I’ve both high quality 20 track, 3 hour+ albums ‘Volume One’ and ‘Volume Two’ available to download on BANDCAMP at just £6.50 each or foreign currency equivalent. Also, if anyone feels the need for background music then maybe these numbers will work for them.


If you’re interested in my inexpensive PROMO VIDEOS FOR AUTHORS  hit the link here or aim at the one at the top of this blog.


As ever, if any poets out there are interested in having their poems turned into songs then click here to check it out: POETRY TO SONG


If you are looking for all my other music then you’ll find it to download on BANDCAMP and at AMAZON when searching ‘Zoolon Audio Albums’or you can stream and/or make a playlist of it on SPOTIFY


If you’re interested in my book of lyrical verse, ‘LOOKING FOR REASONS’ (above) is available on Amazon, either as a paperback or on Kindle. The purchase prices have been cut right back, hence they’re not expensive. On Kindle Unlimited it’s even free!


If you’re thinking about new t-shirts, leggings, mugs and much more for yourself or as a gift, here’s my collection you might be interested in ZOOLON’S MERCHANDISE


Copyright © 2019 Zoolon Audio. All rights reserved. Unauthorised copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.