DANCING WITH THE SHADOWS


DANCING IN THE SHADOWS


We’re dancing with the shadows
To the heartbeat of the moon
While you’re out there doing battle
To a bygone marching tune


We’re a reality waiting to happen
No longer hiding behind closed doors
Your charisma counts for sweet nothing, my friend
When there is no mesmerized applause


We’re dancing with the shadows
To the shimmer of the sun
You’re never going to tame us now
Not me, not anyone  


Dancing with the shadows
And dreaming of the day
When truth and freedom are a given
And the silent have their say


We’re dancing with the shadows
To the whisper of the waves
Dancing with the shadows
No more graves, no barricades


Of this week’s pics only the fourth one is mine. The others are curtesy of the old man. He’s not been 100% for a while now, hence he’s not been writing nor blogging. Some of you might know him. His name is Mike Steeden and he asked me to send his regards. Anyway, we dragged him out on the only decent day we’ve had over the last few weeks. My sea pics were taken on the coastline, he’d found a place below I’d never noticed before. I liked his work more than my own on the day.





Time for some music. This week, ‘Ticking Clock’ from my ‘Dream Rescuer’ album. The album is available for download at BANDCAMP I hope you enjoy;


Lastly, one of many accidental photos from the old man – one of about thirty when he left his finger on the phone without thinking. I don’t mind being a multitude of accidental silhouettes sometimes.


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PIGEONS, SHADOWS & GRAFFITI

An ambient piece I composed last year, the title track on the album,‘The Pigeons Are Switzerland’


Ever since I posted some photos of graffiti the other week its been nagging at me that I had older, better photos filed somewhere. I finally found them on yet another forgotten external hard drive.  These ones are from four years ago when a cough was just a cough.


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‘On a wall in Ramsgate’ 


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‘On another wall in Ramsgate’


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‘On a wall somewhere in France – maybe, but not sure, Rouen’


Here’s my gentle song, ‘In Praise Of Shadows’. Staying indoors right now means missing out on the natural shadows created by The Sun, for awhile. Again, I hope you enjoy;


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IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS

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‘The Magic of Shadows Set Free’


Just a song, plus its lyrics, today. It’s called ‘In Praise of Shadows’ and it’s from my first album ‘Dream Rescuer’. I hope you enjoy.


IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS

This is a song for all the shadows
Where the good and the bad both hide
A safe haven for the lost souls
Where no one takes up sides

No colours in my shadow
It just follows me around

No danger in a shadow
It’s as constant as a heart
An island in a sea of light
A restless piece of art

No colours in my shadow
It just follows me around
It never gets to fly away
It’s stuck to me on the ground

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SIT UP & SMILE

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I was lucky to get hold of these two stone pieces the other day. The pic doesn’t do them justice. They’re much bigger than they look here and weigh a ton. The best part was that they cost me next to nothing. Happy days – I like them, I just don’t know exactly why although I am hoping that they sit up and smile sometimes letting me know when they like my music – like a barometer lets you know changes in the weather. I’ve named them Lana and Imogen after two artists I respect. They do add a bit of art to an otherwise dull area. I keep them on the floor in the middle of the attic studio. I’ve only tripped over them one time so far.

Another song from the new ‘Devil’s Kiss’ album. This one is called ‘Shadow On The Wall’, a remake of a demo I made a while back. I’d been under pressure to re-record and produce a proper version for some time. Here it is. I hope you enjoy;

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4.05PM – 4.13PM TUESDAY AFTERNOON

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Back in May when creativity had taken a break, and wanting something to spark my mind, I thought I’d try and capture instant, pure unprovoked thoughts and write them down. See how they turned out. Anyway, I already capture sound using a stereo-recorder when composing Sound Art – things like that of the sea, birdsong, thunderstorms – all that kind of nature stuff, so why not do the same with words.

I decided using the Sound Art equivalent process when capturing ‘instant thought’ words – i.e. capturing whatever arrives – thinking it an interesting experiment. Unlike regular random thoughts – which are mostly provoked by an idea; an event; anything that sparks instant thinking – I decided to simply empty my brain – not too hard to do in my case – and see what words arrived. Some of the stuff I wrote surprised me, not necessarily in a good way. I meant to include them in a blog post back then but have only just remembered I’d forgotten.

4.05PM – 4.13PM, TUESDAY AFTERNOON (WARM DAY OUTSIDE)

  1. Soon, I shall stare at The Sun. If I am blinded, so be it. The prize is worth the loss of colours I never knew anyway. 
  1. I like the kind of slippery silvery fish you can hold in your hand and feel close-up their death throw wriggles. I’d never do that to a fish. I just like that kind of slippery silvery fish.

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  1. Truth hangs on a string. Sometimes ugly truth’s spindly fingers takes a scissor to the string and stillborn lies are born from an empty, overly sliced, over time Caesarean ruined womb. No placards outside the clinic, nor judge or jury, it just happens. In the fairy-tale, God smiles but never lets on.

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  1. Once I was a heron. Only then did I realize that the cherry blossom tree the Japanese paint in budget watercolours is lost from view without salty air, earthquakes, pretty small, small pretty girls caked in chalk dust makeup and reaching out for the two dimensional traditional love of a dominating rice paper man. 
  1. The dark space between abject boredom and belief in a God is a contradiction; is a visible nothingness. Of the two I prefer boredom. Many will never understand my logic. Belief is the one thing that makes consciousness pointless. 

These thoughts and more feature in my book, ‘The Words & Thoughts of a Dyslexic Musician’ – it can be found at;

Assuming I’ve not been totally written off as a hopeless case, here’s a bit of music. ‘K2 Night’ – it’s an electronic piece composed when I was thinking that the second highest mountain on Earth deserved a better name than ‘K2’.

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‘SHADOWS & MAGPIES’

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A Magpie’s Loss

I never got to see the event, I just got told about it.

There’s a single storey extension at the back of the house. It has a flat roof. On the flat roof there’s a bird bath kept full of water so that any number of bird species can drop by, have a drink and take a bath. It’s had tons of birds visit this seriously hot summer, from neat little bullfinches to giant ‘in your face’ seagulls and, my favourites, the sparrows – loads of sparrows.

What happened was that a magpie set on having a drink got his/her calculations all wrong making the approach, attempting to touchdown on the bird bath.  In doing so he/she just before crash landing dropped the ‘thing’ he/she had in his/her beak; a ‘thing’ that glinted in the sunlight. It was found in the guttering next to the birdbath. I took a photograph – it was a tiny, soft alloy butterfly. How special is that? I just wished I’d seen it all happen.

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The Evening Witch’s Shadow

The self-same day, the evening sun blazing through the window onto an original painting on the wall (background art by Dave Cooper, Artist of Dover) the mysterious witch’s shadow appeared again, only a smaller version than the shot I posted a few weeks back. I guess the sun is lower in the sky since then.

Whatever, her shadow put in another appearance. That was not all on the ‘shadow’ front. I took a couple more photos of mystery shadows; shadows that are hard to pin a name to;

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Shadow in Incognito Mode

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The Private Life of a Shadow

I’ve always been fascinated by shadows. Maybe that’s because I sometimes get called The Pan because I refuse to grow up. The Pan was into his shadows as well. I’ve even written songs about them. Here’s a couple of those songs. First ‘In Praise of Shadows’ from my ‘Dream Rescuer’ album, following that, ‘Just a Shadow on a Wall’, an older number of mine. Hope you like them;

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ZOOLON & A SHADOW

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I wrote this song, ‘Just a Shadow on a Wall’ in 2012 and recorded this demo version early in 2013. It lives its time out on my old Soundcloud page from uni days. Whatever, I think this song is a good example of how a lyric differs from a poem; of how in some ways, like say the scope for repetition and dressed up in a melody my job as a lyrist is often a little easier than that of a poet. Poets have to write their stuff without anything to hide behind.

JUST A SHADOW ON A WALL 

You draw a line; a line in the dirt,

I ask you what it’s for,

I ask you what it’s for,

You tell me I can cross it,

You should have told me more.

 

You tell me that; you tell that it’s time,

For you to set me free,

For you to set me free,

Unshackled from these chains,

I might find my destiny.

 

Nothing is so precious,

That it cannot be undone,

By word or by the dagger,

Or a step towards the sun.

 

She’s just a shadow on the wall.

She’s just a shadow on the wall.

 

You tell me you; you tell me you got bored,

With the game that we play,

The game we that play,

That you want for me to move on,

You’d be grateful anyway.

 

I ask you if; I ask you if you’ll grant me,

Just one final wish,

Just one final wish,

‘Can the dancer travel with me?’

 

You take some time out thinking,

Then you treat me like a fool,

You laugh as you remind me,

She’s just a shadow on a wall,

A shadow on the wall.

 

She’s just a shadow on the wall,

She’s just a shadow on the wall,

She’s just a shadow on the wall,

She’s just a shadow on the wall.

 

I had posted just the song without the lyrics when I started blogging last year. It was only when chatting with the fine poet Mick E Talbot at https://mickhispoetry.wordpress.com/ the other day I got to thinking about the difference between our art forms.

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