POOR EXCUSES (A Lyric)

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In this land where the sky knows mostly only how to rain,

I wondered if and when I would see the sun again,

On this planet that mostly knows only how to fight,

The clock is ticking down to toward dark midnight.

 

Bombs and poor excuses feed the hawk,

In return the broken innocents get sweet talk,

From the leaders in ivory towers faking distress,

The same leaders who created this evil mess.

 

The jazzman’s blues is worthless on deaf ears,

The poet’s words can’t take away the fears,

Graffiti artist’s paint messages from before,

The threats and promises turned into a war.

 

The chatter of the mindless made this mess,

They say the right words for an ever-watching press,

Pretending all along they had a moral plan,

Leading us backward to before time had began.

 

In this land where the sky knows mostly only how to rain,

I wondered if and when I would see the sun again,

On this planet that mostly knows only how to fight,

The clock is ticking down to toward dark midnight.

 

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 The great lyricists can write lyrics that stand alone as poetry. There aren’t that many of them. I am not one sadly. I do the best I can.

Before university putting words to melody was easy. I didn’t bother with rules. Sometimes I wrote music to a lyric, other times the opposite way around. For 18 months after leaving uni I had a complete block. No music and no words. Then I decided that to move forward I needed to go back. I don’t bother with rules anymore.

Over the last few weeks, apart from making samples for Zoolon Audio and running the business generally I have made time to write a few pieces I have already shared on the blog. Over the last few days I have been working on a new song. The melody is there, now the words have arrived.  Now, they are in verse to fit the meter. When I get to marrying the melody and the words the verse must change into a lyric. Lyrics, with the need for repetition, some lines to die at birth, a chorus to work with etc. never read that well without the melody. That’s why only great lyricists achieve lyrics that read back as great poetry.

This is a first for me. I’ve never let anyone see a WIP before.  The melody doesn’t appear with this post, just the basic verse I have written to fit the mood of the melody, before it becomes a lyric that may not look anything like this verse. Soon I will post the new song complete. 

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WISDOM TOOTH

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Just in case anyone thinks I’m unusually tall, the picture is of a very small door to a bedroom somewhere in France.

A random event that’s true but not that important. Driving past a field yesterday I pointed out that in the field was a strange looking horse. I was told that it was a llama not a horse. That was good to know as it would have played on my mind that a horse could look so strange.

I have a wisdom tooth that sometimes shifts and throbs for a few days. It can be very painful. I wrote this electronic piece WISDOM TOOTH at a time when I was in terrible pain. I hope you enjoy it more than I did the pain.

https://soundcloud.com/zoolon/wisdom-tooth

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REQUIEM FOR A GHOST

Not too many words today, just a short (2:21) piece of classical music (with a movie trailer in mind) I composed and produced. Hope you like it.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS OF ZOOLON – NO.6

 

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This sign ought to read, ‘Do Not Throw Anything IN the Sea’. Someone throwing things ‘AT’ the sea surely needs help? I felt I had to take a photo although not sure why.

Whatever, I found myself sat in the back of a car being talked AT, at a time when I was trying to think through a new music video I am making for the Zoolon Audio website and whether to have a fried egg with my baked beans on toast or just the beans on toast later.

In the end, my train of thought was ruined when I was asked what would be the first three things I would do if I was the Pope. I tried to explain that I am not a Catholic, I’m not anything, but they kept pressing me for an answer. They were getting impatient. Eventually I answered.

  1. I’d have a mufti day to start with like the ones we had at school. The robes the Pope and the Cardinal’s wear look naff to me. I’ll probably start it off on a Wednesday and see how it catches on.
  2. I’d replace the wafers and red wine they hand out and instead offer custard creams and hot chocolate. I don’t like wafers and hate the taste of wine. It’s all only symbolic anyway.
  3. I’d get the nuns to dress how they wanted, maybe wear Converse trainers, dye their hair different shades, maybe wear swimming costumes at the beach so they didn’t have to stand around in a group just paddling. They remind me of penguins generally.

No one seemed that impressed with my ideas. They said I wasn’t taking it seriously. The thing is, I was.

Here’s an experimental electronic piece called ‘DECIDER’ I made. Hope you like it.

https://soundcloud.com/zoolon/decider

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RANDOM THOUGHTS OF ZOOLON – NO.5

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I took this picture of a pointless fence on a beach. It would be no good in a big storm, wouldn’t keep invaders out or people wanting to go swimming in. I wonder why someone put it there? Possibly for the sake of art?

Another thing, I remember once I was in the middle of writing a lyric to fit a new melody when a thought hit me. I started wondering when the first creature who decided to walk out of the sea realised that if it stayed underwater any longer it would probably drown. Motivation?

Life is like that sometimes. When you are stuck in the wrong place, you must do something else or drown. Then the words for ‘Forced Practice’ finally arrived. It’s only a short song. I hope you like it;

https://soundcloud.com/zoolon/forced-practice

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RANDOM THOUGHTS OF ZOOLON, NO. 4

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When people go on at me that I would argue ‘black is white’ I generally tell them that that is unlikely as I’m colour blind, although I did get ‘yellow’ right in one test, but not red and brown or blue and green, or most things thinking about it.

I’m told that grey must play a significant part in my life. It doesn’t bother me though, except for the fact that I was also told that was the title of a badly written book.

I’ve grown to like pasta Verde, I know it’s green in colour but if I hadn’t been told that I’d never have guessed it right. Once boiled it doesn’t look as remarkable as when it’s fresh.

Now for a bit of playing around with music.  The guitar is my favourite of all instruments to play.  The ‘GoPro’ my favourite toy. I thought it worth exploring what I could with the both of them. With this piece, I chose to record myself recording a collection of riffs that I could then mash together alongside the video to simply see what would happen.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS OF ZOOLON, NO. 3

 

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Most places that call themselves a ‘gallery’ aren’t galleries at all. They’re just shops selling paintings, some of them OK, others rubbish, most with silly big price tags on and piled up one way or another. This shop type gallery I saw in France the other day was alright, even though it was a shop. Quality.

The bit of life that stood between what I was and what I wanted to be is the bit of life where boredom and no pressure killed all creativity. That bit has disappeared now. I wonder where it is sometimes, check and remind myself that I don’t care.

Talking about bits of life where I lost all creativity there was an 18-month period after uni when I couldn’t find a new melody no matter where I looked. This song broke my duck. For obvious reasons I called the song ‘REBIRTH’. Hope you enjoy;

https://soundcloud.com/zoolon/rebirth

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RANDOM THOUGHTS OF ZOOLON NO.2

 

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Some people look like a rabbit in the headlights most times.

Others look like the headlights.

On balance, I prefer rabbits to headlights.

Melania Trump doesn’t look 46. She looks much younger.

She also looks to me like she’s thinking in a panic about what to do or say all the time she is on camera.

She comes from Slovenia and I wonder if she supports NK Olimpija Ljubliana?

Maybe she supports The Arsenal although that is unlikely.

In another world, she would make a stereotypical footballers wife.

My ‘thought’ doesn’t mean that in a sexist way. She just does.

I hope I’m wrong about the panic look.

I hope I’m wrong about a lot of things.

Talking of panic, now a piece of electronic music I composed. In the making it felt a bit like I imagine panicking when climbing a mountain at night would feel like so I called it K2-Night. Hope you like it.

https://soundcloud.com/zoolon/k2-night

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DECIDER (experimental sound art)

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But first, Zoolon’s thoughts on wasps and spiders!

Wasps set out to terrify best they can I think. Spiders don’t, they just terrify the terrified, they can’t help it.

In my studio this morning there was a wasp attacking a window and a spider looking a bit down about life fixed to the wall. It, him or she looked as if they want the wall as a home for winter.

As a rule, wasps are easier to get out of the studio than spiders. I put on gloves and a thick coat (haven’t got a face mask or a hat I like yet) and opened the window, let it out. Think it was the last living wasp of 2016. Took off my gloves but left the coat on for a while until it warmed up. Seemed sensible.

Catching spiders and setting them free can be difficult. A mug and a postcard usually does the trick. Problem was, when I started looking for it, him or she, it, him or she wasn’t there. Worrying. I’m trying to write a new mega melody.   I thought I’d give the spider a name before I started work, then forgot.

Anyway, here’s an experimental, electronic song I hope you like called DECIDER made using Bitwig;

https://soundcloud.com/zoolon/decider

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BUSKING IN BERLIN (a lyric)

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BUSKING IN BERLIN (a lyric)

Storm clouds on the horizon,

No red sky tonight,

The wind blows away the magic,

Of a starry, starry night.

 

Melissa cries for Candy,

Candy dreams of John,

John is suicidal,

On how it all went wrong.

 

Larry plays the old guitar,

Kate the mandolin,

And Finn plays the accordion,

They’re busking in Berlin.

 

It’s a game of names and fortunes,

A game played out in time,

A game of life that ends in death,

A mountain we must climb.

 

And John’s looking out for Sally,

Candy’s dreaming on,

Melissa took an overdose,

She does not belong here.

 

Larry plays the old guitar,

Kate the mandolin,

And Finn plays the accordion,

They’re busking in Berlin.

 

Candy is the blinkered one,

John has the broken heart,

Larry’s getting on with life,

Melissa fell apart – she fell apart, she fell apart

 

Finn, she won a battle,

Kate, she lost a war,

Candy is still dreaming of,

What are we fighting for?

 

Storm clouds on the horizon,

No red sky tonight,

The wind blows away the magic,

Of a starry, starry night.

 

Larry plays the old guitar,

Kate the mandolin,

And Finn plays the accordion,

They’re busking in Berlin, they’re busking in Berlin.

 

This is another older song I’ve just added to the ZOOLON AUDIO SoundCloud page (I’ve loads more to add over the coming weeks). Busking in Berlin is a simple acoustic demo; after this I’ll post more electronic stuff. Anyway, most people seem to like this one. Here is the link so you can listen if you want;

 

https://soundcloud.com/zoolon/busking-in-berlin-george-blamey-steeden

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