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Coming Anyway  

I love this song, although it scares the bejeezus out of me. I imagined I was climate change - like a Greek/Roman/OT god. I don't care if you don't believe me, I'm here. Sort of to remind me - bad shit is coming. Make defences/build your walls. Won't stop it, won't save us, won't save me.

Like a scary movie of a song, but nowhere near as bad as what's actually coming. I like the contrast between the pretty, harmonised 'oohs' and the terrifying reality. 

My favourite line is "I'm not evil/I'm the god you made me". Because we have. We made this. And it's like a vengeful god - all powerful, mighty, magnificent. We haven't lived within our means, have pushed the Earth system too far. Now it's going to push back. Harder than we can imagine, harder than we can handle.

As I tried to say in the song - tuck your children in/wish them good night - it's the younger generations I feel for. They will inherit our mistakes, our obeisance, our arrogance and ignorance. We are sleepwalking into destruction. Business as usual. Ha! It's coming anyway, believe it or not. It doesn't care The real world is a brutal place. We can be protected from it only for so long. 

Also like the line: "clutch your science to your chest". Inspired by the idea of clutching a bible to your chest - the false prophets of technology. As if tech will save us. It's like a religion. It's a false religion, a useless hope that even the IPCC has bought into. The 1.5C target is based on assumptions of mitigating technology which doesn't exist, and shows very little promise.

A dark song but realistic, I think. Doesn't mean we shouldn't fight - what is there left to do?

Photo by Thomas Hafeneth on Unsplash

River Don't Mind  

Unusually, I got this song from a verse. I documented the writing process here:

https://soundcloud.com/si_jackson/river-dont-mind_writing/s-rwNMP

Listening back now, I'm not sure about the verse melody. It seems a bit jaunty for the content. But, hell, it's what I've got. I like the pre-chorus and the chorus.

A key part of this was using EZKeys for the piano. EZKeys has been a revelation for me. I love writing piano but am not even an average keyboard player. EZKeys frees me from my limitations and gives me ideas, and hope. The piano is so expressive, so varied, so interested, full of possibilities. Guitar is good too, but limited to six notes the range of expression is flatter.

I wrote the song about myself. Maybe the world is too big for a man like me. I do wonder. I don't feel like I fit, like I can contribute, like it's too big, too tough, too strong. I just want to wander off by myself and not have to deal with all the stress of modern life. Like the river. Just keeps going on.

There was a quote on Maria Popova's excellent blog from Maurice Sendak about stopping to listen to a stream: https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/07/25/ruth-krauss-maurice-sendak-open-house-for-butterflies/

"Everybody should be quiet near a little stream and listen." I thought that was pretty cool and I think it inspired the song.

I want to be more like the river - if the sun don't shine/the river don't mind. Keeps his own company. Finding peace, accepting destiny.

I recorded a demo of the song and then asked my constant collaborator - Trav Bryant - to do the final vocal. I reckon Trav did a great job. He liked it, too apparently. There's only three instruments in the song - drums (by the Logic drummer), piano by EZKeys, bass by UJam Virtual Bassist (Royal). I was thinking about adding a guitar part but decided on a clean, simple arrangement.

Photo by John Westrock on Unsplash.

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