Christmas Present

We (Cottenham Community Centre Coffeeshop Collective) were discussing Christmas concepts: the nostalgia, the sentimentality, the commercialisation, the childrens’ awe and excitement, the often-forgotten underlying message (whether you’re religious or not) of peace, love and understanding. The working title of the song as I pulled together the lyrics from our ideas was “The present is a gift”, but I’ve simplified that and so it’s just called “Christmas Present”…grab a glass of mulled wine/fruit punch and a mince pie and settle in.

http://j.mp/1pBO734

Christmas Present

Do you remember…waiting for the snow, to fall?
Do you remember…waiting for Santa’s call?
Do you remember…the Salvation Army Choir?
Do you remember…chestnuts roasting on an open fire?

Oh, now, we beseech you to stir and makes us wise
Oh come, won’t you ‘waken and open up our eyes?

Do you remember…the words of those good ol’ songs?
Do you remember…the times when rights were wrongs?

Oh Lord, we beseech you to stir and makes us wise
Oh please won’t you wake and open up our eyes?

Now’s the time to change your mind
Stir your heart, feel love divine
The Christmas past is now long gone
The present time, a gift so strong
(Wrap it up and keep your heart warm)

Do you remember…the carols round the tree?
Do you remember…a time when all were free?

While there’s still time to change your mind
Stir your heart, let love inspire
The Christmas past is now long gone
The present time all we belong

This is really just a demo and I’ve hopefully left some musical space for the others in the Cottenham Community Centre Coffeeshop Collective to add their vocals, percussion and classical guitar to the CCCCC Christmas Carol. Watch out for a new mix nearer to Xmas…

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via Sound and Vision http://j.mp/11F9kOC

Put them on hold – a song

It’s a quarter of a century since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but still lives and loves and plans are put on hold by those who will divide and subjugate us. Isn’t it time, once again, to reject their calls, put *them* on hold?

http://j.mp/11NTlhZ

Put them on hold

I made the call that I’m a free man
I talked wild of spirit, throughout the land
I saw the wonders that were open to mankind
I held up hope and love and life as gifts that we might shine

Then days became much darker than the night
The hope we had soon vanished from our sight
The love we took for granted we’d never find
Life fading fast as fear our hearts would bind

We put you on hold
Despite your objections
Despite your deflections
You will do as your told

When you’re out in the cold
No time for reflection
No more defection
We bring you into the fold

I dreamed that I could be a free man
I wondered if my spirit just might find a plan
I saw with wonder how despair crushed all mankind
No hope to hold, no love nor life to help us shine

We put you on hold
Despite your objections
Despite your deflections
You will do as your told

When you’re out in the cold
No time for reflection
No more defection
We’ll drag you into the fold

But, surely we can this hate denounce
We can this fear renounce
If there’s one ounce, one single ounce of decency left inside

We put them on hold
Despite their objections
Despite their deflections
We come in from the cold

We tear down the walls
At last, On reflection
from your hate we’re defecting
We reject all your calls
We reject all your calls

Words & Music by DB
Vocals, instrumentation and mix by DB

Cover art adapted from a photo by Saxon Moseley. More information about the photo here http://j.mp/tacheles-berlin-89

Now with more belltree

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via Sound and Vision http://j.mp/11NTnGy

Winslow Homer

Lstening to a BBC Radio 4 documentary about Winslow Homer’s time in my home town of Cullercoats, which was an artistic enclave in the late nineteenth century. The incidental music caught my attention, recalled it as the tune Starless but performed by Northumbrian band The Unthanks rathert than it being the epic original from King Crimson’s 1974 Red album.

Homer, a watercolourist, is perhaps one of the greatest nineteenth century American artists…but by all accounts a celibate recluse who had none of the celebrity nor renown of Turner…I blogged about him many years ago, his paintings hold a particular fascination for me born (poetically as I was) with seaspray on my skin and coaldust in my veins.

Winslow Homer’s Odyssey

Wiki entry on Homer

Winslow Homer

Cullercoats

Why Homer came to Cullercoats

via Sound and Vision http://j.mp/1A8frKd