Mes Lointains Rivage (FAWM 2011 #3)

Chatting with Elisabeth Beucher, a friend who lives in Paris, I discovered she’s a poet. Of course, I immediately asked if she’d share a poem I could put to music. She chose well, and we’re both delighted with the U2/trance feeling of it.

She said I pronounced all the words correctly. Since I don’t speak French, I’m pretty pleased.

The only instrument is a single track on my Strat, with the reverb and echo set to stun, played by thumping my thumb against the strings right above the pickup.

Listen to ‘Mes Lointains Rivage’

Lyrics:

Bleu nuit
Bleu du ciel
Bleu du lagon.

Bleu de tes yeux
Et de la glace en feu
Bleu de mon univers.

Bleu de mes rois
Bleu de mes racines
Bleu de la distance
Et de la différence.

Bleu de mes voyages,
De mes lointains rivages
Et de mes océans.

Bleu de mon ancre.

Translation:

Blue night
Blue sky
Blue lagoon

Blue of your eyes
And ice on fire
Blue my world

My blue kings
Blue of my roots
Blue distance
And difference

Blue my travels
From my distant shores
And my oceans

Blue my anchor

This Path (FAWM 2011 #02)

Sometimes I have chords and a melody but the words, the subject of the song, won’t surface. I usually ask Sue to listen and tell me what she feels. I’m still surprised when, five seconds in, she turns and tells me exactly what I was thinking but couldn’t put into words.

One of the best parts of traveling is the peaceful time after dark but before you arrive, when it’s just the quiet and the moon and the ones you love most.

Listen to ‘This Path’

peace can be a fleeting thing
reach out
and it flies away

having you here with me
this peace
as we end our day

moon through our windows
shining in our eyes
paints a peaceful path to light our way

something on the radio
we sing
the harmony is sweet

doesn’t matter where we are
you have me
and you make me complete

light in our life
shining in our hearts
paints a peaceful path down any street

peace is such a precious thing
this night
of still serenity

a warm bed and peaceful dreams
smiling friends
awaiting you and me

moon through our windows
shining in our eyes
paints a peaceful path we’ll always see

peace can be a fleeting thing
reach out
and hold it here with me

The Map (FAWM 2011 #01)

It’s February, which means February Album Writing Month. During the next 27 days I’ll be writing (and almost certainly recording) 14 brand new songs. (FAWM lasts 28 days, but we’re traveling on the 28th.)

I haven’t been feeling well, so I certainly wasn’t planning on staying up ’til the official kickoff at midnight. Sue, on the other hand, knew all along she’d be going to bed without me tonight. She is much smart, methinks.

You can read more about this whole FAWM thing at the website; right here, you can listen to a demo of the song I started at one minute past midnight and finished at 3am, despite spending nearly an hour researching the recording problem on Sue’s new laptop (short version: Microsoft’s ‘helpful’ software strikes again.)

As (nearly) always, I started February with a love song for my Best Beloved. It’s called The Map, and since the FAWM website doesn’t take uploads for another 20 minutes, you heard it here first.

Listen to ‘The Map’

Lyrics:

where do we go
and how do we get there?
what do we know?
and why do we care?
I look in your eyes
see right inside you
and I know you know
this is where we belong

we’re out on the road
together forever
the sun in our eyes
we’re never alone
wherever we are tonight
wherever we lay our heads
as long as my hand finds yours
I know that I’m home

it isn’t four walls
that makes us a place to live
a mailing address
tree in the yard
home is a state of heart
knowing the one you’re with
is happy as you
just having enough

we’re out on the road
together forever
the sun in our eyes
we’re never alone
wherever we are tonight
wherever we lay our heads
as long as my hand finds yours
I know that I’m home

a nomad can never be homeless
as long as I have a hand to hold
a pair of wild rovers, this wandering life
will never get old

I know where to go
just how to find my way
the light in your eyes
will show me the way
I’ve got all the map I need
to get where I’m going
straight into the sunrise
the rest of our days

we’re out on the road
together forever
the sun in our eyes
we’re never alone
wherever we are tonight
wherever we lay our heads
as long as my hand finds yours
I know that I’m home