inspired by ECM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I have long been inspired not only by the music but by the graphic design and album art on Manfred Eicher’s ECM music label.

Here is my latest in a long running series of imaginary albums. And yes everything is imagined; the title, the group, the musicians, the song titles etc.

Below are the original photo followed by front and back covers respectively. How do you imagine it sounds?

Travel The Winter IslandsTravel The Winter Islands album frontTravel The Winter Islands album back

4 haiku on death by suicide

Living, one’s own terms
no judgement for suicide
Dying, ones own terms

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Sweet Sweet Suicide
The last exit from life’s stage
Stigmata of choice

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On a high blue bridge
She jumps, flying toward the earth
Releasing all cares

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It takes great courage
To take the reigns of death
There’s no mortal sin

uplifting music for troubled times ~ part 1

I’ve recently noticed that the times we are living in are not unlike the late 60’s early 70’s with cultural and political unrest, deep division and social dysfunction. I’ve also noticed that there is some incredibly inspired music that is made during troubled times.  So go ahead and get your uplift on and let the sun shine in.  Sunshine is the protest against darkness.

Enjoy this classic from the musical HAIR performed here by the 5th Dimension.

And this classic also by the 5th Dimension

even more haiku on lightning, rain & thunder

Weathers town crier
Thunders crashing box of rocks
announces the rain.

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The pink noise of rain
With distant lightnings white noise
A cool breeze for sleep

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Music in the night
This ambient symphony
A chorus of rain

3 more haiku on lightning & storms

Restless dreams at night
Toss’d ’bout on flashes of light
Ships on stormy seas

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A thunder not heard
The storm can’t hide its approach
Bright lightning flashes

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The quiet of night
Static on the radio
The rain comes lightly

3 haiku on lightning

Across the night sky
A visual symphony
Heat lightning flashes

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Disturbing the night
Punctuating the darkness
Heat lightning dances

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Dark blanket of Night
Heavens dome with light flashes
White doves in dark skies

coastal haiku

gulls flight in the night
coastal lights guiding their slumber
humans haunting sounds

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seagulls on the prowl
dive-bombing at lunch in hand
McDonald’s french fries

From The Coast

knowing when to make someone’s day

knowing when to
“make someone’s day”
means not being selfish
like knowing when to give
when not to give
being sensitive about what you say
when you say it
and when not to say it
knowing when to do nothing

knowing that to
“make someones day”
means knowing when
to leave them alone
alone to their own devices
alone in their misery
no matter how much it
bothers you to do so
there are just some things
people need to work out for themselves

Knowing that if
you don’t leave them alone
you may make their misery worse
knowing that if you help
help them figure things out
they are being forced
to deal with their problems
in a way that may be unnatural to them

knowing that “being there”
may be all they need
your presence is enough
your gift is your silence
your gift is not the answer given
but the question shared
your gift is the answer
discovered together in their time

knowing when to
“make someone’s day”
means that sometimes
the less you do
is the most you can do
the best thing to do
and that’s okay

knowing that sometimes
we have this wisdom
sometimes we don’t
and it all depends on
how “invested” we are
in any given situation