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Tag Archives: music

David Bowie tribute poem – Shine on Blackstar

If I could escape mental chains rigid with rust Discover elements which rise and combust Only then could I honour Bowie the man but he is a blackstar and I simply am All that I have Is my black lump of coal To burn for the one who ignites the soul Until fire turns to ashes and, ashes to dust ... Read More »

Discovering Gotye and the fact that I’m an old fool

Last week I suffered insomnia, my mind in ecstasy and turmoil after discovering Gotye through the masterpiece ‘Somebody that I used to know’.  Why would breathtaking genius depress me on one level ?  This song was released in 2011, it is now 2015, it topped charts, it won a friggin’ grammy, and I was oblivious!  Years ago I developed such ... Read More »

Poetry in Music, Flex Of He & I, The marriage two great arts

Last Thursday night I was invited by Phomolo Sekamotho (Flex) to a live recording for V1 live featuring him and his band Flex of He & I, at the Academy of Sound Engineering at SABC.  I previously wrote this article  after listening to his In Between the Lines EP (free for download). I have never encountered poetry in this unique format ... Read More »

Thank you Woolworths for the most touching tribute

Last night I was discussing the Mandela memorial with my husband and eldest daughter.  I was expressing my feeling that the memorial felt very hollow to me.  So many words, so much ego and politics and the music was nothing special.  I said that I would have loved to see Soweto Gospel Choir there or Johnny Clegg.  Domi then told ... Read More »

Phil Rickman introduces me to magical music

This is another post for the WordPress Weekly challenge “Moved by Music” I read for infinite reasons, among them is the desire to be entertained and to expand my personal parameters. This week after a long break from Merrily Watkins, I read ‘The Smile of a Ghost’ by Phil Rickman. Whilst providing a good plot and characters Phil Rickman has ... Read More »

Sexy Songs, what music turns you on?

There is music which speaks to the mind, music to stir the soul and romantic music which echos the rhythms of the heart, and then there is music which targets the loins. Strangely the current offerings from ‘porn star’ pop divas are not what I perceive as the least bit sexy. Dear Miley sticks her tongue out like she’s desperate ... Read More »

My moment as a songwriter – Be My Valentine

Many years ago, Leonard Downing asked me to write lyrics for a Valentine Song for him to play at a Valentines gig.  I wrote the lyrics and he wrote the music.  He also did a studio recording with a female vocalist, the song was played on East Coast Radio on Valentines day.  It was a rather rushed job done in ... Read More »

Lloyd Cole – threads of his music in the symphony of my life

This poem was written after going to a Lloyd Cole concert in Jo’burg. I first heard the music of Lloyd Cole in the 80’s when living in a commune called ‘Fools Court’.  Memories of that time are happy ones edged with sadness since we drifted apart.  I wish that I could find those old friends.  Sadly one member of our ... Read More »