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Tunes for Transition

Something a little different today – free music!

After a silent hiatus of several years without composing a note – justifying my musical alias “Samuel de Silentio” – over the last few weekends I’ve written and recorded (at home) a short album and posted it online for free download. Most of the songs are ‘simplicity’ related, so I thought some of you might be interested in a listen. Music is a very personal thing, I understand, so the style of composition and production won’t suit everyone, but perhaps curiosity might tempt some of you to take a listen. I hope you enjoy these tunes, written in the spirit of celebration and opposition.

The songs are listed below. Please feel free to share them with others.

TUNES FOR TRANSITION

  1. Getting and Spending
  2. A Shadow Stirs
  3. Two Lanterns
  4. All Else Preparation
  5. The Upside of Down
  6. Furor Poeticus
  7. Tunes for Transition

I’ve posted the lyrics to the songs below and the songs can be listened to and freely downloaded here. The music and lyrics are my own, except for the lyrics to the first song, which are a merger and adaptation of two poems on simplicity, one by William Blake (‘I rose up at the dawn of day’) and the other by William Wordsworth (‘The world is too much with us’).

I’d like to thank my musical collaborators Andy Gibson, Katherine Copsey, and Andrew Doodson for contributing harmonies and production advice on several of these songs. Thanks also to Haedon Smith for production advice. You guys are the best.

Finally, I would also like to thank the filmmaker Dave Gardener for selecting track two, A Shadow Stirs, to be on his Earth Day Fundraiser Album, available for purchase here. Please support Dave if you are able. He is producing an important film called “Growthbusters” due for release in a few months.

TUNES FOR TRANSITION – To listen click here. (N.B. track 1 is at the bottom of the page)

1. Getting and Spending

I rose up at the dawn of day

Get thee away get thee away

Prayst thou for Riches away away

This is the Throne of Mammon grey

Said I this sure is very odd

I took it to be the Throne of God

For everything besides I need

It is only for riches that I can bleed

I have Mental Joy and Mental Health

I have Mental Friends and Mental wealth

I’ve a girl I love and that loves me

I’ve all but Riches bodily

In the presence of Spirit night and day

It never turns its face away

This Spirit by my side does stand

And it holds my money bag in its hand

Getting and spending we lay waste our powers

Getting and spending we lay waste our powers

2. A Shadow Stirs

Sense it in the world,

See it in your eyes,

Taste it in the air,

Know it in your soul,

Sense it in the world,

A shadow stirs.

See it in your eyes,

A shadow stirs.

Taste it in the air,

A shadow stirs.

Know it in your soul,

It’s time.

So will you quietly revolt?

It’s time.

This is my soul refrain,

It’s time.

Inviting all imaginations

It’s time.

To rise up from the embers again

Quiet revolution,

Feel it in your heart,

Falling from the heavens,

Burning underground,

Louder revolution,

A shadow stirs.

Feel it in the dark,

A shadow stirs.

Know it in the future,

A shadow stirs.

Know it in the past,

It’s time.

So will you quietly revolt?

It’s time.

This is my soul refrain,

It’s time.

Inciting all imaginations

It’s time.

To rise up from the embers again

3. Two Lanterns

Citizen poetic,

I find deliberately astray,

You seem a being without having,

As if having didn’t pay,

Wild mystical enigma,

Is the state of your inside,

It has you even as I sing ,

Devouring yourself alive.

With eyes of infinite affirmation,

To each their own black hole,

They glisten with free spirit,

And leak of radioactive soul,

Still something in their glow sings,

In melancholy keys,

The tune is of a mind gone diving,

Far too deep for me.

A discourse did ignite,

Two lanterns on a kite,

Cast out at darkness,

To carry forth light.

As for me a place to be,

Is none but than right where I am,

Passing through in awe,

What commerce cannot understand,

You could too see through this worldview,

If you saw what yours ignores,

Please don’t be quick to think I’m lost,

For simply wandering these shores.

Just bathe your eyes in these soft ocean skies,

Of blue, purple, and pink,

And you will find in this sublime,

That there are worse places to sink –

Crass rat race, not to my taste,

Out from the rush I stepped with haste,

It gave me twisted faces,

Only here I find my grace.

A discourse did ignite,

Two lanterns on a kite,

Cast out at darkness,

To carry forth light.

On the far side of the shore

Beneath a tree there sits a chair

Where I front every morning star

With questions God is meant to hear

Then later in the day

Like a mad Dostoyevskian clown

I chase my butterfly thoughts fragments

And try to write them down

A welcome cosmic accident

Of time and chance I trust

That we should meet this setting sun

Amongst all nature in the dusk

So come and join my meditations

Burning in the dew

Tonight I’d like to fight twilight

Inciting verse with you

A discourse did ignite,

Two lanterns on a kite,

Cast out at darkness,

To carry forth light.

4. All Else Preparation

There I was waiting

For something to transpire

As the world around me

Drifted by

It may arrive tomorrow

Then I can begin

Until then I suppose

I should just wait

Then I realized

That all else had been preparation

All those troubled times

When I thought my soul was on vacation

They were just paths that lead

To this exact location

Now I just need to keep on reinventing

This vocation

I found myself staring

Lost among the stars

As the world around me

Drifted by

Life is an accident

One after another

Oh no, I suppose

It must be fate

Then I realized

That all else had been preparation

All those troubled times

When I thought my soul was on vacation

They were just paths that lead

To this exact location

Now I just need to keep on reinventing

This vocation

There we were waiting

For the goods to just expire

As the world around us

Drifted by

It may all collapse tomorrow

Then we can begin

Until then I suppose

We should just wait

When will we realize

That all else has been preparation

These are troubled times

Calling timid souls back from vacation

They were just paths that lead

To this exact location

Now we just need to keep on reinventing

Civilization

5. The Upside of Down

Other generations had hunger

Other generations had war

But our generation’s

Facing so, so, so, much more

Other generations desired

Other generations had hope

Seems our generation

Is lost for which way to go

How about the upside, the upside,

Of down?

Other generations had surplus

Find and you will seek,

But our generation’s different

Upon Hubbert’s Peak

Call it a transition

Call it simplicity

All I’m asking from the depths of my nature

Let it be

How about the upside, the upside,

Of down?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise

Our civilizational demise

I don’t know how we’re going to get out of this muddle

I just know that there must be joy in the struggle

It might all sound crazy

Crazy it will be

When amongst the grassroots

We discover we are free

Don’t just be excited

Excited you should be

As we dig up cul de sacs

And plant a row of peas

How about the upside, the upside

Of down?


6. Furor Poeticus

Are we the one’s we’ve been waiting for?

The contradiction that has never existed before

As I awoke from a dream I spoke aloud ‘maybe, just maybe’

And tomorrow quickly turned into today

Time has imploded; the future is now

This defies the laws of physics, but it happened somehow

We’re marching, we’re marching, we marching, we’re marching

We’re marching over the edge, left right left

For all, for all, a poetic kiss

For all, for all, a poetic kiss

Goodbye

We are the one’s we’ve have been waiting for

Expired have all excuses that existed before

But celebrate this calling, bear this burden with smile

This burden is a blessing in disguise

Time has exploded; the future is now

This defies the laws of physics, but it happened somehow

We’re marching, we’re marching, we marching, we’re marching

We’re marching over the edge, left right left

For all, for all, a poetic kiss

For all, for all, a poetic kiss

Goodbye

Furor Poeticus

7. Tunes for Transition

Creativity just might save us

We can’t be saved now any other way

We can’t keep singing the same old songs

That brought us here

What we need are

Tunes for, we need tunes for transition

Naivety will not save us

We must create the taste by which we will be judged

We can’t keep singing the same old songs

That brought us here

What we need are

Tunes for, we need tunes for transition

TUNES FOR TRANSITION – To listen click here. (N.B. track 1 is at the bottom of the page)

3 Responses to “Tunes for Transition”

  1. Jake says:

    Love it! Bringing the power of music to make this giant shift in consciousness happen is a must. And other groups are doing it as well.

    Here in Utah, I’m involved with an inspiring group called Peaceful Uprising which has discovered a voice through music and revolutionary songs. It’s still a work in progress but check us out:

    http://music.peacefuluprising.org
    http://www.peacefuluprising.org

  2. […] Tunes for Transition (some Simplicity-related music for free download, with […]

  3. Ken Davis says:

    Heard “A shadow stirs” on the Growthbusters CD – brilliant song.

  4. Samuel Alexander says:

    Thanks Ken!

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