WILD BIRDS ACROSS THE MOON–image with song

"Peace," by Laura West

“Peace,” by Laura West

I have long worked with images and songs to evoke a stronger impression together then either could do on their own.  Here is an example of a pairing I think works very well.  Artist and spiritual leader Laura West created the image and I wrote and performed the song.  Please click the player above to hear it.  I hope they touch you.  If they do please share your experience on this post in the space provided.

WILD BIRDS ACROSS THE MOON
© Hilary F. Marckx, BMI, all rights reserved
I HAVE LAIN AWAKE AT NIGHT;
BREATHED ITS DARKNESS DEEP INSIDE.
I HAVE SEEN THE COMET’S FLIGHT;
ICE ACROSS MY FEVERED LIFE.
COULD NOT DREAM THOSE TROUBLED NIGHTS;

BUT I HAVE SEEN WILD BIRDS ACROSS THE MOON.
OH, I HAVE SEEN WILD BIRDS ACROSS THE MOON.

AND THERE IS A THOUGHT ABOUT TOMORROW,
COMING ‘CROSS THE MIDNIGHT STRAINS OF AIR;
AND I YEARN TO BE HELD IN LOVING MERCY,
AND I YEARN FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO CARE.

STANDING IN THE LIGHT OF DAWN;
LEARNING LOVE COMPLETELY SURROUNDS;
WINGS OF JOY HEALING HEART AND SOUL;
FINDING HOPE IN THE SEASONS’ ROUND;
WINGS AND FEATHERS AND A HEALING SOUND.

OH, I HAVE SEEN WILD BIRDS ACROSS THE MOON.
OH, I HAVE SEEN WILD BIRDS ACROSS THE MOON.
OH, I HAVE SEEN WILD BIRDS ACROSS THE MOON.
OH, I HAVE SEEN WILD BIRDS ACROSS THE MOON.
OH, I HAVE SEEN WILD BIRDS ACROSS THE MOON.

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Though I’m known for my Honky-Tonk and Rockabilly, I write in other genres as well. “Wild Birds Across the Moon, ” is an example of a thoughtful and reflective style I have written in off and on for forty years. I don’t write a lot in this style, but I do write them. Recently I have begun adding these to my sets, and I have been surprised at the positive response I have been getting. Who woulda thunk?

In the mid 90s I was hiking on a rough trail at about 7.500 feet and somehow I developed blisters under both little toenails. Talk about pain!!! WOW, I was hardly able to walk. I was three days in on a seven day hike, and I was in dire straits.  On the evening of that third really bad day as I was hiking at around tree line, I heard a whooshing sound.  It was night hawks hunting between the trees.  There was an early moon that evening and every so often they would rise up and fly across it.  It was one of the most healing experiences of my life.

The pain did not go away, but I relaxed.  I felt noticed and cared for.  I hiked for another mile or two and found a place to make camp.

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NO BAND, BUT PLENTY OF WORK!

Twang

Twang

I WAS TRYING TO put together a new CD, and I thought it might be interesting to do some posting around the lyrics and both the process of writing them and putting together the Album.  I’m still trying…

The Album itself has gone through a whole bunch of permutations.  First, it was titled, “Vinegar Pie,” because it was named after a song that is in the collection.  Also, the collection was only nine songs.  I had been asked to write songs to support a one person, three act play by the same name.  I wrote the nine songs as a kind of dialogue with the various acts and their themes.  They were performed before, between, and at the end of the acts.  I thought the whole play was kind of a moment of genius on the part of the playwright, but the feeling apparently was not reciprocated and I was fired.  Stuff happens! I mean, I don’t like rejection any better that anyone else, and it hurt and I was pissed, but I got over it and moved on.  What I got out of the deal were nine really good songs.

As I wrote above, I had produced (sort of) the nine songs and put them onto a CD titled “Vinegar Pie.”  However, with the firing event, I decided to re-release the songs with an additional three and re-title the collection, “The Quilter.”  And that’s what I did.

Recently I realized that all my earlier releases were in desperate need of some tweaking and refining.  I bought a mastering program called OZONE, that works really well.  I set about re-mastering my CDs.  To say re-mastering is actually a joke because they were not mastered in the first place.  OXONE really made a big difference in the overall sound of my first project, “Preachin’ to the Choir,” which, when re-mastered I actually put out on CD Baby.

After I was finished with “Preachin’ to the Choir,”  I turned to “The Quilter,” and to my dismay, I discovered that my recordings were atrocious.  YIKES!!!  I am now re-recording the songs and getting them “right.”  The good thing about learning to really hear, is that you can hear what you do as it really is.  That is also the bad thing about really learning to hear.

In the process of re-recording, I decided to add four more songs to the collection.  While you might think that this is over kill, I might say in my defense that many of my songs are only around two to two and a half minutes in length.  Also, I am in favor of the idea of giving my fans more bang for their buck/

The Title will be, “On My Mind,” but don’t hold your breath for it.  It seems that other projects keep jumping up and getting in the way.  Earlier, I wrote about the project for the Medical Marijuana musical, and just last week I was approached to write for another musical.  So while I have “On My Mind,” on my mind, right now, that’s all it is…  Do not read this as a complaint!

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