Sunday, March 13, 2011

What was I thinking?

I woke up this morning thinking about something I now can't remember. It had something to do with Damien Rice and one of his songs 'Cold Water'...or perhaps my not remembering has more to do with old age:)

I'm a big fan of acoustic music and especially when it has feeling and passion. In the 70's I was never away from live scenes like these...usually crammed in a small upstairs pub (even though I didn't drink after '74). There's something about the human condition and inner struggles that I find compelling in song.

'O' was a great album and I wanted to have his next, but my daughter advised against it because of bad language in one of the songs...she tries to protect me these days.

I have loads of iTune cards, so I think I'll go selecting a few...but not today.

Now, what was I thinking as I woke up? It'll be on my mind today while I'm at church doing my best to keep my mind on other things.

We have Martin and Sarah this afternoon with baby Liliya...perhaps they'll distract me sufficiently to be able to recall my first thoughts and feelings of today.

It worked!

A bird was singing and woke me up at 5am (looking at my watch was the key to remembering). I tried to get back to sleep but it wouldn't let me, so I asked it to stop from under my pillow. It didn't so I asked again loudly just as one of the lines in Damien's song came to mind, which was added (in tune) to my request...'Can you hear me now?'

I must have drifted off because the next thing I knew was waking up feeling a bit rough and thinking how we know for sure that birds are really singing when they make such a racket. If it was singing, why do they sing the same song all their lives. Don't they ever get fed up with it and have the urge to expand their repertoire?


  1. Ken, you introduced me to some lovely music which then had me go on to YouTube to listen to some more of Damien's music. Thanks for sending me on a very enjoyable half an hour of music, and hope you eventually get to recall what it was that inspired you to post up this link!

  2. "There's something about the human condition and inner struggles that I find compelling in song" always simply beautiful Ken ..."perhaps they'll distract me sufficiently to be able to recall" Before I forget Aldi is German, as verified by my Irish friend! They plan to offer liquor as well !

  3. You description of your youthful days in pubs reminds of the 'coffee houses' of the same time period where great indie folk music was sung.

  4. Hope you have a wonderful visit. I'm forgetting things all the time lately. I love acoustic music too. Thanks for the video.

  5. Hi Vera
    I'm glad you had a musical half-hour although, judging by your video, that you have a dawn chorus all of your own.

    Hi Raj
    Thank you.
    I thought it was German. Perhaps the razor was made in Ireland for Aldi.

    Hi Paul
    And did you frequent these coffee bars to soak up the music? I'll have to check out indie folk.

    Hi Kelly
    I think it's frustrating when the harder you try to remember something forgotten, the greater the mist. Sometimes it's even embarrassing...I once forgot the name of one of my grandkids when directly asked...mist!

  6. I love waking up to birdsong. I can't sleep past 6am these days and today the birds are singing and the sun is shining. Spring might even be on its way. Wonderful.

  7. Hi Jean
    I like waking up to birdsong too...normally!