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Week 12: The Overview Effect

Hello friends!
Here’s my twelfth “OneSong A Week”… I have to say I’m very pleased to be (just about) keeping up with my challenge of writing, demoing and sharing a new song every week.
I’m going to keep this description short (at least for now)- my computer feels like it’s in the verge of overheating (and I certainly am too). Very warm in Portland today.
Anyway, I happened to watch a video about a phenomenon called The Overview Effect, which inspired this song. You might like it too:vimeo.com/55073825#at=1142

Do you remember the first time you saw
The earth hanging in space?
This was an image that changed everything
Our whole perception of place
That’s us, surrounded by nothingness
We’re stardust and interconnectedness
With this overview

Imagine you’ve spent your whole life working for
Your moment to visit the stars
As soon as you floated away from your seat
You found yourself gazing back to us
And now you thing that you understand
That there are no borders between lands
With this overview

And you see it so clearly when you’re way up here
And you miss it so dearly when you’re way up here
With this overview

The colours, the motion, the beauty below
You see it all as a whole
To transcend the feeling of separation
To feel this shift in your soul
And how can we get the message out
That we are in this together now?
Overview
Overview

 

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Week 11: Sweet Tooth

Hello friends!
Week 11′s edition of One Song A Week is another that I had originally started during the 20 song game I played in January (see Week 4: The Well for a brief description). It’s quite common for me to have a single verse or couplet that I think has potential but struggles to ever grow into a whole song. Fortunately I just finished reading “Sweet Tooth” by Ian McEwan (one of my real favourite writers), and that was a help. Hopefully the lyrics are oblique enough that if you haven’t read the book yet I won’t ruin it for you.

We’re under the same sky
And we’re under the same stars
It’s all very simple until you zoom in too far

I was a writer without a novel
And you were a spy in search of a lover
All I had to do was to write it all down

Cos you’ve got something that I need
And I’ve got something that you can’t resist
You can’t resist
Serena, you don’t need to explain yourself
Serena, I don’t need to tell you just yet
It’s you and me both
With this sweet tooth

If every story has two sides
We were back to back back on the same coin
Hoping that it won’t be long til we see eye to eye

Cos you’ve got something that I need
And I’ve got something that you can’t resist
You can’t resist
Serena, you don’t need to explain yourself
Serena, I don’t need to tell you just yet
It’s you and me both
With this sweet tooth

We’re under the same sky
And we’re under the same stars
It’s all very simple until you zoom in too far

 

 

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