This is the second (and final) part of World of Wonder. I’ve been having fun learning about recording the acoustic songs (as opposed to composing strictly instrumental and electronic). Of course, I have a lot more to learn. But life is a journey:>)
This latest batch of music is an experiment of interplay, between composed electronic pieces and mainly acoustic (guitar, voice, piano) songs. I’m just curious to see what the effect will be. The words for the two songs, Tottering to Infinity, and Remember Ott follow below. Hope you enjoy! Jim
Tottering To Infinity
Tottering to infinity, I’ve lost my unanimity
I would really love some sympathy
But there is no reward
For floundering in flowered paths
And gazing at the uncut grass
The whole, hazy undermass of legends left unknown
I started much too late
Tried to force an open gate
Talked myself into empty rooms
Mystic leaves and fallen brooms
Cellars full of spoiled red wine
Locks of amber, unbroken time
Something that was never mine
Is not terribly amused
I’m whimpering down that scattered path
The wind-torn soot, the broken lath
The places yet unseen
Will keep, until that frozen dome
Remnants of a happy home
The charging nestling crispy tome
Laughs loudly, here at last!
Left his home
More than forty-year
Said his prayers
By yonder lake
Took the blinds down
And returned the rake
I say old Ott
What have we here?
Is it a beaver
Or a gondolier?
Are there paw prints
On my lawn
Woe is me
A darling fawn!
Battery Life is a little musical adventure for me, into the land of ambient. In May I was fooling around with various drum kits. I improvised the drums first, then played other instruments to them. For a couple of the tracks I went back and deleted the existing drum tracks and improvised new ones, and played with taking out chunks rather than having a continuous drum track.
This series of four compositions was inspired by the excellent book by Suzanne Simard: Finding The Mother Tree (2021). She is a professor of forest ecology at UBC, and the book is both a memoir of her life and career.