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You put your left arm in......

You put your left arm in......

One of the things I love about our interaction on the blogosphere, and Cafe Crem and its members in particular, is the way we seem to support and inspire each other. our good friend, the American artist Susan Cornelis, recently posted a piece evoking her youth, and illustrated it with a phrase that just got my creative synapses firing. I decided there and then that I would write a song that incorporated MY perception of HER time, using her phrase as the chorus. I wrote the lyrics straight off without thinking in a stream of consciousness kind of way. I wasn’t going to share any of this until the song was completed, but since starting this Mooremusic blog, I think it would be interesting to share the process with you (however long it takes!)

A Ceiling, likewise...

A Ceiling, incomplete...

Obviously, as my studio is not ready yet (it’s coming along, see pic) I won’t be recording it any time soon, but I thought I’d share the lyric with you. you will see, as I post subsequently about this, that the lyrics may change to fit the tune, or perhaps, the lyrics will dictate the measure of bars. I have no set way of working, So it will be interesting to see where this takes me. Susan’s original lyrics are in red.

Oh my! What would they say
To that Boomer in me, who is ever ready
To get up and go to take that magical mystery tour?
Mom and Grandma, want to come along?

It was the high sixties
Boy, was it hot that day
We slid through the decade
On a doobie and a prayer

Feelin our way
Throwin’ away the rules
Made up new ones as we went along
A whole new constitution in a poem and a song
Ohio, Vietnam, a hundred new ways for us to stick it to the man

Oh my! What would they say
To that Boomer in me, who is ever ready
To get up and go to take that magical mystery tour?
Mom and Grandma, want to come along?

I take those rose coloured glasses from the dresser by the door
Look back with fondness to the freak I was before
Am I the same?, hey you’d better believe it sister
Just older and wiser, if not a little bit bitter

But I hang on to that ethos like a drowning man a straw
Cruise in Janis’s mercedes- Dance to Sly’s four on the floor
But hey Ray, I don’t need no J to recall our optimism from 40 years away
So I’ll pray so hard to whatever God you throw at me,
That all this peace and love will keep recurring throughout history
And all and all thats meant to be will fall and be at one with me
The sense and sensitivity the flower child thats within me…remains

Oh my! What would they say
To that Boomer in me, who is ever ready
To get up and go to take that magical mystery tour?
Mom and Grandma, want to come along?

Lyrics Copyright 2008 Kev Moore & Susan Cornelis

November 12, 2008 - Posted by | Home Studio, Music, Recording, Rock, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Great Lyrics, and so happy that Susan has inspired that song to you. I can’t wait to hear it, so please, stop hanging around in the blogsphere and go back to work. 🙂
    Great ceiling, at least has got the right colour… and no clouds, that can only be right!

    Comment by Miki | November 12, 2008

  2. Thanks Miki (I think) though I can’t help feeling that I shouldn’t be sat here at the computer…… 🙂

    Comment by kevmoore | November 12, 2008

  3. Wow! I know Susan will be honored that you are, once again, collaborating with her.

    Isn’t it great to have lived then and experienced all you describe so well with your lyrics, and then to also be alive now, where it’s possible that two aging (but oh so wiser) hippies can connect in the blogosphere and light one up together again!

    Comment by Bob Cornelis | November 12, 2008

  4. Thanks Bob, I’m looking forward to getting in that studio and putting the song together. ..hope she’ll be happy with it!

    Comment by kevmoore | November 12, 2008

  5. As they say in England, I’m “over the moon” about it! I love it that you’re going to share the process of creating this song, and not just the product. Your lyrics match so perfectly the sentiment I had with my original piece – peace and love, and that exhilaration of life that comes with it. I’ve always thought it would be divine to be able to create the music and lyrics for a song, but I’m not sure if I’ll get to it in this lifetime. So I thank you for letting me be at least of part of that creation.
    And I have a feeling that as you’re building your ceiling the song will unfold and be ready to record soon after your studio is complete!

    Comment by Susan | November 12, 2008

  6. Susan, it’s a pleasure! Although I feel I’ve created some of my best work alone, it’s not really been a solitary pursuit. All of the songs I’ve written over the last few years have been either catalysed or critiqued by Miki, and in that sense she is a very real songwriting partner. Even though I don’t always like what I hear, she is incredibly perceptive and objective when she listens to my stuff, and of course, her creativity energises my own ideas. Of course, on top of that, I am lucky enough to have the creativity of yourself as an inspiration too! I think it’s so important to be surrounded by like-minded people in this regard, people who help you push the creative envelope. It’s also why I like Bob’s clearly written and thoughtful blog, it encourages you to exercise your mind, and that’s a good thing!

    Comment by kevmoore | November 13, 2008

  7. Oh God, Mr Moore, you just made me cry!!!

    Comment by Miki | November 13, 2008

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