Homeward Bound

Week 44- Chris asked us to write a song

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Why is it that the challenges which seem the most daunting end up being the most enjoyable. On Wednesday I caught a train to Birmingham to meet Vanessa, Jacqui and Mark - my new found wake up family. On the way there I had a lovely time flicking through the back catalogue in my mind of songs that mean something to me so that I had a basis for writing my song- the fact that I was on train doing this led to the title of this post. Some of my favourite songs can be the ones with the best riffs Kashmir, Ramble on, House of the Rising Sun, Echo Beach, Should I stay or should I go, All day and all of the Night...

But what I love more is a song with a story. Think Eleanor Rigby-‘Wearing the face that she keeps in the jar by the door’ or of rebellion, Maggies Farm- Bob Dylan spoke to the young me about emancipation. But mostly, I love wordy, melancholy songs. In Wales we have a unique word which is not easily translated it means longing and homesickness all rolled into one - Hiraeth. Its a word to explain how I feel when I think about my Dad. So if a song is wordy with a hint of 'hiraeth' I’m sold. I knew all the words to my sisters Leornard Cohen album before I was 8 (odd I think you'll agree). I listened to Tracey Chapman on repeat for the whole of 1986-7. Other stand out lyrics are Rod Stewarts conflicting 'Stay with Me' has lyrics evocative of one night stand politics ..'So in the morning, please don't say you love me, Cause you know I'll only kick you out the door. ' The way Morrisey delivered ’Stop me…' I was detained, I was restrained, And broke my spleen and broke my knee, And then he really lays into me, Friday night in out-patients,Who said I'd lied to her?.. If I was brave enough to do Karaoke that’s what I would pick its so funny and raw…later, David Gray 'The other side' and 'Fix me’ by Coldplay reduced me to tears ..and Ill Manor by Plan B could ignite a riot and now anything by Tom Odell hits the mark.

Songs have the power to make you time travel and they have a power to move you, make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Sometimes they need a video to tell the story.. Sam Smith's video for 'I'm not the only one' is a very moving example and my all time favourite video 'Feel' with Robbie and Daryl Hannah even though I'm not a huge fan of Robbie is also like a mini movie and is so sexy...

In the last ten years I have fallen hook, line and sinker for the poetic ramblings of Guy Garvey, I just think his way of songwriting is genius. I have been lucky enough to see them live a few times and mostly they have moved me to tears in a good way- I spied him once having a smoke behind some bins before a gig. He is so ordinary but with such an extraordinary talent for writing modern day poetry to wonderful melodies.

Here are some of his lyrics that stand out to me and that have meant things to me.

You know you drive me up the wall, I need to see your face is all, You little sod, I love your eyes, be everything to me tonight.

So yes I’m asking you to back a horse that’s good for glue…

I’m acting like i haven’t dreamt of you and i and marriage in an orange grove

We got open arms for broken hearts

So Guy if you and I weren’t already taken, and if you wanted to, you could woo me no end with these lyrics. Sigh...

So my song needs to be all of these things but may end up being none of them. Chris said write one, he didn’t say it had to be a good one

So here goes ….

Hello you, hello me.

Here I am hanging on to a cold coffee cup

Aboard a train a new day up

a hint of a smile upon my lips

where is me

the old me

hello new day

new me

hello me

waking up is the new thing

ever day with time to sing

smiling with meaning

connecting with feeling

hello me

hello you

hello me

My step has a new spring

possibilities have a new ring

deliver me from switching off

this journeys slowly taking off

hello me

hello you

hello me

Fiona Dolben

Acupuncturist, holistic therapist, content creator., Hemp Holisitics

I'm a single parent of ONE lovely lanky teenager.. I live in deepest rural Wales . My 'proper' job is in marketing and events but I am also a trained reflexologist, masseur and reiki giver (go figure!) I also look after my Mum who is in her late 80's, my dog Ted, my cat Black and my hens and goldfish...my dream is to have a small holding and offer people holidays in my teepee and maybe the odd therapy ....so as you can see I am a mass of contradictions.... I like to walk, do yoga, eat salad and visit new places but I also like to drive fast, Feast ice lollies, vodka on Friday's with friends(, which leads to dancing in my kitchen) my coffee , and staying up late... I can be outgoing but also extremely shy so like the rest of you I am still trying to figure it out one day at a time...


Go to the profile of Jacqui
about 5 years ago
Love it! And love Guy Garvey- his northern accent makes all his songs more gritty and beautiful. I have a theory that all poetry sounds more 'real' with a non-southern accent. I am off to think about my most meaningful songs. World Party will be up there somewhere.
Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
about 5 years ago
As usual I love reading your posts. Your musical tastes and knowledge are as diverse as mine but I think you some how are several leagues above me in the land of music. It's great to know that there are humans like you on the planet full of compassion and love and generosity. And the thing is I think a lot of that is down to your love of music and upbringing and the fact I think you are a kind soul. I might be wrong, I'm not always right (I usually am though, ahem), so thank you for another moving thoughtful post and just being you and showing you. It was great meeting you, you are a really nice person and I feel lucky to have met you (and Jacqui and Vanessa). By the way a truly moving song for me is David Sylvian's Forbidden Colours - it makes me weep inside and touches my spirit.
Go to the profile of Vanessa
about 5 years ago
Lovely, Fi! And hiraeth is just the word I needed; it's just what I feel when I listen to Aaron Neville and get homesick for a Louisiana I never really knew, but just scratched the surface of in childhood visits between exotic postings... I think you are exactly right about music letting you travel in time, and I love taking the trip. I'll be honest, I don't know many of the same artists - legacy of an American childhood - but your message speaks to my soul.
Go to the profile of Fiona Dolben
about 5 years ago
Thanks for your lovely comments. I love music I could have written pages and pages on songs that meant something to me at some time. Jacqui can't believe this blog has inspired an elbow gig. I must admit Mark Japan- was he in Japan? they passed me by. I know my best friends sister used to rave about him. I will give it a go with my older ears and see what comes out of it. Love being introduced to something new. Vanessa 'Hiraeth' is now out there like 'hygge' its a good word... there is a moorland area not far from Denbigh called Hiraethog which is were my dad is from and its easy to see why they named the bleak landscape this way.
Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
about 5 years ago
Suzanne Vega's first album (Suzanne Vega) I absolutely love-beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. It was the first concert I went to (1985 I think) and I still love it. Bryter Later by Nick Drake is sooooo soul full. I love the track "At the time of a city clock" and wonder what an extraordinary young man he was. What a sensitive soul. One track that I absolutely love is Tom Robinson's War Baby - love it, love, love it! Better Days by the Boss is in my soul too.I LOVE MUSIC!(and I didn't mention Weller once, ahem). YEAH-YEAH!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
about 5 years ago
Guy Garvey genius and likewise you Fi! ,great post and passion as always, and loving the Wake Up! song. C x