A little autobiography under the pictures..
Each of us has many faces we call up as our mood changes. The three pictures above are different messages about who I am and what I can be like. With my changing moods reflected on my face and in my thoughts, I write and feel musical sounds using my instruments and my lips and vocal cords. I also draw and paint or sculpt clay to say things. All that I mentioned are outlets and prescriptions for good health. Like no other time, Trump and his people try to smash what we have built hoping to make us feel sad and unhappy. Music and art and the words put down in connection with them expose what is in our heart and personally matters. Those things can’t be torn down and smashed into pieces because they live in the music and art produced and reside in a place no one can touch. They are memorialized and guarded with passion in our mind and near us tucked away in our residence..far from interlopers. During times like these we need to build a personal space that can’t be invaded or broken into to protect ourselves from the mental abuse of the President and his enablers.
It has never been any hotter than it was on September 6, 2020. Los Angeles, September 5, 6, & 7, 2020, felt like being flown into Death Valley, a very beautiful place known for its 3 seasons of heat. I have never before observed 114 degrees on my home thermometer or read that a city in the San Fernando Valley close to me had a daytime temperature of 121 degrees. These extremes of heat and in increased frequency seem to be our future. We must worry how we are affecting the climate and do everything to undo it. On September 6, I spoke with a tech person in Phoenix, AZ. The saguaro cacti Phoenix is famous for are dying from the heat!
My newest song is called Nothing Comparable Like It. A reviewer pointed out to me that there are 2 ways to pronounce comparable both having the same meaning. To my ear one sounds pretty formal. I chose the other. The movement associated with physically and emotionally interacting with another is like ballet. Nothing Comparable Like It describes a ballet enticing and meaningful. Our current world seems threatening. We need moments to escape and feel closeness instead of feeling dread and disgust daily. My next song in G major gushes like a mountain spring with feelings not necessarily using words but certainly using music. I consider the chorus and bridge as the song’s highlights.
Touching your smile,
Feeling the grit
And the tension
In your face,
Being in such a personal space
That is intimate and different,
Two right there
Face to face,
Nothing like it.
Don’t waste even a minute.
With a desire to know and feel
A complete sensory
I especially like a few lines in Verse 2:
Drawn to where tension
And passion reside.
It is communication
And then a few lines from the Outro:
Two people right there
Nothing comparable like it.
It’s a song demonstrating sensitivity that becomes bolder in verse 1 at plus, at explore in the bridge, and on before in verse 3. The melody repeats in each chorus, the most melodic parts of the song. I wrote the lyrics of each verse so that each has its own dynamic ebb and flow. After listening carefully to the chording and bass notes of the song there are flashes of music styling similar to Billy Joel. The bridge takes a more hard driving approach in the vocals with a backbeat syncopated sound coming to a head midway reaching upward with a high G. The sound then quiets ending with an inverted A dim/A moving to an inverted C min/D. In the outro I took the music out of rhythm to allow it to feel freeform and rely less on chords and more on the melody and dynamics as the words are sung out. The song closes with a nice pop riff on nothing like it nothing comparable like it.
The music for this song did not just pop. Nothing Comparable Like It was planned to move into a different song space for me. The lyrics for this song are different. I wanted to try something new for me that could sit comfortably next to music written for the radio world. Tell me what you think. Listen up now to Nothing Comparable Like It. Use your earphones you will enjoy it more!
Living in the US for the last 3.5+ years challenges our sanity. Aggression sanctioned out of Washington D.C. is consuming many. Everyday we walk a path with a steep plunge in sight. With no sensible climate plan, the West is burning. I fear the future will not be there to build out and look forward to; so Vote Early….. so change will happen. Be a poll worker. In some states voting began today.
I think we should apologize to Hillary Clinton for the poor choice made by the people in the USA in 2016. No person is an angel, but January 20, 2017, she would have stepped up to become a whole team of angels looking out for us and the USA and our interests. She said Trump was not fit for office. Why didn’t people listen? She is very intelligent and experienced. Why do people fall for what seems to glitter and looks like gold? I prefer silver. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be our silver angels. They will bring our democracy and country back from the edge of destruction and insanity to become what they need to be and were once. J & K will lead us and show us how to be. The USA needs to reflect the values of its singularly diverse people and watch out for their well-being in their entirety. The corrupt must be pushed to plunge over a cliff. I hope Hillary Clinton forgives the unforgivable rock thrown at her. A few times I had a rock thrown at me. I know how it can sting and cut. She is smart and very strong and was able to get back up. She will be there to advise and will rise to the occasion just like tonight when I heard her speak about Ruth Ginsberg. Amen.
Today, September 30, 2020, we see on BuzzFeed that adults are finally becoming more mature!
The following appeared on BuzzFeed:
Referring to the September 29, 2020, presidential debate and people tweeting about it: … A recurring theme running through the tweets were public apologies to Hillary Clinton. Jill Filipovic,” Will you shut up, man” is the line of the night. I feel for Hillary right now because I’m positive she wanted to say that and couldn’t. “ From Chasten Buttigieg..“Has anyone checked in on @HillaryClinton? Girl, I’m so sorry.” After all, she accurately predicted many of Trump’s worst scandals back in 2016, and yet, her advice went unheeded. But Hillary not wanting any pity wants something more important and says, “Thanks, I’m fine. But everyone better vote.”
So let’s sing the beautiful melody from Mame for her plugging in: Let’s get out and vote together.. put Trump and his enablers to shame. We need Joe and Kamala and their team and Hillary to make the USA rise again.
Probably the most important thing we need to do right now is to stay well and protect each other and follow the science of public health. Thinking musically positive we’ll find our way through this.
This evening begins Rosh Hoshana, the Jewish New Year. Ruth Bader Ginsberg was Jewish as I am. She passed on a day that is holy and significant. The title of my song modified slightly and certainly with no intended disrespect applies to her distinctly: There Was Nothing Comparable Like Her! May Ruth rest peacefully knowing that she is remembered and honored by people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, ethnicities, political persuasions, and those with disabilities as everyone’s honorable protector of equality among all people! She pushed for equality of opportunity. Her known qualities of grace, honesty, integrity, kindness, compassion, respect, devotion..mirror those of the biblical Ruth. Her mother properly named her for the role she was going to play. Discovering another woman who will take up her vision seems like an impossible challenge. Probably best to be thankful we lived when Ruth Bader Ginsberg was alive and on the Supreme Court, and we were able to benefit from her intelligence.
Joshua Eli and
September 18, 2020