The White Birch ~ The Weight Of Spring

I wore the dark
I watched the light undress the mark
The weight of spring
The darkness brings

I called for grace
In a lovers loss, in distant face
As years were spent
And hearts were bent
Hearts were bent

I close my eyes to the sound of spring
What is there to see
In the songs they bring?
Love will never change
The morning sun
Love will never change
The way the way the darkness runs

I felt the doubt
Of a better man who had fallen out
And spring was bold
As hearts turned cold
Hearts turned cold

I close my eyes to the sound of spring
What is there to see
But the songs they bring
Love will never change
The morning sun
Love will never change
The way the darkness runs

I so loved this album The Weight Of Spring and especially this track, I thought I’d create a relaxation video – so please enjoy!

I don’t believe the song is actually about spring, but has a much deeper meaning, a very personal one.  The whole album was dedicated to the mother of Ola Fløttum who passed away during the creation of this album.  I definitely feel a strong sense of that in the music and the lyrics.  But having said that, it’s one of those albums with songs the listener can form their own feeling on what they’re about. I relate to music like that a lot.

If you love the laid back sound to this track, you can listen to all the tracks from the  album in this You Tube playlist, and here are the lyrics.

Unfortunately The White Birch no longer exist as a band, but you can still buy their four inspiring albums from iTunes and Amazon.

If you’d like to read more about Ola Fløttum and the album The Weight Of Spring you may find this blog post of interest.


*(2017 update)

You can now view the official music video for the Weight Of Spring.

 

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Beautiful Crazy Mind

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She led him piece by piece
down to her water of life,
and even though he knew
she was possibly quite crazy,
he didn’t mind at all
because sanity was never his anyway.
She fed him tea and poetry,
and the wonders of her endless thought,
sweeter than honey,
a different kind of bliss,
an ecstasy, a loving bed
of like minds and theology.
They drifted on euphoria,
with a kind of nakedness
that opens eyes to the unknown,
and teaches the independent heart
how not to recover from the blending of souls.
In the passing of time,
even the most ancient memory
won’t fail to recall her living water,
the loving bed,
the poetry infused with tea
and her beautiful crazy mind.

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Picture: Cranes Fly Away ~ Deviantart

 

The inspiration for this poem came from Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Suzanne‘ partially describing a woman he once knew.

Someone I was following on Twitter posted a You Tube video of the Judy Collins version.  When I played it I really wasn’t sure if I had ever heard that song before or not – but it got my attention, I absolutely loved it.  I have to guess the song is describing fascination and and magnetic attraction when the love of someone, or perhaps the idea of how wonderful they are sweeps us off our feet.  As least, that’s how the song speaks to me.  And the beautiful crazy mind in my poem is describing a woman who is not miss average.  Someone who is highly attractive in personality, but seen by the world as a bit crazy.  Perhaps Charles Bukowski’s wonderful poem One For Old Snaggletooth might have also inspired me on this one?

It was interesting to find that Leonard Cohen was originally a writer, poet and an author of several novels, who later turned to write songs because those books weren’t bringing him in enough money.  I didn’t know that before, but it makes perfect sense, he’s a powerful writer of some brilliant songs!  Here’s the lyrics if you’d prefer to read them.

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Just to let you all know, it might be a little while before I get to answer the comments on here as I’m going to have to take a short break.  I have some major work – essential repairs occurring next week in my home, plus a complete refit of my bathroom.  I was hoping it would all be done when I last took a break – but no, nothing went to plan.  I’m dreading the upheaval, not to mention having to move my computer from it’s perfect place in order to ensure it’s not damaged with all the workmen in the house.  It has to be done, but I’m not happy at all, I hate chaos and stress. 😐 I just hope I manage to keep my cool head on. 😉
If you notice my absence for about a week, I’m not avoiding you all, just a bit tied up with the annoying things of life.  If I get the opportunity to use another computer during that time (might be possible) I’ll drop by your blogs, but if not, I’ll be offline for about a week.  I’m hoping to go ahead with the second issue of The Writing Garden as planned, it’s all complete, just got to press publish.  But again, I might be a while getting round to any comments.  I shall certainly be returning to read your posts ASAP! 🙂

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81rWg3xg48LDancing In The Rain – poetry by Chris Moran
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The Mummers – Cherry Heart

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Seventeen’s a lucky number
Years that I’ve been in slumber
I’ll fall into a newborn day

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I begin to see in sepia
I want to play piano ♪ ♫ ♪
I cook creole and make my own rules

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It’s a case of broken identity
when you’re made for the 21st Century
It takes one strike to break a cherry heart ♥

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Tokenistic
pleasures come and go
Lookin down on the streets of Soho
made up with nowhere to go

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I begin to see in sepia
I want to play piano
♪ ♫ ♪
I cook creole and make my own rules

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It’s a case of broken identity
when you’re made for the 21st Century
It takes one strike to break a cherry heart ♥

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Hear more of their music here

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Caro Emerald – That Man

A favourite lady of mine – to get you in a dancing party mood! 😀

Eighth Day – Hazel 0’Connor

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I came across this on You Tube a week ago, and it just made me smile – to think how much I loved this song – silly girl!!  (But I was still only 12 years old!)  And since the 80’s revival has begun, I thought it would be a perfect time to share this movie gem of 80’s history.  How old that makes me feel 😦

This single came out in 1980 so you will have to be at least 40 to remember this.  If you’ve never seen it before, it may fascinate you, or make you frown in confusion!  If you are a mere baby watching this, let me assure you – this is a very good example of how depressing a lot of songs in the charts were for a teenager in the early 80′.  It isn’t surprising when I started to write poetry at age 14 some of it sounded a lot like these lyrics.  (Glad I moved on from that!)

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I had forgotten how ‘Tron’ like Hazels costume was for this piece of the film, it does look quite amazing considering how many years ago it was made.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth a view.  The main message is how normal people get destroyed by the music industry and their inability to cope with being a big music star. 

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There is a rumour going round that the end of the world is very near, and I can’t help thinking I’ve heard all that before, but dressed up as nuclear war to depress my beautiful teenage mind.  (I moved on from that too!)  So I thought this would be very fitting for this time.

It feels quite weird to be sharing this all theses years later.  If some 1980’s prophetical minded person had told my young self in 2012 I’d have the means to share this with people across the world through the use of a home computer, I would have laughed, because I wouldn’t have believed it would be possible in my lifetime.  I wasn’t ever going to grow old anyway!! 😉

Here’s the lyrics – if you need them.  Don’t have nightmares! 😆

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In the beginning was a world
Man said: Let there be more light
Electric scenes a maze of beams
Neon brights to light our boring nights
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On the second day he said: Let’s have a gas
Hydrogen and CO are of the past
Let’s make some germs, we’ll poison the worms
Man will never be surpassed
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And he said: Behold what I have done
I’ve made a better world for everyone
Nobody laughs, nobody cries
World without end, forever and ever
Amen, amen, amen
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On the third we get green and blue pill pie
On the fourth we send rockets to the sky
On the fifth metal beasts and submarines
On the sixth man prepares his final dream:
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In our image, let’s make robots for our slaves
Imagine all the time that we can save
Computers, machines, the silicon dream
Seventh he retired from the scene
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And he said: Behold what I have done
I’ve made a better world for everyone
Nobody laughs, nobody cries
World without end, forever and ever
Amen (amen), amen (amen), amen (amen)

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On the eighth day machine just got upset
A problem man had not foreseen as yet
No time for flight, a blinding light
Then nothing but a void, forever night
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He said: Behold what man has done
There’s not a world for anyone
Nobody laughs, nobody cries
World’s at an end, everyone has died
Forever amen (amen), amen (amen), amen (amen)
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He said: Behold what man has done
There’s not a world for anyone
Nobody laughs, nobody cries
World’s at an end, everyone has died
Forever amen (amen), amen (amen), amen (amen)
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If you’re interested in the film, here’s the full version.

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Hazel O'Connor

Hazel O’Connor
in the 1980’s

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