Expression and Music

It’s true that music lifts your soul

A bit of a different post today, because of the mood I am in.

My life has changed recently. I’m no longer employed, doing a job that just ‘pays the bills’ and ‘ticking along’ and being what I now realise was actually unhappy.

I never thought I was a ‘Little Miss Susie Homemaker’ type. I would sneer and mock – I’m an independent feminist woman! Housework? Spending all day looking after babies and having dinner ready when the master comes home?! Hah! In fact my partner would probably have hysterics if my name & ‘Susie Homemaker’ were mentioned in the same sentence.

And yet… I am at home. Officially I am self-employed and running a business, though I’m still waiting for those paying customers. In the meantime, I’m at home with the not-quite little one, doing the school run, and keeping house. And you know what? I’m happy! (16 year old self shudders and turns away in horror). But I am, there’s no denying it. What I’m doing I’m doing for me and my family. I can choose how to spend my days… in relation to kiddies of course, but that still leaves a lot of scope. I’m not stressing about the school run, or the housework – because I have plenty of time in which to fit everything in. And I get to play with my kids, instead of feeling like I’m rushing around trying to do everything at once.

This happiness has resulted in me singing around the house more and listening to music. The tv has been turned off. I used to have the tv on pretty much all the time, not because I watched it, I’d just got used to it being ‘background’. We occasionally listened to music… but now… now it fills my soul. It’s an intrisic part of my happiness. And it is, I have discovered, absolutely true that music lifts your spirits – or if your spirits are already lifted, emphasises/enhances/complements said spirits.

I never really know what sort of music I am ‘into’. I’m an eclectic, and will listen to pretty much anything, but I’ve never really been a collector, or a specific fan of this person or that group.

But that is one group, and one song in particular that is ME, that lifts me immediately every time I hear it, and transports me back to the first time I heard it, live at a festival, just over 10 years ago now. This piece of music is everything to me: it gets into my very soul, sends shivers down my spine, makes my feet move and my brain tingle.

I don’t know how many people have heard of this band, maybe Australians have as that’s where they’re from – The Cat Empire. It is a mix of Jazz, a bit of reggae, and other stuff to that is just WOWee! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. If I was to define myself by music, THIS would be it. I encourage you to listen to it – listen to the words as well as the music – as a poet, the words, to me, are just as important as the music, and I LOVE the message here!

“Our weapons were our instruments, made of timber & steel – we’ll never yield to conformity but stood like kings – in a chariot that’s riding on a record wheel…”

(oh, – be patient… the intro’s a little odd, but trust me, its worth waiting for!)

The Cat Empire – The Chariot – YouTube.

So there you go. That is me, as defined by music.

I haven’t listened to this song for months… but I put it in again the other day, fitting with my current uplifted mood. And nothing makes me happier!

Do you have a song/artist/group/band that you feels defines you?


I Travel The Midnight Road

Midnight Rainbow3

I’ve seen a rainbow at Midnight,

I’ve glided in darkness ‘tween the starlight,

I know the light is over the horizon

But the Midnight Road I have chosen


I must walk my own abiding path

To find the depth of my love and my laugh;

How bright truly are my dreams?

How dark, how dark, can I really be?


This is the course that I must travel

To Face my Demons and unravel

The fear that always resides within

And find my strength find my love find where I begin


I walk through darkness with a bright side;

And come to Light with darkness always behind;

Now I know now I’ve seen my own eternity

Now I’ve seen now I know I’m absolutely free


I’ve walked through Heaven and walked through Hell

There’s nothing left that I can tell

I have seen I have seen the whole of me

So here I stand here I stand… with no apology.


This reads as a poem, but it came to me as a song. I can’t put the tune in your head, unfortunately, yet it is haunting mine! As ever with words that come to me as song, I cannot disentangle it to read just the words, as they would appear as a poem.

I hope that you can read the meaning of the words, rather than the ‘poetic voice’. Or ‘with’ the poetic voice. It was the words, after all, that wanted to be written down! I would apologise for the confusion… but as the last line says…!

Blessings be.

On Culling

Cull them! Cull them! Cull them! The cry is raised                                                                    


Badger (Photo credit: Fred Dawson)

It’s the only solution! I hear the television say

A rational debate, then I shall watch listening impartially

After all a creature of reason looks at all sides and that is me…

Yet my jaw drops and I blink in absolute disbelief

Not one flicker of irony passes in their features nor through their lips

These creatures are invading urban areas, our territory

They are a menace and a danger to all of society

They breed and breed there’s too many of them

And the diseases they carry we really need to stem

They have no natural predators so we have to step in

If we don’t then they will destroy everything                                                                                                       


deer (Photo credit: kkirugi)

The only solution is logical I think you’ll agree

 And that is to kill them – of course humanely.


Yes so different aren’t we, from these natural critters,

The human population that so uncaringly litters

Attracting these evolving adaptable beasts

Who have learnt to take advantage of our unwanted feasts

The foxes, deer and badgers are a wonder, I think

Learning to survive in our polluted stink

The problem as I see it is not them encroaching on us                                                                                    


fox (Photo credit: digitalprimate)


Ask yourselves really, WHO was here first?

It’s immoral to cull humans – shudder at the very thought!

But animals, oh well, they’re ignorant and just sport!

Many people will have different opinions I am sure,

My goal here is not to inflame but rather to not ignore

The important issues to which we can be so willingly blind

A poet, in fact, has a duty to speak and express their heart and mind

And mine say to me: Killing is killing, the animal is just as dead

And all these excuse you give – can be applied to the human race instead.

In The Name Of Love-A Poem To All World Leaders (Rondeau Redoublé)

T J Therien is the Master of his art… if you haven’t seen his blog, I urge you to pop along and take a visit.

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