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Pipes in Portree

Portree on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. This is how music connects you. There are mesmerising pipes chanting in the air played by a group of young musicians who are standing next to an old church. They are practicing for what I assume is going to be a march later on. On the short side road a few tourists like me witness the scene. On a small square, other musicians gather and prepare their pipes, drums and flutes. Local people in all ages wear traditional kilts and costumes. Some people chat, some make jokes, some just listen. The sound is so clear as is the air blowing from the sea. The bagpipes are droning and the trees appear to bend slowly to the endless, ancient sounds. Down the road, there are some houses painted in soft colours such as pink, purple, orange, blue and green. They seem to reflect the island’s mystical lights you find during the late nights in the summer. When the sun is up so long as it is now, twilight seems to stand still. The music carries on whilst I look up to the blue sky. I see the blue yonder. The blue yonder is not beyond, it is here. Words in my mind fade away. I feel pure joy when listening to this music. The air is filled with bliss, and the bliss remains when the music stops and silence sets in.

St James Park played in a park

This is my song St James Park that I played spontaneously in a park. It was a wonderful moment on a glorious sunny day with an up-lifting atmosphere all around. So I just felt like playing this song.

This was filmed at West Square, a beautiful spot close to Elephant & Castle in London.

St James Park it’s a declaration of love for life.

Listen to a preview of St James Park on soundlcoud.

The Blue Yonder Notes

Many times my friends asked me about the meaning of the song The Blue Yonder. There is so much in this song for me. I find it not easy to articulate these emotions in a rational way. Deep down the song connects with something very important in my heart. The sheer pleasure to live. The sadness when staring at the blind spots in life. I find that the video is revealing something deeper, and maybe also these notes. They are like an imagination what I see in front of my eyes when singing this song.

the blue yonder notes

early morning. i wake up with rays of sun falling through the wooden blinds. some birds are chanting, the leaves on nearby shrubs rustle and a fresh breeze carries smell of morning dew into my room. somewhere a car is rolling slowly around  the corners of the streets. i hear some laughter and moments later the voices carry away. i breathe in and listen to the silence. outside is the blue sky, the deep blue sky.

an ambulance car is running over the bridge with the blue lights flashing in haste. the facades of the nearby houses throw back the blue lightning whilst the dark holes of the window frames seem to swallow the sudden noise cutting the street. time is moving backwards. faded memories flicker in front of my eyes whilst my mind is turning upside down. there are blue lights everywhere. blue lines on top of buildings, blue light balls decorating trees, blue floodlights embracing the London skyline. i stare at these blue traces. i see the sun approaching in peace.

me and my brother and sister are running towards a small hill in the nearby city park. we catch tailwind and run up the hill and feel lighter than the birds soaring in the sky upon us. on top of the hill there is a little hut from where our eyes wander over the ranging trees, the growing coppice and the stretching ponds. i turn and roll down the hill, sideways, fast, with my eyes open. i watch the green of the dense grass interchange with the blue of the vast sky in rapid sequence. at the bottom of the slope i halt and gaze into the open sky. there is the yonder, the wide blue yonder.

The Blue Yonder lyrics

There isn’t a better way of starting a blog than publishing the lyrics of one of my most important songs – The Blue Yonder

The Blue Yonder

the first thing i remember
the smell of morning dew came closer
the sun fell into my shaded room
like a promise to loom
soon

the next thing I remember
darkness my eyes seemed to enter
in the distance a car is roaring
a sound that turned into a slow
soaring

they say time
flies by surprise
i know time slips
through my hands
i want to know why
when living beyond the blue yonder

living with the unknown fire
that makes you warm and entire
like a child running with tailwind
feel the air as you breathe in

the last thing I remember
my eyes open in a white chamber
the nurses connecting dots
their eyes seemed fixed
on a blind spot

they say time
flies by surprise
i know time slips
through my hands
i want to know why
when living beyond the blue yonder

 

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