William Blake Songs of Innocence

I like Blake’s poetry and got into him through the Doors who were also influenced by his “the Marriage of Heaven and Hell” which speaks “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite….”. I chose to add music to the “Introduction” to Blake’s “Songs of Innocence” poetry collection.

Here are the words, followed by my music (early effort!):

Piping down the valleys wild,
Piping songs of pleasant glee,
On a cloud I saw a child,
And he laughing said to me:

“Pipe a song about a Lamb!”
So I piped with a merry chear.
“Piper, pipe that song again;”
So I piped: he wept to hear.

“Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe;
Sing thy songs of happy chear:”
So I sung the same again,
While he wept with joy to hear.

“Piper, sit thee down and write
In a book, that all may read.”
So he vanish’d from my sight,
And I pluck’d a hollow reed,

And I made a rural pen,
And I stain’d the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs,
Every child may joy to hear.

Beatles Blackbird Cover

I knocked up this simple recording of Blackbird influenced by the Paul McCartney gig I went to in Dublin’s O2. It’s just Acoustic guitar and vocal with a little chorus and reverb. Recorded and mixed via Nuendo.

Strange Blues

“Strange Blues” was written and recorded around 2000 and its just a weird take on the traditional blues form with lyrics describing my ‘strange’ feelings at the time!

Outlander

“Outlander” is a song about feeling outcast by society and was written about 1999. It features a strange mix of echoed harmonica and weird chord progressions to produce a chilling, ethereal & spacious soundscape.

Take Me Away

“Take me Away” is just a short instrument only song which is kinda uplifting and took me away from problems I was having at the time I wrote it around 1998.