Wednesday, 23 February 2011

More coursework!

Hello everyone! :)

How are we all? :) Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my latest video - I'm really pleased that you like it.

I've been really busy with coursework lately, but I've just finished a few of my pieces, so I thought I'd show you what I've been up to. :) - They're not great, but hey...I'm still learning...

Here we have one piece in dorian mode, one in mixolydian mode, and one diatonic piece - made for my harmony coursework. Please let me know what you think...I think they're a bit 'interesting.' ;) (Please see below the tracks for lyrics. :))



Dreamings by hollykirby


Air of Mystery by hollykirby

Dreamings

A bronzy bower caped in gold
Between the autumn leaves she roamed
Twisting through the nettle bed
Where moths and flies were bound in web
Dewdrops on an open path
Fireflies to dry her daytime tears

Crimson clouds that floated by
Carry her sorrow through the night
Let her wake to smiling eyes
To nature's call, a new sunrise
Tie her hopes and bind them tight
Bringing all her dreamings into sight

Slumber mind and slumber eyes
Close to a new sun, burning bright
Take your time to start again
And wait for love 'til who knows when
Find reflections, find your soul
Become the one that you'd be proud to know

Air of Mystery

The pieces of your puzzle aren't as small as I surmised
I spent my time admiring all your intellectual lines
But now I see that time was wasted and I could've just stepped back
To find behind the intellect another broken track

Tell me your opinions and I'll listen carefully
But don't expect that I will necessarily agree
You can threaten my securities and criticise my claims
But keep your disenchantment, all your judgement, your disdain

Does it get lonely when someone dares to disagree?
Stop looking for the answers in everything you see
And give a little time to the air of mystery

I don't like your attitude, your derogating ways
It's harsh to laugh into a face that hears what you have to say
If you scorn my speculations, inclinations and my thoughts,
I take it that cold-shouldering is what you're asking for...

Does it get lonely when someone dares to disagree?
Stop looking for the answers in everything you see
And give a little time to the air of mystery

Does it get lonely when someone dares to disagree?
Stop looking for the answers in everything you see
And give a little time to the air of mystery
The air of mystery

35 comments:

me said...

I listened to these first on my laptop and I thought ~ lovely ~ then I put my headphones on (my laptop is a bit rubbish soundwise) and thought ~ BRILLIANT!!!
All so different, but still all so Holly.
I keep listening to them and can't decide which I like best because they are all so good!
Good luck with your marks.
One thing I noticed was that you can only listen to each one once, then you have to refresh the page to be able to listen again ~ is that the norm? I hadn't noticed it before.
Well done you. xxx

Trevor said...

Wow ! First comment on first hearing : Wow ! Got to go and listen to them again immediately . All totally different ,all totally brilliant :D And , as for that ' Air of Mystery ' what a cracking put down !! Note to self : never ever patronise Holly or run for the hills very quickly with tail tucked between legs !

Larry said...

Trev took the word, "Wow" right out of my mouth! :)

Amazing, actually. Very well done!

Trevor said...

More comments ~~~ this could go on for days !

Second hearing : ' Air of Mysrery ' Holly Kirby and The Blockheads --- Ian Drury lives again !
' Dreaming ' How difficult it must be to compose a new Celtic song , yet look what Holly's gone and done ~~ it's a thing of beauty , and what about the lyrics : ' Be the one that you'd be proud to know ...' Haunting !
'Hello Springtime ' I wondered where my xylophone had gone ;) this is a film score , isn't it !
So much talent invested in one person ! what happened to my share ?

Larry said...

Since you mention it, Trev, I will now say that "Celtic" was the very first impression that came to me when I listened to it. It is indeed, awesome.

Trevor said...

Hi Larry , and don't you think she sings each song as if her voice were designed for that very genre ? These compositions are breathtaking ~~~ but I suppose we've just got to wait for the judges' decision .

me said...

As soon as I heard Springtime I thought film score just like you Trevor :)

Trevor said...

That's because we both have excellent taste ;)

Uncle Tim said...

Very different, and yet each one wonderful and each one Holly. It's a real treat, as ever, to hear a song from Holly for the first time - and the second time, and the third time, and the....

Larry said...

:) Indeed it is, Uncle Tim.

mercury said...

Seltsame Gefühlsmischung zwischen Begeisterung und Entsetzen. Da zucken die genialischen Blitze und ich stehe mit offenem Mund da und wenn der Donner grollt erfasst mich Schmerz, wortlose Bitterkeit und namenloses Entsetzen, als hätte der jüngste Tag nie ein Ende.

Sis said...

I absolutely love Dreaming and Andy loves Air of Mystery (Brooke has gone to bed so I can't ask her). Something for everyone!! xxx

Trevor said...

Here's an interesting thought , given that I have no knowledge at all of the German language , it is entirely possible ,, from my perspective , that Mercury could be saying something really profound . It is , of course , equally possible that it's all nonsense ! Now , here's a conundrum ..... Which assumption should I make ? ;)

Uncle Tim said...

I love celtic-sounding songs, but I'm definitely tending towards Air of Mystery being my favourite now. Powerful stuff!

me said...

I agree Tim ~ it gets you 'in the groove' doesn't it ;-)

Trevor ~ try a translate website ~ although I found it to be deep ~ I still wasn't quite sure of the exact meaning though mercury :)

Trevor said...

You're quite right , Me , but I'm not really very adept at that cut , copy ,paste stuff -- my fault entirely . But , to be honest , I was also trying to bait Mercury . There used to be another gentleman of German origin on the blog and he used to like joining in with the odd bit of repartee , but , if I remember , he was a much younger individual . Very nice chap though ; I can't quite remember his name but I think it was something like Woofer or Wolverhampton or something like that . I wonder what became of him .

David Ruben said...

I'll throw in my tuppence with Uncle Tim - Dreamings had me instantly thinking of Irish ballads, Air of Mystery had obviously the greater edge (I initially thought of the structure seen in Kylie Minogue's Confide In Me (skip to around 2m0s) but Trevor's comparison to Ian Drury well made). These are all really good, are you going to collect them together eventually in a form we can download (I presume for a fee to support your lavish student lifestyle, LOL) ?

Trevor said...

Sorry for being so persistent on the blog today but these three compositions are something special . On balance , although ' Air of Mystery is brilliant ~~ lyrically it's astonishingly clever and it is very , very catchy , my vote has to go to ' Dreamings ' ~~~ it's so sumptuous ! The imagery is marvellously evocative and the symbolism is active , alive and apposite . This is Hotel Chocolat ; this is Irish Coffee ; this is pure crimson velvet !

mercury said...

Trevor, you should assume, that everything I have to say in German is totally nonsense. There is no doubt, that all three are very special, but sometimes I get the uncomfortable feeling, that we are speaking too much in high terms, producing a blurring monochrome. The young man seems to me TV, the terror bird. In contrast to him, I'm mild and mellow.

Jenny said...

Air of Mystery is a cracking tune, very catchy and definitely a grower. There's also something strangely cool about Hello Springtime, though I can't quite put my finger on it. Not being a fan of Celtic music, I can't claim that Dreamings is a favourite, but that's just me....

me said...

@mercury ~ maybe it is just that some people adhere to the old english saying "If you have nothing good to say, it is best to say nothing at all" ;-) ~ hence the people who comment here are mostly those who appreciate what they hear. :)

mercury said...

Me - we have an analogue saying in Germany too, but only for dead people.

Trevor said...

Gosh Mercury , someone got out of bed on the wrong side
today ! Cheer up , it'll be Spring soon :)

mercury said...

I'm feeling good and I had the time to meditate some songs of Holly:

Following the diverging lines of Holly's music, there is a special kind of songs, I would call 'disenchantment songs'. 'I Live Through The Song' 'A Woman,You Don't Know', 'Smooth Talking Men' are examples. The latest is 'Mystery'. They all leave behind a strong feeling of ambiguity.
When I heard 'Mystery' for the first time, my association was: 'Why the hell, does someone write a song about such a guy?!. He isn't worthy a single letter.'
Trying to identify with such a person, I found someone, who seems to be 'hermetic': 'I'm offering pseudoinvitations to you. I'm masterfully, Put me on the shelf! I'm the One and Only, You are not able to reach me' -Disidentifying. There must be a certain returning attraction emaniting from such a charakter , but when the patterns iterate, the attraction is fading away like faces in the sand and strong negative emotions of disenchantment, aggression and grandiosity are on the rise.

'Now a new ray breaks the cloud
You shed the light and what I've found
Is you're not who I thought
Not who I thought at all '

To be continued

xenonrush said...

If the other students' course work is anything like as good as this then your tutors must have a real treat reviewing the pieces. You should have tested their sense of humour by writing a piece for your dorian mode that you entitled 'Grey'.
I'm not enough of a musician to know whether you achieved what you were supposed to but it sounded good to me. Liked the Celtic sound which you do so well and really liked Air of Mystery. The voice distortion was just right and didn't sound too like Cher. Loved the words, especially the second verse. I think it would be a good alpet07 track.

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Trevor said...

Don't you think this is all a bit heavy , Mercury ? There will always be something of the direct experience of the songwriter in any song , but the really good ones ( of which Holly is one ) have the capacity to render the specific so that it illuminates that which is universal . It is not about ' Why bother to write a song about such a person ?' It's surely an expression of the kind of unease and discomfort we all feel when we come across people who arrogate unto themselves a facade or sheen of intellectualism which they employ to make others feel worse about themselves whilst allowing them to feel in some way superior and all- knowing . Such people are generally pedantic where pedantry is not required or wanted ; they also seem to know ( from their assumedly vast experience ) how you should live your life , what your tastes should be etc etc ~~~ and , if you fail to accept their view of things , then again you are made to feel inferior .The lives of such people tend to be factually dominated because facts are easy to understand ; however , they often have little ' understanding ' or regard for feelings , intuition , spirituality , or anything else that is not subject to simplistic factual analysis . They are also usually extremely boring after a while .
All good stuff for a song , I should say , plus the added bonus of getting the presence and influence of such people out of your system !

Uncle Tim said...

Blimey Trevor, you're right - this thread is getting a bit heavy! :) Life is like a chocolate and vanilla cake mix - stuff all swirled together. Maybe we are best off not trying to make sense of it all, just enjoy what we can. And Mercury, you may also be right - some people like chocolate, some vanilla, and we shouldn't pretend that we all appreciate everything equally, or things will indeed end up a blurry monochrome. (Or in the cake-mix case, a sort of browny-cream colour, perhaps.)

Trevor said...

Uncle Tim , you have it absolutely right ! Anyone for a Marmite sandwich ?

H said...

Yummy yummy! Yes please! :D

I really appreciate your comments. :)

- I'll let you know when I get my marks back. :)

mercury said...

Trevor, interesting question: Is it possible to remystify the world?Holly would say: Yes.
No doubt, that a simplistic view
could be rather boring, especially, when it's used to end up an open and interesting discussion process from a superior position. Questions are more import than answers.
But how to remystify the world without tapping into the traps of esoterics, evangelism. ... or talking simply mambo jambo? I really have no idea. It's easy to read a poem and being enchanted. But how could it last, without being devoured by doubts? The common ways of interpreting a poem are a very good way to blow any fascination out of it. Nietzsche meditated this problem and developed the idea of two chambers. One chamber for art and irrationalism (for heating up) and one sceptical, rational part for cooling down. These two parts have to be strictly separated. Without a cooling system, we could be burned by our emotions and feelings, or plunge into our own imaginations - without a heating system, we will be bored to death or end up like the guy in the song.
In the field, we do not think often about it. When I listen to music, I'm mystified. When I'm thinking about theoretical issues, I'm sometimes also mystified, but in a different way. But it happens, that a bad taste in my mouth remains, when I'm occupied with arts, especially modern arts.

People, that 'arrogate themselves a facade or sheen of intellecualism'(that's poetry!) are basket cases, because they are content in their own limited world, and more than that, they are able to 'suck the blood' from more sophisticated people.
What I wanted to say, when I was talking about Holly's 'disenchantment songs' revolves around recurrent patterns, that 'pop out' in my mind, when I'm listening to her music. There are a bunch of others, I discovered. But that will be an issue for the future.

Trevor said...

I entirely agree with you , Mercury :) The reminder about Nietzsche's steam engine is always welcome --- though , of course , it's important to remember that he finally became insane ! A timely reminder to us all that we're often better at setting the world to rights than dealing with the problems of our own lives .

xenonrush said...

I always feel so inadequate in this learned company. I have never moved beyond Stephenson's steam engine and I like chocolate and vanilla cake mix or any other flavour that is going. As an acolyte of the Bristolian "What you see is what you get" school of beer analysis the journey through life, or even home, is always a mystery. Fortunately one of the great advantages of being human is that we all have navels that we can spend hours gazing at. Beer greatly assists with this process.

Trevor said...

I think I'm ready to join your club , Xeno . It sounds a very relaxing place .

mercury said...

Ok, I surrender. Neumarkt Gansbräu Red Beer will be right.