Eighteen days to go before 2012 but we have enough songs for our third virtual CD release of the year. There may be more songs written before the end of the year but the last burst of songwriting in late November has left me feeling as if there are none left. This is rubbish hopefully :)
All but one of these songs was written in October and November (Dearest Caroline snuck into early December). In writing order (pretty much);
The Favourite Daughter
The Flame and the Arrow
The Hippie Retrospective
All of the Pieces
Comes the Wind
Into My Arms
You Stopped Listening
I Can be Your Fortress
The Promised Land
Hold On To Love
"Love" in many of its variations features strongly on this album. Home Again speaks about what it feels like to see a friend being hurt by love and knowing that you can doing nothing about it. Dearest Caroline tells one of the many stories about the reasons why people can be left waiting for the person they love. The confusion of love and the rewards and risks of taking love to the edges of what we know rumbles around in The Edge. Comforting friends who have fallen out of love is the theme of I Can be Your Fortress, while You Stopped Listening wanders around the theme of all the songs that have been written for someone or about particular situations where the subject never hears the song. And perhaps All of the Pieces and The Favourite Daughter are the hardest love lessons of them all - moving on when you feel it is what is best to do, while Hold On To Love mixes both the heartache of separation with a resonant message rising out of despair, to hold on to what you have.
Add to these the less challenged emotions of Into My Arms, Comes the Wind and The Flame and the Arrow, and the usual SOAR excursion into ecopolitical content in The Hippie Retrospective, and The Promised Land (yet to be debuted in SecondLife), and the album is complete.
I particularly like these songs as a group and i think they belong together. There were many other part songs written during this period and for now they live in the SOAR vault. Perhaps when i am next holidaying on a beach somewhere, or on that romantic hotel balcony in Geneva, cold bitter lemon drink or iced tea in my hand, sunglasses on, the twins fussing around me looking after all of my commands :) i will go digging into the vault and revisit October and November 2011.
I hope there are songs amongst these that you enjoy. I love what The Flame and the Arrow means to me and how the music of it lifts me up, so it shall be the name of CD3.
As always, thank you for reading!