Peace on Earth

As long as we are at war within ourselves,

How can there be peace on Earth?

As long as we are driven by desires and fears,

How can there be peace on Earth?

As long as we are seduced by the trappings of fame and gain,

How can there be peace on Earth?

As long as we postpone living to pursue some imagined goal,

How can there be peace on Earth?

 

As long as we serve the future as a debt to the past,

As long as we divide ourselves into myriad tribes,

Through jealousy and pride,

We set ourselves above or below and deny the enemy inside.

 

As long as we describe our world only in terms

Of battles won and lost,

And teach our children how to blame and punish,

Without explaining the cost.

 

We will always be at war within ourselves.

There will not be peace on Earth.

An Honest Musician

An Honest Musician

I am an honest musician. Everything I sing and write about comes straight from the heart, unfiltered by what I think you might want to hear. I am driven to write and perform. It is something I have always needed to do and it probably keeps me sane. I would love to project an image of the ego-less, wise, modest artist and free spirit, just doing what I have to do, without a care for any recognition. But in truth, all songwriters also think they write great songs. We write the songs we need to hear, the ones no-one else has written, and that no-one else can ever write, because they are projections directly from our egos, full of our emotions, our opinions and our wordplay or melody.

I express a lot of opinions in my songs and quite often they are political, but not of the old left/right variety. I am concerned with spiritual politics. There is a bigger picture out there which unites us all and all life. The struggle is against false beliefs, which are used to divide, oppress and control us, diverting us away from our great, creative potential towards a bland or even cruel or painful life, in the service of those in power. The misuses and abuses of power are all around us, not just in the governments, religious organisations, police and armed forces, but also in the worlds of entertainment, education, business, media, sport, food, medicine and in the forces of social pressure and prevalent morals and attitudes of the day; in our daily lives with people we come into contact with, in the words we use, in our humour – everywhere. There is no monopoly on oppression – left or right; there is no single group or individual with all the right answers. We all make mistakes, we can change and revise our opinions as we grow – hopefully wiser, and society grows with us.

Spiritual politics is based on the recognition that we all come from the same source, and that our experience of existing as a separate individual is largely an illusion. We are not truly separate from anything, so perhaps I can redeem myself by admitting that even though my songs are great, they are actually written by all of you too, as well as all that has gone before me, and all that surrounds me. They do not even exist until there is an audience to hear them and your perception interprets them in the light of your own experience – they are merely the sound of one hand clapping and you are the other hand. So please give them a little time and see what you think, or better still, come and see me live. We will interact, united in the world of sound in which we find ourselves, because:

Everything we say has a rhythm,

Everything we say has a melody,

Everything we say has its own dynamic.

Everything we say has a rhythm,

Everything we say has a melody,

Everything we say has its own dynamic.

Everything we say has a rhythm,

Everything we say has a melody,

Everything we say has its own dynamic.

Everything we say has a rhythm,

Everything we say has a melody,

Everything we say has its own dynamic.