Friday, October 24, 2014

2.1270 : 10/24/08 : Another Song

The alarm clock tells me
you gotta write another song
has gone on long enough
at least tonight
So hell I'll call this mess
another song
and I guess that's it
I guess


Thursday, October 23, 2014

What's a tower of reproach?

This is intended to be a brief and friendly explanation of what's going on here. There is an older, more technical description of these lyric projects here, that you can probably do without if you're merely browsing through.

What are Songs of Days? I write a stand-alone lyric, usually something in rhyming verse, for every day - 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  I first did this for 1,001 days, ending the series just after the turn of the century. A few years later I commenced again, with the intent to write 10,000 consecutive songs. I'm still writing those songs.

I've been putting these songs here since 2006; the current posting runs 6 years behind the writing (for no specific reason other than it was where things panned out as I settled into a habit of daily posts).

If you're new to this and want to see a little more, there is an archive of some of my personal favorites among the songs. Over to your right there is a sidebar with the usual sorts of options, including (if you scroll down) a system of what Google calls "labels" and everyone else calls "tags" that is at once absurdly extensive and tragically incomplete.  There is a tumblr that parallels my efforts to complete the (massive) tagging backlog, but my attention to this is pretty scattershot so far: you can follow me on Google Plus and Twitter as well.  I have a little bit of recording, mostly of these songs, at Bandcamp, and I'm working on a new set of recordings - there's a brief word or two about supporting that effort here. Welcome, and I hope you come around again.

2.1269 : 10/23/08 : The Rest Cure

Hello middle age
another page
and here’s how I
fantasize now
about the rest cure
just inaction
something pure
work all these kinks out
pump some ink out
I could be
really certain
of my path forward sure
if I could just get
get a few
winter months
of the rest cure


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2.1268 : 10/22/08 : The Provinces

When I finally beat this
and mend what I can of
my fences
I’m going to light right off
for the provinces
there’s no physical frontiers
or if there is the poor bastards
should be left alone
but oh God the provinces
no cyberspace
no telephone
if only I could beat this
this thorn in my side
And so on to the
I will ride


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2.1267 : 10/21/08 : Fine

Doing this wrong
the wrong time, lost the flow
I had it a minute
but it had to go
washed away with the water
cooked away by the sun
I can’t tell if it was good
if I lost the fine one
this is fine but not like that
Not like marble or wine
I know it so well now
the two kinds of fine
and I lied when I said
things were all better since
all those long conversations
when I was up against
it was there for a minute
I might get it back
learn how to pick my moment
learn when to attack


Monday, October 20, 2014

2.1266 : 10/20/08 : Flash in the Pan

3,457 : 17 ?

Well the great big new thing
is seeming like flash in the pan
and despite minuscule progress
I’m feeling like an also ran
and even though the good guy
is way ahead in the polls
I don’t trust it at all
and still that bell just tolls and tolls
I should apply the strategy
and make use of the chart
I should call this a learning thing
at least a little start
I shouldn’t project failure
on a tomorrow that’s barely begun
but it’s a long long way
and this cross weighs a ton


Sunday, October 19, 2014

2.1265 : 10/19/08 : Witching

All the witching around
now it ends for good
oh I said it I said it
though I didn’t think I should
the hour is reserved
and the die is cast
and the last will be first
and the first will be last


2.1264 : 10/18/08 : Play

Screw it I’m not going to write
I want to play
I’ve had enough I’ve
written my heart out today
I only have a moment
want a little fun
Because we’re turning to
the cycle of far too little sun


2.1263 : 10/17/08 : Rerail

Rerail this epic mess I made
cook up some brick stew lemonade
dig deep must be a pony in there
a lump of gold fall out my ratted hair
I think I’m not having fun now
five hours of staring at the sun now
these spots I’m seeing can’t be right
a little blindness gonna kill my fight
well that’s no good start boyo
give me a little time I implore you
start out some new hard ramp
someday I’ll earn your precious stamp


2.1262 : 10/16/08 : Thick of It

I’m in the thick of it here
I’m getting sick of it dear
If I keep doing this way
I know I’ll really pay
I guess it’s suggestion
is that really a question
I’ve got to learn the trick of it
or stay stuck in the thick of it
I can’t just promise anything
how I try to snatch the ring
how I always come up short
maybe this will be the break
I’m serious a lot’s at stake


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2.1261 : 10/15/08 : Bought and Paid

What will I buy with time?
a little time later
I might even use it right
because I am a revelator
a lot to figure out
a lot to keep track of
I’ll risk embarrassment
say here today you’ll see the back of
this back and forthing dance
I won’t repeat this mess
keep it simple
you want more
reach for less