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here it is
Right: Here it is ... finally!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the January song was unable to make an appearance until February. But it's a really nice song, so I'm sure you'll agree it's totally worth the wait.
This is not a new song; it was written for my spousal unit, Dr. Knobs, in 1983 (the year we were married) -- but it's also a love song to the earth and all the inhabitants thereupon and that includes you. I have never released this song publicly until now, and that's a shame since it's about you and stuff.
Every image in this video is from our old photos and adventures together since we met in 1978. You're right: we're very, very old.
writing the song
I stole those major seventh chords from Paul Simon's "Old Friends" off the "Bookends" album. I had kept those chords in the back of my mind for years, waiting for an opportunity like this.
As for the sentiment of the song -- I love that guy. I really do. I'm also very fond of planet Earth, and you're not so bad yourself.
inspired by nature
I didn't realize how strongly I was drawn to themes of nature until I was sitting in my sister's living room. My sister is an amazing artist -- she's so good I felt completely inadequate trying to do any kind of art at all as a kid. Her home is filled with beautiful, unique paintings and projects, and she was trying to decide what to paint on a cabinet she'd been thinking about. I suggested a tree full of fruit and birds and she said, "No, I was thinking about a city skyline, maybe at night."
I was surprised to notice that the notion of doing a non-natural scene was completely unexpected. It had never crossed my mind to do a city skyline, when you could be painting leaves and birds.
This song is an extension of my nature-centric tendencies. Sometimes I think it's crammed with metaphors, and then I think, "No, I really AM a sparkle on the sea." As Carl Sagan would say, we are star stuff. That makes us heavenly. It makes us divine.
Which brings us to this bit of sublimity: