9 Aug 2017

Every second of our lives



If we allocate our energies and focus judiciously in the physical and non physical realm based on the knowledge that the time we fritter away during spells of blithe carelessness is part of our finite lifespan, we would place a check upon ourselves then steer our energies towards meaningful activity.  
With awareness that our time here is finite, then it is for our own good, spent on matters where we can cast the highest benefit and impact positively to all around us.

6 Aug 2017

The Gamekeeper Of Unity

The Gamekeeper Of Unity


Lyrical lady of letters,
She who writes of stars and heavens,
Of celestial forms and matters,
Many names and myriad mentions.

She makes us ponder line by line,
Of symbols and their intentions,
Same puzzle for every clime,
Every twist, worded nuances.

She addles the minds of many,
Episodes from myths and legends,
Woven clues cryptic and canny,
Stoking interest and patience.

She tells, then teases and confounds,
She, the roguish word line weaver,
Mistress of lyrics set to sounds,
Game for the game and gamekeeper.
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By Dominae Primus, dedicated to Roma Ryan.

31 Jul 2017

A slow burning Eureka!


Look around after what you’ve done. There’s nothing else much left to prove if you’ve set out what you intended in the first place.
I’m very happy with my recent poems because I’ve come to that state of tightly wound rhyming and unpretentiousness while still adhering to the worded turns and finesse of my favourite era, the 19th Century. It was a time to me when poetry was at its peak of its evolution, when it was truly word music and greatly appreciated.

It didn’t take that long.  I don’t have to wait a lifetime. I was 14 going on 15, huddled in a corner of the bookshelf and reading through classical works of poetry, then willing and wishing to myself that one day, I’ll be just like those poets who could produce works of rhyming grace and meaning. Free verse did not appeal so greatly to me. It looked far simpler than the musical, meaningful, phrasal twists and turns of rhyming verses. I had a notion of free verse way back in primary school and later in secondary school. I wrote an early free verse that was submitted as an entry in my school magazine. I don’t have that copy anymore and I don’t miss it. Scatter thoughtfully constructed lines and break them up for maximum effect line by line while adhering to the subject matter. Today I can do much better than what I did back then. In fact I’d rather make it into a rhyming poem.

Although I’ve written free verse, the call to compose rhyming verse is much stronger. My output of rhyming verse far outweighs that of free verse. You have to build up your vocabulary first. Get exposed to different poets and their styles to determine your preferred approach. Rhyming verses, to me are the pinnacle of poetic artistry. If you’re truly a poet, a word player and word weaver, your prowess and maturity is proven in rhyming verse.

I started writing rhyming quatrains and couplets in my late twenties. Rediscovering that joy and beauty of poetry. I never looked back and have kept on since. If I get a notion for an idea, I’ll express it. I have no idea of the rhyme pattern before I start. When I make the first few lines, the arrangement starts to develop itself until completion. I didn’t want to stress too much on the iambic or trochaic meter. To dwell too strictly on meter might mean a constraint on the effect of the intended message. So I’m more liberal in that aspect. I am very particular in syllable count and adherence to rhyme pattern. You don’t need to be a B.A. or M.A. holder to be able to compose poetry. All you need is a lot of heart as in determination, effort and sheer belief. Being a natural, exposed to the basics and diversity helps a great deal. I am a natural. I know myself.
It’s the same as being a musician or artist. You don’t need to go for a degree or advanced degree before becoming a musician or artist. You can very well do that at your own pace. Also being a natural with exposure to the basics and diversity helps a great deal.

It’s not a sudden dawning of realisation. Rather it is a steady evolutionary process.
A slow burn climax to Eureka! Then life goes on if a higher power permits.


23 Jul 2017

Cursum Perficio - alternate take - lyrics project

Cursum Perficio: Alternate Take
By Dom based on the original Cursum Perficio recording

First presented as part of the 'Book of Days' Birthday Gift Book for Enya in 2001

Nautical theme, poetic sensibilities and mythology. All words are in English except for references to Greek mythology.
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Port ahead, home we’re back
Anchor down, to the deck!
Rally now, all ye lads
One last time on the deck!
Port ahead, home we’re back
Anchor down, to the deck!
Rally now, all ye lads
One last time on the deck!
Port ahead, home we’re back
Anchor down, to the deck!

Let us tell thee (we stayed true to our course)
Let it be known (we stayed true to our cause)
So doubt thee not (we stayed true to our cause)

Scylla, Charybdis we faced
Scylla, Charybdis we faced
Scylla, Charybdis we faced

Many wars we have fought, many lands we have trod
Many times we have sought, many lands we have trod
Many treasures we brought, many lands we have trod

Scylla, Charybdis we faced
Scylla, Charybdis we faced
Scylla, Charybdis we faced
Mighty gorges we traced
Mighty gorges we traced
Mighty gorges we traced

We prevailed
We prevailed
We prevailed
We prevailed

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Thanks to Enya for the inspiration.

16 Jul 2017

Robbery - lyrics project

ROBBERY
– based on a demo recorded track by Queen.
Proposed lyrics. Words in bold are audible lyrics in demo recording by Queen Productions. The rest are proposed content by Dominae Primus
I’ve always wanted to try my hand at his unfinished track for its rapid fire heavy guitar chops.  ‘Great King Rat’ is a reference to a Queen song. Since the subject is robbery, I included names of some notorious criminals to spice things up.



There’s been a robbery
Got away scot free
What a dirty job!

Nothing they can do to stop me
Nothing they can do
Even if they tried to stop me
I’ll be long long gone

Lightning flash fight
Thief in the night
Spoiling for a fight
None can stop me

Bane of your plight
I get thrills in the night
Source of your fright
None can stop me

Clyde for your Bonnie
Machine Gun Kelly
Floyd or kid Billy
None can stop me

Watch me help myself! (spoken)

Flick of the switch
Now tell me just which
Way to unlock it honey!
Don’t try to stop me

I know what from which
I know what it is
All down to me
None can stop me

I mean you no harm
I can be a real charm
Just let me have some
Don’t try to stop me

(run through the guitar chords)
Take that, take that, take that, take a bellyful of that
Take that, take that; take that, help yourself to all that
Rat tat tat, rat tat tat, rat tat tat, I’m the Great King Rat
Rat tat tat, rat tat tat, rat tat tat, rat tat tat tat tat

Watch me help myself! (spoken)

I’m the hand of larceny
My prize is scot free
It’s a dirty job!
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Thanks to Queen for the inspiration.
Dominae Primus
MMXVII.

13 Jul 2017

THE MISSING LINE – lyrical bit



The title of the song, ‘Love Making Love’ is sure to attract attention. Written and recorded by Freddie Mercury.  It’s a very striking demo recording with a strong melody. The only thing that I find lacking is the missing line when Freddie vocalises one portion. It’s such a pity this almost perfect demo recording never was included in Freddie’s solo album ‘Mr Bad Guy’ in 1985.  

Many of us know just where to go for a listen to songs online. You can easily pick out the titles mentioned in this blog and judge for yourselves. 

After the first chorus, we have this verse:

Don't get into no bad ways
'Cos life goes on
No wedding plans you can't take
The fight goes on
Oh secret love affair
Waiting unawares

[vocalisations] the proposed lyric line is:  
searing compulsion of love where does it go ?

10 Jul 2017

You Are The Only One - lyrics project





You Are The Only One - demo music and vocalisations by Freddie Mercury
 


The objective is to compose lyrical content to replace vocalisations in the demo recorded version. Words in bold denote original and audible lyrical draft. Words not in bold denote Author’s contribution.

The song has a dual purpose in mind and that is, as an affirmation of affection and plea for forgiveness. 
Being a demo recording, it was never commercially released. …………………………………………………………………………………….....................

You stood by my side
Despite my foolish pride
I'm so sorry
My head in the clouds
Thought it would clear all my doubts
How I was proven wrong!
You are the only one
You are the only one

My virtue and vice
Only our love can be
So take me away from it all


You are the only one
You are the only one 
My virtue and vice
Only our love can be
So take us away from it all


 

I’ve caused you much grief (option: to be sung or spoken)
Callousness made you weep (option: to be sung or spoken)

I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry
My virtue and vice
Loyalty I never had to ask for twice
To you I now belong!
You are the only one
You are the only one
My virtue and vice
Only our love can be
So take us away from it all!  


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Dominae Primus thanks the late Freddie Mercury for the opportunity to be creative.
MMIX