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Putting on a show

 

I picture you

pure paradise

perfectly poised

putting on a show

in a little black dress.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Andre Kohn

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2018 in D/s, Erotica, Music, Poetry, Still Life

 

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Old King

This is more of a tribute to a very old canine friend who died today than ‘a track I like but you may not know’.

I could have chosen some slushy romantic song, but for the thirteen or so years of his life he was always an upbeat glass-far-more-than-half-full kind of dog. This hound loved life, adored people, was the softest, sweetest creature, but at the same time was the coolest mutt on the planet. Elegant, fast, mad, brave, stoical, and truly beautiful. A unique animal with whom everyone fell head over heels in love. He is already deeply, deeply missed. Plenty of tears.

(For the musically interested, this song is by a real old man of music, Neil Young, and comes from his 1992 ‘Harvest Moon’ album. If you like pure romance, listen to the title song of the album, and the second track, from Hank to Hendrix. In fact the whole album is romantic, in a soft, country way. Not to everyone’s taste).

Some people might wonder how I can get so emotional about a dog.

Well, I just have, and I am not ashamed about doing so.

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PS in his lyric Neil Young once kicked his dog. I never did.

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Old King @ written and sung by Neil Young

© this post the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

“Old King”

King went a-runnin’ after deer
Wasn’t scared of jumpin’
off the truck in high gear
King went a-sniffin’
and he would go
Was the best old hound dog
I ever did know.

I had a dog and his name was King
I told the dog about everything
There in my truck the dog and I
Then one day the King up and died.

Then I thought about
the times we had
Once when I kicked him
when he was bad
Old King sure meant a lot to me
But that hound dog is history.

King went a-runnin’ after deer
Wasn’t scared of jumpin’
off the truck in high gear
King went a-sniffin’
and he would go
Was the best old hound dog
I ever did know.

That old King was a friend of mine
Never knew a dog
that was half as fine
I may find one, you never do know
‘Cause I still got a long way to go.

I had a dog and his name was King
I told the dog about everything
Old King sure meant a lot to me
But that hound dog is history.

King went a-howlin’ after deer
Wasn’t scared of jumpin’
off the truck in high gear
King went a-sniffin’
and he would go
Was the best old hound dog
I ever did know.

 

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Music, Still Life

 

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Musical

 

I love music

It has been a constant joy throughout my life.

And my tastes are eclectic

Dirty, raunchy rock.

Desperate, yearning, aching blues.

Bold and brassy soul.

Eloquent, erudite jazz,

Opulent, rich, passionate opera.

Clever, cool classical.

Brave new country

Hypnotic trance,

Inspired indie,

Vibrant African,

Gorgeous Arabic,

Magical South American,

Fiery, Spanish flamenco,

Tortured French torch,

Powerful Portuguese Fado,

Earthy English Folk,

I love all kinds of music

Most of all.

I love music that reminds me of you.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

First posted this time two years ago.

Portrait of Lana del Rey – provenance unknown

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2018 in Music, Still Life

 

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Don’t delete the kisses

 

Wolf Alice is one of my new favourite bands.

Surprisingly Wolf Alice has been around in one shape or another since 2010. This track is from the second studio album, Visions of a Life, released in September last year (2017).

I dangerously like the song and have been known to play it on serious repeat. The musicianship is good and that chorus is hypnotic (shades of Arcade Fire at their best). But what really gets me is the lyric, a wonderful capture of romantic uncertainty and breathless hope.

The video is sweet too. The actors in it are not the band members – if you want to see Wolf Alice play the song live go here. I have to admit I have a small crush on vocalist (and guitarist) Ellie Rowsell.

(This has been another of my ‘songs I like but you might not know’ posts)

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Song written by and © Ellen Ciara Rowsell, Joel Donald Scott Amey, Jonathan David Oddie, Theodore Joseph Ellis. Performed by Wolf Alice

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

Don’t delete the kisses

I see the signs of a lifetime, you ’til I die
And I’m swiftly out, Irish goodbye
What if it’s not meant for me? love
What if it’s not meant for me? love
I’d like to get to know you
I’d like to take you out
We’d go to The Hell Mary
And afterwards make out instead I’m typing you a message
That I know I’ll never send
Rewriting old excuses
Delete the kisses at the end
When I see you, the whole world reduces
To just that room
And then I remember and I’m shy that gossip’s eye will look too soon
And then I’m trapped, overthinking
And yeah, probably self-doubt
You tell me to get over it and to take you out
But I can’t, I’m too scared
And there’s the night-bus, I have to go
And the doors are closing and you were waving
And I like you, and I’ll never let it show
And you won’t wait and maybe I won’t mind
I work better on my own
And now I’m, well, a bit drunk
And I ask myself
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What if it’s not meant for me? love
What if it’s not meant for me? love
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A few days pass since I last saw you
And you have taken over my mind
I’m re-telling jokes you made that made me laugh
Pretending that they’re mine
I wanna tell the whole world about you
I think that that’s a sign
I’m losing self control and it’s you
It really is, one thousand times
I look at your picture and I smile
How awful’s that? I’m like a teenage girl
I might as well write all over my notebook
That you ‘rock my world!’
But you do, you really do
You’ve turned me upside down
And that’s okay, I’ll let it happen
‘Cause I like having you around
I’m electric, a romantic cliché
And they really are all true
And we catch eyes in a stupid party
I know exactly what to do
I’ll take your hand, and we will leave
French exit for me and you
You know I’m home, a little bit drunk
Some things don’t change and I know now
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Me and you were meant to be in love
Me and you were meant to be in love
Me and you
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I see the signs of a lifetime, you ’til I die

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2018 in Music

 

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Edie (Ciao Baby)

 

Another in my ‘songs I like but you might not know’ (rather dull) blog posts.

This song is on my ‘gym playlist’. The list is an eclectic mix of music stretching across decades. I went back way beyond my lifetime to find a number of them. The only thing that binds them together is that they somehow inspire me just to keep going that little bit harder and longer. The inspiration doesn’t have to be what you might expect – there is enough blues and jazz to go along with the rock, plenty of Latin rhythms, a dash of grime, and some unashamed pieces of pure pop. There are about four thousand tracks which I change from time to time so it stays fresh

Anyway. I digress. This morning this particular song emerged from the pile. The vagaries of random play meant I hadn’t heard it for quite a while. And I just thought …  ‘I love this’.

It is by a British band, The Cult who were formed in 1983 and, despite the usual addictions, tantrums, and break-ups, they are still recording. ‘Edie’ was apparently (according to Wiki) written about one of Andy Warhol’s actresses. It is from the album Sonic Temple which was released in 1989. It might be one of their better known songs.

If you like it, The Cult are truly worth digging out and listening to. And hopefully I haven’t tainted your perspective with the thought of me sweating and straining in the gym.

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‘Edie (Ciao Baby)’ written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, performed by The Cult.

This blog post @ the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Edie (Ciao Baby)
Always said you were a youthquaker, edie
A stormy little world shaker
Oh, warhol’s darling queen, edie
An angel with a broken wing

The dogs lay at your feet, edie
Oh, we caressed your cheek
Ooh, stars wrapped in your hair
Ooh, life without a care
But your not there

Oh, caught up in an endless scene, edie
Yeah, paradise, a shattered dream
Oh, wired on the pills you took, edie
Your innocence dripped blood, sweet child

The dogs lay at your feet, edie
Oh, we caressed your cheek
Ooh, stars wrapped in your hair
Ooh, life without a care
Ciao baby

Shake it, boy

Oh, sweet little sugar talker
Paradise dream stealer
Oh, warhol’s little queen, edie
An angel with a broken wing, oh

The dogs lay at your feet, edie
Oh, we caressed your cheek, well
Stars wrapped in your hair
Ooh, life without a care
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Why did you kiss the world goodbye?
Ciao baby
Don’t you know paradise takes time?
Ciao, yeah
Why did you kiss the world goodbye?
Ciao baby
Don’t you know paradise takes time?
Ooh, ciao, yeah
Ciao baby, yeah
Ciao baby
Ciao baby, yeah
Ciao baby

 

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2018 in Music

 

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Start wearing purple

 

Another one of my occasional posts about songs I like which you might not have heard.

Gogol Bordello are a gypsy punk band (I can think of no better description) from the USA – at least, they are based in New York but they originate from all over the world – mainly Eastern Europe. They have been going forever (since 1999).

They are anarchic, irreverent, anti-establishment, and well, very different. You might not enjoy them as much as I do. But they make me laugh, dance, feel revolutionary (always good for an old socialist like me) and sing along very loudly.

I could have chosen many songs but this is perhaps their most accessible. It was used in the film ‘Everything is Illuminated’. (I happily admit to have not having seen it but it apparently stars Elijah Wood and the group’s lead vcalist Eugene Hutz and is a comedy-drama about Nazi purges in the Ukraine  – source Wiki)

Anyway. If you do listen beyond the first few bars of this song (which is absolutely nothing to do with politics), then play at a high volume and after a few listens you might be singing it too. Or not.

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Song ‘Start Wearing Purple’ written by Eliot Ferguson / Eugene Hutz / Oren Kaplan / Rea Mochiach / Sergey Ryabstev / Yuri Lemeshev and performed by Gogol Bordello

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Start Wearing Purple

Start wearing purple wearing purple
Start wearing purple, for me now
All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish
I promise, it’s just a matter of time
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So yeah start wearing purple wearing purple
Start wearing purple, for me now
All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish
I promise, it’s just a matter of time.
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I know you since you were a twenty and I was twenty
But thought that some years from now
A purple little little lady will be perfect
For dirty old and useless clown.
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So yeah, start wearing purple wearing purple!
Start wearing purple for me now!
All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish,
I promise, it’s just a matter of time!
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I know it all from Diogenis to Foucault
From Lozgechkin to Paspartu
I ja kljanus obostzav dva paltza
Schto muzika poshla ot Zvukov Mu!
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Start wearing purple wearing purple!
Start wearing purple for me now!
All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish,
I promise, it’s just a matter of time!
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So yeah, start wearing purple wearing purple!
Start wearing purple for me now!
So why don’t you start wearing purple?
Why don’t you start wearing purple
Start wearing purple for me now!
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All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish,
I promise, it’s just a matter of time!
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So Fio-Fio-Fioletta! Etta! Va-va-va-vaja dama ti moja!
Eh podayte name karetu, votetu, I mi poedem k ebenjam!
So yeah, start wearing purple wearing purple!
Start wearing purple for me now!
All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish,
I promise, it’s just a matter of time!

 

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2018 in Music

 

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Let me down easy

 

I don’t think there is a single song by Scottish singer songwriter Paolo Nutini that I couldn’t post in my ‘songs I like but you might not know’ series. I adore them all.

I have enjoyed his music enormously since his debut album ‘These Streets’ in 2006

This song is from his superb 2014 album ‘Caustic Love’. I guess it says something that we have all felt at some time. I hope you enjoy.

If you don’t know his music, do take some time to discover.

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Let me down easy © written and performed by Paolo Nutini

This blog post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Let Me Down Easy
by Paolo Nutini
Let me down easy
Though your love for me is gone
Let me down easy
Since you feel that staying is wrong?
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We are broken by others
But we mend ourselves
We take comfort in strangers
But I don’t think it helps
If every fool were a clown
I would be a king and not a clown
Cause love can’t?
Closer than our hands and our feet
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But it’s lost on me
Oh oh
It’s lost on me
Your love for me is wrong
Let me down easy
since you feel that staying is wrong?
There was no sweeter fruit than this
With no taste of bitterness
It was so fresh and sweet before
But I can’t taste it anymore
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I was like a man with no care
I had everything
But it’s lost
lost on me
Your love for me is wrong
Let me down easy
Your love for me is gone
Let me down easy
Since you feel that staying is wrong?
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On a better day
we’d be waiting on our corner
Selling dreams of redemption
But this time you’ve gone your way
So I’ll go mine
Out of sight, out of love, out of time
Your love for me is wrong
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Let me down easy
Your love for me is gone
Let me down easy
Since you feel that staying is wrong?
Let me down easy
 
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Posted by on November 19, 2017 in Music

 

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