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Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye

 

As I was deciding what to post today I came upon this I wrote three years ago. I think it has had a couple of outings since. It is a favourite. It recalls a true event that happened in my past in Las Ramblas in Barcelona, a city I love and where I spent much time. Just before posting it the news came through of more awful, tragic events there. I decided to post it anyway because it feels right not to grant those who want to destroy joy and pleasure their wish.

 

Time has become liquid

There is seven of them. They have escaped work, the conference, the day. Comfortable in each other’s company. safe in the velvet night that hovers beyond the candle light, romantic at an outside table beneath the awning sky of a restaurant just off Las Ramblas. The evening is drenched in intimacy and alcohol. They are gently, sometimes noisily, submerged in a warm sea of easy acquaintance which sees them laugh, and chatter, and tell stories, and become friends.

It is getting late. It will be an early start for all of them to travel home to their various countries. Yet clocks mean nothing. They want the time to stretch and yawn, but not show its hands.

But they must go.

He starts to sing. An ancient Leonard Cohen song of leaving that he has known forever from someone else’s life. His voice is hesitant at first, but deep, rich and dark. The others are quiet. Perhaps they do not know the words, or are happy for him to touch the night with the poetry they feel. There is sorrow in the song, but gratitude for what has been shared.

Her voice joins his on the ‘many’ in the fifth line. It is pure and innocent and holy. It lilts and drifts above his own.  It harmonises and caresses and then soars and swoops. It glides and caresses, softens and lifts. It thrills the air, and him. She is an angel from a heavenly choir.

As she sings with him he watches her. Her green eyes stay on him, her brave, almost slavic features are heroic and lovely, bathed in the flickering light. A mane of thick blonde hair cascades over her shoulders as she tilts her head towards him.

They reach the close and improvise an ending which dances, then tumbles, falls, and finally soothes like a lullaby, achingly into silence.

It is a rare moment. There is a hushed, almost electric pause before the others applaud and nod appreciative heads. He smiles at her, and she smiles back.

They have become connected, combined, kindred, allied, confederate.

Bound.

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I will always remember the beauty of your voice, the magic of that moment, and the joy of our union that night.

And the memory

of ‘your hair upon the pillow, like a sleepy golden storm’.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Paul Cheng

This song always reminds me of that night. I hope you enjoy it again – despite today’s horror. And also this early recording of the song itself.

 

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2017 in Lovers Past, Music, Still Life

 

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Call me when you’re sober

Call me when you’re sober.

How many times have you wanted to say that to someone?

This is one of my ‘songs I like, but you might not have heard’.

I could have chosen any Evanescence track. I have enjoyed them since their first album ‘Fallen’ in 2003, though they were formed as far back as 1995. Delightfully gothic, and led by Amy Lee’s powerful and emotional vocals and piano they are one of my bands of choice when all I want to do is put on headphones, turn up the volume, and feel dark.

They are not all driving guitars and pounding rhythm. Tracks like Good Enough are haunting and beautiful.

I have chosen ‘Call me when you’re sober’ (from the album The Open Door) because the sentiment might resonate with some readers. And partly because it is one of their more accessible songs. They are not to everyone’s taste, but I hope you enjoy.

Oh, and play it loud.

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Song written © by Amy Lee and Terry Balsamo, and performed by Evanescence

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2017 in Music

 

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There’s no leaving now

 

Another of my ‘songs I like but you might not know’ posts.

And actually I know nothing about the artist, apparently Kristian Matsson, who performs as The Tallest Man on Earth. I have never listened to any of his other work. I do not even know how I first heard this song.

All I do know is that is became a soundtrack, briefly but painfully, to my circumstances at the time. And it touches me deeply whenever it comes up in a playlist on one of my rare “I’m going to drink wine and feel sad’ days.

For anyone interested, it was released on an album with the same name in 2012.

No official video I’m afraid.

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Song written and performed by © Kristian Matsson (Tallest Man on Earth)

© this post the author writing as Romantic Dominant

“There’s No Leaving Now”

When there’s no one here in the tryouts
who will live through your first day’s trial
of confusion when your faint and crooked smile
had to leave

And when you’re painted like a warrior
though you know it’s a raining war
when the first who spoke, but wasn’t really sure
was your heart

Your fear of the leading light
if they are with you and your heart won’t fail
To see through a fearless eye
and know that danger finally goes away
still you’re trying
but there’s no leaving now

And with your quiet damn devotion
to be lost like your child again
claim “forever” is a close and honest friend
to your ways

Will there be time to harvest rivers
that for so long refused to grow?
All the little things you need to build a home
for your love

Your fear of the leading light
if they are with you and your heart won’t fail
To see through a fearless eye
and know that danger finally goes away
still you’re trying
but there’s no leaving now.

Your fear of the leading light
if they are with you and your heart won’t fail
To see through a fearless eye
and know that danger finally goes away
still you’re trying
but there’s no leaving now.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Music

 

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Man of the World

 

Many of my ‘songs I like but you might not have heard’ posts are from fairly recent times.

This one is different. It goes all the way back to 1969. It is Fleetwood Mac in one of its early line ups, long before the ‘Rumours’ Buckingham and Nicks days.

When I came across it for the first time at some point much later, it was like an electric shock. It seemed to have been written about me.

Some days acutely so.

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Song written © Peter Green and performed by Fleetwood Mac

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

“Man Of The World”

Shall I tell you about my life
They say I’m a man of the world
I’ve flown across every tide
And I’ve seen lots of pretty girlsI guess I’ve got everything I need
I wouldn’t ask for more
And there’s no one I’d rather be
But I just wish that I’d never been born

And I need a good woman
To make me feel like a good man should
I don’t say I’m a good man
Oh, but I would be if I could

I could tell you about my life
And keep you amused I’m sure
About all the times I’ve cried
And how I don’t want to be sad anymore
And how I wish I was in love

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2017 in Music, Still Life

 

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Everything Now

 

Another of my ‘songs I like but you may not have heard’ posts.  You may well know the band but probably not the track, because it has only just been released.

Arcade Fire are yet another of Canada’s great musical exports. I have been hooked since their first album Funeral in 2004. They are hugely talented multi instrumentalists and have a unique sound and perspective on the world. I saw them a number of years back at the London O2. I have enjoyed many concerts by many different artists but it was one of the most entertaining, exciting and uplifting. When I left with friends at the end of a fantastic evening it was a bitterly cold night but the glow stayed with us way beyond getting home.

This track, co-produced with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, is from their new (5th) album (also entitled ‘Everything now’) which is out in July. I heard the song on the radio yesterday, and again today and already it is firmly lodged. Observant social commentary and excellent music. What more can one ask for?

Play it loud and often.

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Everything Now – Music and Video © Arcade Fire

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

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“Everything Now”

Every inch of sky’s got a star
Every inch of skin’s got a scar
I guess we’ve got everything now

Every inch of space in your head
Is filled up with the things that you read
I guess you’ve got everything now

Everything you’ve ever seen
Fills the spaces up in your dreams
You’ve got everything now

(Everything now)
(Everything now)

Every inch of road’s got a sign
And every boy uses the same line
You’ve just done everything now

Every song that I’ve ever head
Is playing at the same time, it’s absurd
It reminds me, we’ve got everything now

Turn the speakers up till they break
Cos every time you smile it’s a fake!
Stop pretending, you’ve got…

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (Can’t live without it)
Everything now!
Everything now!
Everything now!

Every inch of earth’s got a town
Daddy, how come you never come round?
I miss you, like everything now

We won’t need the food in your stove
Leave your car in the middle of the road
Just help your family with everything now

Turn the speakers up till they break
Cos every time you smile it’s a fake!
Stop pretending, you’ve got…

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (I can’t live without it)
Everything now!
Everything now!
Everything now!

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (I can’t live without it)
Everything now!

La La La La La La La
La La La La La La La

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (I can’t live without it)
Everything now!
Everything now!
Everything now!

Can we get back again
Can we get back again
From everything now

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2017 in Music

 

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Music starts

Lorelei

The music starts

slow guitar

growling bass

dirty brass

drums kick in

high hat

snare.

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His eyes

are upon her

watching her face

watching her body

as she moves.

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She has never

felt more

a woman

than she does

right now.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

A year old, yet a dancer is always special.

Art by Jeremy Mann

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2017 in D/s, Music, Poetry, Still Life

 

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Come Undone

 

Come Undone

Another song I like but you might not know.  This is a duet between gravelly voiced American Mark Lanegan and Scottish singer Isobel Campbell. It comes from the third album they have collaborated on together called Hawk, which was released in 2010.

I adore the way their voices work together and the bluesy, tortured, sensual, lost feeling of this track.

I listen to it often, as I am now, sipping a glass of red wine, watching the evening fade, and feeling as if I am in the song.

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Song written by Isobel Campbell © and performed by Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell

(No video I’m afraid – lots of the tracks I like are unpromoted and taken from albums)

This post words only © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

“Come Undone”

I stumble and I fall, your time is on my side
Don’t make sense of it all, despite my foolish pride
It’s got me on my knees, tearin’ up my heart
I’m shakin’ at my bones, tearin’ me apart

When I can’t get close to you
I come undone, I come undone
Come undone, babe, I come undone

Time will take its toll, time can break your heart
And if I had the chance, we’d never have to part
Took my only flame, took my one desire
Threw it all away when jumping in the fire

I can’t get close to you
I come undone, come undone
Come undone, babe, I come undone

When the day is done I lay me down to rest
Everyone will see that I loved you the best
When all is said and done here simple and explain
And if I have the chance I’ll do it all again

But I can’t get close to you
I come undone, I come undone
Come undone, babe, I come undone

I’m not scared of the dark though you tangle and tease me
But worse than your bark you said you’d never leave me
The devil make everybody, don’t please believe me
Oh love of my life, won’t you let me down easy?

Undone, I come undone
Come undone, babe, I come undone
I come undone, I come undone
Come undone, babe, I come undone

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Music

 

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