The Bridge (Music Video)

Here’s a song written quite a while ago; and this particular recording is fairly old as well. Most Like A Road songs have little to do with any particular people. This is an exception.

the bridge will take you somewhere different
but the place looks the same

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The target of my frustration here has no idea I ever felt this way. I felt angry and disappointed about a recent life choice he had made, and how it impacted the world we both inhabited. I’ve since made my peace, but I happen to like the song, especially since the phrase about “The Bridge” is self-referential:

  • The absurdly formulaic ubiquity of the musical bridge, which often returns us to a familiar melody from earlier in the song.
  • Cycles of relationships, where we tend to relive experiences in function, flexible in form.
  • The lyrics themselves, which are nearly identical to the opening verse, but different enough to change the meaning entirely.

I wrote this entire song in one mental sitting (or standing, actually) – and raced to my guitar to record this exact piece fairly close to how I imagined it. Some songs are lucky like that.

Although I did try to record it at least 10 times in one day under a bridge in Ojai, and I wasn’t happy with any of them, so here’s the original.

RELATED MUSIC TRIVIA: The song Badge (by Cream) was co-written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison. While writing out the lyrics and music, George wrote “Bridge” at the top of the page on that section of the song. Because it was scrawled rather than written neatly, Clapton thought George had titled the song “Badge,” and they decided to keep it that way. 

The Bridge (Music Video)

Better Than That

“Young man, listen. Young woman, take heed.”

The great cave was dark and cold, but at the place of the seer’s teaching the air glowed with warmth and an uncommon light.

“The real weight of your vows is carried in your obedience to the law of love.”

The lovers felt a deep stirring of concurrence. It is easy to agree. The ancient oracle continued.

“Learn the languages of love. Speak them well. Stand by your promises.”

Two hearts made promises. Two hearts beat sincere in their affections. And as the centuries rolled on, a billion more hearts did the same. Many sought the prophet’s wisdom and never once lost their way. Some slipped on their illuminated states and found the path once more. All found truth, whether centered on the road or wandering distant woods.

“And if the flames go cold, stoke the fire and add more fuel. Let your love burn hot again.”

all that really matters
is the essence of love we call desire

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Since the grapevine symbolizes abundance and life, the yellowed fruits and barren branches of the vine in this video’s setting show a love that faded through the passing years.

With care and craving, we tend love and vines unto abundance once again.

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SOURCE: The Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols (2000)

 

 

Better Than That

Stay Away From Me

my life is a train
i been movin’ up and down these cars again
can’t find my home
within these crowded cars

A friend of a friend once said “life is nothing but an unending series of disappointments.” If there’s any truth to that, it’s that life is also an unending series of new strengths, hopes, and opportunities.

This is a journey-of-life song, spoken from the heart of one who, along the road, struggles to decide whether to transform life’s disappointments into forward facing energy, or whether it can be done at all. The unresolved questions are a backdrop to our resolve to push forward at any cost, with eternal strength sufficient to fuel to fight.

These lyrics of introspective poetry are included below this embedded video:


i gotta learn to be
before i learn to see


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Stay Away From Me

Heart Into Me

Here we have a tune from 2008, written with an intentional peculiarity. Maybe you’ll pick up on it in the embedded video below. (If not, a clue on the lyric page below the video will help you out. Fun riddle!

Herewith we look into life and love on the road: with a metaphor about eternal life in Eternal Love.


take it where you want it to be
let it move you on
breathe your fear away and be free
breathe your heart into me


Enjoy!

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Heart Into Me

My Favorite Songs, Ranked

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If you know me well enough to know my secrets, you know songwriting is one of the top three activities I most love doing. I’ve got about 40 songs completed with another 50-60 in the pipeline of creativity. Most are from the prolific period of 2004-2011. One dates to 1991, and a few are much newer (2016-2017). Years for each are on the lyric sheets.

I didn’t learn how to play guitar until 2001. I’m forever grateful to my friends Cindy L. and Nathaniel D., both of whom invested their knowledge into my future. Much enjoyment comes from writing songs that can encourage or reframe the perspective of others.

When I record songs for the Like a Road blog, I prefer to keep it simple, with just an iPhone and no editing of the video or audio. I’m more of a live music player than a studio musician, so there you have it. I’m not all that pleased with any “home studio” demo.

Now, if you wish, you can check out my list of favorite recordings. I’ll add new ones to the list as time goes on, and do my best to keep the full track list updated as well. Enjoy!

My Favorite Songs, Ranked

Got Them Blues

They say you can walk 10,000 miles in the morning
If you got the right shoes
They say you can walk 10,000 miles in the evening
If you got them blues

I’m learning how to do multitrack recording, and this is my first (flawed) attempt, using a song I know very well, having played it probably 10,000 times! For this one I played and sang for the video track, then recorded an accompaniment guitar and a djembe on one additional track each.

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.

– Reid Hoffman

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Lyrics and imagery for the first verse inspired by the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Air was cool, like my machines were” references the collapse of the fishing industry throughout the Gulf coast. The oil spill blowout occurred in the Macondo Prospect, releasing 4.9 million barrels of crude into the open sea. At the time, there was significant concern that the spill would never be contained, exacerbated by the several failed efforts to cap the well.

The music and most of the lyrics for this one date back to 2005.

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Got Them Blues