Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Old Dutch Masters Reborn!

A few years ago I wrote a small set of songs for an album about old Dutch/Flemish masters and their paintings (it wasn't too exact; I just had fun!). Recently I've decided to record at least one song album this year and I liked that bit of fun so I've been writing the odd track for it. Most are very light hearted and not at all serious. I wrote one last night about Bosche, and it's a bit like Maniac from Flashdance or a Laura Brannigan pop song because I recently heard Self Control and like those synth stabs that 80's music was full of! There are bits of Live and Let Die in it too though! Quite an epic here are the lyrics!

Jeroen Anthoniszoon Van Aken

I like to paint in the danger zone where the world is in my eye.
I see it all through a ball of glass and this is what I spy.
I spy a drunken midget and I paint him in the nude.
How rude!

I see a warty tree outside and I draw it full of ears.
I go to church each Sunday morn and suck up to all my peers.
They call me mister master,
and masterful I am

I am Jeroen Anthoniszoon van Aken
I am Superman awakened!
I'm silver rocket blue!
I'm a piece of mind and mystery.
It's true!
I'm you!

I see an orange pricked with cloves and I pick it up to smell.
I put it in a dark alcove with a burning skull of hell.
I dangle broken holly to add a bit of spice.
How nice!

I live alone but with a maid and we have lot of sex.
I paint her naked bottom red like everyone expects.
I never drink on Sunday,
a pious man I am.

I am Jeroen Anthoniszoon van Aken
I am Superman awakened!
I'm silver rocket blue!
I'm a piece of mind and mystery.
It's true!
I'm you!

I remember what my mother say.
She say be good and kind.
I remember what my father say.
He say by smart and hide
away,
away,
away,
your mind!

(rock solo)

I see a clown in a tartan vest and imagine him in tears.
I see my mother weeping for a son consumed by fears.
I see plaster fairy queen drinking from a can
She blinks and calls master, and masterful I am!

I am Jeroen Anthoniszoon van Aken
I am Superman awakened!
I'm silver rocket blue!
I'm a piece of mind and mystery.
It's true!
I'm you!

I've been analysing music a lot recently. Most artists are more creative at the start of their career and this creativity can be quantified in terms of melodic variety. I'm a fan of Kate Bush and her early music has a lot more variety than the later stuff, although the mid-career album The Dreaming is perhaps her most creative. It's not easy maintaining creativity and I'm certainly no Kate Bush when it comes to complex melodies, most of my earlier songs dwell on very simple chords and melodies. But like all art it deserves monitoring, working out what you like, what you don't and then, changing (hopefully improving). A new friend should help me. More on him or her in a week or two...

2 comments :

jill said...

Is there no end to your talents. We have all of Kate Bushs albums, my husbands fault but I do like her work and agree that her earlier work was much better.

Mark Sheeky said...

Nice use of the word fault :) Musical taste is a strange thing. It's different for everyone, totally unpredictable and appears to be fixed for life at about the age of 9 or 10!