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Songline Running

You’re a creative type? Love the buzz of that busy mind bursting forth new ideas? Of course! There’s only one little hiccup; a bug in the cranial software. It’s called ‘conscience’.

This little pest insists on telling you you should be exercising (just when you thought you’d mastered the fabulously healthy skill of dismissing all ‘shoulds’).  It gnaws at you with the ‘exercise’ message, ensuring you faintly recall a virtuous feeling you had when you did some years ago. But a huge groan keeps pace with conscience, fuelling an ongoing battle for songwriters like me, who are notorious for not exercising anything other than the mind. Until now.

Today,  a new sport, Songline Running, invented itself. And it’s not the regular sport of running with headphones on.  It goes like this:

You take up Songline Running, (having a name for something always helps).  In your first session, totally new, (and, you tell yourself, ‘vastly better’), songlines run through your mind as you run – (and, you tell yourself, this is the only way they come in at this level). Even miniature runs yield this quality of creative occurrences.  I call my miniature runs ‘shuffles’ …

Then follows the best bit. You treat yourself with the well deserved REWARD – (you might need to picture the reward before you begin, to get you out the door in the first place). And the reward is? Vastly better songlines of course, (or poetry if you’re a poet, novel ideas if you’re a novelist, and so on). You get to slam all that breakthrough, higher level brilliance into your songwriting software the moment you get home. Athletes call this a ‘warm down’ – you see them stretching in all sorts of gangly poses after the run. But for we ‘arteests’ the best ‘warm down’ is to ‘get it down’ … I’ve just completed my first Songline Run and I couldn’t wait to tell you!  I’m FULL of world-shattering new ideas.

Next time I post a song, you’ll be so impressed you’ll immediately take up the sport yourself, (that is, unless you’re already impressed with this triumphant little article, in which case, you’ll take up the sport now). OK. I’ve warmed down getting this all down. And I’ve popped those gorgeous new lines into my songwriting software, which I reckon is thanking me. Now it’s time for brekkies.

Have I convinced you? Then please let me know how you go!

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Leonard Cohen & Cohencidences …

It just goes to show: when you pen the lyrical depths of the soul like no one else can, take a single instrument into the studio and sing your aching soul bare, no matter how many decades old you are, you’re god. Half the country is lined up to worship your album  – and it’s not even released!  That’s a Cohencidence.

Now don’t get a Cohencidence confused with an ordinary synchronicity. It’s much more than that! When Leonard writes, when Leonard sings, and you happen to hear him, that’s a Cohencidence: an incident of note; a precedence with a life-lasting consequence … Already I’ve run out of words, and that’s something for a Gemini!

How Cohencidently my man and I were affected hearing a track from Leonard’s new album, Old Ideas, on National Radio! We’re off to buy it – the physical CD too. We want to turn the jewel case inside out, read every credit and lyric, hold it in our hands … Most of all we want to listen … to bask …

And we want to hear about your Cohencidences … Did you go to the concert? Have you seen the London DVD? Have you recovered yet? – (since a Cohencidence is something one usually doesn’t recover from – one’s soul is left threadbare in places) … What are your most Cohencidental tracks? Any chance Baby Boomer Girl could get a spot at his next show, ya’ reckon? (since she almost qualifies, decade-wise :)

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Baby Boomer Girl – a Boomer of a Band!

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A triumphant Baby Boomer Girl, the band, rocked Wellington fans at their launch,  Saturday 12th June, delivering an energetic set of pithy & humorous original material to a boomer audience. From crowd-shouter, Black – (Gothic metal topped with a black wig) –  to ‘play it again’ Baby Boomer Girl signature song, the audience was right there relating to both groove and lyrics. General feedback: Great songs!

The programme opened with a close sound in the first set by Baby Boomer Girl duo, Bernard Wells & Radha Sahar. And yes, the audience feedback  confirmed “there were tears in our eyes” during DNA,  senses touched by Roll On and Captured, and knowing laughter during I Won’t Forget You and Wardrobe Full of Shoes. Thanks to engineer David Antony Clark’s skill on the desk, we enjoyed a resounding  “we could hear every word!”

During break people sipped mid-winter wine & punch and stocked up on Baby Boomer Girl tee shirts, singles and a memoir Live EP of the duo. Then a hushed audience adjusted their trilbys as the band juxtapositioned Radha’s ‘mother’s apron’ look with the rebellious Not Gonna be Invisible lyric, to a driving rock pace.

Evan Williams, an excellent drummer, and Matt Parlane on a mean bass, are known for their talent in bands such as  Pearl, the JediNites and the Cattlestops. Bernard Wells is a well known and much loved multi-instrumentalist in acoustic bands such as Chilli Jam, Ballyscully, Dargaville and his duo with Peter Daly. In his move to electric guitar in Baby Boomer Girl Wells gets a great  sound in tasteful licks and raunchy rock lead breaks. Together with Radha’s strong vocal sound and energetic rhythm guitar, the band earned an enthusiastic ‘Cool!‘  from boomers, teens & twenties alike.

Look out for the Baby Boomer Girl band and duo.  Be there – introduce yourself – we’d love to meet you!

From left: Bernard Wells, electric guitar, Evan Williams, drums, Radha Sahar, acoustic guitar, Matt Parlane, bass.

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Free Food

Free Food ImageThanks for your feedback on Have a Body Like an Avatar Alien, below. Part 2 is coming, exploring food on planet Pandora – evidently it’s all free! That got me thinking …

If you live in a privileged country, you’re noticing how much Free food is appearing: dairy free, sugar free, meat free, gluten free, fat free, salt free and just about anything-free except for ‘pay-for-it’ free – unless your little Pandora-style vege garden is thriving, you Avatar you! Going dairy free has helped your singing voice, but overall, Free food doesn’t seem to be making you any slimmer.  Your Avatar body is taking longer to manifest than you’d hoped.

It seems you’re on a plateau, and the plateaus on Planet Pandora are extremely fecund – ripe crops, rich harvests, nuts, seeds, fruits & vegetables …  far too much delicious Free stuff you just have to try. The gluten-free orange & almond cake was the ultimate! It is even flour free.

Mind you, the Na’vi don’t eat refined flour, gluten free or not, because of  its strange effects; they gain weight, (whoever heard of that?), and their beautiful blue skin goes pale.  On Earth, some gluten free flours are highly refined – (corn, potato, white rice flour, and wheat-flour with just about everything removed). None of that for the Na’vi.  They exercise their molars on a huge variety of whole grains, refining only to ‘stone grinder’ level. So much for that paste-y gluten-free cake!

You’re back on the ups & downs of the ongoing-learning curve. Life is for living. Love is for giving. You are stirred into great acts of humanity, like clicking website links to donate food to the poor – after all there is not a food problem on planet Earth, only a distribution problem. After a few link clicks you even start giving real food away,  eating less so others can have more. This magnanimous gesture will help you attain your Avatar body faster, and the compliments will start flooding in.

Meanwhile, I’m flattered: the Na’vi recommended you take a little break to enjoy one of my songs – (evidently they related to the ‘eyes are open wide’ line)  :)  …

Free Food
© Radha Sahar, 2009

When we were kids we ate white toast
Butter pudding, Sunday roast
Fatty doughnuts, and greasy pies
Plastic cheese and burgers with fries

Sugar, fizz, and cakes galore
Any empty calorie we could score
Life was sweet. I said “It seems to me
Everything rocks – and the food is free!”

It might be ‘free’, but you sure gotta pay
You get the blues no matter which way
Or you can look at it differently, like
Everything rocks and the food is free!
The food is free

There’s meat free, dairy free, no sugar for me
Egg free, gluten free, no fat, or GE
Pesticide and spray free, cruelty free
Soon there’ll be nothin’ left, you’ll see!

It might be free but you sure gotta pay …

Now our toast is wholegrain
Fruit & vege fresh and plain
Grow our own we got surplus to trade
All costs nothin’ ‘til the tax dudes say

It might be ‘free’, but you sure gotta pay
You get the blues no matter which way
Or you can look at it differently, like
Everything rocks and the food is free!
The food is free

Free Food – download free lyric sheet

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Missing Someone Right Now? – then Here’s the Song …

Missing You ImageThinking, in times when families gather together, how hard it is when someone you love dearly can’t be with you.

I wrote this song feeling the tender stuff you feel when missing your lover.  The next week I found myself singing it over the phone in heart-aching tones to my daughter & grand daughter five months into living across the other side of the world in Berlin –  the feelings were just the same.  So here’s a song for you if you’re missing someone … Feel free to send the words to them –  Missing You Lyric – May you be re-united soon!

Missing You
© Radha Sahar 2009

Don’t understand it.
Dunno what’s goin’ on
There’s a gap as wide as a football field
When you are gone

Such a deep down longing
Night and day
I eat chocolate cake
But it don’t seem to take
The hunger away

You’re my soothing syrup
You’re my healing balm
You’re my rib bone, baby
My 23rd psalm
You’re my heavenly twin
Wish I was kissin’ you
There’s an hour in every minute
I am missing you

Can’t explain it – there’s no tears. I’m not in pain
It’s just the natural thing to do, to hang out with you
Now that you’re in my veins

I lie awake well after one
And when daylight finally comes
I keep busy and yet
I never seem to get anything done
You’re my soothing syrup …

Never found I could count on love
As much as this
Sweet everyday, kinda work and play
Togetherness
You fill my being
Like the morning sun
Can’t help smilin’ babe
I tell the whole parade
That we are one

You’re my soothing syrup
You’re my healing balm
You’re my rib bone, baby
My 23rd psalm
You’re my heavenly twin
Wish I was kissin’ you
There’s an hour in every minute
I am missing you

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Baby Boomer Girl Single is Out!

Baby Boomer Girl - the Single.
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One single track with enough  fun energy to send you to the moon …

To listen or purchase go to the Get the Music page (top menu bar), where you can download the song and make a donation directly to the artist via Paypal.

I wrote Baby Boomer Girl around my 60th birthday;  my life story, and many boomers’ life stories, are reflected in it. So it’s a great gift for anyone with attitude,  a 60th birthday, anyone celebrating life as a baby boomer …

Want the lyrics too? Click to download free – Baby Boomer Girl
Visit the Song List page for more lyric sheets ...

I hope you have hours of fun dancing to the single – (will prevent tummy-spread – but DO spread the joy!

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