Sing forever

I’ve loved the music of Scottish folk band Capercaillie since I first heard their 1991 album Delirium. Singer Karen Matheson has a voice I never tire of listening to, and there are a number of songs I could have chosen for 30 Days, 30 Songs. I’ve picked this, partly because it’s sung in English and I love the lyrics.

You paint me pictures that fade so fast
To try and fool me
You give me words that will never last
But you won’t rule me

I shield my skin from the stinging rain
My eyes I cover
I walk across these privileged fields
To the sound of the clumsy lover

If you think you can hold me down
I beg to differ
If you think you can twist my words
I’ll sing forever

You cannot change a mother’s love for her child
With the ill you bring
You’re sending gifts that nobody wants
With the cool fresh winds of spring


You change your shape and you change your face
So I can’t see you
You travel from a different land
But I can feel you


My friend Sarah at Art Expedition is hosting 30 Days, 30 Songs during June. You can listen to her latest choice here.


“And the dance goes on …”

Marlyne Jackson is an Auckland-based artist whose work includes beautiful chandeliers constructed from found glassware, china and household objects (including tea-strainers, lampshades and colanders).

Marlyne has exhibited these chandeliers collectively as “And the Dance Goes On”, often hanging them in trees to be blown in the breeze. I filmed this clip one evening as the wind was beginning to pick up (heralding the arrival the next day of a terrible storm). Scottish folk band Capercaillie provided the soundtrack;  Dr MacPhail’s Reel.

Written for the Daily Post Photo Challenge: dance.