Archive for December, 2007

Ill winds are blowing

Posted in Life, News, Politics, Religion, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2007 by kevmoore

There are certain spots around the world that are powder kegs waiting to explode. The Palestine/Israeli region is one, and the spark was thrown in by a renegade jew who decided Rabin’s olive branch was a step too far.

Now, we have the troublesome triangle of Pakistan/India/Kashmir. Long teetering on the brink of disaster, the indiscriminate murder of 20 people in order to successfully assassinate Benazir Bhutto is another spark to an already explosive powder keg. Where are the voices of reason? Where is the sanity? Why is the loudest voice that of the murderer, the madman, the fanatic?  We can only hope the sound of the assassins gun will rouse the Silent, subdued, and thoughtful majority. For without a voice of reason, and quickly, these regions are doomed to a cycle of death and destruction.

A Merry Christmas to All!!!

Posted in Christmas, Entertainment, Family, Life, Music, Poems, Religion, Thoughts, Writing with tags , , , , , on December 24, 2007 by kevmoore

I dont normally duplicate articles on my blogs if I can help it, but, well…its Christmas!! Here’s a song I wrote primarily for our Multi-author blog, Cafe Crem to wish them all a Merry Christmas.

I wanted to write a little about how the song came about here on the Muse though.

It took two days to conceive, write and record it. The words came very quickly. In fact the chorus, word for word, is exactly as it was the first time I ad-libbed it to get an idea of the tune I would use!  It has some quite nice countermelodies weaving in and out. The trumpet (to evoke a Salvation army feel) the recorder, and a gliding string line throughout. The piano was recorded in two separate parts owing to my lack of ability!

The early chiming bells are not so much Christmas as Tibetan, but the ones heralding the boy’s mention of Santa are genuine holiday sleigh bells.

The choir singing a snippet of “Hark the Herald angels” is me, multitracked 9 times.

The main vocal is a single track, but the final payoff line is accompanied by me doing a 2 part gospelly refrain.  Hope you like it, Merry Christmas!!!

The lyrics are below, should you choose to sing along!

ONE STRANGER

A Shadow of his former self

Lies huddled in the snow

Arms outstretched and weary

Got nowhere else to go

A tide of people sweep by his hands

They’re unaware

Shameless now, he begs them

“A penny if you can”

Nobody cares

And he tries not to cry

Remembering Christmasses, gone by…

One stranger, drops to his knees

Looks into his eyes and says

“Mister won’t you please?

I’ll help you, what do you need?

Tell me, can I give you something for your pain?

The man looks back in wonder

And he’s rewarded with a smile

For the stranger stood before him

Is just a little child

Coins so bright and shiny, fall from his hands

Lit by the moon

“Here’s my pocket money, I don’t need it all

Santa’s coming soon”

And the man through his tears

Feels that the spirit of Christmas, is here.

CHORUS REPEAT

Copyright 2007 Words and Music Kev Moore

The Moore and The Christians

Posted in Art, Books, Entertainment, Family, Life, News, Politics, Religion, Thoughts, Travel, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2007 by kevmoore

Moor and Christian

Miki and I head down to my other “hometown” of Mojacar this weekend, and something occured to me. It’s well known for their spectacular Moros y Cristianos-Moors and Christians festival which takes place in June. Miki has worked her magic and presented me here in traditional Moorish (what else?) costume alongside a cigar-chomping Christian. This festival happens all over Spain, at different times of the year, but down in Almeria province where the Moors influence can still be seen, it carries a special resonance.  Now, my surname is Moore, and I’ve always thought I’ve been drawn to Mojacar, its always felt like home to me, perhaps it’s in the genes-who knows? But when I thought about it,. The Moore and the Christians,  I found it quite amusing, because over the last few days, I’ve been embroiled in heated and not-so-heated debates with a number of Christians across the blogosphere. It was probably an unconscious decision to redress the balance after my Islamic hysteria recently!

I like to think I’m an equal opportunities religion-prodder. The really interesting thing that’s come out of this is the chance to get to know people on “both sides of the divide” to put it crudely. To see how people really think away from the media hype and hysteria.

I can always agree to differ, and ironically, following my outbursts on Christianity and Islam, Miki and I have received complements on our work from members of both faiths.

I guess what I’m trying to say in my own fashion, is, we all have points of mutual reference, regardless of polarising differences. It is by holding fast to these slender threads and reeling them in, that we will all get along, and the likes of the Rev.Ian Paisley and Osama Bin Laden will be out of a job . 

 Kev Moore

Art /Photography by Miki

Mohammed is free!

Posted in Art, Books, Life, News, Politics, Religion, Teaching, Thoughts, Travel, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2007 by kevmoore

Mohammed is Free

Well, at least Gillian Gibbons, whom the furry one got into trouble, is free.  Thanks to Two British Muslim peers, Lord Nazir Ahmed and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, The Sudanese government eventually saw reason, or more likely, saw an acceptable way to extricate themselves from this monumental embarrassment.

The Sudan clearly have no idea about life on the world stage, having caused catastrophic damage to the cause of moderate muslims trying to convince the West that Islam is a peaceful religion. I sincerely believe, following this farcical, yet undeniably scary incident, that our efforts are best directed at urging peace-loving muslims to publicly decry and denounce those fundamentalists that are poisoning their faith.  I neither practice nor acknowledge the veracity of any religion, cases like this reinforcing that view, but I do recognise people’s right to their own beliefs, and their freedom to observe them, but not when it is accompanied by threats, torture and murder.

Let us hope Ahmed and Warsi continue the good work they’ve just done in the Sudan, by urging Muslims in the UK to support peace, and denounce tyranny.

Kev Moore Copyright 2007

Art by Miki and Kev Moore

Storm at Sunup

Posted in Art, Books, Entertainment, Family, Life, Music, News, Poems, Short Stories, Thoughts, Writing with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2007 by kevmoore

One of my fellow bloggers, Lisa, was commenting recently on the Presentations Miki and I do which involve my poetry and music, and her paintings. I thought today I’d put an example of that. This is one of those we have presented in our shows recently. In the Gallery, they are available to buy as a framed picture with an accompanying CD of the poem narrated by me against the backdrop of my musical composition.

Click on the Player below the picture to hear the poem and music.

Storm at Sunup

Storm at sunup

How wild the wind!
The leaves are playthings in its grasp
Torn from branch
And swept up in its arms at last

The stillness of the night recedes
And sunup brings the wind and his misdeeds
Tugging, pulling, unseen fingers
Pry the tiles from tops of houses
Old men´s wildly flapping trousers

Ladies hold their bonnets tight
And dogs all yelp and bark in fright
The playful wind rushes across,
the hillside, ruffling the moss
and heather, pulling at the trees
it tries to rip them root and branch
from ancient soil before it leaves

An amber sky that heralds suns arrival
forms a backdrop to the black crow´s cry
„storm at sunup, fly, my brothers, fly!”

Kev Moore at Delfos

Kev performing a song inspired by one of Miki´s Paintings at a show in Spain last year.

Poem & Music by Kev Moore – Copyright 2007

Art & Photo by Miki 

Gimme the Emergency Exit, and make it Snappy!!

Posted in Art, Books, Family, Life, Music, News, Politics, Short Stories, Thoughts, Travel, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2007 by kevmoore

Crocodile Airplane

Incredible. Once again the stupidity of airline passengers is illustrated perfectly in this sadly all too believable tale of a woman who refused to move her metre-long cuddly crocodile toy from blocking the Emergency Exit of a Ryanair flight. You know the type; They applaud like morons when you land (what are they gonna do if you crash, boo?)

They are out of their seats like a greyhound out of a trap the SECOND those wheels hit the ground. How many times have you seen it? The seat belts signs are clearly illuminated, the stewardess has specifically reiterated the need to remain in your seats…..and….THERE THEY ARE! The moron that decides to hell with regulations, I want my mobile phone out of my unfeasibly large handbag NOW, because Im going to text someone regardless of the risk of igniting the aviation fuel because its all about me, me, ME!

This is the kind of attitude which has led me to suffer at the hands of Ryanair, who now have draconian laws preventing me from stowing my guitar in the overhead lockers.

I’ve already waxed lyrical about the joys of airline travel in my post Airline Etiquette, but oh, there’s so much more to say. Thank you, Mrs. Two-weeks-in-Benidorm-respite-from-a squalid-council-house-existence, you really take the biscuit.

The crocodile woman is one such person. What kind of mentality actually thinks its okay to argue that their stupid damned toy should block the emergency exit? It’s no wonder most of the Ryanair stewardesses go around with a face like a slapped arse, who can blame them, when they have to contend with this sort of pond life?

One can only hope that when this idiot gets home, the crocodile becomes possessed by the spirit of Steve Irwin, and the bugger bites her. 

Kev Moore

Art by Miki and Kev Moore