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Beautiful Place

by Dinesh Moylan

This is a handmade album, each of the 12 songs a piece of a story, conceived when little else was possible but writing songs, a time to reflect, hope, plan.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Beautiful Place
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2. Full Steam Ahead
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3. Apartheid of the Mind
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4. Little Johnny's Town
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5. Spread the Light
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6. Odysseus and the Sea Nymph
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7. Song of the Phoenix
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8. Scribbling in the Sand
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9. Like Li Po
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10. The Mountain
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11. Now, Here, This
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12. Flesh and Bone
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album was conceived and written mainly during a grueling year of chemotherapy.
It was very difficult to do much of anything, but I found after a while I could still play guitar and began to write songs to distract myself from my woes. At the time I was exploring the brand new universe I had discovered by experimenting with a new way of using capos; cutting them in half, turning them upside down, and using 2 or even 3 to make new tunings without retuning the strings.

Every time I discovered a new tuning, a new song would come, and I had the most creative burst of songwriting I've ever had in my life – I could hardly keep up.
As soon as I could, I began recording. This album is flawed and quirky, but to me the achievement was just in doing it through a lot of difficulties. The album cover and booklet was beautifully illustrated with images by my old friend the wonderful artist Fern Smith.

My favourite song on the album is Odysseus and the Sea Nymph. I had just read a translation of Homer's epic poem, and I was thinking one day that I didn't have a plan for my life, that I'd sailed off the edge of it into the unknown, and this started to cook in my creative mind, bubbling away, and some days later the song was born in a sudden whirlwind of words.


Odysseus and the Sea Nymph

When I was but a beardless boy my Odyssey began
now I return to my home port a battle hardened man
my Achilles heel has healed grown stronger than before
even when at Hades’ gates I’ll fear my death no more

For years on end without relief my vessel weathered storms
Sirens lured me onto reefs with their sweetly singing forms
crew deserted one by one like rats from a sinking ship
maidens vanished into thin air when I kissed their ruby lips

I found myself alone at last drifting on a wine-dark sea
‘twas then I heard you singing and you threw a line to me
once on board you proved to be a shipmate brave and true
more precious than a golden hoard a loyal stalwart crew

So come my love and fill your cup
let’s drink both to joy and sorrow
the wise seafarer lives today
for there may not come tomorrow

Helped by gods I cleared my past did deeds I had to do
now at last I’m free to start my voyaging anew
like Odysseus of old I’ve got my sail unfurled
fearlessly I’ll chart my course to the edges of the world

What lies ahead at journey’s end I no longer care
a heavenly paradise or some sea serpents’ lair
I’ve learned to lash the tiller to keep the ship on course
to beware lest the gifts of men should prove a Trojan horse

So come my love and fill your cup
let’s drink both to joy and sorrow
the wise seafarer lives today
for there may not come tomorrow

I weary of wine and feasting ballads and noble words
my companion’s silence is the best music I’ve heard
many here have learned to speak like parrots in a cage
few have learned to listen few grow wise with age

Together let us soon set sail in search of oceans new
strange new islands we’ll explore as we sail into the blue
cast off lines and take my hand I care not where we roam
when you know your way to harbour the whole world is your home

So come my love and fill your cup
let’s drink both to joy and sorrow
the wise seafarer lives today
for there may not come tomorrow

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