I dove into the rich treasure trove of Greek mythology for songwriting inspiration this month. Come into the kitchen and I will show you why Erebos, the god of darkness, plays an important role in my song of hope and encouragement!
Photo: Dan Tappan
In a couple of weeks I will be headed to Florida to spend the rest of March in the sun with family and friends. I will try not to taunt my homebound northern friends by posting too many sunshine and beach photos to social media.
In January I released “I’m Gonna Use My Hands” with a music video, CD and supporting teaching and learning materials. The response has been remarkable – thanks to a great “street team” of teachers, social justice workers, family and friends. If you would like to help us keep the energy up to “make the world a better place”, please share the following link with your contacts and social media.
THIS MONTH’S MUSIC
With Erebos Rejoicing
I am a big fan of Cosy Sheridan – a remarkable songwriter, singer, guitar player and teacher. I am also very happy to say that Cosy has become a great friend and songwriting mentor and partner. So earlier this month when I was looking for inspiration, I overheard a little voice in my head say, “Cosy has written some great songs that were inspired by Greek mythology. Why don’t you look there?” For example, a quick review of Cosy’s huge catalog of songs reveals the following titles, “Eurydice Goodnight”, “Demeter’s Lost Daughter”, “Icarus”, “Iphigenia”, “The Underworld”, and an album entitled “Eros”.
I am not really a scholar of mythology but my quick look into the list of gods that Cosy has not yet written about revealed an interesting description of the primordial deity Erebos, the embodiment of darkness and the son of Chaos. Long time readers of “The Kitchen Musician” won’t find it difficult to believe that I quickly concluded that Erebos is the perfect subject for a song that speaks to current events.
Most of my songwriting mentors tell me to always make sure my songs can be easily understood without an introduction, and the title should always be obvious from the song itself. Looks like I broke both of those rules this month. Taking my lead instead from the old folk ballads, the title is simply the first phrase of the song.
For those of you who are not acquainted with Cosy, here is one of her many wonderful songs. No Greek gods here, but it certainly fits my theme this month.
“My Fence and My Neighbor” © 2017 Cosy Sheridan Cosyng Music
As we in the northern hemisphere begin to notice lengthening daylight, and eagerly anticipate the season when growing things take over the earth, I hope you will join me in my belief that we can work together to make a positive difference in this troubled world.
Borrowing a bit from Dr. Martin Luther King,
“The moral arc is long and to justice it will bend
But let it be recorded, we bent it with our hands!”
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