Hey wonderful people.
Here it is my debut single
Written after a major flood in South Dunedin in 2015, then again on the Taieri Plain near Dunedin NZ, in 2017, after seeing the damage caused and people needing to rebuild their lives after the water receded.
Listen online, stream, share, and download it from the usual places.
What you will watch in the video is my song writing process in action.
All I had at the start were just two chords and the words “Cold Wind Blows” the rest is improvised as I go. No second take.
Yes I record each songwriting session – it is a great way to remember the intention of the moment. Video is even better as I can see the chords I use too.
I will now tidy up the lyrics a bit.
(yes for those who know Dunedin I know the Nor-West wind is a warm wind I will change it to Nor-East – the biting cold one straight down the harbour)
Words and Music ©Paul S Allen 2017
Think about this before you start condemning others due to their religious (or non religious) belief systems.
Is there a single religion anywhere in the world that has not been tainted by extremism, violence and other abuses? I am struggling to think of any at all. (I am including atheism in this also)
The answer to peace lies within acceptance and tolerance of the differences we have. To embrace that we can each have a belief system (or not) that is different from others.
By alienating, hating and dehumanising anyone because of their belief system is itself a path to destruction and provides the necessary environment for extremism to exist.
Get to know the people around you, accept them for who they are, do not try to forcibly convert them to your ideologies or belief system. Let there be a meeting of minds and hearts.
Have a good open conversation not just about what someone believes, but why they believe. It is a fantastic thing and sometimes you find you have similar experiences even though the outward expression may be different.
Perhaps you will find out more about other people and even more about yourself.
Think about it.
Photos from various music events from across Dunedin, NZ in 2016.
The two songs were written and performed by myself this year (2016)
It has been a pleasure to be able to capture great events in Dunedin this year and love working with local musicians.
If you have an event in Dunedin and would like it captured in images please contact me .
Don’t Bring Me Down ©Paul S Allen 2016
And He Flies © Paul S Allen 2016
©Paul S Allen 2016 All right reserved.