Lyrics: Voices distilled. A sneak preview of Local Voices 2016

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How lovely is the depiction of poetic truth in the Song of Moses:dew-william-waterway

“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
May my teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distil as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and like showers upon the herb.
Deuteronomy 32:1-2 (ESV)

“May our speech distil as the dew” is a good summary of our thoughts as we prepare for Local Voices 2016 songwriting workshop (if you’re reading in September-October 2016, you can join in here). For the first session, Felix has asked participants to bring some lyrics that appeal to them. Our other tutors are looking forward to doing Felix’s writing exercises too, and are sharing their homework with you in advance…

Clare’s pick:

I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they’re real
I’ve been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures
Are all I can feel
The Cure, “Pictures of you”

Paola’s pick:

No, I won’t let you break me
No, I won’t let you break me
I’ve got an ego the size of England
And a pocket full of hopes
I’m the sole and sovereign ruler of my mind
I won’t let you break me
Sabina Sciubba, “I won’t let you break me”

Katrina’s pick:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”

What lyrics are currently appealing to you, and how do they move or inspire you?

Register for Local Voices 2016 here.

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