I've been struggling with trying to write a song. It's not writer's block. For a long time now I've wanted to write a song about the taking of the photo "Earthrise". I researched the story about Apollo 8 and made notes a while ago. Tonight seemed as good a time as any to write it. I thought I was doing quite well but somehow there's something else on my mind. The song is about a photograph but there seems to be another song about a different photograph that wants to get written. Actually, there seem to be several photos that want to be written about.
Years ago someone asked if I'd take a photo of them, which I did. Later they became embarrassed and asked me to destroy it. It's about 30 years later and I can still remember that photo - they've probably long since forgotten about it. Photos can get lost or destroyed but if the image is an important one, it can stay locked away in your memory forever. I once saw a Symbolist painting of a green angel in Paris. This was 1978. I spent years trying to find the gallery again, find out what the painting was called and who it was by. I haven't yet but I'll know it if I see it again.
Anyway, the key images are time, distance and, of course, the moon - which seem to be recurring ones in my songs. I've ended up with what looks like about three songs that don't make sense. I know what I mean and as it's just for me I suppose it doesn't matter really. Oh well, I have one line I like: "they touch oh-so-briefly, like the moon touches the sea".
Time is moving on and I need to sleep. Perhaps time and distance will sort this song out.