Seeking the Muse in the Mundane

February 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

I stopped counting a long time ago, but if I had to guess, I would say I have written lyrics for some 1, 400 songs. And the lyrics and the ideas keep coming.

I say that not to brag, because most of those 1,400 songs are bad, but to illustrate the fact I am almost always looking for inspiration, almost always looking to write. Sometimes, ideas will even come to me as I am trying to go to sleep.

For me, the key is not just to find inspiration all around you, but to look for inspiration all around you. I find my inspiration in events, words, actions, faces, even a snowflake. Yes, a snowflake.

I was doing dishes the other day and looking out the kitchen window when I happened to see a giant snowflake falling. For some reason, the snowflake reminded me of ash, as if there were a fire burning nearby, and the wind happened to catch some of the ash and blow it my way.

As soon as that image came into my head, I had my first line, and I was off and running (or at least writing – I never was much of a runner). With these lyrics, I am also trying to work on brevity and allowing the gaps and the silences to add and fill. Enjoy!

Turn The Clock

The snow is falling like ashes from a burning memory
And in the distance I hear the echoes of you calling me
The skies are threatening to rain down all their sorrows and I can see
That things have changed, and I can’t turn the clock to how it used to be

The air is freezing; I can see the sadness in the frost
And on the sidewalks each icy footstep tells me what was lost
The nights remind me that you’re gone, and I’m still paying the cost
‘Cause things have changed, and I can’t turn the clock to how it used to be

Time only dulls, it doesn’t heal
And though the pain is now an ache, it’s just as real

(Instrumental)

The days seem longer now I’m on my own, but I’m not really free
Things have changed, and I can’t turn the clock to how it used to be
Things have changed, and I can’t turn the clock to how it used to be
Things have changed, and I can’t turn the clock to how it used to be

© 2017 Walt Huntsman. All rights reserved.

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