The horn of the underground

He remained ever an enigma

Bypassing all stigma

He was a super-identity

Eschewing all conformity,

Except the maxim to non-conform.

In the daytime, a common uniform

In the nighttime, a pied piper’s horn

No one knew the exact day he was born

Dancing the rooftops, blowing cosmic songs

And all of us misfits soon shimmied along

Following his castle in the starry night sky

A moving fortress built on dreams, not just his, but fire-flies.’

Sometimes he asked a gal to come play

But he soon tired of her adoring, home-loving ways.

He remained a free spirit, always on the move

With a twinkle in his mind, and an underground groove.

image: blue french horn, via Pinterest


Side note: check out the amazing YouTube vid above, to see what can be done by one man with a French horn and a digital synthesizer. (“French horn loop pedal,” by @FhornPatrick.) I especially love it because it’s to the tune of one of my kids’ old favourite songs – the Minecraft parody of Coldplay’s Viva la Vida, by CaptainSparklez’ — Fallen Kingdom)

23 thoughts on “The horn of the underground

      1. Lia, I just found this. I think it might amuse you.

        And this is Soley, who also makes great use of electronic wizardry.

        And this is Alice Phoebe Lou with She. If you don’t know this song, I think you will love it.


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        1. Ember… dear wonderful Ember… what a gift. Awaken with JP is one of my favourite dudes on Youtube. I had not seen that one though. But OMG laughed so hard aloud. Was just like the kale super-empath inter-being swordfights in the neo-hippie microcosm of my homeland in Canada. Part of why I had to leave, JK lol. !!! πŸ˜‚

          But those two gals below… had never heard of them. Wow wowowowow what a wonder. The first, don’t know what to like most – her awesome outfit, the amazing music or her gorgeous secret smile.

          And the third, this ethereal near-yodelling rock angel… and all the gals and guys getting so vibed into it… brought me right back to these cosy kinds of alternative concerts in my youth. Just such a great feeling. The “kids these days” are amazing. That’s all I can say.

          And thank you so much, beautiful friend. Just the best Friday gifts ever.

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            1. So, JP was a lovely coincidence. He just cropped up on my Youtube feed by chance and I had a feeling that you too might have been caught up in ridiculous spiritual arguments at some point in your life. I briefly lived in a commune in my twenties. Lots of lovely things and a beautiful place but OMG, the egos and the ridiculous discussions. Soley- I am so glad you liked her, and you picked up on all the things that I love about her. She is just so different. Very talented and very unassuming. Alice Phoebe Lou- ‘She’ is my favourite of all her stuff I have found so far. I hope she does more rock/ grunge stuff. She has an amazing talent. The last time I looked her up on Wikipedia she was still busking a lot, which I think is brilliant. Yes, this generation of alternative musicians is something else. So much talent, and so many different ways of using that talent.

              In response to your other comment, which I have now lost track of, yes, I don’t know if I’m in acceptance or denial either. But I have stopped grieving. I often think about my Mum and happy memories I had completely forgotten about suddenly arrive out of the blue. I will always miss her, but I am absolutely convinced that there is another life after this one, and she is very happy in her new life, and so the grief has just gone. I hope very much that it is the same for you.

              Thank you so much for liking all three of the things I sent you so much. I’ll post them soon for everyone to enjoy. BTW, if you and the fam are looking for a fun film to watch this weekend, we enjoyed Get Smart, a spoof James Bond film with Steve Carell, very much. Free on Netflix. And for you and your husband, a great legal thriller is The Lincoln Lawyer, also on Netflix. I’m on my old computer at the moment, and I have no idea how to find emojis on it, so xoxoxox πŸ™‚

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              1. Yes JP – I don’t watch much YT (mostly use it to grab music for posts) but when I came across his vids I totally cracked up. For a while I was watching one per evening with the kiddos and they thought it was pretty funny too. :))

                The other comment was on your blog, likely your latest post I’d guess. I’m so very glad you are feeling better about your mom. πŸ’•

                Yes I was thinking it would be great if you posted things like this on your blog! And thanks for the movie recommend. :))) Best wishes 🌷xoxo

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  1. I appreciate this comment so much – so many beautiful words! Thank you! Feel free to leave a link to your post here, if you like, I’ll be happy to learn more. πŸ’›


  2. Beautifully done, Lia! “A moving fortress built on dreams, not just his, but fire-flies.’”πŸ’•πŸ’• Your words are just remarkable!
    Cheers πŸ™‚

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much Akanksha! This pied-piper muse never fails to inspire me. πŸ“― πŸ’™ ✨And “fire-flies” arrived in the mind naturally, through an urge to rhyme (ish ;)) with the previous line. Also the call of the horn alights a fire, and a feeling of flight, in me. Thanks again for your comment, it’s a true delight, which makes me feel happy. πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸ’•πŸ₯³

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    1. Lovely Arushi, thanks a million, since without your comment I might have missed Akanksha’s, which also made my heart feel in-this-moment brilliant. πŸ§‘πŸ”†Truly appreciate your kindness. Sending hugs and gratitude. πŸ€—πŸ™πŸ˜šπŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ

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    1. Thank you so much!! I aim to entertain, and this muse improves my game. ;)) 🎒πŸŽͺπŸ’™πŸ˜πŸŒŸ Very much appreciate your kind words, WMM. <33

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    1. Hi and welcome and fab-u-lous!!! ;)) So grateful for your comment. Thanks a huge bunch. πŸ₯°πŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸŽ‰


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