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September 5, 2011

Maya Noise Sounding Pretty Sweet.

How my book inspired a song and gave me a lump in my throat.

A couple of weeks ago a young man in America called Tommy Thallett sent me this link to a song he had written after reading my book Maya Noise. While I appreciated the sentiment, I was a bit apprehensive that it might be…well…rubbish. Heartfelt sincerity doesn’t always translate into pleasant on the ear, as anyone caught in the desperate hour of a karaoke night will tell you.
“All. By. My. Se-eh-elf. Don’t wanna be…”

I needn’t have worried, he’s written a beautiful song and carries it off very well as you can see and hear below. I think it’s great.

 Here are the words of Tommy’s song:

the water keeps rising up
and the walls are caving in
the fence is getting rusty
and the sun is setting on everything

i can feel the details
with every passing breath
and the way your skin felt
when we made love i wont soon forget

because we are young not dead
our bodies are decaying
distorting all the things we’ve said
we get lost in language
and silence stirs us side
and i want so badly to believe that the human spirit never dies.

and i am gaining consciousness
with every tiny cloud
the answers are in front of me
but i can’t make them out.

your body is a vessel
and i’ll take you out to explore
my options are limited
but i’m always looking for more.

because we are young not dead
our bodies are decaying
distorting all the things we’ve said
we get lost in language
and silence stirs us side
and i want so badly to believe that the human spirit never dies.

The sound quality in the video gets a bit distorted at the end so he sent me a more polished version of it which you can listen to here.

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