New Song: "Ships"

April 6, 2024

SHIPS 

(Words & Music: Jamesy the True)


 

A touch of your hand, meeting your eyes

I see who I am, I see star-lit skies

Hearing your voice, like centuries ago

Holding on softly to the little we know


 

And just like that lighthouse a mile from my old house

You show me the way home, in the storm in the dark

Your smile is a beacon

To ships that pass in the night

And I don’t need another reason

To feel alright


 

Making no plans, one with the wind

Holding on gently, letting me in

Breaking the old ways, building again

You are the one that I want when the ships come in


 

And just like that lighthouse down by my old house

You show me the way home, in the storm in the dark

Your smile is a beacon

To ships that pass in the night

And I don’t need another reason

To feel alright 


 

Making no plans, one with the wind

Holding on softly, letting you in

Breaking the old ways, building again

You are the one that I want when the ships come in


 

You are the one that I want when the ships come in

A Muse Blossoms

April 1, 2024

Note: This is a real journal entry, not an April Fool's joke :)

In March, I stumbled upon a Beautiful Muse, and my life has not been the same since. For thousands of years artists have had this intriguing relationship with their muses. And in my own small speck-in-time way, I get to be a part of that ongoing journey. 

This particular muse is complex. She finds herself in a transitional time of her life. Her spirit toggles between a caring, tender, passionate soul and a fierce force of nature protecting herself from ghosts of her past. 

Her beauty is captivating and it pulls me in like a magnet. She soothes me with her voice and she cares with her touch, provoking words of strange romance to percolate on my tongue, then leap onto the page before me.  

I know this woman. I have known her for millennia. Though she manifested only a fortnight ago, she has always been here.  I don't know how I know this, I just do.

This Muse - when she is in her element and a soft glow fills her eyes - she  tells me, without saying a word, that she feels this same unusual rush of warmth and light and movement. But she surrounds her discovery with a steel fortress, and the armed guards - out in full force - circle the castle.

She gives of herself only so much, reminding me of her season of change. In the interim, I allow the creative spirits to take over, and I am grateful for their visit. And for hers.

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Accompanying image: "The Birth of Venus" (1482 - 83) by Sandro Boticelli .

Origin of the Name

January 11 2024

Hi, me again. How is your 2024 going so far?

I mentioned in my previous post that I would explain the origin of the new name Jamesy the True. 

So firstly, "Jamesy" is the variation of my name that some of my favorite people have called me over the years. 

I've always liked the word "true" - the sound of the word and the importance of truth in my life. In 1983, even though I was just a kid, I loved the song "True" by UK band Spandau Ballet. (and still love it).  Also, years ago I fronted a band with the word "True" in its name.

And then a few months ago I stumbled on a quote by Ryan Holiday paraphrasing the Stoic philosopher (not to mention Roman Emperor) Marcus Aurelius: 

"They'll cut you with knives, they'll stab you in the back, they'll shower you with curses, they'll argue in bad faith. But does that cut your mind off from clarity and sanity and self-control and justice? No. To the Stoics, it doesn't matter what other people do. It doesn't matter if you're recognized or rewarded for doing the right thing  Stay on the path that you know is true and good anyway."

Studying stoicism has given me strength these past few challenging years. And so, in summary, the name Jamesy the True is symbolic of where I find myself now, in terms of spiritual strength. And of course, every day we strive to be better than we were the day before.

- Jamesy the True.