The Secret Chord

The Secret Chord

“There was a note that pleased the Lord When David played his Secret Chord But you don't care for music that much Do you” For me, this prose is an introduction to the concepts to be explored further in the rest of the song “Hallelujah”. It speaks to the soul more than music in and of itself. I...

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The Baffled King

The Baffled King

“It went like this, the fourth the fifth A minor fall, and a major lift The baffled king composing Hallelujah”. The musical score shows a piece starting in the chord of C Major. The fourth note is F Major, the fifth G Major. A minor fall – in fact is A minor – above the G Major on the scale, bu...

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Her Beauty and the Moonlight

Her Beauty and the Moonlight

“Your faith was strong, but you needed proof You saw her bathing on the roof Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you”. The story goes that David was visiting his friend, and was on the roof when he saw Bethsheba bathing, without a screen to hide her. He was so taken by her beauty he was unab...

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And From your Lips

And From your Lips

“She tied you to her kitchen chair She broke your throne And she cut your hair And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah” Tying to the kitchen chair has nothing to do with bondage. What the King tied to the chair represents is the emasculating of him – the loss of his kingly status – in his o...

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I've been here Before

I've been here Before

“Baby I've been here before I've seen this room, and I've walked this floor I used to live alone before I knew you” For me, this verse is melancholy. I feel it refers to the fact that we have all loved more than once. We have been there, we have walked that floor. We have lived alone, isolated...

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Victory March

Victory March

“I've seen your flag on the marble arch But love is not a victory march” There is not victory in love. It has nothing to do with winning or loosing. That is where we so often go wrong. No one wins in love, love is a partnership. So to see “your flag on the marble arch” – a sign of victory, allud...

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A Cold and Broken Hallelujah

A Cold and Broken Hallelujah

“It's a cold, and it's a broken Hallelujah”. Two interpretations – the pain and heartbreak of love lost, losing the battles of love. But then there is the deeper meaning: The act of loving fully with all your heart opens you up for pain. When you are fully connected, you feel the pain of the o...

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All I've Learned from Love

All I've Learned from Love

“Maybe there's a God above But all I've ever learned from love Is how to shoot somebody who outdrew you” Again, I feel this prose is portraying that earthly love is a war of egos, and that earthly love only teaches us how to win the war of egos in a relationship. Yet he alludes to the fact that...

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It's Not Somebody

It's Not Somebody

“And it's not a cry that you hear at night It's not somebody whose seen the light It's a cold, and its a broken Hallelujah” “A cry at night” – a cry in the darkness – a cry out for redemption, for the Divine connection. “Somebody whose seen the light” – someone who has attained Divine connect...

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The Holy Dove

The Holy Dove

“... And the Holy Dove was moving too And every breath we drew was Hallelujah . . . There is a blaze of light in every word It doesn't matter which you heard The Holy, or the broken Hallelujah” “And the Holy Dove was moving too, and every breath we drew was Hallelujah” speaks to the divine...

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Tui and Kowhai

Tui and Kowhai

Here in New Zealand, we have a native tree that flowers in spring, while it still holds the seeds from last season, and the new buds for summer. It has the most beautiful yellow flowers that attract the Tui, a native NZ bird. Called the Parson's bird by the first European Settlers because of the whi...

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Let it go

Let it go

"The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go". It got me to thinking how, so often, we hang on to things that are long dead. Maybe autumn is a good time to finally let go of all the dead wood we carry around with us.

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Something Found

Something Found

Campbell Park in Auckland is a sanctuary in the busy city, where people can be found walking, running, cycling, or just sitting, at any time of the day.

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My World is Shattered

My World is Shattered

A young monk is holding a shattering world together with intention. While all around him quivers and quakes as his world tears apart and shatters around him, he calmly holds it all together in his hands, concentrating on what it could be, rather than what it is.

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Ryokan1

Ryokan1

"AT NIGHT, deep in the mountains I sit in zazen. The affairs of men never reach here. In the stillness I sit on a cushion across from the empty window, The incense has been swallowed up by the endless night; My robe has become a garment of white dew. Unable to sleep, I walk into the garden;...

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Fairydust

Fairydust

Playing around with different images and textures, and I rather liked the effects of this one

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Homeless1

Homeless1

My project for the homeless saw me create three images to support a local charity who supports the homeless in Auckland City. This is the first of those.

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Homeless2

Homeless2

My project for the homeless saw me create three images to support a local charity who supports the homeless in Auckland City. This is the second of those.

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Homeless3

Homeless3

My project for the homeless saw me create three images to support a local charity who supports the homeless in Auckland City. This is the third of those.

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