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Melbourne songwriter Tim Downey explores the light and shadow of life’s mysteries.
His songs are full of lyrical imagery that paints a bittersweet and sometimes abstract reality.
Since its inception in 2017, folk rock band Beautiful Buildings has been the focus of Tim’s musical output, writing and performing alongside friend and collaborator Di Casey. Their vocal harmonies feature in all of their work, characterising the band’s sound.
Fast forward to today and Tim and Di are poised to release their second single, Waking Up, along with new bandmates who helped bring the song to life in the studio.
The song describes a process of enlightenment. Switching yourself on after years of aimless drifting, and the idea that there is more fulfilment to be found in one’s inner world.
Catch them at the Taproom at Shedshaker Brewery in Castlemaine this coming Friday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Entry is free.
This is the season to buy, to accumulate more things, to give things to one’s children and each other. We like to believe that this will bring joy.
This whole concept is all make-believe. It’s an adult lie conjured up out of guilt and fear that our lives are insufficiently meaningful to bring our children and ourselves the joy we say we seek.
Driven by a pure sense of guilt devoid of any sense of redemption in a capitalist materialist culture, we buy and buy, accumulate and accumulate, in the vain hope that such tangible “gifts” will bring a magic that we can possess.
Our exchange of gifts is a consumer culture’s parody of the true meaning of a gift: that gifts are to be given away, to be passed around, just like the peace pipe of Native American tribes.
As Lewis Hyde writes in his extraordinary book The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property:
“… a gift that cannot be given away ceases to be a gift. The spirit of a gift is its constant donation.”
What we are given, in the inner and outer world, must be shared and allowed to circulate. But we like…