Genesis 0.1:1-5

colgoo's picture

Genesis 0.1:1-5


Liner Notes: 

I do not have the musical chops to even attempt to put this to music, but if there is a brave soul out there who is willing to dare try, I am willing to lend my spoken or singing voice to your composition, if you desire.


1. In the Beginning, there was only darkness:
A black hole in the not-yet-Universe.
Atoms and energy -- heat and fission
But no musical composition.
No names, no smells, sights or sounds.
No thing could be recorded down.
But, whatever Creator created Earth
Conceived of music and gave it birth.
2. Was it a big sound? A pop or bang?
A great explosion, that rang and rang?
Or a light gurgling of water molecule formation?
What was the first musical creation?
A near-silent shuffle of dust settling in a crack?
A single note humming, echoing back?
What was the first note that started all this?
Was it a romantic, sensual kiss?
3. In the beginning, a sound was made:
A thought, an intelligence displayed.
It became a lyric to an eternal song
And harmonies formed to help it along.
Till darkness and light came out to dance
As planets, moons, stars woke up from a trance.
And one of those planets, by luck or by fate,
Composed a symphony we can't replicate.
4. It started out small, and built a crescendo,
With staccato moments and diminuendo
Till a fistful of dandelions blew through the dust,
Water bubbled and grew them, bees started to buzz.
Dinosaurs grew to tremendous size
As the world's conductor led an endless reprise:
Notes of jazz and classical mixed in the 'hood.
Hip-hop and salsa: it was all good!!!
5. This symphony started millennia ago
But it keeps on creating an endless flow.
As miraculous as that original song
Is the story you tell, whether short or long.
You have a voice that's uniquely yours,
Like the purr of a kitten or lioness roars.
In a new baby's wail or a gasp from death's knife:
Creation is music and music is life.

Creation is music and music is life.

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


billwhite51's picture

love this, i have a bit of an idea for an approach. am emailing it to you.....oops. i realize i dont have your email address. email me at if you want to hear this very rough first take improv on your lyric.

cindyrella's picture

Oh what a song! I love it-the idea and all t he wonderful thoughts. The flow is awesome-super song!

kahlo2013's picture

Wow, Colleen this is really awesome poetry! I love how it evolves and draws me in. I really love the musical descriptions and metaphors! So apt for the symphony of life as we know it. Brilliant!!!!!

JamKar's picture

Brilliant writing Colleen! I see you already have an offer, but If you need instrumental collaboration I am available.

colgoo's picture

I see no reason why we can't have two different approaches. If you want to take your own dive into these lyrics, it would be quite interesting to compare two (or more) different approaches to the same set of lyrics. I do have to say that I was quite impressed with Bill's version that he is polishing up right now. Whatever you do, don't listen to his take until you're done giving them a try. I had a very different musical interpretation of these lyrics in my head as I was writing them, and unfortunately I lack the talent to actually make them shine that way....It is always a treat to hear something performed differently than the version in your head.