Guilt, Compartmentalisation and Crescent Moons

Two years ago, in March 2020, I wrote a post about how we’d all been blindsided. We constantly sweat the small stuff, but then an event we couldn’t really have predicted comes along and floors us, challenging our safety and our way of life.

Here we go again…

The bridge in the centre of our town lit up with the colours of the Ukrainian flag

It’s now March 2022, and I might be wrong, but I really don’t think many of us believed a land war would ever again take place in Europe. Those in the know may not have been ‘blindsided’, but for the average family going about their daily routines, the pictures streaming live on television news are harrowing, and we are in shock at what we are witnessing.

Two years ago I had a bit of a rant about how we’d been spending vast sums of cash from the nation’s coffers on the wrong kind of defence, as what we faced back then was a war with an invisible virus that no amount of nuclear missiles could defeat. I think I’m probably being a bit naïve, but the fact we do have those nuclear missiles now terrifies me even more, as absolutely no good can come from ever using them. We truly are in uncharted territory and I’m sorry for even broaching the subject on a music blog, but this is also my web diary, so impossible to avoid.

Yet again, the upside is that I am no longer sweating the small stuff. Suddenly the state of my pension fund, and the rate of inflation, seem like frivolous worries. I made a big effort to make Mr WIAA’s birthday a really special one last week and we saw DD no less than three times. To assuage the guilt I feel about our inability to help those in need, I’ve upped my usual charity donation amount tenfold. Amongst the Airbnb community, we’ve been booking trips with hosts in Ukraine – We won’t ever go, but it gets much needed funds to them fast.

As for which song to share on a post like this, I’m truly at a loss. There are plenty of songs out there that mention war, but I really don’t want to go there. We are having to compartmentalise at the moment, in order to make it through the day and achieve all we have to achieve, so I think I just want to share a pretty song. My Full Moon in Song series hasn’t been added to for a long time as I think I’ve pretty much covered all the full moon songs out there. Here’s a bit of an alternative though, a Crescent Moon in Song series. The skies have been clear the last few nights and that tiny sliver of a crescent moon has been visible from late afternoon on. Not as spectacular, granted, but still quite something to behold.


As I suspected, there are far fewer songs about Crescent Moons but here’s one of the first ones I stumbled upon, and it certainly has a very pleasant vibe to it. Who are Conor Albert & James Smith though? Lets find out.

Well blow me down, it turns out that Conor (producer/multi-instrumentalist aged 20) and James (singer/songwriter aged 22) are both from London, and got together only last year to record Crescent Moon. Somehow it felt as if the song could have come from a long time ago but they seem to specialise in that nostalgic soul-pop sound. The first thing I thought of when listening to the lyrics, was the boy sitting on the crescent moon in the DreamWorks ident, and that’s exactly what inspired James apparently. I wish them both all the best in their future careers.

Crescent Moon by Conor Albert & James Smith:


So, ‘What’s It All About?’ – I’m aware people come here to be entertained (well they hope to be entertained I suppose) but during the life of this blog there has been an awful lot of ‘bad stuff’ going on in the world, for wont of a better phrase, and it encroaches on these pages. The world feels like a very scary place right now, so all we can do is hope that those who have the power to calm the situation, do exactly that. A big ask it seems. Our donations will hopefully go some way to helping those people who have found themselves driven from their homes.

I enjoyed my new song discovery, and it will hopefully kick start a new series to coincide with crescent moons. I’m enjoying my walks at the moment and Spring certainly seems to be in the air. Lots of blue and yellow everywhere – even Mother Nature seems to be showing solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

Until next time…

Crescent Moon Lyrics
(Song by Conor Albert/James Smith)

Lonely
You were my only
It’s like you were a thousand miles away
From ever falling inside my arms (ahh)

Baby, I caught you
Dived into the water
Held you so tight like finding riches as a pauper
I stole a heart

From someone like you
But I never knew

When I threw a line
From my crescent moon
And out of the blue
Was something untrue
Someone like you

I’m counting my blessings
You brought me heaven

Sitting in the sky looking back at adolescence
Without you by my side
Oh I’m unworthy of a woman
Like yourself, I couldn’t
Ever imagine something so perfect, oh
How in the hell did I find

From someone like you
But I never knew
When I threw a line
From my crescent moon

And out of the blue
Was something untrue
Someone like you
And out of the blue
Was something untrue
Someone like you

From someone like you
But I never knew
When I threw a line
From my crescent moon
And out of the blue

Was something untrue
Someone like you, ooh
And out of the blue
Was something untrue
Someone like you

Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days - I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 50 years ago the song "Alfie" was written by my favourite songwriting team Bacharach and David - The opening line to that song was "What's it all about?" and I'm hoping that by writing this blog, I might find the answer to that question.

14 thoughts on “Guilt, Compartmentalisation and Crescent Moons”

  1. Beautiful post Alyson, and a band to follow!
    Also, thank you so much for the air bnb suggestion 💕 I’ve done the usual stuff, donations of clothes etc, but I realise it’s not immediate, which is what these families really need….so I’m off to make a couple of bookings, and will make the suggestion to my friends, its a brilliant idea 😁

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    1. Thanks and yes, I really enjoyed that song too.

      We all feel really powerless I know but with donations we at least feel we are doing something. The Airbnb idea started last week but of course there is the worry now that some accounts might be hacked to avert the funds into the wrong hands. Just a heads up to make sure you book with a genuine host who needs help (so sad I even have to point that out).

      Thanks for dropping by and hopefully my New Moon Series will take shape.

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      1. Yes,that’s really sad, hopefully I’ll find an authentic owner..but now you’ve pointed that out, I wonder how to be sure!! Anyway, thanks for always making me smile, I don’t usually comment, but I always enjoy the blog 🙂

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  2. You saw the crescent, I saw the whole of the moon.
    The world seemed to be getting a modicum of normality back, and now this …
    Solutions? Really not sure at the moment – hunker down with beer and music – that’s my plan.
    (It’s not very grown up or helpful, but I’m not suggesting ostrich-ing it either).
    Top idea re: donations though

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    1. Ah that song could feature in both series. One of the very first shared in the Full Moon series.

      Just as life seemed to be getting back to normal…
      I don’t suppose there is much we can do at the moment other than hunker down and donate. The upside is that other worries become inconsequential – Appreciating the little things at the moment.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. I’m not sure, RD, I think ostrich-ing might well be the way forward. This time next year, I fully expect an alien invasion, the way things are going.

    I could only find two crescent moons in my collection (title-wise, at least, I haven’t gone the lyrical route…yet) from the Carpenters & The Cowboy Junkies. Elvis Costello has a song called Mr Crescent on his latest record too, and that’s growing on me.

    Keep not sweating the small stuff, Alyson.

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    1. Think you’re right Rol, the way things are going it’ll be something like a giant meteor next. (Yes, I’ve watched Don’t Look Up.)

      Not a lot of Crescent Moon songs and is the Carpenters one not about a Crescent Noon? I was caught out too. New Moon songs would work too though so who knows maybe I’ve got a new series.

      As you must know by now I’m no good at ostriching, but I am enjoying ‘not sweating the small stuff’.

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  4. For the first couple of weeks back at work following my lengthy bout of shingles I was strictly on short 4 hour shifts, but for the past few weeks I’ve been back up to full nine hour days. It’s good to be well and good to be back at work, around people again. The added bonus in the current climate is that I turn my phone off just before I walk onto the shop floor and don’t turn it on again until I go home. Nine hours without receiving updates on the latest atrocities. I realise it smacks of burying my head in the sand, but the sense of mental relief I feel is tangible.

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    1. I am coming to realise that we need to give ourselves a break from the 24/7 news coverage, or we’d get nothing done and our mental health suffers to boot. I’ve made my donations and will continue to do so but little else we can do as individuals. Can only hope there is a conflict resolution sooner rather than later.

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  5. All you say is so true – these are just dreadful times and appreciating the small things, whilst not sweating the other small things! – is at least something we can do to help keep ourselves sane. I have also withdrawn from the news coverage since Monday night – I was making myself ill with the distress and sadness of everything, and although I always felt it was my duty to keep up with what’s going on I also realise that I’m no good to anyone else if I can’t function properly, so it just seems the right thing to do at the moment to get back on a more even keel. The donations and acts of kindness are all we can do from here right now, after all. Take care of yourself too, Alyson. That’s a great idea about the Air B’n’b bookings too and I hope it’s working well.
    Lovely photos, yes blue and yellow everywhere, I hadn’t thought of it like that!
    Ooh, you’ve got me thinking about crescent moon songs too and I’m stumped right now so I look forward to seeing what else you’ll turn up. Your next challenge wil be for waning gibbous!

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    1. Yes, we’ve both ‘said our piece’ about what’s going on, but are both aware we can’t dwell on it too much or else we can’t function on a daily basis. When I do the research for a new series, or just concentrate on a single song around here it takes me out of the real world for a few hours, so hope to get back to that again now. Not really burying my head in the sand, just using this place as a pleasant diversion.

      The Crescent Moon series will be a challenge but lots of new ‘science-y’ stuff I haven’t covered before and of course, new songs to look out for. Nothing will ever take the place of the Full Moon series (most enjoyable of them all) but could be interesting. (By the way I’ve just checked and there will be a full moon in the sky on 14th June! If we’re lucky we could get some really good pictures.)

      Thanks for dropping by as I know how busy you are.

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