my home is the lowlands

“You shouldn’t oughta make old blokes likeĀ  me cry. I lived through it. I sleep with it every night. Bloody hell.” LK on youtube

“It is probably a good thing to get it out once in awhile. My daughter was astonished to come upon me sobbing like a two year old though. You are good. You are good.” LK

The other night I caught a wonderful radio four programme produced by Lucy Lunt. It was in a series called Soul Music and it was about the song “Brothers in arms”

you can listen to it here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mqp1r

the music inspired me to make the film

 

if you want to get the best quality audio and video you will have to leave this website by clicking on the youtube symbol to open it on the youtube site.

 

then click on the little gear and bump it up to the best definition…. plug in some speakers… expand the image to full screen

sit back a bit

 

it is only a few minutes long

but it made a bloke cry.

 

 

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27 Responses to “my home is the lowlands”

  1. 31 January, 2013 at 1:28 pmwinston waller says:

    That is beautiful Dylan. Thank you very much.
    It is definitely worth keeping and playing again – any chance it can be made downloadable?

    Best Wishes
    Winston

    • 31 January, 2013 at 1:49 pmdylan winter says:

      W,

      the music belongs to google/youtube. the work is essentially theirs now. You can rip it using a youtube ripper and keep it… but unless youtube kills the video then it will stay up for the forseeable future

      dylan

  2. 31 January, 2013 at 8:39 pmPaul Mullings says:

    Anyone know how to view Youtube in hi-res on an iPad?
    Can’t see the coggy thingy anywhere!
    Brilliant song and lovely imagery Dylan, had a tear in the eye.

  3. 1 February, 2013 at 10:13 pmJohn says:

    Great song, but I do not like that version, a bit dirgy (is that a word?) for my taste, much prefer the Dire Straits original. The film though was superb, wonderful imagery.

    • 2 February, 2013 at 9:26 amdylan winter says:

      dirgy perhaps – especially on laptop speakers – although on decent speakers it sounds great… and Knopfler is in the middle three versions put together here

      D

  4. 2 February, 2013 at 2:04 pmAndy says:

    This is great, thanks Dylan, lovely work. Andy

  5. 3 February, 2013 at 8:39 pmPaul Rogers says:

    What is the significance of this song?

    • 4 February, 2013 at 8:53 amdylan winter says:

      good question – to the miliatary it is a lament for their lost colleagues and a reminder of the futility of war. We are just coming towards the end of what the Americans call eldercare responsibilities and that has made me rather introspective. It is also about those who are no longer with us and a reminder that we need to get a move on because our time on this planet is limited. So many places yet to explore…. so little time

  6. 3 February, 2013 at 9:07 pmPaul Rogers says:

    I have been meaning to ask, Dylan, can you raise your propellor out of the water when you are sailing?

    • 4 February, 2013 at 8:55 amdylan winter says:

      the short shaft is well up in the tunnel and will kick up enough to come out of the water, the long shaft will tilt up but only if the rudder is raised so most of the time I sail with it down. It is still higher than the stubby bilge keels so little risk of it hitting the bottom. You do get some noise from the well as the boat moves along – but I have got used to it and now rather like the noise. I am not that worried about additional drag although if I was doing a long offshore passage then I would remove the engine and put it down in the cabin.

  7. 4 February, 2013 at 6:16 amTomH says:

    Marvelous song and breathtaking video. Thanks.
    It was an interesting experience – I will share that for myself i discovered a few things about why, for me at least, your videos are so powerful. With the lyrics, my mind was occupied with the train of thought of the ideas carries in the song – and I immediately realized that the video was not so interesting in the way I am accustomed. Thinking about that – i realized that your videos (those with sound track) do not hinder the thinking that goes on while watching, which led me to the further realization that your videos are as powerful as they are because we are able to let the images take us to the places in our minds – our own places (not yours, interestingly). That we experience them as something personal is what makes them so incredibly powerful – well that’s for me anyway. Just saying.
    Love your work Dylan, and now I thank you for what it brings or gives me.
    Cheers,
    TomH
    Salem, MA. USA

    • 4 February, 2013 at 8:57 amdylan winter says:

      Cheers Tom,

      I think it is a powerful song and clearly hits different people in different ways. I do find that when sailing I tend to drop into a reverie. Jill always says that I come back from sailing in a calm and almost serene mood as opposed to the rather hyper 58 year old I am most of the rest of the time. It is the way that scenery changes slowly as the boat moves through the water. For me, sailing allows me to touch the infinite.

  8. 26 February, 2013 at 10:07 pmgeorgina clough says:

    Funny but I’ve always assumed that this song, was a reference to the American civil war. However, it’s about war everywhere. Brought a lump to my thorat and tears to my eyes, this record and tell me there is no evil by Chris Rea make me want to cry! As always, super film. Who is singing this version of brothers in arms?

    Georgie

  9. 6 March, 2013 at 8:05 pmPaul Mullings says:

    Just heard a Gregorian version, whatever next?

  10. 21 May, 2017 at 3:24 amWouter van Wijngaarden says:

    I’m crying at the moment, so beautiful. I’ll forgive the bump and the wind blowing noise ;-). Who made this cover? Thanx, for this and all your other beautiful videos and amusing blogs. I’m a frequent visitor since about a year and a half.

    Almost two years ago my father died because of cancer. Together we worked on our boats (first we had a 6m and later we had a Westerly Griffon) and together we learned sailing since I was 11.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=902433239852097&set=a.103285389766890.10118.100002562891327&type=3&theater

    The Westerly Griffon II (sadly we had to sell it):
    https://www.facebook.com/wouter.vanwijngaarden.1/posts/885633024865452

    Our adventures At the Dutch rivers, Zeeland, Friesland, IJsselmeer and above all the Waddenzee, will always stay in my mind.
    https://www.facebook.com/wouter.vanwijngaarden.1/media_set?set=a.103334803095282.10241.100002562891327&type=3

    Now i’m having my own dinghy and sail sometimes with other people on different other boats. I will always stay a sailor! My dinghy: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=786521098109979&set=a.414263812002378.1073741826.100002562891327&type=3&theater
    And a video (At that moment I was not that experienced with the trapeze):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOmrJJC33ww

    This was the last journey I made with my father and mother together:
    https://www.facebook.com/wouter.vanwijngaarden.1/posts/793629804065775

    And this is an album about upgrading my boat, after I owned it over two years. The album is not complete (last phase missing, but my boat is finished :-) Although it is a small dinghy, I’m now able to have a vacation on it!
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.838431839585571.1073741830.100002562891327&type=3

    • 22 May, 2017 at 12:33 pmdylan winter says:

      sorry the film made you cry… sounds as though you loved your dad and you shared sailing with him. I lost mine when I was 45 – it still hurts. One of his sayings was… count your blessings and forget your woes

      not always easy to do – especially the forgetting part – but you can count your blessings….. some of which were the times yuo spent sailing together and the fact that he gave you a love of boats – and with any luck the last one will stay with you. Time to buy a boat, sail it to a quiet place and sit in the cockpit watching the sun go down while drinking to the good life he gave you.

  11. 22 May, 2017 at 10:43 pmWouter van Wijngaarden says:

    The loss is almost two years ago, so it is only incidental moments like these that feelings rise of joy, loss and melancholia. I treasure those. I discovered your blog after my father died. I know for sure he would have love it!

    Your last sentence I do not fully understand. I already have a boat. I made it usable for holidays by building my own big tent for up on the dinghy. This summer I hope to enjoy the sun from there :D

    • 23 May, 2017 at 8:46 amdylan winter says:

      For me, the most peaceful moments are those sitting aboard in the cockpit in a quiet anchorage with a glass of red in my hand and contemplating the peaceful night ahead with the sound of the curlews wafting across the night air. Then almost everything falls into perspective.

  12. 23 May, 2017 at 8:51 amWouter van Wijngaarden says:

    It was also one our favourits!!

  13. 23 May, 2017 at 8:52 amWouter van Wijngaarden says:

    Is there an rss feed possible in these blogthreads?

  14. 23 May, 2017 at 11:07 amWouter van Wijngaarden says:

    I have a few more remarks about the structure of this site. Sometimes I find it difficult to navigate through it. Is it ok if I send you an email with some of these remarks?

    And I am also curious what your opinion is on the boats I/we poses(ed) :) We also tried to sail al lot with a small budget! So I completely agree with your philosopy! Maybe te only difference is, is that I can really enjoy working on boats.

  15. 23 May, 2017 at 11:10 amWouter van Wijngaarden says:

    Are you also on facebook?

  16. 23 May, 2017 at 11:29 amWouter van Wijngaarden says:

    Hahaha! Old people using social media ;)

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