Something and Nothing - Shallow and Deep.
ShallowDeep is an eclectic collection from a single mind. A mind that loves finding something of value and re-expressing it in another form: A kind of creative translator. Here find parables where animals discover themselves. Here an alien visitor tries to make sense of life on earth. Here is teenage outlook condensed into a board game. Here songs of a mankind that struggles and God who intervenes. Here lyrics and music, movies and prose, satire and irony, pathos and angst, humour and charm. Here is where you get something for nothing that's shallow and deep.
Squirreled away within the pages of this site are writings, compositions, presentations and recordings that now span five decades! There is a noticeable evolution in my thinking as I have learned going through life and the more recent the piece of work, the more accurately it will represent my current position. My suggestion is that you use these resources to communicate these ideas to others. I imagine this might be in a youth club, school or other community setting, or just by the forwarding of a link that you think might speak to a friend. But who knows what possibilities you might come up with? All that I ask is that you don't tinker with the content of these works. If something seems out of place or doesn't make sense to you, it could just be that you haven't grasped the whole of it yet. Every word here was included very intentionally. I can think of many examples; books, films, stories, paintings where I've later seen what I did not at first. They first seemed shallow but now seem deep. The exception for modifications would be if you wanted to use any of the sketch scripts. There are some obvious local or time-tied references in many of them that would need to be customised before they would work for you.
Martin Day, March 2013
Let me expand on what to look out for on this site.
The Animal Parables are a collection of eight short stories. They are similar in style and form. In each one a different animal has believed something that is untrue but eventually finds a new place of freedom. If you like the extracts you find the book is available to buy in paperback or on Kindle. Here there is one unpublished story, The Frog, that you can read in full
Music and lyrics and MP3 recordings are included from Salt Solution the Christian rock band that flourished in the '80s and '90s. The front man and lyricist Martin Day went on to write a collection of worship songs. Also included here (as a curiosity) are the story and lyrics of Bradbury Hall, a concept project that Martin wrote when he was seventeen. Plus there are the latest extracts from Martin's current work-in-progress musical The Property of Iron
There is a random selection of Movie clips.Some of these feature the music of Salt Solution, some have been edited VJ-style using other copyrighted footage and soundtracks. Some have been created to convey a message, but some just for the fun of it.
Martin has also designed a board game inspired by his teenage daughter and based on the theme of a teenage house party. You may one day find it in your local toy shop, but you can say that you saw the prototype of So Grounded! here.
Pod the Alien is a puppet character (no don't switch off!) who lands from another world. He is childlike in his enthusiasm to learn about life society and faith on Earth but often gets completely the wrong end of the stick. Designed for presentation to an audience there is plenty of all-age humour in these scripts and graphics, but there is always an important truth for Pod to learn.
Look out for the downloads that will enable you to take these works to where you can re-use them.