Lose a Life

Beggars Opera Lose a Life Lyrics

Imagine a world in which every day objects emit such harmful radiation it makes normal existence impossible and what if these emissions seriously damage the health of individuals on a global scale?
It sounds like science fiction, but that is the plight of those suffering from electrosensitivity according to the creators of this extraordinary album.

‘The purpose of this album is to raise the profile of the world problem of electrosensitivity. The method used here is essentially a sonic biography of my ʻexistenceʼ living with the nightmare of electrosensitivity.
The lyrics Virginia has written are a direct reflection of what has been observed in me and in no way exaggerated thus carry the power of truth. It is my contention that all people are to some extent ES which remains at a more or less manageable level until something happens in life which dramatically lowers the threshold to the susceptibility of the ES problem. This has been confirmed by Dr George Carlo, who maintains that there is always an ʻeventʼ that triggers the descent into ES. Does anybody on this earth get through life without some significant event?”

Ricky Gardiner 2010

Lose a Life RGS 9485 nano opera was written by composer Virginia Aurora Scott

based on the true story of Ricky Gardiner‘s ES.

01/ Electrofire Invasion
02/ Electro Half Light
03/ Masts on my Roof
04/ Cosmic Tango
05/ Dr.Carlo
06/ Tango for the End of Time

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Promise in Motion

Beggars Opera Promise In Motion RGS 9486 2011

8 new surreal art songs by Virginia Scott for Beggars Opera. Bees evokes the environmental subjects first aired in Suddenly Ahead Ahead and in the Lose a Life nano opera of 2010, plus an assortment of interesting dreamscapes taking us to the far side of Beggars Opera land.


Beggars Opera Promise in Motion Lyrics

Beggars Opera Promise In Motion
RGS 9486




Miss Gardiner: Beggars Opera Bees/ Promise In Motion Review

Promise In Motion RGS 9486


Go wireless de/electrify
Offset your carbon footprint
Activate your microwave shadow de/electrify

The disappearance of the honey bees
Is a mystery far from being solved
And some people say
If honey bees disappear so will we

The greatest suspect of this tragedy
Is cell phone mast harmful radiation
And Einstein said
If honey bees disappear so will we

(The Bees)
Colony collapse disorder we’ve lost our way
Colony collapse disorder
Tell me how we find our way home please
Tell me how we find our way home
When our electro communication is jammed.

I heard a programme on the radio
About a Londoner
Keeping his bees in a high rise life shaft
If honey bees disappear so will we

‘BEES opens with Ricky Gardiner’s signature, soaring, guitar sound, singing through doors of chord changes, the sound experience is bright, progressive yet ducks into darkness, implying an underbelly has been rumbled and you’ll hear it later. Singer Virginia Scott’s ‘Go Wireless’ mantra plays as an introduction chorus and brings a glamorous edge that moves in to a kind of Karen Carpenter voice, darkly appealing for the salvation of the honeybees and all apocalyptic possibilities with Colony Collapse Disorder, that the song is sweetly telling us about.

The lyrics are very conversational (you get the feeling this is what Virginia might speak like if you were casually talking with her over a cup of Earl Grey). She expertly makes it glide over brooding growls of guitar and piano tones in the verses opening out the darkness of the track. There are hints of music concrete with intense sounding samples of bees working, midi trumpet’s hooking their way through a similar vocal – ‘how can we find our way through, when our electro-communication is jammed’ – pointing us to other human ways of communication that are so often over looked, that is psychic, electro energy, magnetic fields, vibes etc.

This is a kind of progressive pop, with a staple of pop now being the marriage of the sweet and dark, the clean and dirty, that The Velvet Underground gave way to all those years ago. BEES is lyrically apocalyptic and sonically sweet and lush like fresh fields after an April shower, a cosmic twist, the sinister in the sweet with some expert instrumentation, operatic builds and falls, Carpenter-esque pop at every unexpected turn.’

-Miss Gardiner 2012