Invited by Stephen Linstead from York University, who has overseen the compiling of the modern poetry anthology entitled ‘Viral Verses’ – Heath Common has set to music and recorded two of his poems/lyrics which feature in the ‘Viral Verses’ anthology, which was released in a bid to raise funds for the NHS and maintain positivity in these unprecedented and troubled times.
‘Powis Square At 4am’ is a lyric concerning the time in 1969 when Heath was living and struggling in the Notting Hill Gate area of West London. One night when returning home during the very early hours of the morning he came across Mick Jagger who was being filmed in Powis Square as part of the movie in which he was starring entitled ‘Performance’. Heath’s reflections on coming across Jagger in such surprising circumstances prompted him to write about everything that was going on around me in the Notting Hill Gate era of that magical time and how he struggled to keep my head above water. “It’s essentially a study in survival!” he says.
‘When The Dog Bites The Monkey’ reflects upon how normally compliant people can be pushed just so far before they rise up in protest as a result of them reaching breaking point. Heath says, “It happened during the Miners Strike of the early 1980s for example and I believe it could well happen again in the very near future as a result of the confusion and resentment currently being felt by so many towards figures of authority during this Covid pandemic. It’s not a prediction – it’s a warning to get things sorted out before everything explodes!”