Sunday, November 29, 2009

1st of The Last

I am happy to inform you that I now have 2 tracks pretty much set for the recording of The Art In Dreaming. Having worked more on the drums for Trepidation yesterday afternoon, the song is now as near completition as it can be prior to recording. 15th Pb is pretty much in the same state as well, like I've mentioned. Even though I haven't written anything new to Xie Xie during the last 28 hours, I feel like it's also worth typing that I just checked the lenght of the MIDI to see that the song has now crossed over the 10 minute mark. With everything going so smoothly, I plan to have a little break from now on until my Christmas holiday starts - with the reservation that I'd really like to develop the drums for Melodia in the next few days.

That paragraph you just read is all I have to say about my projects, unfortunately, but I do have other things to tell you about too, don't worry. Yesterday evening I spent a couple of hours arranging some of my old writings and other things that have been taking space away from my stereos. As I was reading some of my lyrics that date as far as 3 years ago, I felt very nostalgic and strangely, a bit inspirational on top of that as well. I actually kind of miss the times when I just wrote what came to mind without having a certain motive to begin with, which I often do have in mind these days when I write. Maybe I will try to take adventage of the less-calculated technic now in the future again. Later during the evening I watched some TV and tried to come up with some new musical ideas, but the riffs I came up with aren't going to take me anywhere - not because they are bad, but because I really want to compose something experimental and it's not always easy at all, as you can predict. I'm fine though - I got no rush with the new stuff. ;)

This weekend has also seized the beginning of the winter sports season 2009-2010. Finnish skiers and ski-jumpers have had pretty good success as always, but I don't want to bore you too much with the subject, so I'll just admit that yes, I've been watching. :P

One of this week's influences that I forgot to mention yesterday has been Linkin Park with their new LPU CD. For once the band included some demos from their past on it and I'm surely not the only one who's been pleased and inspired by that. I've even began remixing the extended A.06, which is a very heavy track and was previously only known as a 1 minute demo. I plan to make the remix a big collaboration with vocals and everything from various people, but you all know my plans... They come and go. Anyhow, today I've been into Riverside a lot, and just now I'm listening to a new band called Flaw. I got the album Endangered Species by the latter just half an hour ago and it seems to have a rather unique sound considering the band is quite nu metalic. For the rest of the evening, I will probably keep listening to Flaw and study for the biology test I have tomorrow.

As a conclusion, I hope you all have had a good first Advent and a wonderful November. I, for one, have enjoyed most of what this month has offered despite the overly-pressuring stress, and my birthday obviously has been playing a big part at that. It's nice to see that my posts per month aren't descending anymore either, haha. Now, for another 5-6 days, goodbye my dear readers.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Roots In Stereo

This week has been like a mini-Christmas for me. I had asked brand new stereos from my parents for Christmas so we ordered them together last Sunday, and since they already arrived yesterday, we decided it was for the best to begin using them already. All in all my family is not stuck in Christmas traditions anyway since I also gave a gift for my dad 3 weeks beforehand two years ago. Anyhow, the sound quality of the stereos is great and it's truly amazing to listen to my favorite songs again and again with a totally different sound than before. Best thing is, the stereos weren't even that expensive.

The writing process of The Art In Dreaming has been going forward a bit this week too, as always. Trepidation and 15th Pb are almost done now, with six eighths (6/8) of the first's and seven eights (7/8) of the latter's drums completed. I've also been improving the little harmonies in Melodia this week and started on the grand finale for Xie Xie - in other words, the last riffs for rhythm guitar have been written and I've also started working on the piano outro.

I have more than one test to study for during the next few days, but on the other hand, school is inspiring me more than ever at the moment. Biology has been surprisingly inspirational on this course (and it's sad that the test I'm studying for this weekend will be the one that ends the final course of secondary school biology) and just yesterday a very melodic and picking-filled riff came to my head during Religion class. Later on, as I went home, I played that melody by ear on guitar, and earlier today I converted it to piano (and yes, it will be used for Xie Xie). Despite all of this inspiration, I'm still very excited towards Christmas, and one of the main reasons for that is obviously the 2½ weeks long holiday coming with it that I know I have earned.

Lastly, I've been influenced a lot by Static-X this week, and I even looked up a very rare DVD of them called Where The Hell Are We And What Day Is It... This Is Static-X earlier this week. Surprisingly, it had Wuv and Sonny from P.O.D. featured in it (only for a few seconds, but worth the mention). Concerning other influences, I've been playing all kinds of music through my stereos yesterday and today really, so it's maybe for the best that I won't start mentioning all of the artists I listen to, haha. Let's just see if I'm influenced by something in particular during tonight and tomorrow.

And no, that final sentence was not a promise of another post coming. =P

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Horizons

During the past 24 hours I have been listening to some more Parkway Drive as well as some Static-X and KoRn. All in all, I haven't been listening to that much music during this weekend though, or lately in general, for some reason. Nevertheless, tonight I'm hoping to change that, so keep an eye on my last.fm page (http://www.last.fm/user/WickedBreath)...

My new book is about 1100 words long now, with one chapter fully finished. I still want to keep the content as a secret of some sort and not share it here, but I promise that at some point later this year I will make a post with a chapter or two (depending on how much I've been able to continue with it). It's definitely one of, if not the most interesting story of mine personally, and I hope that once I'll show it to you all, you'll think the same.

Besides writing a rough 500 words more to the book yesterday, I also worked a bit more on the Save a Prayer cover me and Shades of The Atmosphere are collaborating on. Having added some piano to it, the whole thing includes 4 instruments now (without the drums) and it definitely has a twist to it that makes it sound like ours and in the same time, a little different from the original. It might take a while before you will be able to hear the final recording, but it should be good enough for the wait.

With 4 weeks to go until my Christmas holiday, I'm going to be struggling with some tests and such next week and the week after that, but it's all cool. I just know that this Christmas will be amazing with, possibly, a new baritone guitar (which I will most likely buy myself, by the way), the Xie Xie music video shoot and a wonderful Christmas spirit, hopefully. If nothing else, I can at least rest, since the holiday is going to be almost 3 weeks long. My official goal for the holiday is to finish off with the writing process of The Art In Dreaming, so I can start the recording sessions in January.

Alright, you got your Sunday post and I got a clean conscience. See you until next weekend. :)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Siren's Song

Having discovered one new band and come up with a plenty of new material, I've gone through the aftermath of my birthday this week. Concerning The Art in Dreaming, I've been working a lot on the drums again, and done some vocal sessions for practice lately. It's all sounding pretty good so far, but I'm careful not to think of it as too good yet when it's all just in my head as of now. To clear things up a little for you, here's once again a list of all the tracks to be on the EP and some notes on how they are doing right now.

01. 15th Pb
The opener of the whole EP will begin with some vocals backed by natural harmonics on guitar. The song's overall lenght will be a bit under 6 minutes, showcasing a prominent progressive touch and the heavier side of the EP. Writing-wise, the drums are about 80% ready to date, with everything else being pretty much done and settled for the recording phase.

02. Xie Xie
The song that I am most excited about. Xie Xie won't only be the longest Wicked Breath track to date, but it will also work as the basis for the first-ever music video by me and obviously, it'll also be put out as the one & only single from The Art In Dreaming. What comes to the concept of the entire EP, Xie Xie plays a really big part lyrically and isntrumentally. Right now, the guitars and the bass are about 80% done, lyrics about 70 % done, drums about 50 % done and piano about 30% done. The outro for the song will be a short piano piece that I have yet to begin working on.

03. Trepidation
The most simplistic, and perhaps the most emotional song vocally on the upcoming release is called Trepidation. While serving as a bridge between the defining heaviness and softness on both ends of the EP, the song has groove as well as melody in it. Clocking just over 5 minutes, the song refuses to be unprogressive just like everything else on the tracklist and thus it fits well to its position. While the drums are still unfinished being about 50% done, everything else for this song is completed writing-wise.

04. Melodia
The first fully instrumental song I've done since Soar. Melodia is surprisingly soft, natural and stripped down, relying on bass, drums and one guitar for the most part. Some short guitar solos are hearable in a few points, but other than that, this song is basically a more progressive and enhanced version of Strayed from Glimpse At My Horizon (without the vocals), mostly consisting of traditional chords and just one or two powerchords. Drums (30% done) are the only thing missing from this one as well.

05. In The Art of Dreaming
This piano-driven tune ends the EP. With a few surprises on the way for this one, I can't reveal too much. What I can reveal is that the lenght will be around 6 minutes and that I'm done writing everything besides the drums for this one. All in all, this song includes pure emotion expressed by bright piano, soft bass, calm vocals and clean guitar. Nothing more, and nothing less.

As a side note, I was a little sick on Monday, so I stayed home allowing me to work some more on Xie Xie. This week I've already had several ideas for my next project, too. Even though most of the ideas are thematical, I got a bunch of riffs and such on my mind that won't be heard on TAID. Despite these ideas, I still got no idea what my next project will be like, but I actually consider that a good thing - for once it might be good to just play and write without a certain goal in mind. I still got a lot to do with this current project anyway, so there's no need to rush with things.

Now onto the new band I've discovered this week. The band is an Australian metalcore/deathcore monster called Parkway Drive. A friend of mine recommended them to me and so I checked out their album Horizons just yesterday, and it does sound rather impressive so far. I've been pretty hesitant towards metalcore lately since judging by what I had heard until this week, I felt like the genre didn't have enough fresh things to offer. Even if Parkway Drive isn't mindblowing either, they're a step into the better direction, it seems. On top of listening to Horizons, I've also been into some old bands like Demon Hunter and Pillar - not to mention Riverside frontman Mariusz Duda's solo project Lunatic Soul, which I listened to for the first time in the summer and just now have begun appreciating.

I swear that I'll make another post tomorrow. I have a feeling that I might not do much today, but you never know - besides, I really have to reach my 2-posts-per-weekend-pace again, haha.

"I thought you wouldn’t come/I have been waiting for you...

In the back of beyond."

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Deep Blue Breath

Music that's once been new, but has since been forgotten about, has been the theme for the music I've been into this week. ZAO's Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest, Killswitch Engage's The End of Heartache and Kinetik Control's Lack of Divine Inspiration are just some of the records that I hadn't listened to in a while until this week. Especially ZAO has encouraged me to look for meanings and some new parts that I've written for Xie Xie are even strongly influenced by WBaFBR. Speaking of which, Xie Xie is now 7 minutes and 59 seconds long and it's currently in a state where I've started writing the very last build-up for the song. Not knowing where it'll go, I have to say that there's still a chance the track will clock over 10 minutes though. 15th Pb, on the other hand, has gained more drumming and thus it's only lacking less than 2 minutes more of it for it to be fully finished. In contrast to all of this, I've had some pretty positive feedback concerning the exclusives on the site (http://autumnscream.webs.com), which is always good even if I did post samples before AS too and still the EP itself didn't come out too great.

The only true ways of celebration I've been able to have for my birthday so far have been a 50-minute playlist that I listened to earlier today and plenty of delicacies that I've eaten. It's all good though - somehow I saw the lack of having ways and motivation to celebrate coming anyway. I'm just not able to spend even a day without doing something productive or worrying about something else. It feels good to be 15 though, trust me.

Today on its own has been wild. I've started my second "serious" book, which uses the previous idea I had for a short story. I won't share you too much about the plot now but you'll hear from it soon enough. I've also been working on Xie Xie's lyrics and its instrumental, as well as throwing around ideas for the music video, which for the record I will be making and releasing no matter how bad it'll be. That is if I ever finish it... Time is limited these days and so is my equipment.

Lastly, some major Webs stuff. I have desperately created some new topics for the forums of the site, so please, at least give them a look. There are also still a few guys from the promotional team who haven't checked out the exclusives, at least not to my knowledge, and I'm telling you, the promotional team isn't just so you can feel special, you actually need to be special for it. Meaning, if you can't bother downloading a tiny package, giving it about 25 minutes of your life and another 5 minutes or so for giving feedback, you're out, and someone else is in. I'm not blaming everyone of the 7 here, because some have actually checked the package and given me feedback like I said, and some people who haven't I know are busy, but still, I'm left with 2 people who I haven't heard a word from yet and am expecting one very soon. Before I rant too much, I would like to mention that Shades of the Atmosphere now has his own site over at Webs too. Check it out at http://shadesoftheatmosphere.webs.com.

That's it, my second post as a 15 year old teenager. Hopefully you enjoyed it. I'll keep you updated...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

We've Got This Far...

As it's been a little over an hour since I turned 15, it's needless to start describing how I feel at the moment. I'll just cut down to the chase here... :P

For today, I got two suprises, as promised. The first one is a promotional team exclusive, that you can only access by being a moderator on the official site's forums. Having advertised the possibility of becoming one for almost a week, the door is closed now so to speak, but only for a while. Anyhow, those that do have the right to access the Fanbase and Promos categories on the forums, use your priviledges wisely. I most definitely want to hear all of your opinions concerning the little package I have for the selected 7 members of the team. To clarify, here's a link for the forums, once again.

http://autumnscream.webs.com/apps/forums/

Then onto the second surprise. As I've mentioned before, I'm an active member on several different forums. One of these is called Quills, where I've been a member on for about 8 months now. On the said forums I've had the pleasure of discovering a very young and talented writer, Jessie Todd, and we've been working on a little project together for sometime now. The project is a written interview with the aim to give her experience and me something to further give out to you, the readers, and also something I can use for promotion. The interview is actually split in two, with the first half being about Wicked Breath in general and the second half being mainly about me. Without any further babble, here you go:
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You've been influenced by a lot of other bands, right? Can you list some of them and tell me why you find them so inspiring, what effects they might have had on Wicked Breath's sound?
- We have to start with the fact that music is by no means the only thing that influences me. I’m also influenced by literature, television, school (believe it or not), other people… Everything around me can be innovative and music is really just a part of what inspires and influences me. Anyhow, if we do get into the music… There’s definitely more than a lot of it that I’m not a stranger to. I listen to rock music daily, ranging from the poetic and progressive passages of Tool, the Deftones, HURT and Opeth to more straight up metal like KoRn, Soulfly, 5 Finger Death Punch and so on. Then there’s also, of course, Christian stuff like P.O.D., Project 86, Demon Hunter, early Killswitch Engage, some RED… Not to forget melodic post-rock and soft rock in general like God Is an Astronaut, dredg, If These Trees Could Talk, Junkie XL and you know, the list just goes on and on, haha. To sum it up, I guess most of the stuff I listen to is somehow crossover and thus rather diverse, even if it all can be put under the term rock. Bands such as P.O.D. and HURT especially stand out for me, because there’s a true story behind them and their music every single time. The kind of ‘surviving through struggles’ that they’ve had is definitely something that would make me appreciate any true musician/band in a way that the music alone is unable to offer. All in all, I think that all those elements I just mentioned are in one way or another hearable with everything that Wicked Breath is and will be in the future. And, I’m constantly seeking for fresh and new things - and that statement, again, doesn’t just apply with music but basically everything in my life.

What genre would you consider Wicked Breath to be, or is it still evolving too much to decide? Does it 'fit' with your bigger inspirations?
- I’d actually prefer if my music wasn’t labeled too much because of the diversity and the fact that like you hinted, there’s still a lot of growing I have to go through with everything. At best, my music can include total headbanger-riffs á la Drop D, C or B tuning, heavy and self-reliant bass lines, some beautifully melodic guitar-picking with laid back drumming as well as rapping vs. screaming vs. singing – all in one song – but there’s so much more I can still mix to it by learning and experimenting (not to mention making it more flowing), so I wouldn’t say that I’m alternative rock or progressive rock or anything of the like, because it’s simply too strict. Don’t get me wrong – I actually like classifying the music I listen to on my own (even if I shouldn’t) but when you look at it from the perspective where you’re the artist yourself it’s hard to find a certain style or term that would describe what you do perfectly. Having genres makes it easier for you to find a band that you’ll most likely want to listen to when you’re looking for something new, but to me all music is a reflection of its maker and because of that, labeling music is kind of like labeling the musicians who’ve done it based on their age, race, education etc.

As for your other question, I guess whatever classification I’d be given would fit with my musical inspirations, but a total mix is what I am and want to be.

As you're currently a one-man-band, would you ever be happy letting other musicians take over some aspects of the creative process, or would you rather keep it 'pure'?
-I already have let other people into the writing and the recording process of my songs through various collaborations. So far, those all have pretty much just been e-collabs though. I think that there are simply too many reasons for why I shouldn’t work in a group full-time in contrast to why I should, some of the most outshining ones being my stubborn character, my clear vision what comes to doing music and the way of doing it and the fact that in a band, I most likely could never be taken as seriously than as a solo musician. I’m a difficult person and an artist so big by heart that I’d begin to sound like a cliché if I kept listing things about myself here, but those are the roots God has given me and my mission is to make sure those roots grow a plant that blossoms – if not now, then at least eventually. Anyhow, before I get too religious here, the conclusion is that I am open to working with other people, more and more each day actually, but I don’t think I will ever be able to go as far as playing in a band where my opinions, my writings and my efforts are constantly only a fraction of the whole.

How available is your music? (Do you have a blog, advertise on other sites etc.?) Is it free? (When will you feel comfortable charging for it online?)
– My music is available from many different sources. Even though at the moment none of my previous releases are online, I post updates of my work frequently on a number of sites. Many of these are forums I’m an active member on, including The Linkin Park Projekt and The Southtown. I also have my own site and an official blog which I use to post updates concerning both, my music and my other life as well. All my music is currently free - I feel comfortable charging for it when I put out my first full album, and when that day comes, I want my music and myself to be fully prepared.

Do you have any short-term goals right now?
-I am looking forward to finishing my third EP and putting it out sometime early next year. If we ignore the aim to develop and experiment as much as possible (and do that every single moment possible), finishing off with my current project is the only short-term goal I have at the moment.

So can you see yourself someday making it big? What are some of the steps along the way, or have you made any plans yet?

- I have, as you can predict, dreamt about being in front of a big live audience and achieving a large listener base time and time again, but in order for that to become reality there’s almost an impossible number of steps that I have to take and pieces I have to help fit. I don’t have much if any major plans right now, but I do realize the number of musicians who are a dozen times better than me in every aspect and still can’t make a living out of their music – and that’s the very first step you have to take you know, face the facts the way they are. Anyhow, I really don’t want to start discussing about the state of the music business today, so I’ll just go with what I think are the most important steps I have to complete in order to get forward. First, above everything, is gathering as much experience as possible through practice, advice from others, perhaps some further education in music theory, live performances and so forth. Second step is releasing that full album I mentioned a few questions back and make it so that it’s sellable, representative, and all in all a pleasant package that has been produced with heart and true-self. Third major step is to get recognized. Right now I’d say that last phase is still years and years away - and even if it does happen eventually, we still have to remember that more artists get dropped from labels than actually renew their contracts for several successful years and releases to come. So, it’s going to be a bumpy ride ahead but with my passionate heart as my throttle and my faith in me and my beliefs as my seat belt, I’m sure everything will turn out well one way or another.

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For the record, how old are you? And how long have you been practicing music? (Have you always wanted to be a musician?)

- I’m 14 while writing this, but I’ll be 15 when this is out. The way music appeared to my life happened very early on. I remember singing gibberish when I was little since I didn’t know anything about English yet - I had just heard a lot of music being sung in that (back then) strange language and I happened to like it. As I already dreamt about doing my vocals in front of many people when I was like 5 or something, I guess somehow that fire inside for music has always been there in me. My first serious touch to guitar didn’t happen until when I was 12, but from that moment forwards I’ve gradually been learning more and more and have grown out of the radio tunes that I basically started with when I was little. Bass and drums have gotten into the mix and I’ve also had some obstacles and hard times on my way already, but if anything, those have fulfilled my experience in enjoying music. The most important thing is, after all, that the passion and the experiences keep on growing no matter what.

Have your family and friends been supportive of your dream? Or would they rather you have a more 'practical' aspiration?
- It depends on how you see the whole term ‘friends’. The people I hang out with at school, for example, are nice but most of them don’t really fit to that classification of a friend and they never take music in general as seriously I do, let alone my music. Then there are the people I talk to in the internet – people from all over the world who are able to share so much more with me and vice versa than most of the people close to me in my real life can. It might sound pathetic and make me sound like an isolated person but the fact is that my most loyal and supportive friends are the ones I can talk to while on my laptop. As for my family then… I think that in a way they would like to see me choose a more balanced profession, but it’s in no way decided that I will still be a musician when I’m an adult (and strictly a musician only), anyway. Overall, my family has always been supportive. My dad was a guitarist when he was young so he understands a lot of where I come from with my artistic character and all, I think.

You're a one-man band -- which skills do you think shine most, and which ones still need work? (Any professional training?) Which ones can you already tell have improved dramatically?
- I’ve been playing guitar longer than any other instrument, and that naturally shows. When I compose, about 90 % of the time my ideas start developing from a guitar riff of some sort, and thus guitar is the most dominating single element in all that I do. Bass is another instrument I’m pretty good with – having played guitar first for a year or so really paid off what comes to picking up the bass. I try my best to keep the two separate though, and while I learn more about both of them constantly, it’d be impossible to choose between them as of now. Drums, mixing and vocals I still have to work with, a lot – but I keep improving with those in a steady pace as with all the other areas. The skill that’s undoubtedly my trademark and strength is the lyrics, which are honestly in a whole other league than my instrumental efforts are. I just hope that someday the two levels will unite. The most dramatic improvement so far was the way I was able to pick up the overall essence of the music from my debut to my sophomore EP, and the fact that I could pretty much say the same about this upcoming EP while compared to the previous one says it all about my development really.

I am an autodidact and will always be, so no professional or even semi-professional training. I have a unique way of practicing my skills anyway – some people learn how to play covers or do certain exercises for hours and hours, while I use all my energy in composing.

Are there any specific musicians that have inspired you personally to work harder?
- Oh my, who should I begin with? Let me see… Sonny Sandoval from P.O.D. is definitely someone I look up to a lot, along with the whole band really. J. Loren Wince from HURT, Brian “Head” Welch who was previously of KoRn and now a solo musician, Klayton a.k.a. Celldweller, anyone who’s ever been involved with the Deftones, Wil Martin from Earshot, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit and Black Light Burns, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth, Andrew Schwab and the whole crew behind Project 86… Man, there’s too many to name. I’m one of the people who can very often relate to a person while reading one’s biography and sense the author’s every bit of emotion behind the music very easily, and those are just some of the names whose hard work I’ve admired and been inspired by on my so far journey. Some are self-taught, some are ones that have started with less talent than others and still remain like that while still producing mind-blowing music, some have incredible passion for what they do. It’s needless to say that I want to be everything above and beyond that too.

Have there been any non-musical inspirations? (Like books, people, certain philosophies?)
- There have, though it’s hard to name them all. The books I usually read are very dark and obviously they have had a certain influence on my texts too – as for people, like I said before, everyone around me can have an impact on me without me even acknowledging it myself. The philosophy that often keeps me going is to always try your best, since eventually, you’ll be rewarded that way. I really like thinking about stuff myself - especially deep stuff – and thus even my own everyday thoughts can somehow be influenced by some old philosophies that I haven’t necessarily even heard of. The influences that I do acknowledge form quite a bunch already though, to sum it up.

And out of random curiosity, are there any musicians that you really can't stand? Why?
- I don’t want to start naming, but I dislike every single musician who doesn’t make music with a heart and does songs directly for radio, MTV and all of the sorts.

All right. How about it, any closing thoughts?
- I’m just glad that I had the opportunity to do one of these again. I really like interviews unlike many other artists - mainly because they really give you a chance to let out all your motives and such. For a first interview, you did a pretty good job too Jess, so props for that. Thanks to everyone who’s been reading this and I hope that you will keep an eye on me and my work y’all. ;)

Jon2’s out.

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If you want, you can also view the interview(s) on the official site. Now, I'm off to celebrate, so we'll see you this weekend - and hopefully, I'll have some comments to read by then, hint hint ;)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Chauffeur

Guys and girls, do I have a story for you or what. Yesterday afternoon, after having that walk I mentioned in my last post, I was spending my Saturday night feeling rather bored. Half-accidentally I stumbled across some old Windows Media Player playlists and decided to play one. It just happened to be that one of the songs on the playlist that had begun playing was Save a Prayer by Duran Duran. For those of you who don't know, Duran Duran is an English New Wave/synthpop/poprock band that was huge in the 80's, especially in Europe. The reason I had Save a Prayer (and three other songs from the band) on my computer was a minor listening phase that I had around the year 2006, when obviously I was still a stranger to many other bands and genres. Anyhow, I got fascinated by the song and decided to look up some more info on the band - and before I knew, I was downloading their second studio album from 1982, entitled Rio. By the time the download finished, I had gotten to the point where I just had to start planning a cover of Save a Prayer, and while I haven't been listening to the album these past 24 hours, I've been working on that said cover. Shades of the Atmosphere is going to collaborate with me on the cover, and I have very big expectations for it currently. I usually don't post links to anything but my own music on this blog, but I think it's time for an exception. Just listen to the bass everyone... You must hear this.

Duran Duran - Save a Prayer


Since Duran Duran really is the only major thing I have to share with you about this weekend, I'll write about a serious topic for a change. Even though I hate hearing about it myself, I'm going to write about H1N1/09, the virus previously known as Swine Flu.

Let's begin with the reason for why I'm tired of hearing about the whole thing. The virus is really just harmless to those who are outside the risk group, which includes pregnant women, children under the age of 3 and some long-term-diseased people (that's the best way I can put it) like asthmatics. The worst thing that can come by the flu if you're a perfectly healthy young adult or an elder adult without having pregnancy is some fever, slime and snot, and ache to all the places you can imagine - a.k.a. a normal flu. Sure, there's a tiny possibility that you can die if you get the flu, but people can die to gunshots way more easily and yet you can go and buy yourself a gun after just a few months of waiting. So why do we see people lining for a vaccination for hours and hours, parents desperately trying to keep their children inside 4 walls and people feeling afraid to travel to another locality for Father's day because there might be a risk for getting H1N1/09? The reason is pretty simple. People aren't stupid (at least not all people are) but a worldwide shock spreads very fast and is hard to avoid in the world we live today. Let's imagine a woman who panics because of the disease. She tells her 3 friends about it. One is instantly shocked as well, one doesn't care for the situation at all, and one says that it'll be alright, but eventually gets pulled in. Now, 3 out of 4 are concerned of the situation. Let's just imagine furthermore that this happens all over the globe, with both sexes. That would mean that 75% of the entire human population would shock because of the flu, and you know what, I'm not even going to start counting how much that is. Until the end of this discussion, let's take in the religious point of view. I'm sure some people are asking why God is doing this even at this very second I'm typing this and a bit later when you're reading. Fact is that swine flu is by no means God's punishment and if as a believer you think it is, I dare to say that you have no idea how naive you are. Not only did the disease start from pigs, which are animals controlled and being taken care of by humans, but it also has spread because of people travelling from continent to continent, country to country. As with most of, if not all catastrophes, people are the one to blame in this one, but through God we can survive - that is if we even need that. There are certain groups, like I mentioned, that need that, but most don't.

I'll leave you with that. See ya next Thursday. ;)

And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind
The front of your dress all shadowy lined
And the droning engine throbs in time
with your beating heart...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

3'38

After another week-long break here I am once again. Lately, besides studying for 3 heavy tests, I've been working a lot on drum tracks again - only In The Art of Dreaming is missing one right now. For Xie Xie, Melodia and Trepidation I have ideas that cover about one quarter of each song, and 15th Pb's drums are half-way finished. Believe it or not, this week I've also seriously started considering the possibility of making a music video for one of the songs on the upcoming EP. The most preferred option at the moment is Xie Xie, but we'll see since everything is far from over yet. Nevertheless, there's going to be some serious promotion of Wicked Breath coming on the way with this third EP.

Speaking of promotion... Remember how already before this week I've been talking about a surprise or two that I would be revealing on my birthday? Well, it's time to have a little peek on one of the two surprises. The official Wicked Breath site that I renewed a few weeks back hasn't been all that active (not that it should necessarily at this point), but I got something that I'm hoping will get things going. The thing is, there's now a new section on the site called "Promotional Team Sign-Up" and I urge everyone who is willing to go there and let me know that you want to take part on promoting Wicked Breath and the site. The way you do it is that you simply insert your e-mail address into the field that is seen on the page and click on the submit button right below it. After that you will be promoted from member to moderator on the forums and you'll also get special access to the Promos section of the site (which has now been moved to the forums instead of it being a separate page) and the Fanbase category. It's worth to mention that you're not able to get anything out of my first surprise next Thursday if you don't have access to the previously mentioned partions of the website. If, for some reason, you can't fill in your e-mail on the Promotional Team Sign-Up page, let me know of your situation by making a comment on this post or something.

Now that we got those important issues out of the way, let's move on to what I plan on doing this weekend. 36 Crazyfists will definitely remain on my player but besides that, AqME is making a slight return at the moment. I'm also interested in picking up some other new band for a change. After finishing the Mats Wahl novel I was reading last weekend (which turned out to be fantastic, only lacking in lenght), I've kept my interest in reading and I might just start another book today or tomorrow. Working on lyrics and the music for Xie Xie and the drums for all the tracks to be on The Art In Dreaming is a possibility too, not to forget my own book. It's all still very open even if it is almost 4 PM Saturday afternoon in here.

I'm off for a walk. I'll post tomorrow, or if not, then on my birthday at least. :)