Quest (demo)

(Schnee)regenwaldI wrote this song shortly after reading comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

The book, and consequently the song, is based on the concept of the Hero’s journey, a story present in the mythologies of almost all cultures in the world, through which, put simply, the protagonist moves from his known world into the world of the supernatural (consisting of colourful projections [characters, creatures, architecture, oceans and terrain] of forces at play in the unconscious) and by surviving a series of trials (and copping a serious ego beating), learns to perceive the world beyond his limited ego and reconnect with his body’s energies, nature and the infinite.

 

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FEATURE SONG – Liar

Veronica LakeI had a tendency in my early 20s to fall in… lust with ridiculously beautiful women who were most probably out of my league.

Doing so was not particularly beneficial for my mental health.

So this song is about looking back at those times.

I’ve always loved the whole film noir aesthetic, so was going for that kind of imagery lyrically.  And film noir, of course, has femme fatales that men lose their shit over, so it was kind of an obvious choice.

Oh, and just as a point of interest. Liar evolved out of song idea 1.

 

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FEATURE SONG – Wish You Were Here

IMG_5748This is a new version of one of my old songs, written a year or so into a world trip that took in North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

I was getting a little homesick and a bit over being on the move all the time, so the songs about that I suppose.

I wrote it when my ex-girlfriend, Amy, and I were living it up it a luxury cabin (pictured) in the foothills of the Andeas, in Northern Patagonia, Argentina .

The cabin was outside an artsy, hippie town called El Bolson – kinda like Argentina’s version of Bellingen in Australia.

We were surrounded by lush farms and forests, and it was only a short walk into town for awesomely delicious local delicacies and markets, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends, full of buskers and spectacular arts and crafts.

I actually wrote a travel article about El Bolson if you’re interested (click here to read).

Anyhow, while I’ve always liked the tune, the chorus never worked for me, so I’ve written a new one for this version.

Hope you like it.

 

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FEATURE SONG – Satori

Charon

Satori is a Zen Buddhist word for awakening or enlightenment.

According to Buddhist thought, suffering is caused by the ego’s resistance to reality. The more you surrender to the present moment reality, the more at peace you will be.

I wrote this song at a time when I was doing quite well at this. A time when I found myself regularly at peace in each moment, no matter how pleasant or unpleasant.

The song, I suppose, is trying to convey the glimpses we sometimes get of that state of mind and what it takes to maintain it.

Hope you like :-)


 

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Moments Gone

I wrote this song for my ex-girlfriend (when she was my girlfriend) a few years ago as an expression of… well, love n all that good stuff.

The song is asking her to remember all the good times and connection when things fall apart, as they invariably do, and misunderstandings and selfishness have their reign.

Hope you like it.

 

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