HeadSpace Album in Review
After two years in the making, I feel elated and relieved to have a new album out in the ether. I have chosen the title of “Headspace”, well for many reasons, one being that for the past two years I’ve had a head full of songs — some finished, some totally in their infancy.
” Science fiction has turned into science fact…. and henceforth “HeadSpace” was born.”
Another strong theme on this album is Science Fiction and after reading many a Zecharia Sitchen novel, watching the Ancient Alien TV shows, and listening to Coast 2 Coast A.M. during my bouts of insomniac evenings. Science fiction has turned into science fact…. and henceforth “HeadSpace” was born.
Below is an in-depth review of each song:
1. Anticipation Frustration
Well, I don’t know if it’s just 2012, but I started feeling this intense restless energy around June 2010. The first few lines of this song do say it all…”can’t speak, can’t sleep, can’t eat….” Well I’m sure we all go through this at some point, but I have never experienced such energy on such an immense and prolonged scale. This song speaks of dealing with that energy, and a knowing that something is lurking on the horizon?
On a musical note, I’d like the listener to look out for the tasty beats that were created using “Propellorheads — Reason” program (just love it) and also some new guitar sounds were conjured up with the help of “Guitar Rig”.
Was going to start off the album with “Galactic Rider” but this one got the vote as the intro song…
2. Stop Star
This was inspired by the Sumerian tablets as translated by Zecharia Sitchen. It tells a story of an ancient race (The Annunaki) who traveled from their planet Niburu to our Earth in search of gold…I won’t go into the whole story, but it has changed the way I look at earth history and can recommend everyone to read these chronicles. As the chorus suggests, I still have more questions….
Who would have thought that this piece started out as an acoustic folky song — oh, keep the computers at bay!?!
3. Facebook Status
I wrote this song after watching “Schindlers List” back in the 90’s, I was also touched by the “Diary of Anne Frank” — so it has a WW2 theme to it. The song however got shelved and forgotten. I decided to resurrect it for this album and fell in love with it again.
The name “Facebook Status” came up after reading people’s newsfeeds and how utterly “fake” our lives seem to be. Social networking, as much as it is a gift, can also strip us of our integrity.
4. World in a Glass
There are certain moments when a musician is handed a song on a plate. This was one of those moments, from verse to chorus and all the bits in between — it took 15 minutes to write. I only had a cellphone, nearby so the demo is still on there.
As for the meaning of the lyrics, well I’m still trying to make out what the music spirit was trying to convey that night. Something about us all being trapped behind a veil, a glass, a sordid past and then breaking free into…we’ll wait and see?
5. All in One
This piece of music grew organically and evolved several times as the months went by. I have got into the habit of finding a particular sound or drum beat and then just going with the flow and seeing where one lands up.
6. Slow Emotion
Here’s another song that was resurrected from the archives. I had recorded this with an earlier band. We all liked this song but I always felt that it was never complete. Now was as good a time as any to revive this heart pleading emotional song — may the words speak for themselves.
7. Morning Glory
I wrote this song whilst living in England. It came to me after awakening from what felt like an eternity of sleep. I felt as if I’d returned from a far away journey and had just been given the answer to life…wish I could remember!
This song features 8 acoustic guitars and 12 vocal overdubs.
This is probably the most commercial/pop-like song on the album. What can I say, I’m still a hopeless romantic. This is a fictional piece about seeing someone who takes your breath away and yet it’s a love that can never be.
There are about seven different versions of this song all written around 4 lines. I decided to combine three different takes of this piece to make up the one whole.
Confused, great! I know I am…
10. I’m afraid to ask, but…
This was meant to be a classical piece and once again it turned into a beast of it’s own making. The song speaks of the daily stress of our 3D linear lives — especially regarding money, loans, financial throttling and red tape, etc. In the crescendo, one transcends the grips of these limitations and wakes up in a money-free, wondrous world (see Ubuntu Contributionism).
11. Galactic Rider
This was the first song recorded for the CD and sort of set the standard for the rest of the album. It’s my vision of ascension and crossing through boundless dimensions. This song was totally organic as it was not written on any instrument and had no” verse/chorus” structure. It grew from what it was to the metamorphic is-ness that it is now.
There are a few “thank you’s” in order. Firstly, a big tipping of the hat goes out to Paul Q, who I consider to be my musical soul mate. Thank you for always exposing “real” music to my ears, I feel you sitting on my shoulder when I’m busy writing or creating a new song in the studio. Please pay a visit to Paul’s website…www.paulqmusic.com for some quality songwriting.
The second person I’d like to acknowledge is someone who’m I’ve never met personally but have built up a musical friendship with online. Paul Helmig and I share a love for “The Beatles” and all other music that rings true to the soul. Paul is always on call if I need any advise, be it in the studio, with creating music video’s or just a friendly chat. I’m sure one day we’ll get to share a beer together. I’m a big fan of Paul’s music and his stunning visuals. Here’s a link to some of his work…www.youtube.com/user/linnmo1 and www.musicianstogether.com/user/linnmo1 — it’s well worth a visit!
Last but not least, an eternal thank you to my twin flame, best friend, lover and personal Guru. Cherie is always there for me and makes me feel great about myself and life in general. Her ongoing support and wisdom have played a huge part in this project. Please visit her site www.cherieroedirksen.com — you’ll be surprised what you find.