This is one of a set of songs that I wrote for He Who Shall Remain Nameless, my evilest muse. I picked this song to do the first 'live song' video because it is one of the shorter ones so I couldn't be too scared!
I even made a very silly sung introduction to the channel, which features the resident miniature cat that my neighbour and I are time sharing. :-) To see that you will have to go to : https://www.youtube.com/user/Aqualyra
Here it is the last day of Christmas, Epiphany, and Have A Beautiful Life, the album I co-produced for Hannu Lepisto (and also sang female vocals on!), is STILL being featured on ITunes Finland New & Noteworthy in the Alternative charts - as of January 4th! It's a Christmas miracle, at least as far as I am concerned. Hallelujah! :-)
What it's doing on any other ITunes chart is a mystery to me, though. Maybe someone who has an IPhone in Sweden or somewhere closer to Finland can tell me if Have A Beautiful Life has shown up on any other ITunes New & Noteworthy pages.
"An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, "manifestation, striking appearance") is an experience of sudden and striking realization."
You can hear me doing backing vocals on many of the tracks on Hannu Lepisto's brand new album, "Have a Beautiful LIfe" [Homeward Records. Oy] . I also co-produced the album. 3 of those tracks posted below! I wrote almost all my own parts and am down as an arranger on those tracks. Examples: Have a Beautiful Life & Trapped You Trapped me and Conquerors of the World. I'm also the co-producer for the album. The album drops December 10th, 2013!
Very pleased to announce that my friend's project that I did the backing vocals for on most of the tracks is finally being released on December 10th.
Not sure why it is but every damned time I try to record this last 2 years I gum something up! Everything takes for freakin' ever. This time it was the lyrics. Plus my throat was sore. My body said stop this. I try to listen to my body 'cos when I don't all hell breaks loose.
But since it was going so well before the foul up I thought I would share it with you just to prove I really am working on the CD. The song is a medley of 2 I wrote, one is called Cloak Of Kisses, the other is Dragon Rider. I finally decided they should be together like Simon & Garfunkle's "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" or The Guess Who's "No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature".
So here you go, just for you! and complete with the fouled up beginning and end. The beginning is actually supposed to be on recorder but one of the cast decided to sit on my recorder's mouthpiece. So I need to get some vodka to clean the thing and hope it doesn't damage the plastic, So instead I'm singing the instrumental, go figure!
CLOAK OF KISSES / DRAGON RIDER
Now you would think that if an artist writes their own lyrics they would not forget them while singing. Unfortunately it doesn't actually work that way in either a poet or singers brain, sadly, because every other lyric you ever wrote as well as any other you memorized is jostling around the old cranium, just waiting to knock the others around, sometimes. To say nothing of clang association and other fun things. Since I am going on 4 hours sleep (all I got this morning before waking up bolt upright, filled with energy and unable to go back to sleep. I went for a walk in the morning quasi-mist, which morphed into a grocery run and so before it was even 8 am there i was lugging groceries back home down a tree-lined road and the mist had descended from the sky to street level. fast forward breakfast, a (probably too brief) vocal warm -up and then the recording attempt.
Much love to DD Rocker who played my song Rainbow (Into The Light) on her show "IRON MAIDENS" on CHMR-FM, 93.5 on July 27th! Thank you, dearie - you rock!!
If you dig the blues, DD Rocker does a fine rock and blues show right before it called "Rockin' The Blues In Canada" CHMR broadcasts and webcasts from St. John's, Newfoundland.