February & March have flown by in some sort of audible haze. The tide that is spring should be upon us here in the north, but an arctic vortex has allowed Old Man Winter to hang on for a few more weeks, much to the dismay of those congrgating inside the warm houses & offices of this hinterland.
While in the darkness, the experimental sounds of Candle once again emanate forth from the strange realms from whence they originate. February has come to be a very creative month while March has turned into a time to reflect, remix & rethink the raw creative inpulses recorded in those short days of February.
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I’ve been spinning various ideas around my brain since late November. What to do for FAWM 2016? It’s a FAWM Leap Year so I know I have to do 14½ songs (I always enjoy making an ½ song). I’ve thought of doing a bunch of covers “in a Space Rock Style” with my own compositions to fill out the required 14½. I’ve also thought of just letting my muse lead me (like last year – which produced fabulous results). But the thought I’ve sort of centered on in the last couple of days (influenced no doubt by the passing of the late-great David Bowie) is to finally record my first Concept album – one I conceived of twenty years ago now. Bowie’s Space Oddity was one of the prime influences for the story line with a healthy helping of Pink Floyd’s Interstellar Overdrive (arguably the first Space Rock song) & Atom Heart Mother (a “back catalogue epic” that is rarely heard except by crazy Floydish Fans like me) adding musical flavour & structure.
The concept album is called Beyond The Bounds Of Time & consists of nine songs (many of which have free-form jam sections that keep changing every time I play them). I know the idea is “Feburary Album WRITING Month”, but I find that February & March is the only time I delve deep into the recording process. If I don’t record this album during FAWM, it’ll never get recorded – & it’s already waited twenty years. I plan on filling out the rest of my required songs with my usual “Live-To-Tape” Improvs as well as Collabs (I’m sure Johnny will inspire another song with his always lyrics comments).
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See You In The Shadows…
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Some of you might be familiar with Mojo the Cat. Most of you probably are not. And the whole idea of Catcore may seem absurd to many, but there is something strangely intoxicating with the music of this remarkable feline. I’ve beed a fan of Mojo the Cat since first being introduced to her unique music through FAWM. But I have to say that when Mojo decided to team up with Pop Mythology‘s founder & editor Daniel (more commonly known on the ‘Net as The Pop Mythologist) to help him with his medical treatment costs, I knew this was something special.
Yesterday was Rememberance Day here in Canada. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we pause for two minutes of silence to remember all those who have sacrificed themselves in times of war so that we may enjoy our freedom. From the Boar War at the turn of the 20th Century to the current conflict against ISIS in Syria & Iraq, our Armed forces have fought to uphold the principals of our country & to keep our way of life safe from tyranny & terror.
On November 11, 2007 I recorded an improvisation to commemorate Rememberance Day. I share it with you today, so that we keep the sacrifice of our armed forces in our minds – even after Remembrance Day has passed. Please enjoy the song & show your gratitude to our Veterans & our currently serving members of the Armed Forces.