This is an attempt of mine of using ethnic instruments and modifying them though modern technology.
While simple in concept, keeping the live acoustic feel is actually quite tricky in practice. I believe I was able to do so, but now I leave it up to you to see if I reached that goal.
Now, the concept of this piece is of a wandering nomad who owns a old Yangqin and is forced to stay in an ancient temple for the night. To appease the ancient spirits he offers to play music as a token of respect and honor. As he plays, not only are the spirits pleased with his playing, but they also begin to join in with their own native instruments. Soon other ancestors of days past join in...
What you will hear now is what I think that was played that night. Enjoy.
Changing seasons change your outlook on love, life and wipe away the warmth of summer leaving a clean slate, a pure and refreshing new start.
I wrote a series of interlude songs during the month of April 2013. At times, dark clouds can cover the soul but it is the wind who will always have the last word. This wind is within all of us.
Incredible, Remarkable, unusual child Phenomenal, unbelievable, beautiful child
You wanna build a car If that’s who you are Stop wishing on a star Work until your back breaks Invest your blood, sweat, tears and joy
You wanna make the dough Make that shiny green overflow Be the new rolling stones And get paid to say
Don’t do this, that, here or there All the words you’ve heard all your life You should not, would not cannot do Words you’ve been defined by
Words that hit harder than stone Words that crack you drill you stab you Seeping into your skin Crawling into your soul When will you put up those walls To protect that pound of ice in your chest
Your hair your skin your lips your breath They’re ice, ice cold Go light your dreams light up with fire Your cold blue eyes burn in desire
You wanna paint with words Then you’ve got to fly Just follow the birds that migrate through the pink stained sky
You wanna scream and fight Kick and shove and punch and bite Then grab some gloves, pick a ring And fall in love
Don’t do this that, here or there All the words you’ve heard all your life You should not, would not cannot do Words you’ve been defined by
Words that hit harder than stone Words that crack you drill you stab you Seeping into your bones Crawling into your dreams Counting days that pass by So unsure of why you’re still here alive
But child open your eyes Why can’t you see How cherished, how loved, how treasured How precious you are, you are, you are
Open your eyes and see that capital I Not for me or for her or anyone That I is for you and you alone
You’re incredible; An individual But most of all You’re important to me
You wanna build a car Baby you’ll go far Just keep running running running Towards the
Light up your dreams Light up with fire Your soul it burns Burns in desire
Invincible, miracle, beautiful child.
It's One A.M. and I'm thinking again Of all of the things I left unsaid Of all of the people I'll forget And the ones I've never met It's Two A.M. and I still can't sleep Cause I know if I do I'll dream But when I wake I'll still be me Trying to forget everything Well I'm done, with the tick tock craze And I'm done dreaming away my days It's time for me to go away Don't you dare ask me to stay It's Six A.M the sun's coming out to play But I'm still tossing and turning away Just trying to find my place So I can finally turn the page Sound the alarm, the snooze buttons broke I'm not sure if I have the strength to get up and go One more day, One more show But I'm done with this broken phase And I'm done washing away this taste It's time, for me to walk away Don't you dare ask me to stay