Friday, 3 May 2013

Tales of Twilight

CD - Tales of Twilight

Title track from the album. Intended to set the stage for more story-based songs. This is a change from the previous album which I think ended up being too analytical.

The song is about a story-teller who's creative ability only becomes active when the sun sets. It's as if the reduction of light removes the imposition of one detailed reality and reveals an alternate perspective.

In a figurative sense, considering alternate perspectives that transcend our current paradigm can sometime enable us to grasp concepts in a more complete manner. Failure to do this can result in an impairment of understanding. “Disconfirmation bias” is defined as “The tendency to accept supportive evidence of a belief uncritically, but to actively refute or discount evidence that challenges that belief.” The storyteller needed to reject bias before he could create something worthwhile.

I don't recall if all of this was going through my mind when I wrote the tune sometime in the late 90's. But the basic ideas were there.

From a technical perspective, I was trying to incorporate more intricate structures in the music. Using more notes instead of straight guitar chords. Juxtaposing different tempos and sounds. Rush and Yes continued to be inspiration for the general sound of the tunes. Additional efforts to use the available frequently range in a more efficient way. Vocal harmonies and better vocal processing continued to make up for the general deficiency of my voice.

Rush has always put their strongest tune as the first song on an album even if it is not the title track. Probably everyone does that now that I think of it. I don't think that this was the first song that I wrote for this album, but remember feeling very satisfied with the track. It had a strength that seemed to suggest that it should be a first track. So that is where it ended up.

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