This week my plan was to post a Smashing Pumpkins cover with my daughter doing the singing, but she needs a little more practice. So instead I did an improvised guitar piece and I titled it A Ripple In Time. I gave it that title because over the pasty several weeks it has become clear to me that since I ended my retirement from working a job a couple months back that I have way less time for music. I feel as if a lot of my performances for you guys on Hive feel rushed to me. I don’t like rushing in doing a thing that I enjoy more than most everything in life.
So, in order to improve the quality of my performances and in order that I might have time for other projects, like recording new music for releasing on Circle Of Death Records, or doing some tutorials for YouTube fans, etc. I am planning on for the time being scaling back to one post per week, either in Open Mic, or here in the Singing Voice, but not both. I don’t know how long this will last, but I need to do it for my own sanity, which is not very sound to begin with 😂
This week I learned a new cover, which happens to fit into this week’s theme. I’m performing “Sleeping Sun” from Nightwish, a tune from their 1998 album, Oceanborn. I hope you enjoy!!!
Lyrics The sun is sleeping quietly Once upon a century Wistful oceans calm and red Ardent caresses laid to rest For my dreams I hold my life For wishes I behold my night The truth at the end of time Losing faith makes a crime I wish for this night-time To last for a lifetime The darkness around me Shores of a solar sea Oh how I wish to go down with the sun Sleeping Weeping With you Sorrow has a human heart From my god it will depart I’d sail before a thousand moons Never finding where to go Two hundred twenty-two days of light Will be desired by a night A moment for the poet’s play Until there’s nothing left to say I wish for this night-time To last for a lifetime The darkness around me Shores of a solar sea Oh how I wish to go down with the sun Sleeping Weeping With you I wish for this night-time To last for a lifetime The darkness around me Shores of a solar sea Oh how I wish to go down with the sun Sleeping Weeping With you (kitos) Source: Musixmatch Songwriters: Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen / Jukka Antero Nevalainen / Erno Matti Juhani Vuorinen / Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen / Sami Tuure Petteri Vaenskae
I was unsure whether I would have the time to do a second performance this week, but alas, I was able to. For this performance I did a song off my very first Morktra album that was written a few years before Morktra was born. I wrote it back in 2009 when I was in my last band Incarceri 9.
This song reflects a person who no longer exist. Back then I was a die hard atheist. I was nihilistic to the core. But, with this song I attempt to grasp a concept that I still believe, even though I have gone through very much since then which has made me grow as a person, especially on a spiritual level and adopt a belief system. I describe Oblivion in this song as basically everything. We are part of it all in all its magic and divinity. I was describing a person incapable of believing in any God, even if they came down to introduce themselves to me. I was such a hardheaded asshole.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy!
believe in me you say from the heavens above us but even if you’re there belief cannot exist in here
For I know I’m one of a billion and I know we are one in an ocean of nothing… of nothing
We matter not in oblivion existence is only a prison from the fall of mankind to the rise of the next batch of fools
I know this doesn’t matter ahhh ahhh
We are oblivion We are oblivion
Babe that’s all we are Make the best of it until our release
When one gets older, it feels very often as if you are slipping away or into the background. At least that’s how it feels to me. I guess that’s the natural way of things, time moves faster, friends and family leave for the great unknown. It is in some sense a sad time but I am not really a sad person. I’ve accepted our collective fate. The one thing that I will mourn the most is if I lose my ability to play and perform music…
This week, my daughter and I performed the song “Wheel Of Time” by the Pagan Folk band Omnia.
Interesting thing happened during this performance at 1:14, as an orb or some other type of thing passed across the screen in front of my daughter and I from right to left. I thought it was cool and didn’t see it until playback.
The song seemed to make since to me as the theme is trusting the process, and aging and growing old, dying, and rebirth are all part of the process. Sometimes a difficult but very much a necessary one.
I hope you enjoy!
Where’s my pretty face? And where’s my holy place? All have flowed away like water Where’s the summer sun? And where have all the good times gone? All have flowed away in time
These hands were taught to work the land But fertile fields have turned to sand A barren waste of modern madness
Life is like a music hall But you don’t get a curtain call The trees of youth have come to fall… asunder
And the wheel of time rolls on…
An empty space left in my bed That’s where you used to lay your head But no ‘good night, love’ sweetly said… without you
I take my looking glass to see But wrinkled eyes look back at me I feel the need to let it be… forgotten
This week I decided to go back to the very first recording I did for Morktra with the song off the first album called We Are Gonna Die. I’m doing an acoustic looper adaptation of the song and finishing it out with some improvised guitar.
We are gonna die At the of the day there’s no escape We are gonna die At the end of our time there’s no surprise we are going to die No matter what ya say there’s no delay We are going to die
And it’s a beautiful thing We’ll all be together forever We’ll make merry and happy times Cause we are going to die
We couldn’t be with each other In life we were pulled apart But in the beautiful nothing of death We have become as one
Forever, oh forever Forever, forever in death it’s a long long time Forever is a long time It’s a long fucking time
This week I did an acoustic guitar instrumental loop in Open C tuning. I call this song Walking Into Shadow. I wasn’t thinking of anything in particular while playing and was just in a really chill mood. So I hope that rubs off as you listen to the tune!
This week I’m suffering from the sniffles which have moved from my ears and into my throat, so no vocals this week. So, instead, I decided to jam on my Gretsch hollow body. I played around with different tunings, from D standard, Open C, and Drop C and settled on the Drop C with this one. Then I just jammed the rest out in the moment and this is the result.
I was thinking about the prospect of being trapped in between dimensions, somewhere within the vast cosmic sea we live in. It is a subject on which I ponder often, not being stuck or trapped, but the vastness, the impossible mind breaking span and properties of existence. “Who’s roots no one knows”, not even the Gods know the full span and splendor of the world tree.
This week’s theme had me thinking and coming up with several ideas, from an older original tune, to a few covers, but I really just wanted to jam on the guitar. I have a lot less time for the internet or much else 5 days a week aside from my job working overtime at a dispensary.
I am more or less a black pilled sorta guy. I hope and hope for humans to improve but we usually even fuck that up. So in my humble opinion, we should not hope for a better world in our lifetime. We should perhaps be the best we can, treat others well, be kind and generous without being a door mat. Use the golden rule and understand that you don’t understand.
Well, these are my thoughts and I came up with a rather melancholic sort of guitar jam, I hope you enjoy!
This week I decided to play yet another song that seems like my dearly departed wife Monica speaking to me. It is from a band with only one album and will only ever have one album because the vocalist Aleah Stanbridge was dying from cancer during the recording of the album. The album as a whole is a gut wrenching piece of Doom Metal as you can tell Aleah was pouring her heart and soul into this, her final work, along with her husband, and one of the guitarist for Swallow The Sun, Juha Raivio.