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I like providing my listeners with a responsibility...a role
to play as those who are experiencing my music. That role is, well,
listening. Not as simple as it sounds. Your first step is to
distinguish hearing and listening. The latter
implies some kind of understanding, in my opinion, and that's what
I want for those who stumble across this song, The Fire.
I want to people to feel the emotions, the power of the frequently-modulating
chord progressions, and the intensity that arises as more instruments
are layered atop each other in order to reach this song's climactic
outro. I want people to listen to those things, not just because
I'm proud of them or anything, but because in order to actually
experience this song, you have to enter it. The Fire
deals with the war between good and evil, as society perceives the
two. Try to envision the scene that my lyrics are describing. Enjoy!
I know Ive posted some comments flipping out over how great
some of the youngsters are who've treated us to their tunes and
phenomenal playing ability, as of late. Well.... This particular
guywho's a mere 15 years oldis in a whole nother
category, I feel. (No offense to anyone here! Read on, you'll catch
my drift...) Sure, the playings great (on piano AND guitar).
BUT... I've NEVER heard any 15-year old (let alone most adults)
come up with a KILLER set of chord progressions like this. Sophisticatedly
beautiful, emotionally wrenching, dark, different... Some art happening
here. (The recording itself is relatively lo-fi.)
I'm talking about first occurs at the [1:23] minute mark (WAIT for
it), with the entry of the primary vocal. Un-freaking-believable
changes, 'specially for a young'un!! (No, I'm not liking them just
because they're different, or complicated,
or whatever. All I care about is the end result--the sound and reaction
it stirs within the listener. ME, in this case!) This guy, who's
also nice as heck (and smart...and funny!) in his e-mail correspondence
to me, has some SICK potential, I feel. I can't wait to hear more!
I hope he's getting encouragement from those around him. And I hope
my blathering doesn't contribute to any head swelling!
sheetballz, that was an awesome song! Sounds like it could be in
a movie or something. I'd sure like to know how you came up with
that progression. Also liked the ambience of everything else going
on around the piano as well. Very awesome! Cool delay on your guitar
at the end of the song. Basically this song is a masterpiece. Please
post more stuff for us to hear!
Jeff Wilken and a sophomore in high school, vocalist/guitarist/sometimes-keyboardist
of the band Underdose, consisting of my four best friends and I
- David Bechtel
Bass Guitars - Calvin Talley
Keyboards - Vaughn Merritt
Percussion - Nick Lapointes
have a great time creating music and pleasing people with it. I
myself love nothing more than writing songs, composing things in
my head, and playing guitar. When I write songs, they usually start
on the keyboard, and everything builds off of that. Most of the
time, it takes me about a night to write something and fix it into
my brain, and then from there comes a lot of recording, because
I'm a perfectionist when I'm passionate about something, as are
most people. I hope to be creating a CD sometime soon, with the
above songs. It'll be autobiographical, dealing with a lot of the
obstacles I've overcome during Junior High and my entrance into
Besides writing music, I enjoy snowboarding, making movies, being
with my friends, and acting in school plays. Thanks for featuring
me on your site. =)
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