Who’s up for a 12 minute ripping yarn full of danger, hope and heroism? Who’s ready to be carried back to wartime as peaceful pianos, bobbing synths and powerful guitars tell the tale of a legendary ship and its storied history?
I know - it’s all so Meta - here we are - a playlist with music to write to and this week - the story’s already in the song - genius!
Actually the track’s pretty genius too - if you’re a fan of instrumental prog rock - anything from Explosions in the Sky through to The Alan Parsons Project - you’re going to dig this - throw in a bit of Jeff Lynne’s War of the Worlds and you’ll have a fair idea of the kind of journey you’re about to embark on.
And it’s cool - I like writing to tracks like this ‘cos while sometimes the intensity change from the different sections can throw you off - once you get into a groove - I find my energy level start to match the different parts of the story. By the third time on repeat the arpeggiated pianos coming in at 1:40 are like a cheering crowd - applauding every word I write and putting a smile on my face as I type. And as the section changes - I allow my emotions and output to change with the music - I become more reflective - I go back and read what I’ve written - making small changes here and there - before once again the piece picks up speed and back to frantic typing.
It took me a few listens to get in sync with the track but now I’m in it’s marvelous! Definitely worth taking out for a spin!
With all of that out of the way - there actually is a wonderful story behind the track - coming from an Air Force family myself I was kinda drawn to the piece ;-p You should check out the video but certainly take a minute and read Malcolm’s accompanying notes below - it’s a fascinating story…
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About the Curator: Andrew McCluskey
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the Dark Forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top, they would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
I’ve been fascinated by music ever since.
As a psychology graduate I studied how sound affects human performance.
As a musician I compose instrumental music that stimulates your brain but doesn't mess with your language centers, leaving you free to be creative and brilliant without distraction.
As the founder of musicto I’m on a mission to inspire a global audience of music lovers and artists through the development of people powered playlists.