This is an interesting song in that it utilizes my whole vocal range – from bass to highest note.
Sometimes it can take a long time from a melody and a sketch of a song to a finished version. This is the song that started a new age in my composing in 2011. I had written ballads before but with this song I started to make (without knowing it at the time) a full album of romantic vocal ballads. I hope to release the full album next year, 2017.
The album Tree of Love – and Other Ballads from the Darkened Sun and this song have been many years in the making. I am glad to share this with You, finally. Hope you enjoy.
Personally my favorite part is “the last dance” with the piano at the very end of the song. It feels like “after all said and done”… And it is meant to sound “clumsy”. And honest. And real.
Heartfully warm special thanks to Joonas, Hanne, Matti, Liis, Kriku, Sini (and little boys), to my loving parents and to all others who have supported my music this year and in the past years – it has given me strength and inspiration to work day and night on this and other upcoming albums! Also thanks to Liis for suggesting the harmony multi-vocals :).
Update 23rd December 2016: As a Christmas bonus here is the original acoustic 2011 live recording of “Tree of Love” – Merry Christmas!
This is an island in Tammisaari. There is a beautiful V-shaped old tree in the center. It is the same island I talked about in the recent music post Summer Island. A few years ago I decided to swim there in the summer. I like extreme sports but the distance was longer than I had estimated. With the energy I had left in me I made it to the rocky shore of the island and had an experience of “an evolutionary flashback” — I felt how a fish came to the solid ground for the first time ever and its fins growing to legs. Read the whole story here…
1. Näin, näin valon ja pimeän mielessäin, mä ymmärrän Valon valitsen, se kenties vie meidät lähemmäs toisiamme Kunnes taas… taas, taas, taas Sen kaiken jälleen, joudun kokemaan… Pois luotain karkasit 2. Vain, vain sinä vain, sait mut itkemään ei kukaan kyyneliään, voi kätkeä Me istutamme puun ja varjoissa kuun voimme vain odottaa
Joudun taas… taas, taas, taas Sen kaiken jälleen, jälleen kokemaan… Pois luotain karkasit
3. Anna, anna mun syleillä puuta ikuista, se mua lohduttaa
Kerran, siemen alkoi itää mutta en voinut tietää turhaanko odotan
Sua vielä kerran, syliini En koskaan päästäis’, luotain pois, milloinkaan
Näetkö sen, jälkeen vuorovesien puun rakkauden joka vain kasvaa ainiaan
4. Tässä maailmassa huomisessa Täytyy mun päästää kaikesta surusta
Seuraathan mua, pimeimmäs’ yös’ yös’, yös’, yös’
Jossa ainoa, valo silmissäis’ on
Näetkö sen, jälkeen vuorovesien puun rakkauden joka vain kasvaa ainiaan
Jos mä kuolisin, kaiken jättäisin mut sua en milloinkaan – en milloinkaan – en milloinkaan En sua jättäisi kokonaan, kätken sut… kätken sut sydämeeni…
The title and the theme of this song derives and was inspired from the penguin short story in the Disney film The Three Caballeros (1944). I saw it first time on a VHS in the 1980s and got it as a gift one memorable Christmas. The animated short tells the story of a penguin living in the South Pole. He doesn’t appreciate the cold conditions at all and dreams of sun, warmth and palm trees. I totally relate to that even though I’m a wash-proof Finn otherwise :).
Also, the title refers to the cyber punk science fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick, which the movie Blade Runner (1982) was based on.
Hope you enjoy this trance of the past! More to come, stay tuned.
PS. Points and glory to the person who gathers what the beginning and end of the song “means” (the ambient sound waves from 0:00-0:36 and 7:43–8:00)… Hint: listen to the lyrics… You can write a comment on your thoughts. (I’ll reveal my intentions later.)
Answer:The ambient soundscape in the beginning and in the end refers to the 2nd verse about sinking to the bottom of the sea… That’s how I imagine it to sound like. It also represents the inner world of cat – that we can only dream about of ever understanding (no more than ourselves)…
Of course the whole song itself also tells about life, women and broken relationships.
EDIT February 25th, 2017: Song version updated – some tuning issues were fixed.
Here’s my newest song – a guitar ballad, called “Scorpion” (2016). Hope you like it!
This is the first released song with my new artist name Avalkis. The track will be in the upcoming album Tree of Love – and Other Ballads from the Darkened Sun. Featuring f.ex. acoustic/electric guitar and piano ballads, celt and medieval inspired songs.
Thanks to Matti, Hanne and Onni for our recent live band sessions and jammings that inspired me to finish this song faster than I would have otherwise! (There might be a rock version with our band at some point when we have time with our busy schedules.)
UPDATE: Due to request from my good friend and artist Joonas here is the whole “Scorpion” song with the ambient intro that originally belonged with it :).
1. If I find you, will you be my true… in this life, or the next
Will you be my, guiding angel that I’ve yearned, for so many years
2. A light that always shines, please come back to my loving arms I have come for… your love
That is true… pure and beyond Will you know me… There’s so much to feel
3. I have a scorpion, crawling down my neck it’s trying to sting, but it cannot hurt
’cause there’s an antidote, running in my veins It is your love, that I can always trust
4. I don’t know where… else to turn to When I am home sick, far away
A distant stranger, becoming a friend I have become, someone I once knew
5. Will you follow, will you see me Do you know us, there’s so much to learn
I am here to stay, not giving any lessons still you’re the treasure, I almost gave away
” Can I give you, all that I have for what I am, and what’s left of me
Can I give you, all that I have for what I am, and what’s left of me ”
PS. The original working title for this song was “A Seed of Hope” which referred to “Acid of Hope”. Because it’s interesting to note that the base for this song is originally an acid trance song I composed in 1998. That might explain some of the sounds and melodies appearing in the final build-up :). Also a certain 1980s/1990s nostalgia is present. I will release the trance version too later.
Summer Island refers to the islands of Tammisaari (“Oak Island”, Ekenäs in Swedish) that is a very dear city to me here in the south of Finland. I’ve also lived there for over a year. My favorite and most beautiful forests are in Tammisaari. A few years ago I once swam to a near-by island there in the summer. At the half way I realized my energy was very limited and I didn’t have any water with me.
With the energy I had left in me I made it to the rocky shore of the island and had an experience of “an evolutionary flashback” — I felt how a fish came to the solid ground for the first time ever and its fins growing to legs. It felt like seeing and remembering millions of years back in a few seconds.
I studied the island. There is this old symmetrical tree with two big branches in a V-shape. I’ve picked this tree and the island as inspiration for The Blue Forest of Wish to appear in my Springbringer graphic novel. The actual tree is also featured in winter-time on the Soulweaver film, with the moonlight shining in the middle.
In the impromptu summer extreme swim when I left the island I noticed a group of sheep watching me. It felt like a bizarre scene from an art house film because I hadn’t noticed them upon my arrival.
Fortunately I made it back from the isle. And have carried water with me ever since.