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Before You Wake
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BEFORE YOU WAKE - APRIL 2013

when you wake you will forget

darling, when you sleep
let me be the sheets that hold you, keep you warm
love, when you dream
I'm the one who leads your mares away

I'm in the yellow light
to kiss you while you drift
before you wake and rise
and your life takes you away

soft yellow light
to kiss you while you drift
before you wake and rise
and life takes you from me

babe, when you're off
let me be the thought that holds you, keeps you warm
love me when you slumber
I'm the one who takes all your fears away

I'm in the yellow light
tiptoeing through your kitchen
before you recall time
you don't have for me

soft yellow light
on the floor
before you remember
you don't have time for me

only in your sleep is space for me to be

in the yellow light
just to see you smile
before your blue eyes open
and your life takes you

I'm in the yellow light
cos my heart is homeless
if I can't steal this moment
and you forget about me

when you wake you will forget

(ingredients: a glockenspiel, a tam tam and mm tada tada choir, a whooo-ah choir, a lead vocal, a good microphone.)
 
RECIPE OF HOW IT CAME TO BE

Once upon a time, on a rainy day, I found an ancient sound editing program (audition 1) hidden on my big old granny computer. I have no idea where it came from, for I had definitely not added it, but it must have been hanging out there for quite some years already.

The program is so old that it doesn't allow much more than simple editing. However, I found that this limitation - with it's modest toys - provided a large playground and endless imagination (while having too many and too detailed toys to play with usually kills all the fun).

Playing around with it, I recorded a voice - with the microphone of my headset - that demanded a choir. So, having no other singers around, I recorded some more. The choir came to live and demanded other instruments.

But I only had two instruments laying around, a clarinet and a guitar. The clarinet I hadn't played for a long time, I never quite mastered playing the guitar and, despite my efforts, I did not find any musicians hidden in any of the cupboards.

For recording, I was stuck to my little bedroom (the wires of the headset are rather short and my old granny computer found unmovable), so I went hamstering about the house and dragged whatever objects that could produce some kind of sound back into the bedroom and then waited for them to tell me what they wanted to do (very rarely I used a sample, found in the webs somewhere or recorded with my mobile phone).

While the words and melodies poured out of my fingers, mouth, nose and ears, I couldn't get myself to stop. I didn't sleep, I didn't eat, the time passed without a glance in the mirror or on the clock.

Practically every night, one could find me imitating percussion, trumpets and singing saws and banging about on household equipment with ...other household equipment (you can view the ingredients below the lyrics of each song), while sitting in my little bedroom, between the pillows.

After a few songs and a few weeks living like that, my cat was fed up by the neglect and resolved to confront me, making me realise that it's actually quite neccessary to eat, sleep and moreover, wash myself (as well as the pillows).

So these days, I put some effort in taking care of the household again. The pillows get their fresh cover on regular basis and I make sure to spend a lot of quality time with my cat. But, occasionally I return to wander the roads of midnight madness to make more music.
 
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