Songs sequence for the Seastars Album

Should this be the sequence of songs for the album?

1. SEASHORE DAYS

2. SEA ANEMONE

3. STARFISH

4. INTO THE DEEP

5. FLOWING WITH THE WAVES

6. SEABREEZE

7. ONCE UPON A STAR

8. DOLPHINS GALAXIA

9. STARGAZER

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Ivan’s got this idea that the sequence should start from the sea to the stars. I kind of like that concept actually, at least there is some idea underpinning the sequence of songs and it sounds like an interesting one. Here’s what I think the sequence should be, based on that transition from sea to stars.

1. SEASHORE DAYS
That’s the first song that was composed and that actually started it all. It was about the innocent childhood days of wandering about the beach, encountering creatures such as the sea-squirts, crabs scurrying about and staring out to the sea from time to time, enjoying the waves and the breeze. Walking back to a nice pot of curry at the picnic and eating the french loaf.

2. SEA ANEMONE
3. STARFISH

These two songs are about the creatures in their existence and celebrating them as species. It conveys the kind of moment when we observe and look at these creatures in wonder. It is as simple as that.

4. INTO THE DEEP
Into the deep has depth, literally. It has a profound effect on me as a listener. I had no part in composing the music and it was nice to appreciate a fellow member’s music with an objective appreciation. I felt that this song was about overcoming fear and the unknown. And the first part of the song is about that uncertainty but yet there is some kind of adventure to the first part. The second part is about finding strength through some realization and in a large part through the help of sentient creatures… like the whales and dolphins that were featured in the song.

5. FLOWING WITH THE WAVES
This song is about the strength that I feel the waves of the sea convey. Somehow it emanates strength and, it’s certainly a place I can go to to recharge and just standing at the sea and feeling the breeze and looking and listening to the waves just rejuvenates.

6. SEABREEZE
This is related to Flowing with the Waves. While Flowing is about strength, Seabreeze is about reminiscing and wishing. Its a deep-seated yearning for something and somehow that soulful yearning has become a song. I think each of us has that, a song, a story that we tell. It may be a perpetuating question that becomes us, whether or not we know it.

7. ONCE UPON A STAR
This song has been described as pretty by our volunteer-manager, November. I feel that these two piano tracks should come together to give more due space to the keyboard compositions. By nature they are both relaxing to listen to and both are my favorites when in comes to unwinding.

8. DOLPHINS GALAXIA
This is by far the more experimental in terms of sound and I like the richness and I love the dolphin sound and the guitar bends that try to imitate the dolphin squeaks. This song is also the most adventurous in terms of concept and its about dolphins taking to the stars… It may have seemed outrageous at first but yesterday I was watching a cartoon called “Courage The Cowardly Dog“. Its damn funny cartoon which has a fan club in deviantart. Anyway, in that particular episode, there were giant space squids who create the stars in the sky. There was a female pregnant squid and her husband. An evil space whale created a black hole by opening its mouth and to protect the female, the male sacrificed himself by using its tentacles to surround the mouth of the giant whale. Then there was an explosion (due to the struggle between the whale and the squid) and the female was plummeted to earth. So the female finds herself iin a desert and the story was such that Courage the Cowardly dog finally rescues the babies of the mother squid from evil experimenting scientists (think Bumble Bee in Transformers) and they fly back to space and continue making stars…

So somehow, that strange tale appealed to me and it reminded me of this song. Maybe that is why the stargazers of old saw animals in the constellations.

9. STARGAZER
This, Ivan proposes to be the final song. Ooo, Stargazer is just such a nice name. If I could do a video, I’d start off by the camera peering into the eye of the Stargazer fish and then see the reflection of the stars in its eyes. And then like a spaceship that enters into the reflection of the eyes of the fish into the constellations.. cool. Anyway, this final song in the album is about “taking off”. So by this song, we are now finally in space and from picking shells on the beach, to the creatures in the sea and the emotions in the depths of the sea, we’ve been given a freedom to pursue this dream of space….

How’s about that, my pet fish?

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V.S. Naipaul once said of the books he wrote; “Because of the intuitive way in which I have written, and also because of the baffling nature of my material, every book has come as a blessing. Every book has amazed me; up to the moment of writing, I never knew it was there.”

In V.S. Naipaul (2004), “Two Worlds” , In: Anders Hallengren (Ed), Nobel Laureates in search of Identity and Integrity, Voices of Different Cultures. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., Singapore. Pg 15.

Don’t mean to compare our works to a Nobel Laureate, just that that statement was apt about how each song started off intuitively, then found a coherent theme through our co-compositions and engineering (which btw is so important). This album has been so much fun to do.

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~ by lekowala on December 17, 2007.

One Response to “Songs sequence for the Seastars Album”

  1. I laughed when I reached the part about your pet fish! Is it me or does your pet fish seem to be rolling its eyes upwards? LOL. And dude, read David Brin’s “Startide Rising” and then see if Dolphin Galaxia still feels weird. Anyway your suggested song sequence makes sense to me. I’ve posted them with the MP3 files here.

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