Friday, August 01, 2014

· FREDRICH, Songs From Another Gender part II ·

Hullo, me hearties.

This is the second entry of the presentation I make for Through Waves’ EP “SONGS FROM ANOTHER GENDER”.

“SONGS FROM ANOTHER GENDER” is a short collection of songs from my personal files which, until the present date, I was unable to release, for various reasons. They are now properly assembled and recorded, and available for you. For eight weeks, I will present each track with lyrics and whatever story I can tell about them. This EP happens at a defining moment in my life, which is characterized by a tremendous shift of perspective regarding my identity and expression; and by being an ongoing theme in denial in my life, as the songs come from as late as 2008 and as early as 2013, shows that it is imperative to address this subject, otherwise Through Waves would have no means to continue its musical endeavours. Basically, without this EP, there would be no other albums, or no Raine Holtz for that matter (whoever they are), so here it is, at last.

"SONGS FROM ANOTHER GENDER" will be released on September 16, 2014, as a limited edition CD and digital download, all available exclusively on The Lily AnnWharf, Through Waves' Official Bandcamp. As usual, produced and released independently by myself via my private label The Schooner Harbour, it features 8 songs: one of them, "Fredrich", being a translation/adaptation of a poem written by my mother in the 70's.

The second track presented is FREDRICH: “Seu Impossível Regresso”.

Cerulean, tender, profound eyes,
Shining like stars, those bluish eyes
Cerulean, surreptitious, angelic eyes...

I shall drink fro' the well of thy tears,
Tiny eyes, lost in the bleakest of nights...
Mellow eyes, as the waters of a creek;
O, blue-eyes, why did thou leavest me?

Where art thou, Fredrich?
In which shade lies the listless corpse?
I wander through such scenery of love,
Of a supernal garden of loves and bloom.

Deep-seated slumber shut the blueness of eyes;
Ther sweet lips smiling as gulls in the sky.
The niveous hands asleep upon the cold chest;
My soul mourns my rue...

Cerulean eyes left me on a day,
Through the shadows of an oak,
Reposing 'twixt the flowers... Left me.

I shall run through life, harvesting blooms,
Seeking in far-off gardens the cool of spring,
Only to grant thee, Fred of mine, the longing dew.

FREDRICH is a song I wrote in 2009, and presented live in the first mini-concert I organized for friends, in my house, to promote the release of Through Waves' "DRAGONFLY UPON AN EYELASH - EP". The lyrics for this track are a translation/adaptation of a poem written by my mother in the 70's, coming from a book she wrote and bound herself. That book used to haunt me when I was a child, and I kept coming back to it when I started to work with music, as it was a source of inspiration and a way to keep my mother's writings alive, since she abandoned the pen when my brother and I came into the world. ETHER, from the album "SAIL, SCHOONER" is also a poem from the same source, and I believe I will always revisit it in my work, for the connection between our sadness is much too great. FREDRICH is a recurring theme in the book: he is a dead lover who can never come back, and she who waits is bound to her grief for all her life. To me, FREDRICH represents the desire to return to people and moments which are no longer ours, and cannot be accessed save by memory. He is the innocence and the ignorance we possess towards death. Being so closely related to HASSUNI, he is the first stage of our suffering that needs to be confronted: the acceptance of impermanence and the passing of love.

I am pleased to introduce you to FREDRICH. Thank you for listening. For the next song of “SONGS FROM ANOTHER GENDER”, please visit this page on August 8.