16.4.2017

The Jester

I'm the one who casts that dark shadow deep inside of you,
when you think you got rid of me, I jump out of the blue.

My art of seduction is subtle, I'm just telling what's true,
you'll side with me simply 'cause you know now what to do.

If you want to be the king of the game -
just do it, grab the crown in my name.

I can make a mask, and your face will grow to fit it,
but once you join my game you're not allowed to quit it.

You can shine in all the power and the glory,
just leave that life of yours at my soul depository.

Ending

Well I wish today is the day I take your soul,
but geez! you're a trickster, hiding an ace in the hole.
You denied the crown, took the role of the jester instead,
running me down as a cartoon on your scribbling pad.


(Unused Verses)

When you're tested by your qualms, I whisper in your ears,
I make a pledge to everything you wanna hear.

I'm your gardener, you are my seeds,
just do it, string my prayer beads.

Head for the crown, try to be king,
just do it, allowed is everything.


Painting: Paul Klee, The Devil juggles.

„He wears a mask, and his face will grow to fit it.” - George Orwell

„Just do it.” - Nike Inc.


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Violin & Viola, Cymbals & HiHat, Wave Drum (Bass Drum, Snare).

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.

(Last Update: 20.4.2017)


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6.2.2017

Persistence (Melting Clocks)

Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Guitar, Piano, Bass, Cymbals & HiHat, Wave Drum (Bass Drum, Snare), Percussion (Shaker, Darbuka, Rainmaker), Synthesizer- and Sequencer Programming.

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.

(Last Update: 11.2.2017)


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6.1.2017

Persistence

The sheet above fixates an improvisation I recently did on my guitar. I couldn't find a pulse for what I was doing, so the result looks like kind of a construct of excessive overthinking. It isn't.

The theme reminds me on a picture of Salvador Dalí, „Melting Watches“ - the music will fit pretty well into my „Paintings“-Project.

14.12.2016

Red Lights Behind

Different places, some dark, some light,
good or bad, wrong or right,
but it's not up to you to decide,
you can't place yourself on either side.

Where you'll go is in the blind,
all you see is red lights behind,
when moving fast all you want is look ahead,
but a blurred image of the past is all you get.

There is an angel, a storm blowing into her face,
a storm coming from the past at disturbing pace,
she's bowed down in mourning sorrow,
'cause all she wants is to turn around, to catch a sight of tomorrow.

That angel is falling thru time,
(same destiny as yours or mine,)
all she wants is to look ahead,
all she sees are the ashes of the past instead.

[Verses 3+4 are paraphrasingWalter Benjamin's remarks on a painting of Paul Klee, “Angelus Novus”.]


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Violin (String Sections), Piano, Bass, Cymbals & HiHat, Wave Drum (Bass Drum, Snare), Percussion (Caxixi, Tambourine, Bamboo Cata).

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.

(Last Update: 26.12.2016)


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14.10.2016

Gravity

Got some old books, telling stories about alien races,
wondrous worlds, distant places,
thought I can go there before I die,
but I'm stuck with a car that cannot fly.

Machines were meant to get rid of hard work's pain,
but the blue-collar worker became a puppet on a chain,
once automated brooms start sweeping the floor,
you're the sorcerer's apprentice, and can't stop them anymore.

Internet turned everyone into a transmitter,
mass media debunked as counterfeiter.
Pretty soon big money jumped in and pulled the plug,
speak up now, and you'll be fixed like any bug.

I dreamed of a black man as president of the USA,
thought I'll never live to see that day,
thought he certainly would right a wrong, or two,
can't believe he turned out a third rate actor, too.

Refrain

There's a place where the future died in agony,
dreams pulled back by it's gravity.
There's a graveyard where all good intentions rest,
once embraced so hard, shrouded corpses now, at best.


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Guitars, Violin, Bass, Cymbals & HiHat, Wave Drum (Snare, Toms, Bass Drum), Percussion (Shaker, Tambourine)

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.

(Last Update: 22.10.2016)


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18.8.2016

Nightfall

When the night falls,
a siren calls,
the sound of her voice
conceals all noise
in a precious alliance
between a sound and the silence.

When the sun is low,
the shadows grow,
words fail,
plans grow stale,
I form an alliance
with the sound of silence.

When the night is deep,
I wouldn't sleep.
I hear that voice,
offering a choice.
There is magic, and there is science,
beyond that the sound of silence.


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Bass, Cymbals, Wave Drum (Snare), Percussion, Background Violins, Synthesizer- and Sequencer Programming.

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.

(Last Update: 31.8.2016)


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6.7.2016

Songs - Byroads

Ich habe gerade hier auf meinen Seiten, in der Spalte rechts, die Rubrik „Songs” ergänzt. Die Stücke dort bisher (vier Songs, ein Instrumental, ein Zwischenspiel) sind der Versuch, sich musikalisch - nach langen Jahren Abstinenz vom aktiven Musikmachen - wieder zurückzumelden.

Nach neun Monaten Arbeit habe ich das Gefühl, mittlerweile ein Level von Details realisiert zu haben, auf dem meine Musik gewissermaßen funktioniert. Ich könnte endlos weiter basteln. Statt dessen ziehe ich einen Strich, tue so, als wäre ich mit den Mixes (und insbesondere meinen Gitarrensoli) zufrieden, und mache mit dem nächsten Stück weiter (zumal in dem kleinen Zyklus – „Byroads” – eh noch ein Song fehlt bzw. im Entstehen ist – „Nightfall”; den Text dazu findet man weiter unten im Blog).

Der nächste Schritt wird jetzt sein, meine Musik einer Öffentlichkeit jenseits meines kleinen Blogs vorzustellen. Die Möglichkeiten dazu sind ja heutzutage gigantisch, obwohl die Aufmerksamkeitsspanne für etwas komplexere Musik auch nicht höher sein dürfte als vor (fügen Sie jede beliebige Zahl ein) Jahren. Aber mal sehen. Mich würde es wundern, wenn sich nicht eine kleine Schar von Interessierten an meinen Sachen finden ließe.


Nachtrag: Ich habe die Songs mal auf Soundcloud hochgeladen. – Dort habe ich, knapp 10 Sekunden nachdem ich die Files hochgeladen habe, zehn „Plays” und fünf „Follower”. Keine Ahnung, warum die Programmierer von Bots an Soundcloud interessiert sind, und ein Interesse daran haben, mir mit ihren künstlichen Intelligenzen hinterher zu eilen (vier der fünf „Follower” verweisen auf denselben Account).

Ach, dann noch dieses: Google macht jetzt auch Musik. Die Usecases für diesen Unsinn werden ernsthaft diskutiert (man muß sich die Beispiele im verlinkten Artikel wohl anhören, wenn man eine Ahnung davon bekommen will, die die Soundtracks der TV-Shows in der nahen Zukunft klingen werden – als ob das nicht eh schon schlimm genug wäre). Gott sei dank werde ich alt.


Nachtrag 2: Die Songs finden sich jetzt auch bei YouTube, u.a in einer Playlist aller Stücke.

19.6.2016

Lies

I'm an honorable merchant, and all I tell is true,
the best friend I ever found is you,
give me some money for my fairy tale,
'cause I'm poor and have nothing but my lies on sale.

Refrain

Everybody lies
just as well as everybody dies.
But it's not a lie if truth would kill,
but even so remains an empty space a liar cannot fill.

Verses

I tell you stories of a better future for us all,
I'll lead you there, all you need is make the call,
voice your wishes and I tell you every lie,
'cause I want that power, your applause as alibi.

I love you is what I want you to believe,
I make a vow I'll never leave,
I know it better since you're not my first,
but you'd lie the same if the roles would be reversed.

[Words written 22.12.2015 during a vacation in Marrakesh. The first verse has a subtitle: "The Merchant In The Souks"]


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Bass, Cymbals & HiHat, Percussion, Wave Drum (Snare, Toms, Dumbek), Drum Programming (Bass Drum).

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.


(Last Update: 21.7.2016)

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