I've been a drummer since I was a child and thanks to a friend who taught me how to play the guitar, I wrote songs several years ago. I released my first solo album in 2018 singing from the drums along with great musicians who are still with me. I participate in various projects of different types of music from pop to jazz, seeking to nurture my performance and that of my colleagues. Producing songs is one of my favorite adventures right now.
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‘Seize The Day’, written during lockdown by actor and musician Greg Wise, is sung by Heather Ella Rose with backing vocals by Marshall Muze, Bass by Neipesmit, piano by Juan Barallobres and produced by Lucas Avellina. This song is about the importance of appreciating and loving life, even when the day or the time you’re in is hard. It’s a folk type song that starts out small, but widens out to take in the change we are now facing - a whole new ordering of things - social injustice, the financial system, and the state of our planet.
This is a love song for life on earth. As the lyrics say; ‘We’re bound together like a thousand prayers’. It reminds us that love is the one truth and that we will find ‘ways to survive.’ The song was written when thinking about how we cannot change systems with the approaches that produced them, and about how this time is particularly challenging. The song proposes that if we all feel love for every element of life, from the beauty of nature, to our own sorrows and joys, for our diversity of people, it will ‘tune us up’ to be more holistic.
This song is about love and death, and hope and fear. It’s about that space in between this life and the next. It’s a deep journey that represents the universal human experience of living with death and uncertain life, but with love as the force that gives us all coherence. The meaning in the song is heightened even more at this time with the global lockdown happening, and it aims to be a balm and a challenge to the spirit. As the lyrics say ‘Can you hear, can you feel, the coming of eternity, we must face it, face it, with love or fear’.
The song was adapted from Khalil Gibran’s poetry collection "Al Mawakib - Processions". It attempts to contrast an aspect of our life on earth, bound by the base and the material with our eternal life "in the forests" of our spiritual identity. It serves as a reminder of who we really are and the necessity of seeking this greater truth. The song begins by describing how in this world we are ultimately part of a herd, being pushed to a world of deceit and concludes with a call to action of "Give me the flute, and sing."
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