About the Song “Last War”

I wrote the song “The Last War” in January 2017., a month after my return from the wonderful, insightful trip through the sunny Indonesia and Australia. As it is in case of many of my songs, the story behind is multilayered. It is the collection of impressions that are sleeping in the collective subconscious of all of us and the historical pain embedded in our beings, (intertwined with the deep yearning to be free).

Foggy weeks and the cold in my hometown, triggered much of these “memories”. I always felt the cold is my enemy, but it isn’t. What it is – it is the trigger that awakens above-mentioned historical pain in me. As much as the first tendency is to escape, no meaningful song (or any other piece of art) would ever be created if one would lack the bravery to daringly go through, keep breathing through, the process of being extremely uncomfortable.

That’s what are artists for. They are carrying you through the icy fields while your feet remain warm.

It is almost impossible to understand the complexity of a human being, so in a way, I’ve stopped trying. The best thing I can offer myself and the world is to acknowledge all these layers of emotions – through music. Then the fear dissolves along with the recreation of the history.

The history that seems to keep repeating itself, cleverly disguised in differences that are easily fooling us, making our sight of the bigger, wider picture – almost unreachable.)

What is all behind all of that?

For me, it’s the ocean.

It’s the tremendous joy that you’re left with when you leave your pain-body (as Eckhart Tolle would say).

“Did you know our tears and our blood have the same percentage of the salt as the ocean?” I knew we are tied to the ocean …..”

Now, some wonderful news!

MY CREATIVE FAMILY IS GROWING!

I’ve found an extremely talented artist who will help me in my storytelling!

While I was writing the song I couldn’t stop seeing visuals in my mind. At first, I couldn’t connect the dots, but I just kept writing and singing and writing down the description of what I see. Eventually, I wrote a little screenplay, explaining what exactly I see with each line of a lyric.

However, I wanted these visuals to be for you, the same they were for me – merely triggers! A form of a comic book, not even a fluent animation, less so the actual film – seemed as a perfect choice!

Being a film composer, I do see things in a rather cinematic way and all the visuals when I compose/write are of the similar importance to me as the music and lyrics. As well as the way they develop/build up. I was searching for someone who might get all of that – naturally, without too many explanations. To keep it simple, while telling quite a lot!
 A few days ago I sent the script and music to illustrator Bruno Rodjak. Yesterday, he showed me first drafts just to check how aligned our visions are. These are only the first drafts, quick sketches and I’m literary dying of happiness. He “saw” what I saw in my mind… he pinpointed “my” world. Or, to get back to the collective subconscious topic, we’ve all been through that together in one way or the other.
Any way it is – I am happy.

 If you want to see more of these first sketches, go here! 

We will have a few more “creative family” brainstorming sessions in July after which we’ll officially start!

Illustrations by Bruno Rodjo
https://www.instagram.com/bruno_rodjo/

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