Category Archives: Song

3 Valses pour ma Famille

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We’re back! After several months without a post on the blog, we’re finally back. Both Susan and I have been very busy lately, between the NY tour, the intensive writing, and other fun stuff. An important part of what I’ve personally been busy with is available for you to listen to right here (for free ;-)) :

Three “waltzes” in French for some members of my family who’ve been in a conflict for about two years, and haven’t seen each other for a year. Feeling powerless when we talked about it, I decided to write them songs to express what I needed to express. Isn’t that basically the use of a song ? My family being French-speaking I naturally chose to write them in French (a first for me).

I won’t go into details about the content of the lyrics but I just want to talk about one little verse which comes back in all three songs :

Le vrai pardon est salvateur
Celui qui vient vraiment du coeur
Et s’il n’est pas une sinécure
De ta douleur il est la cure

It basically means that real forgiveness can save you and while I’m aware it’s not easy, it’s their pain’s cure. You know… what else can you say to three people who love each other but can’t see each other ?

Anyway. I’ll take this chance to officially announce Susan and I will be touring soon with our brand new duo project SEEd ! The three songs I’m sharing here with you can give you an idea of the direction we’ll be taking in terms of content, although they obviously will be arranged differently to fit our duo line up. Can’t wait!

Love you all people, thanks for reading!

Antoine

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How it feels to release a Debut Album

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1 : You get sick of your cover picture even though you love it

The thing is : you see that cover picture everywhere you look…
'Life Is...' Cover
And even if it’s the single best picture anyone has ever taken, (which is of course how I feel about my very first official album cover 🙂 ) if you see it 24/7, at some point, enough is just… ENOUGH! And in my own particular case, it is my own particular face – and not with the most  joyful expression on it either… in particular 🙂

And the album isn’t even out yet! So just to refresh my retina but still stay on topic – here’s a picture of my arm… Background-Arm-cutout

2 : You get frustrated with the Post-Man but suspect they are your biggest fans

Let me state the obvious first… so we get that out of the way. We love our Mail-Men, Mail-Women and everyone else working in the Mail around the world (We wouldn’t want to get any angry letters…). But if an American Record Label sends some nice lady in Belgium some of her CD’s, and they are sent on January 27th – doesn’t that mean there should be ample time to get them to her in time for her Release-Date on the 18th of February ? Of course – they ought to leave the costal shores at one point. Which they… didn’t yet?! Well… Dear sweet readers… I have a theory that explains everything! Here it comes. I think the people of the Mail have become my biggest fans. Because, not only did I not receive them, but I found out they are actually ‘stationed’ in New York – and have been stuck there since the 29th of January.
So : dear people of the mail : I love that you dig my music. I really do. And I understand you want to keep it ALL to yourself. But you know, dear MailGirls&Boys – I haven’t even seen my own CD’s yet! Imagine if YOU would have been deprived of the opportunity to see MY CD’s. That would make you sad, now wouldn’t it? Well… IMAGINE HOW I FEEL!
Ok… Sorry I lost my temper there. But you know – if you like my music so much, you should really do your best to make make me happy again. Then maybe I’ll send you some more CD’s to hog during more than a week!

<CRUCIAL UPDATE> The CD’s are now ‘somewhere’ – which makes more sense of course…

3 : You find out they are not your biggest fans and remain frustrated

I think this is somehow a self-explanatory statement. But I am of course delighted to elaborate. Just send me a mail – for a detailed description of my feelings about this.

4 : You spend your life on your computer

Having a hernia and being forced to sit lying down most of the time might add to this, but hey, when people are talking about you, you want to know what they are saying – right? For now it’s mostly press-releases, although there is already one review of the song Childhood Dreams which you can listen to here or just simply watch us play it on the YouTube below.

Apart from that, your PC-quality time is spent making sure your site is up to date, sharing press-releases, talking with fans and communicating quickly and efficiently with all people involved (label, PR-people, booking-agents, etc…). And of course, liking adorable selfies of dogs…

5 : Blogging about how it feels to release a debut-album

I’m not sure how much I’ve said about how it actually feels – and there is so much fun stuff to talk about – I just thought I should get this post started. Inspiration will surely strike sooner or later… Sometimes it will be romantic – all with inspirational success stories, princesses, hardship and breakthroughs. Just not today. Sorry 🙂

Until then – thanks for your interest in reading this blog and this post. And if you have no idea what I am talking about – and somehow missed my incessant spamming on the subject – here’s a video explaining it all. (I hope.) And for the ladies – the guy doing the interview is really hot, right? Hands off though – he’s mine!

Exclusive new track from the equally exclusive Pencils or Guitar Strings

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Susan and I have been working on a new project together.

We’re writing new songs together and arranging them for a mixture of acoustic and electronic instruments.

Just to get started on that and explore some of the sound possibilities, I remixed (with her artistic assistance) one of Susan’s songs, namely the eponymous track from her forthcoming album : Life Is…

One of the challenges was to try and make it more radio-friendly, try and touch more people with the purpose of pulling them into our world and say more than “We’re up all night to get some, We’re up all night to get lucky” (sorry folks, nothing personal), with music we do stand behind. Try and accompany them into our world with some ear candy like Pink Floyd did when David Gilmour gave the audience a good blues-rock guitar solo before going into all kinds of experimentations.

And… I don’t know about you guys but I’m pretty happy with the result! What do you think ?

We also made a profile on Belgian music site Vibe where you can read our bio, which translates like this :

Fukushima finished Tchernobyl’s work in creating a hybrid being that sings and produces healing energy. The tremors gave it a sense of rhythm in sync with its radioactive universe. After laying down knocked out by the fumes for an endless moment in time the being awoke to a new consciousness. And it started singing : lalalalala.

As you must already be thinking, reading the bio and looking at the picture (which is a mixture of our faces)… weirdness catches up. Well, we’re a couple of weirdos after all.

Antoine

‘Childhood Dreams’ Susan Clynes & Simon Lenski

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WebTeaser of my first Official Album, recorded entirely Live – appropriately entitled ‘Life Is…’ featuring Simon Lenski, the amazing cellist from the Belgian experimental -contemporary-folk-rock band DAAU (Die Anarchistische Abend Unterhaltung) and my own compositions. Energetic musical contributions of Pierre Mottet & Nico Chkifi – and stacked with spontaneity allover. Out on MoonJune Records in February 2014 and currently crowdfunding it – with 21 days left to go!

Why Composing is the best Job in the World

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Life is What we choose to make of it

… even if you think it ain’t true

I wrote this song and somehow this whole album to remind me of some important things I didn’t want to forget. Maybe it’ll help you too, maybe it won’t.
That’s all for today.
And guess where I found that thing in my hand…

A song-to-be, about sensitive analysts

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While I was putting our 3-year-old to bed tonight, telling her a story about a little girl just like her who likes to dress like a princess but has to wear warm clothes to play in the snow, I could hear Susan downstairs singing about a whole different kind of people.

When I came down, satisfied with a job well done, she showed me the chords and i quickly came up with a little guitar accompaniment so we could play that softly together without waking our daughter up.

We recorded a little guitar/voice/toy-marching-band-drum version of it with my phone but have decided not to post it quite yet.

However, here’s the chorus she wrote for this spontaneous little song :

Sensitive Analyst
Come out to play
We need you more than ever
In our own unique way

Lots of love to all of you, talk to you later

Antoine.