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The Dark Land is a song about the powers of the mind and the darkness it can hold.
Lyrics: You've been talking in your sleep, Bleeding words through the back of your teeth, And I, I don't believe The Dark Land is free,
You tell me stories of your history, Black and blue and full of heat, But I, I don't believe The Dark Land is free,
Say your prayers, but don't back down,
I like to drink in my reality, Feel it slipping like a mystery, But I, I don't believe The Dark Land is free...
Say your prayers but don't back down...
Hope you enjoy it!
The epic by Homer is an intense story of nostos (homecoming), kleos (honour) and dunamis (strength). It follows the journey of one man, Odysseus and his terrible struggle to maintain his own life and that of his men on his way back from Troy as well as the trouble that builds in his kingdom, Ithaca, in his absence.
As it stands today, the musical is in Five Acts; (1) Odysseus and the Greeks leaving for Troy and the war; (2) the start of his homecoming and the loss of 11 of his 12 ships; (3) the underworld and the loss of his remaining men (4) his final journey home (5) the murder of the suitors of Penelope and their reuniting.
Visit http://odysseythemusical.co.uk/ Odyssey The Musical for the musical sample!
Here is a music sample of a few numbers from the musical. The first thing you probably should remember when you listen is that I'm singing parts that are going to be sung by men so try and imagine my voice lower than it is! ;) I've been doing quite a lot of writing lately and have written almost all of Odysseus' travels and a little of his return home though there are a few gaps I haven't yet covered, for example, the underworld, the Phaeacians and most of the events that take place in Ithaca upon his return.
In this sample you'll hear sections from 'That is Your Duty' in which Penelope tries to persuade Odysseus to stay, 'One of Us' where the suitors first meet Odysseus who is disguised as a beggar, 'If I'm Honest' when Odysseus seeks guidance and help from Aeolus, 'When it Rains', a song that tells us Odysseus' fears after his men have eaten the Sun God's cattle, 'Kleos of War' about the War of Troy and 'Men Of The Sea' in which Odysseus tries to increase the morale of his men. It's just a small taster of what I've done so far but I hope you enjoy it!
Monday 21st May saw the end of my first year university exams and with little sleep but excitement for the freedom to come I walked into my Greek Literature exam clutching three black pens (because you always need more than enough) and my ID. What now seems rather ironic is that during this exam I thought up an idea for a song based not on Greek Literature but Latin Literature. Virgil in fact. Pressure is about the trials Aeneas faced in his search for Italy after the war of Troy.
The Aeneid begins with 'arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primes ab orbs Italiam fato profugus Laviniaque vent litora' which in short means, ' I sing of arms and the man, who first from Troy, exiled by fate came to Italy and the Lavinian shores…'. It goes on to say, 'Tell me muse, put me in mind of the cause of it all, what slight to her godhead, what grievance to the queen of the gods forced to endure so many a peril…'. This is the basis to my song. It is Aeneas suffering under the pressure of the Gods, driven by land and sea to find this city for which he has no direction but misleading words of an oracle and now he asks if there is any way he can get around this. The fear of death, the leadership he has over his men and the -pressure- to get these people to safety. The whole existence of the Roman race rests on the shoulders of Aeneas - now that has to be worse than a two hour Greek Literature exam, right?! The Aeneid Epic guides us through his trials and the disasters he must face in order to succeed in finding Italy and, upon finding Italy, taking charge of the land.
Here is one of the most powerful moments when we first meet Aeneas, one of my favourites, where he is not shown as the greatest hero that ever lived but a man fearing for his life, just like any other: 'Extemplo Aeneae solvuntur frigore membra; ingemit et duplicis tendens ad sidera palmas talia voce refert: 'o terque quaterque beati, quis ante ora patrum Troiae sub moenibus altis contrigit oppetere!''
A swift and icy terror numbed Aeneas; he moaned and raised his hands up to the stars and gave a cry in such a way: 'Oh, three and four times blessed are those who perished in their fathers' sight beneath Troy's walls.'
I cannot pretend that this story is true…or completely true. I also cannot pretend that the gods are real…or completely real. I cannot pretend that I understand half these emotions described in this Epic. But I can empathise and I know that sometimes it's easier to ask for a way out, than to face the road ahead.
Check out the song "Pressure"
New Song - Calypso
Here's some background ;)
Calypso was a nymph that lived alone on an island which is now supposed to be Malta. As Odysseus was returning from the War of Troy he rested with his companions on the Island of the Sun God. He was previously told by Tiresias in the Underworld not to kill or eat any of the Sun God's cattle. This Odysseus did and he told his men to do the same. After a while, with no favourable wind and rations running low he and the men began to starve, and thinking Odysseus was keeping the cattle for himself, the men were driven to killing and eating the livestock. When Odysseus found out it was too late for him to stop them and all they could do was wait to leave the island, praying for safety and mercy from the gods.
It was not long before a favourable wind came and they sailed away from the island, only for their ship to be destroyed by a storm and all the crew, except Odysseus, killed by the sea. Exhausted, near death and alone, Odysseus was washed up on the shore of Calypso's island.
There he stayed for 7 years, spending his days thinking of his wife Penelope and his longing to go home and his nights in the arms of Calypso. When the messenger god Hermes delivered the message that Odysseus must now leave and go back to his home, Calypso offered him everything she could: immortality, love and herself. But driven by his love for Penelope he left and Calypso remained on the island, alone.