March 8, 2009 | Song of the Week
Its hard to believe we’re up to week #24! We’ve had songs all over the map so far, and this one is definitely a contender for being one of the most “out there.” Some weeks the finished song isn’t very different than the original rough track. This song however has been very evolutionary. It started with some simple loops that I sent to Patrick. Then he added some really cool ambient vocals. We still didn’t have any lyrics at that point and Patrick had the idea of incorporating a poem. Due to my (non)extensive knowledge of poetry I suggested “The Panther” by Rainer Maria Rilke. And then there was more back and forth until we ended up with whatever it is we ended up with. It was definitely an interesting process. Enjoy!
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“The Panther” by Rainer Maria Rilke
His vision, from the constantly passing bars,
has grown so weary that it cannot hold
anything else. It seems to him there are
a thousand bars, and behind the bars, no world.
As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.
Only at times, the curtain of the pupils
lifts, quietly. An image enters in,
rushes down through the tense, arrested muscles,
plunges into the heart and is gone.
— translated by Steven Mitchell
additional lyrics by Tim Seley
He’s trying to get it all out of his head
The things that he’s done and the things that he’s said
He’s pacing in circles, he’s pacing in circles
Heart racing in circles in circles in circles
He’s tired of waiting for something to change
For something to save him from his tiny cage
Let him go