Through The Veil
This short album is a collection of songs written between January and August 2009. The production is a bit more sparse compared to my previous project, and it all started with vocals and accoustic guitar. Then I added some fancy dressing.
Vocally I used a very light type of voice - you could probably dub it "the falsetto album".
All tracks written, performed and produced by Hubert Razack.
Recorded in Toronto, April-August 2010
TRACK BY TRACK
Here is a little more details about each song, how they were written, and what they are about. I've also added all the lyrics for each song. Click on the song's title or on the image to read more.
THE SPIRIT IN ME
This is a song about opening up. Not like opening up beer cans - although you are free to interpret it that way if you wish - but more like opening the heart. For some reason, being cynical is often viewed as the high end of coolness (I guess that makes me less and less cool), which results in a wide spread epidemic of people living in their own shell. Nothing personal against shells, of course, but I've learnt first hand that it is a difficult way to live.
One day I woke up feeling like a pile of expired food (that is, not so good). As I awkwardly crept out of bed and attempted to make it throughout the day, I started to fantasize on how things would probably be better if I where somewhere in the Bahamas. Then it occured to me that it would probably not change anything (except maybe for the first 5 minutes, just for the exotic factor). The good news is, if we take the time to "deal with ourselves", then no matter what the surrounding or the situation, it's all good (really, it *is* all good). The songs starts slowly, but later it rocks out (always wait before rocking out, I hear).
TWO HEARTS IN DIFFERENT WORLDS
I've been wanting to write an upbeat song for quite some time, and this one recently came quite easily (always a good sign). I love the 80s, so this is my 80s song (smile). You could say it's a love song, but really, most songs are love songs anyway.
I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD
I used to try to be "clever" when writing lyrics, but now that I am actually singing these songs I have found myself using a much more candid approach. I think the lyrics for this particular song are fairly self explanatory, but in a nutshell, it's about asking for help when things are not so good, and being opened enough to receive it.
THROUGH THE VEIL
This song started from a personal experience, when I had reached some sort of stability and was reasonably happy with where I was - or so I thought. Then I discovered there was much more to life - a lot more! As I wrote the lyrics it turned into more of a fiction about someone living in a seemingly perfect world, and discovering that his satisfaction about life was not so much real happiness as being "anesthetized".
This song starts off like quite a few of the other songs: things don't go too well. And it ends like quite a few of the other songs: it gets better. I guess that makes me predictible :) What's a bit more specific for this song however is that everything can turn around in an instant. There is no need to wait - it can change now. As the contemporary american philosopher Jon Bon Jovi rightly said: "you've got to keep the faith". Wise words (it must be the hair).