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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Alternative Rock JGE Disentomb Yourself

A rock song from JGE, John Guyette Experiment. The two person Irish rock band of Bill Watt and Bobby Hurley. Here is the latest release. Disentomb Yourself.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Alternative Rock -JGE Murkiness

More Alternative Rock from JGE.
John Guyette Experiment. Irish Rock.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Beach Boys Pet Sounds

By Bill Watt
       Beatles are the most successful band of all-time, don't get me wrong, but the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds inspired some of their best material. The first track is Wouldn't It Be Nice, which as a kid really got me into thinking romantically, imagining you and someone in a relationship where nothing else matters and time stands still. That's Not Me has a great Western-style to it which I think a lot of us envision living in the wild west. You can hear a bit of Oh! Susana in it. Let's Go Away for Awhile makes me feel like I'm living in the 60s in a beach town where times are simple and there is a lot of romanticism. Brian Wilson at one point said it was the finest piece of art he had made on that album. God Only Knows pretty much speaks for itself. I went to a Brian Wilson concert a few years ago and as psyched as the crowd was, as soon as he played that song, 100% of them were speechless, wide-eyed and so taken by the music. Here Today is a very cool song in my opinion. Mike Love often gets a bad rap, but he is Captain Cool on vocals here. I see why Brian chose him to sing lead on this. This song gives off a feeling of adventure and that there's a whole world out there to explore, maybe a new love. In all honesty, every single track on this album is amazing. These just happen to be my personal favorites. If you like original and deep music like Steven Wilson's, I have a feeling you're gonna like Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet: Steve Wilson Series part 3

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        The Fear of a Blank Planet music video protagonist, a blonde-haired kid named Robbie is based upon the book Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis. This kid, Robbie spends all day and night in his room - the curtains always closed. His mental state is always dark; he can barely speak a sentence; he has complete hatred for his parents; He is always bored; He spends most of his time playing Playstation. He wears a hood like the black-eyed kids from the badlands. 33
       This lifestyle leads to a drug fueled euphoric climax. The album's third track, Anesthetize, portrays this 10 minutes into the song. The euphoria makes you feel cooler than anything, and above it all. Truly nothing else matters because all you efforts have been worth it. Your efforts have always kept going and the solo reflects this: the rhythm section continues throughout the solo. You feel valuable at this moment. And, maybe for the first time in a while, you are lovable. Fear of a Blank Planet addresses and expresses a teenage lifestyle totally devoid of curiosity; one of angst, boredom, prescription drug use, endless video games and internet pornography. 50 plus minutes of continuous music can be broken down into six tracks:16 Fear of a Blank Planet, My Ashes, Anesthetize, Sentimental, Way Out of Here, and Sleep Together. For an encore, Porcupine Tree released an additional EP Nil Recurring. This is comprised of four songs: Nil Recurring, Normal, Cheating the Polygraph, and What's Happening Now. Lastly, Steven Wilson's philosophy on this music and lifestyle that threatens the creative achievement of our youth.  

Fear of A Blank Planet
Fear of a Blank Planet lyrics
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet Music video
        Fear of a Blank Planet opens the album with a catchy acoustic guitar riff. Only it doesn't sound acoustic because of the masterful production. The production makes a fast paced wall of distorted guitars sound punchy yet melodic. The dynamic bass variations, the adventure, the power (Tim Allen grunt). This music reflects the feeling of rolling with insanity. You don't resists losing consciousness. You drive wired at night, death doesn't matter to you. The solo at 5 minutes takes you further into this madness. Wilson's growling vocals stay calm and fast paced balancing the emotions of anger and ennui.16, 17, 21, 31,

Overall, the heavy music focuses on issues of drugs, and the dull enslavement to social media:
The X-box is a god to me A finger on the switch my mother is a bitch my father gave up ever trying to talk to me.
Additional lyrics reflect signs of potential teenage violence:
Don't try engaging me the vaguest of shrugs, the prescription drugs you'll never find a person inside. My face is mogadon (a drug) Curiosity has given up on me I'm tuning out desires the pills are on the rise

A person becomes dead inside when they are constantly pill taking, endlessly playing video games, and perpetually surfing the internet. They always look for the next thrill. Yet, they don't feel loved enough to become empathetic to others. I use to live this lifestyle, and still do to a lesser degree. So I know that a strong sense of inner strength is required in life. However, one should protect themselves from opening up to people who don't care. Still, one should at least be tuned into what makes the community, as a whole, happy.

Another powerful line is: 
Bipoloar disorder, can't deal with this boredom. 
In difficult situations such as bereavement, tradegy, PTSD, depression, and in medical conditions like ADHD, aspergers, bipolar disorder, etc. pills are overly prescribed. Today's kids suffering from bipolar disorder and ADHD need to handle the quieter, boring moments of life well. If they are curious about the world and have a purpose they won't have to drown out their bored thoughts with technological media. 

My Ashes
        Could Wilson be relating to his own teenage years? Well, Wilson started writing this album after reading Brett Easton Ellis' semi-autobiographical novel, Lunar Park. In Lunar Park, a boy transcends his memories by turning them into ashes. 20 The relationship of a father and son is also described, the emotions of forgiveness, and coming to terms with one's past. 32 
       My Ashes is a progressive rock ballad to end all ballads. The slow lavish orchestrations give reprieve from the album's heavy riffs.16 Porcupine Tree makes good uses of piano, mellotron, and sporadic electronic effects for an infectious sound. 21 Thematically, Steven Wilson projects a feeling of loss, and evokes sympathy for the fallen state of youthful life. 17 

Anesthetize
Porcupine Tree Anesthetize
       The album flows right into its centerpiece, Anesthetize. The longest track of the album, clocking in at 17 minutes 42 seconds is the catchiest track of the album. Amazingly enough it leaves you wanting more! The big kahuna of rock music builds forebodingly into something bigger, escalating with different phases of emotions and tempos. Alex Lifeson (Rush) provides a moving guitar motif. The down tuned guitars are a relaxing, trippy experience. Anesthetize's hauntingly crawls under your skin. To someone tuned into this lifestyle, this song brings bliss; It's engrossing. 15, 16, 17, 31

The lyrics,
Shut up be happy. Stop whining please
have an edge to them. The music intensifies matching the loner, thrilling lifestyle. As a loner, I would walk across the college campus at night awaiting the impactful solo at 10 minutes.  In pitch dark, I can feel the cold pond water, and momentarily, arrogance acts as a drug, raising me above my day's negative experiences.
       Listening through Anesthetize is always a special occasion. Alex Lifeson of Rush contributes solos that make you feel high; You feel like a one man vigilante army like Tommy Vercetti of GTA Vice City or Paul Cursy of Death Wish. Literal imitation is of course illegal, but the idea is having a strong independent attitude. Give yourself an identity by maximizing a strength like craftiness. And have a backbone! Remember that describing your madness, insane risks, superb victories and dreadful failures always cheapens the story. But you don't care what they say because the fast riff around 7 minutes jump starts your adrenaline:
The dust on my soul  makes me feel the weight in . . . my legs
      I'm watching TV but I find it hard to stay . . . conscious.

The verse tells how pills bring complete apathy to one's life.
We're lost in the mall, shuffling through the stores . . . like zombies
 Then Wilson's voice cracks with hard hitting emotion; he questions living?


Well what is the point? What can money buy? My hands a gun and I find the range . . . God tempt me
An imagery focal point in the video are  the super powerful codeine pills. I can't imagine they are common with teens: 
"this level of halo is tough, pass the codeine man."
 I'm not exactly sure how high Codeine makes you without an interminable extraction process!
       
      The prelude to the solo gets you ready for your mission. 10 minutes in, now you are cooler than anything; above it all; nothing else matters.  The solo is classic because the rhythm section keeps going throughout the solo. The music is affirming that you have kept your effort going throughout your life and they are worth it. You feel valuable and lovable at this moment. The only negative part of the song is comedown after the amazing solo. A bone-crushing riff with insanely loud drums re-energizes you into the chorus. This takes you into the third segment. 
       The lyrics and music portray oceanic imagery. The oceans of sounds and guitar solos bring joyful surprise to anyone listening to the song for the first time. The video has giant waves -very fitting.  

Sentimental
       The lyrics, music, and chorus of Sentimental are similar to My Ashes, and Normal. They share the theme of stoned teenagers wishing their life away; they use chemicals to numb themselves with lethargy, and lack of ambition.16 These emotionless lyrics include: 
It's no fun to be told you can't blame your parents anymore
And:
And I'm not really sure If the pills I've been taking are helping. I'm wasting my life, hurting inside. 
Sentimental opens with spare, echoed piano chords. Gavin Harrison's light jazzy drumming adds to the bleak and hazy musical surroundings. Add a smoky haze of phased guitars and the chorus over that and you have an anthem for dulled teenagers.11

Porcupine Tree Way Out Of Here lyrics
       Way Out of Here features Robert Fripp's swirling and mesmerizing guitar playing 16. The lyrics carry the timeless theme of kids not relating to their teachers, parents, relatives, and coaches. In my reflection of teenage angst, boredom, and escape; I am drawn to the escape aspect.  I escape by doing something so engaging I use all my skills, guts, and ingenuity; this raises me above my work life and social life. Although these riffs are most enjoyable when you are high, Wilson only observes this lifestyle, he never advocates it.  
        
The chorus is particularly great:
Way out Way out of here Fade out Fade out vanish
This is definitely my favorite part of the song. Onto the last track of the album. 

Sleep Together
      Wilson amorally states love is the answer when musically capturing the moment of one slipping into unconsciousness.16 Sleep Together is about impure love and suicide; very much like Romeo and Juliet dying together. They have relieved the pressure, emotion, and anger. Is Sleeping Together the answer for one whose lifestyle consists of endless video games, boredom, escapism, drugs, and angst? For many, the answer is revitalizing one's curiosity about the world.   
       Wilson's buzzy, meticulously-distorted solos were crafted touring on the road. They reach a frenzy in Sleep Together.14 Robert Fripps' soundscapes create a groove-oriented trance. 15 The music embraces the wild, drugged lifestyle. The sensationally dramatic audio atmosphere pumps me up before important tennis matches. 17 

Don't ever again deal with youtube skipping through an emotional solo of your favorite song. Listen with headphones for the best listen. Click on the amazon link below to get the mp3 album. 
Fear Of A Blank Planet
  
       Later that year, Porcupine Tree released Nil Recurring to complete Steven Wilson's musical statement. 
Nil Recurring EP
Nil Recurring
       Robert Fripp plays lead guitar in this instrumental. The music elicits the dark imagery inside a drug-fueled wanderer's mind. His lifestyle puts him in a conscious trance. You wonder what your friends, current and former, think of you when you hear the tempo changes and cool sounds.

       To illustrate the lifestyle Steven Wilson refers to I will tell a story based upon the bike ride beyond comprehension. Inside a pitch dark dorm room, the shades and curtains are down; a college student lies in bed feeling only ennui for his classes that previously excited him. Somehow, he trudges through his classes, staying in good graces with his professors and classmates. He has laid low in the eye of his social storm. He is now alone, the day is his, his time of full flight in night excursions has begun. His adrenaline is flowing; the music is bad-ass; His thoughts and actions are building into something. At dusk he rides across the library-garage-parking-lot, stopping at the edge. He readies himself to ride down the 90 degree grass cliff. He must make it between a street lamp and the library wall. This could be his last action before death or hospitalization. He rolls down, he skids but makes it. He has cheated death! Jubilation! The ecstasy leads him on a bike ride with unlimited energy; He has no further thoughts of time and place. 
        He reaches 40+ mph riding through the dimly-lit, hilly, double-lined roads of rural Worcester, Massachusetts. He listens to music with soundscape variations that resemble the eerie sounds of night. He hears the buzzing of gigantic power lines he can't see. 
       The mind altering drugs convince him of having extra energy, so he hikes 'til the morning. He finds a wintry dried forest, and sees wild turkeys. He walks by a house with an old dog sitting in the front yard. He hasn't spoken with another human soul in over a day. 

Normal
Steven Wilson humorously tells the story of learning the intensely dark riff of Normal. Robert Fripp told him to practice for 6 months, he tells the crowd he has practiced for one week. The theme of teenage boredom and anger continues:
But am I here? It's kind of hard to tell. I do a good impression of myself. But what's normal now anyhow? 
Our mental presence isn't here. We pretend to be who we want to be. The endless social media, internet, video games drown out our souls. But how much of that distraction is normal anyhow? The drugs associated with this lifestyle may lead a person occasionally getting violent:
Prescription drugs they help me through the day. And that restraining order keeps me well at bay. But what's normal now anyway? 
The immediate high makes video games funner, but you become an angrier person. This leads to unforeseen fights, lost friendships, and a restraining order or two. However, any friends who stand by you in this period of your life, are invaluable. 

      During the bike ride beyond comprehension the protagonist asks himself, "Am I normal?" and "Do I want to be?" No, he answers. But the song relates to people in general who use marijuana and find life without a purpose. To deal with this boredom they use prescription drugs. They feel good but jittery and damage his or her body. Is this all necessary for treating mild cases of autism? Society should let boys be normal. This is loud and unfocused with schoolwork. We should change the education system that coops these kids in a classroom reading the dead language of modern textbooks 7 + hours a day. No wonder they are excited on Friday! But if kids had more free time parents would not have peace and quiet. How important is education, when most schools and universities aren't able to directly connect students to a job if he or she has a sub par GPA? All this may lead kids to drink after school. Steve Wilson sings about how they have no feelings when drinking indoors,  
Gotta see the waves not the wine bottle
Do something that breaks the norms of society. And be spontaneous for this excursion. Don't prepare!

Cheating The Polygraph
The guitars expresses the blackening coldness of one's soul. She doesn't feel loved. When she can't rise above this, she turns to drugs and alcohol. In this puritanical society, we decided alcohol prohibition was ineffective but drug prohibition is effective. In effect, one can't tell the truth about his or her usage. Because this would bring further trouble without extra human care. As a result, one lies; As the lies grow deeper the soul gets darker. But if this music leads to a big victory in your life, you can find relief from bad feelings. 

What Happens Now
Porcupine Tree What Happens Now
       Around four minutes, the rocking music symbolizes the hardcore lifestyle. The unique sad sounds wandering from the main beat represent the protagonist questioning life's unknown. Moreover, she questions: if her soul can be saved?; if violence comes from confusion?; Is death welcomed? or can she persevere? 
       The synth and exotic rhythm at the start give What Happens Now a spacey, ethereal quality. The guitar and bass that come in give a more regular pulse but are still quite spacious. To me the lyrics and the way they are delivered feel like a yearning emotion, a sense of being inquisitive and urgent. The lyrics start with "so I got all these things, yeah, so what. In the end you can't take them with you". This suggests an apathy to commercial or shallow things such as possession, material things. 34 
       During the heavy rock part you find yourself stomping the gas pedal in the fast lane. The car jerks ahead quickly, you are ready for death. You might desire to do daredevil stunts for money. In fact at 4 minutes, the song is cranking at full steam. And you have no emotion for cute stories or feelings for victims. 

Aren't you tired of hearing music in low quality on Youtube with constant ads on the side interrupting the songs. Doesn't it bother you when your favorite tune pauses because of slow wi-fi connection (even with the fastest connection). Well, then buy the cd. And support this blog by doing so through my links.

Nil Recurring

Steven Wilson's album approach 
Porcupine Tree's musical evolution has largely shaped the sound of this record. This album is an experience, not simply a few downloadable tracks. Wilson suggests enjoying the album as a whole in its highest quality, remastered CD or vinyl. 
To me, the beauty of music, or the music that I love, are albums. Albums where maybe you don't love every track on the album. But the point is that the album is sequenced as a whole, it's supposed to be listened to as a musical journey. 5
Some say this Porcupine Tree's heaviest music, others say it's Porcupine Tree's most mellow music:
I'm very proud of the fact that Porcupine Tree are continuing to grow and continuing to evolve and the fan base continues to grow. And I am very proud of the evolution in music. It was always important, right from the beginning that, If Porcupine Tree were going to continue, they would never stand still musically. 5 
 Steven's Fear of a Blank Planet is true. Today's children lack the adventurous spirit previous generations had. Everything can be downloaded onto their devices. All they know are Ipods, internet, cell phones, x-boxes, and Playstations. No need to explore the great frontier?4

Steven Wilson says,
And unfortunately, what we are seeing right now is a lot of blankness, a lot of young people right now who don't have the sense of passion or curiosity that my generation had, and that is very sad. I think there are a lot of kids who do, I'm not suggesting this is a complete, 100% issue, but it is a worry to me how all this technology and this information technology and all this information is creating this kind of wall of noise that is very hard to get through now with anything. Because young people, by the age of ten, they've seen everything. They've seen the most hardcore pornography you can imagine, they've been able to download any kind of music, see any kind of movie. They have access to everything. When I was a kid, when I wanted to discover new music, I had to save my pocket money and search the record stores. And I think it is in human nature that the things that come easily to us, we don't really appreciate. And it's the things we have to search for and work hard and invest our time and money and energy in, those are the things we appreciate.5 

Instead, kids get all this music, movies and pornography for free. They have no intrigue or interest in different movies, music, or the opposite sex.
       Also, the fear parents had about kids watching too much TV in the 1970s still holds true. Today this version of the sedentary lifestyle is kids being constantly inundated with Ipods, tv, internet, newspaper, and video games affects their psyche. Their psyche turns into a loner, they are separated from real life and people by a desensitizing diet of video games and the internet.28, 19 It's great we have domain to watch what we find entertaining in our rooms. Hell, I was raised on TV and Youtube. I still get my values there. But outside these things is a world begging to be explored. We need more places to loiter!9
       When I was in sixth grade I obsessively played Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 one afternoon. I got massively frustrated. My parents knew they needed to separate me from the game. So they asked me to take out the trash, and locked me outside. I assimilated with the neighborhood kids and had fun playing outdoors. This activated another side of my brain and I forgot about the video games. Later, I discovered the cheats and played as Private Carrera.  
       
 Pills     
       Are prescription drugs the answer? Normal boys that desire adventure are given Ritalin to happily conform to the teacher. What about those abusing these drugs?19 The main danger is addiction.  
       In the 1980s, Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet brought the important message of racism to the forefront. 2007 onward, Porcupine Tree's Fear of A Blank Planet has brought attention to the negative impact information technology has on young adults. Wilson is particularly concerned about addiction to drugs used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder, and bipolar disorder. These are fun, it's not a right or wrong issue but the effect on kids. That these drugs do treat mild autistic symptoms is evident but so is the fact they may make kids too content to traverse the world.
       Steve Wilson is also concerned about mind-numbing shows like American Idol, Big Brother, other reality tv programs. The shallow culture of media, drugs, internet, and Xbox lull these kids into oblivion. The lyrics of Anesthetize say it all: 
Only apathy from all the pills in me It's all in me, all in you Electricity from the pills in me It's all in me, all in you Only MTV and cod philosophy 19, 21
     Wilson explains why the youth act the way they do, "Unfortunately this whole culture we live in promotes this idea that you are somehow insignificant then you are worthless. If you're somehow not successful, if you're not popular, if you're not famous, if you're not a celebrity, you are somehow worthless." 30

   Music    
       The intense music continuously focuses on the thematic subject matter throughout the 50 minute Fear of a Blank Planet album and EP Nil Recurring.9 This album has variety - something for everyone. Wilson's narrates over the aggressively played music and dreary atmospherics. Pill clouded listlessness permeates the album. Yet urgency builds during Anesthetize; the musical outburst of double bass drumming and crunching guitars around 11 minutes is so monstrous one wonders if the narrator left bodies dead in his path. This is an unwavering statement about a generation driven mad by its own modern distractions and apathy.15 This intense sense of madness, adrenaline, desperate longing, anticipation, and tension is evoked by the chord progressions of the long, complexly structured songs.14 
      Metal-heads are treated to a continuation of a similar masterful vein as Porcupine Tree's Deadwing. Porcupine Tree has definitely shifted to a more consistently heavier sound and style with this album. This reflects the intensity of the dark, drug-fueled youth.26 Porcupine Tree clamps the album shut with unprecedented surging guitars in the desperate Way out of Here and Sleep Together.29 Fear of a Blank Planet features epic rock tracks with intricate fretwork, symphonic flourishes and dreamy vocals about people's disconnect with society. 22
          The younger generation is so caught up in technological distractions that true music plays too small a role in their lives. For many a lifetime can be built around the love of music. 16 Wilson knows Ipods and cell phones impact the attention spans of listeners. So, Porcupine Tree's ambitious progressive rock pieces don't usually get an undivided listen.5

My thoughts and Summation (thoughts interspersed throughout article) Conclusion
            Fear of a Blank Planet is a catchy opener delving into the full blandness of this teenage lifestyle. My Ashes slows things down with use of pianos, mellotrons, and electronic effects. Anesthetize is the heart and soul of this bedlam with an other-worldly solo. Sentimental reflects the dulling life of pill taking. Robert Fripp's mesmerizing and swirling guitar playing provide you with a Way Out of Here. Sleeping Together most likely isn't the answer to teens entrenched in the lifestyle of video games, boredom, escapism, drugs, and angst. 
           Porcupine Tree later released Nil Recurring to finish their musical explorations. The nothingness leads some to disregard safety, time, and perspective to go on an unforgettable yet depressingly lonely adventure. What is normal anyhow? Teens lie about their drug and alcohol usage to avoid external trouble that only furthers his or her feelings that lead them to use. A better solution to helping teens with their problems is simpler, yet more difficult; namely fixing our faults as we follow our career and life paths. In this way the teens less offended and more understood. What Happens Now has you rocking to the unknown. 
         The principle songwriter of Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson feels Fear of a Blank Planet is best enjoyed as a whole album rather than individual songs. Fear of a Blank Planet is the concept of kids having too soft a life in some ways. This lessens their creativity and ability to be awed by the world. Teens take pills, and are lulled into oblivion by the shallow culture of media, drugs, internet, and video games. Musically Fear of a Blank Planet is some of the tightest and most evolved music the band has ever composed. 23 Steven Wilson definitely addresses the vacuous lifestyle of angst, boredom, prescription drug use, endless video games and internet pornography on Fear of a Blank Planet. He does this amorally so the demographic uses the music to enhance this lifestyle. Finally, they are able to take the next step in their journey, reflecting on his or her lifestyle.   



      Credits
Much has been said about guests on Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet and Nil Recurring. So to set the record straight from the official source of disography, here we are:
Alex Lifeson - guitar solo on Anesthetize
Robert Fripp - soundscapes on Way out of here
John Wesley - backing vocals
Nil Recurring
Robert Fripp - lead guitar on Nil Recurring
Ben Coleman - electric violin on What Happens Now?25
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33. (Monsters and Mysteries in America, Badlands 5/5/13)

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Not Now (possible song lyrics)

Not now
It's not happening now
The love I felt is null and void
cuz it's not happening now
what do i have but thinly felt memories
Not now
it's not happening now
How can I relive love when it's only a memory
It's not happening now
the love is null and void.

Steve Wilson Series Part 2: Porcupine Tree Deadwing: Part 2

       Steve Wilson, the musician has some mind bending tunes. In this second part, the Porcupine Tree members will state their opinions on Deadwing. The Arriving Somewhere But Not Here DVD is a mystical experience. I will also dispense the emotions of the Deadwing era bonus tracks. I will analyze the script Steve Wilson released for the Deadwing feature film.  I will also highlight Lasse Hoile's music videos for Deadwing: Lazarus, Start of Something Beautiful, and Glass Arm Shattering. I am presuming you are familiar with Porcupine Tree. If not, once you listen to any of his albums from beginning to end, in one sitting, you will become a real fan, and understand the Porcupine Tree hysteria.
Porcupine Tree memorabilia
         Not much is known about Deadwing since Wilson concealed information, thinking the album would serve as a companion for the feature film.But, I finally found the Deadwing Script that then entire Deadwing album is based on. The screenplay of Mike Bennion and Steve Wilson is essentially a ghost story. So many of the fore-coming characters may be ghosts. Figuring out which ones is the challenge. This is only the first fifteen pages of the film but it makes many references to the album; such as a reference to the line in Mellotron Scratch 'A tiny flame inside my hand', the man mentioned in Lazarus 'My David don't you worry', and to the artwork in the album's cover insert (more specifically the page with the lyrics to "Halo" scrawled in it2
       Getting the album might be better than simply downloading since you can see the artwork that is the image for the songs.


Summary / slight analyzation of Deadwing script
The main character David is working on the sound of a film. But you don't realize this. You are brought into the scene with a mother singing a lullaby to a small boy about 3 years old. She tries to give him a pill but he doesn't take it; instead he (Lazarus) escapes into the woods on a moon-light night and falls in the mud. A vagrant lights a match but the sound isn't right, three separate sounds before David (who is in the office studio) gets it right. But then the little boy appears in his fictional film. He rewinds and the boy is gone from the shot. He heads home after a little fire in his office building, no one is there. He heads onto the train, everyone is yawning and weird. He sees that his reflection is not human. After a while, the vagrant alone remains. Is it the same one as in the video? David heads home through a park. It rains and he notices drawings. The small boy must have made drawings in this park because there is a pendant like the one the young woman putting him to bed possesed. But how could this fictional video become reality? David gets back to his small house. Located among noisy neighbors. He has discs stored and filed. He has an image he is working out of a jigsaw puzzle. He hears a clanking sound in his pipes. He falls asleep we hear his heart beat. Again, this was all part of the video he is working on. His boss is now on his coattails, not liking the clanking sound in the video. How can he be in his own video? The boss instructs him on a complex video project. He goes back home, seeing an anti-child abuse poster with a small boy saying, "I can't sleep. When I sleep that's when the monster comes." on the subway wall. so this could all be a demonic possession which would explain the shadows or ghosts (the little boy) and David having no memory when or where he was. A young lady, Elizabeth meets David at the train station. Could this be the young woman from the beginning? But now they are still and both hear irregular footsteps-someone limping in the dark. As they wait Elizabeth fears the footsteps more and more. As the train pulls away David sees a man's shadow in the distance at the station. This women Elisabeth, who is unknown to David, states that she is safe from the shadowy figure as long as she is with David.3

Steve Wilson / Porcupine Tree's attitude 
       Steve Wilson gives every record the same effort. He states that writing is a painful process for him.4 Steve Wilson likes to work in a self consumed vacuum (Fear of a Blank Planet) In the second interview (Fear of a Blank Planet 2) Steve Wilson mentions some interesting things: Being a producer, performer, and writer the strong only has the power and emotion on the first take. Hearing it thousands of times takes away from that. Also his 4 favorite albums he worked on are: 1. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape with Bass Communion, 2. In Absentia and 3. Fear of a Blank Planet with Porcupine Tree and Blackwater Park with Opeth. He talks about being depressed with the release of a record (Fear of a Blank Planet) He also hates being compared to other bands. And hates that critics and journalists have "their fucking opinions".
       Another thing astounding about Steve Wilson or Porcupine Tree is his commitment to excellent quality music. He has finally become famous with porcupine tree by 2005 when Deadwing comes out but he is not afraid about exploring different musical paths. And possibly alienating older fans for his pursuit of spiritually transcendent music. And for the recent fans he is not afraid of going away from the heavier stuff to return in the direction of the older Porcupine tree stuff that is more exploratory.5

Arriving Somewhere But Not Here DVD 
 Revenant is simply the intro to The Arriving Somewhere But Not Here DVD - delving into the ghostly theme of Deadwing.
Open Car
Steven Wilson does charades to the rocking lyrics and music of open car. This song's blistering tempo gives a sense of  getting over a shattered relationship. You don't need him or her, you are a free man or woman.
Blackest Eyes
Blackest Eyes is the first track of In Absentia - one of Steve Wilson's favorite albums he created. And it is my favorite album opener. One of Wilson's favorite albums because of the in depth theme of serial killers and going insane. The heaviness of the guitar matches the heavy subject matter of the song - a guy takes a woman into the woods to kill her. Wilson uses hand motions to symbolize crying. The song describes the conflict of the killer and normal life. He kills and then lives mundanely, hiding his crimes in his sheds, where he relives them. "Something taking over me" refers to demons taking over the killer. "wiring loose in my head" as wilson points to his head. A strong guitar riff excites you.

Lazarus
We move from evil spirits in Blackest eyes to the angelic or benign spirits in Lazarus. David and Lazarus aren't  referencing the biblical characters, instead they are found in the deadwing movie script. The beautiful chorus and guitar solos occur in a song when a band has the same guy, in this case Steven Wilson, be both lead guitarist and lead singer. None of the fights that have plagued so many great bands.
The chorus is audio gorgeousness:
Follow me down
          to the valley below
           moonlight is bleeding
          from out of your soul

Hatesong
The yo-yo between good and evil continues - back to evil. The loud bassy rhythmic riff of Hatesong sucks you into the poetry of the song. You quickly notice a pattern in the song, both lyrically and musically. The rhyme scheme is predictable you know "head" is coming. But who cares, you have the manic energy  of
Yes, I'm hearing voices too, and I'm more cut up than you. Yeah!

The alternative rock guitars drive you into space. Then you notice Gavin Harrison's delicate, yet rhythmic technical drumming. At the end, Harrison does he his hard core loud drumming. Hardcore fans love this jam, but songs like this and
Don't Hate Me are more enjoyable for the musicians than the audience. The rhythm they get into is musical ecstasy. So you can enjoy it but experimenting with different musical instruments and trying to start such an epic jam. The song itself paints a picture of snow falling in London.  You are cold and wandering on an eerie winter's night. But why are you hating Wilson thinking you are special? haha. Don't Hate Me is from Porcupine Tree's Stupid Dream of 1999. The song has a great music solo - all band mates jam their instruments without singing. The happy bassist Colin Edwin always kills it. While watching this I focus on differentiating the sounds coming from each instrument.

Mother and Child Divided
A bonus track to Deadwing. A tremendous instrumental for fans of long passages of hard alternative rock.
Buying New Soul
Another bonus track from Deadwing. The song sounds cheerful. But this biographical tune may not have a cheerful message. But I love some of the lyrics anyway.
Buying new soul at the start of every year
 So Called Friend
Catchy singing to loud music. I have too many So Called Friends. I love the part where he sings "What kind friend are you?", When Wesley and Wilson sings the chorus the higher pitched guitars brings a descending bridge to the song. Musician Bill Watt weighs in,
"That's the bridge and I can't really explain. It's like a background echo. I really like that part. That's really progressive rock there."
 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here
    The feature presentation of this article begins with a slow intro to its own atmosphere with a weird backdrop. Then, the high note quitar lick and the plucking of the strings by John Wesley. The lyrics take us to a dark night as Wilson sings about not trusting much. Wilson points to you as he sings "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here" The music kicks in. The black and white cinematography of the projection screen shows someone travelling full speed down a freeway. You are full of adrenaline as you listen to the loud, pulsating, vibrating music.The crowd cheers but then hush as they realize the song is maybe 2/3rds through. Wesley makes the playing look simple, and you wish to try. The quality music solo concludes with an exuberant thank you from Wilson. Right into a tragically sad

Heartattack In a Layby. The yo-yo effect (good to evil, manic to sad ) continues. "The fever pushing the day by" is an interesting lyric. The song is a story about a man dying on the side of the road, having a heartattack in a lay by. The song is SO EMOTIONAL because he is thinking about how his girlfriend would have forgiven him and made up with him. Then, ironic lyrics are sung
"I am perfectly fine I just need to lie down, we'll grow old . . . together."  The way Wilson goes from normal to high pitched during these lines is special. Musician Bill Watt describes this as
"Polyphony. He is singing two different things at the same time. I like to think of that as wrap around polyphony. Like in microsoft word you can do wrap around text. The guitar in this song is amazing. Almost classical guitar sounding. It's Clementesque but avoids Padulaisms"
The Start of Something Beautiful
Definitely goes back to the ghostly theme of the Deadwing script. But Mr. Wilson expresses anger towards the ghost. His emotions explode into the song with
The more I show the way I feel the less I find you give a damn . . .
Later, Wilson tells the ghost "father never wanted you". So, a person getting over a breakup could relate to this mad emotion. John Wesley plays a fast guitar solo. The musical melody echoes the chorus - trapping you inside the song.
Halo
This catchy tune with the steady rhythm is perfect for gawkers. You can stare at people as they bob their heads to the beat. The satirical lyrics tell us God is everywhere. The driving guitar sounds like music from an Evel Knievel documentary.6 The industrial drums perfectly fit the song.
The Sound of Muzak
Encore! Encore! Encore! This relaxed tune with strong music that critiques the music industry, gets us started. An excellent music solo and Fantastic outro - an unbelievable effort by the whole band.
Even Less This true rocker from Stupid Dream pumped me up for Division 2 tennis matches. Except now, I cringe at the stacking shelves part, since I fell into this line of work. The song is about a lost friend- one you couldn't save. The lead guitar notes stomp the landing of this epic song.
Trains
they finish with Trains, after promising a full-17-minute-blow-out-version of Free bird the next night.
A guitar string breaks and the music stops. But John Wesley gets the audience clapping and listening to the ear-melting-song. and back into it as they continue the song in its majestic audio glory. The loud finish gets my lazy cat up, as we both enjoy the music. He purrs, I roars.

Deadwing comes in different editions that feature some cool bonus tracks.  The band recorded 15 songs during the Deadwing sessions. You probably have the 9 track album. Tracks 10 through 15 include the re-recorded She's Moved On, Revenant, Mother and Child Divided, Half-light, So-called Friend (Lazarus single), and Christenings. The latter was released as part of Blackfield's 2007 album Blackfield II.2  And while there isn't much I could find for interviews for Deadwing; I will reserve the right for addendums to this article feauturing special interviews on Deadwing. However, I can confidently say they were proud of their creations. And these bonus tracks were not solely penned by Wilson. Revenant was written by keyboardist Richard Barberi. Mother and Child Divided was a combined effort from Steve Wilson and drummer Gavin Harrison - the rest- a band effort.2  

Porcupine Tree half-light is so mellow. But gets intense with a desirable sound I have craved my whole life. The thing I love about PT music is the gentle guitar sounds over their music's main beat.

 Deadwing as a whole, is much heavier sounding than this; It is more about the long guitar passages. The music of Deadwing can bring dopamine to the brain in a similar way cocaine might. Probably not as strong, but listening to Deadwing is a healthier substitute that keeps you out of jail. And this intense good feeling can help you get over any failed passionate romance.
Deadwing Music Videos
Lazarus
The video is about a little boy from the Deadwing script.


The great imagery follows the story of a little boy who walks in a park at midnight. Hawaiian-like- guitars. 50s video footage of a place is rural and peaceful. It's summertime, kids are playing in the pool and a family gathering or party is happening in the backyard. The drums at 3:23 re-jolts the song. While introducing the song Lazarus during the Shepherds Bush Empire concert in December 2005, Steven Wilson explained that this song was about a mother communicating with her young son - 'from the grave'.2
Start of Something Beautiful


Artistic and then some; the video features clay models, growing vines, and worms. The male clay model pretends to play the violin with the female clay models' feelers. The growing plants are the start of something  beautiful. They are in some factory trying to fix a wounded winged animal. Funny that this is what Steven Wilson and Lasse Hoile envisioned for this song.  However, the spiraling imagery perfectly fits the solo. 

Glass Arm Shattering

Slow and melodic, the low energy of the video is fine. A naked female sinks to an underwater abyss. Lightning flashes and fish swim over her slim body. This short haired woman is in a blissful coma. A naked man finds her, and so starts the underwater affair. Swim to the surface you idiots!

In addition to the music videos above, Deadwing had two singles: Shallow and Lazarus. Those singles and the album itself can be purchased through Rhapsody. 
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Whether it's an alternative rock station, alternative internet rock station, alternative internet radio,
internet radio alternative, or alternative internet radio stations they don't play the great tracks from Deadwing often enough, if at all.

       You may have had similar experiences with the album, or maybe completely different. It doesn't matter, any uninterrupted experience of this album is good. If you are trying to get over a loss of a loved one, relationship, commitment, after you have done everything psychologically recommended by shrinks, pastors, so-called experts, listen to Deadwing and feel its power. In part 2, I have covered the bonus tracks from this era; as well as the DVD: Arriving Somewhere But Not Here; I have tried to focus on in depth interviews with Steve Wilson and other Porcupine Tree members and associates, producers etc. regarding Deadwing.  I also focused on Lasse Hoile's music videos for Deadwing: Lazurus, The Start of Something Beautiful, and Glass Arm Shattering. And what happened in the script of the unmade, Deadwing movie. Thanks for reading!
   3. http://www.directorsnotes.com/2006/11/09/dn-ep-009-deadwing-mike-bennion/

    4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7455UX9LYQ

     5. Source to be found

      6. Bruce Nash Produced TLC documentary 1999