'Of all the songs on "Obscura", this one is perhaps the most personal and nearest to my heart...
Both my previous album "Dream Tower Blueprints" and this one - end with songs about, to be frank, death and the passing of a loved one: "Surcease" (from "Dream Tower...") concerned the passing of my Mother, and "The Forever Sleep (Teddy's Song)" is about the final moments on Earth of our dear, sweet little cat Teddy - who's suffering from cancer we mercifully brought to an end on January 30, 2008.
In both cases, it was never my intention to write a song about the subject - but instead, the song seemed to write itself and make its own purpose known after I had recorded it. In the case of "The Forever Sleep (Teddy's Song)", its gentle, wistful nature made itself clear to me as I was recording it - and I felt compelled to try to make it as perfect as I could as I was playing. I wasn't quite sure what or who the song was about at that point, but I knew it was about something/someone very important to me. Only after listening to the final results did it become clear to me that this song must be about our Teddy.
His passing was an emotionally traumatic experience for me, and I still tear up every time I replay his gentle, painless passing in my mind: his loud, happy robust purr slowly fading away as his eyes closed for the last time. It was very important to me that The Forever Sleep (Teddy's Song) be the perfect tribute to his loving memory, and I still tear up every time I hear it - so hopefully I succeeded.'
released June 15, 2010
Performed by Har on a combination of looped and non-looped tracks, on his Schecter Tempest Blackjack. The nature sounds also featured in this piece were recorded in his back yard.
Har is an American solo atmospheric/heavy-shoegaze/metalgaze/prog artist (as Har and Failover), as well as
guitarist/bassist/Chapman Stickist for the electronic/prog band Christus and The Cosmonaughts (with Scot Solida), guitarist for the German synth-pop band Elmodic, and former member of the atmospheric band Mirror of Dreams.
For more info, visit Har's website: www.ambientguitarist.com...more