Our beloved Bart, the long suffering tour manager and beauty behind too many other favours to even start describing without breaking the servers of Youtube due to the sheer size of the text file, has among these favours made lyric vids for the Fireworker songs.
He, foolishly took this upon himself, it was a much bigger job than he thought of course, aren't all such things that you agree to do in the heat of the moment knowing it is a problem for future you who you just don't really care for that much judging by how you treat that person, and then, when the day comes regret the idiot past you for having such a laissez-faire attitude towards present you’s valuable time and strong allergy to work?, as we all felt we needed something to project on the big screen for the release/listening party for the album that was graciously held by and at the Boerderij in Holland.
This was something that needed to be shared with the world so here is the one he made for «Sapien», something I cleverly alluded to in the title, to grease your minds before springing this on your unprepared and sensitive souls.
The song Sapien is the last one on Fireworker and if you still havent bought it, the album I mean, not the species, then please, dont be that person. Nobody likes that person.
It is the «final boss deathmatch» as gamers would call it of the album where the protagonist meets the Fireworker itself and it gets to defend itself against his feeling of being a puppet under its regime.
There is a reminder that without this fire in our gut we would be defenseless against all the bad things that life seems to have such a knack at throwing at us at the worst possible times and we should thank the stars for having such power «under the hood».
Head out for the storm, so severe
Weather the dead zone
And know the animal
Did you get those youtube recommendations that mysteriously appeared a while back with all the stories of survivors? «Man lost at sea for 90 days» type stuff?
In one of those there is a man who was at the beach in a remote place «to take some pictures» who managed to fall off a cliff and break his back. Next time you complain that you ran out of coffee you may find it worthwhile to think of his situation for a sobering comparison.
He managed to, with a broken back, climb back up the cliff he fell off of and get to safety in freezing temperatures and somehow was rescued. Did I mention he had a broken back? That does put a damper on your climbing skills, I can say this with some authority as the documentary was very clear on that point and returned to it many times!
He could do this as his body prepared one hellacious cocktail of adrenaline and God knows what else and it put up a will to live that allowed him to battle through a pain that even imagined chills one to the naked bone.
As Kate Bush sings while holding that lucky bastard in the music video, «when times get rough you can fall back on us» and that is what we all do with the Fireworker as it overrides us as mentioned earlier, takes charge and saves our asses whenever, as the Americans would say, «the shit goes down».
This is not without its price and in the end of the song he asks the Fireworker if he, as a vessel for its journey through time, even has an existence as a being with a name, whatever that really means, and it replies «you never had a name». We are dust that has briefly formed into something that lives and to dust we return as the Fireworker lives on in other bodies.
Thomas Andersen - Oct 2020
Gazpacho's new album "Fireworker" is out now and available on CD, a gatefold 2LP on 180g black vinyl (3 sides audio, 1 side art etching) and digitally).
Thomas Andersen – keyboards, programming
Jan-Henrik Ohme – vocals
Jon-Arne Vibo – guitars
Mikael Krømer – violin, additional guitars
Kristian “Fido” Torp – bass
Robert R Johansen – drums
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