Lorelei’s Crass and Sinister Style

The story of the origins of the song “Lorelei”

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It was as strange and surreal a moment as it was wonderful. The moment that is now captured forever in the quarky little 7-second intro to the song “Lorelei”, started out as a simple enough task but soon escalated into a long and deep yet frustrating conversation.

The tune itself had been bouncing around the house for years with various lyrics and themes but by the summer of 2004 I was in the midst of a prolific writing period and decided to take this simple, jazzy melody of this tune and try to revamp it with a new theme. That theme soon arrived by my merely going to work everyday, with plenty of material coming as a result of one asinine remark after from some of my “enlightened” co-workers, especially in the political context of an election year. I would then go home at night and occasionally hear refreshing remarks from my 6-year-old son Jacob, who seemed amazingly just as interested in Campaign 2004, but yet seemed to make statements just as (if not more) profound then those “grown-ups” had made during the day. I had my new song!

I would simply take statements from both sources – the pathetic, boogey-man believing state worker and the intuitive, brilliant 6-year-old ver batim and juxtapose these statements in an entertaining (albeit cryptic) set of rhymes that would become the song “Lorelei” (check out the resultant lyrics here). I also decided to further pay tribute to my young source of inspiration by naming one of the many fictional characters in the song “Mr. Rooski”, the same nick-name that I’d been calling Jacob practically since birth. Then came the above mentioned moment, when I decided to test-drive this new tune on one it’s inspirations by performing it on the living room piano. Jacob was remarkably quiet and still throughout the 6 or 7 minute performance. Then when it was finished he stared back it me blankly for a little while, not letting on what (if anything) he thought about the song. Then, out of the blue, he launched his first remark:

“You didn’t win fair and square, you cheated!”

He was referring to a game of Madden football that we had played earlier in the day. At that point in time, he was just about as good as myself at video games (he’s much better than me now), so when we’d play he would either win and gloat or lose and blame me for somehow cheating to win. I calmly explained that this lyric was in no way about the Madden game and it’s original source actually came from other people that he didn’t even know. Further, I explained, the “Mr. Rooski” that is mentioned in the was in the song was not actually him but was instead was a fictional character, a gonzo temperament, an “abstract facsimile”. At first he seemed to accept this logic, but just as I was about to get up from the piano stool and continue on with this day he continued the argument with an amusing back-and-forth between myself and my 6-year-old son that lasted about a half hour. Everytime that I thought I got the point across that the song wasn’t actually referring to him, Jacob would continue the battle of wits by pointing out other lyrics that “proved” me wrong. After each subsequent argument and counter-argument and several ever-intesifying, open-handed piano bangs with the now-nearly shouted;

“It’s not Rooski! It’s an abstract facsimile of Rooski!”

I had an odd new beginning to this odd and entertaining song.

NOTE: This song’s most recent and final update included a revamping of the lyrics for the 2018 release of the Sinclair Soul album Nine Fine Lines.

Listen to the Song:

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Ric Albano, 2005

Sound Off for Vets 2012

America's VeteransLast Saturday Sound Off for Vets (a site sub-hosted on Cygnus Wave) throw their annual free benefit concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and raised $900 for that great cause. Due to the donated efforts of many volunteers, local business sponsors, and performing musicians, the show was once again a success.

The event took place on City Island in Harrisburg, PA and the four hour show consisted of sets by Pennsylvania artists Chris Nelson, Rhyne McCormick, Michael Anthony Smith and the Dirty Thieving Gypsies, and Shift Seven. Nelson, the benefit’s organizer, claimed this to be the best show since Sound Off began in 2010;

These folks came out and played free of charge in order to help us get the word out about our wounded service men and women…”

THe show was videotaped in its entirity and there are discussions about possible DVDs for sale to raise further funds for the cause. On this Memorial Day weekend, it is essential that we all remember and give appreciation to those who put it all on the line in defense of our country, our citizens, and our freedom.

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Our Radical New Look

Cygnus Wave New LogoCygnus Wave has made a major aesthical transition as we’ve added much functionality to our site. This will provide fans with a great atmosphere to check out the songs and features of our artists. Beyond the facelift, we have added much functionality, primarily by adding pages for each song from our catalog of album releases. Our main mission is to provide exposure to this great music and we look to only improve and grow from here.

Cygnus Wave Old LogoSo we pay a final tribute to that determined, diving swan which has graced the back covers of all our past CDs from 2005 until the present and has come to signify this scappy, independent company. We look to the future with our new look and functionality and our plans to expand further by offering more great independent music and other products to be introduced soon.

Things May Never Be the Same

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 7:43
Listen to the Song:
[audio:/Media/mp3/WAS/71-ThingsMayNeverBeTheSame.mp3]
1995
Lyrics
So now that you’ve been told, the secrets they are no more
Oh and now that you’ve been warned, will you still be my friend?
Maybe yes, maybe no, I’m not quite sure but I do know that…

Things, they may never be the same as they were before again
Things, they may never be the same as they were before again

Oh, and how I really tried not to fall in love with you
I knew it was a dangerous game right from the start
But oh, there are some things in this life you just can’t control
No matter what you do
If you don’t like your thoughts, you can change your mind
But it is truly impossible to change what’s in your heart

And they may never be the same as it was before again
No, it may never be the same as it was before the game

I don’t want to see you cry, it breaks my heart to ever see you cry
I don’t want to leave you now but I’ve got to work things out somehow
What can I do? I’m so in love with you

And things, they may never be the same as they were before again
Things, they may never be the same as they were before again

I don’t want to see you cry, it breaks my heart to ever see you cry
I don’t want to leave you now but I’ve got to work things out somehow
What can I do? I’m so in love with you

Life has a way of crawling up from behind
And smacking you in the head when you least expect it
Love has its chains, there is good and bad in everything
There is joy along with pain
And I’m only human, me getting close to you
And you getting close to me has its toll
So please try and understand me, I can’t help that I feel like I feel
If you could see yourself through my eyes
Then maybe you could finally realize…

That I don’t want nothing to change, because I love things just the same
Ah, I don’t want nothing to change, because I love things just the same

You’ve been such a sight for sore eyes
You’ve been the one who has told me no lies
I live in a cold and lonely world, you bring me the warmth that I need
So don’t turn away, I need you too bad girl

Composition © 1995 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on June 25, 1995
Recorded June-July 1995
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Piano, Keyboards, Bass, All Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: This song is so long it nearly plays out in real time. It was written as a sort of stream-of-consciousness with repetitive parts beaten to death until they finally break. The vocals are a bit sub-par for the intended mellow-dramatic effect.

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Girl

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 3:30
Listen to the Song:
[audio:WAS/69-Girl.mp3]
1995
Lyrics
I just met a girl and she’s exactly what I need
She fills the void inside my heart, my soul she gently feeds
And every time I think about her warmness fills my veins
It keeps me going until the next time I see her face again

What a pleasure, just to be near her at all
I’ve come to realize I need to be beside her, rise or fall

I’ve gotten to know you girl and you’re the best thing in my life
I’d surely try to make you my own if you weren’t another man’s wife
And sometimes when it seems impossible that this may ever be
I reach deep inside to find the hope that you’re my destiny

I can’t give up on you as the seasons start to change
I need to satisfy myself my holding you and saying your name

But oh oh, how you make me feel
I swear that I was dead inside until you made me realize
Not all the world is cruel and bad
Some people are pure and right
You put the smile upon my face and released from that bitter night
And oh oh, the shivers down my spine
Whenever I am near you girl everything seems so divine

It’s a pleasure, just to look into your eyes
Sweet scent of vanilla fills the air when you are near
I can’t compare you to any other girl

Composition © 1995 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on June 19, 1995
Recorded June 1995
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Piano, Keyboards, Bass, All Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: A basic and quarky love song, again using the sequencer and an all electronic arrangement. The lyrics were re-written in 2003 but never used in recording.

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