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“The Last War” comic book video / Upcoming!

 I wrote the song “The Last War” (will be released in a few months) in January 2017., a month after my return from the wonderful, insightful trip through the sunny Indonesia and Australia. As it is in case of many of my songs, the story behind is multilayered. It is the collection of impressions that are sleeping in the collective subconscious of all of us and the historical pain embedded in our beings, (intertwined with the deep yearning to be free).
Foggy weeks and the cold in my hometown, triggered much of these “memories”. I always felt the cold is my enemy, but it isn’t. What it is – it is the trigger that awakens above-mentioned historical pain in me. As much as the first tendency is to escape, no meaningful song (or any other piece of art) would ever be created if one would lack the bravery to daringly go through, keep breathing through, the process of being extremely uncomfortable.
That’s what are artists for. They are carrying you through the icy fields while your feet remain warm.
It is almost impossible to understand the complexity of a human being, so in a way, I’ve stopped trying. The best thing I can offer myself and the world is to acknowledge all these layers of emotions – through music. Then the fear dissolves along with the recreation of the history. (History that seems to keep repeating itself, cleverly disguised in differences that are easily fooling us, making our sight of the bigger, wider picture – almost unreachable.)
What is all behind all of that? For me, it’s the ocean. It’s the tremendous joy that you’re left with when you leave your pain-body (as Ekhart Tolle would say) .
“Did you know our tears and our blood have the same percentage of the salt as the ocean?” I knew we are tied…..

“And if there wasn’t a breath of the sharp sand in the wind, I’d completely forgot I’m framed by skin.”

Now, some wonderful news!


Once again, I’ve found an extremely talented artist who will help me in my storytelling!

I wanted the video for the song to be in a form of a comic book, not even a fluent animation, less so the actual film. However, being a film composer, I do see things in a rather cinematic way and all the visuals (that are somehow gathered in my mind) when I compose/write are of the similar importance to me as the music and lyrics. As well as the way they develop/build up. I was searching for someone who might get all of that – naturally, without too much explanations.
A few days ago I sent him the script and the story behind the song, along with my visual cues explained for the each line written. Yesterday, he showed me first drafts just to check how aligned our visions are. These are only the first drafts, quick sketches and I’m literary dying of happiness. He “saw” what I saw in my mind… and I only described it in words! Words that are so easily translated into thousands of worlds. However, he pinpointed “my” world. Or, to get back to the collective subconscious topic, we’ve all been through that together in one way or the other. Any way it is – I am happy. We will have a few more “creative family” brainstorming sessions in July after which we’ll officially start!

Drawings by Bruno Rodak

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