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  • The sound of the chorus is overloaded.
Winter Sky At Night
Hoping one day she´ll be his Juliet
Would-be Romeo walks her home
Decisive words still unsaid,
the moonlit alley ahead
The end of waiting for the perfect moment
Standing close to her beneath a sea of stars
The only sound is the beat of a heart
He looks in her brilliant eyes
When to his own surprise
She hears him say...
Did you know the constellation of the great bear has a double star?
At nights like this you can tell with the naked eye!
Just an illusion of a binary ´cause Alcor is lightyears from Mizar
That means no Tatooine sunsets in their planets´ skies
Another Juliet, another moonlit night
He takes her out to where she never has been
To show her that place above the city light
Careful planning of a worthy scenery
For this moment of truth about to change a life
Will love be bound to fly high or to die?
But drowned in those bright blue eyes
When worries and doubts arise
They hear him say...
Did you know the constellation of the great bear has a double star?
At nights like this you can tell with the naked eye!
Just an illusion of a binary ´cause Alcor is lightyears from Mizar
That means no Tatooine sunsets in their planets´ skies
And have you noticed that the Pleiades soon will repeat their celestial climb?
Those diamonds of the winter sky at night
The image of the skies above reveals a view through space and time
Effected by the finite speed of light

Winter Sky At Night

At a first glance the appearance of the video might lead to a completely different conclusion - but this song actually is meant to be a love song. Needless to mention that a song illustrated by this kind of video can hardly be the kind of love song where everything or at least anything turns out all right. Besides, the inspiration to the story came from the tongue-in-cheek classics "Modern Love" and "Counting Out Time" written by Peter Gabriel. So the conclusion that you shouldn´t take the lyrics of this song too seriously would be perfectly appropriate.
The lyrics and the video were meant to play with sterotypes and deal with the completely different views on the very same night sky - from a romantic rendezvous at the starting point of the song to a scientific approach and ending with elements from several science fictional works.
For the avoidance of doubt I should point out that I´ve never ever committed monologues that were even close to the words of the chorus. Besides I was still very young then.
Unfortunately, mixing and mastering of this song clearly take me to my limits: I still haven´t managed to build a version in which all elements that I consider important are clearly audible. Although I decreased the volume of a few instruments (especially electric guitars) the chorus still sounds very overloaded and indistinct. Either I should try to get much better at mixing songs or decide to spend some money to have a professional rework it. After all I´m very curious if the song could sound the way I originally meant it to sound like.
Finally I´d like to thank Alex who probably is not very happy with his violin part: I asked him to play the violin as if it was some kind of theremin sound constisting only of a series of sliding notes. Being an exceptionally gifted violinist, he definitely doesn´t need to gradually approach the correct pitch like he was guessing of course. But I asked him to play the violin part sounding a bit like the well-known "Simpsons alien sound" from the "Treehouse of Horror" episodes. I didn´t want to leave out too many night sky stereotypes after all.
And of course I have to thank Alex for another reason: You surely have to be extremely focused to handle an unsecured lightsabre violin right next to your own face for such a long period of time. I know, of course, that the lightsabres used in classical music are only low voltage devices (unlike the ones used in the movies). But I wouldn´t want such a thing to get in touch with my face anyway.