Track 8: Engage


Just over a year ago, I came back from my holidays hungry for fresh ideas for new songs.  I therefore looked to move away from the conventional song structures implemented in Signs of Purity and set my sights on trying something new.  Some ideas began circling round my head and I was curious to see if they would work.  I then started to piece them together and realised that the track was turning into something more like a film score.  I then thought that for the new album, I could make just five or six of these long tracks, but in the end, the other ideas I had later on were more suited to shorter songs.  I did however, decide to keep this one in as it doesn’t feel completely out of place in with the other tracks and has a piano lick that isn’t dissimilar to that of ‘The Gutter’.  It also certainly needs more than a few seconds to be listened to!

The theme of the song reflects the length of it, suggesting that more time should be spent attempting to understand and therefore appreciate something.  I had previously been to a couple of museums where I had seen people jumping from one exhibit to the next without taking the time to stop and really take in what was on display.  If we stop to ponder, digest and analyse what is presented to us for just a bit longer, then surely we will become more knowledgeable,  patient and more appreciative of the world around us and its history.

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