Let The Journey Begin


The first Project: Archives track is now live! I couldn’t think of a better place to start than with The Journey Begins, a track I wrote back in 1988 as part of a concept album based on Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Centre of the Earth. This one drops us squarely in the middle of my early songwriting days, and features a programmable Casio mini-synth as well as a Yamaha portable that typically handled most of the core instruments (drums, bass, guitar, etc.) at that time.

Enjoy!

Year Composed: 1988

About the Song

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Originally composed as part of a concept album based on the 1864 classic Jules Verne novel A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, this song earned an “Honorable Mention” nod in a 1988 national songwriters’ competition. Only three songs were completed for this album – between having to balance songwriting with a full college schedule and the demands of being enrolled in a music conservatory, I quickly decided to shelve the project. This would have been the second song on the album, following an unnamed overture-esque opening piece, and my intention was to convey the kind of anticipation that the bold adventurers in the original story might have felt while first embarking on their excursion. I always viewed the syncopated guitar line as being a kind of anchor on this, grounding the rest of the instruments and giving the song its momentum. This is definitely a pop song at heart, but you might be able to pick out elements of my progressive influences creeping in every now and again.

 

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Lisa V,
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I like the slow melody toward the end, but the whole song is quite unique and very fun to listen too. I can hear the prog! =) More songs, please!

ggoszka
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Thanks – glad you like! Definitely – I think that influence was always there, lurking in the background. I didn’t want to get too intricate with this one, since it would have essentially been the album’s lead-off track, but I’m sure had I continued writing, there would have been plenty of more complex stuff later on, especially considering what happens in the story.

Ed D
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Awesome!

ggoszka
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Thanks!

Retire
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Outstanding, loved it

ggoszka
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Thanks!

Retire
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Outstanding, enjoyed a lot.

Dan Skopp
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I can hear the “Midnight Syndicate” of today in this song!!!!

ggoszka
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Interesting! With some of the older material, I can definitely hear a lot of parallels, even though it wasn’t quite as dark. This one was so pop/funk influenced, it’s hard for me to hear those similarities as much, but I will absolutely take your word for it!

JeffM
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Love it!

ggoszka
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Thanks!

Greg F.
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Even before I read the whole “About the Song” (I read the first sentence) I listened to the song. What it reminded me of was how the adventurers/explorers were all excited and psyched up about their trip to the center of the earth, which is what you had in mind after I read the rest! I can just imagine how the music would get more ominous and gloomy the further they descended. Sounds awesome!

ggoszka
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Yes! That’s great to hear you got that from the music itself (i.e. before knowing that’s what I had in mind). Absolutely about things getting gloomier and more intense the further along it would have gone. I think that was also a big part of why I decided to stop working on this album: I knew the farther I got into it, the greater the burden there would be on the music to carry the story. Not to diminish the earlier tracks in any way, but they were relatively easy to write, simply because there wasn’t as much “story world”… Read more »
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