The Journey Begins

Let The Journey Begin

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! [pods name=”song” slug=”923″ template=”Song Single”]>

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14 thoughts on “Let The Journey Begin”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Cool! This would’ve been perfect as the theme song on a cartoon TV show in the 90’s or the intro music to the opening sequence of a popular Sega Genesis video game! The song itself is pretty good. Though, given the equipment you had at the time (or lack thereof) that was used to play the different parts and then record it all with, that makes it downright impressive if you ask me. ,,/(òÓ,),,/

  5. 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” to convey through them. It was more about simply setting the stage and conveying the kind of emotional energy that you mentioned – excitement and enthusiasm (and maybe a little trepidation at one point). Once the explorers would have gone underground, the whole mood of the music would have changed to reflect not only a far more mysterious, unfamiliar, and unsettling (in many ways) environment, but also the various challenges and pitfalls they would have faced.

  6. 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!

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