Ever have times in your life, perhaps fleeting moments that seem to leave a lasting impression? It seems when we focus on what really inspires us, which is not an easy task! However, when we choose to listen to that inner inspiration, strength, courage, or virtue and finally heed that inner voice, interesting things take shape.
I often wonder where do these inner drives and longings come from, perhaps it’s a voice from the past, our distant past? Here we are in the 21st century, but the only things that resonate with me are the legends, lore and imagery of the Ancient, Medieval and Gothic ages. Can you relate? Having always heard the beat of a different drummer, quite literally; I knew I had to find a way to really connect, or perhaps contribute to this longing. But how? Maybe through music…
As a youngster I was extremely fortunate to get drum lessons (thank you Mom). I knew there was something unique about music, like an alchemist discovering that music is the 7th element. I wanted music to be an outlet to reach others, a potential bridge to my lost tribe. But what is the tribe of a pencil thin, socially awkward nerd? I soon discovered Dungeons & Dragons and my imagination blew up! Have you ever been into a hobby; where it completely absorbs you? I can remember listening to Rush and Iron Maiden albums and reading Lord of the Rings. I wanted to make that imagery and atmosphere last. How could I merge music and Medieval fantasy? I had to figure out how. It became my Quest…
The quest began in earnest by discovering the underground hardcore punk scene. I soon began drumming behind a band called ‘Face Value.’ Which gave me a starting platform towards my goal. Surrounded by troubled Punk youth, we were all looking to connect to some lost tribe. Because of a well relieved 1st album, we ending up touring Europe. Immersed in historic European culture and awe inspiring architecture, I was a 24 year old who was beyond appreciative. Or, maybe it was just that first taste of Jägermeister In Germany! In an atmospheric Goth club in Berlin, I discovered another clue towards my quest, Goth music; it really left an impression, far more than I could know at the time.
That leg of the journey lead to seven years of paying hard dues, a squatter lifestyle, a ridiculous practice schedule, hauling trailers full of gear, and one final epic van break down (engine replacement), which absorbed my last few remaining dollars. I realized I had become overwhelmed by dedication to a losing cause, lack of stability and a bunch of small details that obscured the big picture, I left ‘Face Value’, and after 7 years of dedication, I ultimately failed in the Quest.
The next few decades were about rebuilding, a degree in music, a recording studio internship and scraping out a living as a Dj. I didn’t realize at the time, but this was part of the quest, I was become more prepared, retraining I guess. During this time I read some books by Joseph Campbell, ‘The Power of Myth’ and then ‘The Hero with a Thousand faces’, in which he discusses his theory of the journey of the archetypal hero shared by world mythologies. He said to “Follow your Bliss”, It really transformed me, and made me understand that the challenges we face when seeking our goals and dreams, are part of the Human condition. The Ancients, up through our forefathers all faced their own ‘Hero’s Journeys’.
It was over those 20 years, since leaving ‘Face Value’ that the inner voice remained, it would whisper, sometimes talk, and finally scream, “Complete the damn Quest!” I could no longer refuse the call. It was time to step into the unknown and write my own music. So why not write about the Journey? ‘The Hero’s Journey!’ Finally, after 2 decades, I actively resumed The Quest again, but this time knowing exactly what ‘The Hero’s Journey’ was…
I think there’s a part inside all of us that is vulnerable, perhaps that’s the reason we so often refuse the call. Whether we take the ‘Hero’s’ Journey’ willingly, or worse; we don’t and then succumb to regret. We ALL have to face our challenges and make the best out of what we are given. It’s a Responsibility given to every person born to this Earth, and that’s indeed a tough hand to be dealt.
So in conclusion, we are happy to present a completed piece of work, our premier Album “LORE”. Each song is about the different stages of ‘The Hero’s Journey”, with my favorite being ‘the threshold’ stage, right before you step into the unknown; because that’s where growth starts.
In closing, what is the challenge, goal or purpose in front of you? Are you reflecting, struggling, or actively engaging towards your personal vision? It is in this Spirit that I honor and encourage that hidden strength inside of YOU. My deepest wish is that our music, shaped by the essence of the hero’s quest, may inspire you to take that next step into the unknown, to follow your inner voice. Your personal quest awaits, so embrace it, and ‘Attack your Destiny!’
Please share some of your insights, struggles, or triumphs with us in the comments below…!
If you would like to hear song samples or purchase the album inspired by the ‘Hero’s Journey, click below.