Demons Sleeping in the Mirror – Sixth Video Online

I decided to upload the music of my Demons Sleeping in the Mirror project on YouTube.

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Demons Sleeping in the Mirror – Fifth Video Online

I decided to upload the music of my Demons Sleeping in the Mirror project on YouTube.

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Check out the lyrics here

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Demons Sleeping in the Mirror – Second Video Online

I decided to upload the music of my Demons Sleeping in the Mirror project on YouTube.

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Check out the lyrics here

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Behind the Glass #13

This is the last post of the Behind the Glass series. All the post of the series will be available in the Creative Writing category under the Demons Sleeping in the Mirror header. I am going to upload the projects songs sometime next week. I hope you enjoyed these posts providing background information to the respective songs.

Demon

Writing this song was like constructing a prophecy. Of course I didn’t know it back then. Demon – the song always kept its working title – dealt with the end of someone’s relationship. Now this someone has become Bino and the song can be applied to his relationship with Amy. Amy is the girl To Forget is about.

“Walking the starlit night” describes Bino leaving the house of a friend of his, seeing the stars and thinking about Amy’s beautiful eyes. Still, he always felt haunted by the demons of his past that he means again and again at different stages of his life. Therefore, “they’re still dancing and screaming”.
In the second verse Bino finds himself further down the spiral of life where everything seem to lie in pieces before him. He’s not that far away from breaking down, not from killing himself. No, killing himself had not been an option for a very long time. So, he’s not literally “dead from dreaming” (verse I).

Amy, at the time of writing, was never to play a part in the chorus. Well, now she does. She was the girl who saved Bino from most of the demons in his life. At least she kept them at a bearable distance. Unfortunately, in the second year of their relationship she turned. She made Bino happy but it was no longer the same happiness that he felt before. Ultimately, she destroyed him and sometimes it feels like he’s still dying from the wounds she inflicted on him.

Nevertheless, those two years also left Bino with a bunch of wonderful memories. Is there beauty in a demon?

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Behind the Glass #11

Between the Lover and the Realist

The last part of what was never intended to be a “Monty Trilogy”. It just occurred to me while writing this text. So, officially there will never be a trilogy but only the third song about Monty.
Being given the title My Heart/Your Heart the song was intended to be a dialogue between two lovers. I’ll never know what kind of a dialogue – an argument, discussion etc. – it would have been because the lyrics went in a completely different direction. Therefore, the working title wasn’t fitting at all.
As it turned out the lyrics are indeed a dialogue but not between lovers but two different people; i.e. Person A who is deeply in love and Person B who can see what this love is doing to A. Person A (Monty) sees a different world through a lovers eyes while B (Bino) tries to be realistic about all the lovey-dovey stuff. I guess that explains the title Between the Lover and the Realist although it seems they’re talking at cross purposes.

The verses are split into two parts, the lover’s and the realist’s (written in italics). The lover’s part is sung while the realist’s part is supposed to be rapped. At first the realist’s part was supposed to be the chorus but, well, it turned out quite differently. Between the lover and the realist is the only song that has no chorus – at least not in a classical way. Let us, therefore, speak of verses and counter-verses.

The lover’s verses are a declaration of love expressed in an overly romantic way. Monty sees his beloved as a savior. She’s someone he must cherish and, it seems, worship. He adores that perfect human being before his eyes, completely giving himself to her. His adoration goes from meeting the girl to marrying her or at least thinking about it.

In the counter-verses Bino expresses his view that the most beautiful romances make for the most brutal wars. That was his point of view at the time of writing. Actually, love can be a beautiful thing. Anyways, the realist wants to show the lover what to expect once the romance is over, the feelings gone: total emotional destruction. But the lover dreams on.

The last verse is a mixture, maybe a direct confrontation, between the lover and the realist. But I leave that open to your interpretation.

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Behind the Glass #10

Faces Behind Ink

Here, again, we have a song about Monty. Faces Behind Ink alludes to the phenomenon of people hiding their true identity behind all kinds of masks. Oscar Wilde once said:
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

I think there is so much truth to this. Just think about all the people on the internet hiding behind their supposed anonymity. It is nothing but a mask. They post things they’d never say in a face to face conversation. That’s simply the way it is.
In Monty’s case we’re talking about tattoos – Tattoo was also the song’s working title. It’s not a general assumption that tattoo serve as some kind of disguise to those who wear them, don’t get me wrong.

The first line in the first verse is, obviously, an allusion to Macbeth’s soliloquy (Act V, Scene 5) in the play which name must not be mentioned (Macbeth). After he hears of the queen’s death he states that:

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more

The verse further shows Monty as being someone dominated by multiple personalities. Not as in the case of a multiple personality disorder but rather as someone who acts with and without a mask.
“You don’t even cast a shadow” is an expression of the notion that someone who casts no shadow has no soul. The final two lines are about Bino who should have seen it coming that one day Monty will leave him, i.e. their friendship ends.
In the second verse Bino talks about how Monty has changed: neglecting his friends, no longer caring for soccer and so on. “You don’t even lose a soul” completes the statement about having no soul in the first verse. Those two lines could also have made up part of one verse, e.g. you don’t even cast a shadow/you don’t even lose a soul. However, they may serve as closure for the verses before the last part is repeated.
Dier is a made-up word. It might describe someone who is in the process of dying but not necessary in a literal way. Should it bear any meaning in any other language it is purely coincidental.

In the interlude Bino speaks of a serpent that roams paradise. This serpent, of course, is the girl who manipulated Monty into abandoning all of his friend, maybe all of his former life.

What about Monty’s tattoo? Well, that is the part the chorus deals with. Monty got a tattoo which was the first significant change. A tattoo always represents a deeper meaning. At least most tattoos do. As the heart is usually the place for deeper meanings and feelings getting a tattoo is like wearing part of one’s inner self on one’s sleeve, therefore the lines:

Had it taken from the heart
Had it tattooed on your skin

As I said before, the lyrics might sound angry because that is how I felt at the time. But whatever Monty did I still wish him the best of luck because the way I remember him, he was a nice guy.

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