I’d written songs before but mostly for fun. And Selina did use one of my songs for her ‘Hope’s Reign‘ booktrailer, but she had picked from the pile I’d written before. I have zero experience customising a song for someone else’s project, so the request was a bit daunting. But this is Selina Fenech – the epitome of Nothing Is Impossible. Her faith in me moved me. I gotta give it a go!
And what a fun project it turned out to be. I love ‘Memory’s Wake‘ very much, love the characters and of course her beautiful illustrations within it. If you haven’t bought a copy, please grab one now. You are missing out big time!
Writing the lyrics for Memory’s Wake was surprisingly easy. I think it’s because I’m familiar with the themes of the tale. The words just flowed out of me quite naturally, all I had to do was imagine her characters – beautiful if not a tad confused, which is not unusual for someone lost in a foreign world. Every character in her book is lost in some way and they find solace in each other, a situation most of us can easily empathise with.
And moreover, Selina has done a booktrailer for Memory’s Wake with her beautiful illustrations. The video was a great source of inspiration for me to find the right mood for the song. While working on it, I always had Penny closeby, Selina’s handmade doll that I adore so much. I bought her at the Supanova :).
Translating the words to music was somewhat more challenging, but she told me the style she was after – which was thankfully one of my songs anyway, the one for her ‘Hope’s Reign‘ booktrailer – so I just had to follow the same vein. I hadn’t written songs for a while, though, so I felt a bit rusty.
But after a few attempts, I finally got it.
Here With You
I don’t know how I got here,
I gotta fight all my fears,
Can you tell me what I’m running from and where I’m going to?
I don’t know why I am here,
So that was the process. You will hear the song when Selina releases the new booktrailer! Thanks for stopping by, and thank you, Selina for the opportunity and your continued faith in my work.
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