Sooner Or Later

« Sooner Or Later » does not comes from Poligraf’s catalogue as such. Rather, it is a piece for solo guitar that I intend to publish on an album of about ten acoustic compositions, all featuring the classical guitar, either playing solo or accompanied by other acoustic instruments.

The original title of this piece was « Maybe Later, » but I never liked it that much because of the element of doubt and uncertainty that it conveys, which doesn’t fit the music. I reworked some parts while getting ready to record the present demo, and along with the changes came the new and more appropriate title.

While the first half of the piece starts in a reflective mood that leads into a peaceful passage, the second half remains upbeat and playful until the tongue-in- (...)   

New theme and new function for the blog

I’ve spent the past days adding static pages to the blog and revamping the design. After quite a few years of blogging about my music, and more recently publishing the episodes of The Threshold Series, I have accumulated a lot of material. However, blog posts being what they are, one would be hard-pressed to recreate the whole picture merely by browsing the archive.

I use many online services to share my creations. My demos are available on SoundCloud, MySpace, ReverbNation, and a variety of other such music communities. And similarly, my written works are dispersed on my Issuu channel, on the Facebook pages dedicated to my ebooks, or in blog posts here and elsewhere, notably in the many Ning networks of which I am a member.

The objective of the overhaul is therefore to hav (...)   

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 18 : Lightning Strikes

Chapter 18 : Lightning Strikes

Richard Ramsay is the star of the eighteenth episode of The Threshold Series, the concluding chapter of « 2206 : Window Onto A New World. »

We find the veteran politician staring outwards from a window of the sky lounge of his private yacht, musing about the weather, while on a visit to Bahía Alegría.

« The former Chancellor had needed to take a short vacation from all the craziness, to let the dust settle after the spectacular collapse of the schemes of his party. But apparently, even right in the heart of the bay of joy, satisfaction didn’t come easy for him. The ordinarily hot and sunny reso (...)   

Asking For A Miracle

« The Miraculous Draft of Fishes » – Artist Unknown – photography by TTaylor

« Asking For A Miracle » is a short instrumental arranged for acoustic instruments, and written in a time of dire need.

While working on the composition, I recalled a tarot reading I gave to the fiancée of my sole nephew, sometime after she had lost her first unborn baby. Although she never voiced her question, I felt that she was hoping to try to give birth again. The cards clearly told that the possibility was there de (...)   

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 17 : Where Will You Be

Chapter 17 : Where Will You Be

The central character of this week’s instalment of The Threshold Series is Rahu Lüli, the young cenobite from Kõrgus.

At the beginning of the chapter, the teenager is getting ready to leave the monastery, and he ponders the events that have led him to believe that he has found the identity of the next spiritual leader of the remote community.

« As he finished putting his things in his backpack, the novice recalled how he had come to the decision. After what Kasulik Sõber had revealed, when he had climbed to the plateau where the solar panels were arrayed, the visions of the unknown lady had incr (...)   

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 16 : The Solid Time Of Change

Chapter 16 : The Solid Time Of Change

The sixteenth chapter of « 2206 : Window Onto A New World » features the scientific facilities of Veshtar, and revolves around Bernard Sturn.

At the end of an all-nighter, weary of responding to video emails, the famous space engineer takes a break to rest his eyes, and ponders the recent developments in the political arena.

« Over the years, the physicist had learned the hard way that there were transition phases, or at any rate that’s how he referred to them. During these episodes, life required him to plough forward at all costs, no matter how exhausted he was, and no matter which obsta (...)   

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 15 : Tempus Fugit

Chapter 15 : Tempus Fugit

This week’s instalment of the Threshold Bookcast takes place in Hasania, the so-called artificial state governed by Omar Malaki.

As the chapter begins, we find Richard Ramsay, the legendary Conservative leader, entertaining himself around the estate of his wealthy hosts, while he waits to meet the patriarch of the dynasty.

« The veteran statesman had never interested himself in the process by which artificial islands were brought into existence, or rather, not more than superficially anyhow. His agenda was usually too crowded for him to take the time and learn about the details of such realizations. He (...)   

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 14 : Silent Talking

Chapter 14 : Silent Talking

The fourteenth episode of The Threshold Series focuses on Olivia Romero, the Chief Environmental Adviser of Neo Apollonia.

At the beginning of the chapter, the former activist is walking towards the church of the Community, all the while pondering the circumstances which have led her to spend most of her life on Ovel.

« Such preoccupations wouldn’t have crossed her mind back when she had first set foot in the megapolis, the quinquagenarian fondly recollected. It had been almost forty years already. She was among the original generation of Ovelians born aboard a space station. She had not ev (...)   

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 13 : Keys To Ascension

Chapter 13 : Keys To Ascension

Rahu Lüli, the teenage monk from Kõrgus, is once again the central character of the weekly instalment of the Threshold Bookcast.

This time, we find the novice reminiscing as he explores unknown territory uphill, following a hunch that has occurred to him prior to the morning ritual.

« Gazing up, the apprentice had detected an odd detail. Something was decidedly wrong about the view, and it couldn’t but have a meaning. Over the years, the pitch black walls of the cylindrical hole had obviously been darkened by the combustion fumes rising from the cauldrons of scented oil. Yet, the fact that (...)