Second in a series of Music + Story + Video (MSV) productions that I’ve made on a NokiaN8 smart-device. As with the previous MSV “Minor Voltage“, all images were taken + edited exclusively by me on a NokiaN8 device. Again, this NokiaN8 version of “Exceptional” was audio-recorded (x1 pass audio-take .: no filters/post-processing) + image-edited + video-mixed exclusively on the creative + powerful “prosumer grade” NokiaN8 smart-device. I stitched the final MSV together in the better part of an hour (minus previous audio-recording for the .wav sound file…). The original @JeffaCubed song “Exceptional” is a melodic piece that I’ve been working on for the better part of the past ~15 years. The song originally came about through some “dropped-D” tuning (which at the time, was a completely unexpected happy-accident!) + a four note repetitive (and so I’m told, repetitive & relaxing) melody. The first set of lyrics are borrowed from one of my favourite poems by Lord Byron “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods“. The second set of lyrics, beginning with “We want you to be…” literally shot-out-of-me after listening to a wonderful song by The National called “Runaway (Live Uncut)“, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on May 15, 2010. A shout-out as well to the finely-tuned-folks at Nimbus School of Recording Arts right here in East Vancouver for their hospitality (& homemade-cookies) at their recent open-house + for allowing me to use a few of the images I took in this video. Merci √

Anyways, here are the lyrics for “Exceptional .:

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:

I love not man the less, but Nature more,

From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.

We want you to be
A little bit more
An opening, door

No one quite knows
Just what we are
One thing’s for sure
We are, so…exceptional

When your backs to the wall
And the pieces, will fall as they will
Promise me, you’ll stay

The moon it eclipsed
The dark side of you
Yet you, stand, still
You stand, still…exceptional.

@JeffaCubed (October 2011)

As with any creative & gate-leaping project, a few folks to thank, particularly over the past few weeks. So kudos to:

Paul (@Nokia_Connects in London), Chris Brandt (instructor @NimbusRecording here in East Vancouver for the inspiring open-house + studio tour), Brian Thompson (@Thornybleeder .: for sharing amazing 2.1 content + insights, in the music biz + in life!), April Lebedoff (@SOCANMusic WestCoast for her insight + kind words), Terry O’Brien (@SOCANTerry for the his wisdom + open invitation to chat), Trafiq Cafe & Bakery at 4216 Main Street (for the awe∑ coffee + WiFi), Pleasant Beans (at 39 Kingsway for the amazing space, √ coffee + friendly staff!) & the lovely, wonderful & talented Monica Karbovszky (@Beepod) for the stellar support & JeffaCubed shots :-)


Be The Change .: M.Ghandi