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Lennon714

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This song is dedicated to Roland Fuchs, his wife and daughter, and all others at Ramstein that day.

A year or two ago I read Roland Fuchs' account of the Ramstein Air Show Disaster in Germany. The video is iconic, but if you don't remember it's the one where the jets collided mid-air and killed 72 people, most on the ground. He was badly burned in the accident and his wife was killed almost instantly. But perhaps most heartbreaking is how his severely injured little girl was taken from him (by medical professionals). He describes her face as she was taken and it's just so heartbreaking. He passes out right after she's taken and wakes up later from a medically induced coma only to find his wife was killed and his daughter died 10 days later from burns she sustained.

I read his account at work one day and cried my eyes out. I was so shaken I couldn't think straight the rest of the day. I could only imagine if that had been my family and how devastated I would be. This song is kind of a tone poem of what Roland must have felt like lying in that bed. Swallowed by grief, your own unbearable pain, and the feeling that it has to be a dream.

Roland's story can be found here: Flugtag88.
I'm not sure why it won't allow a direct link, but once you get there, Select "Roland Fuchs" from the right-hand side. Once it comes up you can scroll down a bit and it gives you the option to read it in English.

Headphones would be ideal for this track.
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Hits: 3314
Comments: 39
Fans: 19
Plays: 2346
Downloads: 101
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Sep 20, 2009 - 04:40:47 AM
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2009 - 04:57:18 AM Last Played: May 21, 2016 - 12:56:29 AM
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Comments
lavalamp said 2986 days ago (September 20th, 2009)
Freaking sad
I teach air traffic controllers here in Germany and we have talked about the accident a few times.

Makes you thankful for ever moment you got with your family and how quickly fate can take everything away.

Great soundtrack style-

Dave
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Lennon714 said 2985 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Air Traffic Control
That's a cool job to teach. I've heard it's wicked stressful. You're right about fate taking things away with little warning. You never know so enjoy every moment. It's cliche, but I still need the reminders. Thanks for the listen and comment.
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maxruehl said 2986 days ago (September 20th, 2009)
Dreamy
It does very much have an indie film soundtrack feel. It contrasts the subject matter that inspired it. I picture it as the underscore to a sequence of shots of the people waiting to watch the airshow, unaware of the tragedy about to befall them. That, for me, gives this pleasant, benign track some ominous overtones. Well done.
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Lennon714 said 2985 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Thanks
The track is very peaceful, and I did have a soundtrack feel in mind, so it's cool that it came across. Though the track is supposed to be this guy sitting alone in his bed, it also carries the imagery of some of the pics from that day. I've seen a few shots taking from someone very close to where the plane hit. There's a lot of chaos, but there are some people that look unaffected. It's obviously shock, but there's an eerie peace about it. Thanks for your comments.
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Feter said 2986 days ago (September 20th, 2009)
Ramstein
THis is awesome ..and I would call it a prayer
very spirited and loving ...its so wonderful
on my headset ..wonderful lennonisque take on
this my friend ..just awesome ...thnx alot for
the gem !!!!
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Lennon714 said 2985 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Prayer
Good point, Feter. I like the idea of it as a prayer. Like all disasters, it's just so sad. I hope those affected have found at least some peace in the last 20+ years.
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davisamerica said 2986 days ago (September 20th, 2009)
feter called it a prayer...
powerful stuff .....
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Lennon714 said 2985 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Feter
Who am I to argue with the legend! Glad you like this. Thanks!
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Relic67 said 2986 days ago (September 20th, 2009)
sad
a terribly sad story. but there is something uplifting in the attempt to make a connection to it artistically.
musically, it conjures associations with Yo La Tengo in their chillout mode.
Fantastic! I'll be sure check out Herr Fuch's story.
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Lennon714 said 2985 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Sad
indeed. This happened right before I started 3rd grade. A few weeks in to school a new girl came in to our class. Her father was stationed in Ramstein and she was there that day. I remember her talking about the heat of the fire. We were all aware of the accident because it was all over the news. There were explosions so we thought it was cool. Only when you get a little older does the true scope of the event really touch you.

Pull my card, but I've never listened to Yo La Tengo. I hear a lot of good stuff and I love the baseball reference in the name, but I need to get on that for sure.
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michael2 said 2986 days ago (September 20th, 2009)
wow
at the time i hadn't read the description you just gave. that is beyond horrible. amazing how having children gives you supernatural powers of empathy (at least one good reason for breeding).

as for the song, this is amazing. right up my alley. could be on a Jon Brion soundtrack. you did a phenomenal job on this, may actually be my favorite Lennon714 track EVER.
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Lennon714 said 2985 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
empathy
Having kids changes a lot about your perspective. It's funny because it's almost immediate.

A couple of huge compliments from you. Thanks for that!
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Vic Holman said 2986 days ago (September 20th, 2009)
tribute
tragic story.

this song you created is a moving piece in it's own right. the reversing and the brief la la's really added a nice dimension to it. excellent piece.
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johnwhitehead said 2985 days ago (September 20th, 2009)
Tribute
Lovely piece, Eric. Would work wonderfully as soundtrack. Thanks for sharing the back story. Music works well on its own but becomes very poignant in context.
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Lennon714 said 2985 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Thanks Vic
I don't think I've ever done anything this repetitive before, so I'm pleased it's not bothering anyone :). Thanks for listening!
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Lennon714 said 2985 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Thanks, John
Most of my new material has the intent of telling a story instead of just another unrequited love song (my main motif for years and years) . I've never really tried a tone poem, and I'm not even sure if this qualifies. Glad the emotion was there. Thanks!
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MarkHolbrook said 2985 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
As a pilot
and former airshow performer (prop craft... Great Lakes... not jets) it is especially sad. As humans we strive to build great machines and we learn to control them with amazing precision. But sometimes the human/machine interface fails.

Ramstein was a clear case of the crowd being too close. It changed how airshows are done in the US for sure. I'm sure we are safer now because of that. But we all want to be right there, right in the action, until something goes wrong...

Your song is beautiful and it does well for the memory.
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Lennon714 said 2985 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Air shows
Who doesn't love an air show? I haven't been to one in a few years but I'm thinking of taking my daughter this fall. What kind of prop craft? Like stunt planes or WWII recreation? If I had the money I would A) get my pilot's license. B) buy a P-51 replica.

Thanks for the comments!
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tempie said 2985 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
beautiful
i think this is one of the best things you've done recently. LOVE the lalalala's man they're delicate and happy/sad and arrive just at the right time. it's the soundtrack to one of those melancholy but hopeful short films that makes you feel like you're a better person for having watched it.

and i really like the concept...there is a side of parenting that is pure cold sweat terror, and it's not talked about much, but there you have it, in that story. For further (painful) reading, Cormac McCarthy has a novel called "The Road" that is a metaphorical exploration of it, i read it on the train every morning on the way to work and I nearly threw up on every page no joke but it was worth it, i think, to realize that every parent feels that same fear. anyway terrific job dude, great tune. DL'd.
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Lennon714 said 2984 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Thanks!
You're absolutely right. The thought of losing a child scares me more than anything. I'm not sure I would recover or be able to function the same. The part in that guy's story when they're taking his daughter from him and she's reaching out for him screaming is absolute murder. To not be able to help her or at least be near her. I can't imagine.

I *may* have to check out that book. I should probably read something lighter in between that book and the Ramstein accounts, though. Just to keep myself in check :).
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jiguma said 2984 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
I think
Max Ruel sums my response to this perfectly. It's so easy to slot into the space you have made after reading your description.
Very nicely done indeed.
Neil
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Lennon714 said 2984 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Thanks, Neil!
Glad you dug it. Thanks for stopping by for a listen!
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MannequinRaces said 2984 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Ramstein
Beautiful, emotional, lucid, evolving, peaceful, dreamy. Such a heartbreaking story. This is one of your best.
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Lennon714 said 2983 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Thanks, Adam.
Dreamy is definitely what I was going for. I hope this guy is doing well now, but I'm sure everything still seems like a dream to him.
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MannequinRaces said 2983 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Ramstein
Yeah, that would be a nightmare to live through. I'm not a father yet but I can sure relate to how tragic it would be to loose a wife and a daughter. If I lost my wife my world would fall apart.
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blindsidedpoets said 2984 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Ramstein
I don't know how to describe how haunting this is. The music tied with the theme is eerie. Well done, way to pull that off. Now I must shake my head and try to focus on my day.
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Lennon714 said 2983 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Thanks
It's difficult for any of us not in that situation to get a real grasp on what it's like. Every now and then I get down on how boring my job is or that our new carpet is already a mess but stories like Roland's put me check with some quickness.
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blinddogsky said 2983 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
wow
really like that main melody and the backwards stuff. the vocal bits are perfect, too. what a sad, sad story. i'm not going to read the original account right now because I know it'll mess me up and I gotta be sharp today.
This sounds amazing, eric. Comes off as rather hopeful to me - as if it's the soundtrack to fuchs finally being reunited with his family in the afterlife. great, great job.
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Lennon714 said 2983 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Thanks, Ridd
I think my place of employ is used to me not being sharp :). That's really cool that you got a hopeful vibe. It's not really meant to be too heavy and certainly not joyful. I probably put more of myself in his situation than was called for. The only comfort I can think of is that they'd be in a better place in the afterlife.

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Gaylen75 said 2982 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
Sad and Lonely
It is really nice. I love the production.
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Lennon714 said 2982 days ago (September 24th, 2009)
Thanks, Gaylen
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lengold said 2982 days ago (September 24th, 2009)
I'd never heard
of Ramstein, thanks for the info.
Very poignant and well made track.
Cheers
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Lennon714 said 2982 days ago (September 24th, 2009)
Thanks, Len
It may have been bigger deal in the states because Ramstein was an American Air Force Base in Germany. A girl in my third grade class moved to Arizona to be stationed at one of our local Air Force bases a few weeks after this tragedy. Her father was stationed at Ramstein and she was there that day. It might stick out in my mind for that reason, too.
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rustykangaroo said 2978 days ago (September 28th, 2009)
what a gem !!
i like this one. great job lennon. it reminded me of the score to the movie "eternal sunshine of the spotless mind" very much, and i ran out and bought that soundtrack after hearing it. i usually don't buy movie scores so i love this...i would love to hear much more from you like this one. i'll have to check out your catalog to see if their are more gems like this one! what a tragic story in your description, so, so sad. :(
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Heroin_Marys said 2977 days ago (September 28th, 2009)
Sunshine
That was a great movie. All around. I'm honored you'd put this on that kind of level. I don't really have anything else like this posted here so you'll probably be disappointed :).


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bud said 2977 days ago (September 28th, 2009)
Your description moved me strongly
I couldn't imagine something so horrendous happening - yet they do and we carry on somehow. I'm grateful for every day I have with my family and remember to tell them I love them on a daily basis. Your song is a beautiful prayer of loss and love. Thanks for posting.
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Lennon714 said 2977 days ago (September 29th, 2009)
Everyday
I make sure I tell my wife and kids I love them everyday. It runs the risk of sounding like a salutation, but I'd hate for something to happen and I didn't say it that day. Thanks for the listen and the comment!
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apod said 2977 days ago (September 28th, 2009)
Beautiful music
Tragic story
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Lennon714 said 2977 days ago (September 29th, 2009)
Thanks!
I appreciate you taking the time to listen!
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