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From the Album "The Monster I Am" Prototype81/Gaylen

Jay contacted me about a month ago and asked if I would be interested in doing another song with him. If you don’t already know his music, let me tell you that it is more than it appears. Or what I mean is that he plays guitars too. Almost all of what I have heard has a clear melodic direction which I find rare in electronic music where it appears many artists rely heavily on samples and redundancy. Jay sent me a slice of songs to pick one to sing on and I decided to take it seriously. I sat back and listened to all of them from beginning to end and found it difficult to pick. All of the songs had something that made me want to write. I asked him if he would let me record an album. He agreed to let me go nuts. After sending me about thirty songs I had picked what I thought would make the point I was going for…

The point I was going for:
I decided that I wanted to take this rare opportunity (ten select songs from a talented artist) and truly commit to an idea. I wanted to do a “concept album” and picked a subject that I felt I still had enough to talk about. I dug deep and wrote about as many painful and true feeling that I could. I cleared the coffers with each part of the story. I mashed relationships together and squeezed the demons of shame neglect and inadequacy to present what I believe reflects why I deserve the relationship I have now.

I always take every song (mine or others) very seriously. I have some self imposed rules about how I write melodies and lyrics that will only make sense to a few but I thought it would be nice for posterity sake that I share with you why I didn’t follow my rules this time. Normally I sit down day one with the music and rip through lyrics melody and recording without moving once. Why would I do that? Besides being crazy, I feel like the end result of a pressure fueled session keeps me connected to the song after Im done. It makes the music part of my life in a way that tinkering and over thought out/ processed ideas seem to lack for me. This makes getting recordings done difficult lately as I don’t have blocks of time and I have become so accustom to this method that I cant get invested.
Anyway with this collection of music I was committed to getting the most connected experience that I could have. But the idea of ten songs done this way was impossible. I decided to change it up and retool my method. I burned a CD and took it with me to work. I drive for a living so I listened to the songs in a constant loop for up to ten hours a day for a week. I my objective was to familiarize myself with the music in the way that I might have been there with Jay when he wrote them. I avoided writing lyrics and got almost all the way through the week before I realized that I had written most of the songs in my head. Yeah some bad driving went down that week but it was the risk I was willing to impose.

So I had only suggested that I would like to do and album because my ladies had plans to be out of town and I had a weekend to record. As it was fast approaching I actually got nervous. I intended to complete ten songs and I still had to work during the day so I really only had about twenty hours to get what I wanted out of the experience. I hope that you can understand that as I don’t take anything seriously like music, it was important that this was smooth. Well, I started Friday night and one after the other the songs started getting done. I had in some ways over prepared. I new every melody that I wanted. I had every harmony in mind and almost all the lyrics memorized. (side note: I have forgotten most of the lyrics as that is how my brain works. Any thoughts on if that makes me odd?) Sunday morning the songs finished I felt like even though I had separated myself from a “method of formula” that I have used for my painting poetry carving writing and music that I had not fallen to far off the emotional coarse that makes this process so satisfying for me. The disconnect that I hate about prolonged projects seems to have been buried by the tight time frame.

The Song: “The Vampire Within”

The final track is a direct summation of many of the previous flirtations to the idea of “The Vampire Within” I believe that though this is a harsh perspective you may find that most of us feel this way at some point in a bad relationship.

Living in Rewind-track1 "The Monster I Am" Prototype81/Gaylen
The Mission Man-track2 "The Monster I Am" Prototype81/Gaylen
Ego Parade-track3 "The Monster I Am" Prototype81/Gaylen
Horrible Me-track4 "The Monster I Am" Prototype81/Gaylen
Five Thousand Times-track5 "The Monster I Am" Prototype81/Gaylen
The Monster I am-track6 "The Monster I Am" Prototype81/Gaylen
I Hate You-track7 "The Monster I Am" Prototype81/Gaylen
A Warning-track8 "The Monster I Am" Prototype81/Gaylen
Lovers Genocide-track9 "The Monster I Am" Prototype81/Gaylen
The Vampire Within-track10 "The Monster I Am" Prototype81/Gaylen

I hope that you enjoy what Jay and I have put together and look forward to some feedback.
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The Vampire Within

By the light of day
I let you in
I thought that you
were innocent
you play the part
you act that way
you drained my heart
you stole the stage
no one can see
the vampire within
I want to tell you
that I dont love
that I cant love
the vampire within
come on lover
its not enough
that you can take
my world and break it up
hold it down and
drain the blood
youve got to know
that can never be love
Its dying its fading
its already over
so why are you playing
like you are hurt
everyone knows
that you are getting
exactly what you deserve
its over
I will not obey
its over
no matter what you say
its over
its over
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Uploaded: Oct 05, 2011 - 07:17:11 PM
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TracyVosh said 2842 days ago (October 5th, 2011)
The Vampire Within
Last, but not least. I'm in need of a cigarette after this epic musical experience...
alackbass said 2842 days ago (October 5th, 2011)
The Vampire Within
A powerful and well produced conclusion to an amazing project. Hats off to you both and two big thumbs up. I'll get back later in the week to download the lot for repeated listens on the iPod and iPhone.
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PrototypeEightyOne said 2842 days ago (October 6th, 2011)
This is definetly one of my favs. I cant get over the vocal progression and melody. A great way to end the journey. Great work Gaylen. Hats off to you sir...You are mos' def a Rock star. Dont forget the little guys when you get picked up ;) This one will be on my playlist till I croak.
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Moviz said 2841 days ago (October 6th, 2011)
This sounds
so well thought out and produced Gaylen.... love the vocals and how they meld beautifully with that great backing (really suits you), but I love those vocal cross over tracks, excellent work; your dedicated way of working really pays off according to this, regards M
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KCsGROOVE said 2840 days ago (October 7th, 2011)
impressive piece
Great vocals here.
Powerful drive in the song
definitely going to listen to other pieces :-)
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PaulaMunk said 2840 days ago (October 7th, 2011)
so resistance wasn't futile, after all? Van Helsing wins. (Or does he?) Wow! Well thought out concept album. Jay must be beside himself and therefore, doubly pleased. Thanks, guys.
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egobandit said 2840 days ago (October 7th, 2011)
but cool as hell

A wall of sound Im gonna have to listen to them all!
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (October 7th, 2011)
holy cow you guys, what an odyssey this has been. congratulations on an incredible and very successful project - when does the CD come out?
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ktb said 2839 days ago (October 8th, 2011)
The Vampire Within
Notwithstanding I've always wanted to be one, a great track to wrap the CD. Outstanding gentlemen.
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sammydix said 2837 days ago (October 10th, 2011)
one of the more distinctive voices here. got that face-punch quality. Intense tune. i visualize opening movie credits.
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craft said 2837 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Great project
I really love those vocals and lyrics too.. Very nice collab!!
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Relic67 said 2826 days ago (October 21st, 2011)
powerful metallic vocals and guits melded really well with the electro part.
nice dramatic content. Impressive, pro-quality all around!
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JAB24 said 2826 days ago (October 21st, 2011)
The Vampire Within-track10
Very contagious ! Great last word ! really good stuff ! keep it up !
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Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

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