The song I chose to launch first
‘Unlistened’ is the first song I publish but is definitely not the first song I write. The thing is, my muse for this song is so important that I just wanted to honor her and pay tribute to her, ‘Ruby’, my most beloved person ever, who died from cancer back in 2004.
‘Ruby’ was actually the “writing-in-progress” name for this song, it then turned out as ‘Prayers fall back’ but I finally decided for ‘Unlistened’.
Ruby, my aunt, was the sweetest person I’ve even known, always so comprehensive and supportive that it was a pity she died when I was only 18, I still didn’t understand the impact of her absence then. It was until over 12 years later that I totally understood what she really meant to me, what her struggle with the cancer felt (or at least how I imagine it felt like), how important family is, how irreplaceable beloved people are. I must admit I loved Ruby more than my own mother who’s more sort of a great friend, crazy (good crazy) and everything.
The Writing process
You wouldn’t belive I created the 70% of this song in 2008-2009 (no sure exactly), so I created this “epic” intro, that has always had the same harmony but different melody, it was more plain but it got some good dynamics after spending a whole afternoon with my buddy Camilo who helped me get it sound more ‘unpredictable’.
Its transitions towards a more relaxed verse has remained the same.
The chorus is brand new, made it in no time and loved it (sometimes I spend more than 1 year trying to figure out something I barely like)
This song has 4 solos (intro, main, and two at the end) the main one took me one afternoon, my friend Fabi witnessed about 3 hours of me creating it, I think he got bored and left. Usually it takes me more than 400 repetitions to master a solo (I’m definitely not a shreder, I’m more of a riffer).
Solos 3 and 4 were made in about 2 weeks, I wrote them and mastered them by playing every single day more than 3 hours until my fingers got sore enough to stop.
Ruby was a fervent catholic woman who dedicated much of her life to the service of the neighborhood church, she was practically a nun with no disguise. She taught me how to pray, she explained to me (as good as she could) about god, our religion, Jesus, the trinity, creation, etc. I’ve always been a nosy boy and she always gave me an answer. As I grew up and belived it less and less and after she passed I definitely felt dissapointed, the thing is, I felt that way 12 years later, but is never too late to find your own path.
We all know someone who has died from cancer or any other terrible illness, we all prayed and cried and begged for a miracle that never came. For all of you who have worn these shoes, UNLISTENED is yours. Make ir yours.
- Artwork: My brother Willow who is an incredible artist who draws and paints beautiful pieces every week. Click on his name to see his awesome job.