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“Swept Away” — New Terra Incognita Music Track Up

Published March 27, 2009 in Music , Roswell Six , Writing - 0 Comments

We’ve posted a third sample track from the CD “Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon,” tied to my novel The Edge of the World. The song, “Swept Away,” has vocals by Lana Lane and Michael Sadler (formerly of Saga), and a killer guitar riff by Chris Brown from Ghost Circus.

In the story, the two characters Adrea (Lane) and Criston (Sadler) have been torn apart by tragic circumstances and find themselves on opposite sides of the world, with little hope of ever seeing each other again. Give it a listen on my MySpace profile page — add it to your profile songs.

KJA

"Swept Away" — New Terra Incognita Music Track Up

Published March 27, 2009 in Music , Roswell Six , Writing - 0 Comments

We’ve posted a third sample track from the CD “Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon,” tied to my novel The Edge of the World. The song, “Swept Away,” has vocals by Lana Lane and Michael Sadler (formerly of Saga), and a killer guitar riff by Chris Brown from Ghost Circus.

In the story, the two characters Adrea (Lane) and Criston (Sadler) have been torn apart by tragic circumstances and find themselves on opposite sides of the world, with little hope of ever seeing each other again. Give it a listen on my MySpace profile page — add it to your profile songs.

KJA

Roswell Six “Terra Incognita” CD off to Mastering

Published March 24, 2009 in Roswell Six , Terra Incognita - 0 Comments

Finished!  Nearly two years after Shawn Gordon and I began to talk about an innovative crossover rock CD and fantasy novel, “Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon” is now in its final stages.  Erik Norlander has finished mixing all 13 tracks, including the instrumental finale/epilogue, “The Edge of the World,” and has turned the entire album over to our crack mastering artist, Chris Brown, who also played acoustic and additional electric guitars on the tracks. 

Erik and Lana have headed off on a tour for Erik’s band Rocket Scientists, and they’ll have special appearances by John Payne (who also sings on the Terra Incognita CD).  Michael Sadler is on tour in Germany right now.  James LaBrie and Dream Theater are in the studio adding the finishing touches to a new CD.  It was quite a scheduling challenge just to get all these talented people together to contribute their parts for the tracks.

Meanwhile, I have completed the CD booklet, and our designer—T. Duren Jones—is prepping it for press.  The booklet contains original connecting text between the song lyrics, so the music is definitely a companion to the novel.  The fifteen booklet paintings were done by well-known SF artist Bob Eggleton (who just received his twentieth Hugo Award nomination). 

I’ve completed 111 (out of 124) chapters in the second “Terra Incognita” novel, which will be published in summer 2010; I should finish the first draft by the end of the week.  This has truly been an exciting and satisfying project for me; I hope you’ll check out both the music and the novel when they’re available.  (Remember, you can preorder signed copies of both at AnderZoneShop and ProgRock Records.)

—KJA

“Monsters” in the Hospital

Published March 19, 2009 in Roswell Six , Writing - 0 Comments

One year ago yesterday (March 18), Rebecca spent the day in extreme pain, high fever, terrible cramps. I took her to the doctor, who told me “If you put her in the car right now and drive her to the hospital emergency room, then I won’t call an ambulance.” Raced down to Colorado Springs to the hospital; our doctor had already called to say she was on the way and that somebody needed to see her immediately.

So we sat in the waiting room for about an hour before we were finally taken into a back room, where we sat again for half an hour until a nurse took some of Rebecca’s vitals and sent her into another room, where we waited half an hour for an actual doctor to come. Whereupon he checked her, gave her some pain meds, and ran some tests. Acute pancreatitis. Not much to do for the treatment but send her home with more pain meds and hope she was better in the morning. (She was.)

In the meantime, however, while sitting there for nearly four hours, I had a small notepad and I jotted down the rough lyrics for “Here Be Monsters,” the first song written on the “Terra Incognita” CD. It’s a counterpoint to another song, “The Call of the Sea” — which is all about the thrill of discovery and exotic wonders. “Here Be Monsters” is about the fear of the unknown, scary legends, the dangers an explorer would face. Sitting helpless and impatient in an emergency room was a good place to think about the fear of the unknown.

Rebecca did a hefty overhaul of the words when she got better, and the song is a very powerful track with incredible main vocals by John Payne. We expect to have this as our next sample track up on the Roswell Six MySpace page in the next week or so.

KJA

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