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Bastian Baker – Facing Canyons

Veröffentlicht von am 6. November 2015

FACING CANYONS IS RELEASED TODAY!!!!!! Let me present you my new baby! Get the album on iTunes : smarturl.it/facingcanyons For the next few months, I will inevitably have to explain the title of this album. I’ll have to defend it from every angle both for the journalists who are already familiar with my music, and the ones that hate it and want to make sure that I know it. I’m now at the point where I don’t have the desire or need to prove anything to anyone; in my own head, everything is clear to me. For this reason, I want to begin by explaining the title of this album to those who count the most: you! To those of you who bought the album today (after rushing to the stores, I hope), to those of you who will carefully listen and decode the lyrics, and to those of you who will come to see us perform live when we tour for the album next March: thank you. FACING CANYONS The idea to name the album as such came to me on vacation in the United States this summer, 2015. I was traveling with four of my friends: two old friends and two newer friends, making for a perfect mix of tradition and fresh energy. After spending two days in the foggy but magnificent San Francisco, where we ruined ourselves by running alongside those bike tires (admittedly, that was a stupid idea), we flew to “the fabulous Las Vegas”. We stayed two nights in Vegas. I’m afraid that’s all I’m able to share when summarizing those 48 hours. For those of you who have already “visited” this modern oasis, you’ll understand why. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. The next phase of our trip was going to be completely different. We had the idea to take a van and tour the American canyons. To remain as clichéd as possible, we rented one of those “hippy” camper van Volkswagens (yes, the scandalous, polluting company). Each evening we cooked our own pasta and other simple dishes while camping out in stunning settings. Living the dream. From my brief description earlier, you might be able to read between the lines without me having to elaborate too much: the beginning of our trip was rather chaotic. You could also describe it by saying that we were loud, often drunk on hard alcohol at night, often laughing hysterically during the day, meeting lots of random and unexpected people, and constantly running on the fumes of no sleep. Following this insanity, it completely stunned us when we stuck our heads out of our bus to see the sunrise warmly touching the edge of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We were all silenced by the beauty, the immensity, the infinity, the purity, the depth, the grandness, and the history of this vast stretch of red rocks with all of its unexpected color variations. It’s as if we all were struck by a shared revelation all at once. This magnificent breath of fresh air, this respite, simply blew us away. Whether on the edge of the canyon staring down into its crumbling past, or down in its depths looking foolish with your mouth agape and your neck twisted upward to look at the top, or while being thrown around in a raft on the narrow river passing through it, or from any perspective, you simply cannot escape the grandeur of the endless show that it offers. It takes your breath away. It was also during this canyon trip that my friends were able to hear the first demos of this new album. To play the album for my close friends was kind of stressful. They were the first to hear the work I’ve done and therefore the first to judge its quality. Thankfully, my doubts quickly faded. We played the CD on repeat on the stretch of road between the North Rim Canyon and Page Canyon, and I have to say that it fit very well with those marvelous American landscapes! Music is always with us; it’s there, alongside us for our whole life. Certain songs become meaningful with respect to particular events transpiring in our lives, others remind us of a specific period in time, and others are associated with a particular landscape. I found that with this arid desert as a backdrop, FACING CANYONS made sense, and thankfully so. This little break from my daily life came hit me like a high-speed train that I couldn’t stop; it was a breath of fresh air between two stressful crises, a simple pleasure that was extremely beneficial to me. I think that all of us felt the same way during this part of the trip. I stand up for many principles, but they’re all quite simple. My only goal is to live a life filled with adrenaline, happenstance encounters, love, enthusiasm, and positivity. I want to be in harmony with myself, at peace. For example, I hate the clichés that tend to block us. Turning thirty isn’t the end of the world. Our life is not a waste if we aren’t married with children. If you want to change something in your life, why wait for New Years? My favorite way of thinking is to put things into perspective. When you are facing a canyon, we’re left with no choice but to see things relatively. There, in front of us, we see the culmination of millions and millions of years; it’s like a witness of our past and an assurance of our future, or a reminder of our shrinking future. What more can you ask for? How about thanks? I touched upon multiple themes in this album, but I maintain a similar approach to discuss them. I tried very hard to write each one of the songs with the distance necessary to perform a true analysis. I tried to transmit a positive, thoughtful, and straightforward message, but also one that moves us, and that pays its respect to romance and honesty. If some day you are low on morale and you’re feeling disillusioned, if your outlook seems darker than a moonless night and your future seems bleak, find your canyon. They’re everywhere. Find your own and let it speak to you. Close your eyes, listen to nature, and walk away emboldened. Know that there have been many before you in your place, and many more who will follow. This is not a problem; to the contrary, it’s reassuring. After all, that’s what it means to be “down to earth”

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