Tracks in our life

Tracks!!! Do you lay down your own tracks, or do you follow existing ones? Tracks and traces accompany us throughout our entire life. Some are fascinated by those laid in the fresh snow on mountainsides, others bend themselves over mirrors or toilet bowls. We see and hear them, leave them in the sand, snow, life itself, in souls, on the ground, bodies, audio tapes, data mediums, mattresses, on the Internet.

We see and hear them, leave them in the sand, snow, life itself, in souls, on the ground, bodies, audio tapes, data mediums, mattresses, on the Internet.  Tracks are set, laid down, recorded, wiped, removed, overwritten, altered.

Tracks can fade, become invisible, be suppressed, be forgotten, and remain in memories. Tracks can bring  joy, feelings, leave impressions, pain, build hope, lead to anger.

Tracks convey a picture, can lead to chosen ones, sought after ones, the bereaved, the victims.

Tracks! Before tracks are ever laid there must have been a first step, an experience, an incident, a feeling, a desire, a dream, a vision. They give birth to influence, to manipulation, to lead, liberate, restrict, show capabilities, they lead to freedom or to dead ends.

Music Tracks

In my “Emansworld”, the world of music and nature, I’m especially fascinated by sound on picture tracks, which I fill with my music and snapshots. The technological revolution has made it possible to capture feelings, impressions, sounds, tones and moods on audio and video data. Especially voices with distinguishable and tactile expression have my full attention. Elvis Presley’s voice, recorded on a music cassette, was one of the first ones, who found the way to my young innocent ear through a small loud speaker, and it touched my soul. At the end of 1960s and the beginning of the ’70s the tape recorder, labelled at that time to be a pioneering technological breakthrough, made it possible for me to capture voices, sounds, or music on tapes. That worked either via a built-in microphone or via a suitable cable connection to a radio device. To hear myself or to record a much-loved song from the radio to tape was a great gift. How many hundreds of hours did I spend together with my sister in recording our favourite songs and new discoveries onto tape! Thanks through the love of my parent’s for music, I discovered at a very young age the astonishing variety there was of music: Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Art Blakey, Art van Damme, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Mahalia Jackson, Dutch Swing College Band, Eroll Garner. As years passed, on my own voyages of discovery I hit upon the Beatles, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Golden Earring, Jimi Hendrix, John Fogerty, Animals, Shocking Blue, Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Alan Parsons Project, Queen, David Bowie and many more. All these artists stirred up such striking emotions so deep within, I still can’t clarify, express or describe how I felt to this day. John Miles wrote that wonderful song: «Music» with the line «Music was my first love… And it will be my last». Probably that was and is exactly it. Plus: That I was going to be a part of this exciting music world, along with my own work and material,  that I would be

John Miles wrote that wonderful song: «Music» with the line «Music was my first love… And it will be my last». Probably that was and is exactly it. Plus: That I was going to be a part of this exciting music world, along with my own work and material,  that I would be

«Music» with the line «Music was my first love… And it will be my last». Probably that was and is exactly it. Plus: That I was going to be a part of this exciting music world, along with my own work and material,  that I would be laying and leaving one or more music tracks:  who would have thought that back then? Undoubtedly the “Boss” of all of us and maybe, subconsciously, from deep inside, myself as well.

Tracks to follow

So I followed the tracks of these great artists into the world of music. That was a fortunate move! What riches lay before me! With much-needed childish naivety, and –

That was a fortunate move! What riches lay before me! With much-needed childish naivety, and –

What riches lay before me! With much-needed childish naivety, and -thanks God – without the severity and cynicism of the adult world, I realized, wanted and was able to leave my own tracks in this fascinating world and to make myself “immortal”.

My fantastic career plan was:

To emulate the idols; strap on a guitar, sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. Whatever that meant at the time. Great

Great eeeeh??? The idea was simple enough; it was to conquer the world together with some

The idea was simple enough; it was to conquer the world together with some likeminded dudes. What genius perspective! Anyway, it didn’t end up as easy and amazing as was anticipated. I realized and learned soon enough that most of my former band colleagues, although being on the same page and sharing the same ideals, they were lacking discipline and were not prepared to be focused, or consistent and most certainly not when it came to music. Issues like sex, drugs and rock’n’roll at the age of 13, 14 weren’t as common as they are today. In the 1970s there was no internet, or mobile devices, to let information get speedily “viral“. We discovered everything slowly and with standard human communication (what a time that was!), which was probably even more exciting. So two of the above mentioned three things have been discarded, at least for that moment at that time. hhmm.. Homes where parents showed interest in the welfare and development of their children (or the lack of for that matter!), were even less known about, but discipline,

Anyway, it didn’t end up as easy and amazing as was anticipated. I realized and learned soon enough that most of my former band colleagues, although being on the same page and sharing the same ideals, they were lacking discipline and were not prepared to be focused, or consistent and most certainly not when it came to music. Issues like sex, drugs and rock’n’roll at the age of 13, 14 weren’t as common as they are today. In the 1970s there was no internet, or mobile devices, to let information get speedily “viral“. We discovered everything slowly and with standard human communication (what a time that was!), which was probably even more exciting. So two of the above mentioned three things have been discarded, at least for that moment at that time. hhmm.. Homes where parents showed interest in the welfare and development of their children (or the lack of for that matter!), were even less known about, but discipline, neatness and punishment were pretty much the order of the day. Nevertheless, I had my own mind even back then. At the age of 15, I already had long hair even though it was looked on as rather slovenly and in many places, antisocial. It wasn’t a very easy time for my parents, either. Furthermore, being self assured can lead to odd results at such a young age. Shyness, flushes of shame and embarrassment, being cool, confident, all this can turn 180° at any given moment. It seemed that until I could reach the dizzy heights of Leader and Rebel, there was still a lot to learn for this potential upstart, but the most important focal point of all remained the music and, more specifically, Rock’n’Roll!!! .. Yes! I remember very well when I was entrusted to keep my friend “Gönti’s” electric guitar for one whole night at home. It was a magical moment for me. There I was, standing at the window: at night, the curtains were pulled back, the guitar strapped on… and was presenting myself for the first time as a “little rock star” to the outside world. There weren’t any fans or groupies waiting for me at the door downstairs afterwards and also the applause was completely absent; probably there wasn’t anyone seeing me standing at the window anyway. But that feeling…! Oh, that unique and indescribable sensation, with this electric guitar around my neck and to be able to capture a glimpse, an insight into the world of my idols!  Thanks be to the Great One!!

Leaving my own tracks and traces

At the beginning of this way to my first own soundtrack was a long and sometimes difficult road, that led through some dark, cold rehearsal rooms and converted dungeons.

And one day, I stood there in this room, which was crammed with the latest technology and instruments and which should become my second home. This former and poorly ventilated cooling chamber of a butchery was the rehearsal room of my last and most important band, called “NEW AGE”, in which I was playing bass guitar.

Indeed, the first few minutes in this underground hovel always evoked some nightmarish feelings, but from this point onwards, all that counted was to create my own music with all the equipment available. That was exactly where I met the synthesizer and piano player Pat, who should become one of the most important persons in my life and my “EMANSWORLD”.

NEW AGE 1981 – Beat, Dick, Pat, Felice, Manfred

 

We became true and great friends and more importantly he is imperative as to the reason why I’m sending out my still largely unknown music creations into the wide world this year. With “New Age” a new time has started indeed. I was on my way to the 20th birthday and it was the year 1981. In this and in the subsequent years, I really started to evolve in song writing and to produce and lay down my own music tracks.

 

There will be more on Pat and other stories concerning the music world and my own “EMANSWORLD” here in my music blog.

I hope and I believe we have a lot of things to discuss, and hopefully we will be able to trade some exciting experiences. See you soon!!!