My quick journey to the Electric Castle
As some of you may know, I was part of the cast of singers who participated in the new Ayreon record The Theory Of Everything. When Arjen Lucassen contacted me I was very surprised (given the list of huge artists that have worked with him in the past, like Bruce Dickinson, Russell Allen, James LaBrie, Jorn Lande, Devin Townsend, just to name a few) and my first concern was not to betray the trust he had placed in me and in my abilities, because he could only rely only on a couple of videos he saw on youtube and on a recording of poor quality I had done with my phone (sound cards let you down when you need them the most!).
So I got on a plane and went north, landing at Schiphol, Amsterdam. Arjen and the lovely Lori were waiting for me to arrive and, guys, I’m short and I’m used to being around taller people, but Lucassen is a real tower! During the trip from the airport to the house we had a little chat and got to know each other and the first impression about Arjen (well the second, the first one was obviously about his height!) was that he was immensely kind, I never felt uncomfortable, not even for a second. I didn’t have time to actually visit The Netherlands, but from the little I saw from the car window it must be a really nice place and I’m looking forward to going back again!
I admire how Arjen and Lori let me, basically a stranger, into their house, in such a personal space with courtesy and spontaneity. I had a great time recording my parts, I didn’t know much about the story, but the lyrics were enough for me to understand what kind of feelings I needed to arouse. For further information about the recording sessions you should definitely check out the DVD they made, containing interviews with all the singers, time-lapse videos of the sessions and a lot of other features that show how a bunch of different people from almost all over the world came virtually together to create something special! You can buy your copy here.
I hope you like the album, I honestly love it!
See you soon, take care
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Keep on composing, Sara! You’re a talented musician!
scusa ma per i vecchietti come me che dell’ inglese capiscono una parola si e tre no una pagina in italiano no?
Ciao Leonardo! Hai ragione, ne farò anche la versione in italiano 😉
dimenticavo sei forte!!!
Come to the Czech Republic, please! I love Ancient Bards :3 🙂
hai fatto un lavoro egregio su questo album, nulla da invidiare alle superstar che hanno già lavorato con Arjen. Sto letteramente consumando questo disco (come già per gli altri degli Ayreon). Complimenti ancora! 🙂
now cause you are experienced in travelling to the Netherlands, you can pack the other ancient bards in your suitcase and return for a gig ?! 🙂
Oh yes, I think I should do that! 🙂
Sara, will we ever get to hear the phone recording you did for Arjen? 🙂
You can hear it in the DVD while Arjen talks about it 😉
I’m afraid there’s not much more than that to hear, the recording is really bad 😛
I’m just listening to the album… Congrats! But my question is: what was it like? Working with THE GENIUS?