As is known a seed to express its true entity, it actually needs few things – opportunities.
A little soil, a few drops of water, a sunbeam, many times is enough.
Perhaps the same can happen with the notes and ideas and its reductions and parallels, everyone can do them on their own.
And a weakness (seed) is transformed into a fixed foundation of power (tree), which now has a role in the world.
“As is well known, POEMs write their pieces through the process of jamming, so they did so with Weakness.
They entered the studio of Stavros at Nea Makri, started playing, and came out with the melodic line”.
As Eleutheria tells us, ghost mate or hidden 5th member of the band, manager in Greece, the one who solves the problems… Mommy in other words.
The seed found some soil…
The song was written around 2012 when the band was working to complete their 2nd album, Skein Syndrome.
Apart from George Prokopiou and Stavros Rigos, then the guitarist was the amazing friend George Anagnostou and bass player Stratos Haidos.
“Then the band was a bit disorganized, it had no specific goals. I say so to justify the fact that in 2013 they made a Greek tour, playing Skein Syndrome, -almost in its final form – but without lyrics!!!
Yes, Yes, they played it without lyrics!.
As a teen room, in which mom hasn’t enter for a month, the band looked like”, Eleutheria continues.
“Nevertheless, George Prokopiou, of course, was singing! He sang, without lyrics, on the melodic line of voice, in “English”!
In fact, he was able to do it and even do it very well, without anyone realizing that this man does not say words, but “screams” that “stick” to the melodic line and reminiscent English!”, reveals the «ghost mate»…
Help us realize the enormous but multifaceted talent of G. Prokopiou, the singer of the band.
When the seed is ready to come out, there is always a sunshine to welcome him, like an old friend.
Eleutheria continues the narration: “In this tour, then in March 2013 I visited them in Argos where they were playing.
When I heard it, it seemed so familiar to me that I thought it was a known piece of a well-known big band who play it on their Live which they play it on their Live”.
Besides, it is common for a band to play a covet, to win – stimulate the interest of the public.
“(Note: Skein I haven’t heard it again live so the tracks were not known to me at all).
I asked Stavros if my own theory is true and he replied that no, it is their own piece.
Weakness has a melody that sticks to the ear, which speaks to the emotion and at the end “it stays” and you sing it. And you want a little more…
Excited that they have written such a piece, I ask them to give me the lyrics to learn them.
Stavros, then, responds to me that the song has no lyrics and explains to me the above ability of Prokopiou!
I’m shocked and that’s because when George was singing, I heard words. Specific.
Then I asked guys to allow me to write the lyrics myself and so it happened“.
A musical rainbow is formed…
The first drops of rain fell, with the sunshine still present, a musical rainbow began to form and one of the most beautiful songs, of the band, but also in general of the Greek scene.
Always the rain is transported through clouds of emotion and pain, but no tear/drop is lost, especially if it falls in a suitable place.
Perhaps a piece of paper has this suitability and a drop/tear generates words, verses that give eternity to our own impermanence.
“Weakness’s lyrics were written under very intense emotional charging, but also a great need to express feelings, as I had lost my dad about a week ago, so for me it was like redemption.
The song describes the father-child relationship, a difficult relationship with many ups and downs, in which, however, shortly before the end, there is redemption and forgiveness on both sides.
It is essentially the assumption that “mistakes were made” and simultaneously accepting forgiveness and love and of course the commitment that there will always be one in the soul of the other -to the father in the world that the souls are transported when the body is removed and to the child in its years of life in this world, but also afterward if there is afterward”.
“The phrase “mistakes made for forgiveness” has been included in the piece’s information on youtube and was told by my dad and the song both on youtube and on the cd is dedicated to my dad’s memory, J.K., (from its initials)”.
“Also, initially I wanted the last refrain to have a more optimistic tone than the previous ones.
That is to say that at the end of our lives, we come out of the river, that we have found forgiveness and that death must not scare us because it is simply a way to get to the light.
That, instead of:
“is this like / falling to the river / nothing to confess to myself/ nothing to remember / nothing to believe in my life / nothing but surrender/getting off the river / I want to stand up and I fall / chaos will remember/ wanna be reborn and I die/ chaos and surrender” – as it is now…
I had written:
“KEEP YOUR HEAD UP/ GET OUT OF THE RIVER/ TIME HAS PASSED YOUR NOT ALONE / SEARCHING FOR FORGIVENESS/ GIVIN’ HEART, GIVIN’ YOUR SMILE / FINDING THE FORGIVENESS/ FORSAKEN NO MORE/ INFINITY AND COMPLETENESS/ SOUL IS ALWAYS LIFE’S SOURCE/ AND WHAT LIVES FOR EVER/ DEATH, A SACRED PATH FOR THE LIGHT/ NO REASON TO BE SCARED”.
“Guys, however, felt that it was easier for the world to remember only one chorus and so we decided to keep the same in all the repetitions and not change the last one.
Something else about the weakness is that the original title was River.
Before the lyrics are written, because when Prokopiou sang it, somewhere went out to say the word river so I kept it.
The track is true that it’s not one of the band’s favorites, nevertheless, they always enjoy playing it, because the crowd beneath is excited”.
It’s great that in every country the band has played, they know the lyrics.
As far as I am concerned, I am very moved by the fact that people are singing my story. I think the world understands the feeling of music and lyrics, so the song has such acceptance.
There are people who have told me that there are times when listening to the weakness, they have been crying, not knowing why.
I think because it is written with emotion, that is why it also makes a feeling. It’s a sad song, but with a happy ending, (in the sense of meaningful forgiveness)”.
“Finally, as far is concerned about the video clip, we wanted to express dynamism and strong emotions and of course Thanasis Nakos helped us to do it, an amazing and very expressive actor and we are grateful for his help”, ends the band’s mom.
Creation has its own rules, which human logic ignores.
Words and notes alone do not create a song, but it takes an invisible soul to incarnate in them.
And the soul of each song is the story behind it.