Does art imitate life or vice versa? This is a question that is extremely difficult to answer.
However, real art includes both real life and vice versa.
Things that can hardly be expressed by us, art becomes the crutch of our emotions.
Especially the 7th art through fiction often approaches difficult topics.
And it’s not a few times that cinema lends themes to song lyrics.
Just like in the case of the Athenian Voidnaut and the song “This Pain Of Mine“.
The song is included on their debut album “Nadir” which was released through 7hard records.
A song that, like everything else, has its own story – soul.
The beginning of creation
Voidnaut frontman Steve Venardo tells us the beginning of the song:
“The music was almost ready for this song and only the measures changed, later, when the lyrics were added.
There was no chorus ready, so at some point, our drummer says to me: “can you give it some crank up here?
Something like: “This pain of mine“;
Something like that;” And that’s how the chorus came out, but not the rest of the song’s lyrics “.
The architect may be one, but the builders are many.
“Usually there is enough material, musically and the structure of each song is based on that.
Other times I have ready vocal lines in my head and we just “build” the rest of the song from there.
Putting each one in turn parts that “flatter” the song.
It depends on the moment and the inspiration, there is no specific formula.”
The band’s voice continues to reveal to us how the band “constructed” a musical composition.
Is the breath of the Muse what triggers a creation?
“Basically, our inspiration comes from everyday life and personal experiences.
But also, from movies that in some way affect our psychic world, either positively or negatively, with all that entails.”
Like a wind, blowing towards an unknown destination, but with a specific source, which is difficult to locate.
Complex, just like everyday life, which, however, as a stationary servant, leads to a single purpose …
The discovery of the Self!
Life, in the beginning, is a routine of repetitive actions and events.
Many times, a song begins its life in this way.
The deeper meaning …
A child’s name can determine his future or even reveal his destination:
“The title of the song was given: “This pain of mine“…
But what does it supposed to mean? The obvious.
A strong message, a traumatic event, a situation that every person can feel in his own skin.
And who is she? The loss! Yes, she is.”
Continuing the narration, Steve reveals the deepest meaning of the song’s lyrics.
At the same time, urging the listener to discover his own losses.
“We have all lost a person of our own, young or old, it does not matter.
We can all understand what it means not to be able to see him again, to hug him, to tell him how much we love him…“.
We all need to identify with songs, with the notes being the “wind in our sails”, able to take us away from the pain.
The appearance of the Muse through a movie scene
The escape from unpleasant events, but also their acceptance, can be achieved with the help of the cinema.
And the singer of the band explains why:
“So, during that time, when we were recording “Nadir“, did I watch for 2nd or 3rd? I do not remember who many times, R. Williams‘ movie “What Dreams May Come“.
One of my favorite movies, but also my favorite actor (RIP).
Already from the first scenes of this movie, he says goodbye to his children who would go to school and never see them again …
At that moment I realized, being a parent, that it was a message, a statement, a theme that would fit more than any other in this particular song.
And “This Pain Of Mine” was made as you know it today.”
He ends up by revealing the figure of the Muse, which came disguised as a movie scene while whispering the lyrics of the song.
The etymology of the word “inspiration” also reveals the nature of the Muse… A breath, a blast within us.
Invisible, immaterial, it looks like a subtle touch, such that only a believer in Muse can perceive it.
Then he can translate it into words and notes, understandable to a wide circle of people.