My Pastoral Romance

A Field of Yellow Flowers - Matteo Silvestri

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One autumn evening, I drove from the city to the countryside to visit my parents. I stopped beside the familiar road, got out the car and stood in the darkness—listening… It was quiet all about except for the gentle bleating of sheep in the distance. I could see every star in the Milky Way and the air was cool and clear. A wave of longing swept over me. I had been weary of living in the city and I knew the time had come to move back home.

Inspiration

Nearly a decade later, I have not once regretted that decision. The countryside is my home, the rural landscape an extension of my being. It is the setting in which I write my poetry and compose my music and it profoundly influences what I want to create, namely a combination of poetic and musical works that reflect my love for the bucolic. I am a Romanticist, compelled to extol the beauty of the pastoral and (by extension of that movement) the virtues of emotion and imagination.

Muse

My recent works for Forgotten Fields express this fascination and weave into it the melancholy and nostalgia that inevitably emerge in my compositions. They describe simple moments of rural beauty I wish to preserve, translating them into a poem or a piece of music in order to extend and sustain them. I am attempting to create a container for the heart and mind in which poetic metaphors and ambient soundscapes capture emotion, memory and time.

Theme

The collaboration with Krzyzis will be the first release dedicated to this subject, conceived as an ode to a windy summer’s day. It will be followed by a track inspired by the winter rain, composed for the upcoming Astoria Sound collaborative project. I am also working on the new Forgotten Fields album, which will be the fullest expression of these ideas in poetry and music.

Image by Silvestri Matteo

Days to go…

Airship LZ 4 on Lake Constance, Germany, 4 August 1908.
Airship LZ 4 on Lake Constance, Germany, 4 August 1908.

Excited and nervous

It is seven days till the launch of my first album, Airship. I am excited because I am eager to officially share my music. It felt as if 12 December would never come—and now it is just days away! I am also nervous because I find myself questioning every creative decision I have made. Putting your work out there is a litmus test of how good you are. When something as personal as your music comes under fire, it can be devastating. But, I have not been without encouragement. There have been pre-orders, positive comments, upvotes and likes; and a few days ago, the band whose song began my airship obsession tweeted: “Love what I heard.”

Forgotten Tweets and Minds

Lately, I have been active on Twitter and Minds, and have also been posting on Google+. In the build-up to the launch of Airship, I find myself ever more obsessed with the history of lighter-than-air flight. This has resulted in daily posts on the subject with documentary photographs. I welcome you to join me on Twitter (@forgotnfields), Minds (@forgottenfields) and Google+, if you are on these platforms. I look forward to seeing you there and I hope you will share in my excitement for the upcoming release!

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Forgotten tweets

Forgotten Fields on Twitter
Forgotten Fields on Twitter

Dear Readers,

When I started Forgotten Fields, I didn’t think anyone would be interested in my words or my music. I want to tell you how much your support means to me.

I invite you to add me on Twitter. I am @forgotnfields. #forgottentweets will let me know you are from here. It is the best way for me to keep in touch. I would be honoured to follow you there.

Yours faithfully,
Forgotten Fields
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