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My Name Is Life

My Name Is Life

 

This is one of many songs I made in Tarzana, Los Angeles in 2008.

I tried to work on a new song every day for three months. 

 

Me and Audun (Havåg, my music partner for 20 years)  worked out the arrangement on an acoustic bass and guitar. We recorded it that way, and started to layer parts. First we added a string section.  Then we we tried to alternate between a rock arrangement and acoustic backing between every stop in the song. 

Making the stops work was challenging by itself.  

 

I ended up recording "My Name Is Life" live in the studio with Audun and Bjørn Tore Tarranger.  I remember recording the vocals on Christmas eve and mixing it on my birthday. Not purposely. 

 

The lyrics are about the power of perspective, how you look at things can have a self-fulfilling effect, or what you see is often what you'll get. 

 

It was meant to be released with "The Creature With One Trillion Eyes" album; the first real album with my "Desert Son" project. The album was originally supposed to be named "Tarzania Album" an internal joke that came from a wrong-spelling on the region we were staying in.

Tarzana: the home of writer Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Tarzana: the home of writer Edgar Rice Burroughs.