This is a new feature that I cooked up a little while back and I’m thrilled to bits that the person kicking it off is Rachael Teo, my dear friend and (former) apprentice. I can’t believe how far Rach has come since she was the budding songwriter with one & a half songs. Anyways, Making Of… is a series where recording artists chat about their new album or EP, giving us some insight into the creation of their art and other juicy tidbits. So here’s Rach to deliver her thoughts about Cove Red’s Awaken the Dreamer EP.
It’s ironic how the words “awaken the dreamer” came to me as I was drifting in and out of slumber, in one of those dream-like states where it’s hard to discern whether or not the idea is truly yours. I guess the phrase is an oxymoron. Awakening calls for an action of getting up, while the activity of dreaming can only be conjured by pacifying oneself to sleep. So what does “Awaken The Dreamer” truly mean?
Well, for one, it is the title of Cove Red’s unofficial debut album. Cove who, you may ask?
Cove Red is a two-piece band made up of two girls, Suyin on backing vocals, keyboards, guitar and violin, and me (Rachael) on lead vocals and guitar. As a band, we’ve only been around for about 4 months. And it still baffles us that while these songs were only written 3-6 months ago, we’ve already made a record out of them. To be honest, we wouldn’t have, if not for the call of a dream.
Awakening the dreamer, very simply put, means bidding what was once dead to live again.
And that is what our EP hopes to do. To walk the listener down the narrow hallway, into the dusty chamber of forgotten and broken dreams, clean up the grimy reminders of the past, and breathe new life into forsaken dreams that we once had.
Three days were all we had to finish recording this EP – complete with delivered meals, coffee, and plenty of perfume. (We recorded at our friend’s office’s band room, which housed a sewage pipe.) Another friend of ours also recorded 3 of her songs during the time we had, so the whole process was a bit mad, a bit tiring, sprinkled with large doses of fun and laughter.
The album contains 5 stripped-down acoustic songs written by me (Rachael), and it opens with a familiar tune, “Love & Water”, which incidentally was the first song that Kevin Mathews and I composed together. It highlights things like purpose, hope and faith, celebrates friendship, and likens love to water as an essential to see a dark world through difficult times. Despite the weight of its themes, its chirpy melody masks the seriousness of the tone, making it the ideal opening number.
The second track is a fairly new one entitled “Dreamer”. It was written after a very heated argument with my mom a few months back. At that time, I was actively pursuing my dream, and she was frustrated at me because the first fruit of success seemed to be taking a long time to grow. This song was birthed within 15 minutes. It’s about holding onto destiny even though everything seems to be working against you.
Next on the list is “Mistakes”. It speaks of how some problems keep resurfacing simply because we have yet to learn from them, and not letting the weight of our guilt crush and paralyze us to do what we were made for.
The following track, “Till You Come”, is a song to all single people out there who doubt that they’ll ever find love. I truly don’t know what came over me when I wrote this one. Friends around me would know that I generally do not wear my heart on my sleeves when it comes to relationships. So, surprise, surprise.
When Kevin Mathews first heard “Heart Conversations”, he commented that it’d be a good song to end an album. So we took his advice. This one’s about shedding anxiety and leaving it in Divine hands, and living in the now because the future has yet to arrive.
We hope “Awaken the Dreamer” will be instrumental in awakening fellow dreamers through its messages of faith, purpose, newness, hope, and resolute peace.
For more information about “Awaken The Dreamer” and Cove Red, check out www.awakenthedreamer.wordpress.com and www.myspace.com/cove2red. Drop us an email at email@example.com; we’d love to connect with you!
The EP will be made available at Cove Red’s EP launch gigs on 24th and 31st May (Sundays) 5.30pm at Earshot Cafe@Arts House. Do come on down!
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