Keeper releases some of his scripts
Poet Stephan Johnston has released two albums with the second 'The Script Keeper' taking its name from the time waiting to record his poems.
His first album 'Broken Thoughts' was an experimental project, and came about after his friend, Mandela Fubler had introduced him to an aspiring producer James Brookes.
"While we where all in school in Toronto we used to hang out at James' house and mess around on the mic and recorded tracks for fun," said Mr. Johnstone.
"One day we where all sitting around and I was telling James about my poetry, and he thought it would be a cool project to try and put together a poetry album. I thought the idea was great!"
When he returned to the Island during the summer of 2006, they finished off 'Broken Thoughts'.
"When it was released, I had already written a version of 'The Script Keeper' and I knew it would be a while before I could get into the studio again with James," he said.
"So I thought that calling my second album 'The Script Keeper' would be appropriate, as I knew I would never stop writing and eventually have a large stock pile of poems a.k.a. scripts by time my next album was released."
The musical selection on "The Script Keeper" ranges from Chinese Folk Music to Hip Hop beats.
"Most of my pieces are written without music, because they come to me at random times. The music on the album I picked after the pieces were written, and then I tailored my voice and the rhyme scheme as best as I could to the music.
"The music is only there to set the mood, to add to the overall theme of the piece and enhance the experience."
Choosing some pieces to discuss further, the great-great nephew of the Talbot Brothers said: "With 'Dangerous', I wanted to write something so truly Bermudian that you had to be a Bermudian to understand it."
On his selection, 'High Tide' Mr. Johnstone explained: "With this piece I just wanted to stretch my creativity and write something that gave non-living things life and to look at mankind from a different perspective.
"I actually wrote this piece backwards, I started with the line 'when the sea kiss the sky we call that high tide' and then came up with the back story and wrote towards that ending."
To hear this selection visit: http://poetry.sjdworld.com/BT/sounds/BT_TheAlbum.html
Although "The Script Keeper" was only released last month, he has found that the response has been great.
"So far it has been good, but it's hard to say because I have only heard comments from my family and friends and I know they would think the album is great regardless.
"They are all very supportive and show so much love whenever I take on a new project. I haven't really heard much feed back from outside of my immediate circle."
The album is currently available at the Sound Stage, Washington Mall, Digistation
http://Digstation.com/StephanJohnstone or on CDBABY by visiting the website http://cdbaby.com/sjohnstone, and www.amazon.com for $10.
I took her to the moon
So she can watch the Earthset
we took our time
so I spoke in cursive
More words Stef
She whispered to me
So I sped it up to calligraphy
Fancy strokes yes indeed
Her eardrum was beating me
So before I could speak
She was feeling me
So all the stars could see
That we challenge to be
Brighter than anything in this galaxy
And where we sat
Was right next to where Neil had stepped
Apollo 11 had left
Mankind had met
She had Stef
And I had she
No need for space or time
Cause we had we
Her and me
So we watch mother earth
Until she rock us to sleep
Under the stars
Like Venus and Mars
As we fall back on our arms
And there we lay deep
In moon sand from toe to hair peak
See This is Our beach on Crater Shore
Where earthly stress don't matter no more
so what's left is two Earthlings
that don't need to weather the storm
we just forecast your norm, from way up here
breathing not air but each others cares away
so to mi amore I say, just hold on tight
as the Earth sets today and forever more
right here on Crater Shore.
March 3rd 2008
By Stephan Johnstone
The Script Keeper
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