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YESTERDAY'S CHILDREN V.2


Yesterday's
Children V.2
NEW RELEASE!

Magellan is
Per Jensen - Vocals, bass guitar, processing

Derek Story - Vocals

Cy Kadellick - Keyboards, processing

Syl O. Syben - Vocals, guitar

Ellis Dee - Drums, percussion

LYRICS
Album Notes

Track 1: Mikada Minn's Interpretation of Derek's Story
Recorded 1976
Length: 15:01

Per Jensen - Vocals, guitar
Bjorn Nei - Vocals, bass guitar
(very early demo recording from 1976 - previously unreleased)

This is the story of an 8 year-old child named Derek who was feared by nearly everyone around him, including his parents, because his intelligence and awareness was too uncanny. Derek's inner-vision and perceptions were so strong at such a young age that he was treated almost as an anti-Christ. Dissension had grown so bitter that his parents were to submit him to a hospital as a terminally 'afflicted' child. But the night before this heartless event was to happen Derek's premonition that it would be his last night on Earth came true. He went to a haven of woods near his home and emitted/experienced a collage of visions that made clear his awaited future was yet to come'

What is heard on this recording is only part of the fully developed story that came much later. It was recorded only as a 'practice tape' for self-critique and improvement, never meant to be released. The near finished version of 'Interpretation' was almost twice as long and featured much more story than the synopsis above. What listeners don't hear is that Derek was born on the wrong planet! He was to be the benevolent king of a planet thousands of light-years from Earth, his future presence foretold for generations in their historical record. Some factions of the planet considered Derek a religious figure. Luckily, those people communicated by thought as much as language and were able to locate Derek by his powerful connection to the universal subconscious mind. They barely arrived in time to save his life.

Point of the story is could this be similar to Jesus' fate???

Track 2: The Clone
Recorded 1978.
Length: 4:01

Per Jensen - Vocals, Guitars
AAA Marrz - Vocals, Guitars
Maarsen Von Der Saal - Bass guitar
Liij Korg - Drums
(from the album "The Metronome Stops," 1978)

Inspired by 'In His Image', the reality of a human clone already in existence is disheartening. You and I know how we feel about life, but what about someone who knows they are the only one of their kind? Would you feel like a Frankenstein-ian monster? Or the surrealistic stranger in a strange land? Could one succumb to severe loneliness and isolation, or unquestionable courage?
Track 3: Long Is The Night
Recorded 1992.
Length: 4:29

Derek Story - vocals, guitar
Per Jensen - vocals, bass guitar
Amariah Hession - keys
The IG - lead guitar
Ellis Dee - drums, percussion

The 'inner city' has been an urban reality for too long, the truth of America's schizophrenic social depravity. When this song was recorded in the early 90's the ravaging images were bad enough but it's no longer a problem, it's a cancer. Visit even the small towns across America and you'll find areas as blasted and decrepit as large cities where every-day-life has reverted to survival-of-the-fittest, where crime is easier to find than food. America's great image of 'Freedom' is merely a pathetic delusion now.

Track 4: Picture It Orange
Recorded 1981.
Length: 2:37

Per Jensen - Vocals, Guitar, Drums
AAA Marrz - Vocals, Guitar
Maarsen Von Der Saal - Bass Guitar
Renee Arnot - Vocals, Flute, Bass Pedals
(from the album "Troik Systems," 1981)

A strange tale of a man named 'Kensey' who has an ominous premonition that disaster is going to strike. His friend can't bring him out of the gloom he's sunk into and it worsens. At the end of the song the disaster comes true – he has foreseen nuclear holocaust! However, the song is analogous to all disasters.

Track 5: Death Shall Have No Dominion
Recorded 1977.
Length: 1:57

Derek Story - vocals, guitar
Per Jensen - vocals, bass guitar
Amariah Hession - keys
The IG - lead guitar
Ellis Dee - drums, percussion

This is a short and unusual song that tries to reflect the concept of 'death' as frivolous. It's not the end of life, but the beginning of a new one.

Track 6: I Am The Walrus (by Lennon-McCartney)
Recorded 1980.
Length: 3:52

Derek Story - Vocals
Per Jensen - Vocals, Guitars, Drums
AAA Maarz - Vocals, Guitars
Maarsen Von Der Saal - Bass guitar
T.C. Cassini - Keyboards, Harmonica
Renee Arnot - Vocals, Flute
(from the album "Way of the Wind," 1980)

'Cover' songs can be very tricky. In our years together we've played many songs by many artists and found that sometimes the simplest songs can be the hardest to play (and vice versa). This song is especially peculiar because it's too Beatles, too original, and why it has so few covers. Our original stab at it was lousy, but during the making of this album someone suggested we try it once more, so we did. To our amazement it can out pretty well. It's no match for the Beatles, but we're confident that if Paul or Ringo ever hear it they won't snicker at us.

Track 7: Someone
Recorded 1978.
Length: 3:25

Per Jensen - Vocals, Guitars
AAA Marrz - Vocals, Guitars
Maarsen Von Der Saal - Bass guitar
Liij Korg - Drums
(from the album "The Metronome Stops," 1978)

This is a lilting rock ballad that speaks of passion needed to fill the heart when it can feel so empty. Except sometimes that 'someone' is an illusion that can't be found; a tempting but dreamy figure from our hopeful imagination'

Track 8: I Only Have Eyes For You (by Al Warren & Harry Dublin)
Recorded 1999.
Length: 3:33

Derek Story - Vocals
Per Jensen - Bass guitar
Syl O. Syben - Guitar
Cy Kadellick - Keyboards
Ellis Dee - Drums
(demo recording from 1996 - previously unreleased)

This was written in 1933, a song that has withstood the test of time. There have been many great versions recorded, but Art Garfunkel from 1975 was fantastic. His magic voice, the arrangement, instruments used, orchestration – superb. During the recording of our 'Ghost of a Living Twilight' CD the laid back sound of it invited an attempt but it sounded a bit too 'sweet'. When we came back to it for this project it sounded like a perfect fit so we included it and very glad we did. If Al Dubin & Harry Warren could hear it they wouldn't be ashamed!

Track 9: Eternity of Light
Recorded 2005.
Length: 3:55

Derek Story - Vocals
Syl O. Syben - Guitar
Cy Kadellick - Keyboards
(recorded for "Yesterday's Children," 2005)

This is a very heartfelt song about losing someone who was more than a best friend, a soulmate. So close that losing them is like losing a part of yourself. But there is a spectral beauty in leaving the limits of body and joining that which is unlimited freedom. We must look into our soul, find that mystic reality that they are still with us, and know that when it's our time to leave they will be waiting.

Track 10: Love Is All Around (by Reg Presley)
Recorded 1992.
Length: 2:40

Derek Story - vocals
Per Jensen - vocals, guitar
Viktor Zond - vocals, bass guitar
Amarian Hession - keys
Ellis Dee - drums

This is a classic 60's song on every playlist of every Oldies station in the country and one that never gets tiring. It was one that we tried off-the-cuff, not expecting anything remarkable to come of it, but a very nice surprise that it did.

Track 11: Crush
Recorded 1984.
Length: 2:26

AAA Marrz - Vocals, Guitar
Mike Merwin - Vocals, Bass guitar
Liij Korg - Drums
(from the album "Obscurities," 1984)

When we first heard this we had to laugh. We were going in a completely different direction, it didn't fit our scene at all, but still amazed that it sounded so similar to something from the 1960's. Then after the work for this project we found it irresistible. Now we can only wonder if anyone would know the difference if it were actually played on an Oldies station'

Track 12: "44"
Recorded 1979.
Length: 3:26

Derek Story - Vocals
Per Jensen - Vocals, Guitars, Drums
AAA Marrz - Vocals, Guitars
Maarsen Von Der Saal - Bass guitar
T.C. Cassini - Keyboards
(from the album "969695," 1979)

A strange, futuristic tale inspired by various books and films that reflect a soulless, carefully controlled society by a one world government. People are more like robotic ants, with specific functions, programmed to do as they're told, no free will, no questions asked. Except for one person who breaks the bond and explores the world to experience it firsthand, not read about it. His home is finally a seaside habitat where he lives out his life in peace. (This song is from the album '969695'. Add those numbers together and the total is 44. That was Per Jensen's age in 2000, a new century and new things to come. Ominously, the events that followed made many such sci-fi predictions now a reality.)

Track 13: The Visitor
Recorded 1977.
Length: 3:43

Derek Story - vocals, guitar
Per Jensen - vocals, guitar
Maarsen Von Der Saal - bass
Amariah Hession - keys
Jon Donson - drums

This is an eerie tale of an old world mariner who encounters a ghost at sea. As the ship sails into uncharted waters, something begins forming from the mists that surround the vessel, nothing like he's ever seen in all of his journey's. When the strange form 'solidifies' he recognizes it – it's him! It's from a past life, a reincarnation of himself, there to help restore his confidence and encourage him to go forth'

Track 14: AOK (rehearsal)
Recorded 1988.
Length: 2:28

Derek Story - vocals
Per Jensen - vocals, guitar
Maarsen Von Der Saal - bass
The IG - lead guitar
Jon Donson - drums

Per Jensen visited a city in southern California in the early 1980's and was shocked by the number of homeless people. At the city square they were just as numerous as normal downtown inhabitants. Most disturbing was that many of them didn't look as if they belonged yet somehow content that they'd at least staked out their own ground. We were later to find out that during the Reagan administration the number of homeless people had skyrocketed, working people (families included) suddenly bankrupt from Reagan's notorious 'trickle down economy' that didn't work.

Track 15: Trouble
Recorded 1978.
Length: 3:57

Derek Story - vocals, guitar
Per Jensen - vocals, bass guitar
Amariah Hession - keys
The IG - lead guitar
Ellis Dee - drums, percussion

All of us have stories of individuals who had the colorful sheen of personality at first, but underneath we found that it was a veneer of psychotic deceit. May all such people rot in Hell.

Track 16: Derelict
Recorded 1979.
Length: 4:07

Derek Story - Vocals
Per Jensen - Vocals, Guitars, Drums
AAA Marrz - Vocals, Guitars
Maarsen Von Der Saal - Bass guitar
T.C. Cassini - Keyboards
(from the album "969695," 1979)

This is a frightening sci-fi tale of Earth invaded by an alien race. They overcome our defense, they have no compassion and intend to eradicate us, so Earthlings are boarded (as many as will fit) on large spacecraft to act as 'arks' and set out to find a new planet to inhabit. The Captains of these vessels are medically enhanced to greatly extend their lifespan for the benefit of commanding such a project. Unfortunately, inhabitable planets aren't found. The human race dies off. Soon enough the only one left is the Captain. Totally alone in the universe. Forever doomed to drift aimlessly aboard a now derelict spacecraft' Or does he allow it to go on???


ALBUM NOTES

When MagellanMusic came together in 1975 we were one of very few local bands who took recording seriously. It was the revelation of multi-track recorders turning studios into a virtual painters palette that was so endlessly fascinating. But when the time had come to try it ourselves the reality was distressing. Recording costs were expensive, as was basic home equipment, but worst of all we weren't very good. Still we tried it with minimal home gear and kept on trying because we wrote more songs than we could keep up with. Capturing them for posterity's sake seemed a worthy cause. We even improved enough to sell reels and cassettes of our music at live gigs, which is now one of the most popular forms of sales for many artists.

But it was in the mid-1990's when the Independent music explosion happened that changed everything. With PC's, the internet, and digital music in place Indies no longer needed a record company to release their wares. MagellanMusic met this challenge head-on and released three CD's in the next few years, thinking all along that updating songs from their past was inevitable. And with the discovery of a long-lost project work began which resulted in "Yesterday's Children" in 2005. However, time is the judge of quality in any presentation and the band admitted that the album didn't mature as yesterday's children should. So in 2008 MagellanMusic set about making an album that would hopefully stand the test of time. Numerous changes were made, even the production process - what you have in your hands is not the album it once was. "Yesterday's Children" are grown now. a great example of the mindful intent they always had. These are songs about heart, soul, love, hope, will, courage, dreams, mysticism - the reasons we live, the spirit of imagination. This is MagellanMusic.



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