I came up with the concept of the 12 Brothers EP while doing some weekly reading that I tend to do. I happened upon a particular story, one that is very familiar and that I had read many times before. But this time it struck me in a way that it hadn't before. The deeper feeling and implications lying beneath the surface events got me thinking about a way to bring this story to a musical outlet.
After a few days of thinking over the events of the story and doing some dreaded research I quickly began to jot down the first song. It flowed so smoothly and everything was clicking. Keep in mind that it has been quite some time since I have done anything creative at all. The songs that make up the Schoolyard EP were the result of my last creative burst and that feels like years ago.
Over the course of the next few days I penned three more songs (for a total of four) and felt that the story was pretty well covered, though it was missing one element. No problem. I just dipped into the vault and decided the corner-piece of the EP would be a cover of Bad Larry's Anti-Global Rotation. It was remarkable to see how well this song would fit in with the rest. A few minor lyrical changes later and voilà. Like Nextel, I was done.
Although some have called into question the quality of the lyrics (Angie?) and the content of the story, I have an overwhelming sense of pride in the final product. Perhaps one day it will actually get made and you will all get to hear it.
That's where Joshua comes in. It was a pleasant surprise to hear some audio notes on the song Business, and I was very pleased with Joshua's guitar work and melody. Now its time for Joshua to roll out the rest. Granted, I know he's extremely busy with Jeffrey L. Allen right now (he is, right?), but it would still be great to let some demos loose for the world to judge. How about it, Joshua?
In the meantime, I leave you with some minor excerpts from my 12 Brothers.txt file.
Table of Contents
2. Chapter Listing
4. Tag Line
This album is based on a true story.
12 Brothers is a story of jealousy, betrayal, and redemption within the family arrangement. It is ultimately a tale of the long, difficult journey from disloyalty to forgiveness.
The lyrics for this album were written by Jeremy Provost and are subject to change at a moment's notice.
It is important to be familiar with the characters that make up this story and how they connect to each other.
Narrator This is the omnipotent storyteller that guides us through our story.
Father This is the proud father of the 12 brothers.
Son This is our protagonist.
Brothers This is the collective of the remaining 11 brothers.
Mothers This is the collective of all the different women that were mother's to the 12 brothers.
Boss The son's boss at his new found job outside the family business.
Twelve brothers. One passion.
Forgive and be forgiven.
Hopefully that has whet your appetite.