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Singled Out: Madison Park


02/05/2009
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(antiMusic) Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today we have something a little different for you. For those into dance music, Madison Park tells us about "Another Yesterday". Here is the story:

It can be difficult to explain the lyrics to a song particularly when the inspiration behind it is multi-faceted. Overall, "Another Yesterday" is a song about depression and how people battle it. How it overrides everything they do, or attempt to do. Depression is not a personal battle for me, but I have several friends/family who cope with it. Some people are more affected by worldly issues than others. Some go through their lives without a glimpse beyond what affects them in their day-to-day, while others are incredibly bogged down by the bigger picture. I fall somewhere in between.

Meaning, I'm severely affected by certain issues such as the inhumane treatment of animals raised for food in factory farms; even though I myself don't eat meat. I hate the fact that our world accepts this type of treatment as OK. Or how people choose to look the other way. And so I spend a lot of my time fighting factory farming. I go to battle for these animals on an almost daily basis. I just maintain keeping myself in check by totally believing the work I do ultimately helps overall. Therefore I can avoid this dark side that many others do indeed fight. I can see how they get there. Seemingly, depression is a very tough battle, and for many it's just another yesterday.

After fleshing out the lyrics that came very easily to me, I sang through the melody with James. Initially, he was torn between the melancholy of the mood and lyric and didn't know which direction it should take musically. He sensed a definite 80's vibe (ala Depeche Mode) but felt it would also work as more of a piano dirge. In the end we went both ways, crafting a synth heavy mix with a nod to our electro influences as the main song, and then creating an alternate haunting piano, strings mix complete with military drums and mournful bagpipes (actually played on a sax).

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!



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