Thursday, November 2, 2017

“Fallin’ Over You” by The Captain ~ The Pilot ~ The Driver

     Concept albums have been with us for decades. The Who’s “Tommy” was released in 1969, describing a life in which Tommy suddenly losses his sight, hearing and speech at the age of four, becomes a cult hero for his pinball wizardry, and then regains the three senses with the breaking of a mirror.

     Naming an emerging project on the basis of a concept is less common. That oddity is the second most significant reason we are interested in The Captain ~ The Pilot ~ The Driver (aka Captain_Pilot_Driver). The more significant reason – we were immediately drawn to the debut track, “Fallin’ Over You.” At the outset, the vocals are soft spoken and the instruments are subtle in their nature. For example, a piano initially enters to play four quiet notes and then moves into the song’s backdrop for brief, all-to-easily-underappreciated contributions. The early portion also includes a brief Spaghetti Western-style harmonica sound (at 0:13).  

      When the vocals become more forceful and impassioned, they become more gravelly, a characteristic shared with Bruce Springsteen. That occurs at the 0:54 mark, shortly after the introduction of the female voice. Like her male counterpart, the female vocalist is emotionally dynamic. Initially, she is calm and melodic. At times her voice shows anguish. But our favorite contribution is her shout at the 1:31 mark.

     “Fallin’ Over You” is a genre blend. Clearly, there are Rock elements. The guitar also borrows from Country, although we don’t consider the track County Rock. The Captain ~ The Pilot ~ The Driver is the musical project of Paul Hocynec of Philadelphia. With only the one track thus far, it is not easy to fit the song into the project’s concept, so we rely on the description from SubmitHub. The detailed explanations of the three characters (shadows) are pasted at the bottom of this post. Regarding the inspiration for the project:
   Beginning in 2010, when Hocynec took a solo road trip around the country in an attempt to "find himself," he began assembling a vision for a musical project that would encompass all of life's uncertainties with an objective to formulate a map to contentment and inner peace. In the years since that road trip, Paul has spent most of that time conceptualizing every aspect of the story; for five of those years Hocynec isolated himself in his production studio, sleeping on futons and couches, sometimes spending several days without going outside or talking to anyone. To quote Hocynec "This project serves as a representation of how isolation can morph the mind, and turn a human into a complete internal and self-serving monster.'"
 The story follows a man looking for answers to life's questions as he battles his three shadows. The desire for self-identity, eternal love, and spiritual enlightenment is at the cornerstone of the project of The Captain ~ The Pilot ~ The Driver. 

     “Fallin’ Over You” by The Captain ~ The Pilot ~ The Driver

The project  follows the path of 3 characters:
  THE CAPTAIN, a man who revels in being the reincarnation of the Stranger in Clint Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter" Is constantly on the hunt for affection. Though he displays the essence of being a man of desire, deep down he is desperately on the chase to find approval from the opposition. This soon permeates throughout his aura and quickly turns into desperation. Over time, his constant need for approval eliminates the best qualities he has to offer and sends him farther and farther away from reality. Out of touch with his feelings, he keeps himself guarded in expressing his emotions. Though having an immense amount of heart and love to give, his perception of how he is internally, is the complete opposite of how he is perceived on the outside. In his quest to attain a woman's approval, he drowns himself with his own emotions, clinging to anything he can find, and resisting the art of patience. He's become an empty shell of a man who's afraid of being vulnerable and unwilling to show his true self and admit that at his core, he craves eternal love. 

  THE PILOT, a preacher man in search for the way of truth. He's caught in a existential paralysis, constantly shifting from true believer to non-believer. Raised on the teachings of Catholicism, he is consistently at odds with what was embedded into his psyche from his youth. Aware of his own limited viewpoints, he constantly searches for new pathways of understanding, diving deep into the teachings of ancient philosophers Parmenides, Aristotle, and Plato with the desire to reprogram the morals at his core. With every new discovery, he quickly becomes obsessive and clings to every new believe like it is the only true gospel. He then spreads his new understandings as if they were his own doctrine, claiming to be the new messiah who will lead the spiritless into nirvana. Though he possesses the ability to find followers, truly aware people can see through him and see it's an act. Lacking the strength to live by his own mantra and his own spiritual identity, he suffocates in the world by trying to entertain and win the hearts of all, instead of seeking out his own spiritual enlightenment. 

  THE DRIVER, is a true lone wolf. The last of his name he was born into wealth and stability. His struggle revolves around the desire to reject all that was taught to him in his youth. Though he possess the ability to live a care free life, he is haunted by the actions of his adolescence. Afraid to release the days of his youth, he constantly attempts to live out the freewheeling renegade lifestyle he's always dreamed of in an attempt to recreate the life he wished he had lived. In his exploration he spirals into a man who becomes out of touch with himself. An obsession with Vanity and Fame, his desire for popularity becomes his need for perfection. Striving to be the King of his life, he ends up losing touch with himself. Unaware that notoriety on a stratospheric level will only bring him attention from the faceless, he begins to lean on others opinions and suggestions for direction. Fear has taken a hold of his mind and left him afraid to take a leap, and listen to his own thoughts. In his attempts to impress the world, he displays only insecurity and anxiety, which makes him distance himself from others and makes him fall farther into a deep depression. Years in solitude confinement his longing for the full human experience will only be attained through accepting the past, ignoring the future and living in the moment. His life will only feel complete when he realizes he's already arrived and accepts his own identity. 

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