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November 2011: Saddened Yet Hopeful

We're going back in time this month. Way back into the vaults of Viola where we find this gem that has survived for 10+ years without getting captured on tape save for some live renditions.

Some long time Viola friends might remember this one: Saddened Yet Hopeful.

This is the second recorded proverbial fruit of the labour with the six most amazing viola players in Finland that helped us realize Heartstring Theory in June and gave us the most amazing night on Viola's Day 2011. The strings were arranged by Jussi Tuhkanen and played by Jussi, Atte Kilpeläinen, Pisku Ristiluoma, Lilli Maijala, Lotta Poijärvi and Martta Tolonen. Recorded by Ilai Rämä.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
76bpm

Lyrics

SADDENED YET HOPEFUL

gone, my love
if it ever was
worthy of calling such
I'm still holding onto a memory
for I fear it's all that I got

I'll wait in my bed
she'll soon be here
she'll come like she said
I'm so saddened
yet hopeful

come, my love
as I know you must
come and take me away
you might get this far if the sky is clear
straying from your star to here

I'll wait in my bed
she'll soon be here
she'll come like she said she would
I'm so saddened
yet hopeful

soon, soon
if it will ever happen
if it will ever happen
it will be today
soon, soon
if it will ever happen
if it will ever happen
it will be today
soon

June 2011: Heartstring Theory

Wow.

That's all we can say.

This month's track is way way different (even from the previous way way different ones) than any of our previous tracks. This one is just Riku singing with 6 of the most amazing viola-players in the WORLD. Now how cool is that?!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

how to keep reaching for
the most inmost core
the stuff we're all made of
if a minuscule particle
contains a universe

when the bow hits the string
that keeps this all in place
it ends as it begins
it makes our hearts vibrate

filling the harmony
of a unified theory
macroverse on a string

and we keep looking for
the ultimate score
to play music in ten dimensions
that flows like spacetime waves
causing that secret tension
that makes our hearts vibrate
it makes our hearts vibrate
it makes our hearts vibrate
it makes our hearts vibrate

February 2011: The Loners

This month we're going retro and organic. Mellow and profitable.

We present to you a gem from the very dawn of the 21st century, an early Viola gem by the name of The Loners.

This song has never been recorded before, but had it's place in our live sets in the pre-Tearcandy era.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
95bpm

Lyrics

hey, now they ride
like loners do
into the sunset
and all night through
but in the morning
they fall asleep
dreaming of the ones
they'll never meet

and they ride on
like loners do
out of the picture
and into the blue
but in the evening
they fall in love
when for an instant
they drop their guard

and nothing can make them feel so alone
not drifting away from the world
not keeping their heart locked so long
and not hearing somewhere
the saddest song

nothing can make them feel so alone
as when they fall in love
like loners do

December 2010: Wayne Coyne, Be Our Santa Claus

Happy holidays, everybody!

This year we're paying our Christmas dues to the true embodiment of Christmas spirit in the world, Mr. Wayne Coyne of the most amazing Flaming Lips!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
162bpm

Lyrics

Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
the old Santa has gone AWOL
his endless shopping mall tours have taken their toll
and Christmas is getting close
oh Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus

and Christmas Eve arrives
you descend from the sky
in your homemade spaceship
amidst the snow confetti
wearing your shiny grey suit
with your loyal crew
of orange elves and furry friends
and Michael, Steven and Kliph

Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
you give us a sense of wonder
when we're feeling buried under mundane chores
shake our little snow globe world
oh Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus

it's the most wonderful show
our senses overflow
it feels just like Christmas
to be sprinkled with love
the greatest Christmas present
is to treasure the present
and drop all worries and regrets

Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
the gift that you bring is
more precious than all the bling bling in the world
we feel Christmas all year long
oh Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus

make us smile and make us cry
show us why we need to try
even if our hearts might break
they're fixable with duct tape

Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
the gift that you bring is
more precious than all the bling bling in the world
Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
you give us a sense of wonder
when we're feeling buried under mundane chores
Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
oh Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus

Lost Christmas

A melancholy-filled ode to the bittersweetness of a lonely Christmas.

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My Troubled One

An acoustic underdog in our catalogue.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

oh my troubled one
would you like me to come
into your house, into your room
and make you forget that you are blue
oh how glamorous is the night
its loyal servant wants to make you feel alright
unlock your door and let me help you start anew
all may be said before but every word is true

(just let me in)
I'll bring you pearls from the moon
because I'm the one who should look after you
(let me in)
I'll give you gold from the sun
I'm the one who'll miss you when you're gone

oh my wounded one
your dark shadows have gone
and left you on the floor with an empty stare
but all will be better when I'm finally there

(just let me in)
I'll bring you pearls from the moon
because I'm the one who should look after you
(let me in)
I'll give you gold from the sun
I'm the one who'll miss you when you're gone
I'll bring you pearls from the moon
because I'm the one who should look after you
(let me in)
I'll give you gold from the sun
I'm the one who'll miss you when you're gone
I'm the one who'll miss you when you're gone
I'm the one

Three Minutes Later

A sentimental closing number drenched in pop meta.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

three minutes later
the song has ended
silence has fallen in your room

don't you ever feel alone
when the last song's gone you're on your own

the words you have treasured
under your pillow
could they save you
from a lonely life

don't you ever feel alone
when the last song's gone you're on your own

just what is meaningful in life
we'd sacrifice it all
if we could feel one
stroke of happiness

three minutes later
the song has ended

Summermoon

Slightly haunting yet upbeat tune, sort of a sequel or seasonal update to "Late Autumn Early Winter". Initially inspired by mighty Grant Lee Buffalo, though in some people final version has evoked scarier associations of certain recent Finnish film theme song... Was conceived and first performed during winter 02-03 and release delayed to following autumn, so our "summer hit" calculations went terribly wrong, as always...

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"summer moon caught you in a lie
summer moon shone silver in the sky

as I went for you I knew it was too late
the night had covered swiftly all your trails

but moonlight will follow you
you must feel it too
moonlight will find the truth from these silent woods

summer moon led me through the night
summer moon shone silver in the sky

and when I found you, frail, inanimate
flies were humming softly in the shade

and now moonlight will follow you
it will always stay true
moonlight will follow you
you can never fool it
moonlight will find you
summer moon"

Dreaming Of The Ultimate Girl

One of the oldest songs in our repertoire, this composition by Esa came into existence in 1995. During its eight-year journey into the surface of a vinyl, it has changed surprisingly little - only the violin and glockenspiel are more recent additions. The lyrics represent a certain kind of wistful high school romanticism (so practically nothing has changed during the years!) -the ultrapathetic title comes from Jack Keroauc's poem "Rimbaud" and there's a line stolen from Rimbaud himself somewhere in there (though sentimentalism of this song would have certainly made Jean Arthur puke...).

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Music:
Esa Mikkonen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

rain falls down her shoulders
her hair moves in slow motion
under sad dark sky her eyes
mirror all that glows inside
she dissolves so softly
her figure still and sublime
but I know all this will flow

there's a horizon between us
but armed with glowing patience
I will cross these cursed spaces
following her dim traces
and with a hint of a smile
she'll lighten the whole sky
it's getting closer every time

all alone, I'm standing on a brink
dreaming of the ultimate girl
but never believing in the world I don't belong

I can't give you more
than dreams I have let grown
yet time is always on our side
as we are out of reach forever

all alone, I'm standing on a brink
dreaming of the ultimate girl
all alone, I'm standing on a brink
dreamíng of the ultimate girl
you're so alone
dreaming of the ultimate girl
but never believing in the world I don't belong