We’ve been taught that a story has a beginning, middle, and end. However, what’s ironic is that you’d be hard pressed to find a “beginning” to storytelling itself. Storytelling has a history as long as human kind can fathom. Even the most primitive of civilizations coveted ways to explain what had happened, what is happening, or what is going to happen in either factual (at the time) or fictional contexts. The guitar? That certainly has much more of quantifiable history. Not as age-old as storytelling, but still quite old. From the 17th century to the 19th century, a derivative instrument to Spain’s guitarra latina and vihuela, the guitar was an obscure instrument until 19th century innovations brought us to what became a 20th to 21st century pillar. Can you even imagine Rock and Roll without a guitar? How preposterous. Where am I going with all this, you might be asking? Just as I have relayed to you (albeit briefly) the story behind storytelling and the guitar, we are about to audibly arrive at a crossroads of sorts where guitar will be telling you the rest of the story. The conduit in which that is going to happen is via the artist Filip Dahl, his latest single, “Walking Towards Eternity,” and his upcoming EP, “Storyteller,” that is coming out this month.
Filip Dahl is a Norwegian composer and multi-instrumentalist, and although he plays every instrument on his releases, the figurative narrator of his stories; is the lead guitar. With “Walking Towards Eternity” you can tell that every note and tone has been skillfully placed to invoke a range of emotions over each movement of the piece, even switching to an entirely different guitar and tone at 2:37. And even though I say a “range” of emotions, I am describing within a scope of intensity. The entire piece, generally speaking, encompasses a mood of deep thought, somberness, and dare I even say remorsefulness at times? That’s the beauty of a story told by music. Without the confinement of a lyrical context, the listener will let their mind wander and explore what is in a way, their own story. Maybe the moods and feelings I experienced when listening to this says more about me than it does about the overall work. Only way to make that call, is to have a listen for yourself:
“Storyteller,” the 12th release from Filip Dahl’s catalog, is out now. I would recommend his music for those who enjoy Joe Satriani and Gary Moore.
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