Dear Allan

DEAR ALLAN,

A lot of people don’t make music like you. Your talent is unlike anything I’ve heard, your music makes me both happy and sad and I’m trying to figure out how that can be. You write a lot about love and you write a lot about death. And sometimes those worlds come together, like in your videos. It also seems to me that you think of what you want in a video, then work backwards to create the song. Like a soundtrack. But how can somebody make a soundtrack for an album that already exists? That seems crazy right? That brings me to my next point, there’s a difference in your music. A difference between the song and the point of it. I can listen to ‘Hotel Allan’ or ‘Roadhouse 01’ and they’re great albums from start to finish, but that’s not really the point is it? The point, I believe, is to feel something. Your songs make us feel something. I know I do. I also feel something completely different when those same songs are presented in a short movie like ‘The Wolf and the Red Dress.’

 

**Disclaimer**

take 9 minutes and watch the video or the next few paragraphs won’t make sense to you.

 

I don’t know what it is about that video, but I cannot turn away. Do you die and wake up in whatever version of heaven you created? Are you cheating on your girl with that lush hottie at the diner? Is the girl in the fox mask your girlfriend, or just a crazy jealous stalker? Or… are these characters just metaphors for something else in life?

But…that is the point isn’t it? Those are three songs and music videos that can stand by themselves, just pause the video at each breaking point and see for yourself. But… as we just learned, the point is to feel something. It seems to me that the lyrics and music is the dialogue in a story about love and death. And to me, that feels about right.

If you need those songs in your life, find them on Allan Rayman’s album ‘Hotel Allan.’

 


This last video might be my favorite of his. ‘Verona’s Obsession’ continues to leave me wanting more and trying to figure out, yet again, what do all these scenes mean? The more times I watch it, the more I get confused figuring it out. A question I’ll ask before you watch this one, is the story actually being told in chronological order?

 

**Same Disclaimer**

 

So vampires are weird, especially the ones with glowing eyes. Nice touch with the intermission scene though wasn’t it? Again, three songs spanning one story line and no actual dialogue needed. 

If you need those songs they’re on the album ‘Roadhouse 01.’


What I’m trying to say is that Allan’s music paints two pictures for me. One that can be listened to like any other album start to finish, and one that leaves me uneasy but strangely happy. There's a lot of people that don’t make music like Allan. A lot of people that can’t tell a story like he can, and a lot of songs that can’t make you happy and sad altogether. But, that’s the difference between Allan and a lot of musicians, and in the end isn't that the point?

To learn more about Allan Rayman, stream The Auideo Show Podcast below.

 

Sincerely,

            -@famouscevan


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