Tell Me About That Song: Dylan Yuste, Vocalist of Ambient-Folk Band The Bard & The Liar

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The Bard & The Liar will be performing June 14 at El Corazon.
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Tell Me About That Song: Dylan Yuste, Vocalist of Ambient-Folk Band The Bard & The Liar

  • Tell Me About That Song: Dylan Yuste, Vocalist of Ambient-Folk Band The Bard & The Liar

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    The Bard & The Liar will be performing June 14 at El Corazon.
    A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Dylan Yuste, lead singer of Bonney Lake folk band The Bard & The Liar, delves into writing music in his bathroom, forming a full band and coping with the suicide of a friend.

    Song: "Ghost Pines"

    Album: Ghost Pines EP

    Release Date: June 17, 2011

    When it was written: I wrote this song around November or December of 2011. Not sure on the exact date.

    Where it was written: Like most songs I've written, in my bathroom.

    Favorite line in the song: "When you asked God for an angel, he sent one down as a friend with a lesson bring to the table, to teach you to love like him, and he said, "Oh you'll be alright, I see good in your heart so stray from the dark, and you'll find your friend in the light."

    Which part was the hardest to come up with: The hardest part for me to come up with was the second chorus until the end. The loss of a friend is a dark subject no matter how you put it. I wanted this song to have some sort of meaning behind it, something that people could take away from the song other than just being really sad and depressed. When I started writing the song I wasn't emotionally ready to give it the meaning I'd envisioned. My head was still stuck in the dark and I wasn't finished mourning, so I put the song down for awhile, took some time to reevaluate the way I was handling things, and once I had a better outlook on the situation I was able to pick it up again and give it the enlightening ending I was hoping for.

    If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: When I recorded this song for the Ghost Pines EP, I played it on the acoustic guitar and it was me doing all the other instrumentals except for Franco's drum part at the end. After the EP was released and the full band was formed, we put together a way better arrangement of the song. I play it on piano now, we added swelling guitars, auxiliary drums, a much more powerful drum part, and an extended ending! The new version is exactly how I imagined it in my head when I originally wrote it, and all of us are really excited for everyone to hear it. We're putting it on the new EP we're currently working on, and we'll have the song up for streaming sometime this week, probably Tuesday.

    Odd fact about song: When we were writing the new version of the song we sometimes referred to it as "Dós Pines."

    What was your inspiration for writing the song: The suicide of our friend, Chris. He was a friend of all of us in the band apart from our newly added guitarist. A few months after the incident I distanced myself from a lot of people who were close to me. It took me the writing of this song to realize that that was the opposite of what I should be doing.

    When was your favorite time performing it live: My favorite time performing this live was hands down, the May 24th show at El Corazon! A lot more of our friends came to this show than usual, probably due to it being the first time we played at a venue they knew and were comfortable with. When we started playing the song we were surprised by our large group of friends right up front pointing and singing along word for word. This was awesome for multiple reasons. One being that we're a young band still trying to get our feet off the ground and this was the first time people sang along with us, which is awesome! And two being that they were all friends with Chris as well. They weren't just singing the lyrics because they knew them or liked the song, they were singing because they went through what I went through, what all of us on stage and everyone who knew him went through. It really made it something special.

    What is the meaning behind the song: Well, as stated before, it's about the suicide of our friend. Losing someone close is a terrible experience and the fact that it was a suicide, that it was his choice ... That really gets to me. This song isn't really a song about mourning, memories, or goodbyes. It's more about the mental and spiritual struggle that came in the wake of the tragedy. I guess you can say it's about accepting it for what it is and trying to find something to take away from it other than pain. I mean, there's nothing good to take away from it, but do I look at the people close to me differently than before? Absolutely.

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