HARVEST OF THE INNOCENCE
The story of Harvest of the Innocence begins in 1992.
It was then that I was working with some other projects (Web Construction and Souls in flight). Web Construction is a very dark matter, and the lyrics and music is showing all the underlying depressions that we were going through at the time.
I have a vision in my head (or a feeling) of something important to me, and then I change this to tunes, melodies and instruments.
Back then, the project was called “Helter Incendo”, but later on I found out that there is another band with that name, so I changed it to Harvest of the Innocence, which kind of suits the project better.
In 1994 the Souls in flight project had taken a different form and were no longer part of my selfish intellectual property, but for Harvest of the Innocence, Web Construction and the newly started project See Emily play, the melodies and lyrics seemed to intertwine into each other. An aware listener can find melodies being repeated in other pieces or parts, or even find that for “The lost”, the first part belongs to Web Construction, while part 2 and onward belongs to Harvest of the Innocence. There are a few parts and pieces that belong to several different pieces or even projects. This is because I have been working with the different projects at the same time, simultaneously. And that creates the intertwining of melodies, names, lyrics and themes.
I decided that it was time to check if this was in any way functional on CD.
I brought the cassette to some record companies and always got the same response.
Years went by and I continued to work with the projects around it, as well as Web Construction and See Emily play. By end of the nineties Web Construction was put to rest for a while and with my newly found job and the band I was playing with at that time, taking even more and more time, the harvest project got to play the second violin as to say. By the end of the millennia, both Harvest of the Innocence and Web Construction had fallen into a forgotten box for all those old sins you had.
So, I began working with both of the projects but realised quite soon that Harvest of the Innocence was not even half way done. Yes, all the themes are there, most of the songs, but in no way all of them. One of the themes has bits and pieces and a few halfway done tracks, but all in all no more than 15 minutes done. So with none of the themes ready in the nearest future, I decided to release the old cassette on CD as it was intended in the first place, this time re-mastered and, since I actually found it out myself, why none of the other record companies wanted to release the full version of “Garden of remembrance”, I made the decision to cut the piece into what is now released on the CD.
So, here it is. The full re-mastered, fixed and edited CD version of the cassette with the new name “Harvest of the Innocence” finally released.
Unfortunately, the project takes time, a lot of time. And time is money.
At least, if you now have bought the CD, you do not have to wait another 15 years to hear the rest of the songs, as you would have if you had bought the cassette back then in 1995.
By the time this CD was re-mastered, another friend had passed away, my old vocalist from an early band, so he also got a place on the dedication list. Of course, life is just what it is, unexpected and full of surprises, some good and some bad. By the time the CD was ready for printing, an unexpected death of another close friend took the breath out of me, and I put the CD on hold for a while. Since the layout was already done, he will be dedicated on the next coming album. I somehow believe that I write this music for my friends and for the memories we carry around together.
I hope that you enjoy the music of Harvest of the Innocence.
Sincerely: Johnny Rosengren
I have now begun the assembling of the “Solitude” theme with its nine tunes.