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Viola Music Club 2011

December 2011: Goodbye Viola

"So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night"

There's a time and place for everything and our time has come to put this project aside for the time being.

So with a song we bid you adieu.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

GOODBYE VIOLA

goodbye Viola
you've had your time
now you must step aside
so throw the last song into the night
and watch it flicker for a while

all of those old songs
will they have a chance
out there in the cold world
if no one will watch their backs
good luck to all them little brats

goodbye Viola
at least for now
come visit us sometime
if you don't get buried so deep in the ground
that you'll never find your way out

you're almost done now
fading out of view
across the ocean
or maybe replaced by something new
it's time to bid you adieu

so goodbye Viola
until the next time
goodbye Viola
rest now for a while
Viola goodbye

all of those old songs
well some weren't that bad
if they made someone happy
or comforted someone sad
so goodbye Viola
until the next time
goodbye Viola
rest now for a while
goodbye Viola
goodbye Viola
Viola goodbye

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

October 2011: Maybe You're Dreaming

Hey everybody! This month we bring you a pretty weird combination of rock, electro and shoegazing. Hope you like it.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
138bpm

Lyrics

MAYBE YOU'RE DREAMING

the sweetest reveries
are dreamed in the softest seats
of life's waiting room
where they'll never call for you, no

maybe you're dreaming
and you've never been awake
it is deceiving
so just close your eyes
and breathe your dreams in
like you never did before
maybe your dreaming just begins

the deepest mysteries
are solved when you are asleep
a dream is another life
and you have plenty more to find, oh

maybe you're dreaming
and you've never been awake
it is deceiving
so just close your eyes
and breathe your dreams in
like you never did before
maybe your dreaming just begins

turn the lights out
and close your eyes
meet me in the waking life

maybe you're dreaming
and you've never been awake
maybe your dreaming
so just close your eyes
and breathe your dreams in
like you never did before
maybe your dreaming just begins

maybe you're dreaming
maybe you're dreaming

September 2011: Informageddon

This month, we bring you a dark tale of an information overflow dystopia in the form of some pretty un-Viola-like grimy dubstep sounds.

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

Lyrics

INFORMAGEDDON

the world as we've known it
is slowly dissolving
our reality's under strain
at first a strange vapour
rose from our computers
then a liquid-like substance emerged

it sprawled across cities
left no space for breathing
the exiles went to the internet
neo-Alexandria
the library of babble
but we were not safe even there

all that you've ever known
all words ever spoken
all thoughts ever thought
and all that you'll never know
will manifest into the physical world
the infinite memory palace will fall

now the substance turns solid
there's no way to fight it
it's crushing us under its weight
the edge of knowledge
cuts the cerebral cortex
we'll leave a diamond planet in the space

all that you've ever known
all words ever spoken
all thoughts ever thought
and all that you'll never know
will turn into crystal
and engulf us all

nothing's unknown
that much is known
the immense amount
of information
the destination
informageddon

August 2011: I Like Sad Satellites

August is yet again Finnish indie cover month here at "The Club". This time one of us gets to go all narcissistic as we cover a track off of Tommi's old band, Sissy Spacek.

Download song: I Like Sad Satellites (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Ilai Rämä
Words:
Ilai Rämä
Tempo:
98bpm

Lyrics

jackie`s gone to airport (aeroport?)
no sight of heart in her heart
jackie`s gone wind carries her away
jackie`s gone leaves fall today

i like sad satellites

your touch is all too much
said a raven to a cloud
all you borrow all you steal
all the sky you pour over me..

i like sad satellites

July 2011: Summer Shenanigans

SUMMER!

As is customary, we've done our best to create a nice little piece of soundtrack for these fleeting hot summer nights. Enjoy!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
122bpm

Lyrics

SUMMER SHENANIGANS

the word is out on the streets
fresh paint drips on concrete
kids gone crazy in the heat
you bet they're up to mischief

summer shenanigans
smells like someone's cooking up some bad ass plans
summer shenanigans
idle dirty hands and ants in the pants
happy summer mondays beat the winter weekends
gotta go wild before the summer ends

summer! (it's about time it's about time it's about)
summer shenanigans!

summer shenanigans
woke up buried neck deep in the sand
summer shenanigans
beware the guy with the jazz hands

summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer! (it's about time it's about time it's about)
summer shenanigans!

hey have you heard the news, boy
you can't get the blues, oh no
if you stay amused or even confused
stick with us and you get to choose

summer shenanigans!
summer! (it's about time it's about time it's about)
summer shenanigans!
shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!

just a little fun fun fun
everybody's gotta have some some
hey daddy-o, you're in a freaking YouTube video

summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!

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?!

Download song: Heartstring Theory (mp3, 320kbps)
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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

May 2011: Break The News Gently

Ok, April is over and done with for one more year and it's time to get back into SERIOUS business. And that can only mean a track so heavily drenched in the 80s, you'll think we accelerated our Deloreans to 88mph!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
140bpm

Lyrics

BREAK THE NEWS GENTLY

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them

she asked me if I'd go with you (I said "cool")
he asked you if you'd go with me (you said "mmmm")
at that lunch break I almost swooned
but now it's come to this

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them
oh baby, break the news gently
don't ruin the night for me
I already know but I won't let it show

they were playing our favourite song (forever young)
and soda pop in my glass was warm (afri-cola)
round and round the school gym we walked
you didn't hold my hand

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them

baby, break the news gently
it lasted barely for half a day
and we didn't get to dance or even sway
but when I'll see you on these same hallways every day
please don't turn your face away in shame
now I know how Reddie Redford feels
in "Princess" by Bogart Co

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them
oh baby, break the news gently
don't ruin the night for me
I already know but I won't let it show

April 2011: Elämän iskelmä

We are very very sorry, our foreign friends, we've gone Finnish and this will be our last post in English! We bid you farewell with a traditional bittersweet Finnish schlager.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
136bpm

Lyrics

ELÄMÄN ISKELMÄ

kun synnyin soi radiossa laulu
ensihuutoni sen tahtiin parkaisin
tiesin: säkeistöstä alkaisin
kertosäettä jahtaisin
sävelten vetämänä liukuis elon vaunu

kun vartuin pyöri päässäni tuo laulu
kovan onnen polkua kulkiessain
siitä rytmin askeliini hain
kuu kavaljeerinain
kävi kaipuu kehyksiini niin kuin taulu

elämän iskelmä
soi kaiken keskellä
se joka osaa kuunnella
voi saada soimaan syömmeensä
elämän iskelmän
ja paljon enemmän
joskus elämä iskee silmää
joskus silmäkulmaan

kun häntä suutelin soi jossain taas se laulu
sen tahdissa myös häitä tanssittiin
vaan pian juutuin puteliin
nuotit kastui kyyneliin
sävelten kauneudesta kuoriutuikin kauhu

elämän iskelmä
soi kaiken keskellä
se joka osaa kuunnella
voi saada soimaan syömmeensä
elämän iskelmän
ja paljon enemmän
joskus elämä iskee silmää
joskus silmäkulmaan

ja laulu seuraa mua
liekehtivän viljapellon syliin
labyrinttiin kylmän graniitin
sävellaji vaihtelee ja tempo karkailee
neula lautasella on joskus kuin veitsi kurkulla

vielä kerran kuuluu tuttu laulu
nyt sitä viheltelee tuima niittomies
aikani täysi on kenties
kai irtoaa vihdoin ies
mut helvetti vai taivas -
kummassa soi laulu?

elämän iskelmä
soi kaiken keskellä
se joka osaa kuunnella
voi saada soimaan syömmeensä
elämän iskelmän
nyt vasta ymmärrän
joskus elämä iskee silmää
se on elämän iskelmä

March 2011: Suddenness

Time to trim your subwoofers for this month's track as we decided to have a crack at some dubstep low end action and freak out a bit sonically.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
93bpm

Lyrics

can't freeze time that severs
tomorrow from yesterday
can't stay put forever
with everything in its place

can't build a life on sand
the hourglass is turned again
can't stick with a good hand
when playing cards with fate

if this is all there is
don't let it slip
if this is all there is
well, this is it

waiting by the motorway
nothing will ever be the same
the sirens are drawing near
we surrender to the suddenness

can't make a plan that's fail-safe
it could crumble just today
can't find a way to delay
the things that can't be escaped

can't speak a truth that says it
in an all-encompassing way
can't even wholly imagine
in how many ways all this could change

if this is all there is
don't let it slip
if this is all there is
well, this is it

waiting by the motorway
nothing will ever be the same
the sirens are drawing near
we surrender to the suddenness

if this is all there is
nothing will ever be the same
if this is all there is
we surrender to the sudden----

crying by the motorway
hold me, it will be OK
life can be so very frail
we are the debris by the motorway

if this is all there is
nothing will ever be the same
if this is all there is
we surrender to the suddenness

if this is all there is
we surrender to the suddenness
if this is all there is to it
we don't know shit

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

January 2011: Newest Hottest Whatever

Happy new year!

Welcome to the third calendar year of Viola Music Club! This month's track is our 22nd free offering even if it feels like we've only just begun. Crazy how time flies!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
120bpm

Lyrics

newest hottest whatever
newest hottest whatever
keep your act together
newest hottest coolest whatever

it all goes round
so hard to keep track
who's in who's out
either you are new blood
or you're losing ground
the novelty wears out
and it all feels fine
until you hit the ground

it all goes round
but everything is new just once
and we are history
if we can't make it

newest hottest whatever
newest hottest whatever
no prize for good endeavour
newest hottest coolest whatever

it all goes round
so hard to keep track
who's in who's out
either you are new blood
or you're losing ground
the novelty wears out
and it all feels fine
until you hit the ground

it all goes round
until you fall out of style
and oblivion
comes round to take you

newest hottest whatever
newest hottest whatever
nothing lasts forever
newest hottest coolest whatever

it all goes round it all goes round
it all goes round it all goes round

it all goes round
so hard to keep track
who's in who's out
either you are new blood
or you're losing ground
the novelty wears out
and it all feels fine

it all goes round
newest hottest whatever
it all goes round
newest hottest whatever
it all goes round
newest hottest whatever
it all goes round

you want it you get it you have it you use it
you want it you get it you have it you use it
you want it you get it you have it you use it
and then you lose it you lose it you lose it