So here we are. India. The 7th largest country in the world. 2nd biggest population. Yes, we had quite a significant role in the world reaching 6.99 billion (did anything change there? Haven’t read the papers in a while). It’s mesmerizing really, this exhibition of colour and wonder. It’s like every view carries with it a hundred different stories being played out on nameless canvases. Every turn is a photograph waiting to be immortalized in a frame or on a magazine cover. But do we truly appreciate this gift? And if we appreciate it, do we respect it enough?
The word ‘Lakeerein’ literally means ‘Lines’ or Linien in German. If we look at the world objectively, lines define every inch of our existence. From the contours of our faces to the silhouette of trees, everything is a summation of lines. But these are not the lines that the song talks about. In India, we take these lines to the next level. We turn them into boundaries and we thrive on them.
Our society is rigged with division. Nowhere will you observe this incarnation of separation more than in India. We poison in the name of religion. We differentiate in the name of creed. We ridicule in the name of colour. We insist on extravagance and ignore the essential. We pride ourselves on income rather than achievement. Birth rights and the authority to succeed go hand in hand, irrespective of merit. Mediocrity is readily accepted as being part and parcel of the system, a limb of our culture. We are free in theory but in reality we are still slaves to the past.
Not for one second do I claim that these issues and more do not plague other societies. But what hurts one most is what’s closest to home. And as educated, able young Indians we have the power to rid ourselves of these archaic assumptions still holding our society back in the 21st century. I do not expect all of us to become Anna Hazare’s or Bhagat Singh’s. Nor do I expect this song to become the anthem of a young nation. We all have to find our own small way to contribute; I chose mine through this song. We have the power to make a difference. Now we just need to find the will.
As I prepare to go to India for the 8th time in the last 6 years, for my customary December vacations at home, I am bracing myself for the kaleidoscope of difference that awaits me. The longer I have been in Germany, the more exotic and surreal India has become for me. As a person born and brought up in the ‘system’, I merely questioned it as a teenager. Now as an adult, and in a field that encourages intrigue, I am possessed by it. Possessed by the disorder of this system. Possessed by the image that this chaotic system just cannot work. But it does. Emphatically, in some cases.
Why I suddenly feel the urge to discuss this with you all? Recently we were asked the logic behind having 1 song in Hindi ‘Lakeerein’ on our debut album that is otherwise dominated by thought provoking, complex lyrics in English. “What is the point of having a song that most of your fans cannot understand when what you really expect of them is to interrogate the depths of your work”. Ok the original question was in German but for the sake of ‘understanding’, I translated it. I found it interesting that this gentleman thought of music as something that needs to be ‘understood’. In a way he is right.
We do tend to use music as a means of judgment; good or bad, intelligent or stupid, cool or not. So many of us are obsessed with what a songwriter is trying to say with his song, that we forget what the song is trying to say to us. Yes, our music does have a message, garnished with strenuously thought out words that laminate the instruments. But this message is an expression, rather than an expectation. A medium to exhaust the cornucopia of thoughts that are always competing for attention in my head. If someone feels the same way when they hear a song of ours, well and good. If not, that’s fine too. It’s what you feel while listening to a song that’s most important. However, since ‘Lakeerein’ involves an obvious language barrier, I will gladly state the reasons that made me pen it. The reasons that made me start this piece the way I did. But I’ll get to the actual song and the meaning behind it a little later, once I am actually faced with the issues it so loudly protests against. Right now I am just envisioning the taste of home.
Ankur and Markus talk in our latest Vlog about the progress of the new album.
They also discuss our new practice room, Max our new drummer and Anks acoustic project.
To watch this is also your first chance to get a glimpse of what our new album might sound like.
Have fun watching!
Ank is touring Germany this fall with his acoustic side project “Dawson”. Don’t forget to catch them live! The tour dates:
29.9 – Leonberg
1.10 – Ludwigshafen
7.10 – Zweibrucken
8.10 – Sinsheim
14.10 – Trier
15.10 – Bad Sobernheim
22.10 – Aachern
5.11 – Bergisch Gladbach
11.11 – Lindau
12.11 – Koblenz
18.11 – Bad Neustadt
19.11 – Aalen
3.12 – Kaufbeuren
9.12 – Homberg
10.12 – Korbach
Please give a warm welcome to our new face behind the drums: Max Siegmund. He is an old friend of ours and motivated to fill the vacant place behind the drums. We are sure that his broad experience in playing live, teaching drums as well as in the field of recording will be a great contribution to the existing lineup.
The recordings for the new album are also progressing and the first drumtrack has just been recorded last night. We are as excited as you are how it will turn out!
“Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.” ~Tryon Edwards
As you guys already know, we are currently in the process of writing and recording a new album. We are really excited about what we have come up with so far!
What you guys might not know is that 3 of us, Markus, Ole and I (Martin) are also finishing our masters in the meantime. And this is where things get tricky. To make a long story short, Ole was not able to fulfill his needs as a drummer and a student with the time, heart and dedication these things have to be done with.
So Ole and the rest of the band had to take this tough decision and agreed mutually to go our separate ways regarding Fire on Dawson. Letting a band member go is like ending a relationship, it’s not one of the nicest moments in our lives. That’s why the remaining 3 of us are happy and proud that we are still good friends with Ole and we will continue to follow our passion for music. Ole will always be an important part of the Fire on Dawson family for us and we are very thankful for that.
But what is happening with the new album? Who is going to be the new drummer of Fire on Dawson? These are both pretty relevant and exciting questions which we will give you the answers to in the next few days. But this post is dedicated to our friend Ole.
Here is something for you guys….. This is a small live video from one of our concerts in India this year. The name of the song is Red. Have fun watching!
We are proud to announce that Markus is now an official endorser of Framus guitars:
Official Framus Website: Link