Prototype: Freedom - an album by Thiago Schiefer

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A prototype of freedom. As if someone's trying to create his/her own space of existence in this world.

In their own individuality, each song and each picture in this album depicts visions around this very concept. From simple things, like trying not to be swallowed by the rush of a metropolis, to more complex stuff like "Why can't men do a 'male revolution' as women did?" (represented by the cover shot, in which I wear a skirt), I tried to express my thinking on what freedom is all about.

Through this virtual "booklet", I invite you to experience a snippet of freedom - and of restraint too, as we need opposites to see the whole picture of anything. You'll be able to listen to each song in their own videos, read their lyrics, view info on their recordings, and - if you dare - dive deeper into each of their little worlds by reading "The Archive" - there's a different thing for each one. And all of it backed by the astonishing photography of Amanda Louzada, which you can download as wallpapers.

If you'd like to download the songs, they're available at the homepage (download for free, drop a tip in my virtual hat if you think it's worth it). You can also buy the virtual album for a fixed price at these online stores.

Enough talk! Seat back, hit the arrow below and enjoy the ride!

Guests:
Vocals: Rodrigo Calejon


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Frantic

Living sensation inside
Burning emotions in mind
Pressure now starts to rise
Eager to go on with life

Anxious and measuring time
Trying to guess what's ahead
This makes me want to run
Rush on, fast forward

I need to calm down, take a breath
I can't know what life will bring to
me, stop! Take a breath
And let life show me what's to come

Runnin'
Strugglin'
Not easy
To just calm down!

Unbearable pressure within
Turmoil that grows inside me
My actions, there's something that holds
I'm tired of carrying this load

I need to calm down, take a breath
I can't know what life will bring to
me, stop! Take a breath
And let life show me what's to come

Runnin'
With your mind ahead
Strugglin'
Not easy
It's so hard
To just calm down!

Runnin'
With your mind ahead
Strugglin'
Strugglin'
Not easy
It's so hard
To just calm down!

Guests:
Guitar duel with: Hugo Mariutti


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City Lights

When the first ray of light brightens the metropolis
Thousands are already on the rush
On the way to the daily bread
With the arms of time embracing

As the last trace of sun runs back to the sky
Thousands are still on the rush
Working for the bread of the next day
‘Til dew stops landing over leaves

And the clock ticks days and years
With the city lights running red and white

The wind blows to the passing of cars
The smell of carbon smoke in the air
People back and fourth on the concrete
Their path as grey as their lungs

Neon lights show the time running by
No delay is ever allowed
Skyscrapers keep the market engine
Money rushing through their veins

And the clock ticks days and years
With the city lights running red and white

And the clock ticks days and years
With the city lights running red and white

As the clock ticks days and years
Some lights fade for others to shine

Guests:
Vocals: Daniella Alcarpe


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Rays on the Water

Morning comes
I look through the window to see
The trees and birds, to keep on

The breathing life:
The reason for a being to exist
The meaning of us all

A life to live in peace
Without appointments or engagement
With the purest eyes I see

(Rays on the water)
Announcing the light of day
(Rays on the water)
I'm cleaned by the light of a new day
(Rays on the water)
Taking the pain away
(Rays on the water)
Reaching inside!

Energy from the earth flows through me
And mine goes back to nature
Free at last
No more urban stress

A life to live in peace
Without appointments or engagement
With the purest eyes I see

(Rays on the water)
Announcing the light of day
(Rays on the water)
I'm cleaned by the light of a new day
(Rays on the water)
Taking the pain away
(Rays on the water)
Reaching inside!

E se algum dia eu olhar pra trás
E ver como era brutal
Meu jeito de ver cada dia igual
Tão duro e tão irreal

(Rays on the water)
The sun brings the light of day
(Rays on the water)
Reflecting the eyes of a new man
(Rays on the water)
Washing the pain away
(Rays on the water)
Reaching inside!


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The Grand Stage

I've been a hero
A villain too
I've conquered worlds
But this is past by now

I'm not the things
I've ever wanted to be
I can't be what others would say 'no'

And who would ever say
That one day I've been so much more
Than the people let me be?

Time's gone by
Grown up, I have
The kid's imagination will be no more...?

But why should I care
about what they think of me?
Why leave to no one
this great space to act?

The grand stage
Feeling the magic of childhood again
The grand stage
Letting that freedom flow
without the pain
The grand stage
To be the actor playing every role
The grand stage
To live moving on my soul

And who would ever say
That one day I've been so much less
Than life lets me be?

Time's gone by
Grown up, I have
And still to find in me there is so much more

Why should I care
about what they think of me?
Why leave to no one
this great space to act?

The grand stage
Feeling the magic of childhood again
The grand stage
Letting that freedom flow
without the pain
The grand stage
To be the actor playing every role
The grand stage
To live moving on my soul


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Rise

I'm sorry I made you write this song
I'm sorry to be the one
I've never meant things to be this way
I'm sorry I chose to go.

I couldn't love no one
I couldn't love myself
That's why I wasn't there
To watch you grow a man

I don't know how to act right
I don't know what should I do
I don't know how to aid you
How to show you what a man should be

The time has come
The clean up has begun
The time has come
There's no place to run

Father, please release my hands
You were never worthy holding them anyway
You pretend to care about my ways
This ain't no time to make your amends

Tonight I'm leaving the worst in me
Tonight I am dying
So I can crawl away from the agonizing child
And rise a man

Guests:
Synths: Fabio Ribeiro


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Götterdämmerung

(instrumental)

Guests:
Vocals and bass guitar: Ale Souza
Synth solo: Fabio Ribeiro


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Trapped

Trapped inside this dark cell
Don't know who got me here
Walls scarred by humidity
Don't know who can take me out

I listen to rude voices screaming
"You'll never leave this putrid place"
Anguish and fear mix with rage
that won't get me out of this hell

They're gonna seize me
They're gonna lock me in
They're gonna seal me
Away to forevermore

I wanna be as the ones that I look up to
Shine my light through these walls
These future memories of happiness
Almost holds back the seed of the scream

Trapped, prisioner,
Locked in tiny space
Let him in the dark
Rotting forever

They're gonna seize me
They're gonna lock me in
They're gonna seal me
Away to forevermore


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Free

C'mon
Come with me
Ride on
To our dreams

Let's play the madness and run astray
Move on with our lives free from mistakes
Freedom will guide our steps through the streets
Joy and adrenaline fill our bodies

C'mon
You with me?

Grab all the sadness and throw away
Forget the bad things, they're all at stake
Shout out the nice things you want to be
The universe will manage to make'em real

You're free to believe
You're free to exist
You're free, can't deny
You're free as you were
meant to be!

C'mon
Let's do it already!

Party your own way, at night or day
No need to do it like others say
Dive in the pool of your hopes and dreams
Rise the king of your destiny

You're free to believe
You're free to exist
You're free, can't deny
You're free as you were
meant to be!

You're free to believe
You're free to exist
You're free, don't deny
You're free as you were
meant to be!

We're free to believe
We're free to exist
We're free, can't deny
We're free as we were
meant to be!

THE
ARCHIVE
BONUS STUFF

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She Spoke

She spoke right to the life inside
Bringing the light back to my eyes

Her smile touched me in a way I'd never felt
Her hair moved in waves and breathed air
Into my chest

Her voice would tear apart the walls ‘round my head
Her eyes would see through the veils I had set
Over myself

As life outside strays
In insane ways
My mind drifts in love through the space
The only sure place
To survive all days
Is the high sky above we have once chased

Her skin soothed my skin and within
Caressed the thin layer of reality
Taking me in

As life outside strays
In insane ways
My mind wanders lost through the space
The only sure place
To survive all days
In a blind move we tossed away


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Tale of Forecoming Lore

I am here to tell to you
Of the stories of the past
Of a time we went beyond the nature's strip

I'm here to tell you of a time
Of the centuries gone by
When our kind was up in glory and turned to dust

Our chemistry went “beyond”
Our weapons were so much
We had the means to bring up life and end it

We used water freely
During endless hours to see
Though we knew that water was at it's end

Please, people of this
New Era of the Earth
Undo the scars we brought upon the planet's face

I know of many who believed
Wood was there for us to take
But we ripped off mercilessly the world's lung

I know of more who even thought
Their actions meant of naught
That their deeds would never hurt the place they lived

But now you see that the greed
And the egoism of that race
Took away the most of them, away from life

Please, people of this
New Era of the Earth
Undo the scars we brought upon the planet's face

All music and lyrics by Thiago Schiefer

Produced by Thiago Schiefer
Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Ale Souza and Fabio Ribeiro at The Brainless Brothers Studio - São Paulo, Brazil
Mastered by Brendan Duffey at Norcal Studios, São Paulo, Brazil

Lead vocals, electric, acoustic and bass guitars (except where noted), mouth percussion and electronic drum programming by Thiago Schiefer
Bass guitar on City Lights, The Grand Stage and Trapped by Ale Souza
Synths by Fabio Ribeiro
Drums by Du "Mosca"
Choir on The Grand Stage by Ale Souza, Amanda Gasparetto, Rodrigo Calejon and Thiago Schiefer
Guest vocals on Frantic by Rodrigo Calejon
Guest guitar duel on City Lights by Hugo Mariutti
Guest vocals on Rays on the Water by Daniella Alcarpe
Guest vocals on Trapped by Ale Souza
Guest synth solo on Trapped by Fabio Ribeiro

My thanks to:
God; my mother Suely, my father Benedito and my granny Mercedes, without whom this could never be possible; Bárbara Mazzola, who helped me turn this project into what it is; Daniella Alcarpe and Marina Caron, who brought my voice and spirit outside; Rodrigo Calejon, César Bernardi, Fabio Sciedlarczyk, Amanda Gasparetto, Pedro Zambarda and all my friends for the loving support; Ale Souza, Fabio Ribeiro and Hugo Mariutti, for believing; Edu Ardanuy, Dagoberto Feliz, Roger Benet, Ciro Visconti, Rafael Dantas and the many teachers who taught me every little thing I know about music and arts; Thiago Gaeta, Marcus Petrelli, Arthur Dias, Sophia Novoa, Marô Castro and all my bandmates throughout the years; and, last but not least, YOU, who liked this project enough to read everything up to this point!