26 March 2019

Okean of Emotions: Blogging break!

Dear Friends and Readers,

I just wanted to tell you all that I decided to take a break from blogging: I have absolutely no time to blog at the moment - and, honestly, I have got other priorities. :)

Thank you very much to all the friends, followers and readers of this blog. Without your questions/comments/messages, everything would have been different.

Thanks again for the inspiration and for your support over these years!
Take care,

04 January 2019

Okean Elzy, ‘Без тебе - Bez tebe - Without you’ - Song and video - 30 March 2018

Okean Elzy released their new song ‘Без тебе - Without you’ on March 30, 2018. In the video published on YouTube, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk plays the lead role: Just like a lonely soul wandering in the California landscape, where he only meets twins, Svyatoslav seeks for his twin soul... But do twin souls exist?

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, video for song 'Без тебе - Without you'
Okean Elzy - © 2018

On March 30th, the Ukrainian rock band Okean Elzy released their new song/video, ‘Без тебе - Bez tebe -  Without you’

It was a very delightful surprise for fans because:
* Okean Elzy published their previous video two years ago, in April 2016
* The band released their last album, ‘Без меж - Bez mezh’, in May 2016
* Svyatoslav Vakarchuk hasn't written any new song for several months…

A song composed in California

This song was recorded in California while Svyatoslav Vakarchuk was in Stanford.

On November 29, 2017, Vakarchuk posted two pictures on Twitter with the following comment: 'Together with Vlada and our friend Igor, we recorded and arranged the two new songs that I wrote in California. I'm grateful to Igor and his wife, Zhenya, for this fantastic home studio and true Ukrainian hospitality.'

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk - Twitter - November 29, 2017
Svyatoslav Vakarchuk - Twitter - November 29, 2017

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk - Twitter - November 29, 2017

‘Без тебе - Without you’ is a very romantic love song explaining how you feel the pain in the absence of your lover: you feel it in your mind, in your body, in your soul... From head to toe, every piece of you hurts! Life has lost its meaning, and your soul is looking for the person you're in love with… The chorus says:

My soul is flying,
Seeking for you,
Because it knows that, wherever you are, that's where I am.

'The fabulous, beautiful and scary world of twins'

The video shootings took place on the west coast of the United States during Svyatoslav Vakarchuk's stay at Stanford University: Los Angeles, Buena Vista Park (San Francisco), El Matador State Beach, California's paths and deserts were the perfect places to illustrate the text of this song.

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk is used to write on such a theme: love hurts, but when love is real, distance means nothing. So, as usual, fans have been touched by the lyrics of this new song.
But most of them didn’t understand what the video was talking about: 'All these pairs of twins !?? What does it mean ???'

A few days after the video was released, the video's director, Anna Buryachkova, gave a few explanations:

'Imagine a world in which everyone has a twin soul. In this world, if you are alone, people will be - at least - surprised, some they will look at you with suspicion and others will insult you. Let's imagine a world in which to be alone is the worst curse because the norm is to be a couple - and I do not mean a couple in a romantic sense, not at all! Imagine a world in which everyone has a twin but you, a world where all other people are linked by their souls and by their thoughts… This is the fabulous, beautiful and scary world of twins!'

Photo: www.avlocations.com

3 interesting facts about this video:

  1. A sandstorm started just at the time when Svyatoslav enters the café:  It was not in the script, but it was perfect to increase the dramatic tension of the video!
  2. For the final sequence, the video's director, Anna Buryachkova, wanted to get a great shooting with a cloudy sky over the sea: This would intensify the dramatic effect of the scenario. The thing is that the locals told her that cloud seldom visits this area... :( but, surprisingly, the weather was cloudy the day they were shooting. :)
  3.  Svyatoslav said that he didn’t skip any class at Stanford because the shooting took place during the weekend. :)

'It wasn't exactly love at first sight, but it was deeper than that.' - Nikki Rowe

It was a shock when I watched the video, and I cried buckets of tears… This song has a special meaning for me because I immediately understood what it was talking about. I thought: 'It describes my feelings!' :)

As said in my last post, I had a difficult year and, for several months, I was lost. I’m sure you see what I mean: Looks like you’re in a tunnel. You know that there’s light at the end of it, but you don’t know when you’ll see it… Anyway, you have to go on this way alone! Nobody can do it for you.

Okean Elzy - © 2018

The paradox is that you're alone, but you do not feel lonely: You always feel someone else's presence by your side. And at the same time, your soul is so far from you, near this person!… 

You think that all this is an illusion, that this is nothing more than the result of 'chemical reactions' in your brain - sorry, I’m a scientist! :) But you also must accept this feeling: for sure, this is love! But what kind of love? It is so unusual! It’s such a strange feeling that it drives you crazy. :)
In the end, you talk to a friend, and she says: 'Hey, you have met your twin soul!'
… … 'My… what?' :) :)

© Josephine Wall

Well, I’m not sure what to think… Twin souls… All I can say is that it’s not romantic at all! :) And I still don’t know what to do with this precious gift that life gave me. But I think I’ll know someday. :)

And what about you? Do you believe in such a deep connection between people? Have you ever met your twin soul? If so, how do you live it day to day?
Your comments are welcome! :)

Usefull links

Links to downloading and streaming services to listen to ‘Без тебе - Bez tee -  Without you’:

See also:


01 January 2019

Happy New Year 2019!

New Year is the time to be open to the changes and make your life a wonderful one… Wishing you a happy and magical New Year. I hope it brings you lots of joy and happiness. All the best!

“And now we welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke -

Happy New Year!