Paradise Lost

 

by Terry Walstrom

     

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   When I was four years old my mother took me to the movies with her to see a sci-fi film called THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD. I was terrified. But, I had an epiphany (between screams). It was the music that was scaring me more than the film.
I filed that away in my widdle head.
   As I grew older I noticed that music could sneak up on you emotionally. It wasn't reasonable and it wasn't concrete; it was like a powerful drug someone sneaked into your drink when you weren't looking!  Music had the power to make you experience would could not be put into words.
  The first time I stood next to a piano I felt such a strange longing! I kid you not. I wanted to play! But, my family didn't do the music lesson thing. I was the only kid I knew who wasn't forced to have lessons. 
  Years later, as a Jehovah's Witness, in Federal Prison over the draft/neutrality issue I found I could skip meals and sneak into the Catholic chapel where there was a piano. I set about teaching myself how to play music.  I must have lost twenty five pounds that way.
  Two years later I had figured it out. I could now compose. While I was in Seagoville Federal Correctional Institution (the Bighouse) I would break down the Kingdom Songbook and do arrangements for the little group of musicians (brothers) who were also in prison. I got experience in how to put instruments together.
   When technology finally caught up with the space age computers and music could be made using a keyboard and a computer I was hooked for life! I set about creating what I called "Ear Movies". I made promotional discs with evocative music on them and sent them out to producers, directors, filmmakers, TV stations, documentarians, etc.  Before I knew it I had landed a few modest assignments. Word of mouth led to more work. Soon I was earning my living as a composer!  Nothing famous--but, enough to keep me happy and allow me the freedom to express myself emotionally.  Which brings me to this collection of music I call PARADISE LOST.
  These pieces were composed in a highly emotional state of mind as I reflected on various aspects of my Jehovah's Witness life. From the lighter to the darker side I poured out my thoughts in feelings in the language of music. I used as wide a spectrum of colors as I could with my Alesis Keyboard and Cakewalk Software.  I dedicated the piece Watchtower Man to Randy Watters who went from being a Bethel company man to a fighter for freedom for people's minds. As an Ex-Watchtower Man he has done as much for freedom as Thomas Paine or Thomas Jefferson in their lifetime.
Enjoy!
Terry Walstrom 
copyright 2004

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WATCHTOWER MAN
dedicated to Randy Watters

FREE MINDS
contributed to Randy Watters

 

PARADISE LOST COLLECTION

BOOKBAGS AND BIBLES

JEHOVAH'S RUNAROUND

 

DOOR - TO - DOOR

REDNECK CIRCUIT OVERSEER

 

FAITHLESS ON THE MARCH

NEW WORLD TRANSLATION

 

SATANIC ATTACK

MISSIONARY POSITIONS

 

GOVERNING BODY HARLOT

JUDICIAL COMMITTEE

 

DISFELLOWSHIPPED

PARADISE LOST

 

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