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English: Duodji Saami symbols art Svenska: Duo...

English: Duodji Saami symbols art Svenska: Duodji samiska symboler konst (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Weird. I must have been so busy and exhausted I’ve forgot this blog. Let’s just say the beginning of this year has definitely been more interesting than last year’s January. Perhaps it’s the small things that matter. We have had snow, freezing days but the days are growing longer, day by day, slowly.

Eternal Tears of Sorrow has been busy, once again, even though in a different way than last year. We have a brand new merchandise shop at http://shop.eternaltears.fi/ . Also, the album is out, which means a lot of interviews and questions like “What does Saivon Lapsi really mean?”

Well, Saivo is something like this:

The south Saami used to believe that the ancestors lived in holy mountains called saajve(aajmoe). In the north Saami area this word – in the form sáiva – refers to sacrificial sites and to holy lakes, often round, with no rivers flowing into them, believed to be paired with a vertical shaft leading down to a lower one. Probably this is the original meaning because there is broad agreement that saajve/sáiva is borrowed from proto-Scandinavian *saiwa-z, “sea.” This interpretation corresponds to the fact that the Saami shaman, the noaidi, predominantly used a fish as the vehicle of his soul when he went to the land of the dead and to the fact that going there was referred to as “diving”.

And well, “Saivon” = “Saivo’s” or “of Saivo”, “lapsi” = “the/a child”, so “Saivon Lapsi” = “The/A Child of Saivo” or “Saivo’s Child”.

And yes, I finally managed to get the new version of our website online. http://eternaltears.fi/ is the place. It’s still far from perfect when using mobile devices or netbooks but I’ll get back to it a bit later.

 
 

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Lights, Camera, Action!

It was a fine day for Eternal Tears of Sorrow. The very first official music video. As a matter of fact, we do have some semi-official videos but unfortunately they’re not really 100% professional quality videos. I really don’t know why. The odds and the gods of metal have always been against us.

We shot one in 1999 for “Burning Flames’ Embrace” which was a bit weird. We had a brand new line-up playing a song of the original line-up, for instance, our drummer Petri Sankala had to play the drum machine things in the video. And, of course, the overall cost of the video was 666 Finnish marks. Then, there was supposed to be a live video for a song on “Chaotic Beauty“, somewhere in Helsinki supporting Nightwish. And then, there is a nice live video for “Summon the Wild”, done a couple of years ago.

We all woke up at seven (if not earlier) to get to the place at 8.30. The production team (Mutant Koala Pictures) had arrived a bit earlier, which is natural as they had a lot of equipment with them. An hour later, we started. Hearing the same tune over and over for six hours might normally be quite boring, but we all had adrenaline rushing in our veins. Can you believe it was actually the first time a photo was taken with each member playing his instrument, including the keyboard wizard mr Janne Tolsa? But I’m sure it won’t be the last ;). And you’ll get to see this photo later, as well as the whole video.

Anyway, it’s been quite natural that after two days of action I’ve needed a total rest day, no matter how fun the action has been. Friday was fun and Saturday was fun. Quite different from each other, but fun. (Did I already mention the word “fun”, by the way?) In my first blog entry of 2012, I wrote:

If everything goes “as planned” (yeah right, like I would ever have a plan?), I will be happier by the end of the year. Or at least I will have learned new things about life, love, the universe and everything.

Well, I’m already happier than in January. Much happier. That’s weird because I don’t know what has made the difference. Maybe it’s just as simple as seizing the day, enjoying the moment and always trying to think positively (as my mother says to me almost every time I call her). One third of this year is gone and I just can’t wait for what’s ahead.

“Life, love, the universe and everything.” Sounds like fun. Welcome, May, you will be a nice month!

 
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Posted by on 30.4.2012 in In English, Music

 

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