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Something is Strange (Version 1)

from Child's Play by Rettward von Doernberg

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"Something is Strange"

I learned two important lessons from this piece. First, that it can sound nice if you record the same line twice and then play it back at the same time. The other is that pieces can gain clarity when you record them again, but they can also lose a lot of their charm.

I like the first version best, although it's not as technically accomplished as the second. But it feels so much more honest and intimate. The draft is such a typical snippet that I just recorded quickly when I had an idea.

The piece is about a young person who is gradually being seized by society. Because he is creative and has an alert mind, he senses that both is being driven out of him. And he wishes to be back in his childhood. I can relate to that.


One day I saw the man
I went to him and there I stood again

Apologized, said I was wrong
I really felt sorry for what I'd done
I asked myself: What're doing there?
Something that you've never, never done before

I'm feeling something happens to me
I change the way the things to see
Now I see it's not all invain
but the questions are there and they still remain

Something is strange with me

My friend, it might sound strange to you
I'm health, everyday I do something new
I love my friends, and they love me
You could say this guy really loves to be

But deep inside I can feel a pain
I'm scared of the future that it drives me insane
I'm yearning to live in my childhood again
Where nobody demands to live as bad as you can

Where you just give and take whenever you want
When the world only moves for your own visions and dreams

Something is strange with me


from Child's Play, released October 11, 2022


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Rettward von Doernberg Berlin, Germany

Just like the great explorers in times past, I'm on a very personal, musical voyage of discovery.

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