"Good writers borrow, great writers steal" - Quote from Jon Foreman (Originally by T.S Eliot)
In early 2015, during the writing sessions for the "These Years" record, I stumbled into the idea of writing a song based on a fictitious character. Eventually this said character took the shape of a girl by the name of Coraline. It was during this time that I was working with Natasha Senanayake on several arrangements for the record including Coraline. It was during the recording of Coraline that, in a moment of magic, Natasha came to realize what would eventually be the waltz that Coraline would listen to on her musicbox as a child. (Coraline's Waltz)
So. You might ask why the homage to Jon Foreman?
I was first inspired to write and put thoughts into melody by Swichfoot and Jon Foreman. To this day they are a constant in my life and a steadfast source of comfort during dark times.
Soon after the recording of the "Coraline Project" , being an avid follower of Jon's music and a huge fan of his work, I discovered his solo venture named The Wonderlands and furthermore a song penned by him of the name Caroline. Curiosity led me to give it a listen upon which realization struck on the identical nature of certain lyrics and melodic content between Caroline and Coraline. Is your mind in a headspin? So was mine.
On consulting with two of my closest friends, we discovered videos of Jon's live performances of the song dating back to 2013. As shattered as I was to discover this, I have come to conclude over time that there was no other explanation than my possibly having viewed the older videos of his performance and that some fragments of Caroline had spilled subconciously into my writing.
Ofcourse this led to Coraline and Coraline's Waltz being cut from the album and for the longest time, I shelved these songs in the darkest corners of my laptop. Out of sight but never out of mind.
Over time, I have come to love and adore Jon's creation. Caroline is a masterpiece and a work of true art. There's no doubt in my mind that the events that came to be were as what I concluded. And I have finally come to terms with it.
It's with this realization that the following sees the light of day finally.
This is the story of Coraline, released as homage to one of the most best songwriters of our generation and an amazing human being, Jon Foreman.
Thanks & Regards
Asela (Not a great writer).
released January 11, 2016
music, lyrics and vocal performance by Asela Perera
piano arrangement and performance for Coraline by Natasha Senanayake
composition and performance of Coraline's Waltz by Natasha Senanayake