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My Modern Warfare song was a thank you and a challenge. I questioned what courage really was because for me it wasn't in the big brash shooting in front of me on the screen but in the small quiet stories of the people behind the controls.
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When I came to write Modern Warfare I basically just felt really grateful for all the support and opportunities I'd had for these sounds. I had so many superb interactions and responses from people about what I was doing. So this song felt like a perfect opportunity to think about how everyone's lives are so interesting and full of adventure.
You can think that your life is dull and mundane, but when you start to tell your own story it's full of depth and beauty and tragedy and wonderful things. Which is interesting when you consider how much of this time we invest in playing games.
Modern Warfare had the added irony of being a game about warfare that, to me, seemed to at the same time be an exploration of courage. We play it because we want those courage moments in the game for ourselves.
The song seemed to be received as a bit of a downer, rather than this big celebration of life. I guess the video in the laundrette didn't help. Like I said in my Modern Warfare blog, I was actually quite ill (and embarrassed) when I was shooting the video for the song. This was the one where I think I made the biggest public spectacle of myself.
I wanted this song to be really stripped back, to keep it simple. It's a challenge because then everything's on show. The guitar part and the vocal have to be really perfect.
If this song is about anything it's the sentiment that life is exciting rather than mundane. I wanted to totally question that life is mundane. I think reality can be very very exciting if you are brave enough to really live on the age and do things you are afraid of.
Is it everything you hoped for? Is it flawless, like the moon is tonight Is it everything you've worked for With the latest technology, with all we can achieve Does your heart break as you fall through that snowstorm Does your heart break as you fall through submarines, helicopters and all the world’s adventures To fight, to fight for your life Will you fight, will you fight for your life Cause will we talk about this game for years to come Or will we talk about you, about you Oh what might you do? Is it every bit the sequel that you wished for On your favourite star Are you every bit the soldier that you know you are In your secret heart Are you in love with the countless weapons you will never touch Are you in love with the feeling of living all the world’s adventures Will you fight, will you fight for your life Will you fight, will you fight for your life Cause will we talk about this game for years to come Or will we talk about you, about you Oh what might you do?
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
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