5. FINLAND I: Snowclone – My Song

“My Song”
Performed by: Snowclone
Music by: Tero Aalto
Lyrics by: Tero Aalto

Snowclone is a Finnish duo that produces pop music with a strong Nordic flavor. The band was founded in 2007. It consists of Anna Sipilä, a vocalist with a unique voice that grants Snowclone its signature sound, and Tero Aalto, who takes care of all the rest.

In their own words:
Tero is a language technologist who has been writing songs for over two decades, not only for Snowclone but also movies, theater etc. Recently, he has been focusing more on other arts, especially dancing, musicals and movies as well as working on two upcoming novels. Tero’s first HCSC was back in 2002, and since 2011 he has participated every year.

Looking at My Song’s lyrics, it isn’t too opaque what it’s about. As macabre as it sounds, the original idea was “Which song would you like to have played in your funeral?”. Despite the starting point, the story is clearly positive. Music survives even death and retains the memories. Most of the composition came about in 2002 and remained waiting for the right arrangement. Finally, it got a light orchestral one and ended up on the Red Light Stop Sign album (2006).

When selecting songs for Snowclone, MS was an obvious choice. The arrangement, however, wasn’t found that easily. We wouldn’t even attempt at orchestral anymore, because (as our producer put it) “If you want to sound like a symphony orchestra, you’ve got to be one”. Many options were explored. Eventually, Tero got the openminded idea of a heavy rock ballad, which proved to be most suitable a concept indeed. In addition to our producer the drummer, we borrowed a real guitarist, and the genuineness generated by actual musicians can clearly be heard in the song.

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Lyrics:
You hear my song though I have gone
Wish we could have stayed as one
I left it play through night and day
Reminding you of who I was

If you still care
Don’t let memories drift away
That way I’ll stay

You hear my song, the only one
Sing along for days bygone
Don’t be afraid of letting go
As long as you know

Though I’m not here, I’m somewhere near
Not far away, in a way, someday
You’re just standing there and wondering why
Why don’t you join the last party of mine?
Hold back your fears and be free

You hear my song though I have gone
Wish we could have stayed as one
I left it play through night and day
Reminding you of who I was

If you still care
Don’t let memories drift away
That way I’ll stay

You hear my song, the only one
Sing along for days bygone
Don’t be afraid of letting go
As long as you know

There will be my song
No matter how long I’m gone
Living on through my song
There will be my song
No matter how long I’m gone
Living on through my song