On the heels of his release RPM, Newfoundland's Jim Fidler is at it again. This year, Jim will be releasing an album of all instrumental pieces entitled "Piece by Piece" The 12 original compositions will be released at the end of each month throughout the year; the final of which to be released on New Year's eve 2014. Jim plans to launch it as a CD at some point in 2015, which will also coincide with the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking award-winning album, Gypsy. Jim just released the second track from the album, El Chupacabra, on February 28th.
The Chupacabra is a very interesting creature, indeed.
"The chupacabra (Spanish pronunciation: [t?upa'kaß?a], from chupar "to suck" and cabra "goat", literally "goat sucker") is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas, with the first sightings reported in Puerto Rico.
The name comes from the animal's reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.
Physical descriptions of the creature vary.
It is purportedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail.
Eyewitness sightings have been claimed as early as 1995 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile, and even being spotted outside the Americas in countries like Russia and The Philippines, but many of the reports have been disregarded as uncorroborated or lacking evidence.
Sightings in northern Mexico and the southern United States have been verified as canids afflicted by mange.
Biologists and wildlife management officials view the chupacabra as a contemporary legend."
But, for our purposes, he is very real and actually likes to live it up a bit.
"I figured, if the cockroach has a tune of his own, why not El Chupacabra?"
It took Jim Fidler eight months to finish RPM, and now that it's all said and done, he believes it is one of the best records of his career and certainly one that he had the most fun making. "The album is like that undefinable genre of the 70's where we all listen to the same radio station," he said. "I've always made conscious music, but this one is a whole heap of fun. It's made to be played on big speakers."
Fidler spoke about how the album brought him back to the 70's, the era that he began to cut his teeth in the industry, and how that served as a huge inspiration in his work today. "I wasn't thinking about reggae, Celtic, or jazz, I was just thinking about music," he said. "It harkened my mind back to a time I haven't forgotten and in that mind frame I had a huge pallet to work with."
Ever insightful, he went on to add that the music flowed through him effortlessly, in a very organic and natural process. "All the lyrics on this record are what they call stream of consciousness," he said. "I didn't sit down with a pen and paper and write them down, they just came to me. It wasn't an intellectual endeavour, it didn't come to my head in that clever place, it just passed through me. I know that sounds strange, but such are the arts." - excerpt from Keeping the Arts Alive by Dillon Collins - read the entire article here