The Veayo Twins, “A Game We Play”
Track 1- "A Game We Play" was one of the first songs I had ever written. I started the progressions and early verse melodies as far back as my 5th grade year of elementary school. At that point I hadn't a clue where the creation was going, but when my first amateur talent show band came along 2 years later, an inner motive helped me to finish the composition. Up until that point, I hadn't identified the content nor meaning of the song itself. As soon as an issue arose between a fellow band member and I over a specific guy, I wrote down my personal frustrations in the form of lyrics, which is the exact message you hear today.
Track 2- "Don't Forgive Me" was a heartfelt composition that seemed to just flow out of me one late night after a regretful release. I had been going through a catastrophe of emotional issues: bullying, post-traumatic stress, and painful emotional illnesses that are very common in today's society. Because of a numbness and lack of being able to feel physical pain, I fell into a very deep trench of addictive behaviors, also known as self-injurious behavior. After that late night of digging deeper in that trench, I identified the wrongs in my behaviors, and wrote Don't Forgive Me as an apology to all of my friends and family members for my regretted release.
Track 3- "Jillian's Song" started out as a playful composition for a friend in Boston, Jillian Jensen, who in this past year (2012) appeared as a semi-finalist in America's X-Factor. Although, as I progressed in writing the song, I couldn't ignore a specific insight experienced when being around her. She had seemed different in contrast to the last few times I had seen her, and I had a gut feeling that she was having a tough emotional life. Transforming the playful composition into an inspirational message to Jillian, my sister and I released the song to the public about 1 and 1/2 to 2 years before Jillian appeared on the X-Factor, admitting to the pain of being bullied and dealing with the emotional chaos and social torture of hiding the cruel behaviors of others for various years.
Track 4- "Please Let Me Go" is an eloquent metaphor created in one of my darkest moments, describing the agony of post traumatic stress and the desperation of getting away from the repetitive, painful images of past events taking a toll on my physical being. It describes the failed attempts of trying to run away from my feelings, the haunting of graphic remembrances, and the desperate temptation to end my existence.
Track 5- "One O'clock" was another song written in the middle of the night, about what was parading through my mind when I couldn't get to sleep. The content is a combined subject of relationship issues, twisted together with the experiences of being bullied. Starting as a pop-rock genre, it changed into more of a pop-jazz genre thanks to the inspiration of my sister, and her suggestions to make the song sound more unique.
Track 6- "Scream At Walls" is a heartfelt composition written about how it feels to be constantly bullied in the social atmosphere. Scream At Walls describes the pain of not being accepted, the feeling of isolation, and the heart-wrenching experience of feeling like you are the only one who understands the alienation of today's cruel bullying culture. This creation was written for everyone else out there who has been, or is being bullied. It was also featured in a profound documentary called "Bullied To Silence" by Dog Eats Hat Productions, in which my sister and I were casted into. For more information on the documentary, please google "Bullied To Silence".
Track 7- "My Beautiful Angel" was a song written in my late years of junior high about a boy I was going to break up with. The lyrics reflect the pain in his point of view, expressed in the form of an instant message conversation that had occurred after my phone call to him. Because of the male perspective, I simply converted the song into a female narrative, considering I am female. When listening to the song, it sounds as if I was the one being hurt, when in reality the roles were switched.
Katherine & I want to personally thank you for taking the time to read through my descriptions of the songs.
We hope you enjoy and appreciate the motivational meanings behind our music and the lyrical content.
Enjoy the album!
Kristen & Katherine
Album Credits Below:
Kristen Veayo Lead vocals, guitar, songwriter
Katherine Veayo Vocals, drums, and keys
Sean Finn Bass
Joel Amsden Lead guitar for 1,3,4,5,7
Easton Morang Lead guitar for track 6
Adam Parvanta Drums for track 6
Produced by Kristen & Katherine Veayo, all songs written by Kristen Veayo
Mixed, edited, and mastered by Brian Sumner, North Hollywood, California
Recorded by Timothy Swan, Rumford, Maine
Photos by Kevin Fahrman, Foreside Photography, Portland, Maine
Thank you for supporting us! Special thanks to Sean Finn, Joel Amsden, Adam Parvanta, and Chas Lester for always being there when we needed guidance during the pre-production and recording process. Brian Sumner deserves credit for his patience, creativity, and all the extra hours of editing and mixing for this Album, Thanks:)
"Through the art of music, and by sharing their heartfelt stories as part of the "Bullied To Silence" cast, Kristen & Katherine are raising awareness of challenging topics like bullying, and self harm." - Susan Broude, Producer/Writer, Bullied To Silence