On March 21, Amy Francis of the Wilmington, Illinois radio station 105.5 The Kat conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
A one-and-a-half-minute video for “Manuscriptum Regius”, the spoken-word lyric from “Unsung: Words And Images”, the brand new book by David Ellefson, can be seen below.
“Unsung: Words And Images”, featuring never-before-published original lyrics and images, is available now for purchase through Blurb.com in a deluxe hardcover “Gift” edition, softcover high-gloss version and instant downloadable version through the iBooks app for iPad and iPhone.
Dark, light, inquisitive and inspirational, “Unsung” expresses a uniquely diverse side to David‘s creativity. He enthuses that “as a musician, my past lyrical work has always been set to music. But, with this new book I set out to explore a new medium using both words and images as the canvas for an exciting new mosaic of storytelling.”
“Unsung” is also David‘s first venture into the realm of self-publishing. As a result, he encourages the reader to utilize these original lyrics under license from him for their own songs. In this manner, song-writers of all levels can actually become a co-writer with David. This is truly an innovative way for fans and musicians to co-create with one of metal music’s most iconic and inspirational artists!
In a recent interview with GuitarWorld.com, Ellefson stated about the inspiration for “Unsung”, “I have a lot of lyrics from just the past few months, ideas that were really good, but I wasn’t necessarily inspired to go through the process of writing music around them all. Setting the lyrics to photo images opened up a whole new realm of creativity with these words and didn’t confine me to having to edit ideas to fit into a specific musical genre, either. . . Much like when you compile a musical album, the lyrics started to shape the book very naturally. Once I realized the potential, I had to not be locked into writing only genre-specific lyrics, other ideas started to flow effortlessly. Pieces like ‘Sweet Affections’, ‘Goddess Divine’ and even ‘The Cycle’ really helped round out the book and give it some unique emotion and variety that I may not have been able to put on a musical album with many of the same lyrics.”
“Unsung” is available now for purchase through Blurb.com in a deluxe hardcover “Gift” edition, softcover high-gloss version and instant downloadable version through the iBooks app for iPad and iPhone.
As a co-founder the rock group MEGADETH, David has been a regular contributor to one of metal music’s most enduring legacies. Followers of David‘s work will be delighted that “Unsung” proves to be yet another unique narrative from a man who is known for creating fresh and innovative ways to inspire and connect with his fans.
For more information, visit DavidEllefson.com.
“Manuscriptum Regius” video: