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The Beholder of Fire – The Story

This piece of music was written during more then two decades and recently has been completed and recorded in Israel by over 20 local professional musicians. The lead vocalists are with Israel’s top rock performers in the last 30 years.

This is a growing up story, presenting an emotional conflict in the life of a teenager.

A rejected child from a problematic home, possibly lacking motherly love, who grows to become a street boy, a bully, wild and vigorous, he’d be the child we would not want near our children, fearing bad influence. At the same time he is the “exciting” boy, passionate and intriguing. All other children want to be around him, yet (or because…) they will always leave him to take the blame when the time for it comes.

In his youth he meets his heavenly equal – the Beholder of Fire (A free translation of the name of the Fallen Angel from Latin). As the boy on Earth so the BOF in heaven, is easy to take the blame for any foul deed, because “that’s his part in this play” (TC1, page 6 in booklet).

The BOF projects the boy’s negative sides, turned down by all, in a positive way, presenting wildness as vitality, manipulation as flexibility, forcefulness as persistence and so on. However, what appears to be a rescue mission of the boy by the BOF, is soon turning into a joint flee of both “misunderstood, misguided and mistreated” figures (ST: Anger & Rage, page 14), drowning in their “Glamorous loneliness and Shining solitude” (The Carriers Theme, page 20).

There is neither absolute closure nor single conclusion to the conflict. There is only a humble presumption. Near the end, the Story Teller’s last words are:

“The pure and the evil are the known and the strange”.