Thomas NegovanThe first notes of "And Dream Of Sheep" fall, and you listen. Intently.
Orchestrated strings help define Thomas Negovans work on this track, but his scoring
talents represent only one facet of his musical leanings. Other songs, such as those found
on his 1995 debut CD with collaborator Enrique Vilaseco and band Three Years Ghost, bring
his classical-mindedness in song writing to melodious, multilayered rock songs. And
Negovan credits some unlikely masters with influencing his musical course in life.
"I wanted to be a Shelley or a Keats,
but the role the Victorian or Romantic poet had in past societies doesnt exist
now," says Negovan. "Our closest modern equivalents are people like David Bowie
and Mick Jagger."
Other musical influences range from T. Rex
and The Church to Frank Sinatra and Mel Tormé. Count in the music of Nina Simone and
"anything with a hint of mysticism," he says. Disparate literary works have made
their mark, as well, including turn-of-the-century occult literature; horror, crime and
superhero comics from the 50s; and the writings of Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and Lord
Negovans debut release, Sidhe (1995),
fused the artists penchant for linear orchestration with his drive to create smart,
sexy and thoughtful rock songs. The result is a collection that laments lost love with a
resignation that makes you feel as though youve stepped into a rock-and-roll-style
Merchant and Ivory film.
In the years since this release Negovan has
performed at The Bop Shop and other Chicago venues, on his own and with Three Years Ghost.
Hes spent the last two years, in particular, refocusing what he and the band are
doing: developing a richness in music that broadens the definition of rock.
"Were trying to approach our songs as soundtrack pieces instead of three-minute
pop songs," Negovan says. "I like music thats cyclical but not repetitive,
music thats epic in the way it builds."
And that soundtrack-style approach is
paying off in other ways. Negovans been called on to score the soundtrack for Walter
Did It, an upcoming David Lynch-style indie film by Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan, writers
for Xena: Warrior Princess. He and band members are also completing Titan, a CD set
dealing with mythological, cultural and spiritual themes.
- Jennifer Hicks