INTELLIGENT DESIGN (​(​A​-​cappella Remix​)​)

by COLIN WYLIE

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about

There was a message I wanted to convey through this song, I couldn't quite articulate.

After struggling with the lyrics for a while, they just came.

While waiting for the birth of my son Elliott in the delivery room with his Mom, 'Intelligent Design' and then Elliott were born.

'Intelligent Design' was originally released on the 'Hinterlandband - Bon Echo LP' (2012) available for purchase here at Bandcamp.

I've always felt a particulalr fondness for the vocal arrangement in this tune - and the Beach Boys a-cappella remixes that have been rereleased over the years.

A lot of the Beach Boys tracks I'm speaking towards were done in the legendary Capitol Studios (1960s) - utilizing equally legendary (and rare) EMT 140 reverb plates. These monstrous sound toys are 600 lbs of glorious, sonic divinity.

As it turned out - my Montreal pals (Adrian Popovich & Joseph Donovan @ Royal Mountain Studios) have access to a couple of functioning EMT 140 units.

So I happened upon the concept to partner an a-cappella remix of this tune with a local videographer. We were going to hit the backroads of the Ottawa Valley and capture footage in Winter & Spring.

Due too many covid-related complications I opted to change direction.

It was at thhis time, a friend of mine - Shawn Wagner - had unwittingly suggested I look up Cobden's own 'Tired' Tim Graham's photography.

His portfolio was exactly what I was looking for. Tim's vision is 'hand-in-glove' with the message being conveyed lyrically.

With this video project, it is my wish to convey and maybe plant some seeds of hope. In hope, that we begin to truly cherish the miracle and mystery of the natural life in front of our eyes - here in the Ottawa Valley and across the universe.

For me, I see the creator, God, in the finite properties that is life on our planet. An incredible tapestry of interconnectedness between ourselves, the creation and the creator - to me - is an undeniable truth.

lyrics

ITS TOO INTELLIGENT TO DENY THERES A MAKER
WHEN EVERYTHING IS SO FINE IN ITS DESIGN THATS IT TRUE
MY EMPIRICAL TRUTHS MORE THAN A STATEMENT
DON'T NEED MIRACULOUS SIGNS TO CONCLUDE
THERE IN OUR VERY DESIGN THERE IS YOU

ITS YOUR LOVE A MYSTERY TO ME
YOUR LOVE NON-FICTION TO ME
YOUR LOVE RIGHT THERE BETWEEN THE LINES
YOUR LOVE I'M ABLE TO SEE
YOUR LOVE DIVINITY
YOUR LOVE RIGHT THERE BEFORE YOUR EYES

COME ON AND TELL ME NOW WHO IS THE MAKER
DON'T NEED A SCIENCE WUNDERKIND TO HYPOTHESIZE THATS ITS TRUE
TELL ME NOW IS THE CREATOR
OR IS IT PATENTED BY ME AND YOU
THERE IN OUR VERY DESIGN THERE IS PROOF

credits

released April 2, 2021
Written & Performed by COLIN WYLIE

*Bass by Marc Leblanc

Recorded at Old Church Recording Studio & Half String Studio

'EMT 140' A-cappella Re-Mix' by Adrian Popovich at Royal Mountain Studios

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COLIN WYLIE Ottawa, Ontario

Colin Wylie is known for the ‘Hinterlandband’ project. (2009’s ‘Leaving Fallow Field’ & 2012’s ‘Bon Echo’). Compositions from these two albums have been placed in programming for Muchmusic, NBC, CTV, MTV (US &UK), Fox (US), CBC, The CW Network and PBS.

Colin former member of Canadian band Blinker the Star A&M and then Dreamworks in the 90's barely out of their teens.
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