From A Spark To A Song –
“Mightiest Of Guns”

1. “Mightiest Of Guns”

“Mightiest Of Guns”… there are some songs that, for some strange reason,
are faithful companions to very defining moments in life,
like fresh water on deep wounds, blessings in the deepest time of need,
vivid reminders of the brightest of all miracles lighting you up
through the profound desperation of an everlasting night…
This is what “Mightiest Of Guns” is for me…

When asked to participate in the special blog project “From A Spark To A Song” for the “Vague Souvenir” album, I must admit that I was somehow hesitant. Not about the nature of the project, which is a real heartfelt idea, but mostly because I believe that honest words and sincere sounds don’t need additional explanations or revisionary insight. Once sowed, the seed’s soul always reveals its true self as it blooms in the heart of the loved ones whom you shared your emotions with. There’s no need to pretend, no need for diluted colors to water paint the shadows reflected by the lights and darkness of your secret chamber… for me, art is life. You can hide, you can cheat, you can lie and you can subdue, as much as you can bless, confess, forgive, let go and resurrect. One way or the other, this is life. And it’s based on that fundamental belief that I decided to be part of “From A Spark To A Song”. Life, as I experienced it, as I felt it, as I grew through it. Life, as it is. Read More »

My Prologue To The Embodiment…

It would have been impossible for me to revisit the body of work incarnating the essence of the nature of Vague Souvenir without exposing the spirit I was in before writing or revisiting a single one of the words that defines the album, which is a personal and intimate journey and not some plastic art commodity designed to stimulate some sterile and impotent feelings only destined to feed the unquenchable thirst for recognition and stardom… it’s an imperfect, but true embodiment of a peregrinate prayer I whispered to the silent rill of the wind blow that led me beyond the dawn of desperation to a moment of surrender that doesn’t have anything to do with capitulating… freedom. Read More »

One Of The First
Bla Bla Bla Performances

In this blog devoted to the album “Vague Souvenir”, we want to bring you into the universe of the album, to give you a new perspective of each and every song, to let you know what we feel from these songs, what they mean to the band, to the crew. This week, I wanted to share with you about the song “The Mightiest Of Guns”, the very first one from the album we performed on the set of the Bla Bla Bla, a moment that we lived all together. Next week, Alex will share with us his perspective on the song, a choice that took us all by surprise, as none of us had ever heard of it… Read More »

The Story Of A Journey

When elaborating the idea of “The Story Of A Journey: From A Spark To A Song” blog, which invites singer songwriter Alex Foster to revisit the stories behind every single song of the amazing album Vague Souvenir, in order to offer us a very unique insight on the emotional stream defining the uniqueness of this musical journey, we were truly hoping that Alex, who’s usually reluctant to explain the meaning of his songs, would allow us to see, if only a little, what might have been the invisible colors he used to paint the songs of the album. Read More »

Without you, nothing would have ever been the same

The picture used for the cover is one that Alex fell in love with, back in 2007, 5 years ago… Back then, though the shape of it was different, this journey was already in the back of our minds, waiting for us to define it. Vague Souvenir is the shape we gave this journey, the best way we could think of in order to be able to share it with you. A journey that Your Favorite Enemies went through, but also traveled with you. And without you, nothing would have ever been the same. Read More »

About Vague Souvenir…

Associated with the “Ceremony And Jubilation” special project that celebrates Your Favorite Enemies’ first 5 years, the “Vague Souvenir” album is a unique and intimate journey consisting of 14 transits, which includes 3 personal songs written over the course of the band’s first years, that have all been revisited and reappropriated by the band members, 4 french poetry songs, excerpts of Alex’s upcoming poetry book , 2 soulful interpretations of cover songs performed by the band in the “Upper Room” studio and 5 homages to artists that have been truly significant and deeply defining for the band members over the years… All of them giving the album its distinctive emotional honesty and poignant, authentic sincerity.

“Vague Souvenir” is the story of an emotion I experienced when I first saw an old polaroid picture taken by a Japanese friend, modestly exposed in a hidden, humble, treasure-type of environment. It was back in 2007, and I was mesmerized by the peaceful invitation to let go from that picture, that would, many years later, become the “Vague Souvenir” album cover… Read More »