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    Thu, 08 Dec 2011 07:39:41

    Waiting For You…With Syd Duran of Valora: Entry #5 "Forgotten" - Exclusive blog from Syd Duran of Valora...

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    ARTISTdirect.com is proud to present the fourth installment of our blog with Valora singer Syd Duran. Check it out below!

    In case you need it…Here's some background on Valora. They're the most kickass new hard rock band out there, and their debut album will be available in early 2012. Be sure to check out their latest single "I Waited For You" here for a proper introduction.

    "Forgotten" — Entry #5

    Last week on Twitter, "#Twothingsthatnevermix" was a trending topic. There are obviously a lot of things that don't mix well together, but I responded with my first thought: "Boys in bands dating girls in bands." I realized that this would arouse lots of conflicting opinions among my followers, but I was curious to hear what they thought. Of course, I got a few "Syd, I'm not in a band. Let's date!" replies. And then there were the more heartfelt "It depends on the trust level between them. There are exceptions." I'm not one to put a disclaimer on something I believe in, but don't let my personal experiences discourage you from finding true love wherever the hell you want to find it.

    They say you never forget your first love. "They" are right about that. I was in my senior year of High School. Almost every day after school, I would go to a sketchy little studio on Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood to write music and record demos. The engineer who recorded me was the grumpiest, most irritable white-haired man that I had ever met. He was mostly pessimistic and hostile, but he believed in me. After months of working with each other, I think he started to care about me as a person, opposed to a recording subject. One day, he told me about this Hollywood Glam Rock band he was developing in the studio. I thought, "That sounds weird, but interesting." I was still innocent to the dirty rock 'n' roll world. My only experiences on the Sunset Strip were on stage in the clubs for a 25-minute set, and then being quickly escorted back to my car. The fact that I was 17, but looked 14, didn't help with the whole bouncer situation.

    On a Thursday evening after a full day of recording, I went to a club called Zen Sushi to watch this glam band perform. I was introduced to the lead singer and…smash cut to my high school graduation party... We were a couple. We were in love. A year later, we were still completely enthralled by watching each other perform on stage. I looked up to him as a musician and trend setter, and he admired my passion and songwriting. It seemed that we were unstoppable. As I write this, the Death Cab for Cutie song "Meet Me On The Equinox" is running through my head "Everything, everything ends..."

    Almost two years into our blissful romance, something changed. Some competitive spirit overthrew our concern for each other's well-being. It was slow and painful, but eventually what we had was forgotten. I believe that forgotten love is far more haunting than unrequited or destroyed love. For example, it's been five years. I've since landed a major label record deal, wrote and recorded a full-length album, shared the stage with rock legends, and am completely satisfied with the status of my love life. Yet, I am gushing over what was simply an unsuccessful relationship. WHY? Because it haunts me. I will never really understand what happened. How can you forget what you once cared for and protected with your life? It remains a mystery, and my first love remains in my heart as a dark muse. He is the inspiration to "Forgotten", a song on my forthcoming debut album that set the standard for how exposed and real I was willing to be for the listeners. If you think I left out the names to protect the reputation of my bitter, old engineer friend or infamous first love, grab a copy of my album when it comes out on April 3rd, 2012 and take a close look at the "Special Thanks."

    —Syd Duran
    12.8.11


    Did you enjoy this blog? Stay tuned for more from Syd...

    See the last entry here!

    Watch Syd explain the story behind "I Waited For You" here!

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