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Review – Dead Boy’s Poem (Nightwish)

The Opening Sentence

With a new Nightwish album released, their first since the extraordinary Imaginaerum in 2011, I thought it timely to delve into the archive and bring out a little known song from their 2000 album Wishmaster.


Fourteen years ago and since then Nightwish have only had three lead singers (five if you include the temporary arrangement during their US tour with Alissa White-Gluz and Elize Ryd replacing an ill Anette Olzon)

Fourteen years which means one of the stars of the Wishmaster album will be twenty-five years old now!

Sam Hardwick was eleven years old when he was asked to recite the poetry sections of the song Dead Boy’s Poem. Before you start moaning and groaning, I know what you’re thinking. Kids, actors, recitals = wooden, timber, stilted narrative lacking in any expressive emotion.

And that’s what makes Hardwick’s performance on this song so interesting, so unusual. There’s a weird maturity…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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