It’s not the first year when Yana and Fedor have been fascinated by studies of children’s folklore, where children act as an ethnic group, as a kind of small people. A people who are still closer to “there” than to “here.” A people that has its own special connection with the cosmos, with the world of the collective unconscious and with the whole mythological layer.
The song “Secrets” was written by Fedor under the impression of reading the impressive monograph by Sofya Mikhailovna Loyter “Russian children’s folklore and children’s mythology: Research and texts.” The textual material of which widely represents the children’s tradition of Karelia and of the region that especially famous in the world folklore – of Zaonezhie. When creating the lyrics, Fedor relied on this monograph, and partly on other books about children’s folklore and on his childhood memories. In the songs of Theodor Bastard, consciously or not, we quite often turn to the themes of childhood. We use the symbols of childhood: game songs, teasers, countings, fables, as well as sayings and riddles.