“It was 2AM and I was sitting on the floor in my parent’s basement with a MicroKorg on my lap. I built this synthy legato, ‘ping’ sound routed through a lowpass filter and ran it through a bunch of guitar pedals. I come up with a little cascading part that wound up as the intro and verses of a song called 'Fireflies.’ I have insomnia and I’ve always had a tough time falling asleep for as long as I can remember. I wanted to sing about my inability to sleep in a whimsical way that portrayed the condition as lighthearted and almost more of a 'blessing’ than a curse. It’s ironic that when sleep and I cannot bring ourselves to meet is often when inspiration strikes hardest. I’d just been on vacation to Iowa the week before I wrote the song and was amazed at how many fireflies came out at dusk. I didn’t really have to think about making a connection between insomnia and lighting bugs, it just sort of happened and the song basically wrote itself. It was a lot of fun.”
The three original submissions to Owl City by Gediminas Pranckevicius. The first two were old pieces he had sitting around and third he was almost done with for another project but decided to alter it for the Owl City poster contest, so he just added the the words “midsummer station”. Sadly the third submission could not be used on the album art, but I think it should be used in promotional stuff more.
Gediminas said on his entry, “Very first goal was to create artwork for exhibition ’‘Perpetumobile’. Then I saw this contest and created this adaptation. Hope you like it :) Original picture you can find here: www.gedomenas.com In future I have plans to animate this small island :)”