Released February 13th, 2015 ‘Élan’ is the first single of their
eighth studio album
‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’.
According to Tuomas
"the underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of
life, which can be something different for all of us. It's important to
surrender yourself to the occasional 'free fall' and not to fear the
path less travelled by."
“We are the masters of our wishes, beliefs and dreams. Whatever you desire enough, it can happen. Destiny is an excuse for those who dont have the strengh to fulfill their wishes. Everything is possible, even the impossible.” -Tuomas Holopainen
We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of those stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?
Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show On Earth, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Nightwish.