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Open At The Close
Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
Open At The Close

I’ve figured out all the pieces and
It now makes sense to me.
My future has been set in stone,
And this end must come.
For this must be done.
I cannot let them die in vain.
They fought by my side
And fell with their pride.
One a brother, lived with all his wit.
Another taught me life, and how to deal with it.

So I’ll walk it alone and face this truth.
Mum, I’m coming home, home to you.
No goodbyes this time, and no kisses too.
Ginny, please don’t you cry.
Know I’ll always love you.

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“Hermione’s Song” by Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
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The Meaning of Lonely
Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls

This is my favourite wizard rock love song of all time.

Lyrics:

Tell me you remember the winters
Tell me you remember the stars
And tell me you remember all the times we spent alone
Well, maybe it’s time we start

So say you’ll love me only
Say you’ll take a chance
You taught me the meaning of lonely, boy
I’m a fool with my heart in my hands, oh

Too long I’ve waited for the right time
Too long I could not say the words
And too long I struggled with thoughts that you might be the one
But lately I’ve come undone

So say you’ll love me only
Say you’ll take a chance
You taught me the meaning of lonely, boy
I’m a fool with my heart in my hands

Don’t hesitate
Please answer so
I can believe
That we can grow

So say you’ll love me only
Say you’ll take a chance
You taught me the meaning of lonely, boy
I’m a fool with my heart in your hands

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While we’re on the topic of father-son issues I wanted to share one of the songs from my Cursed Child wrock playlist. Apologies that the actual playlist is taking longer than I expected. I’m currently making two Minerva McGongall music videos and trying to finish writing up my lyric-script comparison, something that my friend told me last evening sounded like a masters thesis. She said I could get a degree, lol.

7. In Your Shadow- Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls (Act 1, Scene 4 Transition)

This gorgeous song by Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls was originally intended to be from James Sirius’ point of view, but fits Albus perfectly and really encompasses the “dark cloud” and casting of shadows theme of the play.


For as long as I can remember,
I’ve heard nothing more
Than the legend of your life
As our savior,
Freeing all from shore to shore.

No, that’s not me.
And I can’t live up to it.
How can I be
Anything but second best
To you?

You put a weight on me,
Too much to hold.
And this whole damn town
Celebrates when you’re around,
So I’ll always be
In your shadow.

Albus: I’m just asking you, Dad, if you’ll — if you’ll just stand a little away from me.

Open at the Close
Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls

Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls - Open at the Close

I’ve figured out all the pieces and
It now makes sense to me.
My future has been set in stone,
And this end must come.
For this must be done.
I cannot let them die in vain.
They fought by my side
And fell with their pride.
One a brother, lived with all his wit.
Another taught me life, and how to deal with it.

So I’ll walk it alone and face this truth.
Mum, I’m coming home, home to you.
No goodbyes this time, and no kisses too.
Ginny, please don’t you cry.
Know I’ll always love you.

Memories run though my mind
And it’s comforting to me.
This is it, there’s no more to say.
Just a waiting game as he takes his aim.

So I’ll walk this alone and face this truth.
Mum, I’m coming home, home to you.
No goodbyes this time, and no kisses too.
Ginny, please don’t you cry.
Know I’ll always love you.

Oliver Boyd and The Remembralls: an upstanding example of good wizard rock behaviour

Hi everyone.

My name is Andrea. I want to preface this by saying that I am in no way a wizard rock fan anyone would ever have heard of, spent time with, or developed a close personal relationship with through a concert, convention or otherwise. I’m just a girl from Canada who loved the movement and desperately, desperately wanted to be friends with and get to know wizard rockers and to be friends with their close friends. What has been coming to light about some of the people I used to idolize in my teens makes me feel ill, like I had the wool pulled over my eyes, like I was easily seduced by a semblance of community or wholesomeness that had a toxic undercurrent all along. I know that this does not speak for the whole community, but boy it is enough to make me glad i was not ever able to be more involved, in a lot of ways.

Now I want to talk about Christian Caldeira, the sole member of Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls. I am here to tell you that this gentleman is the sort of gentleman to whom all men (though in reality, everyone) in the wizard rock community should aspire.

Two things must first be noted. One, I have never been a victim of sexual or emotional abuse. Two, it is very important to note that Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls never quite reached the same level of adulation and idolatry that a band like the Remus Lupins achieved. Oliver Boyd… is my favourite wizard rock band, and even if it had been a “mega force” in the fandom so to speak, I don’t believe that Christian would have pulled the same bullshit. And here’s why.

From the time I discovered Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls, around the age of 14, I maintained an email correspondence with Christian Caldeira. It was never sexual or inappropriate in any way - the sole reason I contacted him was to ask for music and recording advice actually, since I entertained dreams of being a wizard rocker myself. He always responded to me in a professional, courteous way, and it was always appropriate. We met in person two-times at wizard rock concerts in Toronto, since we are both Canadian. Those too were appropriate, courteous and gracious interactions. 

Eventually, the regular correspondence died out, although I friended him on Facebook and I continued to actively pursue his music and to be a fan of his. I will say this: I was very starstruck by him. I wanted him to notice me as a fan and as a person with talent. I never wanted him to notice me in a romantic way, but still, I craved the approval of a man in his mid to late 20’s when I was in my teens, and a minor. I wanted us to play music together. I convinced myself that my parents’ constant assertions of the dangers of Internet strangers were unfounded in this case, since there was nothing ever unsettling about our reactions. 

Around the time I was turning 16, with Christian as a friend on Facebook, I somehow got it in my head that he might wish me a happy birthday on Facebook and that my family would notice and I would get in trouble. So, being immature in this regard, I sent him a private inbox telling him that if he planned to wish me a happy birthday, to do so privately. I spent a lot of my emails telling him that my family thought wizard rock was inane and that they “didn’t understand when usually I’m really close with them and we get along amazingly” and so forth. 

He told me that he no longer wanted to have a “secret friendship” with a girl he barely knew from the Internet and who was underage and didn’t have the approval of her parents to talk with him. He said he was glad he had given me music advice, but to leave it at that and that maybe we should stop talking before someone on the outside would start to make assumptions about the nature of our correspondence. 

I will admit to being very hurt by this, although it made perfect sense to me. I thought, “hey, I’ve blown it with the cool guy I want to be friends with.Now he thinks I’m childish. Now he thinks I’m immature and needy and now we can never be friends or musicians together”, when otherwise I considered myself and consider myself a cautious and mature individual. But I respected his wishes, and we never spoke again. To this day, I must say I still feel regrets about the way that ended.

But I’m in my twenties now, several years later, and about to graduate university, and especially with what is going on now, this whole interaction leaves me with nothing but good impressions of Christian Caldeira. Here is a man who never once sent me anything sexual or suggestive or romantic, who understood perfectly how our age difference could construe our “friendship” as being inappropriate, was not impressed or affirmed by my desperate fan adoration, who saw that me being a minor and him being an adult put the responsibility on him to step away, and to make sure I understood why.

Now, this whole story is sort of innocuous, in that a whole lot of nothing actually happened, really. But it is still extremely important to note how Christian handled this, because it is how EVERY male wizard rock should have handled this. They should never have allowed it to happen and they should never have instigated it in the first place. Christian Caldeira did the exact right thing because it seems to me that he is of sound character, and a consummate professional, and a morally upright human being. 

So Christian, if you ever read this, thanks for teaching me something important and for setting such an excellent example. Let’s be real, part of me still yearns to collaborate on music in a professional capacity because you are enormously talented and I really hope you go places. I am proud to say that I can continue to watch your videos and listen to your music with nothing but good impressions. 

So it’s now important to look at our behaviour, and the behaviour of others, critically. To examine what went right and what went wrong, and to set up a system where admirable behaviour can be just as talked about as poor behaviour so that it can emulated. And to set a system, personal or otherwise, to not abide poor behaviour and to confront it with more consequences. 

There’s nothing I can contribute to the ongoing discussion of women in the wizard rock community, fan/band relations, consent or the necessity of seeking help in times of need that has not already been stated so eloquently by so many others. But all of it is true, and I stand by it 100%, as I continue to stand by Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls. So Christian, thank you. 

Last Call
Oliver Boyd And The Remembralls
Last Call

It’s been long time coming, but we’ve made it this far.
Others might not understand, but that’s alright, ‘cause we know there’s more to it.

This ain’t like anything else we’ve ever experienced, and frankly, I find that amazing. Now some could say that it’s a fad, that it’s a trend, that someday, it’ll all fade away.

But I don’t believe that. In such a short period we’ve made bonds that will last lifetimes.And I’ll be damned if I allow myself to let go without a fight.

This phenomenon is blind to age, gender, race, and location.
So even though we’ve reached the end, it’s not over yet.
We’ll still have each other. All the friendships, and all the laughs.
And when it seems dark, we’ll all be there with out stretched hands.
Life’s a funny thing. It can present you with surprises around every corner.No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but we can hope that it brings us all a little bit closer.

This is the last call.
This is the final song.
This is the last goodbye.
So give all that you can.
Let me hear you now,
Singing out loud and proud.
No more tears will fall,
'Cause together we are strong.

We have the power of choice. We have the power to define our own future.We merely have to step up to the plate and take hold of what we care for, letting go of our dreams and wishes just because people tell us this all has a life span.


We all came across this by chance, and I’d be surprised if anyone at the time. Would have been able to predict that it would become what it is today. It’s true, some things will slowly drift beyond the immediate,
But as a whole, we’ve cultivated something that defies boundaries.

This is the last call.
This is the final song.
This is the last goodbye.
So give all that you can.
Let me hear you now,
Singing out loud and proud.
No more tears will fall,
'Cause together we are strong.

Now I know I can’t speak for everyone, I can only express my own feelings and views,But I have a pretty good inclination that a lot of you are going down the same road as myself.
Ten years, ten short years. If only we had begun at year one.
Imagine where we might have been by now. But I digress.
As a great man once said, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”We’re being given a fresh start. A new era is fast approaching.
But this time around, we are the storytellers.

This is the last call.
This is the final song.
This is the last goodbye.
So give all that you can.
Let me hear you now,
Singing out loud and proud.
No more tears will fall,
'Cause together we are strong


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End of an Era - Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls

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HA HA HA.

NOPE.  

I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY I’M DOING THIS ANYMORE.

Requiem of a Love Misguided
Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
Requiem of a Love Misguided

This song is pretty damn gorgeous. A bonus off Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls’ first album.

Lyrics:

You said you found me in the Owlery
And I asked you, oh, if you’d go with me
To the Yule Ball, but you sadly said
‘I’m sorry, but I’ll be with Cedric’

You call my name in a crowded room
And I become all for you
We walk towards, my eyes locked in yours
Then we turn away, never meant to be, yeah

I could waste away, playing back the days
But what’s the use, ’cause I know the truth
Is that what was then, is forever gone
So goodnight, my dear, and hello, new dawn, oh, yeah

You call my name in a crowded room
And I become all for you
We walk towards, my eyes locked in yours
Then we turn away, never meant to be
Never meant to be, yeah, oh, oh