So remember how I said I was going to do just text re-recs last week? I, uh, lied. In my defense, text is hard to re-rec, especially when it's a tiny story, and I'd just spent a lot of time on the music re-recs and had a lot of other stuff to do that day, and also, I kinda felt re-rec'd out. So I didn't want to. To make up for it, however, my fortnightly regular re-RECs this time around are serendipitously more text-heavy than usual. So I only lied to you, like, halfway.
Hope (a piano duet) by megancarns - This is just... wow. I really don't have any words for this besides "stunning". I mean, I've always hugely admired people who can write music, because I was born without the part of my brain that renders me capable of doing such things, but this is such an extra-complex and nuanced composition it makes in in super-duper awe of the talent required to think this up. Wow. Just... wow.
In the Rain (with Robo J) by The Morning Hollows - Instant addition to my mental hitRECord mixtape! Sure, the lyrics are simple and often repeated, but they're so heartfelt and unusually sweet I honestly don't care. Plus, you can really tell the extra work that was put into this by playing the drums and piano instead of just computer-generating them. Adorable. Gorgeous. The perfect spring love song.
My Heart Carries Stones by amferraro - I know, I know, I have this rule that even if I love a RECord that everyone and their mother is posting about, I try not to, just because I feel like I'd rather use my time to pimp out RECords that I feel aren't getting enough love. And this song of amferraro's is everywhere, plus I rec him every time I get the chance and should probably back off, but this song has banjo. I don't think you understand how much my folksy hippie parents have brainwashed me to have an instant emotionally positive reaction to any time a man with a husky voice sings along to a banjo. The instinct runs deeply and is impossible to shake. And, much like Sufjan Stevens (and this song totally sounds like a missing cut that he left off one of his states albums), I am not only instantly drawn to it, I feel compelled to share it with everyone. A lot. All the time.
Tea and Shortbread by letsclimbtrees - I am utterly enamored with all of Lindsey's drawings. They are adorable and whimsical and I want them all to be real. Especially this one, which makes me giggle every single time I look at it. Look at that tea and shortbread dance! It's so cute that, should I ever encounter shortbread (and tea) that does that, I wouldn't even eat it. And I love me some shortbread.
Circles and Scales Texture by rejjie - Still in awe someone made this from my stuff. Heck, I'm still in awe of rejjie, period. That girl is a wizard with graphics creation. This could be used as a texture, but I'm just as enamored with it on its own. I would, like, wallpaper my room in this, I'm not even kidding.
Whiskey in my Ears by AeB - Hello, sexy. I love the writing on its own, but this is begging, nay, pleading, to be made into a jazzy tune by someone who can actually write music. (Unlike, as we have previously discussed, me.) I will lend you my throatiest, huskiest vocals. It'll be fun. But this is begging for a re-mix. It wants it so bad.
Laws of Motion by fractaldust - I have a confession to make that is not actually that surprising: I hate math and pretty much anything to do with it. Math makes me feel like someone has taken a plastic bag, wrapped my brain in it, and is slowly depriving it of both oxygen and the will to live. And, since physics is basically a science dedicated to math, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I loathed that as well. But I respect the fact that Dusty's feelings on math are pretty much the opposite of mine (and I even find it adorable, kind of like when a little kid tells me how much they like Hannah Montana). So while I am almost always deeply fond of or charmed by Dusty's writing, it's rare it actually moves me on a fundamental level because let's be honest, math just doesn't do that to me. But this poem, which is a love poem based on Newton's three laws of motion, totally does. I read it and went "oh, that's what she's been on about this whole time!" because hey, I get it! There's poetry in math!
Sometimes. If Dusty's the one writing it. And no one is making me learn about vectors.
But I Do Not Have A Kitten by anthologia - Okay, so imagine if instead of writing about eating plums when he wasn't supposed to or wheelbarrows, William Carlos Williams wrote about kittens. It would be awesome. And also, can I just say, this poem sounds like a kitten. Don't ask me how a poem sounds like a kitten, because I can't really explain it, but it totally does, and is adorable.
i don't know where i've been
i can't recall if i'm wearing thin
i don't mind if i'm lost
i don't mind if i'm tired and frail and lost
i left a man in my wake
resented him for what he had to say
i don't mind that i'm alone
i don't mind that my heart, it carries stones
my heart, it carries stones
i told it all, unedited
i told it all like i remembered it
they interlocked and then they fled
and met again, but the love they'd made was dead
i am no historian
i'm prone to error in the records i give
i am proud of what i feel
i am proud that my skin is tempered steel
my skin is tempered steel
This is a piano four hands duet... performed by myself and myself :P hope you enjoy. The contrast between ugly chords and pretty chords is supposed to represent fear and hope. Obviously the song ends with hope.
By the way, this song is centered around one unchanging line (the right hand of the second player... which is the first line you hear). Just in case you were interested.
I found Jooshua's guitar track and it sounded like a simple/sweet love song. So, that is just what I made it out to be. I wanted to try something different, and I played some real drums and piano for once, hopefully that trend will continue. The lyrics are overly simple, perhaps somebody else may want to write up something better, but they work for what the song is.
And finally, and most importantly, the awesome Robo J was kind enough to add some kicking bass to the tune. Well, there you have it. Hope the mix sounds ok. I tried some new things.