The Veil Of Night Lyrics And Basic Vox Request 1
I’ve edited the song together into a form HERE. The pattern is: The original verse, followed by a new verse...Then, an instrumental break...And back again.
I’ve also created a short base track for singers to record the choir hums with HERE.
Eventually, we’re envisioning the recording as being increasingly filled with instrumental parts and vocal improvisations as the song moves along. It’ll get pretty huge at the end : )
We’ll be focusing on instrumental parts and additional vocals after this stage. For now though, there’s some lyric writing to do, and also, we’d like to begin building up the base of the recording by adding more voices to AnnaRMusic’s basic choir. Here’s what we need:
1) Three New Verses
I’ve indicated the places where we need a new verse by playing the melody on a simple synth sound as a guide. You’re welcome to write as many verses as you like. There are 3 slots to fill, but we’ll hopefully have lots to choose from. Your lyrics can be submitted as a text RECord. If you feel they’re best-understood by singing them, that works, too.
Things to consider:
----The melody and phrasing should match the original verse. Of course, an artful bit of difference between them is fine; But any big changes to the essence of the melody’s phrasing and rhythm will go counter to the steady, hypnotic feel that’s essential to the song.
----Lyrically, there’s not much to suggest, as it seems pretty obvious what the theme of the song is calling out for; There’s mystery in darkness...What kind of fearful things happen when we’re blinded by night’s darkness? That said: Anna’s original verse (which we’ll hear more than the new ones throughout the song) ends with the implication that the sunrise tomorrow will make us safe again. Since we’ll be hearing that verse a few more times than these new ones, our new verses might want to stay firmly on the ‘dark’ side, without mentioning ‘tomorrow’ or the sun. That’ll keep the original verse as more of a unique ‘chorus’ or a refrain. But a great lyric is a great lyric, so take that with a pinch of salt: If you have a lyric idea that parallels the original verse, we’re all ears!
2) Add To The Basic Choir Part
To start with on the recording side, we’d like to get as many voices as possible singing the basic choir parts as they exist now. Later, we’ll get to singing the verses (both the existing and the new ones, once they’re chosen). For now though, let’s add to the background hums. We’d like as many voices as we can get. Both male and female.
I’ve made a short guide recording HERE, which you can use to make your recording with. There’s no need to sing the whole length of the song...But we’ll eventually want the hums to build in intensity. So the idea behind this short base track I’ve provided is to ask singers to sing the basic 8-bar loop THREE TIMES, with each one building in intensity, followed by a fourth and final time, where you’ll see it slows way, way down...This will be for the ending of the song. Multiplying that over the multitude of voices we hope the community will contribute, and we should have plenty to make something huge together.
The basic choir part is made up of two voices, singing in fifths. Ideally, you’ll be able to record both voices, then contribute the individual voice tracks to the collab (along with a mix of them blended together, if you like). But if all you have is a phone, you’re welcome to record just one of the voices (or both) and put it up, too. Just make sure that you’re listening to the guide recording in headphones, so you stay in sync and pitch, as well as keeping the click out of your recording.
IMPORTANT: Please Include VIDEO of your vocal performance. We’ll be building the picture for this piece around the commiunity’s images. Even though these are only hums, we’re going to want to see you singing them.
Some vocals and percussion thrown together to create a old-spiritual type song. PLEASE REMIX! I could deifinitely hear some creative bass with this and for sure some other vocal harmony parts (particularly lower male voices!).
UPDATE: The story of this song
I live on an Indian Reservation in South Dakota and I wrote this song during a period in our town when we had a lot of arsons and shootings. It seemed like often I'd wake up the next morning and something had changed in the night, like a house had burned down. This makes more sense when you listen to the verses I wrote.
Who knows what happens in the veil of night Who knows what happens when you turn off the light Only so many hours for the demons to play 'Til the sun comes up tomorrow
SINGERS: Contribute Video of yourself singing with the Choir of this song. Please refer to THIS HUM GUIDE when contributing.
NOTE: Please refer to THESE NOTES when contributing.
- Expand the Lyrics of the Veil Of Night song
- Contribute Video of yourself singing with the Choir
- Contribute Visuals for this collab
- Make an Album of your favorite contributions for this collab