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And Happy Easter & Passover weekend to those who celebrate!!
I sat down this evening and had some fun with the paper dolls from the first issue of the hitrecorderly. I made some shoe box sets and put on a one-woman puppet show. It was harder than it looks because I was working all of the puppets, the camera, and reading from the book at the same time.
I tried to get some video RECords of both Greg and Matt, but here's a photo RECord of Matt at the final show in Philly. Thanks to Mark, aka moonbug, for REmixing my dark RECord :o)
Ernest guitars and chunky drum brushes bounce down to the river’s edge. Warm piano, slide guitar and dreamy orchestral strings swoon while foggy voices lull you back to sleep.
This eventually became part of a song I wrote called "Don't Be Sad". So it's a fragment of a song, really!
MWAHAHA. Let's work on a moody spooky, jazzy, love-lost song.
Especially ELECTRIC GUITARISTS, KEYS PLAYERS, FEMALE VOCALISTS - come play!
Here's the breakdown, by section, of what the song is needing from you all:
ATMOSPHERIC INTRO (0:00 to 1:06)
ELECTRIC GUITAR: There are 2 short but crucial points in this section in which I'd love for you to jump in (at :40 to :43 and at 1:00 to 1:07) . You can reference the original guitar that filled these parts here www.hitrecord.org/records/147382.
KEYS: Maybe begin to build subtle moods, hints at melodies.
FEMALE VOCALS: Pepper it with haunting vocals, turn into a scatting ghost! Play alongside my mouth trumpet at :28 to 1:03!
ANYONE: haunted sound effects, anything suitable -- get freaky in a sedated style.
1st VERSE (1:06 to 1:40), BRIDGE (1:41 to 2:06)
ELECTRIC GUITAR: Settle in and establish your groove (1:21 is a decent starting point). You can reference the original guitar that filled these parts here (http://www.hitrecord.org/records/147382), it would be great if you tried to recreate that previous line, but put your own stamp on it through tone, pedal, etc. Bridge is pretty open to play over.
KEYS: Expand the scope, possibly mimic some of the vocal melody lines. Bridge is pretty open to play over.
FEMALE VOCALS: This is the subtle introduction of the 2nd vocalist. First off, once the verse begins and I start singing the background "we don't know" over and over at 1:07, harmonize with it. This happens again with a crucial lil' climax at 1:41 and then again to intro the 2nd verse at 2:07. Secondly, there are some lines in here that you could harmonize with my vocals on...At 1:29: "Cuz I was. but then I found out you still care, what to do there? I dunno". Please reference the lyrics from the original resourced below and let me know if you need any help navigating my mumbly vocals!
2nd VERSE (2:06 to 2:35)
ELECTRIC GUITAR: Continue playing that previous line. Any additional drama can be hinted at, but really restrain for the Ending Jam.
KEYS: Possibly more of the same. Some chords may be lovely!
FEMALE VOCALS: at 2:06, after my "all the good people walk through me, sending me insane", the Female Vocalist gets spotlight and can respond to the male character's singing and lyrics. My lyrics hint at the fact that I found out "you still care" but we're both wondering "what to do there?" because "we don't know". A bit of a romantic stalemate. Whatever the interpretation, this is a chance to write some new stuff. It should follow suit and be written in the 1st person "I" in response to the singer or "you". Please reference the original lyrics/performance for this section if ya can (http://www.hitrecord.org/records/147382). I think the end line would be a great one to double up on and is kind of the "hook" of the song: "MY LOVE FOR YOU REMAINS"...menacing transition into the next section.
ENDING JAM: (2:35 OUT)
ALL MUSICIANS: Go off. There is a tempo change/feel shift that should allow you to take flight. Imagine it is like in Ghostbusters and all those ghosts are getting released into the atmostphere from one of those little containers they trap them in. Guitarists build up some feedback towards and ending climax. The sax is removed to give you room to focus on the groove and do your thing, it is a strong element and may probably be worked back in (unless...). feel free to check out the original track in the resources and use it for your reference track if that suits you.
This should be a decent start, let me know if you should need anything else or have some suggestions! A link to the ZIPPED STEMS stems is in the resources.
L Y R I C S:
Don't be scared of my love (scratched up) I don't know, I don't know why... we don't know, we don't know
1st verse You speak so freely like I'm not even there This guy that guy this guy that guy this guy over there It really ain't the fact that I wasn't prepared cuz I was then I found out you still cared What to do there? I dunno (we dunno) I'm still a boy (interchangeable with "I'm still in love")
2nd verse The laughter screams your name. All the good people walk through me, sending me insane Like I was Just a ghost. past tense and hollow but still a host of intense sentiments too hot to swallow. I'm opposed to this. I miss ya miss. I bless bless you without the hachoo I spot you in a room and I'm posessed by a spirit to get nearer Flesh to flesh is transparent right now but it'll soon be apparent somehow my love for you remains
with hearty arty love and respect,