- RE: Your Mom, a sailor song idea
A veeeery, super, embarrassingly raw draft of this idea I had for a song RE: Your Mom.
Isn't it a cliche that sailors have these "mom" tattoos? Like, strong, smelly, manly, macho sailors get tattoos to remind them of their moms? I think that could be a pretty cool, fun way to sort of demonstrate the unique love kids might carry for their mothers, no matter where they go or what they might do. Also could be a fun way to explore the angle of flying out of the nest and leaving the comfort of your home, your mom, and how sometimes the longing and homesickness might get the best of us, even when we think we're already all grown up and over that stuff.
Aaanyway, I wrote this silly sailor song from the point of view of a sailor who misses his mom, and just wanted to throw it out here, just in case some lovely male sailor somewhere might want to lend his voice and sing this tune. Please don't mind my horrible vocals here, I'm a bit sick and had to do it with just one take, so yeah it's just for reference. As is the harmonica, that should be played again, too! I'll upload the only-ukulele version asap in any case! :)
Enjoy anyway <3
I’ve got a tattoo on my arm
It’s a heart and a ”mom”
You might think it’s for fun
’cause, a man made of steal,
How could he ever feel
A longing for anyone?
Yes I’m a sailor indeed
I was born for the seas
I was born to be free
If you mess with this mate
You’ll be used as a bait
There’s no doubt just take one look at me
Yes, I lost an eye
And two fingers from one hand
and no one saw me cry
Yes I’m though, I’m the bravest
I have fights before breakfast
But that is not all that I am
See sometimes nights get cold
And stars shine so far
And I think about home,
And oh how I miss my mommy
I know it might seem funny
But just think about what moms are
They’re like cookies
In the oven
Like blueberry pie on my cheek
Oh I do weep
For my mommy
My mommy mommy mommyy
I’ve got a tattoo on my arm
A heart for my mumm
You might think it’s for fun
But alone, in the sea
A boy suddenly sees
What it means to miss your mom
LOCATION: Helsinki, Finland
ONE LINE BIO: an 18 years old (not-a-high-school-student-anymore-cause-i-just-graduated!!!) musician
One of the best and most intriguing things about hitRECord is that every time you even log in to the site, not to mention upload anything there, you can never be sure what might follow. I never planned to find sojushots' amazing illustration (with it's charming French title) or end up being inspired enough to create anything, but somehow, about 30 minutes after finding it, I had a song. And when I decided to upload the piece to the site, I most definitely wasn't expecting anything special to happen, and yet somehow, a bit more than a year later, I found myself staring at my computer screen, with my mouth open, in awe of what this wonderful community had turned my silly story into: a gorgeous, delicate, beautiful animation accompanied with an amazing orchestration. These unbelievable things that happen when you give people a chance to create together, a chance to REmix... It's truly magic.
Blahh I had problems with my computer and couldn't upload these yesterday... anyway, here you'll find the live footage of me performing my accordion and ukulele additions (just to mention, I don't really know how to play accordion, hahaha!). I'll try my best to find a moment to make a rough edit of these! You'll find the raw audio records (that I recorded afterwards because of the wind) from here: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1620241 :)
Blahh I had problems with my computer and couldn't upload these yesterday... anyway, here you'll find my accordion and ukulele tracks, plus a reference mix of all the audio additions. I'll try my best to find a moment to make a rough edit of the video additions as well, but you'll find the raw clips from here: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1620250 :)
ahhh I FINALLY received my Sony HDR-MV1 from the customs, such a happy happy day!!! Thank you hitRECord, sony, everyone! I had to celebrate by recording something right away, so here's some silly little beatboxing, hopefully might be useful in some way? Will upload the audio record asap :)
- Social Media Song (working title)
//EDIT: I thought this could fit the theme RE: Future as well! :)
I'll be honest, I'm not very good at using social media (I don't have instagram or tumblr, rarely go to facebook, never got the hang of twitter and haven't got a clue what reddit is), but I'm very fascinated by this world and the affect it has on people. It for sure brings people closer to each other by giving the possibility to share your life with people from near and far in a second. No matter what the distance, all your friends can be a part of your life and you can be a part of theirs. But if someone shares his food, face, body, feelings, thoughts, dreams, fears, everything with these 500-1000 facebook friends, I can't help but ask, is anything private anymore? Where does the line go between too much and just enough? What is the affect of having practically no privacy? I'm also fascinated by the fact that strangely while bringing people closer to each other than ever before, social media might also pull some people away from each other. Instead of a phone call or an invite for a dinner, one might just settle for commenting on a picture or liking a status. It's super interesting and (to me at least) in some ways a bit scary too, like how far are we willing to go with this?
So because music is how I function, I wrote this silly song about the subject. And now I just found a theme suggestion RE: Privacy, so why not upload it here! To be honest I just realized I haven't uploaded anything here in three months (been super busy studying, aaand going to graduate this spring!!!), so it's about time to get back on RECording, I'm super happy to share this one with you guys!! Feel free to REmix, play along, sing along, and of course,
Some might call it a cage
But I call them blind who just can’t see
That here the world is my stage
I am the king, everyone likes and follows me
Yeah haters, you can wipe away the frown
I only log in to this world because I care
So lights off, curtains down
Can’t you see I’m trying to interact and share?
No you don’t need to call
Just check my status and you know how do I do
No I don’t need a hug,
Just like my profile pic and I will like you
What is privacy?
What do you mean?
Of course everybody needs to know
All about my weirdest sex dreams
I must share my lasagna
On twitter tumblr instagram & facebook
Yes sir, they all truly give a shit
About my mood, location, and outfit of the day
I mean how could we live without it?
It adds so much meaning in many ways!
What is privacy?
What do you mean
I shouldn’t share a picture of
My grandpa’s corps and me?
Would not be complete without the screen
But I don’t know the true distance
That’s in between of everyone and me
That shit about ”personal space”
Is old fashioned these days, my silly dear
So come up to my face
Come so close that you can see the pixels clear
What is privacy what do you mean
There should be secrets we can keep
I do not know what all this means
Just let me communicate in peace,
It’s the only way I know,
A long time ago, in a story so old
It took me a whole day to finally face the fact that there really is no language I know that would make it possible for me to describe the gratitude I feel for the community of hitRECord, so I decided I’ll just give you guys some facts, about me and the site, because facts are easy and safe, and helpful in avoiding emotional blabbering (which can be also beautiful, but I just really suck at it). Sorry about the length though, I guess there’s just no brief way for saying this…
Two years ago I was 16 years old. I had always loved music more than anything and had already spent 10 years of my life studying it, but I was afraid to show it, afraid of rejection and being judged, afraid of dreaming big ‘cause I was sure I’d never be really good enough. I had written some songs (all in Finnish ofc, as if anyone outside my family & friends would ever hear them), but it felt wrong to share them, the whole idea of telling people that my music is worth their time and energy, that they should look here, listen to me, me, me, it made me feel uncomfortable. To be honest, I was slowly running out of reasons to try becoming a musician.
Two years ago yesterday, I found this site. And you all know how it goes. Finding a place where it’s not about creating something ready, finished or perfect, not about awkwardly shouting: “look at me, me, me!”, but where it’s all about collaborating, connecting and sharing things with people by creating, continuing, listening and remixing stories in differend shapes by adding beginnings, endings, colours, tastes, feelings, dreams, memories, love, bits, pieces, this that and whatnot… I know you know what I’m talking about, finding a place like this is magical.
The picture above and the tattoo in the hand were both taken yesterday, and the hand in the picture belongs to me. The chord that’s written there is C/F which has been one of my favorites for years, but even more importantly, it’s the chord that starts the song I wrote, “Crashing” which started a lot of things for me. I had been planning to take this tattoo for over a year and a half, and finally yesterday on my 2nd hitRECord anniversary, I dared to go for it. To me it symbolises not only my insane, blind, burning love for music, but also my gratitude and love for this community that has given me so much…
There are no words. Thank you for these two. Here’s to many more to come.
- to ChrissyRegler from your Secret Santa!!
Meerrryy Christmas Christina!!! So sorry I had to leave the uploading to the last day...
I really enjoyed going through your records, you're such a beautiful, brave woman with so much to say and offer! I hope you'll like this little song I wrote for you, it's not much but it's alll for you! ;)
Happy holidays my dear <3
Hello there, Christina,
How do you do?
I hope you don't mind,
I wrote this song for you
I am your not-so-very-secret-anymore-Santa
I'll try my best not to leave you bored
I know I'm just a stranger,
I know we've never met
But there's one thing you need to know
and never forget
You've inspired a lot of people
By opening your heart
By sharing your thoughts and tales
Your memories, your art
So now before I
Run out of these rhymes
There's one last thing, my friend,
I gotta say before the end
Merry Christmas, Christina,
And a Happy New Year!
I wish the best for you
- Il était une fois (ft. joerud)
Quite a while ago when joerud uploaded the amazing "Adieu!", I was so inspired by it that I wanted to try writing something in French, too. Later on I came up with this little tune, and Joe was kind enough to borrow his golden voice and sing it with me as a duet! :)
Il était une fois, il était une fois
J’entendais la melodie d’un pianiste
Et me souvenais l’époque où les histoires d’amour
n’étaient pas toujours aussi triste
Il était une fois il n'y a pas longtemps
Je connaissais un monde assez agréable
Les toutes petites choses étaient importantes
Et la vie était assez formidable
Mais le temps passe vite…
Il était une fois il y avait un jeu
Auquel on a joué encore et encore
Est-ce que tu t’en souviens, même un peu?
Comme on a tous les deux gagné, on était super fort!
Il était une fois, je te connaissais
Et presque pensais que je t’aimais
Il était une fois j’étais un con
Mais à défaut de ne rien avoir, j’ai au moins cette chanson
- Still Here (wine bottle sounds) reference track
So I had some fun with an empty wine bottle for the "Still Here" score... don't know if it's too late to contibute or not, but the stems can be found from the resources in any case! :)