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    • 14M, yes, you are correct. There had to be some compromises on this one. It was a tough decision on whether to "tell the story" or just write another song. I admit it was more for my healing than anything else but I do appreciate your comments and your thoughts.    Bachandl,  I am so sorry to hear about your friend.  Well my thought was to phrase the bridge in a way that the listener would be able to inject their own feels and emotions into the song, drawing them into it.  It might not be "songwriting" correct but it sounded good to me at the time so I went with it.😉   Miuzia, Thanks.  Yes, that was my main intention here.  Glad to hear your special one is still with us and yes, love them while you can.    R-N-R Jim,  I remember KLAATU, in fact, I think I have one of their albums around her somewhere, the one with "Calling Occupants" on it. (showing my age here!) Very good band and music. I do remember all the hype about them possibly being some or all of the Beatles reunited.
    • I am looking for feedback, am l evoking enough imagery, is anyone else there with me or do l need more vibrancy?   Any other comments/opinions are welcome 🤗   This is my renaissance (c) 2018   V1
      I took a life, l took a life that's mine
      I booked a night, l booked a night designed
      I shook a knife, l shook a knife, to fight
      I took her life, l took her life that's right.   V2
      I crushed her spine, l crushed her spine in time
      I hooked her up, l hooked her up, up tight
      I slayed her, l erased her and her plight
      Then l walked from dark into the light   PC
      Threw away those murderous robes
      No-one else will ever know,
      The everyday's been overthrown.
      Let's feast and dance, light every sconce...   Chorus
      This is my Renaissance
      This is my Renaissance
      All arise and stomp the beat with me
      Raise your arms, turn clockwise and sway along the street
      Dance upon rich tapestries laid for our bare feet
      This is my Renaissance
      This is my Renaissance   Bridge
      All the words long hidden will once again be spoken
      All that has been sleeping will once again be woken
      All that's been imprisoned has once again been freed
      Love beauty truth is now my creed.   Chorus (repeat)
    • Not the easiest lyric to make out with the formatting, but l persevered.    I think the first line is the weakest in the lyric.   What if you started this lyric off with the urgency of the singer?  For example,   "Quick, tell/help me, l gotta get out of here! When does the next train leave?"   That would grab my attention and put me right next to you. Just a thought. Nice lyric steve! 😆
    • I think on all levels this is a wonderful example of humanity 🤗. Sincere thanks for caring. 👍💛   My only real suggestion would be freshening up the second line of the lyric. I'd like to see something a little less travelled there. 😉   Well done! I really like this and l'm sure it will help Diane feel your love through its' medium. 😄
    • I loved the title, you certainly took it in an unexpected direction😲. Subject seems more like the curious incident of the dog in the night time since we don't know what's gotten pup so upset🐶.☹️   Having said all of that l somehow love it and l vote for leaving it as is. Complete in its' moment of uniqueness. 😊  
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