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  1. 5 points
    (Folky, alt-country, Americana....Written after listening to a bunch of Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, and Guy Clark....Intended for recording with acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, bass, and light drums...Only one word in the chorus, " hopin' " is written accented, however any -ing words could be sung with the same accenting..or accentin'.) (V1) Another evening... I'm sitting here in Asheville. Wishing it was Nashville, And that I was wearing boots. Same old story... You always said this place would burn me. But I can't seem to stop returning. To the city of my roots. (V2) Remember Houston...? And the smell of the refinery? Or the way the sun would blind me? We always liked the evening best. Then like a freight-train... You rolled off to California. Didn't even give me warning. Just a note that said, "Gone West." (Chorus) So goodnight Texas, goodnight Carolina. Goodnight to the broken hearts sleeping all alone. I'll leave the light on, and I'll keep the front door open. And I'll try to keep on hopin' the road leads you back home. (V3) I didn't follow... I still don't know the reason. I waited for a season. Then I headed East again. Appalachia... Waiting there to greet me. Always trying to keep me Like an old seductive friend. (Chorus) So goodnight Texas, goodnight Carolina. Goodnight to the broken hearts sleeping all alone. I'll leave the light on, and I'll keep the front door open. And I'll try to keep on hopin' the road leads you back home. (V4) I lay my head... In the house built by my father. Feeling like a robber Stealing precious precious days. Maybe tomorrow... I can catch a bus to Nashville. Wave goodbye to Asheville. Maybe set the place ablaze. (Chorus) Goodnight bones, goodnight heart of mine. Goodnight to the memories of everyone that's gone. I'll leave the light on, and I'll keep the front door open. And I'll try to keep on hopin' the road leads you back home.
  2. 3 points
    I do a little art on the side. Woodwork, painting, furniture and some photography.
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    I decided to scratch the last lyric and start over. Version 2.0 Improvement suggestions anyone? v1 I don’t trust the food most eat I stay away from doctors The government is cheating me It’s all bullshit, I don’t need v2 I don’t work a 9 to 5 I stay away from normal The walls are down and now I see??? It’s all bullshit, society ch. Today I choose my American Dream Society is no place for me Today I live my American Dream I do it my way I live free v3 I don’t feel anxiety I stay away from fakers Politicians are not for me It’s all bullshit, I don’t need v4 I don’t believe in policy I stay away from payments Philosophy will set me free From this bullshit, society ch. Today I choose my American Dream Society is no place for me Today I live my American Dream I do it my way I live free br. I had to leave that crazy world A prisoner to all my stuff I gave it up I had to try this brand new world ??? Society I had enough chorus
  4. 2 points
    She Moves Through the Mist ©2018 Robert George BMI She moves through the mist After dark along a lonely, quiet stretch of beach And she walks between the grains of sand where time can’t reach Does she wear a silver gown each night Or a thin cloak made of sheer moonlight She moves through the mist Once I thought I saw her lifted skyward in the dark Borne away upon a shooting star’s enchanted arc And it seemed like ev’ry cresting wave Was the cross above a sailor’s grave Legends say that shipwreck was a myst’ry Men and mounts were lost within that galleon And her lover galloped into hist’ry Riding bareback on a drowning stallion Now she moves through the mist And no man of flesh and bone can be her paramour She awaits the phantom kiss of her conquistador She believes he’ll meet her on the shore And they’ll ride the night forevermore Yes, she moves through the mist After dark along a lonely, quiet stretch of beach She moves through the mist She moves through the mist…
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    Here's my recent song. This has been the most time consuming song I've done. I have a bunch of songs in the works with keyboards (got one for Christmas), but this one is all guitars. In fact, in some places I have 4 different guitar riffs going at the same time. Considering some are double tracked, I think at times I have 7 guitar tracks running at once. I'll never do that again. If any of you fine people have any suggestions, I'll probably fix it and put this one to bed because I've been at it too long already! It's not my best song, but not my worst either. But if you have any comments, including you don't like the arrangement or theme or even the song, trust me I won't deny it! But a few fresh looks from my buds on this board would be nice before I finish it up. Thanks for everything. P.S. I've been away for a few months so haven't listened to anyone's songs. Whenever people comment, I always try to reciprocate if they have an active song. I Don't Mind Did the world blow up yet? Or was it just a dream? I thought I saw it on the Internet Man what a catastrophe! They blamed it on my ignorance They must enjoy the entertainment But I couldn't plead my innocence I must have missed my arraignment Chorus: I don't mind the weight upon my shoulders And I don't mind the things life puts me through It's just another day gone and I'm another day older But I don't mind I don't mind I lost my job yesterday At least that's what I heard I didn't care much for it anyway I was underpaid and overworked I was home sick with my little boy When they announced the corporate layoffs Now I can't afford to be unemployed With all these debts I need to to pay off Chorus I don't mind when things get in the way I'll take the world on come what may I don't see gray skies only blue When I'm with you I don't mind
  6. 2 points
    Morning Bird ©2018 Robert George BMI Morning bird When I’m walking barefoot in the glistening dew I have wondered if it’s God I’m listening to In your feathered melody Morning bird When I hear the valor in your glorious tune I can sense that peace will be victorious soon And mankind will be set free Perhaps you’re just a humble bird And my part is not your part And yet the music that I’ve heard Builds a warm nest for my heart Morning bird When I’m walking barefoot in the glistening dew I have wondered if it’s God I’m listening to In your feathered melody I know your station in the sky Is much loftier than kings And your whistling helps you fly So much higher than your wings Morning bird When I’m walking barefoot in the glistening dew I have wondered if it’s God I’m listening to In your feathered melody Morning bird When I hear the valor in your glorious tune I can sense that peace will be victorious soon And mankind will be set free Morning bird Morning bird…
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    In the spirit of warren zevon..... (At least the wolf howls) I rewrote the chorus because I wasn't happy with it. I changed the line about the claws, and I also changed the title from Laid my head and cried to Hung my head and cried. Is it better or worse? Hung my head and cried revised july 29 One day a hungry wolf came down and spied a dog upon the road The wolf had never seen a dog at least that's what I'm told The wolf said hey what's wrong with you and what happened to your nuts And what's that thing around your neck and how'd you get that gut The dog said I am man's best friend I can sleep out of the rain I never do a dog gone thing I guess I can't complain The wolf could only look away he shook his head he sighed Hungry as I've ever been I always kept my pride [wolf howl] Before I'd lose my dignity I'd have starved myself and died If I knew I'd end up like you I'd have hung my head and cried [wolf howl] They cut my balls off the dog said when I took to chasing bitches At least I get 3 meals a day one less thing that itches They put this thing around my neck to show who is my owner I hardly even notice it least I'm not a loner The wolf could only look away he shook his head and sighed Hungry as I've ever been I always kept my pride [wolf howl] Before I'd lose my dignity I'd have starved myself and died If I knew I'd end up like you I'd have hung my head and cried [wolf howl] Now some men they are like that dog trading freedom for a collar But I'm still howling at the moon you can hear me holler [wolf howl] ************************************************************************************** Laid my head and cried Original version One day a hungry wolf came down and spied a dog upon the road The wolf had never seen a dog at least that's what I'm told The wolf said hey what's wrong with you and what happened to your balls And what's that thing around your neck and how'd you lose your claws The dog said I am man's best friend I can sleep out of the rain I never do a dog gone thing I guess I can't complain And the wolf said ... Clover for my blanket my pillows are the stones [wolf howl] The stars they are my nightlight wherever I may roam [wolf howl] Hungry as I've ever been I never lost my pride [wolf howl] If I knew I'd end up like you I'd have laid my head and cried [wolf howl] Yeah if I knew I'd end up like you I'd have laid my head and cried The dog said I don't hunt so good not an alpha male like you They bred the wolf right out of me so what's a dog to do They cut my balls off just as soon as I start chasing bitches At least I get 3 meals a day one less thing that itches They put this thing around my neck to show who is my owner I hardly even notice it least I'm not a loner And the wolf say ... Clover for my blanket my pillows are the stones [wolf howl] The stars they are my nightlight wherever I may roam [wolf howl] Hungry as I've ever been I never lost my pride [wolf howl] If I knew I'd end up like you I'd have laid my head and cried [wolf howl] Yeah if I knew I'd end up like you I'd have laid my head and cried Now some men they are like that dog trading freedom for a collar But I'm still howling at the moon you can hear me holler [wolf howl] Like the wolf say ... etc.
  8. 2 points
    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)
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    You probably don't want to hear more about practicing, but... I find there is a trick to practicing... When you practice, just focus on the hard parts. It's more fun to play the parts that are easy I know. But if you focus just on the hard parts over and over again (whatever it is, changing chords, making barre chords, finger picking, etc) until you master them and then link them with the song you will learn your song faster and you will improve your skill.
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    It looks as if they were switched off - but not deliberately. Maybe as part of an upgrade? Not sure. Anyway, they are back Note: they were always disabled in the contest forums and in self-promotion
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    But practice still. It comes with a guarantee.
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    You have just entered the rabbit hole. Be afraid ...
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    Viking's We're not waiting for you to answer Your from a time gone past sir We're not waiting for you Viking's We don't think that you've got the answer I think that you're a dancer Without much of a show Viking's We all watch you wonder Through the parks were You will ponder All the life that you lead Viking's The world is yours to plunder I don't think that you'll ever win her But I know that you'll try Your so old your so cold (times four) Viking's You walk around in groups now Thinking that you have the power But you really don't
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    Practice. More practice.
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    Rabbit Hole When I feel my hands on you I shiver in the dark and warm up in the light There's no reason, I'm not teasing I couldn't find a way to make it wrong or right Warm in winter, cold in summer I'm turned around and spinning in my head at night Wake up feeling upset, kneeling Try to keep my chin up, try to stay upright But it's a long way down The rabbit hole I've found in you To be so true Needles in my spine Blankets wet with wine Couldn't hold another even if I tried I struggle now to find the right way to bind life to me As I'm falling down The rabbit hole I've found in you What can I do? So lonely Lost in the black depths of your eyes And angels pass me When you hypnotize But I couldn't hold another even if I tried I struggle now to find the right ways to bind life to me As I'm falling down The rabbit hole I've found in you What can I do? Down the Rabbit Hole.
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    Nice... not sur eabout the changes in the first line of the last chorus, as the hook/title needs to be there - maybe a repeated verse at the end, brining back the original first chorus line?
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    Perhaps the expression should be... "Those who can, do. But those who like to eat & pay their bills teach"? ...just sayin Tom
  18. 1 point
    Honeydripper – John Sayles (2007) The piano-playing owner of the back-country live-music Honeydripper Lounge is losing business to the newer sounds (and playing cheaper) to be heard on the Victrola of a competing neighbourhood Jook-Joint. Things turn bad to worse until he hires a young electric guitarist. And so the day is saved. Hallelujah. Keb Mo’ is in there, too. Sayles is the granddaddy wizard of indie US cinema. I admire each film of his that I have seen – from satire to drama – because of his big heart. This one tells a tale about the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggnW-qnoXFs Jazz On a Summer’s Day – Bert Stern (1959) A record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Features music from jazz stars of the day including Louis Armstrong the patron saint of reefer, Gerry Mulligan the man whose sounds first lured me along the garden path, the unlikely magic of Jimmy Giuffre’s guitar-trombone-clarinet trio, Thelonious Monk scattering whole-tone runs aacross angular voicings, the startling performance of Anita O’Day flying high… lots and lots more…. and, in the middle of it somewhere, there’s the sudden rawness of Chuck Berry taking everyone by surprise – Honeydripper-style for real. Bert Stern was a fashion photographer for top frock-comics like Vogue. I think he did a great job making this document. Great shots, great flow and editing. The absence of narration is perfect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HieGTniox8s Latcho Drom – Tony Gatlif (1993) Latcho Drom is Rom for ‘safe journey’. And this is a documentary portrait of the journey of Romani culture and peoples flowing from north-west India, crossing Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and ending in Spain. Frenchman Gatif, like Bert Stern, eschews narration to allow the stunning music, people and landscapes, to speak for themselves. Wonderful. Beautiful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsK8zKbTjZU Calle 54 – Fernando Trueba (2000) I love Latin grooves. The Buena Vista Social Club movie had previously messed with my pleasure in this regard due to Wim Wenders’ disrespectful habit of cutting to some other action as soon as any groove looks like taking up residence. Constant groovus interruptus. This film contains antidotes for such nonsense, however, by giving us one dozen complete performances uninterrupted from start to finish, most of it filmed at the Sony Studios on 54th Street in Manhattan – hence the name “Calle 54”. Featured artists include Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Cachao, Gato Barbieri, Tito Puente, and the Gonzalez brothers – some of whom, to be frank, my tastes would have preferred left on the cutting room floor. My four chosen favourites are easily more than worth the price of admission though: Paquito D’Rivera, one of my top fave clarinet players, marvellous musicality, who died a few months later; Chano Dominguez, flamenco piano from Spain; and the two piano trios led by my long-term heart-throb Eliane Elias, and by my dear old friend Michel Camilo. Those piano trios are particularly exuberant and hot, with a high level of creative communication, stunningly intimate, beautifully filmed. Eliane Elias plays Baden Powell's "Samba Triste” alongside her old man Marc Johnson (bass-player in the last Bill Evans trio) and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. I first met Michel Camilo when he played Quasimodo's in Berlin and I attempted a citizen's arrest because rhythmically what his band played was not only decidedly illegal but also pretty much physically impossible. His trio is filmed here performing equally death-defying feats of daring with similar casual aplomb - this time with knock-out seven-string bass maestro Anthony Jackson and great wild Cuban drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. Unbelievable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qw25NcW5ps Koyaanisqatsi – Godfrey Reggio (1982) Godfrey Reggio is an experimental film-maker from New Orleans with an apocalyptic vision of the modern world. This is the first of a trilogy contemplating the collisions of technology and population with the environment. Not a lot of laughs here, then. But what we get instead is the product of seven years attention to the juxtaposition and innate poetry of organised visual imagery. Really quite beautiful. Emotionally moving. Set fire to a reefer, settle down comfortable with your headphones and see what you think of how the music sits with the visuals. Personally, I have never had much truck with Philip Glass before. My preferred style of minimalism is more Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, and John Adams. Reggio’s work, however, for me, makes Glass’s music tolerable for the first time. A powerful piece. No narration. http://www3.fmovies.sc/watch/koyaanisqatsi-1982-online.html Orfeu Negro – Marcel Camus (1959) A romantic tragedy based on a stage adaptation by Vinicius de Moraes of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, taking place in a Carioca favela during Carnaval. The soundtrack is from Antônio Carlos Jobim (his "A Felicidade" opens the film) and Luiz Bonfá ("Manhã de Carnaval" and "Samba de Orfeu"), and presented the rhythmic subtleties of Bossa Nova to the rest of the world. Classic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWIwTOtvbSk Meu tempo é Hoje – Izabel Jaguaribe (2003) More from Brasil – this one a documentary about sambista Paulinho da Viola, one of the most elegant and sophisticated musicians of the genre. We see him involved with pastimes like auto-restoration, horology, carpentry and billiards, and an array of family and friends. And we also get the maestro making music with a range of samba luminaries like Zeca Pagodinho, Marisa Monte, Elton Medeiros, Nelson Sargento…. Very cool and lovely. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwWCjaWRZfE Lush Life – Michael Elias (1993) The title comes from a beautiful tune written by Billy Strayhorn – one of my favourite songwriters The film stars Jeff Goldblum and Forest Whitaker as everyday jobbing muso free-lancers working their old-skool NY gamut of theatre pit-orchestras, bar-mitzvahs, symphony concerts, sessions and jazz-gigs. Trying to live a life. Movies made in and around the subject of music tend to play more on the mythic than the real. Of course they do. It’s entertainment about entertainment. There are dramatic imperatives etcetera. But there remains much for me in most modern fictional representations – from the Commitments to Whiplash – which is funny fake and phony. The picture painted in Lush Life – where the drama is real and quite ordinary – is one which convinces through warm and on-the-money authenticity. Sometimes I imagine Cassavetes could have made it. Small, real, honest, unpretentious. I like that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSYfFE_BOMo Crazy – Rick Bieber (2007) Biopic “inspired by” ‘50s Nashville studio guitar player Hank Garland. No idea how well it adheres to my pretensions regarding authenticity. It’s as evenly broad-brush as “Ray” or “Bird”, I guess. But my intention in slipping this offering onto the list is to spread the word a little more on an overlooked and almost forgotten guitarist. If you’ve heard hits from Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison or The Everly Brothers, then you’ve heard Hank Garland. He was the “first-call” studio dude who played jazz after-hours at the Carousel on Printer’s Alley (along with Chet Atkins, Boots Randolph and Floyd Cramer). Wes Montgomery was a fan. And then there was a car crash… The cheesy tag-line says “Everyone wanted him. No-one could control him”. http://movies2days.org/watch/crazy.html Obstinato & Throw Down Your Heart – Sascha Paladino (2004 & 2008) Obstinato: Making Music for Two (2004) Obstinato follows a 3-week tour by Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer intended to culminate in the studio sessions for “Music For Two” where they plan to record some severely challenging pieces which the tour should theoretically be helping them bash into shape. The determination and intensity of their constant practice and critique is unswayable and exemplary. I have seen bandmates resort to violence over far less pressure than this. But it does get on the edge. Maybe the longevity of their banjo and double-bass collaboration (over twenty years of it) allows their relationship to be so solid and elastic at the same time. Certainly the degree of intimacy and access to their process which is achieved by the camera must be at least somewhat due to the film-maker being also brother to the subject. I can’t find a web-link to it anywhere – bugger! Worth watching-out for. Throw Down Your Heart - (2008) One year after “Music for Two”, Béla and Sascha spent a month touring Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia and Mali to pursue the origins of banjo. The music is delightful. Charming. Just like Béla. Village music full of light and joy. Rich musical journal from a cool unpretentious and extraordinary guy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJt6jn0xT8A
  19. 1 point
    Hi, First of all this song was inspired by the band Evanescence and also I like to write from a personal perspective. I do not really hallucinate or have a mental disorder I am just a person with a dark personality. Writing is the only true way to express what I really feel inside.
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    I'd love to be able to harmony sing like you! Do you give lessons??? the song is giant imo, really good, melodically. Some instrumentation and you're golden. Maybe add an instrumental if you can?
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    These kids of conversational pieces can be awesome and you've done a masterful job. My only recommendation is to get the fancy words out of their mouths..the ones that don't seem natural coming out of what I presume is a teenager. Like anomisity (anger), reminiscent (remind me)...interestingly enough, I don't mind Grandma using logographia '''kinda neat coming out of her and positions her as "smart AND wise" Sung, you may want to go back and listen to Father and Son by Cat Stevens...how the voice and music changes with the POV\narrator Cheers
  23. 1 point
    Caution Verse Yellow lights I think of Yellow lights A yellow light Perfectly describes me I'm a wet floor sign You'll trip and slip on me You'll fall to your knees Begging Please Please Please Pre-chorus Please don't approach me Don't even speak a word Please don't consult me I don't want your mind To get burned Chorus Please take caution around me Please take caution around me After all Everybody says that You should be discreet With me
  24. 1 point
    When I was first learning to sight read (notation) this was one of the first music study books I read and tried to master. https://www.amazon.com/Melodic-Rhythms-Guitar-William-Leavitt/dp/0634013327 Corniest melodies ever put to paper. Stuff that while I could play well I would never perform live. My takeaway at that point was to be as proficient as possible reading notation. But years later I'm wondering if there is any other literature on the subject of developing melodic rhythms. Years later I read https://www.amazon.com/Arranging-Techniques-Synthesists-Eric-Turkel/dp/082561130X Which has a chapter devoted to scoring melody which is mainly focused on how to score in a way that is easy for a vocalist to sing (and some other good stuff) As well I picked up this... https://www.amazon.com/Craft-Lyric-Writing-Sheila-Davis/dp/0898791499/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526420506&sr=1-1&keywords=the+craft+of+lyric+writing which for all of it's wonderful tidbits on how others wrote songs included a small section that lyricists who aren't naively musicians should always work with a drum machine to see how the lyrics will flow against a beat. I was just thinking about learning basic rhythm patterns for guitar. And how well they served me through the years. How if I could get the rhythmic "flow" everything else (progression) would fall inline easier. And wondering why no one came up with a "pocket" rhythm guide of common phrasing without reference to key or progression. After all it's not what you say it's how you say it.
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    Hi discatticus I really like this - some great word choices and near rhymes. To me "Reaching for the Angels" is a great hook and you get to it fast . You dilute it though when you don't use it in the chorus. The "Everything changes when morning comes" stuff also dilutes it. If this were mine, I would make sure the title is the prime message and the rest of the lyric frames it and presents it to the reader/listener on a silver platter. BTW - the "morning comes" stuff would make a great bridge. Hope this doesn't sound harsh - this work is worth polishing IMHO Paul
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