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Harreh

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About Harreh

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    Contributing Muse
  • Birthday 05/04/1991

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    https://soundcloud.com/harlequinking
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    UK

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  • Lyricist, Composer or Both?
    Both
  • Musical Influences?
    Suede, Rufus Wainwright, Divine Comedy, Sting,

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  1. V2 Death is but a time machine If life is but a dream Reaching out and fading in Nothing’s at it seems Take me to the water’s edge Life’s ever flowing stream Where consciousness is lit again And lungs forget to breathe   I am night I am day I am steel and glass and clay I am sun Moon and stars I am neither near nor far Walk with me through solitude Dance with me through pain Search my mind for fantasy And you’ll never solve the maze Time is but a ferris wheel A book that won’t unturn Infant eyes dilate to see The child that can’t unlearn  I am night I am day I am steel and glass and clay I am sun Moon and stars I am neither near nor far The door to phantomville remains Only in human brains We kiss our dogs and feed the cat To push away the pain Our earthly shackles will not break And no key shall be found Our aged vessels wash away As infinitude enshrouds I am night I am day I am steel and glass and clay I am sun Moon and stars I am neither near nor far
  2. Thanks for the encouragement SpanishBuddha. I'm glad someone liked it This very much was a stream of consciousness. I was listening to some really ambient music at the time (a band named "Grouper"). On rereading it today - I think maybe I might change some of the final stanza to relate back to the title. Bringing things full circle as it were.
  3. Death is but a time machine If life is but a dream Reaching out and fading in Nothing’s at it seems Take me to the water’s edge Life’s ever flowing stream Where consciousness is lit again And lungs forget to breathe I am night I am day I am steel and glass and clay I am sun Moon and stars I am neither near nor far Walk with me through solitude Dance with me through pain Search my mind for fantasy And you’ll never solve the maze Time is but a ferris wheel A book that won’t unturn Infant eyes dilate to see The child that can’t unlearn I am night I am day I am steel and glass and clay I am sun Moon and stars I am neither near nor far The door to phantomville remains Only in human brains We kiss our dogs and feed the cat To push away the pain Our earthly shackles will not break And no key shall be found As hairs of grey and ageing bones Are lowered into the ground I am night I am day I am steel and glass and clay I am sun Moon and stars I am neither near nor far
  4. I appreciate the kind words from both of you. And thanks for the subs tunesmithth . You have really nice kit. I enjoyed listening to your session of Drive. Onewholovesrock - I've actually been here for longer than you You can see from my page. I kind of check in every few weeks / months and see what's up and then go on my way. We have neither a recording contract - nor a tour in the diary just yet. Icarus Dive will almost definitely be doing a small UK tour in October. With a handful of extra gigs before and after too. Regarding the recording we were very lucky to have an experienced producer to work on the EP with us. But yeah it is our first studio release.
  5. Hey all. My band Icarus Dive have our very own first release. It marks the first ever song that I've been apart of making it to itunes/spotify If you're interested in some alt rock along the lines of Muse and QOTSA please give us a listen : https://youtu.be/t5JynOXANAw I play bass and sing backing vocals. We've also been featured in Classic Rock's song of the week https://www.loudersound.com/features/tracks-of-the-week-new-music-and-videos-from-the-magpie-salute-the-dust-coda-and-more
  6. Harreh

    Thoughts on Offensive Lyrics

    So in my band, the two most commercial songs we have written, both have 'fuck' in the hook. I dunno. I just find it weird and counter intuitive.
  7. I don't know about anyone else, but I for one am so sick of how digitally assisted songs are today. I don't mind a bit of it here and there, but when entire songs are coated in it, it makes me feel quite alienated. I came across this today and I think it works pretty well as an example of how not to do pitch correction. For me it clashes so much with the period music/instrumentation. It sounds so alien and robotised. I'm astounded the studio said this was the best the could do. It's basically a musical, and you're just gonna overlook the singing? Crazy.
  8. Harreh

    How can we improve the site?

    If I wanted to be really critical, I could say that I don't like the typography of 'Muse Songwriters'. But to be honest, I don't think is worth spending resources on changing. Its functional.
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    How can we improve the site?

    I really like the logo. It really helps distinguish what this place is and matches the rest of the colour scheme. A lot of smaller sites don't bother - but I really do appreciate the effort made - its classy
  10. Hey guys. I just wanted to point out that in the digital age, marketing is numero uno factor for getting sales. As such any company that takes itself seriously spends a decent amount of money on making their own product demos, as well as handing out a few of their products to artists and reviewers for the sake of publicising their product. Specifically, if you're not on YouTube you're doing it wrong. The big issue that I want to highlight is the following : It is not always obvious to distinguish what is 1) A genuine person or artist doing a review because they can. They are critical of the product and have not been paid for a bias 2) A paid promotion from a brand to make a video for their product. The product is only talked about positively because it is an advert And (optionally) 3) Limbo - A demo of a product made by an artist, but subtly disguised as a review. The video seems like a review, but it only serves the purpose of an advert To highlight this problem here are some examples I've come across that tripped me up. Exhibit A) Hall Of Fame Reverb by TC Electronics. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbnqZveBjt4 In this video, Tony Grey demo's a product on the TC Electronic's official channel. He opens up his video with flattery, saying its a very important pedal for him and his sounds personally. He goes through various settings like a demo praising the product and shows us many different sounds and what he likes to use. The problem for me is that there is no note to the viewer that this is a video that the brand paid him to make so that they have an advert to promote the product positively. Whether the brand gave him an opportunity to make a video where he could say what he wanted. Or whether he genuinely likes the product and did it out of kindness towards the brand (not likely I know, but possible etc). In gaming, YouTube have put in specific rules on this subject. You can not be paid to make a promotional video for a product - without explicitly saying in the audio of the video, and in a caption on the video, and in the video's description - that it is a paid promotion. Exhibit B ) Westwood Overdrive by Earthquaker Devices - https://youtu.be/SAkCrzvoc-I Different company, different artist, exactly the same problem. The video begins with some overdrive sounds. After the artist says that its hard to hear whether we are losing 'our low end'. But that it's good that there is a bass knob on the pedal and suggests that it would probably respond well. He ends the video saying he's intrigued by the pedal and gives a personal anecdote about busking in an area named Westwood. Is this an advert? Or an artist genuinely trying out a pedal for fun without being paid for a biased view point? Again we dont know, we are left in limbo. There are many many more videos like this, but I think you see my point. Perhaps its naive to think that a company should have to point out that they are promoting their own products. But my issue comes with the 'review' esque format. I actually really like the Hall Of Fame Reverb on bass, and I don't doubt that Tony Grey has used it himself at some point. But I do wish he gave clarity that he is demoing it FOR TC E, on their offical channel. He even signs off as 'This has been Tony Grey' just how any everyday youtuber would sign off - regardless of the fact its not his channel. Even a small title card with the brand's name would help viewers distinguish that this is a brand's official advert - and not a yotuber making content for fun.
  11. Harreh

    Awkward lyrics by the greats...

    The line is 'ever changing world' I believe And I guess it kind of feeds back to the hook. As (Im sure you know,) the title is a play on the phrase 'live and let live'. When you were youngAnd your heart was an open bookYou used to say live and let live But if this ever changin' worldIn which we live inMakes you give in and crySay live and let die I kinda see what you mean about the in's but its never bothered me.
  12. Harreh

    Awkward lyrics by the greats...

    John Lennon's solo discography is absolutely appalling when compared to the Beatles, or when compared directly to the songs his former Beatles were making on their own. I really like Plastic Ono Band, but every other album has some really really dire content. "You can shine your shoes and wear a suitYou can comb your hair and look quite cute - look quite cute is a weird 'verb', and comes across as oddYou can hide your face behind a smileOne thing you can't hideIs when you're crippled insideYou can wear a mask and paint your face - if you painted your face, and wore a mask, surely we couldnt tell?You can call yourself the human race -what? what does that mean?You can wear a collar and a tie -IE what you already said in the opening linesOne thing you can't hideIs when you're crippled insideWell now you know that yourCat has nine lives -WTF has my cat got to do with the rest of the song??Nine lives to itselfBut you only got one -4 lines explaining that we only have 1 life, while a cat has nine. But why?And a dog's life ain't fun -A dog's life ain't fun? Isn't that like saying, a bad life is bad?Momma take a look outside" -nice rhyme scheme there John....
  13. Harreh

    Thoughts on Offensive Lyrics

    Censorship of any kind is not something I endorse. I think Alistair said it the best. Public broadcasters should have the right to play whatever they want (to their legal extent). Musicians have the right to put out anything they want. And the listeners have the right to buy and endorse whatever they want. I'd much rather live in a society were I get offended at things on a semi-regular basis than a society where people can't voice their own opinions/ideas in-case they might offend someone. Personally I find songs that use 'fuck' in their choruses to be crass and stupid. You're literally making your songs less listenable to general audiences. Similarly the same that thing applies when singers say too much about 'anatomy'. But I don't think they should be banned. I also hate songs that call for violence, even in a military sense. But again, that's just my tastes and beliefs. They should still be able to sing write and sell songs about them.
  14. If you are as familiar with singing Radiohead's creep, there is a very noticeable similarity with Creep's chorus and Lana Del Ray's pre chorus. Maybe not for note for note the same, but very very similar choice of notes. "This is my commitment, my modern manifesto.." "Im a creep, I'm a werido.." She's added in a bit of swing and a few more syllables but its very similar otherwise. I definitely get a feeling of familiarity with Creeps Verse and Get Free too. But its mostly a rhythmic thing, not a melody thing and not something that I think should be legally bound as the same song Using verse two (because it doesn't have any censored words): "Like my part was i, Was not discerning" "When you were here before, couldn't look you in the eye" "And you as we found out, were not in your right mind" "You're just like an angel, your skin makes me cry" They obviously aren't the same song throughout. Which then leads into how much of the song Radiohead should own. If it's just the first bit, it should be like 20% at the most. And that's still generous. Its probably closer to 5% of the song. I'm more surprised by how awful the record sounds. Sounds like she's trying to replicate super indie artists like Weyes Blood and failing miserably. And some of her lyrical phrasing is just all over the place and very janky. "That comes from energies combined" it almost sounds like they used the wrong take. Im sure I could get that to fit better than she did (lol!)
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