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Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
7:57 pm
[wonofdaweefolk]
question
I'm trying to make the transition from free verse poetry to songwriting and my main concern is: would a song 'work' if the lyrics didn't rhyme?

Current Mood: confused
Thursday, March 29th, 2007
4:19 pm
[symmys]
Song-A-Week Project Week 33: Nothing that I can do (except for loving you)
The Song-A-Week Project continues with week 33. This week is Katharine's singing debut!
33. Nothing That I Can Do
I wrote this song because I wanted to write something really simple sounding, with a clear, simple, singable melody. Once I came up with the refrain (Nothing that I can do... except for loving you), the song called out for silly verses about domestic incompetence. Anyway, what resulted is a bit syrupy and a bit stereotypical... when I sang it for K, she insisted that she should really be the one to sing about cooking blunders and stuff since it was more verosimile that way (though I've set the smoke detector off plenty of times myself)... anyway, if you think this is sweet, that's good. If you find it a bit too much like a sitcom, well then, I apologize.

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Thursday, December 21st, 2006
6:24 am
[symmys]
New Christmas Song (Song-a-week project week 24)
So as part of my continual effort to write a song a week, I've written a Christmas song this week. The tune is called "Our First Christmas Alone"

As always, the Song-A-Week Project is hosted on the internet archive and all songs are licensed as creative commons non-commercial share-alike music.

If you'd like to just read the lyrics or listen to the song through a slick flash interface, I'm posting it to my soundclick page here: First Christmas Alone, Song-A-Week Project

Below are links to the files themselves in various formats. As always, feel free to pass the song along or record your own copy of it -- just share alike -- and of course any feedback (good or bad) is always welcome.

First Christmas Alone (mp3)
First Christmas Alone (ogg)
First Christmas Alone (flac)
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
1:18 pm
[vonntrout]
The Good King (my project)
The Good King is my project and I just finished my first song. You can find it here. Let me know what you think. Thanks.
Thursday, September 21st, 2006
9:30 pm
[symmys]
Song A Week Project Weeks 15&16: If I was Designed
Here are the two songs I've recorded in September so far. I'm still behind, but not as far behind as it seems if you've been following these posts — I've just had a delay in posting the actual music.

Both of these songs have a hook that's been in my head for quite a while.

"If I was designed" (recorded 9/17) is an attempt to make an entirely personal, non-scientific sort of song against intelligent design. The challenge of this kind of song for me is to try to write something that doesn't sound overwhelmingly preachy. In the end, it came off more successfully than I thought it would.

If I was designed (Ogg)
If I was designed (mp3)
If I was designed (flac)
If I was designed (SoundClick page with lyrics + mp3)

The other song (actually the earlier one, recorded 9/2) is called "I still objectify you." I actually probably first started thinking about this song sometime around Freshman year in college when I was reading essays with names like "Object pleasures" and writing essays on eros, male identity and pornography as portrayed in The Frontrunner. That said, the narrator of the song is an old straight married guy (kind of like me, I guess, but older), so you don't have to worry about any kind of Freshman-at-Brown-esque indoctrination.

I still objectify you (ogg)
I still objectify you (mp3)
I still objectify you (flac)
I still objectify you (Soundclick page)

As always, these songs are offered under a Creative-Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike license.
Sunday, August 27th, 2006
3:17 pm
[symmys]
Television and Smart-Kid Angst: Song-A-Week Project Weeks 13 + 14
A bit behind, but I'm catching up. Here are two songs for last and this week. As always, they're available at my Song-A-Week Project site on archive.org.

The first song is actually the second one I wrote but the first I recorded. It was a quickly thrown together sort of affair. It's a song with a bit of angst... I can't come up with a pithy summary of the song, but it's directed at a kid who's got an ego but no real idea where's he's going...

What will you do? (flac, lossless)
What will you do? (mp3, lossy)
What will you do? (ogg, lossy)

The second song I'm releasing here I've been working on for the past couple of weeks -- it's called "Watching TV" and it's about wanting to sit and watch TV even when there are better things to be doing. That was the initial impulse -- I ended up really thinking of the song as a companion song to "Did I shave my legs for this?", which is, I think, a fabulous song. Except that in my song, the trick is to sympathize with the shlub sitting and watching TV, which is harder that sympathizing with the disappointed spouse.

Watching TV (flac, lossless)
Watching TV (mp3, lossy)
Watching TV (ogg, lossy)
Monday, August 14th, 2006
10:09 pm
[symmys]
Tapping My Feet: Song-A-Week Project Week 12
My Song-A-Week Project continues with week 12 (I'm still 2 weeks behind from vacations during the summer... but I'm hoping to catch back up). This week, I take a stab at the classic "dancing" song. I wanted to write a song about someone who can't dance. It ended up being that, in two different ways.

As usual, the song is available via the Internet Archive:

Tapping My Feet (Lossless flac)
Tapping My Feet (mp3)
Tapping My Feet (ogg)
Saturday, August 5th, 2006
8:24 pm
[symmys]
Groceries: Song-A-Week Project Week 11
Here's week 11's song: Groceries. This song was inspired by groceries. Somehow I got from groceries to a break-up song, don't know how exactly.

Once again, the song is available under a creative commons, non-commercial, share-alike license from my internet archive Song-A-Week Project page. Here are the direct links:

And if you already have an account at SoundClick, you can listen there: Groceries (Soundclick page)
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
5:12 pm
[symmys]
The Vinegar + Just an Instinct: Song-A-Week Project Weeks 9 & 10
Here are weeks 9 & 10 of my song-of-the-week project. I was out of town for a number of weekends there so I'm a bit behind, but I will catch up! I'd anticipated falling behind one week, but didn't realize I wouldn't get any writing or recording done while I was traveling, which put me 2 songs behind. I'm traveling once again this weekend, so I'm hoping to get at least one more song out in the next few days so as not to fall further behind.

Song 9 is "The Vinegar", a song I began at the kitchen table many moons ago in hot stickiness, and only just "finished". I am proud to say "The Vinegar" has nothing to do with love, desire, etc., so I'm on my way to forging new ground.
It is my first song about salad (or the remnants thereof on my plate).
Available here:


Song #10 is called "instinct". Its inspirations include boy band music and spending time with my 4-year old niece (who is very interested in the habits of animals).

The song is my attempt to create a new, anti-spiritual (and therefore anti-romantic-in-a-traditional-sense) vocabulary for a pop song. Well, that's way too serious-sounding for this song, but you get the drift.

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
12:13 pm
[bleep_7]
any suggestions
Um, here's a song I've been working on for a while. I like it, but it doesn't really feel done, y'know? Like it needs some polishing.
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Current Mood: calm
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
6:03 pm
[symmys]
Song-A-Week Project Weeks 7&8: Paper or Plastic and For the Best

Here are two song-a-weeks in one -- the belated song for last week and the early song for this week.

The first song is a genuine song-of-the-week -- it's called paper-or-plastic and it's a sort of country blues about indecision.

The second song is actually a song I wrote before this project started, but I was desperate (I'm going away tomorrow and won't be able to record for a while) and the song wasn't really "finished" until just now.

Also, they're digging up an oil tank and contaminated dirt all around my house, so you might hear some heavy machinery in the background (but surprisingly little comes through, given all the noise -- thank you, technology).

As usual, the songs are available on soundclick (as mp3s or streaming through their flash interface) and also at the internet archive (as ogg, flac or mp3). The songs are under the creative commons license so if you want to share them with your friends, play with them, remix, re-record, etc., feel free.

Paper or Plastic

For the Best

Sunday, June 25th, 2006
12:01 pm
[tommypop]
Helllo!!
Just joined this community so hello to you all.

I have been writing songs and playing guitar for over 10 years now. Please have take a couple of minutes to have a listen to my latest stuff . It's kinda acousticcy/ bluesy/ emo-ish and was all written in the last year.

Let me know watcha think!!

Cheers,

Tom :)

click me click me
Saturday, June 17th, 2006
6:08 pm
[symmys]
Rumble Strip: Song-A-Week Project Week 6

Here's my song-a-week project week 6:



It's also available via the old soundclick page here. If you download it there, I guess you'll help me rise in the "charts" (though since I'd never heard of soundclick before I went looking for a place to host CC-licensed, I don't know what good it would do me to have a high ranking in the soundclick charts).

Saturday, June 10th, 2006
11:14 pm
[symmys]
Pitter Patter: Song-A-Week Project Week 5
This week's song is called (for now at least) Pitter Patter. The song is about how much I love rainy days. And how floods are good.

This is mostly a rainy-day lullaby & lovesong. But it's also partly my irreverent answer to that damned over-sincere Richard Shindell song about money for floods — I never did understand that song.
Sunday, June 4th, 2006
5:17 pm
[symmys]
Thanks: Song-A-Week Project Week 4
This weeks song is "Thanks", and it's a song about all the cool stuff people make, and how we should thank people, and not God, for that cool stuff.
Monday, May 29th, 2006
12:17 pm
[symmys]
The Day I Die: Song-A-Week Project, Week 3
Here's my 3rd song-a-week: The Day I Die.

This is an upbeat song about death, from car-accidents to cancer.

As always, this is released under an attribution, non-commercial, share-alike Creative Commons License.
Sunday, May 21st, 2006
11:21 am
[symmys]
Dappled Light: Song-A-Week project Week 2
Here's my Song-A-Week Project week 2: Dappled Light.

As always, feedback is welcome. As is company in my endeavor (anyone else want to try writing/recording a song-a-week for a year?).
Sunday, May 14th, 2006
3:40 pm
[symmys]
Song-A-Week
x-posted to songwritersinc

Hello all. I'm new to this community but interested to see what people are up to.

I wanted to announce a little project I've started — I'm trying to write one song a week for the next year, starting this week. I've posted my first song here - called "Interview", (lyrics). The song is loosely based on overhearing a future barista being interviewed at a starbucks. Any feedback or thoughts on the song or the idea for the project would be welcome (anyone else want to try doing one-song-a-week with me?).

All songs I'm releasing will be licensed as Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike.
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
10:49 pm
[msarzo]
Gower Avenue
There in the shadows of fame
Beneath the neighbourhood sign
Sit the people who lost the game
Or they committed a crime
It's hard to tell what they've done
Their sentence is to live here
Close enough to all the fun
But they still can't get near...

Chorus:
You never feel so deprived
Or so blessed all at once
As you can in the seat of fame
When rich and poor collide
In the streets of this town
People need to lay blame

The studios and actors are here
But so too are the poor
Beverly Hills has the money
But it makes the poor appear
Where wealth and grime collide
It's just a short walk away
Under all the shades of blue
You'll find it all on Gower Ave.

Repeat chorus

Musical bridge

There in the shadows of fame
Beneath the neighbourhood sign
Sit the people who lost the game
Or they committed a crime
It's hard to tell what they've done
Their sentence is to live here
Close enough to all the fun
But they still can't get near...

Repeat chorus twice

It's not what you expect
It's not the real world...
Saturday, March 11th, 2006
4:54 pm
[msarzo]
The Truth
First verse
There was a time when we all were friends
We'd stick together through life's bitter ends
But those days ended when we learned the truth
That all went down with a fake gold tooth

Why then were we all living a lie?
Was the truth so easy to disguise?
When you don't give love a chance
We get tired of that same old dance

Chorus
Sometimes, what's real has a funny little way
Of not finding light at the start of the day
When you send those who loved you away
And send it all to a rotten little grave

Second verse
We tried to tell you what you needed to hear
But you chose not to listen, and you cried your tears
It's time to get the message loud and clear
You'll end up alone facing all your fears

Why then were we all living a lie?
Was the truth so easy to disguise?
When you don't give love a chance
We get tired of that same old dance

Repeat chorus

Musical bridge

We tried to tell you what you needed to hear
But you chose not to listen, and you cried your tears
It's time to get the message loud and clear
You'll end up alone facing all your fears

Repeat chorus twice

There was a time when we all were friends
We'd stick together through life's bitter ends
But those days ended when we learned the truth
That all went down with a fake gold tooth
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