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#455057 - 02/01/18 05:59 AM [User Showcase] My FAWM 2018 songs
JoanneCooper Offline
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And so the madness that is February begins...I am going to post all my songs in this thread so as not to clog up the forum. Comments, tips and suggestions are as always much appreciated.

Song number 1
My first song was inspired partly by a post I saw on Facebook the other day and partly by one of my favourite singer-songwriters that Donald put me onto - Townes Van Zandt and his song Techumseh Valley.



The band:


RealTracks in style: 1036:Bass, Electric, NorthernRockBallad Ev 065
RealTracks in style: 2335:String Quartet, Rhythm PopHall Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 1595:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Pop8thsSteady Ev 065
RealTracks in style: ~1676:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking CountryBrent Ev 065
RealDrums in style: NashvillePop16^2-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride
RT1596:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Pop16ths Ev16 065

Chords and lyrics
Capo 2

Em C
G
Raised in a small town
C Em
Loved boys and dogs and also old things
G
Museums and houses
C D
and unfamilar roads and what they bring

Em
And how she always yearn for
G
the love of a boy
Em
But they would only use her
G
like a worn out toy
D
thrown away

Chorus
G
Those diamond blue eyes
D
burned into your soul
Am
Damaged in the center
C
where hope had left a hole
G D
They say that she had a way with people
Am C D
But I say they had their way with her

G D Am C

G
She learned to let go
C Em
Never waiting for one of them to stay
G
They used her and left her
C D
Left her all alone to find her way

Em
And wander she did
G
From beds both big and small
Em
No-one that can claim her
G
There's no-one there at all
D
Anyway

G
Those diamond blue eyes
D
burned into your soul
Am
Damaged in the center
C
where hope had left a hole
G D



Edited by JoanneCooper (02/01/18 06:00 AM)

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#455064 - 02/01/18 06:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
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really nice song. sad story.

Good job writing on this. Introspective lyrics.
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#455073 - 02/01/18 06:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Wow - really well done, Joanna smile I particularly enjoyed the lyrics here. You painted a vivid story extremely well, and it definitely helped the music behind it hit harder. And of course, your voice here is flawless! It was really awesome to see you do this live too.

Thanks so much for sharing!
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#455075 - 02/01/18 06:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Really good, Joanne! Great write and performance, love the harmonies!
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#455087 - 02/01/18 07:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
Belladonna Offline
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Really nice vocals and harmonies. Like the smooth melody. Love Townes VanZandt's music.


Edited by Belladonna (02/01/18 07:58 AM)

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#455095 - 02/01/18 08:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
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I can't help but notice that it looks like we use the same mic! It's a good one, isn't it? We used to use it to record our radio plays and voice over samples with it. But -- back to the song! This one really resonated with me and I was very moved by this song. Thank you so much for sharing with us!
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#455166 - 02/01/18 02:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Awesome vocal, lyric and backtrack Joanne. Loved it
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#455285 - 02/02/18 10:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
JoanneCooper Offline
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Herb - Thank you. I always appreaciate you commenting on my songs.

Deryk. Thanks.It is getting easier to do the videos as I go along so I am going to try and keep doing them for FAWM.

BlueAttitude - My harmonies are something I have been working on recently so I appreciate the comments.

Donna - Thanks. Van Zandt left us too early like so many wonderful musicians.

Ember - the mic is a samson meteor USB mic. Very simple setup that works quite well for these types of projects.

Scott - Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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#455287 - 02/02/18 10:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
JoanneCooper Offline
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Song Number 2 - The Eye of the Storm



These lyrics were provided by Arhtur Rossi.

The band:
RealTracks in style: ~518:Bass, Electric, Pop HalfNotes Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~362:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 1403:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Soul70sWarmHeld Ev16 100

Chords and lyrics:
Capo 3

(D) We are still fine and we are still young,
all that we ever want is just to have some fun
(Em) we know that it won´t last forever even here and now
and (D) still it travels on forever here we are now
And (G) life goes (D) by so (A) fast
in the (G) eye (D) of the (A) storm…

(Chorus)
We are…
(D) flying and fal (Bm) ling,
dying and ca(G) lling…
we were dying from the (A) day we were born…
We are…
(D) shifting begin (Bm) ning
drifting and spin (G) ning…
but we´ll never (A) forget… the eye of the (D) storm…

(D) So us Let´s live it up and let us live for now,
we know that there´s no other way no other way how
(Em) one could change their fate, it won´t happen yet
and (D) still you see that we´re not yet there we're not done yet
there is (G) still a (D) lovely (A) sun
in the (G) eye (D) of the (A) storm…

We are…
(D) flying and fal (Bm) ling,
dying and ca(G) lling…
we were dying from the (A) day we were born…
We are…
(D) shifting begin (Bm) ning
drifting and spin (G) ning…
but we´ll never (A) forget… the eye of the (D) storm…

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#455336 - 02/02/18 04:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Joanne,

Two very good songs to kick off- Diamond Blue Eyes is a powerful story. Really liked those lyrics!
Your production process must be finely tuned to get these songs down ( with harmonies,of course!) in quick order.
The simple video presentation gives a nice live feel.

Robert

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#455370 - 02/02/18 09:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
JoanneCooper Offline
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Hi Robert

It is getting easier to make the videos. All I do is record on my iPhone while I am recording the lead vocal. I have my chords and lyrics loaded onto
www.mysonglist.com playing on my iPad mounted just below my iPhone.

I record a few takes of the lead vocal into RealBand using the usb mic and into the iPhone at the same time. (I don’t bother to video record me singing the harmonies). Then I choose the best take of the lead vocal and record some harmonies, mix it down and produce a wav file of the audio. I then bring the audio and the video into Videopad, line them up and mute the audio from the iPhone.

The harmonies is something I have been working on. I always struggled to sing live harmonies and this method is helping me with that too. I just choose a string on my guitar to sing the harmony to (so say the melody is generally around the G string on the guitar, I choose the B string and sing the harmony around that string, all the way through the song. So say the song goes from G to Em, I just sing the B note. When it goes to C, I sing the C.

I learn the harmonies by singing the song from start to finish along that string and then slowly turning up the volume on the lead vocal. I then record the harmony all the way though and simply cut out the parts where the timing had gone a bit wonky.

Then I repeat the process choosing a different string on the guitar. In that way I end up with lead vocal and two harmonies.

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#455381 - 02/03/18 04:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Here is song number 3. It is called "The Same Old Clouds"



I used the good old "ice cream" chords on this one mainly because those are the only chords I can play on my ukulele laugh

The band:
RealTracks in style: ~1136:Bass, Acoustic-Guitar, FolkSwing Sw 110
RealTracks in style: ~1142:Ukulele, Strumming FolkSwing Sw 110
RealTracks in style: 2715:Guitar, Nylon, Background SwingBrent Sw 110
RealDrums-TambourineSwing8ths

Lyrics and chords:
(G) You look to the east
(Em) I yearn for the west
(C) when we are together
we (D) argue what is best

(G) why are we still quarrelling
(Em) why do we still fight
we (C) want to be different
we (D) want to be right

(C) But if you (D) think about it

(G) we all wish on the (C) same blue moon
(D) make love under the (G) same dark sky
we bask bask bask on the (C) same burned earth
and (D) everybody sees the same old clouds pass (G) by

You can speak in colours
(Em) I talk black and white
the (C) Gaps can make us whole again
dis(D)tinctions make us right

(G) if you see it logically
(Em) its hard to point the blame
(C) Things that make us different
(D) make us all the same

(C) AND if you (D) think about it

(G) we all wish on the (C) same blue moon
(D) make love under the (G) same dark sky
we bask bask bask on the (C) same burned earth
and (D) everybody sees the same old clouds pass (G) by

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#455391 - 02/03/18 06:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Joanne,

Listened to Song #1 - really nice. Good melody, simple and memorable, and a good lyric. Really nice production for the song type, too. Well sung, well mixed. (Townes is great inspiration...).

Will try to catch up on the rest later.

fj
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#455460 - 02/03/18 12:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
Noel96 Offline
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Hi Joanne,

I'm listening to song #3 as I type this.

I love the ukulele. It's a great fit with these lyrics.

The lines, "Things that make us different, make us all the same" are stunning. They had me thinking quite a bit after the song had finished.

All the best with FAWM. I so admire you for taking that on.

Best wishes for the journey,
Noel
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#456058 - 02/06/18 04:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: My FAWM 2018 songs [Re: JoanneCooper]
gruverider Offline
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Hello, Joanne. I listened to the first song. Lots of great lines in this one. The production is well-done and your vocal heart-felt.

much enjoyed.

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