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#459318 - 02/26/18 12:58 PM [User Showcase] The Good-Morrow
molsenhouse Offline
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How to put music to a poem from the early 17th century?
– well, with a little help from BiaB…

John Donne wrote a beautiful poem called The Good-Morrow.
Don't know how the copyright act works overseas – in Norway lyrics are free after 70 years. Please, tell me if I do anything wrong.

Not a traditional song, but it sounds familiar…
Already thinking of new vocal ideas – guess I have to try them out in a couple of weeks or months ;-)

Here is what it sounds like today:


THE GOOD-MORROW




BiaB tracks used:

Style is _SPECTER.STY

RealTracks in style: ~733:Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Ballad Sw 060 (A:in-2)
RealTracks in style: 936:Piano, Acoustic, Rehearsal Waltz Sw 140
RealTracks in style: ~993:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryWaltzGrittyPicked Sw 140
RealTracks in style: 2558:Cello, Background SlowSwing Sw 065
RealDrums: RealDrums in Style: BluesMondaySw8^02-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat



And the poem:

The Good-Morrow
BY JOHN DONNE


I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then?
But sucked on country pleasures, childishly?
Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den?
’Twas so; but this, all pleasures fancies be.
If ever any beauty I did see,
Which I desired, and got, ’twas but a dream of thee.

And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear;
For love, all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone,
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown,
Let us possess one world, each hath one, and is one.

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;
Where can we find two better hemispheres,
Without sharp north, without declining west?
Whatever dies, was not mixed equally;
If our two loves be one, or, thou and I
Love so alike, that none do slacken, none can die.
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#459334 - 02/26/18 03:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
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John this is top shelf all the way. Your instrumentation is perfect for this poem as is your chord progression. Your vocal is absolutely fantastic and I love the effects you on it.

This is a keeper.
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#459355 - 02/26/18 04:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
floyd jane Offline
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Einar,

I always enjoy hearing your music. Always intriguing, inventive, interesting.

Excellent group of instruments for this. Your guitar work here is super.

Nice job of putting music to a Donne poem! Very much enjoyed this.

Excellent!

floyd
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#459358 - 02/26/18 04:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
dani48 Offline
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Hei Einar !


Helt fantastisk sång !
Gratulerar ! Den är det
bästa jag än så länge
hört från dig - kan bara
säga WOW !

mvh
Dani
1/2 norrman

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#459367 - 02/26/18 05:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
kybordr Offline
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Registered: 02/08/18
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Loc: Livermore, CA, USA
Einar: I love this, nicely done. What a cool idea. (And being me, I have to ask "Oh my gosh, what has John Donne?")

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#459384 - 02/26/18 06:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
PeterF Offline
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Nice progressive rock sound - nicely performed and sung with some nice guitar passages.

Peter

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#459394 - 02/26/18 09:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
RichMac Offline
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What a lovely poem Einar and a fantastic interpretation that brings it very much to life and into the present.
Love the snorting in the seven sleepers den.
Much impressed.

Cheers.
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#459420 - 02/27/18 05:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
Tano Music Offline
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Songwriting partnership over the ages! Yes, I think this is a great idea, and nicely executed...you chose style/approach/instrumentation that fit so naturally..thank you for putting your creativity into this...especially liked the line that you spoke/sung concurrently...maybe Donne didn’t have any skilled musician buddies to work with??

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#459422 - 02/27/18 05:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
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Wow! This is an outstanding example of what a creative artist, a great vocal/instrumental performances and BiaB can accomplish.

This is a remarkable production and we are enjoying the listen(s)!

J&B
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#459445 - 02/27/18 07:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
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Wow, this is incredible smile What a unique and abstract idea - and you managed to pull it off brilliantly! The whole tune just flows so nicely, from the lyricism to the progressions and arrangement. The entire song just works so perfectly. It showcases some serious creativity and a good grasp on songwriting.

You outdid yourself here - thanks so much for sharing smile
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#459466 - 02/27/18 10:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: MarioD]
molsenhouse Offline
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
John this is top shelf all the way. Your instrumentation is perfect for this poem as is your chord progression. Your vocal is absolutely fantastic and I love the effects you on it.

This is a keeper.



Thanks Mario,

John is definitely top shelf!!!
Couldn't stop thinking of what Hendrix did to Hey Joe!
So I tried to extend his brilliant idea in 12/8 for the chorus, and ended up with Hey Good-Morrow ;-)
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#459467 - 02/27/18 11:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: floyd jane]
molsenhouse Offline
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Einar,

I always enjoy hearing your music. Always intriguing, inventive, interesting.

Excellent group of instruments for this. Your guitar work here is super.

Nice job of putting music to a Donne poem! Very much enjoyed this.

Excellent!

floyd



Floyd,

Thanks for your nice compliments. The words in the poem came very much alive to me during this process – someone once told me that a soaring cello is the the most beautiful instrument in the world – and in BiaB I found a RT-cello that sounded great – not too much, but enough to bring a different dimension to the arrangement.

Thanks for listening!
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#459468 - 02/27/18 11:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: dani48]
molsenhouse Offline
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Originally Posted By: dani48
Hei Einar !


Helt fantastisk sång !
Gratulerar ! Den är det
bästa jag än så länge
hört från dig - kan bara
säga WOW !

mvh
Dani
1/2 norrman



Hey Dani,

Takk for hyggelig tilbakemelding. Det varmer godt når det er full vinterstorm her mellom fjellene.
Einar
1/32 finsk ;-)
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#459483 - 02/27/18 01:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
Sergio Guarneri Offline
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Hello,
you made a great work; good production and result obtained.

Nice one.

Sergio
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#459496 - 02/27/18 02:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
dcuny Offline
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Originally Posted By: molsenhouse
Please, tell me if I do anything wrong.

Nothing wrong to my ears! laugh

You did a fantastic job making some very dense prose enjoyable. I'm super impressed by all the aspects of the song - it was a very fun listen. The doubling at "And now good-morrow" was especially cool.
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#459617 - 02/28/18 11:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
Robertkc Offline
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Very cool, creative interpretation of those amazingly sensual and metaphysical lines!
Excellent arrangement and production skills are on show here in addition to your fine vocal.
Well done!

Robert

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#460085 - 03/02/18 10:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
animarorecords Offline
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Loc: Aichi, Japan
Hello, Einar

Very inventive work!
And the melody is wonderful.
As floyd said, excellent group of instruments for this. Your guitar work here is super.
And your vocal is very powerful.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#460676 - 03/05/18 01:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: kybordr]
molsenhouse Offline
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Originally Posted By: kybordr
Einar: I love this, nicely done. What a cool idea. (And being me, I have to ask "Oh my gosh, what has John Donne?")



Hahaha – LOL laugh
John did-pretty-well Donne!

Thanks for listening!


Edited by molsenhouse (03/05/18 01:17 PM)
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#460678 - 03/05/18 01:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: PeterF]
molsenhouse Offline
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Nice progressive rock sound - nicely performed and sung with some nice guitar passages.

Peter





Thanks a lot, Peter!
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#460682 - 03/05/18 01:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Good-Morrow [Re: molsenhouse]
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Very well executed. thanks for listing. Rob

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