Play in the Ruins

Posted by: Robertkc

Play in the Ruins - 08/13/19 07:19 PM

I wrote the title phrase thinking it sounded happy/sad.
The song followed that thought...a bit of a follow on from my last posting.

Play In The Ruins

Style is _HOMESIK.STY (Homesick Soft Pop Serenade)

RealTracks in style: ~2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2195:Piano, ElectricVintage, Rhythm CoolJazzPopHeld Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 3059:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Muted16thsFintan Ev16 080
RealTracks in song: 2668:Pedal Steel, Background WestCoastBallad Ev 065
RealDrums [in style:CongasEv16[single] [Multi]




Play In The Ruins

boats of sticks and hollow shoes
eyes of grey race eyes of blue
the river takes all you`ve won

throwing mud into the light
propeller arms no more fight
father carries the son

nothing more to be done
we play
play in the ruins

so the days tumble down
running through this scowling town
angels of rain will overcome

draw balloons in scrapbook clouds
write something the heart allows
father`s stories of the son

nothing more to be done
we play
play in the ruins

torn up ticket for someplace new
eyes of grey face eyes of blue
patch the pieces into a song

all borne away in time
leaving only love
behind the saintly moon
gather in remembered rooms
father carried by the son

nothing more to be done
we play
play in the ruins
play
play in the ruins

© Robert Cordrey July, 2019
Posted by: PeterF

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/13/19 07:24 PM

Robert

Lovely tune - very much liked the harmonies, and of course your always interesting lyrics.

Very nice indeed.

Peter
Posted by: rayc

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/13/19 08:51 PM

Very Neil Young Old Man in the intro.
Your voice sounds much clearer and unaffected in this and all the better for it.
Very cool.
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/14/19 07:27 AM

Wow - I really enjoyed this one! It has a sincerity to it, and your harmonies here are stunning. It is really captivating, and I thought the lyrics were attention grabbing too. It all sounds so clear and concise. Really easy to follow, and not overbearing at all to listen to.

Great work and thanks for sharing smile
Posted by: Jim

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/14/19 12:16 PM

Nicely done & engaging...
I really liked the way the melody, chords changes, & lyrics came together on the line...
"nothing more to be done"...
For some reason this line really caught my attention...
Your vocals & harmonies really shine on this piece...
And I thoroughly enjoyed listening!
Posted by: Rob4580

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/14/19 02:54 PM


This is really likeable. Robert you always give us something outside
the box and that's a good thing. Great mix and performance. Rob4580
Posted by: Joe -PG Music

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/14/19 03:10 PM

Great work on this Robert, what a marvelous song I might say! I found this very easy to listen and the mix sounds well polished too. Fantastic work on the vocals. Great work!
Posted by: Tangmo

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/14/19 04:34 PM

Wonderful circle-of-life lyric. Love the sparse and building backing. Altogether an extremely pleasing listen.
Posted by: Ember - PG Music

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/14/19 04:54 PM

Really great use of the _HOMESIK style! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/14/19 06:03 PM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Robert

Lovely tune - very much liked the harmonies, and of course your always interesting lyrics.

Very nice indeed.

Peter


Thank you, Peter- especially good to know the harmonies worked.

Originally Posted By: rayc
Very Neil Young Old Man in the intro.
Your voice sounds much clearer and unaffected in this and all the better for it.
Very cool.


Thank you!

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - I really enjoyed this one! It has a sincerity to it, and your harmonies here are stunning. It is really captivating, and I thought the lyrics were attention grabbing too. It all sounds so clear and concise. Really easy to follow, and not overbearing at all to listen to.

Great work and thanks for sharing smile


Deryk,
I`m glad you found the lyrics interesting and understandable.
Thank you for all your positive comments.

Originally Posted By: Jim
Nicely done & engaging...
I really liked the way the melody, chords changes, & lyrics came together on the line...
"nothing more to be done"...
For some reason this line really caught my attention...
Your vocals & harmonies really shine on this piece...
And I thoroughly enjoyed listening!


Jim,
I appreciate those likes!

Robert
Posted by: Deej56

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/14/19 11:19 PM

Robert,

Engaging opening—love the simplicity, openness of this. Terrific harmonies here—melody and lyrics drip with mood and atmosphere. From a production standpoint, pretty much perfect, though I’m wondering if the vocal is a bit too forward—just a tad; perhaps dial it back just a touch??? Just a suggestion for you to think about—this is pretty stellar as is . . . so don’t mess with it too much.

Very impressive piece, Robert. Very pretty—well done!

My best to you,

Deej
Posted by: Mark K

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/15/19 11:01 AM

Enjoyable listen. The Congas was just the right amount of drums/percussion for this song.
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/15/19 06:41 PM

Awesome tune Robert. Love your folk songs. Super vocal and harmonies. Very cool intro and backtrack. As always super lyric. Well done
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/16/19 03:53 AM

Nicely done, Robert! Nice choice of instrumentation, fits the song well. Especially like the congas and that 3059 realtrack.

Great job processing the vocals! Just the right amount of fx.

The lead vocal sounds a little hot through the 'phones but is fine over the monitors. Could maybe drop it 2db or so, but not a big deal.

Good song, always enjoy your work.
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/16/19 05:56 AM

Robert,
Simply amazing! Beautiful poetry! Some harmony twists caught me by surprise... in a very good way smile
Percussion choice works very well on this. Would not change a thing.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.
Posted by: jannesan

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/16/19 09:13 AM

Beautiful folky melody with right amount of melancholy. That acoustic guitar is a great selection, works well with your voice. Nice harmonies.

As always, your words are full of touching real life images, and I like how you describe the writing process. Although the words are so vivid that they don't need a picture, this song would be a good material to be played in an indie movie.

Janne
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/16/19 11:15 AM

"torn up ticket for someplace new
eyes of grey face eyes of blue
patch the pieces into a song"

Wow!

Your vocals seem to be more and more nuanced. Really nice.

Outstanding band and mix. We very much liked the congas and the held bass.

Engaging and memorable. Very cinematic in feel...can almost see film credits rolling by.

Excellent!

J&B
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/16/19 01:26 PM

Robert,

This is wonderful! I like everything about it.

A beautiful song.

Your vocal is, perhaps, your all time best. Well recorded, very "musical", and well mixed.

The BAND choice is perfect. I'm a big fan of that acoustic guitar RT. The e. piano adds a delicious flavor. The congas - perfect. And the steel puts it over the top. This band should "get the call" often - an albums worth.

Super mix.

Outstanding in all regards.

fj
Posted by: TuneMonger

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/16/19 03:25 PM

One of your best, I think (though I've not heard all), congas really drive it and pedal steel somehow works, too. Great job!!
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/16/19 06:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Rob4580

This is really likeable. Robert you always give us something outside
the box and that's a good thing. Great mix and performance. Rob4580


Thank you!

Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Great work on this Robert, what a marvelous song I might say! I found this very easy to listen and the mix sounds well polished too. Fantastic work on the vocals. Great work!


That`s very kind- thanks Joe!

Originally Posted By: Tangmo
Wonderful circle-of-life lyric. Love the sparse and building backing. Altogether an extremely pleasing listen.


Glad the theme was clear and enjoyable- Thanks for your listen.

Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
Really great use of the _HOMESIK style! Thanks for sharing it with us.


Ember,
Yes, a nice style that- all I added was the pedal steel.

Originally Posted By: Deej56
Robert,

Engaging opening—love the simplicity, openness of this. Terrific harmonies here—melody and lyrics drip with mood and atmosphere. From a production standpoint, pretty much perfect, though I’m wondering if the vocal is a bit too forward—just a tad; perhaps dial it back just a touch??? Just a suggestion for you to think about—this is pretty stellar as is . . . so don’t mess with it too much.

Very impressive piece, Robert. Very pretty—well done!

My best to you,

Deej


Deej,
I appreciate those positives and agree about the vocal levels- dialed back a touch now,


Robert
Posted by: dcuny

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/16/19 11:32 PM

Nice acoustic setting. Especially effective when the steel guitar came into.

Can't say I've got a clue what specifically you're singing about, but it works emotionally, which is all that really matters.

Good arrangement, good singing.
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/17/19 06:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark K
Enjoyable listen. The Congas was just the right amount of drums/percussion for this song.


Thanks for your listen.

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Awesome tune Robert. Love your folk songs. Super vocal and harmonies. Very cool intro and backtrack. As always super lyric. Well done


Thank you,Scott!

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Nicely done, Robert! Nice choice of instrumentation, fits the song well. Especially like the congas and that 3059 realtrack.

Great job processing the vocals! Just the right amount of fx.

The lead vocal sounds a little hot through the 'phones but is fine over the monitors. Could maybe drop it 2db or so, but not a big deal.

Good song, always enjoy your work.




Thank you,Dave. The vocal level has been tweaked now- I appreciate your positives on this one.



Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Robert,
Simply amazing! Beautiful poetry! Some harmony twists caught me by surprise... in a very good way smile
Percussion choice works very well on this. Would not change a thing.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.





Misha,
Really good to hear you liked the lyrics. The conga track has become a favourite of mine.


Robert
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: Play in the Ruins - 08/18/19 06:25 PM

Originally Posted By: jannesan
Beautiful folky melody with right amount of melancholy. That acoustic guitar is a great selection, works well with your voice. Nice harmonies.

As always, your words are full of touching real life images, and I like how you describe the writing process. Although the words are so vivid that they don't need a picture, this song would be a good material to be played in an indie movie.

Janne


I really appreciate that, Janne.

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
"torn up ticket for someplace new
eyes of grey face eyes of blue
patch the pieces into a song"

Wow!

Your vocals seem to be more and more nuanced. Really nice.

Outstanding band and mix. We very much liked the congas and the held bass.

Engaging and memorable. Very cinematic in feel...can almost see film credits rolling by.

Excellent!

J&B



J&B,
Hard to fit the strife and peacemaking into one verse -I`m glad you liked that.Thank you for the very positive review.

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Robert,

This is wonderful! I like everything about it.

A beautiful song.

Your vocal is, perhaps, your all time best. Well recorded, very "musical", and well mixed.

The BAND choice is perfect. I'm a big fan of that acoustic guitar RT. The e. piano adds a delicious flavor. The congas - perfect. And the steel puts it over the top. This band should "get the call" often - an albums worth.

Super mix.

Outstanding in all regards.

fj


Floyd,
I`ve used a similar "band" a few times now... long way from getting into a niche with it though!
Those are very kind comments- thank you.

Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
One of your best, I think (though I've not heard all), congas really drive it and pedal steel somehow works, too. Great job!!


I`m glad you liked this- thanks for commenting.

Robert