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#588550 - 03/29/20 03:44 PM [User Showcase] Prayer Wheels
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I usually get around to writing a song for my wife just before her birthday.This one looks back to the road trip we took through her country(Thailand) after our wedding. I tried to make some of the details general in a personal way and hope you enjoy whatever the images conjure.
On a recording note-some challenges of space lately took me into a closet for the vocal-I can hear the difference and don`t mind if you do.

Prayer Wheels

Style is _ALBION.STY (Albion Acoustic Folk Rock)

RealTracks in style: 1759:Bass, Electric, Pop16ths Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2914:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Folky16thsBrent Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 1004:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm ClassicRockStrumming Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: 2650:Guitar, Electric, Background DreamyPopBalladFillsBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 3056:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Pop16thsSyncBrent Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 542:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Dreamy Ev 085
RealDrums [in Song:ModCountry16ths^01-a:Closed hat, Sync-kick, b:Open hat, Sync-kick





Prayer Wheels

we left them singing
guitars sliding and haunting the dawn
where shanty children drag their wings
to the Highway of Kings

on our horizon
see them run they run my love
ghostly gleaming horses pure as thoughts
when the Father tied these knots

I would bless and honour your days
signs of a solitary road
steer the other way
when dogs are at our heels
I`ll help you turn
these prayer wheels

change the antenna
in squalor flowers of such beauty
this is your world roots in the mud
your lotus blooms above

I would bless and honour your days
signs of a solitary road
steer the other way
when dogs are at our heels
I`ll help you turn
these prayer wheels

tires spin and heal
our promise turns
prayer wheels

© Robert Cordrey March 2020

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#588554 - 03/29/20 04:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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This is such sensitive writing, in every way - from the lyrics to the music and to the performance of it. For me, the lyrics just make it fly ... I've rarely seen such accomplished yet gentle, sensitive writing ... but everything about this song is just beautiful. What a love song.
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#588574 - 03/29/20 05:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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The arrangement and mix is the first thing that pops out.

Very poetic - I enjoyed the journey!
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#588657 - 03/30/20 07:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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Hi Rob,

very poetic lyrics - kudos. And I must say it again: I like your voice and the way you use it! Good arrangement, too.

All the best to you and your wife - stay well,

Stefan

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#588659 - 03/30/20 07:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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Robert,

A solid BAND, a poetic lyric. Good vocal. Well mixed.

fj

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#588690 - 03/30/20 10:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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Cool vocal Robert. As Floyd said really solid band and mix. Harmonies were very cool as well. Very pretty lyric.

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#588769 - 03/30/20 05:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Crossroads]
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Originally Posted By: musician17
This is such sensitive writing, in every way - from the lyrics to the music and to the performance of it. For me, the lyrics just make it fly ... I've rarely seen such accomplished yet gentle, sensitive writing ... but everything about this song is just beautiful. What a love song.


That`s very kind- thank you!

Originally Posted By: dcuny
The arrangement and mix is the first thing that pops out.

Very poetic - I enjoyed the journey!


I hadn`t heard the Brent fills track before; an easy fit for the song.
Thanks for listening.


Originally Posted By: Crossroads
Hi Rob,

very poetic lyrics - kudos. And I must say it again: I like your voice and the way you use it! Good arrangement, too.

All the best to you and your wife - stay well,

Stefan


Thank you, Stefan. To be honest I can hear places where the vocal quality seems to drop- I blame that unfamiliar closet- but appreciate your positive comments.

Robert

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#588786 - 03/30/20 08:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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Robert

The band really compliments this one. Nice choices, and a sensitive vocal.

Very nice.

Peter

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#588797 - 03/30/20 11:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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Robert,

Your vocal just fits this song.
The harmonies are very nice.
There is a lot of ingenuity in the chord progression as usual.
The influence of The Byrds can be felt in some places.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#588813 - 03/31/20 03:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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Yeah, I like this.

Nice production, I really like the way you handled the guitars.

Vocals sound good to me, I especially like the harmonies.

Good song, enjoyed!

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#588815 - 03/31/20 04:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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Hi, Bob !


Super tune ! One of your
absolute best if not
even the best !

I liked it a lot !

Cheers
Dani

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#588934 - 03/31/20 05:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: animarorecords]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Robert,

A solid BAND, a poetic lyric. Good vocal. Well mixed.

fj


Thanks, Floyd.

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Cool vocal Robert. As Floyd said really solid band and mix. Harmonies were very cool as well. Very pretty lyric.


I appreciate the nod to my harmonies, Scott. Glad you enjoyed this one!

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Robert

The band really compliments this one. Nice choices, and a sensitive vocal.

Very nice.

Peter


Peter,
Thank you for the listen and likes!

Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Robert,

Your vocal just fits this song.
The harmonies are very nice.
There is a lot of ingenuity in the chord progression as usual.
The influence of The Byrds can be felt in some places.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi


Shigeki,
When a real musician approves a chord progression of mine I`m happy... and The Byrds sound is timeless, so thank you for hearing a little of their influence on this.

Robert

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#588952 - 03/31/20 07:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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Very nice, I got a quick wiki education about prayer wheels and watched a few videos before listening. I always enjoy your work, sometimes lines are cryptic to me but that is my experience with most poetry I read. I got the gist - "steer the other way when dogs are at our heels I`ll help you turn these prayer wheels." That was clear to me, I think. I'd love a line by line clarification but that is asking a lot. Nice to hear you again, closet or not. Beautiful work, hope your wife was thrilled with it.
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#588976 - 04/01/20 02:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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Hi Rob ...

This a wonderful listen! I like the "busy" drums as they push the song along with a gentle force. The vocal harmony on the chorus is wonderful! This is my favorite of yours that I've heard. That was w real treat! Wishing you and your wife the best ... and Happy birthday to her. This is a great present for her ... and the rest of us. be safe ...

Alan
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#588997 - 04/01/20 06:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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Nice work - thought the mix was professional and concise, and the vocal harmonies are spot on. Really nice lyrics that fit the tone perfectly as well.

Thanks for sharing smile
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#589003 - 04/01/20 06:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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So well done, Robert. Beautiful images, and a very fun trip. Magic moments throughout. Love the harmony in the voices and the sentiment.
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#589063 - 04/01/20 11:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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Very nice poetic description of Thailand, gentle band and vocals. "tires spin and heal our promise turns prayer wheels", very beautiful lines.

Just a thought, I noticed that a prayer wheel sound could be used as an exotic percussion instrument.

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#589130 - 04/01/20 05:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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I really like the closet vocal sound. I like every thing about this so much it's my new favorite of yours Robert. Such a beautiful song.

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#589294 - 04/02/20 03:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: TuneMonger]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Yeah, I like this.

Nice production, I really like the way you handled the guitars.

Vocals sound good to me, I especially like the harmonies.

Good song, enjoyed!



Thanks, Dave.
I liked the hint of pedal steel behind the el guitar fills.
Thanks for mentioning the harmonies!

Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Bob !


Super tune ! One of your
absolute best if not
even the best !

I liked it a lot !

Cheers
Dani


Hi Dani,
I`m happy you liked this- thanks for commenting.




Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Very nice, I got a quick wiki education about prayer wheels and watched a few videos before listening. I always enjoy your work, sometimes lines are cryptic to me but that is my experience with most poetry I read. I got the gist - "steer the other way when dogs are at our heels I`ll help you turn these prayer wheels." That was clear to me, I think. I'd love a line by line clarification but that is asking a lot. Nice to hear you again, closet or not. Beautiful work, hope your wife was thrilled with it.


Being married to a Thai Buddhist means lots of temple visits on any tour ... and some of the prayer wheels are huge,taking effort to turn...while walking around barefoot on burning hot tiled floors!
I`m glad you got something from the lyrics. I guess my writing is often a little closer to impenetrable than obvious on the scale- too late to change my style now.
Thank you for your listen and comments.


Robert

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#589304 - 04/02/20 04:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Prayer Wheels [Re: Robertkc]
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<I`m glad you got something from the lyrics. I guess my writing is often a little closer to impenetrable than obvious on the scale- <too late to change my style now.
<Thank you for your listen and comments.


I wouldn't change your writing a lick. I think you've got something magical, and so glad we get to enjoy it here.


Edited by TuneMonger (04/02/20 04:44 PM)
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