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Recently, I was inspired to write a song after learning about "Kintsugi", the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery. Kintsugi's basic technique involves reassembling broken pottery using lacquer/glue that has been mixed with gold, silver or platinum. By doing this, the scars of breakage become valuable features that enhance the broken ceramics immeasurably.

Because there is a bit of a story behind this song that might interest some forum members, I'll detail my songwriting inspiration and approach in the post immediately below this one. In the meantime, if you'd like to have a listen (lyrics are on Soundcloud)...




This is intentionally just a simple song with minimalist production.

All constructive comments welcome.

I hope you enjoy it,
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The journey of "Get Up And Get Going" began with the below video clip that I stumbled across on YouTube.



After watching this, the idea of embracing damage and using it to create something even more beautiful than the original started playing around in my mind. It's a very powerful metaphor for life.

While I was pondering this metaphor, I began zig-zagging my way around YouTube looking through old songs from the Tin Pan Alley era. That was when I landed "Put On A Happy Face" (POAHF) with Dick Van Dyke singing.



Because I approach songwriting mostly from an analytical perspective, my next step was to use POAHF to create a template.

When I looked at my sheet music for POAHF, the song was 32 bars long. Comparing this to the lyrics, I found that each eight bars of POAHF corresponded to four lyric phrases. In other words, the song consisted of four lots of 8-bar sections. The first and the third sections were musically and structurally the same, so I labeled these 'A' sections. The second and fourth sections were different from each other and different from the A-sections, so I labeled these 'B' and 'C'. The format of the song, therefore, can be described as A-B-A-C.

Since I've never written a song in this format, I was guided by POAHF and constructed my song in the same A-B-A-C format where each section was eight bars long. I varied the last two bars of my second A-section, though. This meant that while it was mostly the same as the first A-section, the second A-section was slightly different. Musically, such a section is often denoted with an apostrophe-like dash.

So the format for my song can be described as A-B-A'-C

I also noticed that in this format, the title appears as a lyric phrase on the second and fourth lines of the A-section.

Thus, with a format in mind about how to create a 32-bar song, I set about writing some lyrics to fit.


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g'day mate.

this is a v special song imho i really liked this.

sometimes kiss just works.

loved the 'bounce' of this and the 'naturalness'.

an old AE i once met said 'a good hooky song should come thru' in a few traks'. this is a excellent example of what he said and a grrreat song.
its also an excellent example of not needing a ton of plug ins in a song.

SUPERB...>>>SERIOUSLY CATCHY.

happiness.

om

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Originally Posted By: justanoldmuso
g'day mate.

this is a v special song imho i really liked this.

sometimes kiss just works.

loved the 'bounce' of this and the 'naturalness'.

an old AE i once met said 'a good hooky song should come thru' in a few traks'. this is a excellent example of what he said and a grrreat song.
its also an excellent example of not needing a ton of plug ins in a song.

SUPERB...>>>SERIOUSLY CATCHY.

happiness.

om

Hi om,

That was quick!

Thank you so much for jumping in and having a listen!!! It's 2:45 a.m. for me here right now, and you've made my night. I really appreciate your comments a great deal smile

May good things come your way,
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I think this is a real gem. It sounds like a tune from one of the great musicals of the 40s, 50s and 60s that Rodgers and Hammerstein, or Lerner and Loewe wrote. I've always wanted to write a song like that and have tried but not been successful at it. There are one or two lines where the prosody could be better but I'm comparing it to the great masters and that is perhaps unfair to do ("tougher and can do more" feels slightly cramped, for instance). In fairness, my songs always have a few instances like that.

I saw recently where you say you liked Tin Pan Alley songs but didn't think you had the voice for it. I think you should give it a try anyway. You have a great voice and it just may work in that genre.

Again, this tune's a real winner!


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Hi Noel,

This song really is a good combination of "Kintsugi" and the song "Put on a happy Face".
Interesting video about Kintsugi. I had seen these lines before, now I know why they are there.
It's like life itself.
All the cracks in our lives get healed in the long run (except the loss of a child, my mother told me), they make our lives interesting.
We should look upon wrinkles and scars as beautiful gold lines, that healed us too.
Sometimes other people heal us, sometimes we have to do it ourselves.
A happy face may help.

The song is really good, your voice beautiful and it gives you a happy feeling.

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I hope this will come across in the spirit it's intended in, i.e. I hope this won't sound offensive in any way, because it's meant as a genuine compliment :-)

This song sounds like something Kermit the Frog might sing on Sesame Street! Something like "Being Green" or something. It has that kind of simple, clear, direct message - and your voice is the perfect "carrying agent", if that makes any sense, for this kind of song.

I personally genuinely loved it - you are the master of the positive message song. Bravo, bravo, bravo - and thanks so much for sharing, really put a huge grin on my face :-)

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Noel,

Nice to see a Noel-song in the Showcase again.
With that signature Noel-song positivity!

Nice simple production. The acoustic solo was a good choice.
Really nice vocal. One of your best, I think.
And a good mix.

Leaves a smile on your face!

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Your song reminded me of something, but I couldn't place it, and then I read:

Originally Posted By: musician17
This song sounds like something Kermit the Frog might sing on Sesame Street!


...this. Yep, and like musician17 I mean that in a very positive way, and no, your voice does NOT sound like Kermit the Frog smile

I like your song. A lot!


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Noel, it's to see a post from you. You've been missed.

I like this type of song. The minimal instrumentation works well. I can't imagine this song any other way. Your vocal fits this song nicely.

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Noel ...this song should be presented to Disney or Pixar for one of their family picture...it's really a joyful positive song...Dick Van Dyke would have killed this one...though perhaps not as good as you just did it! really enjoyed it! best regards...Dan


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Hi Noel ...

A big smile on my face when I saw your name attached to a new post. We've missed you - a lot.

Yes, the KISS approach is perfect for this song. It's catchy and stays with the listener for quite some time after listening. It's a good ear bug!

Hope all is well in your world. Di and I are moving a long day by day.

Still smiling as that tune is still rattling around in my head!

Take care, my friend.

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Nice to hear again another Noel positive song. Very interesting backstory and inspiration for the song. Just wondering should I break something just to re-built it stronger smile

"Scars of experience are badges of pride" and many other beautiful lines are very uplifting and really made me smile. Perfect title for the catchy chorus. Simple but working arrangement and your smooth vocal is always big pleasure to listen to.

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Noel,

It's great to see one of my favorite artists gracing the forum with another classic! I love the simple instrumental approach of this track. It serve's to cradle perfectly the wonderful vocal you delivered here! What a great message that everybody needs! That ukulele...yes!!

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You aced it Noel.
Everything to enjoy/like and appreciate.


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Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
I think this is a real gem. It sounds like a tune from one of the great musicals of the 40s, 50s and 60s that Rodgers and Hammerstein, or Lerner and Loewe wrote. I've always wanted to write a song like that and have tried but not been successful at it. There are one or two lines where the prosody could be better but I'm comparing it to the great masters and that is perhaps unfair to do ("tougher and can do more" feels slightly cramped, for instance). In fairness, my songs always have a few instances like that.

I saw recently where you say you liked Tin Pan Alley songs but didn't think you had the voice for it. I think you should give it a try anyway. You have a great voice and it just may work in that genre.

Again, this tune's a real winner!

Hi TuneMonger!

Thanks a ton for the uplifting comments.

It's interesting that the influence of Musicals came through. That was purely accidental. I'm a huge fan of musical-comedies, though, and I admire the melodists and lyricists from this era enormously. Quite honestly, I don't mind being compared to these masters favorably or unfavorably *LOL*. I'll take it either way.

And yeah, I love the Tin Pan Alley era of music. When it moves into the big-band genre, though, my skills are limited. Maybe one day I'll wake up feeling adventurous, and I'll try my hand with BIAB's big-band tracks. When others use these realtracks, like Josie/Sundance did recently, they sound awesome!

Thanks again for the visit, your comments and the smiles you brought my way smile
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
Hi Noel,

This song really is a good combination of "Kintsugi" and the song "Put on a happy Face".
Interesting video about Kintsugi. I had seen these lines before, now I know why they are there.
It's like life itself.
All the cracks in our lives get healed in the long run (except the loss of a child, my mother told me), they make our lives interesting.
We should look upon wrinkles and scars as beautiful gold lines, that healed us too.
Sometimes other people heal us, sometimes we have to do it ourselves.
A happy face may help.

The song is really good, your voice beautiful and it gives you a happy feeling.

Anne-Marie


Hi Anne-Marie.

It's really great to see you! Thanks for visiting me and my song smile

When I saw that video on Kintsugi, I was inspired to do two things. The first was to write a song and to use the principle of Kintsugi as a metaphor for the lyrics. Now that I've managed to do that, I can move on to the second thing that I was inspired to do. And that is to break a piece of pottery and to put it back together again with golden highlighted cracks.

I've done a bit of research around the internet now and some of the Kintsugi craft work is incredible.

I love these thoughts of yours....

Originally Posted By: Anne-Marie
We should look upon wrinkles and scars as beautiful gold lines, that healed us too. Sometimes other people heal us, sometimes we have to do it ourselves. A happy face may help.

May lots of good things come your and Rob's way!
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Welcome back Noel!
We have missed you and your music.

This is a lovely song with a message we all can appreciate.

It’s so interesting how your inspiration for the song began with the discovery of kintsugi.
(Thank you for the video link.)

Janice is also a Tin Pan Alley fan and we both agree that you have mastered the genre.

The entire package (lyric, band, vocal, mix) is a delight (love the solo) and we hope to hear more from you soon!

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Excellent song Noel. Love the bounce to the song. Your songs are so positive. Super vocal and lyric. Excellent guitar solo. Well done...


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Hi Noel
Sounds really very good
Great sung
Maybe it's just the minimalistic that makes the song so interesting
Great work
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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