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You Wrote It in Chalk

By Cursory on May 12, 2024 7:19 am

Happy Week 19! Settled on a nice simple chord progression and wanted to try telling a bit more of a story than usual. This is one of those songs that kind of sounds like the rest of my songs to me, but maybe the lyrics are a bit more focused than they often are. I also haven’t made much use of any orchestral sounds on any WB tracks until now so that’s cool. Keeping with how things usually sound made for fairly quick and efficient recording which signals improvement, aside from some silliness.

Things that were silly:
-No metronome, we’re fast (and slow) and loose over here. This made percussion annoying (no loops or quantizing of MIDI) and the "hits" after the held orchestral notes a pain to try and time
-Refusing to set up a second microphone since moving my desk so main vocals and guitar are on the same track, mixing be damned.
-You can barely hear a siren at the very start lol

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› Lyric Blurb

The chord progression has a soothing familiar/nostalgic feel that is excellent for the message in this.  The blurb gave me visions of a movie montage with hopscotch on the sidewalk smile  Awesome mix throughout your vocals sounded great.  Loved it!
+1 on the blurb

Love the comparison of writing messages in chalk to making music you never release. Despite all the silliness nothing about this sounds off. wonderful chord progression and vocals. So chill. Keep up those orchestral elements they sound great!

nice and gentle, i myself like to create art, so how you used "you wrote it in chalk" really opened my eyes and it was just a, wow! i never thought about it like that before, moment. great job on this song, cant wait to hear another like it

it's been a heavy week and this really helped.
just a lovely song all around. timeless quality to it.
thank you heart

That opening line is probably the cutest lyric I’ve ever heard. heart Stellar job on this one. The ways you reinforce the narrative musically are really cool here.

well i went to look at a gif and this one just hit me like a little gut punch remembering seeing some drawings like this in our neighborhood - it did feel like the little ones were finding ways to send/communicate love and care to us all

your tracks are so soothing and calming - it also feels like you are finding ways to send/commucate love & care to us all - thank you for sharing them heart

also have you seen what some artist are doing with chalk on public surfaces these days!!!!???
this is just one example...

Oh, this feels like music. It feels human. I take a good song over a "a perfectly engineered and mixed song" any day of the week. The mood of this track fits the production. Make it tight & bright and it becomes something else. Overall it reminds me of a murkier Lee Hazlewood, that's intended as a compliment. Very well done indeed as I'm listening to this track again.

Tone Matrix wrote:

The chord progression has a soothing familiar/nostalgic feel that is excellent for the message in this.  The blurb gave me visions of a movie montage with hopscotch on the sidewalk smile  Awesome mix throughout your vocals sounded great.  Loved it!
+1 on the blurb

Thanks so much smile Nostalgia and hopscotch are wonderful to hear.

SQF wrote:

Love the comparison of writing messages in chalk to making music you never release. Despite all the silliness nothing about this sounds off. wonderful chord progression and vocals. So chill. Keep up those orchestral elements they sound great!

So glad that resonates smile Thank you, I'll try to remember that instruments beyond guitar/bass/drums exist lol

b bro wrote:

nice and gentle, i myself like to create art, so how you used "you wrote it in chalk" really opened my eyes and it was just a, wow! i never thought about it like that before, moment. great job on this song, cant wait to hear another like it

Aw thanks so much! Definitely gratifying for the lyrics to have that effect.

jwh wrote:

it's been a heavy week and this really helped.
just a lovely song all around. timeless quality to it.
thank you heart

Sorry to hear! Thinking of you and appreciate the kind words smile

levelcapybara wrote:

That opening line is probably the cutest lyric I’ve ever heard. heart Stellar job on this one. The ways you reinforce the narrative musically are really cool here.

This gave me a big smile haha, I thought it was a cute image as well so that's a huge compliment. I wondered if the pauses "imitating" the lyrics was a bit too "on the nose" haha, so I'll take it. Much appreciated!

emily wrote:

well i went to look at a gif and this one just hit me like a little gut punch remembering seeing some drawings like this in our neighborhood - it did feel like the little ones were finding ways to send/communicate love and care to us all

your tracks are so soothing and calming - it also feels like you are finding ways to send/commucate love & care to us all - thank you for sharing them heart

also have you seen what some artist are doing with chalk on public surfaces these days!!!!???
this is just one example...

Thank you for the kind words and for listening smile Oddly my next track is pretty overtly an attempt to send love and care lol Chalk and Covid are weirdly associated in my brain now that you mention it. I've seen similar art but nothing of the scale shown in this video! That's way cool, thank you for sharing.

electronic_tiger wrote:

Oh, this feels like music. It feels human. I take a good song over a "a perfectly engineered and mixed song" any day of the week. The mood of this track fits the production. Make it tight & bright and it becomes something else. Overall it reminds me of a murkier Lee Hazlewood, that's intended as a compliment. Very well done indeed as I'm listening to this track again.

Feeling human is about as big of a compliment as I can think of, thank you. Lee Hazlewood somehow has escaped my radar until now, what a delight!

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