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52beersatmidnight43

By hent03 on October 25, 2020 8:31 am

I'm definitely going through something of a slump, or at least an 'idea refueling' stage. I finally picked up the guitar on Friday around lunch time and started playing with different chord shapes until I found a rhythm to hum over. Then over the following days I built it all out and wrote lyrics. Incidentally, I also happen to be stuck on a short story I'm writing, which is about two friends who are part of an online cult. Both of them are lost, but one of them is trying to find his voice as an artist; he writes prose, draws pictures, takes photographs, and writes songs. The lyrics for this song are an attempt to dig into that character's head and express what one of his imaginary songs might sound like.

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October 26, 2020 12:13 am

Good chord progression and good recording sounds as well - done with an iphone? That's a track that would deserve to be developed further as there are a lot of catchy elements!

October 26, 2020 12:41 am

The acoustic guitar sounds really nice and I dig how you can hear your fingers moving on the strings.  A good soothing vibe.

October 26, 2020 1:00 am

This is a great departure from your other times.

Would you be willing to share the lyrics?

October 26, 2020 1:43 am
Kedbreak136 wrote:

Good chord progression and good recording sounds as well - done with an iphone? That's a track that would deserve to be developed further as there are a lot of catchy elements!


Yeah it's recorded on the iphone again. A bit lazy, but I'm surprised how well it captures ideas. I actually had something resembling a chorus worked out, but I could come up with a vocal melody I liked. Maybe I'll come back and do that in the future.

CosmicCairns wrote:

The acoustic guitar sounds really nice and I dig how you can hear your fingers moving on the strings.  A good soothing vibe.


Thanks! My fingers tend to brush against the bottom of the guitar when I play. Sometimes it has an unintentional almost percussive effect. I'm glad you dig it. smile


gesceap wrote:

This is a great departure from your other times.

Would you be willing to share the lyrics?


Thanks for the kind words! The lyrics are below:

Feel the wind and the stars,
the moon as it turns to blue.
The world it sleeps through the wonder of a moment that belongs to you

They say don't chase the sun cos you'll never reach it,
it's gone too soon.
That's why the world at midnight shines the brightest
for me and you.

Ride the clouds until dawn,
the sky as it fades to blue.
The world will wake from its slumber and the dreams it had belong to you.

So if you catch the sun don't forget that feeling,
it's gone too soon.
But it's the world at midnight that shines the brightest
shines for you...

October 26, 2020 3:37 am

This is awesome! Excellent chord progression and great vocals!!!

October 26, 2020 11:59 am

Fluid movement through the song along with the chord progression. Has a different flavor than your other guitar tracks. Capo on the first fret?

I like the notion of "idea refueling." Better than feeling like we smacked our heads against a concrete barrier while running at full sprint.

October 26, 2020 6:34 pm

I really enjoy the atomsphere you are creating in here, with this pure minimalistic setup. I like the idea of making music, that can be performed everywhere and anytime. I do have the problem, that I need too much gear to create something musically. This song is beautifully performed and you can be proud to be a soulful singer/songwriter.

October 27, 2020 5:00 am

Great stuff HL.  The lofi vibe is cool but I also think it'd probably sound really good with some production and the vocals pushed to the front more as the vocals sound good!  Oh and happy bday!  Hope you're having a good one!

October 27, 2020 1:42 pm

Lovely chord progression and I too appreciate the intimate sound of the guitar playing with your vocals.

October 28, 2020 1:31 pm

Acoustic guitar sounds great. With just vocals and guitars, you could have put vocal much more in front if you want to. Nice song.

October 30, 2020 10:09 pm

Ahh so nice! I love the vibe and the energy. The vocals are so great too. In fact, if you have the energy to send em I would love to play around with the stems!

October 31, 2020 6:28 pm

was there two people singing at the second verse? it sounded like there was a back vocal singing a pitch higher, a females voice would add a nice touch there. great song.

November 1, 2020 9:39 am
Mission Crossing wrote:

This is awesome! Excellent chord progression and great vocals!!!


Thanks for listening!

Anon_Buster wrote:

Fluid movement through the song along with the chord progression. Has a different flavor than your other guitar tracks. Capo on the first fret?

I like the notion of "idea refueling." Better than feeling like we smacked our heads against a concrete barrier while running at full sprint.


Yeah, you picked it. I came up with the idea while the capo was on the second fret, but liked it better on the first fret for some reason.

Q-Rosh wrote:

I really enjoy the atomsphere you are creating in here, with this pure minimalistic setup. I like the idea of making music, that can be performed everywhere and anytime. I do have the problem, that I need too much gear to create something musically. This song is beautifully performed and you can be proud to be a soulful singer/songwriter.


I think this is one of the reasons I gravitate towards instruments I can travel with. It's why I love the op1 and the opz even though I still have a lot to learn with synthesizers in general.

rdomain wrote:

Great stuff HL.  The lofi vibe is cool but I also think it'd probably sound really good with some production and the vocals pushed to the front more as the vocals sound good!  Oh and happy bday!  Hope you're having a good one!


Thanks a heap, man. Recording this sort of stuff with a proper mic is on my list of things to do. Really appreciate the words of encouragement. smile

Tone Matrix wrote:

Lovely chord progression and I too appreciate the intimate sound of the guitar playing with your vocals.


Thanks so much, man!

djippy wrote:

Acoustic guitar sounds great. With just vocals and guitars, you could have put vocal much more in front if you want to. Nice song.


Yeah I'm still working on getting the vocals in the right place. It started that way because of confidence, but it's also a result of playing too loud and recording it all through my phone.

hieme wrote:

Ahh so nice! I love the vibe and the energy. The vocals are so great too. In fact, if you have the energy to send em I would love to play around with the stems!


At the moment I only have the one recording because I just used the iPhone voice memos. Maybe I can record them separately over the week and send them to you if I can make the time for it?

franky wrote:

was there two people singing at the second verse? it sounded like there was a back vocal singing a pitch higher, a females voice would add a nice touch there. great song.


Just me on the vocals, though like you I thought it would be a nice song to have some backing vocals in there. Something to consider in the future, hopefully. smile

November 1, 2020 5:37 pm

Nice, lovely get-together vibe.

November 1, 2020 8:07 pm
hent03 wrote:

At the moment I only have the one recording because I just used the iPhone voice memos. Maybe I can record them separately over the week and send them to you if I can make the time for it?

Yeah that absolutely works! Thanks! No worries if you don't have time thought. Very cool that you managed to record something this nice with just an iPhone mic btw heart

November 1, 2020 11:57 pm

This tune is awesome, I think this is definitely one you should plan on revisiting sometime and give it the 5 star treatment. Nice to hear some singer-song writer stuff smile

November 4, 2020 10:30 am

Lovely stuff! Super intriguing premise for this one. I'm also kinda digging how the guitar sounds through that iphone mic, not bad!

November 5, 2020 10:11 pm

Very nice. I don't think I've heard you sing before, sound good! Captured well by the iphone. I've noticed it does good job. I used iphone to record a drinking glass this week. I love the concept of idea refueling, very real. And that's so cool you're getting into your character's head. I couldn't quite make out all the lyrics, but sounds interesting! Do you have stories published that can be shared at all? Cheers!

November 7, 2020 2:52 pm

Nice chord progression and laid back bittersweet vibe. Author / musician John Darnielle popped into my head when reading your description.  Probably the combo of listening to your acoustic guitar and reading about your short story. Are you a fan? Good luck with the story and keep the ideas flowing.

November 8, 2020 2:20 am
ViridianLoom wrote:

This tune is awesome, I think this is definitely one you should plan on revisiting sometime and give it the 5 star treatment. Nice to hear some singer-song writer stuff smile


There will probably be more of it before the end of the year just because it's often the easiest way for me to quickly record something haha

Simon Koehn wrote:

Lovely stuff! Super intriguing premise for this one. I'm also kinda digging how the guitar sounds through that iphone mic, not bad!


Yeah it's surprisingly good, right? Thanks for listening!

miraclemiles wrote:

Very nice. I don't think I've heard you sing before, sound good! Captured well by the iphone. I've noticed it does good job. I used iphone to record a drinking glass this week. I love the concept of idea refueling, very real. And that's so cool you're getting into your character's head. I couldn't quite make out all the lyrics, but sounds interesting! Do you have stories published that can be shared at all? Cheers!


Is the drinking glass going to be in your track this week? That sounds very intriguing. And yeah, most of my short stories are available free online here: https://medium.com/@Hent03

NWSPR wrote:

Nice chord progression and laid back bittersweet vibe. Author / musician John Darnielle popped into my head when reading your description.  Probably the combo of listening to your acoustic guitar and reading about your short story. Are you a fan? Good luck with the story and keep the ideas flowing.


I haven't listened to much of John Darnielle's music, but I read Wolf in White Van earlier this year and thought it was pretty fantastic. If you have any recs feel free to let me know! And thanks for listening. smile

November 8, 2020 6:10 pm

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