Week 12/52 ‘Rose of Adelaide Town’

 

Week 12!
A hectic week + drinking + a solo gig on Friday means I tried to whip this one out late on Sunday.
Might try and re-visit the vocals on this one soon when my voice isn’t hacked / when I’ve arranged a couple other parts to fill it out without stepping on the guitar part.
So not totally satisfied w/ the ‘arrangement’ / ‘production’ – but I’m super happy with the lyrics and music itself. 🙂

Fairly simple/groovy chords for the main part, in the ballpark of ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Rosanna’ by the Police / Toto.

The chord progession in the bridge section is pretty complex and is one of my favourite things to play ever 🙂 –

(Gm / Em7b5 / A / DbDim / Dmin / GbDim)

(Gm / Em7b5 / A / DbDim / Dmin – C // Bm7b5 / E / AbDim / Amin / DbDim)

(Dmin / Bm7b5 / E / AbDim / Amin / DbDim / Dmin / D7)

 

Almost 1/4 the way through the year and really setting a few basic ‘steps’ in my composition/production process has helped heaps – I’m learning more and more about the sound of my microphones and rooms and I think the acoustic guitar tone in this song is my favourite I’ve got this year.

Note – my dad actually came up with the ‘rose of Adelaide town’ lyric, in a different context, and I found myself singing it so I put it in there with his permission smile

For Grace –
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Rose – Of Adelaide town
You don’t know what you’ve got going down.
Ya got style and Grace – your smile, your face
It drives me wild
It’s like nothing before
At night you come alive
Taking it back to your place or mine.

Rose of Adelaide town
Sometimes you get down
But you’ll come back around.
Coz you’ve been through pain
But you smile again –
You’ve so much love to give
It’s the best of you.

So I write these lines
With you in mind, and on my mind
Too much of the time.
Too much of the time.
Just a little too much
Just a little too much
Of the time.

I know I can take it, is that all it costs?
Just a little too much?
But too much of what?
Too much of the real thing
Too much of a good thing – is never enough.
So when it get’s rough
I know you can take it, I think you might like it.
Anything goes.
Only if you say so.

Rose of Adelaide town.

Week 11 ‘Diamond in the Rough’

Week 11.

Getting close to having enough material to do a full length release!
Tried to capture a bit of the musician life in a song – Cruising reggae kind of a vibe was lots of fun to produce.
Sunday afternoon sesh + a week of mentally preparing how to make this song without access to any drums. So I layered many many samples together to create something with hopefully the complexity of a real player.

Little secret – a pack of ‘old thirteens’ actually refers to .013 thickness guitar strings. As in – wanting to grab the guitar and skip town. But it also kind of sounds like it might mean many other things, bit proud of the lyric haha.

Thanks for listening!
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Rollin’ far away
Goin’ for the coast
Headed for the South
Don’t stop ’till the break of day
Puerto Rican girls
man, I love the Rolling Stones
Skin upon my skin
Bones upon my bones.

Time for me to get goin’
I’ve made up my mind
Pack of old thirteens –
and vagabond green eyes.
Sometimes it’s easier to run
than to fight a battle that can’t be won.

Diamond in the rough
You don’t have to be afraid
(They try to tell ya)
Go and get a real job
(Lemme tell ya)
You’re gettin’ underpaid
Puerto Rican girls
I love the Rolling Stones
Skin upon my skin
Bones upon my bones.

Time for me to get goin’
I’ve made up my mind
pack of old thirteens –
and vagabond green eyes
Sometimes it’s easier to run
Than to stay
And come undone.

(I come undone)

Week 10 – ‘Point to Prove’

10 Weeks!
I’m noticing an improvement in the finished-ness of the last couple of pieces. Getting better at making quick mix / arrangement decisions and also coping with the weird emotional rollercoaster associated with weekly deadlines.

Recorded / processed all the percussion myself and accidentally created a huge bass tone. Turned a very boring/basic idea into something completely different.

Also getting better at just putting SOMETHING down early in the week – and fixing it up into something new if necessary.

Happy with how this one turned out.

Got a notification from a sort-of ex while donating blood – and the lyrics just popped into my head on the drive home.

Thanks for listening!
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She don’t give a fuck about you
Don’t waste time on those who doubt you
Let ’em slide
Let ’em fall by the wayside.

Weekly Beats 9/52 ‘Death of a Nurse’

Week 9/52
A punk / rock kind of a jam which tbh I’m very happy with!
I wrote part of this song a while ago and used this week to really piece it together into entirety.
The drums were my friend Anthony – recorded with my 2 NUDE microphones (Ribbon + Condenser) in my dad’s house.

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Bass / electric guitars DI and digitally re-amped.
Acoustic guitar I used a Mid/Side recording technique to create a nice wide sound, which i could ‘scoop’ in the middle to make room for the vocals in the mix.

(Using a kind of jazzy chord progression – somehow inspired from Springsteen’s ‘I’m on Fire’)

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Lyrically this song has to do with my mum passing away a few years ago – and also, a few of the ideas/thoughts that surround something very difficult like that. But it’s also a fun energetic song and I like it that way.

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Thanks for listening!
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Well a new year’s coming and it’s coming up fast
Boy start running it’ll kick your ass
Starts out hard and only gets worse
End of a life – death of a nurse.

Heartache, heartache of the realest kind.
Now it’s too late, too late, to say goodbye.
So I’m growing up cold and talking straight
I got big dreams and they can’t wait for you to
pack your bags and walk behind
Never been one to stand in line.

Look at you all
I can’t believe
They were the final words you said

Before you checked your ticket and closed your eyes
I’ll see you on the other side
Starts out hard and only gets worse
End of a life – death of a nurse.

Hold me now and don’t pretend like you don’t know that everything ends.
Hold me now and don’t pretend like you don’t know.

Something to say boy or something to prove?
Risky play, so much to lose
Wet your lips and dry your eyes
Good days make the best goodbyes.

Look at you all
I still believe
She’d be having a ball

Before you checked your ticket and closed your eyes
I’ll see you on the other side
Starts out hard and only gets worse
End of a life – death of a nurse.

Hold me now and don’t pretend like you don’t know that everything ends.
Hold me now and don’t pretend like you don’t know.