Minimal editing on this one but I hope you enjoy nonetheless!
Written and performed by Dylan Santiago. Recorded with my phone at the beach.
Summary: This piece is set upon the insecurities of not having a father since young. My parents had divorced when I was about to finish kindergarten and he was forced by my maternal family to never see me again. This caused me to have lots of problems as a kid and is (probably) to blame for my anxiety other problems I face today. This piece is made to comfort people who are facing similar familial problems. This piece is about what I wanted him to tell me before he left, in a vintage tape he could have left behind. Differentiation Factors: After listening to artists such as R. Stevie Moore and Foy Vance, I wanted to create a piece that fused characteristics of Lo-Fi music and my usual folk/indie/songwriter style. As Lo-Fi is determined by its “unprofessional” qualities, such as bad audio-clarity/musicality, I mixed the piece to have a sort of old, vintage tape recording, type of sound. This fusion between two genres created a distinct song and also helped to bring better prosody to the context of the song. I'd also call the stagnation of the arrangement to be a differentiation factor, as most songs would develop and bring more to the piece. In this song however, I went against that logic. Delivery Strategies: The vintage audio quality accentuates the story of how this message was left behind as a tape for the young child to play. The lyrics talks of reassurance in times of dire need for someone to be there for them. At the end, the context switches to quickly to focus on the biggest problem of all: him having left. I left the piece's arrangement stagnant in a way to point out that there is only so much the father can do (recording a message and leaving it behind)in the circumstances taking place. Lyrics: (Part 1) When the waves come too heavy, And your mind's led astray, If the world's hard to carry, And the sun's set ablaze Just know that I am with you, From the very first day, (Part 2) I know days can get too tough, And it can be hard to see, Sometimes sunshine can be much, And life seems better by the sea, But know that I am with you, From the very first day. (Part 3) There will be times when it is I, That makes it harder for you to breathe, But when the waters fall from beneath your eyes, Know it's not my decision to leave, So know that I am with you, From the very first day, (Part 4) And I will still protect you, Even when I'm far away. Credits: Acoustic Guitar: Ray Vocals: Ray Mix: Ray Songwriter: Ray Recorded in my apartment with a MXL 2003A condenser microphone.
Lyrics: Intro Ian: All so simple Black&White Stuck in the middle Only in only out Halo&Blivet The Auricles Event Horizons Digging for the beacon damn its daunting Reaching for the center and I never stop reaching Drawn to the light like Lightning bugs in the backyard Down South In the life of the night So, beware Enlightened and prideful Driven def It'll blind you The guardians told you not to stare at the sun The guardians told you not to stare at the sun Verse Ian: Love affairs of unconfronted fears Rearing ugly heads Head hunters tear ducts flooded and fed Fred Astaire stun as the stare Staircase came undone Spirals as I struggle to steer, stumble… Moral compass mal-function, repair Fire my flair gun just to see if someones there Then and there thought, still stuck on north… Rare company I’m in from square one, only ever moving up from here Swear somethings in the air Couple steps from london bridge back to jacks london square Snare drums on a tear, tearing up wear and tear Paired up with unaware, jungle gyms, bubble gum, double dares, young again Dancing through these double dares, monks mercury marble Roll through el lago peeling back the onion layers So lets dream Hear the whispers as the echo through the rem circuit Full head of steam Moving full speed ahead blow off self e-steem The gravity of it all presses whats pressing Presenting our plasma beam On the other hand were much too proud No one gets a word in Inside our beautifully imperfect Singulari-ty…
On The Road To Find Out - Cat Stevens Well, I left my happy home, to see what I could find out I left my Folk and Friends with the aim to clear my mind out Well, I hit the rowdy road, and many kinds I met there And many stories told me on the way to get there (Chorus) So, on and on I go, the seconds tick the time out So, much left to know, and I'm on the road to find out Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh (throughout) But in the end I'll know, but on the way I wonder Through descending snow, and through the frost and thunder Well, I listen to the wind come howl, telling me I have to hurry I listen to the robin's song, saying not to worry (Chorus…..and then instrumental) Well I found myself alone, hoping someone would miss me Thinking about my home and the last woman to kiss me Well sometimes you have to moan, when nothing seems to suit ya’ But nevertheless you know, you're locked towards the future And I found my head one day, when I wasn't even trying And here I have to say, ‘cause there is no use in lying Yes the answer lies within, so why not take a look now? Kick out the devil’s sin…..Pickup, pickup a good book now Yes the answer lies within, so why not take a look now? Kick out the devil’s sin……Pickup, pickup the good book now (Slower) Yes the an-swer lies with-in, so why not take a look now Kick out the devil’s sin……Pickup, pickup The Good Book now
LYRICS: I woke up today with the sound of a siren aloud in my head Invisible radioactive cloud hanging over my bed My wife and my daughter are sleeping my dog’s scratching at the door I’m brushing my teeth as my coffee gets cold at the start of a war When it’s every day it gets hard to take notice When it’s every day and it leaves you with nothing to give I’m falling asleep to the sound of a protest that formed in the street Of voices together all crying out when will this madness be beat But I’m laying here shut down and hopeless my face in a wash of blue light As I stare at this rectangle ocean of sedatives into the night When it’s every day it gets hard to take notice When it’s every day and it leaves you with nothing to give
Shine Like A Firefly: Written and Recorded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at Camp Shine, Summer 2018 & Motivational Edge Workshop Written & Performed by: Jade Muller Brianna Denver Nicole Mika Maria Lugo Christopher Frias Edward Reed Kayli Witzel Michael Catapano Produced by: The Motivational Edge G Nova Sound Lakshmi Ruiz Daniel Gong (Dansonn) www.shinemsd.org & www.themotivationaledge.org ********************************************************************** Lyrics: Like A Firefly Written & Performed by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Chorus (Jade Muller, Brianna Denver, Nicole Mika, Maria Lugo): I can shine like a firefly In the night sky In the sky, tonight We are going to survive Going through this fight With you by my side Verse 1 (Jade Muller): Run through the light Together we will fight If none of us can see as one we will have sight We’re gonna be alright, our past are tied forever These memories we’ll treasure Our past are tied forever Verse 2 (Nicole Mika): The sun, it shines so bright I will take flight, in this world tonight (Maria Lugo) Y, no quiero ser igual A todos las demas cambiara, lo hara Verse 3 (Christopher Frias): I can’t do this alone, I can’t fight on my own Out of my zone, to put up a fight I can’t run from my fears, you make me cheer I can fight my tears, stay by my side tonight Chorus: I can shine like a firefly In the night sky In the sky, tonight We are going to survive Going through this fight With you by my side Verse 4 (Edward Reed): This battlefield I'm in it gave me thicker skin I'm ready to begin and I'm sure to win This battlefield i’m in it gave me thicker skin I’m ready to begin and I'm sure to win Verse 5 (Kayli Witzel): It’s ok to be you let your color shine through Show them something new let yourself be true Even if you’re feeling blue will come true Make them get the clue, they don’t know what they’re getting into Verse 6 (Michael Catapano): No one said the dark was quiet No one said it would be silent We'll Conquer all our fears, a life with no more tears No one said the dark was quiet No one said it would be silent We'll Conquer all our fears, a life with no more tears Bridge (Brianna Denver): Sunrise, dewdrops, falling from the trees Come on darling, come run away with me Midday, sunset and sweet serenity Midday, sunset and sweet serenity Chorus: We are going to survive Going through this fight With you by my side
I've not written any new music in a long long while. I've been busy, lazy, self conscious and very fragile in that time. In the last couple of years I've almost forgotten how to write, and no matter how I hard I've tried I couldn't climb that mountain, I couldn't fill that hole... but here I am now, trying. In a bid to stop being so precious about the outcome, I decided to take a Daniel Johnson "zero fucks" attitude to the recording. There's no effects. No reverb. Just me and some tools I use to make noise. My playing is rusty, my voice is not what it used to be... but this is all me. "I am a mourning mountain Carved out by frozen seas Above the mist you'll never find the peak We'll always fear the blade against the cheek Love/Life You cannot climb a mourning mountain A place where where the sun won't ever meet All those who try will die among the thicket We'll always fear the blade through cheek Love/Life I am nothing but a mourning mountain I'm just tired of being myself"
[Tom Perciballi & Passman Productions] 4th of July It was the 4th of July When I finally said goodbye To the family and friends I once lied to I said I's doing fine Though I didn't wanna fight Or give in to the pressures of Society If I were young again I'd still run ahead These lines coming out of my pen Would still write the words I spend my time writing So it was the next day When I finally went my way And I told the girl I loved I'd go searching She said you're running away But from what I can't say So just stay here with me till you go If I were still in her bed I'd probly forget myself These lines coming out of my pen Would not write the words I spend my time writing It was some day in September On a year I don't remember When I told those I loved I's returning But too much now has changed Everybody's gone their way And succumbed to the pressures of Society It's foolish to say my friend If I were young again These lines coming out of your pen Just words with no meaning Dammit I'm late again Get a job stop pretending that you're someone Better than me If I were younger my friend I'd do it all again These lines coming out of my pen Write words no other pen can write
The song is applicable for several places on our earth! You are free to choose which one! Lyrics: They Have To Escape They heard that they have lived here for a thousand years and this is their home they work on their farms and they live in peace but however they could not feel safe - - - since dangers exist they are not recognized by the state. They woke up one morning - their house was put on fire by soldiers whom they thought they could trust in all weather the soldiers should pass them away - - - very far from their home they are not recognized by the state. More than 900 000 of the people have to flee abroad and many of them were killed or tortured or raped they had to go on this dangerous trip - - - in sunshine and rain they are not recognized by the state. This incident has occurred in the recent years and it is true and it is so strange how the government thinks and they don’t seem to be-e ashamed - - - of what they have done they are not recognized by the state.
she saw him coming from a mile away another clown with a dollar in his hand blinded by smoke and mirrors blinded by an evil eye saw right thru his disguise she wrestled with a mask of her own reaching for a glimpse of the divine he reached for Eveline she lived in the house where she was born she dreamt of the open road visions of Buenos Aires visions of her very own home she remembered the day they got caught in the rain washed away all their sins all those poor intentions a chance to begin again mistook for an evil eye was a furrowed brow of despair heartbreak seeping out the window one last chance to care wrecked a home with a shot of tequila wrecked knees on broken glass a sudden fall from grace reaching for the ring of brass she watched as he walked away another clown with a dollar in his hand reaching for a glimpse of the divine he reached for Eveline ©2018 Bruce Salmon written and recorded in Austin, TX
Sitting on the sidewalk Of the Wonderbar A cigarette to lips You quit last year Here’s to one more The room of spirits Both distilled and the afterlife The rings and marks on the tables tell what have happened. So it goes So it goes Time won’t slow And we wonder… Drowning moments of past Will mend a future life A short bout with a social paranoia There so much more Semi sober reflections Before closing time It’s 3am and I’m finding comfort in corners. So it goes So it goes Time won’t slow And we’re left to wonder... Wonder what we’ve become.
https://kittydog.bandcamp.com/track/i-am-an-artist lyrics: once upon a time i breathed in oxygen and i felt so fine i never wanted to open up my mind to any distant thing every single time im loving everything every art of mine was full of purity i could never find an insecurity i can see the sign i love everybody theres nothing to hide when love is you and me but thats when i did not know much more things about this place they took me to a state of mind where i cant see the light of day and i could not feel a bit of me the lovely self of purity the creativity i once had and every day oh i felt sad i couldnt understand myself i couldnt understand my world thought i was nothing but my past of big mistakes and empty swirls but i promised to my heart ill never let this overtake me i wont let this place erase me i am more than what they say to me i am beautiful i am strong and ill keep on trying to live as long as i can. it doesnt matter what ive been through because i have a plan i am trying my hardest because i am an artist. oh yeah.
Artwork by Kenneth Lien Written, arranged and produced by Kalandra. Recorded and co-produced by Tony Draper at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool. Post-production by Viljar Losnegård. Mixed by Sivert Hagtvet. Mastered by Chris Sansom at Propeller Mastering Oslo. Additional Recording by: Thomas Evensen at Lier Musikkversksted and Terje Stangeland at Procom Music. Strings arranged by Luke Moore. Performances by: Katrine Stenbekk, Jogeir Daae Mæland, Florian Bernhard Döderlein Winter, Hamish Gore, Helen Kathleen Morrisson, Andreas Voie Juliebø, Andreas Molde, Øystein Myrvoll, Inge Bremnes, Luke Moore, Lara Simpson, Jessie Whitehead, Eline Skar. A special thanks to Sola Kommune for the financial support neccessary for this record to happen. And lastly, huge thanks to our friends and family for helping us out in every way they can, and for showing up to (almost) every gig.
A song I wrote for my Mum and Dad's golden wedding anniversary, recorded outside the shepherds hut at Wild Meadow in Wales where we celebrated. Listen out for the sheep! The lovely tree was drawn was by Domenique Brouwers @ikbendovemans on Instagram.
Another on the spot fresh take of an older song of mine I want to re-express. This from our Lonesome Stumblers Session of August 11th, 2018. Michael Redding: Vocals and acoustic guitar Robert Darlington: Electric guitar Geoffery Welchman: Bass Dakini Keene: Percussion Brian Chaney: Acoustic guitar VERSE 1: Mary Eve She puts the coffee on Then she checks her phone A working day, hurry up and wait For everything you want On the street All the dominoes are Falling into place On the bus, all of us Are staring into space CHORUS: Everyone alone downhearted It’s a sad display But Mary Eve’s got something up her sleeve That makes it all OK VERSE 2: Smear the pane Wipe the fog away and Get the real world stats The wind is cold, the sky is gray I’m not so down with that Swipe the screen See the photographs of Everywhere she’s been Taming the wild - man and child Yeah, that’s her kind of scene CHORUS: This man’s world of death and steel Tells of no escape But Mary Eve has something up her sleeve To make it go away BRIDGE: I dream of a lark With a song no one knows She sings in the dark To a flower in the snow VERSE 3: Late at night She pours us both a glass And turns the lamp down low That’s why I’m here, for when the fear Starts to let me go I believe It’s second nature to be Laying near her breast I hear the beat, I am complete I am a man at rest CHORUS: I believe, I know, I swear, I Love this mystery But Mary Eve’s got something up her sleeve That’s everything to me
Music and Lyrics by Gijs Witdouck. Cover image © 2013 Eser Belül (https://www.instagram.com/eserbelul). Used with permission. Written over the years in Ghent, Belgium and Istanbul, Turkey. Re-recorded in August 2018 in Ghent, Belgium. Lyrics: If sun is happy and rain is sad Then what is snow? I really don't know The happiest year that I've ever had But I always knew you'd have to go And the clean white sheet seems to suggest new beginnings But my cold cold feet tell me it might take a while In the struggling sunlight of this morning The muddy grey trails of your car Are a subtle blemish on the canvas A fragile faultline on my heart But before too long there'll be a stranger A cup of coffee, a walk in the snow A brand new layer to cover the traces And only you and I will know Such a year reduced to memories A box of letters on a shelf But the clean white sheet, it brings new beginnings And I'll keep my cold, cold feet to myself
We keep moving sideways down all these highways searching for someplace to be. Through all our travels we’ve been scarred by our battles— maybe it’s time we made our peace. We’ve gotta open our arms to the light of the living or let what’s dying die. Don’t be alarmed by by our doubts and our misgivings— it’s so easy, love, to never try. We’ve gotta set our sights on the light shining over all these mad things we do. You say you’ve got your demons, well, I’ve got demons too— Say a prayer to the world there’s a chance for forgiveness; a prayer to the world, there’s some light still within us; a prayer to the world, there’s still hope of love for me and you. We drove through the tension, while every sense of connection, just scattered like leaves in the wind. We found comfort in strangers well aware of the danger of losing ourselves in the end. We’ve got to open our eyes to the price of commitment and make a choice to choose. Don’t be surprised by the strength of our resistance to it— it’s harder, love, to win than lose. We oughta to set our sights on the light shining over all these mad things we do. You say you’ve got your reasons, well, I’ve got reasons too— Say a prayer to the world there’s a chance for forgiveness, a prayer to the world, there’s some light still within us, a prayer to the world, there’s still hope of love for me and you. Let’s walk on out from this weight on our shoulders. Let’s figure out how a good love can bloom. We’ve got to set our sights on the light shining over all these mad things we do. You say you’ve got your demons, well, I’ve got demons too— Say a prayer to the world there’s a chance for forgiveness, a prayer to the world, there’s some light still within us, a prayer to the world, there’s still hope of love for me and you. (c)2018 DJ Lekich