REMEMBRANCE DAY

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Very much a demo! Needs a lot more work and won’t appear on my SoundCloud until that is done. I wrote it back when at uni after visiting a war grave in Northern France where rows and rows of gravestones just had a name and ‘aged 19’ written on them.  I was just experimenting with styles of composition and construction at the time rather than excellent mixing! As it is Remembrance Day I felt I ought to do my bit for the brave, so here it is;

‘AGED 19’

On that day I saw a thousand graves

They all said ‘aged 19’

Wall to wall white marble stone

Stood on grass so green

They went on for miles

As far as I could see

Relics of remembrance

A cosmic storms debris

Battles fought and lives all lost

Battles fought and lives all lost

Battles fought and lives all lost

Or something in between?

 

Were they just a band of brothers or just a band of lonely ghosts?

What was good is now on the edge of being the most obscene

It’s a lonely road to travel when you are so young

Where did it all go so wrong? Could it have been foreseen?

Guess that it hardly matters now

Guess that it hardly matters now

Guess that it hardly matters now

When the stones say ‘aged 19’

Battles fought and lives all lost

Battles fought and lives all lost

Battles fought and lives all lost

Or something in between?

Battles fought and lives all lost

Battles fought and lives all lost

Battles fought and lives all lost

Or something in between?

 

This unholy

Heaven’s door

This unholy

Heaven’s door

This unholy

Heaven’s door

 

Battles fought and lives all lost

Battles fought and lives all lost

Battles fought and lives all lost

Or something in between?

Battles fought and lives all lost

Battles fought and lives all lost

Battles fought and lives all lost

Or something in between?

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15 thoughts on “REMEMBRANCE DAY

  1. Curious composition. I only say curious for the power of the music surging with content matter that is very reflective; reflection is so often…um…slower? I’m trying not to sound like a twat. I just honestly wonder what a more unplugged sound would do to the song–but then would the language lose something of its impact? I mean there’s the balance of effect through the words themselves, and then there’s the melody, and you can’t really have one overload the other. That’s like a movie with a forgettable score, or music that is clearly above the visual narrative. The two need to be in sync or it’s all poop. And I’m not saying this is off-balance. It’s rather…um…oh, here. When artists do unplugged versions of their own songs, the experience of that song is rather different, yes? I enjoy Florence + the Machine; when I found their unplugged album, I realized I rather liked the acoustic version of some of the songs over the original compositions.
    So I’m curious how this would sound unplugged, is my point, after all that very awkward rambling…

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    • I wrote this one a couple of years ago just after I went to a war cemetery in France. I’d never seen anything like it before. It coincided with a composition and construction trial at uni. Well it felt like a trial. I remember being in a rush to meet the deadline and thinking should death be a ballad. I just took a punt on death not being a ballad and structured it this way. This really is a raw demo, recorded in a bedroom with very limited kit in a panic. One day I’ll redo it. The acoustic version might work, but electronic I think might work better as I can build layer upon layer. An orchestral feel stretched out. It is on my list with all the rest including Cosa Nostra, about the Mafia and Ballerina Dancing, about Plato’s allegory of the Cave, my two concept albums that have to be re-mixed big time. A day should last 32 hours I’ve decided

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      • Others would fill the time for us, no doubt.:) But I’m intrigued by your idea of an orchestral feel stretched out. I look forward to when you have a chance to redo this one. For next Remembrance Day, perhaps?

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      • I feel like I’m running out of time all the time. It’s hard work putting all the sample packs together, especially thinking up and recording the field ones. Made one out of a vacuum cleaner yesterday. Florence is perfection. I forgot to mention that before.

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      • I know what you mean about time. I’m in that God-awful flux where my sons are too old to nap every day, but are too young for school every day. I’m an adjunct, so I’ve got students to deal with. Finding time to write is…um…yeah, it’s basically me wishing I had time traveling capabilities.

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      • My dad claims to be a time traveller all the time. Gets on my nerves but I guess it’s hard for you. What is an adjunct? This thread has solved a problem with lyrics for me. ‘Should Death be a Ballad’ has broken my writers block. Wrote a melody last week because I wanted to write something a bit epic for soundcloud. Got the melody but couldn’d find the words. Now I have.

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      • Ha! I know–I encourage him, too. 😉 An adjunct is a piss-poor-paid part-time teacher for a college. We only get a class or two because then the college doesn’t have to give us things like, oh, a proper salary, benefits, etc.

        Happy to hear your block’s broken. 🙂

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