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New songs eh, Pete? Two can play at that:

Download August and Whiteface

August and Whiteface both took a bow,
Fled to the caravan outback
As the crowd roared their applause
They stuffed the corpse into a sack

August and White face took a wrong turn
Met the gendarmes on the road
They dropped the corpse they turned and they fled
But the black-clad police tracked them down

But if we take off our make up they won’t know us at all.

Let ‘em swing Let ‘em swing
Come haul the rope up
Let ‘em swingLet ‘em swing
They’ve earned this fate
Let ‘em swing Let ‘em swing
Come stretch their necks out
Under this greasepaint they’re nobodies.

August and Whiteface escaped before dawn
They cut through the ropes on their wrists,
With the saem knife the canvas was cut
they fled through the morning mist

August and whiteface came to a stream
They wiped the greasepaint away
The first time in years, no marks on their face
They stood and walked towards the day

But if we take off our make up they won’t know us at all.

Let ‘em swing Let ‘em swing
Come haul the rope up
Let ‘em swingLet ‘em swing
They’ve earned this fate
Let ‘em swing Let ‘em swing
Come stretch their necks out
Under this greasepaint they’re nobodies.

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I actually wrote a song this week, which hardly ever happens. It’s inspired by (ie lifts ideas from) Riddley Walker by Russel Hoban, which is a book about post-apocalyptic Kent. I really enjoyed it, and it put ideas in my head, so here we are.

Veeery rough version, then. A few chords are the wrong way ’round and the ending is a bit all over the place, but the meat and bones are there. It is called Follow Man.

Follow Man (rough demo)

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The 5090 songwriting challenge begins this Saturday. The idea is simple, write 50 songs in 90 days.

Here is a little pre-challenge song that I wrote and recorded in 15 minutes:
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Worms and Cold Bones

Time with a mouth of pitch and black earth
And ash where the book of love lay
collapsed me down here with worms and cold bones
and I’ll wait while years become days

Made a promise
But hearts never keep their course.

Dressed all the wounds with linen and runes
and laid me down inside my box
spatter of earth and the ringing of spades
And I’ll wait while years become days

Made a promise
But hearts never keep their course

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My composition tutor said you should always give a piece of music a title. Who am I to argue?

Here’s some more improv. It is called ‘Hooks’.

Download Hooks (an improvisation)

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It is Sunday. I have been improvising.

Everything one take, guitar and synth and a drum loop:

Download Sunday Improv

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Unbeknownst to Pete, I’ve recorded loads of backing vocals for the Dance at the End of the World.

Not all of them will be used in the final song.

Here are some of them:

Download Dance and Sing, the World is Ending.

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It ain’t so bad, it ain’t so bad.

Download Dance, dance, dance.

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Today I took delivery of the Sonuus G2M midi converter.  I was inspired to purchase one by the wonderfully talented Matt Stevens.

It allows me to play synth parts with my guitar. This pleases me:

Download It Never Seems To Rain (Improv)

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Download August and Whiteface

Let ‘em swing, let ‘em swing,
Come haul the rope up
Let ‘em swing let ‘em swing
They’ve earned this fate
Let ‘em swing let ‘em swing
let’s stretch their necks out
Without their grease paint they’re nobodies

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Continuing the Jim Steinman/ alien invasion/ lab-outbreak theme that began here, I give you a couple of notebook snippets:

Download Heaven in a Labcoat

and

Download Weather Balloons and Falling Stars.

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