New Song "Atmosphere"

Saturday March 15
Spent 20 minutes on the idea of the song

PREMISE/INSPIRATION: I watch a lot of documentaries on planets, specifically lately the topic is mostly on their atmosphere and terrain.

One fact that I think is cool is that our planet spins 1000 mph and we don't feel it because we're always going at that pace.  Another rather awesome construct is that our moon moves away from earth about 1.5 inches a year and that a long, long time ago it was 10 times the size it is today.

I was hyper aware of all of this when driving to Chelmsford yesterday, I believe I was on route 3. The feeling I got was that the sky felt really low to me and that not too far underground is rock and somewhere in the  middle was all that I knew to exist.  From planes to the Big Dig, everything I have learned, heard, touched, tasted, seen and smelled, lies in between.

So this grove came to me driving home last night around midnight and I recorded it on an app using my iPhone...

Verse 1 (I think)
Clouds don't seem so high
Moon don't seem so far away in the sky

Chorus (no doubt that it is the chorus)
Atmosphere above our head[s]
Rock[s] below our feet (and I rise***)
(Repeat)

Bridge
Far far above sea level

Possible Outro (same melody as chorus)
1000 miles, 1000 miles
1000 miles, 1000 miles
1000 miles, 1000 miles
West to East...

Tomorrow I will post the scratch version I recorded on my phone last night on my way home.  The melody, grove and lyrics came to me all together at approximately midnight which is not uncommon.

I will continue to work on this song this week.  My next step is to find the key and then pick up the guitar and pick the right chords for the melody.
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Monday 3/17/14
15 min added to total time (35 min so far) 

SUMMARY:  Put music to the lyrics.

I tried to upload the m4a that contained the grove and initial lyrics that I recorded on my phone as a reminder to myself.  I was unsuccessful uploading audio to this blog and to my website to link to it from this blog.  I will keep thinking so I can post it.  If you have any expertise in this area - I'm open for ideas.

Tonight I worked on identifying the key which is E and had an initial riff outline; E played on second string, 7th fret to F#, G, then back to F#.  This is over the Atmosphere above our head...part.  Hit each note twice and let the open E ring out while playing the rest of the notes.

Oh and last night as I was lying in bed another thought came to me to describe the premise I mentioned in the post above that made me laugh.  It's kind of like the world is a candy apple and we're just stuck in the caramel.  As big as the earth seems to us, our experience is thin and finite and exists within a coating that lies on the surface.  Maybe I'll boil that idea down some more and add it as a line in the song.
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Monday 3/24/14
25 minutes added to total time (55 min so far)

SUMMARY:  Put more detailed music to lyrics.  I don't  read/write music so when I communicate back to myself it is very much pictionaryesque explanations of the guitar.  I use the sound of the note against the melody to guide me and I keep my mind open.  I usually express the final idea noting what string and fret I play.  I think noting my ideas would be more efficient if I knew how to write it on staff paper but I get by just fine.  I have never let it stop me from "writing" music.

GUITAR PART:
"Clouds don't seem so high" part...
Power chord 7th fret second string root note with pinky and forefinger down.  Picking pattern is 1 string, 2 string, the 3 AND 4 together.  Repeat this 4 times then another 3 times, finishing the second phrase with lifting off the pinky finger for the final 3 and 4 together.

Then for "Atmosphere above our head" part do drone effect picking open e then 7th fret second string.  Then open E with F#, then open E with G and back to open E with F#.

Next steps is that I'll perfect the lyrics and music I have and the song will start to finish itself as more and more ideas will flow now that there is a structure.
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Friday 3/28/14
Yesterday morning while brushing my teeth I heard "And I rise***" layered onto the end of "Atmosphere above my head clouds below my feet" and the word rise was held and sung over the repeated line.
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Wednesday 04/02/14
SUMMARY:  Listened to a podcast today that relates to this song in some way.  Really cool imagery to consider for further inspiration.  It was a RadioLab podcast of a story ready by Liev Schreiber called the Distance of the Moon.  http://www.radiolab.org/story/282571-distance-of-moon/
It was a story by Italo Calvino and the premise is a very close moon which you could get to via the earth.  The thought of a giant moon so close mesmerized this guy too.  I love the way he talks about getting from the earth to the moon via a boat with a ladder.  Really cool idea.

I'd like to write from the perspective of the lady with the harp just wanting to be the moon so the man she loved (who loved nothing but the moon) would love her by default.  Since I need more versus, I will think about the melody that already exists for VS1 and see what words flow best in this space.

And all you want,
All you love is the moon
I climbed off the earth
Just to be with you
Water or sky
either blue (accent as "ei" "ther")
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Sunday 04/13/14
SUMMARY:  Added more verses

Unravel or mend
How can we begin
They try n' rescue me from this place
but they will never win

Dark and desolate
Strumming my instrument
The sound of obsession
Have a listen

Waiting for you
I'm waiting again
Wait for a fate
As pale as my skin

The earth like a star
You're so much farther
She is strong
But I'm so much stronger

It is heavy here
But it's not supposed to be
I'm on the dark side
Please look for me

The point of her
Deflates my heart
Snagging the earth
Just rip it apart

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Tuesday 05/06/14
SUMMARY:  Lock down lyrics by singing and playing through verses.

Tonight I played and sung through the verses with the guitar parts.  Tonight is all about exploring the order and the verses themselves.  Any nuances of how to express a specific line is noted in parenthesis.

Verse 1
And all you want all you love
is the moon
I climbed off the earth
Just to be with you

CHORUS
Atmosphere above my head clouds below my feet
Atmosphere above my head clouds below my feet

Verse 2/3
How can we, can we
How to begin
They try n' rescue me rescue me
One hundred (or million, haven't decided) men

It is heavy here though it's not supposed to be
I'm on the dark side just look for me
Rescue me rescue me
but you'll never (Ne-Ver) win

CHORUS
Atmosphere above my head clouds below my feet
And I rise...
Atmosphere above my head clouds below my feet

Verse 4/5
Waiting for you
I'm waiting again
Wait for a fate
Pale as my skin

Dark and desolate
Strumming my instrument
The sound of obsession
Have a listen (LOUD,, lyric may change just to "listen")

CHORUS

End Verse
The earth like a star
You're so much farther (cut out music)
She is strong
But I'm so much stronger now