ALL WINTER LONG

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There’s always something random, surreal even, to be seen if you keep your eyes open. I got up at silly o’clock yesterday to go the cinema to catch the new Star Wars movie. The older, large bloke behind me in the queue to buy tickets got himself a triple scoop strawberry ice cream cone…really! It was 7.30am. I got to wondering how he’d cope with it when the lights went out in the cinema. I needn’t have worried, he scoffed it in just the two major chomps on the way to the screening. Impressive in an unimpressive way. It reminded me that I’d forgotten to eat any breakfast, but I passed on the idea of ‘Ice Cream at Dawn’. Also yesterday, I found my rubbish handwritten notes of some ‘maybe lyric’ words I’d forgotten I wrote. It’s something I wrote two summers ago. I never did get around to a title.

There’s a carnival in the square tonight

Fireworks, a carousel

Clowns, a helter-skelter

A street market where the tortured buy and sell

 

From the window of a high-rise

We can watch the world go by

And from within our secret hideaway

We’ll watch a tired sun die

 

We can make up stories

Of what’s going down in the street

The punches and the kisses

The high-flown and deadbeat

 

Rest with me a minute

Watch the scene unfold

Stay a while, I’ll prove to you

All that’s precious isn’t gold

 

And all along the riverside

Where the lost and beaten lay

The flap of wings disturbs the quiet

Of the moon and stars at play

Time for some music. Here’s a song, All Winter Long, from my newly released album, ‘Rainbows End’. This one starts out acoustic then builds itself a whole new platform. I hope you like it;

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PUTTING A SIMPLE VERSE TO SONG

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First a quick view of the evolution of my ‘Dream Rescuer’ album’s cover art. I forgot I still had these sample shots. Above, one of the source photos; below the final cover.

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Anyhow, to the point. If you take the acoustic route, then verse words transfer reasonably easily into song, especially so the ballad.  The song I wrote a good while ago now, ‘Busking in Berlin’ is an example of a simple verse being turned into song without too many revisions and adaptions to the original text. This song sits on one of my old SoundCloud pages for no other reason than it’s in an acoustic ‘demo’ format. I hope you enjoy; 

BUSKING IN BERLIN

Storm clouds on the horizon

No red sky tonight

The wind blows away the magic

Of a starry, starry night

 

Melissa cries for Candy

Candy dreams of John

John is suicidal

On how it all went wrong

 

Larry plays the old guitar

Kate the mandolin

And Finn plays the accordion

They’re busking in Berlin

 

It’s a game of names and fortunes

A game played out in time

A game of life that ends in death

A mountain we must climb

 

And John’s looking out for Sally

Candy’s dreaming on

Melissa took an overdose

She does not belong here

 

Larry plays the old guitar

Kate the mandolin

And Finn plays the accordion

They’re busking in Berlin

 

Candy is the blinkered one

John has the broken heart

Larry’s getting on with life

Melissa fell apart – she fell apart, she fell apart

 

Finn, she won a battle

Kate, she lost a war

Candy is still dreaming of

What are we fighting for?

 

Storm clouds on the horizon

No red sky tonight

The wind blows away the magic

Of a starry, starry night

 

Larry plays the old guitar

Kate the mandolin

And Finn plays the accordion

They’re busking in Berlin, they’re busking in Berlin

https://soundcloud.com/george-blamey-steeden/busking-in-berlin-jorj

Below, Derek the Owl. He’s here for no good reason other than he’s a mate.

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Lastly, a number from the maestro. Paul McCartney’s song ‘Blackbird’ revealing the sublime quality of his simple, no frills approach to acoustic ballad song writing. His trick? Basically the same as everyone else; he lets the voice carry the melody – only he does it better. I’m betting Derek would have fancied being a blackbird, then he could have claimed this one as his own.

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