I feel like I should have something to say about these lyrics, which is weird because I already thought and wrote what I have to say about them and those thoughts about those things became these lyrics.
But I will say something about writing songs while thinking about other people singing them: it was an interesting experience of allowing various parts of myself come forward while writing. I allowed myself to contradict or support my core ideas, so the words I chose to be highlighted often act as myself, my conscience, or my expectations. Usually these roles are played out by the parts of the songs (verse, chorus, and bridge) but I expanded some of those sections so that there are A, B, and C verses and double choruses, and maybe a brief bridge. Just having fun, I guess, while I was writing, entertaining or punishing myself, believing or calling myself a liar, understanding or askingmore questions along the way. That’s all really too analytical and likely wrongly described anyway. They’re just words. I should have stayed with my initial idea to not say anything.
You can download or simply view the lyrics here and follow along with the demo tracks:
Together Tonight Vorchestra Song Book REV 5/7/17
Learning the parts of the songs is easy. Just listen to these rough demos, follow along in the lyrics, and sing along with the parts that feel right.
These recordings are rough demos, meaning they aren’t broadcast quality.
I recorded the songs live and the core vorchestra (Tory Cassis, Kim Jarrett, and Elana Harte) recorded their back up parts afterward. The mix was fast, there are some knocks* and noises, and they aren’t mastered. Really, they are snapshots into the songs.
*Ah, the knocks. We recorded the songs during the hottest part of the summer at Elana’s home studio and her young dog Harvey was a wiggly studio assistant who insisted on sitting next to me during the recording. Harvey passed away from a congenital kidney issue some months later. Hearing his bumps and thumbs remind me of him. Like I said: snapshots.
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