Sharp (Open-air Demo)

While Leslie was at class tonight I tried to get some more work done on Sharp but hit some technical speed-bumps and didn’t really get anywhere in GarageBand. But all is not lost. More lyrics developed and I was able to nail down the basic structure live using the MacBooks built-in mic.

It’s interesting hearing this song broken down to the bare minimum of accompaniment (or at least I think it is). Without the new bridge the song consists of only two chords (Am and Em) for both the verse and chorus. The bridge brings that total to a whopping 3—and it doesn’t use any of the existing chords, (D7). I’ve always been interested in minimalism in design, it was inevitable that that interest made its way into my music.

It’s not the most compelling song I’ve ever written but I think it all it needs at this point is a coda and some multi-track lovin’ from GarageBand.

I’m here waiting
yeah, we’re all waiting
for that something we thought
had already come along

it’s been days
might as well have been years
and that something may
have already come and gone

hammering this nail but the frame still falls
even with these tools we still hit a wall
laughing like a fool as it all falls down
but it smarts ‘cause it’s sharp

we’re still waiting
but our breath is baited
and it won’t be long now till
everything we built is gone

so count the ways
buried in our fears
how could we have done diff’rent
and been better off than we are here?

built a house of cards with a broken egg shell
the foundation isn’t sound but what the hell?
laughing like fools as it all falls down
still it smarts ‘cause it’s sharp

but looking back we could never plot a path
from where we stand to where we began—and back
without the sine waves and tangents.

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Shaun Inman
December 6th, 2006 at 12:01 am
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The minimalism makes it a hell of a lot better. Definitely an improvement IMO.

Dec 7th, 2006 3:11 am

Guitar is so ”nervous”. I think the whole song needs more compression (especially, the guitar).

Dmitry Chestnykh
Dec 7th, 2006 3:30 am

Thanks Eston. Dmitry, regarding compression, I didn’t do anything to this track other than fade the second-time through the last chorus (the phone rang). It’s a demo of the song structure not production. I’m curious as to what you mean by “nervous.” Can you explain?

Shaun Inman
Dec 7th, 2006 9:47 am