A Bridge on Fire

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A Bridge on Fire

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This song is for the Auntie-Sin game. Details are here:

http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/content/auntie-sin

I got to synthesize a song by @john crossman called "Too Young" *18895 with a song by @Powerstars called "Old Enough" *19640 . It was a lot of fun, but pretty challenging.

Both songs were in duple meter, so I kept that, but "Old Enough" was at a faster tempo. I ended up using the changes and feel of "Too Young" for the verses and "Old Enough" for the choruses. I even had to scrap the click track to get the change in tempo I was after. I transposed Old Enough to match the key of Too Young which worked great, and then I added a cello layer to glue it all together. The *solo* was really fun because I pretty much kept @Powerstars guitar part intact, but doubled it with cello and sort of put it over the chords from @john crossman 's bridge section. Sort of. By the time I finished and gave the source songs a re-listen, it all kind of morphed into something else, and somehow slowed down. The lyrics are mostly compiled from their source songs, with a few little tweaks here and there. Ah well. I've already held up the chain for long enough, so you get the poor-vocal-health version which I record from time to time out of necessity. Plenty of raspy falsetto sounds, especially in the extra high transposition of the chorus. Thanks for listening!

Lyrics: 

I am too young for the great responsibility
I am a son of the water from the deepest well
I’ve been passed by my better self
Turning round, round, round, a perfect shell

But I’m old enough to know the girl you are
Our future's looking brighter than the stars
And when we take that leap
Will we come back down?
And when we reach that point
Will we turn our lives around?

I can’t decide what to plant or what to grow
Throwing stones against the sea I nearly lost myself
Watching moments in between the scenes
I am found, found, found and drowned in victory

I’m old enough to know the girl you are
Our future's looking brighter than the stars
And when we take that step
Will we come back down?
And when we reach that point
Will we turn our lives around?

*solo*

We can walk
Walk away
The rest will be, will be
Our yesterday

We can walk
Walk away
The rest will be, will be
Our yesterday

We can walk away
Say goodbye
The rest will be, will be
A bridge on fire



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cindyrella's picture

Well. it sure sounds like all the changes you went through works! I like the pace, your vocals, and you have nice lyrics too. Nice!

Wow, quite the mind-meld process there, very nice!

colgoo's picture

Great job....I've finished up my lyrics (hopefully) for the antithesis. But the music will be a challenge. I am so drawn to the way you string music together and your performance is amazing. I don't know how you did it across the wires, but I've caught your lovely cold, too. Hopefully I feel well enough to sing once I figure out the instrumental part.

Jyllian's picture

Really nice instrumentation, love the different sounding parts of this. This is a nice creation.

headfirstonly's picture

Challenge accepted, achievement unlocked, I reckon. Just sat and listened to this and I really like it. It holds - actually, it demands - attention, with its unusual arrangement and the multiple changes in tempo. The cello is a master stroke - what a gorgeous sound! The fragility of your vocals helps, rather than hinders, the song too; they really fit the tone of the piece. I really dig this one.

kahlo2013's picture

You pulled this challenge off so well! It is a compelling song! Your delivery is spectacular! The transitions are done perfectly!

Vom Vorton's picture

This works brilliantly, the tempo shifts feel smooth and perfectly fitting for the mood of the song, and the solo is great! Love the cello.

colgoo's picture

Great synthesis of folk and punk, of two very different songs. I even did the antithesis of you in listening to all these, starting with song #1 and working forward. It's crazy how much changed over time!!!

barbara's picture

I like the way you synthesized from actual parts and wove them together, tweaking story line with pronouns and sometimes moods with just a word or two of difference. The juxtaposition of verse and chorus works very well, and having listened to the other two before this, it is a fun medley-like experience as well! You did keep so much of the flavor of each of those two performances intact in yours. Very well done!!