Soup is life (fish soup variety)

Soup is life (fish soup variety)

mike skliar's picture

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This was half-written to try to test out my recording setup, which continues to have problems, but I was able to get it working enough for this (basically, on playback in pro-tools this loud static comes in after either a few seconds or a minute or so, and if i close the songfile, close the m-box pro tools setup, and then go into it again, it seems to work for another playback or so before it starts giving static. I deleted alot of files on the computer, which might have helped a little bit, but not enough. Not intentionally running anything at the same time as pro tools on this old windows 7 pc, and I wouldnt know what else to safely close even if it is open, etc.(

I should note the static, etc is only when i play back in pro tools and/or try to record another track - once i render it down to a wav file, seems to be more or less ok.

Anyway,,, got it working enough to do a few things...I wanted to write something slightly silly and uplifting- and this early afternoon I was going to make this big fish soup, using ingredients from the local big Korean H mart, and other stuff around here and some other spices, etc I had. Kind of a boullabase meets korean fish stew, maybe? anyway, it's great, just had some, and here's the song. Not anything fantastic, but had fun.

recorded guitar track, then vocal, then harmonica, and that's it.

one of those 'starts with the chorus' things...

Lyrics: 

Boil the water, add the garlic, onions and the spice
Soup is always more then soup, soup is life

Mushrooms and legumes, in shapes and sizes odd
Carrots potatoes, white wine saffron
Salmon and shrimp and cod

Boil the water, add the garlic, onions and the spice
Soup is always more then soup, soup is life

The spices of five continents doing the continental drift
Everything on earth combines to give a cosmic lift

Boil the water, add the garlic, onions and the spice
Soup is always more then soup, soup is life

Somewhere in that pot of soup there’s a lesson to be learned
All of us can be together I know we won’t get burned

Boil the water, add the garlic, onions and the spice
Soup is always more then soup, soup is life

Boil the water, add the garlic, onions and the spice
Soup is always more then soup, soup is life

(c) M. Skliar 2018



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Comments

metalfoot's picture

No weird clicks to my listening. Nice extended metaphor of soup for society and humanity. Enjoyable song, Mike!

Silver Machine's picture

Is that a mandolin in there? It sounds great, and so does that mouth organ.
Marx said 'Once you can write a song about soup you can write one about anything'. Not sure if it was Karl or Groucho though.
Highly singable, very enjoyable
Regarding your DAW playback trouble, you haven't left a track armed and something plugged into it?
Have you tried turning off any vsts you have running in case they are the cause.

kahlo2013's picture

Delicious analogy! Love the descriptive nature of the soup and the metaphor it is for life.

Chip Withrow's picture

Delicious! And good to hear you again!
Your voice is, as it is so often, delightfully folky. Fun strumming. And I wish I could play harmonica like that.

tcelliott's picture

I like the title/hook. This is a fun little jaunt down positivity street. I like the energy in the guitar and the melody/phrasing on the title line.

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

Guitar sounds great here, and the lyrics are both funny and meaningful. A new approach to the melting pot idea!

katpiercemusic's picture

I whole heartedly agree with this message. I kind of adore this song. I love soup, and I love seafood, and I love cheerful songs that are deceptively deep. Also, I particularly like the continental drift line. That made me snort!