Prayers Rising Up

Prayers Rising Up

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These are Cindy's lyrics "untouched" finally Smile I did one as-is..
-- I read it, liked it and this is what came out; and, pretty quick... I was hoping to have one to work on for a few days... oh well Crazy

For me because of how it read, as Cindy noted as a dream, the more singular/mono-tone (less vocal modulation) felt right and how I engaged the vocals for the lyric. If it puts you to sleep, -- excellent! Smile

I don't normally mess with vocals/tracks, with mods/masks, etc., other than to create "head space" if use headphones, -- to sound as if there at a live venue; in the room with me.
-- Digital dry tracks have zero dimension and need that treatment to "sound" as it might even sound in your, e.g. Living Room, live, even (weird to have to do this, but how it is); --however, or therefore, in this I as well then did "dup" the vocal track and time shifted it thousands of a second out of alignment (see a tracks "Since Wave") so as to appose itself, "out of phase". That may be, subtle as possible the more "spacey" sound/treatment, dream, other worldly of the vocal track. I don't use plug-ins and only manipulate tracks manually with available basic tools. I hope that makes sense, if wondering, derUgo! Smile

However, I just wanted to make it clear, I don't use "Helicon" chorus, pedals, plug-ins or etc. -- did that "live" and etc. years ago, and it just confused people and was 10lbs more krappe to carry, so, not any more, -- *good mic with 10% reverb, done.

Additionally,
-- it's a "short" song, but also because I wanted to do one of Cindy's song, as-is, without a rewrite, -- their plenty good as-is, to be sure! So, rather than touch it, -- did it. I realise Cindy is OK with a rewrite, but, -- just say'in.

If you look at her original Lyrics, yes I do remove her Label designations, "chorus", "pre-chorus", etc. -- however only because I literally, linearly follow them, maybe in quick analysis ABCD, or some may say AAAA (as you like Smile ).

AND, -- fully unintended ... omg, when *done and then as after thought added the guitar "noodling...", I "hear" a slight "in the penta-box", ... the stones wild horses intro came to mind... Smile hahhh... (oh well), and with keeping the slow tempo jagger comments (as hard to do, kills them on stage) ... I had every intention if double the length to end at *2x's tempo. I am an advocate of accelerating/varying tempo's, even "movement" back to exact tempos, -- just say'in Crazy And, if ever re-recorded, the vocals need to be "pushed" a bit (facial mask/belt-y-ish) ... it wouldn't really sound "really" different, so just left it rather than waiting; I hear stuff others may not... this is like the 6 th x through, as written and was a one-take. I tried "finger picking" it too, but sounded like chaos to me so dropped that for the flat pick.

Lyrics: 

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I was floating
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In the dream
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High up in the Milky Way

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I could see Earth

In-all her glory
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With beams of light on display

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Somehow I knew the lights were prayers

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Prayers rising up into the heavens
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Beams of energy showing bright
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Prayers from mothers and from fathers
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Seen in-the-form of uplifting-light

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As I floated
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I could witness
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Prayers from every piece of land
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In every country

Prayers were gathered
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Lifting upward into God's hands

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Somehow I knew the lights were prayers
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Prayers rising up into the heavens
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Beams of energy showing bright
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Prayers from mothers and from fathers
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Seen in-the-form of uplifting-light



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Comments

cindyrella's picture

It's always so nice and interesting to hear what someone heard in my lyrics. Nice job and thanks!

billwhite51's picture

i like the way you use a limited melody to create a mantra effect.. It plays like one long OM.

i like the electric over acoustic! and that's a cool melody! right back in the style the Vedder copied off you. I like the more montone mix to melody it gives it more depth!

splittybooms's picture

I'm loving the guitar under that almost chanting of these lyrics; lyrics which are quite...well, beautiful how I feel they are. The imagery of those lyrics, the words cindyrella chose...it just makes me feel good inside. Cozy. Comforted.
Great collab. Agreed on the decision to do the monotonish delivery, especially over those great guitars.

Valerie Cox's picture

Everyone has already said it, but boom! Great choice with the guitars. love that. Melody is very chant like. Feels like you could repeat the chorus many, many times without it getting boring.

Ferry Colyer's picture

Feels like the right pace for these lyrics. Slowish and mantra-like. Your vocals are very powerful and I love those guitar melodies supporting you.

Tim Fatchen's picture

This is lovely, just lovely. Cindy, the lyrics are good (you knew that) but there's a huge dimension added by the monotone voice, the simple strum and the lead trotting quietly about. Conjures up a country line in the evening, just standing while the dog shuffles about happily, before going to bed,