Alone In the Moonlight

Alone In the Moonlight

AndyGetch's picture
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The Facebook songwriting group 'song skirmish' prompt is the title. Yesterday my wife came up with a name for our third electric car. Last night I did the guitar arpeggio track. Today I got the idea to begin writing a few songs (perhaps connected, more on that later) from the car (or cars, and assuming sentience) POV. Tonight I listened to the arpeggio and these are the lyrics that came to mind. Added harmonica and shakers.

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Alone In the Moonlight
Silvertone Guitar Open C tuning
Guitar chords: C(open) - oooooo; C6(F#7) - oo432o; Fadd9/G(C/A) - oo555o; Cmaj7(F#(Em6add9) - o44ooo;

[C(open)] Alone in the moonlight I sit in the driveway
[C6(F#7)] Cloud refractions compounded in haze
[C(open)] Night owl calls in a rhythmic wave
[C6(F#7)] Locked outside my home
[C(open)] Feels strange being a french immigrant
[C6(F#7)] Younger sister’s inside singing her own lament
[C(open)] Resolve is weakened and my energy is spent
[C6(F#7)] But tonight I’d rather be alone

[Fadd9/G(C/A)] Brushed by the soft warm humid breeze
[Cmaj7(F#(Em6add9)] The moonlight shines
[Fadd9/G(C/A)] Still don’t know what I will grow up to be
[Cmaj7(F#(Em6add9)] Or what waits with time

[C(open)] Wildflowers tease me with aroma so pleasing
[C6(F#7)] I think that summer is my favorite season
[C(open)] Even when I have to dodge cats, rats, and bird droppings
[C6(F#7)] Can’t help but feel like I’m growing



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cola's picture

Describing the night from the eyes of a car is a neat take on the prompt, the line describing the car as "a french immigrant" is especially clever, and the instrumentation here is just very well done. Excellent work all around!

barbara's picture

I like this being in her pensive, introspective state. The lyric gives a lovely taste of the outdoor evening’s pleasures. The line which makes it for me is “But tonight I’d rather be alone.” That mood is a sweet one to me, and the music is a good match for it, calm and soothing, and just a little bit lonesome. Love the deep guitar! And the harmonica to close was perfect.

Acousticmaddie's picture

Very beautiful told in all aspects. Lovely sparse guitar and great way of setting the mood.

metalfoot's picture

This is a really nice bit of work Andy. Enjoyed it!

Chip Withrow's picture

I dig the pensive, thoughtful vocal and the hypnotic, pretty guitar a whole lot. The shaker is a gentle flourish, and harmonica was surprising and pleasing - don't know that I've heard you play it before, at least that I remember. And I can picture the scene for sure. Good one!

JWHanberry's picture

Good to hear a positive feeling about this prompt. The open tuned guitar keeps it peaceful while you introspect. A bit of loneliness sneaks in with the harp solo.

tcelliott's picture

I love your relaxed vocal delivery and the peaceful arpeggios... that harmonica at the end was a nice touch, a soothing one, too.

OdilonGreen's picture

Very evocative; the feeling of nighttime, of isolation, is strong, and your restrained vocals and gentle guitar set the atmosphere perfectly. I feel like I should come back to this when everyone else in my house is asleep, with all the lights out, and just luxuriate in the atmosphere.

katpiercemusic's picture

This is almost more spoken word poetry. I love the guitar accompaniment. Lovely arpeggios and chord progression. This is very peaceful.