Ghost of the past

Ghost of the past

Jessica Szturmann's picture



Liner Notes: 

During the recording the bells from the church next to my house started to ring. I decided to keep them in the recording, let's call them "death bells".
This is a scary tune, don't listen by yourself!


I am the ghost of your past
I keep you up at night
If there’s anything to regret
I make sure you lie awake in bed
I am the ghost of your past

They call me conscience
I don’t know why
I am not evil nor kind
You can’t get me out of your mind
I am the ghost of your past

I am the ghost of your past
I am always there when you sleep
I can talk to the dead
And they tell me how you and them have met
I am the ghost of the past

I am the ghost of the past

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


ductapeguy's picture

Spooky indeed. Karmic spectres. The fiddle and uke play well together.

AndyGetch's picture

Really like the whispered delivery and sweet music. I wonder if this ghost knows my ghost because they both do the same thing, fortunately not scary but waking me up at 3am or 4am. Maybe they are related.

metalfoot's picture

Viola for the win!
The whispery vocals are a great idea for the lyric. Love the enunciation.

There's a lot to be said for allowing synchronicity and coincidence into your compositional process. Getting unexpected church bells in your recording is a great example, particularly when you're going for a spooky vibe like this. Oh - and much more strings, please. They sound wonderful!

The loud whispering sounds like it was painful to do. How about dropping a compressor on the mic feed to save your voice? Crank it up and you'll get all sorts of cool effects...

coolparadiso's picture

I like the idea of recording What is. Works for this, very ghostly

Zeekle's picture

Great lyrics, I like the idea of a ghost from your past feeding off of your regrets or pulling on your conscience. Very Twilight Zone. The delivery is perfect.

Kristi's picture

That was entertaining! I especially like the strings in there too. The lyric has a punchy flow to it that works so well with the spooky theme. Nicely done!

wacha's picture

The lyrics have a haunting feel to them which is only made even more so by your performance. I love the arrangement, the ukulele and strings work very well along with the church bells to create a beautiful yet haunting soundscape.

katpiercemusic's picture

Cheerful ukulele and creepy whispering... good combination. The cello was a nice addition.

Jerry Pettit's picture

Better church bells than the construction my own neighbor has been doing for a week now. I have to record in between hammering and drilling. Sigh...

I DO love that whispered vocal--a nice contrast to the usually cheery ukelele sound. Very nice job!! Sehr gut!

Amanda Rose Riley's picture

Ooh weird, with the ukulele at the beginning I was like, "no matter what the melody and lyrics are, how could a song be scary with a cheerful ukulele strumming?" But something about whispering is very spooky! Interesting combination for sure.

adamh's picture

The whispered vocal with the ukulele together is really eerie and the strings add a nice haunting quality. Also really like the lines
"They call me conscience
I don’t know why
I am not evil nor kind"

cleanshoes's picture

The whispering works to great effect here! Along with the ukulele, it evokes the anxious, half-awake/half-dreaming state that comes with a night of restlessness. Nicely done!