A Sorry State

A Sorry State

headfirstonly's picture

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Demo: 

Liner Notes: 

After setting the Nonet Challenge I couldn't not write one of my own, could I?

And yes, I went there. I started off with nine vocal tracks, leaving one off at the end of every line until just one was left, because I could.

Every time I see our lazy, incompetent toad of a prime minister on the television I am amazed once again that he's still in charge. To the rest of Europe: I am so, *so* sorry that my fellow countrymen and women chose to inflict him upon you. And us.

Lyrics: 

He epitomised elitism
Got where he is through bluff and lies
Thought that he should rule us but
like the country he leads
Boris has become
a sorry state
It's not us
It's just
him



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Comments

Marilisa's picture

Yes! This is great (though I feel your liner notes are a bit of an insult to toads). Dropping the vocals one by one is genius, and using the BBC sounds feels... very apt. Nice work!

nancyrost's picture

The orchestration reminds me of Philip Glass. In a way it's too pretty a piece to be about your PM, but it also sounds mournful, and the words are true and succinct. Excellent use of this form!

metalfoot's picture

There are a number of nations that feel similarly about their leaders right now... strong and powerful music.

Zeekle's picture

I had to chuckle at this. I’m definitely not a Boris fan, or his kind of politicking. Sadly the opposition appears to disappear when needed.
Re the song, very nicely done. I do like the shrinking vocal lines, a clever touch.

coolparadiso's picture

Very nice - pretty epic - great idea this, inspired me to do one

Stephen Wordsmith's picture

Quite the epic requiem. For what, I wonder. The reputation of Blighty, p'raps?

I was struck by the register shift in the first two lines, in particular the move from the loftiness of 'epitomised elitism' to the monosyllabic bluntness of bluff and lies. Gave the lyric a natural flow that made me immediately forget the constraints of the challenge, which was well done.

billwhite51's picture

this would make a brilliant accompaniment for his walk to the guillotine.

mike skliar's picture

this is excellent! i just did this challenge and also went 'political'. change the word boris to donald and you'd kind of have our situation, perhaps. (tho its not an exact analogy, i guess)
sad state all around! excellent write! great production too!

Roddy's picture

Good work the decreasing vocals is a very nice touch. Keep up the fight, it all helps.

wobbie wobbit's picture

i like the way this gradually melts down, the descending and the thinning of the number of vocal lines is very effective. and yes with you on the sentiment.

ayeahmur's picture

You bring an appropriately tragic musical setting to the subject. Love the step down chording and the little bell motif. And the last few lines are terrific. A sorry state indeed.

ayeahmur's picture

You bring an appropriately tragic musical setting to the subject. Love the step down chording and the little bell motif. And the last few lines are terrific. A sorry state indeed.

atitlan's picture

You know, I'm starting to get the impression you're not too keen on our PM. Nice use of the nonet form and another lyric that's right on point.

ustaknow's picture

I was not familiar with the nonet form. Interesting. Gonna have to keep that in mind as another approach to munge up down the road Smile

cola's picture

Dropping a vocal track with each line until just the one is left at the end is clever, and it works really well with the nonet structure here. Nice work!

cleanshoes's picture

I love how you mirrored the nonet structure with layered vocal tracks, and the abrupt end with a single voice is super effective. Immersive orchestration, with room for each line to really sink in. Also, what @metalfoot said!

Tim Fatchen's picture

Comes across very heavy. But I thought Boris was losing weight!