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Y11 W 1 - Sunday Somewhere by Renee

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(@hobson)
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The lyrics for this came to me quickly. The music followed as an old-timey gospel tune. I'm still working on a key change. Once that gets straightened out, I'm ready to do a recording.

verse:

It's Sunday somewhere, but here it's just another day.
It's Sunday somewhere, but I've forgotten how to pray.
Too many years of Sunday school.
Too many years of learning the rules.

chorus:

Well, I got religion,
But it ain't got me.
Won't say the Act of Contrition
When I'm sorry.
Won't find me in a meeting tent.
Don't ask me to repent
Just 'cuz it's Sunday somewhere.

verse:

God isn't dead. He just don't spend much time in church.
So I don't think he minds that I look elsewhere in my search,
That I'm AWOL
Looking for the sense of it all.

chorus

verse:

It's Sunday somewhere, but here it's just another day.
It's Sunday somewhere. Don't tell me what to say.
Churches try to tell me how to find the Light,
But once I'm inside, it ain't burnin' so bright.

chorus

Renee


   
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(@andygetch)
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I like it and am looking forward to the recording. BTW (and if its OK with you) I am working on a similar idea of separation from organized religion, but it it will be much different in content and music.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=1228093


   
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(@hobson)
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Andy, go ahead with what you're working on. Not that you need my blessing.

Renee


   
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(@jamestoffee)
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Hi Renee,

It reads well. :D The only thing that tripped me up on the read was the possibility that the stress for the word "sorry" be misplaced.....

But it AIN'T got ME.
"When I'M sorry"......should be SOR-ry.....but the rhyme seems you might sing sor-RY
.....This is without a listen, so maybe you already have it worked out.

Thanks for sharing.

James


   
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(@john-sargent)
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The idea of being spiritual rather than being religious is a great topic. Looking forward to hearing this.


   
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(@davidhodge)
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Hi Renee

Great topic and lyrical narrative. Loved the "I got religion but it ain't got me" line. A lot of people are going to pick up on that immediately.

Only concern is how that "...that I'm AWOL..." line is going to parse melodically, but we'll have to wait to hear that one.

Looking forward to a recording and looking forward to more.

Peace


   
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Renee,

Just more of the same. I love the religion vs. spirituality
concept but have some of the same problems with the
phrasing as the others. You probably have it work out
already though.

John

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" It's easier than waiting around to die" Townes Van Zandt


   
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(@hobson)
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Got the recording done. After trying several different chord progressions for the key change, I settled on doing that part a cappella. Eventually I'm going to add mandolin. This moves kind of fast and I need to practice it on the mando. I didn't exactly work out the phrasing. I just took liberties. That's fairly common in gospel music, so I think I can get away with it.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=832466&songID=11984417

Renee


   
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(@john-sargent)
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It works. The whole package fits. The voice, the rhythm. the lyric, the clapping. Great job Renee

:)


   
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(@jamestoffee)
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It works. The whole package fits. The voice, the rhythm. the lyric, the clapping. Great job Renee
+1 I especially liked the break to the a capella hand clap section.


   
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(@hobson)
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Thanks for the comments. I tried to use elements of gospel music, although the lyrics are kind of anti-gospel.

I've written over 30 songs in the past year or so. Of those, I'm really happy with only 5 or 6. This is one of the 5 or 6.

Renee


   
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(@john-sargent)
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Thanks for the comments. I tried to use elements of gospel music, although the lyrics are kind of anti-gospel.

I've written over 30 songs in the past year or so. Of those, I'm really happy with only 5 or 6. This is one of the 5 or 6.
I agree. You did a very good job on this one. It sounds like you had fun while you were recording it.


   
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(@davidhodge)
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Hi again Renee

Nice job on the recording and the arrangement. And, for whatever it's worth, a lot of professional songwriters would love to have a 20% success ratio when it comes to writing a song and writing a memorable one!

Peace


   
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