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(@jamestoffee)
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Y12W14 Dancing with Ghosts

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There’s blood on the dance floor next to her lover’s note
There’s blood outside on the whipping post
His torched silhouette hangs tangled in the boughs
Just outside the master’s house

Chorus
Feel no shame
No shame dancing alone
Feel no shame
No shame dancing with ghosts

There’s blood in the fields where cotton pickers sing
There’s more dried blood caked on banjo strings
She calls for him; she calls for rest
Rubbing the heel of her palm against her chest

chorus

Instrumental

There’s blood in the woods where she gives birth
Under the watch of a pinewood bird
A blood sun sets in the Alabama sky
Deep in the woods you can hear the cry

chorus


   
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(@rparker)
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Hi James, I'm a bad combination of thick-headed and vastly inexperienced, so keep that in mind.....

So, I'm having a bit of difficulty connecting the dots with this song. What is the action that is represented by the metaphor?

That aside, I think it's a really nice sounding song for such short notice and such a short amount of time. I enjoyed it.

Roy
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(@jamestoffee)
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Hi Roy,

I'm having a bit of difficulty connecting the dots with this song. What is the action that is represented by the metaphor?

SPOILER ALERT

The song is a tragic love story.

V1
Forbidden love discovered/exposed
Man punished and killed

Chorus
Don’t be ashamed to have loved and lost

V2
Everything around her reminds her of him and she misses him

V3
She is pregnant with dead lover’s child and finds a secluded place to give birth

Metaphors:
Blood is life
Blood found outside the body is life gone wrong

Thanks for the listen and post. :D

James


   
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and on my end, thick headed. :oops:

Nice song, again. :D

Roy
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Nice song, again.

Thanks.


   
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Nice :D

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Thanks, Paul :D


   
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(@davidhodge)
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Not much to add here, James, except that it's good to hear you back with your whole studio again.

The music and instrumentation matches the mood very nicely. Are those all sung harmonies or have you gotten a "harmonizer" device?

Looking forward, as always, to more.

Peace


   
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Hi David,
Are those all sung harmonies or have you gotten a "harmonizer" device?

Sung harmonies, but I did have to doctor it a bit with some pitch shift for the high notes and also realign some of the words; especially "feel", "shame" and "ghosts"

Thanks for the listen and post. :D

James


   
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I thought so, but it's getting harder these days to hear these things for certain, which is probably more a statement about my aging ears than about digital technology!

I know it depends on the song and how you want to present it, but sometimes harmonies that are "organically off" (more in terms of timing and phrasing than in terms of pitch) can give a song more of a gospel feel. Don't know why (maybe the topic) but I could definitely hear this song done in that style.

You should do a gospel number at some point. You'd undoubtedly be very good at it.

Peace


   
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Originally, I had done no adjusting on the harmonies, but the different voices was sounding muddled. Then again, like you said it could be not listening to enough "live" music which is influencing what I think is "right".....but I did like the harmonies on this one as far as the notes.... I want to analyze them a bit more because it's a sound I'd like to explore more.

Thanks again for the feedback.


   
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