Year 12 Wk 14 - Dancing With Ghosts
Thanks for such a great title, Vic. This song was done in 10 minutes from reading the post.
Hear it here
Dancing With Ghosts
There are times I don't want to remember
Or at least that's how it seems
Because the only place I see you now
Is when you're dancing through my dreams
Chorus: They say you can't dance with a memory
And I know I can't dance with a dream
But when I go dancing with ghosts
That's when you're nearest to me
You always were my dearest friend
That's why it's so hard to believe
Seems you didn't need a reason
But still got permission to leave
Though I still can't understand
While I'm asleep you hold my hand
And we go dancing out beyond the stars
Love builds the strongest bridges, and I know you still feel it
No matter where on earth you are
This song was done in 10 minutes from reading the post.
Clear message....Great job on the lyrics and guitar playing :D
Suggestion: Consider playing the melody line on the guitar on a separate track as well as sing to give a better idea of melody line.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for your comment, James. How would I go about figuring out the melody line? My musical ear's not that developed yet.
Sometimes the muse can't push the keys fast enough. Nice job. It sounds like the song came with an emotional price-tag, though. Alas, those are usually my best. :(
"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin
How would I go about figuring out the melody line?
That's a bit tricky to know how to answer via posting, but it sounds like your guitar skills are competent to be able to play melodies.
I'd suggest try playing melodies of other's songs to get in the practice of playing melodies on guitar, then applying the techniques to your own songs.
Maybe there is another forum on the site that could give a clearer "how-to" method for playing melodies on guitar.
Thanks, Paul. :)
The easiest way to figure the melody line is to try to play the single note that you're trying to sing.
For example, it sounds like you're playing this with a capo on the fourth fret, using Am, G and D as your initial chords. Your first line seems to follow this melody (and I'm using the capo as "0" fret for reference):
There (open D)
are (open G)
times (second fret G)
I (open G)
don't (second fret G)
want (open B)
to (open B)
re - (second fret G)
mem - (open G)
ber (open D)
Simply playing that on a separate track will help your voice to focus on the target notes of the melody. You could, with practice, make those notes the pinch notes of your fingerpicking as well.
By the way, lovely song. Made my afternoon.
Thank you, David! :)
I really appreciate the advice, and I'm glad you liked the song so much.