Posts Tagged ‘clapping’

28 what’s left stands

by on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Eric Balint -28 what's left stands

whaslefti initially was going to have a lot more layers going on in this song, but i really like the sound of it stripped down like this…i guess because it allows the drum part to come through more…
…also, it’s 11:55

the idea for the lyrics sprang from watching people in a restaurant from outside.

guitar: zanny’s generic classical
bass: beat ass harmony
vocals x’s 3
hand claps

i watched you through the glass
but it should have been a screen
you all looked just like
actors in a movie scene
laughing it up
dressed to the nines
young and fit
raising your cup
saying your lines
with charm and wit
wide eyed and blue and silver toned
the crowd holds it’s breath
and shivers to the bone
for what you might say next
from outside
the motion’s slow
the meaning’s deep
but i don’t
really know
i’m not in this scene
there is no such thing
there’s no fire
or hero’s cape
there’s no last minute escape
when broken down
and barely there
what’s left stands
true and bare

Song 06: “Everyone Sees You”

by on Friday, August 7th, 2009

Here is Song #6 – You can stream it by clicking the little PLAY button, or download it by right-clicking the title:

CJ Bargamian - 06 Everyone Sees You

06 PC KeyboardOK, this song began as just a little acoustic guitar and vocals jam, and I even recorded it first as just a live single-track song. But, I sat on it for an hour or so and it just didn’t seem right. So, I went back and rerecorded it properly – with a single mic on the guitar and then overdubbed the vocals.

I’m much happier with it this way!

Anyway, this vocal melody has been bouncing around in my head for a couple of weeks and I just hadn’t had time to put anything under it. So, I’m thankful to have finally been able to use it for something. Once I recorded the acoustic guitar part, I wrote out some lyrics and sang the vocals. The song is about someone who is full of shit and knows it; everyone else knows it too but nobody wants to be the jerk to point it out.

I think my next song will be about bunny rabbits and rainbows. Yeah.

Anyway, I rounded out the recording with some handclaps, a tambourine, and some mouth-noises to simulate a kickdrum. The final missing piece was something to fill up the instrumental middle section – I didn’t care to do a guitar or ukulele solo part. So, on a whim I grabbed my old PC’s keyboard, put a mic in front of it, and recorded myself typing the lyrics to the first half of the song. Silly, but kinda fun.

Instruments used:
Acoustic guitar (1940’s Stella)
Tambourine (a tiny wooden thing I bought from a toy bin at a flea market)
Mouth noises
Computer keyboard

Fall on your face
Everyone sees you but no one believes a word that you’ve ever said, my dear
Crash and burn
Your face will betray you and everything that you have done, its guaranteed
Nothing that you say can redeem you to me
Force a smile
Your efforts are wasted on the population of your little world
Forsake all others as you’re told
Your face is red, and mine is also red
Thank you
Cry all night
No one can see you but they can deceive you all day, without a word
Exploding with fury, its so absurd