Posts Tagged ‘gretsch’

Song 12: “Fears of Nightmares”

by on Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Here is Song #12 – You can stream it by clicking the little PLAY button, or download it by right-clicking the title:

CJ Bargamian - 12 Fears of Nightmares

12 GretchThis song began in a rather traditional way – with just a couple of parts I wrote on the acoustic guitar. I recorded a pretty simple verse-chorus-verse-chorus progression with the guitar, and I had no idea where to go from there. To get my creative juices going, I cracked open a beer and then just picked along to the guitar track with my baritone ukulele…and when that didn’t really do it, I banged out a simple drum part with just one floor tom.

At that point I got a little frustrated – I didn’t have a vocal melody or any lyrics at all. I overdubbed a lead electric guitar part with my Gretsch, and only then did a vocal melody come to mind. From there, the total melody and the lyrics actually came pretty quick; I was hugely relieved!

Instruments used:
Acoustic guitar (1990’s Seagull)
Baritone ukulele
Floor tom (small Yamaha thing)
Vocals

Lyrics:
She went to bed last night with fears of nightmares
Held her eyelids up as long as she could
Beneath the blankets and wool, she clung to her bible
And prayed that she’d find a way to keep them at bay
Oh, they come in her sleep now
To tug and pull her away
Each time they come closer
Hold on, hold on, hold on little girl
When she jerks awake in the morning
she finds him next to her, holding her tightly
And in some little way, she knows that he helped her
To hang on through one more night without going under

Song 07: “A Younger Man”

by on Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Here is Song #7 – You can stream it by clicking the little PLAY button, or download it by right-clicking the title:

CJ Bargamian - 07 A Younger Man

07 TambourineThis song was originally intended to be kinda spacey – I felt like maybe I could write a shoegaze-type song like I used to back in the early ’00s…. Once you have a listen, you’ll hear that it really didn’t turn out that way!

The first thing I recorded for this song was the drums – I just beat on a floor tom and snare that I borrowed from the crippled AFTTD drummer. I had no idea what sort of melody to do – I just played 3+ minutes of drums and hoped something would come to me. Something eventually did come, but this song was (so far) the hardest one to get right.

I ended up doing a kinda typical guitar-bass-drums-vocals thing for this tune; kinda boring, but it works for the song. A couple of random percussion tracks and some harmony vocals round out the song. The final result is certainly a desert-driving type of song…and my lyrics reflect that. They tell the story of an old man who gets a bit confused and drives out into the desert to meet his girlfriend, only to sober up and realize that he’s just drunkenly reliving something that happened to him years earlier.

Instruments used:
Electric guitar (Gretsch)
Drums (Yamaha tom and snare)
Tambourine (a tiny wooden thing I bought from a toy bin at a flea market)
Shakers (egg-shaped thingys)
Electric bass (Fender Jazz bass)
Vocals

Lyrics:
Drive all night
Under the dark and heady sky
Drive yourself
Crazy as the road comes to an end
Ready as you find the diner you seek
Fit to find the moon tends to hide her face
Forget all you left behind in the city
Stop the car and dust kicks up from your heels
You can’t help but think this looks like a film
You might have seen when you were a younger man
Her skin just like silk at your fingertips
The way she smiles with smoke seeping from her lips
The drinks you had have ruined your life
Now you are alone in an empty lot
That was a decade ago