Vignette #3 - A Carpet Of Stars

March 10, 2010 2:49 PM

Last one of these doodles. Dates from early 2005. All done on a Strat with a bit of delay and a pinch of chorus. Oh and I forgot the fleeting appearance of a Precision Bass.

Here's what passes for the lyric:

The moon rises
Over the hill

I’ll meet you
By the kissing gate
When the church clock sounds four

Owl flies
Fox cries

Look…I brought you a carpet of stars.

posted by MajorDundee (5 comments total)

My favorite part is those higher-pitched arpeggios.

Weird how the bass goes away so fast -- was that always your intention, or did you intend to do more?
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:37 AM on March 11, 2010

Thanks Karlos - this was recorded a long time ago, but I think I intended the bass to be as it is. I also remember that this was a re-recording of an earlier version that on reflection was better (if a poorer-quality recording). But I've lost that one - archiving is not one of my strong points, I mislay stuff all the time.
posted by MajorDundee at 10:50 AM on March 11, 2010

This completes an impressive trilogy. I'm not sure I know why these tracks resonate with me more than some of your others. Maybe they're somewhat more stripped-down... more intimate...? They have a very contemplative feel. Anyway, exquisite guitar playing! Love the way the sequences of notes bounce around in a way that feels free and natural but still very cleverly structured.
posted by edlundart at 7:33 PM on March 11, 2010

Thanks edlundart. Actually I think the guitar playing is a little bit messy and obstructive in places - some of the twiddly bits get in the way of the vocal with all the repeats bouncing around the spectrum.

Interesting you mention the appeal of being more stripped down and intimate. In some ways it takes more courage (and stronger material) to go with just a few charcoal lines and resist "colouring in". I do have a tendency to overcomplicate/overarrange things, which I'm trying to rein in. I also think that some of my more complex stuff doesn't work all that well sometimes because I'm pretty incompetent and ignorant about engineering and frequencies and all that technical stuff. It's all a bit hit and miss. Which is also something I'm trying to learn to be better at. But that's all part of the adventure of making something from nothing - what's that quote about arrival being less exciting than the journey to get there??
posted by MajorDundee at 4:11 AM on March 12, 2010

I could see this turning into the most epickest song in the world if a bohnam beat were to drop at the end and things just kept the song going.
posted by dagosto at 6:07 AM on March 15, 2010

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