Lonely With You

March 16, 2012 1:43 PM

Bubblegum with a bitter aftertaste.

Lonely With You

There’s no time like the present
There’s no time at all
Too many years have gone by
Too many tears have dried

Every year is a sentence
And there’s no parole at all
It’s a wonder any light escapes from here

I’m lonely
Lonely with you
I’m wondering
Wondering too
In silence
It’s like we’re lost and found, spinning round a spiral
That’s going down and down and down and down

I’m broken, broken in two
I’m lonely, lonely with you
Save me from going round and round and round and round
Save me from going up and down and up and down

Nothing keeps running
When the fire’s not fed
Been a long time coming
You’re a long time dead

And the silence is endless, rushing into every space
In the story etched upon your face and mine

music. lyric and sound recording p & c DMH 2012

posted by MajorDundee (13 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Got that Dundeeian whipsnap aesthetic going on full force. Crisp!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:12 PM on March 17, 2012

Love the tag order... breaking do hard is to up
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:14 PM on March 17, 2012

Many thanks flapjax! The tag order is entirely accidental btw.
posted by MajorDundee at 1:05 PM on March 20, 2012

So nice to have you back, Major. I always love it when you let you inner powerpop dude out for play. The synth is a great addition. I know it bemused you when I compared your stuff to Steely Dan before, but this definitely got me thinking that again, mostly because you use a bunch of jazzy voicings and changes in a pop context and then tie them together with a vocal line.

Is there a 12-string in there? Sounds great.

You really need a fucking band, mate. Tell them you're playing your stuff and nothing else and don't take any shit from anyone.
posted by unSane at 8:10 PM on March 21, 2012

Many thanks Uns - appreciate the support. I know I need a band. My stuff is always, always compromised by piss-poor percussion (made worse when its alliterative!). I've been looking at various drum software recently, but I just find the whole thing daunting and intertia-inducing. I'm really a very poor study when it comes to anything vaguely IT. I'm also rather lazy. I've a feeling I've explained all this before.

I have another song - more PowerPop (and a lot more commercial than this one I reckon) and called "(They're Telling) Stories 'bout You" - that's all written apart from the lyric. I might record a rough demo, bung it on here and invite someone else to take a shot at the percussion. It needs a Clem Burke kind of approach (probably my favourite power-pop-percussion-person) We'll see. must do some alliteration filtration......bollocks....
posted by MajorDundee at 3:09 AM on March 23, 2012

The band comment wasn't really addressed at the percussion or anything else, more a sense that this music feels like it wants to be played. I've been working with a bass player recently with an aim to putting the rest of the band together to play my stuff out, and it's been very liberating after chasing my own tail recording demos for so long. And also quite surprising in terms of what works and what doesn't.

I'd be knocking down your door to play in your band if I still lived in Blighty.
posted by unSane at 4:48 AM on March 23, 2012

I think the thing with me and bands is that I'm not one who does things by halves in that context. When I was in bands back in the day, they were always pretty serious and focussed on "making it". I still can't quite shake that mindset and, knowing that I'm way too old now to be a commercial proposition, putting my own band together and playing original material is.........pretty pointless. That's not fishing for an "oh no, no" reaction - that's where it's at. So as far as a conventional band goes, the only thing that I'd consider would be jam sessions at the local pub occasionally. No danger of taking that too seriously.

Alternatively, there's the opportunity via the web I think of creating an entirely fictitious virtual band - where the music is top-notch but the band members' true identity remains hidden. Not a new idea, of course, but for grizzled veterans like me it does present something of a glimmer......
posted by MajorDundee at 10:54 AM on March 23, 2012

I hear ya -- for me it's just about the enjoyment of playing with and for other people.

The internet thing -- we've talked about it before. In principle I completely agree but the whole 'swapping audio files' thing is so uninspiring and sterile and it doesn't really have any of the feel of being in a band, where your own playing reflects what someone else is playing. It's weird that something as simple as playing music together over the internet has turned out to be such a tough nut to crack, both technically and economically.

I can totally imagine sitting down with a monitor or even a fricken' iphone and playing with someone. I just wonder what the hell has to happen technically for that to happen?
posted by unSane at 7:45 PM on March 23, 2012

Interesting to me with this one that no-one seems to have noticed (but then, how many listens has it had? how would we know?) that the track shifts key continually, so that neither the choruses nor the verses are ever sung in the same key twice. That was a deliberate act of songwriting sleight of hand to squeeze as much out of as few musical ideas as poss, and this track is really quite structurally sophisticated in that artisan kind of way I think.

The "jazzy" voicings are not all that jazzy really - they're just non-standard voicings and inversions that you don't often hear in pop music (always makes me smile that when people hear anything out of the ordinary - the word "jazz" invariably gets a citation somewhere). I have no idea what they are - but I know what they sound like. Messing with chords is something I enjoy doing for its own sake and to introduce sonic variety without it being too obvious. Christ - I sound like some kind of musical Machiavelli!

Oh, and no 12-string on this: octaves on a telecaster.
posted by MajorDundee at 6:15 AM on March 26, 2012

jazzy voicings? nah, not so jazzy
they're just inversions: a little snazzy,
but Miles and Mingus? no they're not!
he just makes use of what he's got!
he shifts the notes, he'll change 'em round
he's going for a *different* sound
Machiavellian? well, yeah, maybe...
but that's the way Dundee rolls, baby!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:31 AM on March 26, 2012 [2 favorites]

Well, it does sound like there are some mu chords in there...sus 2s or add 9s or whatever you want to call 'em.
posted by unSane at 6:36 AM on March 26, 2012

Nice one flapjax. Hey - this could be a challenge - write a verse about each of the mefimu regulars and the hook has to be built around the line "But that's the way that xxxx rolls baby, that's the way he rolls". Then record a track using the lyric.

Never heard of mu chords. But reading the wiki thingy, that's about right. Mine are more like mu cus I think. They stick to your fingers and are really hard to shake off. ..enough with the tortured snot puns already
posted by MajorDundee at 10:11 AM on March 26, 2012

What I noticed the most was the big, warm, round sound of the bass. Well-played and recorded. Everything in the mix has plenty of space, but blends well, too.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:54 AM on April 10, 2012

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