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Monty's Blather
on: April 02, 2019, 15:17:42
« Last Edit: April 02, 2019, 19:30:16 by LePlongeur »
A while ago, Monty Lameer published 'a blather from me'. After her OK I have put it to music and she gave permission to post the results here.

https://soundcloud.com/user-973930366/montys-blather-leplongeur

You all know the procedure:
I push the red button and record the song (all the parts) in one take.

Kind suggestions about the mix will be woven in in the next song.
Thank you very much Monty for your time and patience.
I didn't know the upload function had broken down so I was pestering you for a reaction to things you had not heard. Sorry about that.

And all of you/us Kitcheners: Enjoy!
Kind regards, Gus



Forgot the Blather! How stupid of me.....

A blather from me
on: December 13, 2018, 12:48:18
Some day
The rain will fall upon me
And wash away the stains
Of life's softly painted brush strokes
That left these aches and pains

Some day
My tears will no longer fall
While holding tight this knife
Is it ok that I don't mind
If I fail the test of life?

Some day
My face won't look so naked
Without its masks and dye
I'll be free to show my colours
But there's an eyelash in my eye

Some day
My mind will not awaken
To all the dull and gray
Stuck inside my cage of fear

I hope to see that day



Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #1 on: April 02, 2019, 18:37:28
Hi @LePlongeur

It is a melancholy song and of sad sadness, the introduction has suggested Celtic colors to me?
However I would like to hear more present the voice to better define the melody, I think that would be enough to make this ballad perfect.
I did not know that to live I had to die so many times
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Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #2 on: April 02, 2019, 19:28:24
Thank you, @Mora Amaro La Loba for your always kind remarks.
With mixing the voice a bit softer, I try to disguise that my voice is almost completely gone as a result of birch pollen, over use and old age. Not necessarily in that order.

It draws my attention to my forgetting to post the lyrics. How sloppy of me.

I hope to think about the question of balance (voice versus backing) next time.
Simply great that you listened!
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #3 on: April 02, 2019, 21:49:03
Unlike your spouse, whoís multi (muy bien) talented, I am technically inferior. And I donít mind.
I find great joy out of the process of songwriting. My Ďlead guitarí is allotted to the patterns, the orchestras used to play when violin players (all the people in the trad orchestra) were paid shamelessly too little.

So my guitar plays a melody, mas y memos related to the melody the voice does when the singing starts. No fancy things or frills. As simple as possible. Each part of the song is only played once, remember?

I am Dutch, wish I could do Celtic things.
But very kind of you to notice the musical fore play to the song. The way to warm everybody's heart. To say it more decent.
Great of you to think Iíd be capable of doing Celtic things.
Thanks for the compliment.
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #4 on: April 02, 2019, 21:51:41
I think this is a great collaboration. I remember when @monty_lameer posted her "blather" and thinking back then that it was more than a simple blather. I think your classically heavy Gus treatment of the song works to bring out some of the more pondersome emotions of Monty's lyrics.

The vocals do get washed a bit by the music, but that still works for me musically...and I was able to follow along pretty much on your SC page. The production needs to be appreciated as a whole and, as such, that wash of music, vocals and emotion is very strong.
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Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #5 on: April 03, 2019, 06:54:34
Yes it's true @Leonard Scaper that I tend to lean towards a bit of a baroquish approach. And the mood of the words made that I didn't want to hold back.
Glad you like it. Straying from the mainstream brings risks of lack of conformity. While lack of conformity (for me anyhow) is what creativity is about.
Thank you for your time and words.
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #6 on: April 03, 2019, 14:24:24
Straying from the mainstream brings risks of lack of conformity. While lack of conformity (for me anyhow) is what creativity is about.

I totally agree with that.

I always refer back the quote in my signature from @eric craptone .

I'm looking forward to hearing how @monty_lameer feels about your take on her blather. I suspect she'll be pleased.  :)


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Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #7 on: April 03, 2019, 14:40:29
OH! I forgot I hadn't commented on this musical blather yet!  ;D

I really think this is cool! I didn't remember writing such dark, melancholy words, but hearing those words in this way reminded me that I did actually write them, and thankfully, when put to your moody, dark and kind of swirly / muddy / deep water-sounding music, it made them sound not so boring and whiny and maudlin.  :D

Excellent job, my friend!
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Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #8 on: April 03, 2019, 15:34:46
« Last Edit: April 03, 2019, 17:06:11 by LePlongeur »
And by the time I guessed I was about to tell you (@Leonard Scaper) that @monty_lameer will post inher own sweet time, I was called out of the house, through the pouring rain, to attend to a fiscal thing.

In line with: man fights conscience; man wins?
Yes: man fights fiscalists, man wins. It is a fact.
Not bad huh?

But apart from all the witty thingies, I am really proud that you like the result, Monty.
My music is out of most peopleís comfort zones and it takes some getting used to.

Iím really really glad with your post. thank you for your time and patience. And your compliments!
Kind regards, Gus


Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #9 on: April 05, 2019, 22:10:56
You sing with a world weary resignation, and I don't know if it's intended, but vocally you sound like an aristocrat, which lends this a rather eccentric air, which is something I am rather fond of in music.  It gave the impression the character singing is moaning about  how hard life is while surrounded by his wealth and country estate. Yeah I might have it all wrong, but you know how it is, you write a song and it becomes different things to different ears.
I was getting a Richard Thompson feel from the bits of lead guitar. Musically, you have a nice big distorted sound here, I enjoyed it mate.
Six minutes is a long song.
I dont know what a blather is? Sounds like something you have in the bath?  ;D




Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #10 on: April 06, 2019, 17:54:31
@LePlongeur

This music has that magic of years ago
They are those music that merge with the walls and posters of a youth garret
To then fly out through the windows towards a sky streaked with swallows
A very hippie and very psychedelic work for my taste
Congratulations  ::thumb::


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Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #11 on: April 06, 2019, 19:45:08
You sing with a world weary resignation, and I don't know if it's intended, but vocally you sound like an aristocrat, which lends this a rather eccentric air, which is something I am rather fond of in music.  It gave the impression the character singing is moaning about  how hard life is while surrounded by his wealth and country estate. Yeah I might have it all wrong, but you know how it is, you write a song and it becomes different things to different ears.
I was getting a Richard Thompson feel from the bits of lead guitar. Musically, you have a nice big distorted sound here, I enjoyed it mate.
Six minutes is a long song.
I dont know what a blather is? Sounds like something you have in the bath?  ;D

Something in the bath? Well, thereís a awful lot people can do in a bath.
But Iím afraid I am going to have to disappoint you. I know it is a legitimate word in English, stemming from something Scandinavian. But I will try and explain anyway.
If you bottle up emotions for a long time, thereís a point in time when you can no longer hold back and you simply have to tell someone.
In the dynamics of such a spillage of words, thereís such a rush that you donít choose the most rational words or the most subtle approach. The ratio is lost a bit.

And if you havenít fallen asleep @eric craptone , I hope you understand what I mean. The subtle things in a language are sometimes hard to put into words if youíre not a native speaker. And I am not a native speaker.

And thatís the reason I find it more difficult than expected to write my own lyrics. Iíll try again later, but for the moment I am really glad for @monty_lameerís permission to use her blather.
I mentioned her also because I hope I gave you a passable explanation. If she can improve on it, I hope she will do that.

Thank you Eric for the time and the compliments. And 6 minutes is what I often need to tell a story. I am less experimental, but more than a story teller compared to you.
Thanks!
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #12 on: April 06, 2019, 19:56:05
@LePlongeur

This music has that magic of years ago
They are those music that merge with the walls and posters of a youth garret
To then fly out through the windows towards a sky streaked with swallows
A very hippie and very psychedelic work for my taste
Congratulations  ::thumb::

Thank you very much @Marcus Nalgaber , and I can assure you you hit the nail on the head.
My music is firmly rooted in the girl groups/garage band period of 1961\1966.
The time running up to the flower power and psychedelic music.
Year of birth is 1950, so yes, I plead guilty. I was a hippy too. And let them cut my hair early 1971 to give it to a girl loosing her hair as a result of radio therapy.

Itís a sort of phantom thing. The long hair is gone but is still audible in my music.
I like it that you can hear it.
Thank you for your time and your kind words.
Iíll be looking forward to you next one.
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #13 on: April 09, 2019, 16:05:11
Interesting observation about the style sounding like the character is rich and priviledged, yet moaning about his life.

Interesting because it's kinda accurate to MY life - me, the person who wrote the words. Good, lucky life but stuck in my own depressive head nonetheless.

The music - not created by me - thankfully adds some sincerity and depth to those words I wrote. Depth within cool, dark, moody misery.

Oh, and "blather" is kind of a made up word. It should really be BLABBER or BABBLE, but I just like to mangle words at times, to not take myself too seriously.


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Re: Monty's Blather
Reply #14 on: April 10, 2019, 15:10:44
HI
Interesting listen.
Unlike anything else I've heard in a long time.

I enjoyed it.
I just wish the vocals were a touch louder.
I wouldn't know have to do that without competing with the prominent and lovely guitar which plays throughout.

The voice is intriguing , just difficult for me to follow though.