• The Lightkeeper`s Waltz
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The Lightkeeper`s Waltz
on: June 28, 2019, 03:06:00
There are one or two songs about lighthouses - room for one more?
My romance-of-the-sea tale has a sprinkle of the supernatural, garnished with cello.

https://soundcloud.com/user-564042721/the-lightkeepers-waltz 



    The Light Keeper`s Waltz

all he remembers
falls rises with the sea
a shell the tide uncovers
as her ship sails out of reach

his beam signals warning
like the wink of a mad man`s eye
the light keeper talking
with the better half of his sky

you trim the wick
I`ll strike the match
slowly turns the helix
waltz with me
around our prism palace
come back to the light
for a farewell kiss

sworn to outshine the stars
together hostage of the sea
he curses those careless stars
writes her name in the log entry

shadows vine the tower
climbing back years with every rung
no ghost incandescent vapour
the keeper`s wife is ever young

you trim the wick
I`ll strike the match
slowly turns the helix
waltz with me
around our prism palace
come back to the light
for a farewell kiss

come back to the light

© Robert Cordrey Feb. 2019


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Re: The Lightkeeper`s Waltz
Reply #1 on: June 28, 2019, 09:10:07
« Last Edit: June 28, 2019, 16:52:06 by LePlongeur »
All he remembers
falls rises with the sea

I wonder if you'd OK my trying to bring this song to the attention of Lisbeth List. A truly marvellous singer and daughter of a Dutch lightkeeper.
For this to possibly happen, I'd have to post it on Gitaarnet.nl, a Dutch/Flemish forum for guitar players.
Let me know what you think of it, please.

This is a beautiful song and also unashamedly romantic if i am not mistaken.
Really wonderful. Maybe we should try and make a cycle of occupations d'autrefois one day.
I'll go back to listen again. A 5+ minutes runnung time would have done the trick for me. Then I can really emerge in (into) it.
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: The Lightkeeper`s Waltz
Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019, 14:48:21
"unashamedly romantic"- I`m happy you got that @LePlongeur . A very encouraging review.
 Please go ahead and repost on your forum...  you can do from your Soundcloud account. Or I can send you a copy if you pm contact.
The length is a question for me too, but in context I think I`ll leave it short. The song is intended to be the closing number on a collection of "story" folk songs I`ve been working on.

Robert


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Re: The Lightkeeper`s Waltz
Reply #3 on: June 28, 2019, 15:04:56
I really like this one @robertkc.

A clever use of cello too to act as an emotional anchor in the song.
Some nice imagery in the lyrics  'like the wink of a madman's eye' for instance.

I like the sound of your collection, are they going to be occupation ones?

I'd  quite like to hear one about a blacksmith, a baker  and a carpenter for instance. Not all at once ;-)

Good Job in my book.

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Re: The Lightkeeper`s Waltz
Reply #4 on: June 28, 2019, 21:20:23
@robertkc

Beautiful waltz and beautiful and romantic song.
I love "his beam signals warning
like the wink of a mad man`s eye"
 and the melody of
"you trim the wick
I`ll strike the match"

Very beautiful work, very beautiful. ::thumb::
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Re: The Lightkeeper`s Waltz
Reply #5 on: June 29, 2019, 08:07:31
@robertkc
I have to make a small correction. Cannot call it a typo, but it seems the hard disk in my head was temporally overloaded.
I unintended mixed des métiers d'autrefois and extinct occupations.

French is not my native tongue, but better than my English.
Sorry for the confusion.
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: The Lightkeeper`s Waltz
Reply #6 on: June 29, 2019, 12:56:55
Stunning craftsmanship here.
I'll have to listen to it again when I've more time. 


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Re: The Lightkeeper`s Waltz
Reply #7 on: June 29, 2019, 17:34:34
@MrBouzouki  Thank you ! I`m too eclectic to write that theme album - good idea though .My project, if its ever finished , is all over the map from priests in the arctic to pirates in Polynesia :blackgrin:
@Mora Amaro La Loba  That`s very kind - I know you appreciate poetry in lyrics.
@LePlongeur I have just enough Francais to understand your meaning. btw I found lots of dutch sites and videos about Liesbeth List... but not one of her singing.
@Rightly A very generous comment- thank you.



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