Go Easy On Me, I’ve Never Done This Before

Today’s personal info: in senior high I was in a music class. We played in a band, learned musical notation and also recorded hell of a lot of music in a studio. It was totally awesome, and we were all going to be producers or singers or at least freelance sound technicians “when we grew up”. Need I say that not many of us followed up on those dreams? Well, at least I didn’t. Until now.

Almost exactly ten years after my graduation from upper secondary, I caught my brain thinking crazy thoughts. It wanted to write lyrics, learn how to play the guitar and record a song. I was like: dafuq, brain? But my restless mind would not be placated with less than a sincere attempt at the art, and thus I got to work.

Writing is seldom a problem in my world, so the lyrics were a small thing. And for the music… well, I seemed to remember some chords from back in the days, so I managed to beat together a fitting melody as well. The recording part, however, here’s when things got interesting. Fruity Loops was my weapon of choice back then, so I decided to make a revisit to those good old hunting grounds. I can’t say I remembered it all, but at least enough to make sounds stick to the recording files in my computer.

The real problem was the equipment. I have no real microphone, so I had to settle for the mic attached to my headset. And, though it worked out well enough in the end, I can really tell why people spend money on that kind of thing. I mean, really. I had to use my headset to record both the song and the guitar tracks, and leaning over your acoustic in order for the mic to pick up the sound at the same time as you are playing will only take you that far down Abbey Road. But again, I managed.

The song was a birthdaypresent for an important person, and I finished in time. That was in January. Now, finally, I have put together a simple video to go with it, and uploaded it to Youtube (the pics in the video are my own, taken during some of my adventures together with said important person).

I thought I would share it here as well, even though it´s scary and I’m not a pro and many of you are probably much better at this kind of thing than me and… I could go on forever. But fears are supposed to be conquered, right?

So, well, here goes:

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Lyrics:

Wherever life seems to take you
I’ll be there, right by your side
Whoever sits down beside you
I’ll take their place when they rise

I’ll be there through all of the years
You have nothing to fear
When life’s a war, and nothing seems right
I’ll be your sword in that fight.

Whyever hopelessness grips you
I promise to make things right
Whenever darkness surrounds you
I’ll struggle to be your light

I’ll be there through all of the years
You have nothing to fear
When life’s a war, and nothing seems right
I’ll be your sword in that fight.

Wherever life seems to take you
Whoever sits down beside you
Whyever hopelessness grips you
Whenever darkness surrounds you

I’ll be there, right by your side
I’ll take their place when they rise
This is my promise to make things right
I will always be your light

I’ll be there through all of the years
You have nothing to fear
When life’s a war, and nothing seems right
I’ll be your sword in that fight.

I’ll be your torch in that night

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Chris is a freelance writer struggling with the novel that will make them an author.

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