Podcast: Jacobean Tragedy (Acoustic)

According to this website, a “Jacobean Tragedy” is a:

cynical, often violent, drama written during the early seventeenth century in England; stems from a pessimistic worldview and contends that all people, innocent and evildoers, ultimately die violent deaths.

This guitar instrumental piece was inspired by a book that my wife wanted to throw away. It was titled “Jacobean Tragedies”. I asked my wife what that meant and she said just about the same thing.



JACOBEAN TRAGEDY (ACOUSTIC)

  • Composition, arrangement, instruments, editing, mixing: Ivan Chew.
  • Please attribute to Ivan Chew (MyRightBrain.wordpress.com).
  • Listen/ download at ARCHIVE.ORG.


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If you’ve been following my music (as if!) and you find this piece familiar, you’re right!

It’s exactly the same chords as this song: If You Were A Dance

Actually, this instrumental piece is THE original. ‘Cos I wrote the lyrics for ‘If You Were A Dance’ after I’d come up with the chords and rough arrangement for ‘Jacobean Tragedy’. At first, I’d wanted to write something tragic and cynical. But I failed to find the right words. In the end, I wrote a love song instead. Heh.

For this instrumental piece, I wanted a sad/ bitter-sweet feel in there. Then end on a positive note. That’s how I’d interpret a “Jacobean Tragedy”.

Oh, perhaps what’s “tragic” here is that I accidentally deleted the GarageBand file!!! 😦

This song you’re listening was supposed to be a demo piece. It’s not really completed. I used the generic GarageBand drum loop. There’s no bass.

But I should count my blessings. Luckily I’d kept a copy of the MP3 in my MP3 player. Otherwise, this song would’ve been lost.

I think it sounds quite OK as it is. I shall leave it be.

Enjoy!

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Podcast: Friendship On The Runway

A member of songcraft, Shamantha, informed the group that she’d posted lyrics at her blog. On my second visit to her blog, this post caught my eye.

Then, I was feeling a bit “Bryan Adam-ish”/ “Simon & Garfunkel”. Experimented with the chords E/ A/ G/ B on my guitar. Hummed a melody to her lyrics. Felt I had a decent melody. So I asked Shamantha if she wouldn’t mind me making a song out of your lyrics.

She didn’t.

So here’s the song.

FRIENDSHIP ON THE RUNWAYListen/ download at ARCHIVE.ORG
Words: Shamantha Yen
Music & vocals: Ivan Chew

I didn’t attempt to overwhelm the sound with too many instruments and arrangement. It was just one acoustic guitar (engineered the sound to give a fuller acoustic quality), a drum loop, software instrument (violin), GarageBand sound effect (plane landing and taking off, and the bicycle chain rattling at the end).

Three layers to the vocals (I tend to go for vocal harmonies).

I’m pleased with this song.

Of course, couldn’t have done it without Shamantha’s lyrics. Thanks!


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This work by Ivan Chew is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. For permissions beyond the scope of this license , please contact via RamblingLibrarian@gmail.com.

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