Monday, 22 September 2014

'This Is The End' ft Michelle Lockey and Nathan Nasby

If you like extremely sad songs, this one is for you...
It's about divorce or a long term relationship breaking up, and that final moment when all the papers are signed and you're walking away, when you realise that this is it, there is nothing else and you are never going to have those good times with the person you loved so much, ever again... But you still know you have to walk away for your own sanity.
Or something like that.
I initially wrote the lyrics, without Michelle in mind as a composer, for an online songwriting group I belong to which has weekly themes to write and record to.  It's called G-YAWS - Get Your Ass Writing Songs.  Once the words were written, I asked Michelle if she'd like them and she accepted (she also belongs to the group).  She then composed the music and shared her ideas with me the next day.
After a slight bit of re-writing, the first master recording was finalised, with the whole process taking only 5 days.   Michelle herself stated that she was crying singing the last chorus.  It's awe inspiring how much emotion she puts into her work.
Another lucky break was to be able to get Nathan Nasby to sing the harmonies in the chorus - he's a very busy man and very much in demand!  By adding his voice into the chorus, we have a male and a female singing together - both sides of the same painful, bittersweet parting.  I think the final sound of the chorus duet really adds to the pathos of the whole song.

(As an aside, since I wrote this post Nathan and Michelle have together formed a duo called Blu Cedar.  They have re-recorded this song using both voices for different parts of the chorus, and have included it on their first album.  It is available here: Blu Cedar Album )
Lyrics: Amanda J Anderson
Music, instrumentation & production: Michelle Lockey
Vocals: Michelle Lockey & Nathan Nasby
LYRICS
Verse 1
Separate beds, different rooms,
Cold voices, distant memories
You and I dancing to different melodies
Verse 2
Empty words, silent talking,
Cold floors, lonely dinners,
I don't wanna to live this death anymore
I don't wanna to live this death anymore
Chorus
This is the end
The final act to break these loving chains
I can't pretend
That it won't leave a stain, my friend
This is the end
This is the end of it all
Verse 3
Hollow thoughts, aching heart,
Bitter sweet, gone forever,
I won't ever forget the love we shared
I won't ever forget our love
Chorus
This is the end
The final act to break the loving chains
I can't pretend
It won't leave a stain, my friend
This is the end
This is the end of it all
Tag
This is the end
This is the end

This is the end of it all

'Wreck Me' by Nathan Nasby and Pedro Costa

My fellow songwriter and sometimes co-writer, Nathan Nasby, has released his second single on iTunes, entitled ‘Wreck Me’, with co-writer Pedro Costa.

Nathan Nasby in his studio
‘Wreck Me’ is Nathan's first single on iTunes in over 3 years – and boy was it worth the wait !

Nathan collaborated with the talented Pedro Costa to write this song. Both are from different parts of Canada – Nathan is from Deloraine in Manitoba, and Pedro is from North Bay, Ontario.

The title says it all… The track is super emotional. Nathan’s slightly raspy, yet soft voice drags the emotion from the lyrics, making you feel every word. The evocative melody serves to compound the story in the lyrics, with everything melding together, pulling you along as the track progresses.

Direct Link to ‘Wreck Me’ on iTunes - Wreck Me – Single

Below is a SoundCloud link to Nathan’s music, where you will also have the option to buy his new single...




I'd love to know what you think of it ?

Sunday, 21 September 2014

'In The Dark (A Tale of Love)' ft Michelle Lockey

One of the very first musicians I started to collaborate with was the wonderful Michelle Lockey, from Maryland, USA.  We met in an online songwriting and recording group which originated from a group of Taxi members/friends.
A few months ago the weekly theme was 'Creepy Lurker', which created some very unusual songs !  It was for this theme that I wrote the lyrics for 'In The Dark (A Tale of Love)'.  Michelle picked them up and created the amazingly creepy melody that suits the words so well.  Her voice drips of ghost stories in the dark and horror movies where you hide behind a cushion!  Perfect.
We are aiming the song at the film/tv market.  I have visions of a rapist stalking his victim, talking to her in his head and creating a (false) romantic relationship in his mind.  The stuff nightmares are made of...


In The Dark (A Tale of Love)
LYRICS
Verse 1
I'm the shadow you catch in the corners of your mind,
and you think its the wind that brushes you by.
Your head starts to pound and the pain stops your heart.
When you see… me… watching you…. in the dark.
Chorus
Should I tell you a tale that brings out your tears,
or do you want a love song you can sing through the years?
of chains and ropes that bind up your heart
While I take you silently… ….in the dark
Verse 2
For you I have a sweet silent surprise
It lies in the dark where its not easy to hide
Don’t listen to me, I’m the scream in your head
but ‘fore to long its me……..you’ll want in your bed
Chorus
Should I tell you a tale that brings out your tears,
or do you want a love song you can sing through the years?
of chains and ropes that bind up your heart
While I take you silently… ….in the dark
Bridge (instrumental)
Copyright @ Amanda J Anderson & Michelle Lockey 2014

'Why Can't You See' ft Nathan Nasby

'Why Can't You See' is partly drawn from my own life experiences, and partly from my endless observing of others - the same as all writers I suppose...
It's about the longing and helplessness that surrounds someone who loves another so much, but who's love is invisible and isn't reciprocated.  Unrequited love at it's most painful.
It is a collaboration between Nathan Nasby and myself.  When I gave Nathan the lyrics, I did not expect the song that came back to me.  Nathan is an extremely talented musician, with the most sublime, yet strong, voice, and composing skills second to none.  I was blown away with the beauty of his music.




Why Can't You See
Copyright @ Nathan Nasby & Amanda J Anderson 2014
LyricsAmanda J Anderson
Music, vocals, piano, production: Nathan Nasby
LYRICS
Verse 1
I watch you sit and stare
Listless eyes chasing rainbows
As the wind combs your hair, just a little
I know your heart doesn't see
Me sitting here so near, so near
Chorus
Why can't you see my love for you
Why can't you feel as I do
My heart is crying out for answers
My soul is crying out for love
Why can't you see my love.... for you
Verse 2
I talk by touching gently
With my heart and my eyes
And the sun falls on you, just a little
And while I wait for you
To see just how I feel, I feel
Chorus
Why can't you see my love for you
Why can't you feel as I do
My heart is crying out for answers
My soul is crying out for love
Why can't you see my love.... for you

Welcome

Welcome to my blog – it’s brand shiny new and totally empty so far !
I’m hoping to share my lyrics and the music that has been created for them, as well as other writings and musing thoughts. 
The initial posts are ones that have been transferred from my music blog on Wordpress - which I am now going to continue here on Blogger.

Write Songs Everyday

"Songwriting is a muscle that needs to be constantly worked in order to stay strong."
Quote from the Educated Songwriter
So stretch it daily !