S.A.C. WEEK 4 SONG CHALLENGE

S.A.C  WEEK FOUR  CHALLENGE

The last week of our challenge.

I imagined that this last challenge was going to be difficult – I thought about it for five days and decided to take a new song idea and add two sections, one  from an unfinished song and one from a completed song.  I would love to do a mash up on all 3 songs when I have more time to give it my best attention.

I really enjoyed writing this song and all of the challenges.  I would have never taken two completely different song ideas and merged them together if it wasn’t for this challenge.  However, it has been mentioned to me before to do this.  So thanks for the reminder.  I added “MISSING YOU” melody from a previous song idea I wrote as a tag out on the second chorus and 3rd chorus and out.  I took a pre chorus from a completed song I wrote titled “BLAME IT ON THE RAIN”  and used that for the bridge and took my most recent song idea for the verse and chorus.

I hope I did this challenge correctly.  Hope you enjoy it.  All the best S.A.C. for putting on this 4 week song challenge.

Joyce Grennan 

IT’S TRUE WHAT THEY SAY

(c) 2016 words & music by Joyce Grennan

Love came to me when I wasn’t looking

at a wedding party

There you were flirting with me

and the  chemistry caught me off guard

oh i fell hard

CHORUS:  IT’’S TRUE WHAT THEY SAY X 3

IT’LL HAPPEN WHEN YOU’RE NOT LOOKING

It’s been two years getting to know you

Now you’ve moved away

A long distance love affair

is sometimes not OK

CHORUS:  IT’S TRUE WHAT THEY SAY X 3

ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER

Ooooooo I’m missing you

Ooooooo I’m missing you

Bridge:   Now it rains on Monday

Wind on Tuesday

Clouds on Wednesday

Since you went away

Storms on Thursday

Same on Friday, Saturday,  Sunday Again

Oooooooooo I’m missing you

Oooooooooo I’m missing you

CHORUS:  IT’S TRUE WHAT THEY SAY X 3

ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER

OOooooo I’m missing you

Ooooooo I’m missing you

TAG OUT MISSING YOUR TOUCH MISSING YOUR BODY CLOSE TO MINE

YOU KNOW I’M MISSING YOU, MISSING YOU, MISSING YOU OHHH

AND YOU’LL STAY ALWAYS IN MY HEART, YOU’LL STAY ALWAYS IN MY DREAMS

I’M MISSING YOU MISSING YOU, MISSING YOU

IT’S TRUE WHAT THEY SAY, TRUE WHAT THEY SAY, TRUE WHAT THEY SAY

ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER

WEEK THREE S.A.C. SONG CHALLENGE

This weeks challenge was to collaborate with one of the songwriters who joined this song writing challenge.  I’m fortunate to have found Skye Weste who is a lyricist or did she find me?  Anyhow it worked great for me.

She sent me lyrics and I just had to put the music to it.  Easy right?  Not really – I had to sit with the lyrics for four days and think about it rhythmically.  Last weeks exercise helped prepare me for this challenge.  With a lot on my plate for the week which was very full because I signed up for a songwriting retreat at the REO RIVER RAFTING RESORT.  It was led by Marty Dodson and Clay Mills from Songtown.  I was camping first class style – I put up my dome tent, air mattress and away I went for 5 full days of workshops with these two Nashville hit songwriters.  I was wondering when and where I was going to find the time to put music to the lyrics Skye Weste emailed me thinking I would have time at the retreat – not.  The songwriting retreat also prepared me for cowriting, the creative flow and the editing process for our song.

So after coming back into Vancouver from the songwriting retreat which is by the Nahatlatch River.  I had the time to look at the lyrics again and away I went with the melody.  I suggested some minor editing for the song by cutting out one verse – originally three verses.  I suggested we take out the weakest one.  Tweaking it a bit lyrically but not much.  It seemed the lyrics Skye Weste sent me fit to the melody that my music muse helped me come up with.  Skye and I went back and forth on honing and tweaking the lyrics through email and then phone.  Skye Weste and I haven’t met in person yet only on Face Book S.A.C. group and phone.  I recorded it raw on Logic Pro X which I’m learning to operate.   I would hope to cowrite with Skye again.  Thank you.

ANYBODY THERE  guess what the song is about?

ANYBODY THERE? 

(c) 2016 Lyrics  Skye Weste and Music Joyce Grennan

There was a time and place you smiled to see my face

Years cannot erase the warmth of your embrace

The scent of you next to me back when there was a we

To share the wine and roses together one and free

CHORUS:  ANYBODY THERE?  HELLO OVER THERE?

HOW IS IT GOING OVER THERE?  ANYBODY THERE?  ANYBODY THERE?

I wish I held the key to love that use to bloom

I’d come on bended knee to open up that room

But when I look  real close, it’s a rusted lock I find

That guards a crumbling rose within a tarnished mind

CHORUS:  ANYBODY THERE?  HELLO OVER THERE?

HOW IS IT GOING OVER THERE?  ANYBODY THERE?  ANYBODY THERE?

BRIDGE; I grin and bear the pain

When will you recognize my face again?

You don’t even know my name

CHORUS:  ANYBODY THERE?  HELLO OVER THERE?

I’M RIGHT HERE AND I STILL CARE.  ANYBODY THERE?  ANYBODY THERE?

ANYBODY THERE?  HELLO OVER THERE?

I’M RIGHT HERE AND I STILL CARE.  ANYBODY THERE?  ANYBODY THERE?

WEEK TWO S.A.C. blog Story Telling

I started out writing about a cat I once had then I decided to drop it – yeah week two was a challenge.

I don’t know how many stories I started out with until I finally honed in on telling a story in third person about a teenage girl doing things for laughs and how she ends up with a daughter of her own doing the same things.

I did what Bryan Potvin suggested.  I wrote the lyrics first and concentrated on the rhythm without a melody.

Once I did that I was able to put a melody to it.

I still haven’t got my studio up and running after having lost everything on my computer and having to reinstall.  It’s taking me time. So I recorded the song on my iPhone like I did last week raw and barebones.  I don’t like to post those kind of recordings publicly but  oh well I have to let go of being a perfectionist in this case.

I experimented with keys and decided to omit a bridge and just modulate to give the song a lift halfway through.

Anyways – it was fun and it kept me out of trouble.  LOL  I just had to say that because the song is about a teenage girl getting into trouble.

Enjoy.

 

Week One S.AC. Songwriting and Blog 2016

My experience of starting this songwriting challenge started off with taking my Macbook Pro into the Apple Store to get fixed. Long story short I lost everything on my lap top. They installed a new O/S. Thank goodness I was smart enough to have back up on external drive. But I’ve had to reinstall software (haven’t done it all yet) and that takes time. My idea for the song TWO BECOMES ONE derived from TWO CHORDS BECOMING ONE SONG. I went from there with it.  I’m overwhelmed with my computer set back.

How the song came about, is I started with the melody first by fooling around with melodies on electric guitar,  acoustic and also piano.  I also tried coming up with ideas from just listening to drum beats and I was going to go that route but since I’m starting all over with a new O/S on my Macbook Pro and had to reinstall my Logic Pro which needed to be upgraded to Logic X which I am still learning I had to reconsider how I was going to present my song.  My dilemma for that was having to reinstall the software for Apogee Duet 2 and as time was ticking away – I didn’t do it as I just wanted to write the song first.  So  I decided to toss that idea aside until I figure things out on my computer.  So I wrote the song the old fashion way and recorded it by playing acoustic guitar and sang it into my iPhone – then I mailed it to my email account.  Downloaded the song from my email, uploaded it to Sound Cloud.  From there I copied and paste my lyrics in Sound Cloud, found the website for the S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging 2016 challenge, post my link hopefully in time.  Then I went to  S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging 2016 challenge on Facebook and post my very raw song there.

The topic to write a song with just two chords gave me the idea for the title.  Two Become One.  Two chords become one song.  So with that hook in mind – I had to dig deep and make it a love song of course.  Didn’t really need to dig too deep as I’m a romantic.

Bottom line it was much easier for me to just write the song and record it raw into my iPhone than deal with all this computer technology difficulties which set me back. By the way I am still going through that and it is presently a thorn in my side for this weeks challenge.   But thankfully Apple got my computer up and running in time for this challenge.

Keep you posted for week two.  Have a great week.

Sample Orchestral Compositions

When Will I See You  (c) 2012 composed by Joyce Grennan

Recorded in home studio using Logic Pro 9 using the Orchestral Samples in the EXS24 for a Brass composition.  Since then I have now invested in the Hollywood strings and have more realistic Orchestral samples.  This was recorded, mixed, engineered and produced by Joyce Grennan

Tired of Waiting long version (c) 2012 composed by Joyce Grennan

This is a demonstration of an Orchestral piece with just the woodwinds. I used the Yamaha VL 1, played, recorded, mixed, engineered and produced by Joyce Grennan.  The VL 1 is so realistic that I must go out and own this.  It is also a demonstration of physical modeling.

Your Silence is Killing Me Strings Version EW by Joyce Grennan (c) 2012

I ended up purchasing the East West Orchestral Gold samples and I have to admit I like them a whole lot better than the Orchestral samples in the EXS24 in Logic Pro 9 because I think they sound smoother.  This is played, recorded, mixed, engineered and produced by Joyce Grennan.  Below is a sample of the song using EXS24.  It is most tricky to make Orchestral strings sound realistic and I must admit I spent alot of time doing so.  Now that I listen to them again – I feel I need to go back into the session and fix a couple of things that I hear now and didn’t back in the summer of 2012.

Your Silence is Killing Me String Ver3  (c) Joyce Grennan

Sample Jingle Compositions

ABC Restaurant  (c) 2012 composed by Joyce Grennan

Instrumental ABC (c) 2012 composed by Joyce Grennan

This World – Commercial (c) 2012 words & music by Joyce Grennan

Could You be loved week 4  written by Bob Marley

Happy Honda Reggae (c) 2012 words & music by Joyce Grennan I’ve recorded, played, composed, engineered, mixed and produced some advertising work and am trying to get work doing what I love which is music.  Please have a listen and I hope you enjoy.  The only music clip that is not composed by Joyce Grennan is “Could You be Loved” written by Bob Marley.  This is just sample’s of composing music for advertisements.

Joyce Grennan-DolTreeMIXL  (c) words & music written by Joyce Grennan Another sample of my work where I go into a studio and partner up with Creation Studios. If a project requires  a live band and has the budget – I have immediate access by partnering up with some studio musicians such as Jim Woodyard who is a fabulous musician, engineer, producer at Creation Studios.

contact:  angelhousemusic@gmail.com

Aliens at the Door

Aliens at the Door – Final DMT Project by Joyce Grennan (c) 2012 composed by Joyce Grennan I wrote this song as an assignment for Digital Music Theory at the Art Institute of Vancouver. The challenge was using a door sample and creating music instruments out of the door sample and then composing a song out of the instruments you created.  Everything you hear is made from a door sample.  The drums were the easiest to make, the challenge was creating instruments and making sure they were in tune.  Even the vocal sounds are created from the sound of a door opening and closing.  I had to carefully slice a grain of a sample and use Reaktor and EXS24

I had alot of fun creating this.  What I really enjoy doing in the end is doing the mix, I love mixing.

What do you think?