RPM Challenge 2009: The Song Graveyard

In the last week I’ve refreshed some interest in a few song ideas I had either started and aborted or just had rattling around but never committed to working on. Here is a progress report on what I’ve got so far:

This Is A Fire (v2d) — This song still needs major refinement of lyrics and better melodies, but I think I like where it’s vaguely pointing to: simple electronic background music and sequenced drums and not much else.

“This Is A Fire” v2d by Mike Katzif
[audio:http://www.hellocomein.com/hellowords/soundbox/hellomusic_mike/ThisIsAFire_v2d.mp3]

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Yellow Matter (v3a) — Sunday night I did write some lyrics for this song and track an attempt at a melody and vocal harmonies here, but really found it loathsome to listen to after the fact. So back to the drawing board, yet with some lessons learned and ideas on how to fix later on. Otherwise I really like the music to this, with an amazing assist on the great cello arrangements by my friend and fellow NPR type, Thomas Pierce.

“Yellow Matter” v3a by Mike Katzif
[audio:http://www.hellocomein.com/hellowords/soundbox/hellomusic_mike/YellowMatter_v3a_novox.mp3]

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Half Awake (v3b) — This is a song that I started a couple days before February but including here still. Not much progress here in terms of those elusive 2nd and 3rd verses. But its getting there and ready to move on once those are tracked.

“Half Awake” v3b by Mike Katzif
[audio:http://www.hellocomein.com/hellowords/soundbox/hellomusic_mike/HalfAwake_v3b.mp3]

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White Walls v2a — Here is an instrumental thing I started on that basically repeats over and over again, but could be fodder for some lyrics. Now with drums by Aryn.

“White Walls” v2a by Mike Katzif
[audio:http://www.hellocomein.com/hellowords/soundbox/hellomusic_mike/WhiteWalls_v2a.mp3]

That’s all for now… stay tuned.

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