Saturday, July 3, 2010

Minutes and Hours

This is our shadow entry for SpinTunes 1, Round 2. The challenge:
Write a song where the choruses are a different time signature than the verses. (2 minute minimum)
This particular song doesn't mean anything. It's a song designed to communicate a mood, to which you assign your own meaning. But the line "Sweet and yet sour are the times of this life" sort of dictated a bittersweet tune to me. Since I first saw "The Music Man", I've been fascinated with the idea of using the same tune with different time signatures[*], so the choruses and verses share a melody here. Let me know if the tune helps the lyrics or not in your comments.

[*] in The Music Man, the songs "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "Goodnight, My Someone" share the same tune, but are in different time signatures and tempos. "...Trombones" is a march in 4/4, and "...Someone" is a lullaby in 3/4.

<a href="http://drlindyke.bandcamp.com/track/minutes-and-hours">Minutes and Hours by Dr. Lindyke</a>
Minutes and Hours
Lyrics by William Hoover

[introduction, 6/4 time]

[chorus, ¾ time]
Minutes and hours keep me awake
Minutes and hours allow me to say
That which is ours shall never fade

These minutes and hours at the end of my day.

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[verse, 4/4 time]
Midnights bring showers as the sun falls away
Lightning, like fire, produces, let's say

Something like flowers, a beauty this night

In minutes and hours may shed their last light.

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[instrumental bridge, 6/4 time]
[chorus, ¾ time]
Minutes and hours know I'm a friend.
Kings and those higher say let's begin

Finished, not tired, all things must end

Together acquired, as it is, not has been.

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[verse, 4/4 time]
Sweet and yet sour are the times of this life
Bold, sometimes coward, I laugh to defy

Minutes and hours, a long lost romance

This time is ours, if only by chance

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[chorus, ¾ time]
Minutes and hours keep me awake
Minutes and hours allow me to say

That which is ours shall never fade

These minutes and hours at the end of the day.

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[instrumental, 6/4 time, with 4/4 in the final 3 measures]

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5 comments:

JoAnn Abbott said...

Can we hear it now or wait till the listening party? I currently have my chorus (3/4 time) and its words, and the verse (4/4) and its first set of words. I am doing a three part song, so 3 sets of verses, choruses, then a sort of final bridgy thing. Don't you love my techno music speak? *grin* Gonne try this one solo, been experimenting with my ol cassio piano and rythmically banging things together. Back to work!

Spin said...

2 shadows in 2 rounds. You should have just entered after all. :p I won't comment on the song itself yet, I'll wait until the deadline.

JoAnn Abbott said...

Well >I< wil comment- it has a beautiful, dreamy quality- it reminded me of the dream fantasy sequence in Labyrith in fact. It would go well with any movie scene like that, where you aren't sure if it is reality or fantasy that is going on. I find in my song I can go from 3/4 to 4/4 easily, but not the other way as smoothly. Your transition from one to the other was great.

Anita C. McCants said...

Beautiful music, catchy melody, with profound
lyrics that are saying to me this person is
constantly thinking about time...grasping how
time quickly passes and how life can quickly end in time...observing changes that occur in time...acknowledging a bittersweet life and
not questioning contrary reactions..
..understanding that the things we may want
in our lives, like romance, is only by chance
in time...feeling that time cannot take away
what we cherish.

This song, to me, sounds like it should be
sung softer, and at a slower pace with not
much build-up.

Dave Leigh said...

@Anita, now THAT'S how to tell us what it's about! As I mentioned, the lyrics are somewhat abstract, so the beauty is largely in what you bring to it while listening. What you've brought to it is beautiful, indeed!

And I think you're right about it needing to be sung softer.

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