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June 28, 2007

Song-A-Week #20: Losing Battle

Sorry for the delay. I'm a loser.

Losing Battle
(C) 2007 Matthew C Good

Lovers move in with their guard up
Lovers move out with their things
Saline journals to bottle up
To keep a little naivety

Better come out with your hands up
You will walk out as I walk in
You're still there, standing by the stairs
There's no way I can rein you in.

it's a loosing battle
it's a loosing war

We're like characters in a fiction
Viewing a Cubist work of art
We'll quote the lines of famous movies
And watch ourselves torn apart

it's a loosing battle
it's a loosing war
it's a loosing battle
it's a loosing war

I don't think that word means what you think, baby, dear
I don't think that you know what you're saying in my ear
I'll call the army, they will be right here
Don't tell them, baby. Don't tell them, baby.

it's a loosing battle
it's a loosing war
it's fish in a barrel
we're children in a storm


Eh, you know. It's a song. Whaddaya do?

The reason for the delay is that i am excited about Seth's drumming on my stuff, so every time i come in the studio to work on a new song I end up loading up one of those sessions and mixing it instead.

Posted by pedalboy at June 28, 2007 6:47 PM | TrackBack

It isn't there. Not working. Kristina sad.

Posted by: Kristina at June 29, 2007 1:50 PM

Fixed. Sorry about that. BTW - if this happens in the future, you can always check the Podcast link, which was working. Sorry about the trouble.

Posted by: matty at June 29, 2007 1:54 PM

losing. not loosing.
i really liked the words to the song, but the music wasn't really doing it for me. i couldn't really hear what you were saying very well, and it was all one intensity.

Posted by: kate at June 29, 2007 6:02 PM

I think this song has potential, but I would have to agree with Kate on this one. I was actually feeling sleepy towards the end. Sorry if that was harsh. Ummm... I'm not really sure what I would do differently, but I'm sure that John and Chase could help with that...

Posted by: katie knows best at June 29, 2007 9:21 PM

I think if you dropped the guitar back a bit (or brought the vocals up) it would make a huge difference. The potential is definitely there though.

Posted by: Kristina at June 30, 2007 9:10 AM

Hmm, I think I like the simplicity of this song. Depending on where you wanted to go with it, I'd add some harmonies, especially on the chorus, but not the traditional way you do harmonies. I'd go for something more rootsy, southerny, gospely. I'd also add piano, but rusticy or reverby.

I think the bridge is the strongest part of this song. Somehow it needs to be the climax more so that it is in the demo. I like the F accidental in the second chorus too, it caught me by surprise.

I like the lyrics too, but I don't think I get all of them. I think the main idea is what the chorus is saying, and the verses are examples of losing battles/wars. But I don't know what the 3rd stanza of verse lyrics, beginning of the bridge, and the extra lyrics of the chorus mean(s). Maybe clarifying? Or perhaps just explain it to me...

Lastly, I like how the vocals are kind of buried. It definitely jives with the sadness/helplessness of the song. Kind of "I'm depressed cause this shit is f'ed up and there's nothing I can do no matter how hard I try." Etc etc

I agree with Katie about the ending, something needs to be there to keep things fresh. Maybe dropping to just piano and vocals, piano just hitting chords at each change. Maybe some verbed out vocals that sound far away.

Post some of the stuff with drums soon...

Posted by: Chase at July 2, 2007 6:40 PM
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