Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

I Dance My Way To You


by

SmokeyVW

 Genre: Other

Get Flash to see this player.

Description
album: Big Wheel In The Sky
track 1: 3:26 I Dance My Way To You (Prelude)
track 2: 4:14 FortyTwoYearsAgo v2
track 3: 4:18 Grace
track 4: 3:38 I Never Thought
track 5: 2:55 No For Won Won
track 6: 5:57 We're Circling The Drain
track 7: 6:12 Dump
track 8: 4:52 I Don't Know
track 9: 4:48 Milling Molecules
track 10: 4:29 We Hardly Live Our Lives
track 11: 3:15 Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
track 12: 2:22 Jabber
track 13: 3:32 Spiritus Felis
track 14: 7:52 SkyWind
track 15: 3:10 Teardrop
track 16: 7:00 Unwinding Time II
track 17: 5:13 Remodel
track 18: 5:36 I Dance My Way To You
track 19: 4:05 Celebrate Always
track 20: 4:07 It's Time To Roll
...more albums...

Song Description

This song is based on the 16 beat LIOLI9 loop, Dance Floor Pattern 43, with beat number 7 removed, to form a 4+3+4+4 compound time signature.

The original loop instrument appears in the background as a drone, particularly at the end. The loop also is played on a guitar synth here and there. The loop is used as the basis of the drum rhythm patterns and for the piano pattern at the start of the instrumental build. And finally, the loop is also the starting point for the melody.

lyrics background:
The name of the challenge loop is part of the ideas in the lyrics. Perhaps this song is about how I decided forsake music to pursue another career? Or an apology to a long lost high school sweetheart? Or some sort of vague feeling of regret?

instruments:
Gibson L00 acoustic guitar, capo
various GarageBand synths
pencil tool

chords: (capo on 3rd fret)
Am-/- /// G-/- /-/-
F-/- /// D-/- E7-/-
C-/- /// D-/- /-/-
G-/- /// C-/- E7-/-
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
Lyrics
I Dance My Way To You

(verse 1)
When we danced at our school
And we'd float 'cross the dance floor
It was fun drifting far apart
When we knew by the end
We'd be back together

(verse 2)
At the close of that song
When I split for employment
It was fun being on my own
Living life, chasing dreams
And finding a purpose

(chorus)
Every day
There's a million lives
There's a million lies
That we can tell to ourselves
Many days, many ways
The water under the bridge
But I always knew
I'd dance my way to you

(verse 3)
Many years have gone by
I forgot all about us
And our song on the radio
Doesn't sing to my soul
I'd heard it too many times

(c) 2009 Bill Grundmann

Song Stats
Hits: 3278
Comments: 28
Fans: 19
Plays: 156
Downloads: 97

Uploaded: Aug 20, 2009 - 10:09:40 PM
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2011 - 12:19:37 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 08:18:05 PM
Song License
Creative Commons License:
Attribution-NoDerivs

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
Comments
MarkHolbrook said 3018 days ago (August 20th, 2009)
Excellent
Excellent... I love the LIOLI!!! So cool to see what is going on in everyone's mind!
Check out my latest song called Corn Whiskey
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
glad you liked this

thanks

p.s. i have no idea what's in my mind, never mind anyone else's! B^)


Check out my latest song called Tru Th
sloparts said 3018 days ago (August 20th, 2009)
Whoa, Bill
You really put that nasty loop to good use here. Like the way you figured out some lyrics that fit it. I alos like how this builds as it moves through the song, gaining power and energy as it does.

Great work here Bill,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
the loop's not that nasty

i thought it was funny to use "dance floor" in the lyrics - it's sort of self-referential

slow builds just seem to be my pattern on many songs

thank you
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
DWL said 3018 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
I wasn't sure at the start
but then it all fell into place rather nicely. Slightly odd but it works really well.

Cheers

Dick

Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
you always say my stuff is odd. that's OK by me.

the start IS very weak, both in the non-multitracked vocal which nicely exposes my lack of singing ability - and in the minimal backup. it's meant to show the distance of time as well as the innocence of the narrator at that point. i guess the big risk in doing that is losing my audience in the first 8 bars.

at least i think that was what i was doing!

thanks
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
Skean said 3018 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Bill
Wow impressive stuff, you're a true GB master... Excellent.
Check out my latest song called Deep through the forest / W-particledots
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
thank you sir. glad you enjoyed.
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
bud said 3018 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Excellent work Bill
I love the oboe? melody at the 1:45 mark. Everything works really well here with intelligence and feeling.
Check out my latest song called Oh Coast
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
yup, oboe. meant to be poignant - did it work?

thank you
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
drakonis said 3018 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
delicious
the puzzle pieces you've created out of the original polioligonal loop are intricate, and fit together into a wonderfully compelling piece.
Check out my latest song called Miwok
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
not sure what the pic means - maybe a dance-step diagram? it's the loop with some edges added on.

it was a puzzle for me - it took a long time to fit this thing together. vocals were next to last. guitar was last.

thanks
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
particledots said 3018 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Great stuff
How did you get the vox to sound like that?
Check out my latest song called Ghosts of Spur Cross
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
i hope you LIKED the vox :-) if not, here's what NOT to do:

i recorded each vocal track using a M-Audio Microtrack at about 3 inches from the tee-mic at just-below eye-level (nose-level?) to avoid pops. in stereo.

each vocal track has its own multiband compression, EQ to brighten the consonants, and cut the bass. i put on 50% enhance tuning mostly to make the multitracks "lock" a little more closely.

first verse is a single centered vocal track. the others are multitracked (two takes) - verse is moderately panned (+/- maybe 16 or so) and chorus is more widely panned (+/- maybe 32 or so).

thanks for listening and asking a question
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
rabittwhole said 3018 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
VW....
darn creative and a really nice tune to boot.
Check out my latest song called FloydianSlip2
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
why, thank you very much!
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
said 3018 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Quite
different than the prelude version - but I get it... I like both of these pieces Bill, great job as usual from you.

. - Harold
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
it was sort of arbitrary which one came first. i guess i thought this one was a little stronger - so, using the scheme of "save the best for last" - i did.

glad you liked
thanks
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
sschedra said 3018 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Bill,
You really are a creative bugger! The prelude was really wonderful, but this song version takes it in a completely new direction. This is fantastic writing and very creative production. I even forget its LIOLI.
You da man!
Stephen
Check out my latest song called Cheap Tricks (LSP2)
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
using the loop as a drone really freed things up. tossing out one beat helped put it in a space not everyone had gone to before. if you know what i mean.

it took over a week to create the core idea for the lyrics - writer's block i guess - but once i got it i had fun putting it together - some of it rhymes, and some not - there is a purpose to that actually.

many thanks
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
Lennon714 said 3018 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Wild
manipulation. Creative for sure. Subject matter is very thought provoking. Impressive!
Check out my latest song called The Robots of Coconino County
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
somehow the LIOLIs have always appealed to me. this one no exception.

glad you enjoyed it.

thank you
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
Diviner said 3018 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Very nice
Love the progression and synth sounds. Good lyrics as well. Very cool track, enjoyed.
Check out my latest song called Away ft Lokka
SmokeyVW said 3017 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
.
thanks for stopping by to listen and comment.

the progression grew from the ascending notes - i must admit i was thinking about "a day in the life" or perhaps "i am the eggman" when i came up with it.

by the time i realized i wanted real acoustic guitar in there, i had already written the strings for C minor. (also in C minor the melody fits just barely inside my vocal range.) transposing it to A minor ruined the strings - they sounded bad and i didn't want to give up that setting and rewrite the whole thing. plus i couldn't sing in that key anyway.

so, i went out and bought a capo for the guitar. (we needed one anyway!) in A minor, the chords are easy to play and nice full-sounding (5 or 6 strings).

i was stuck for over a week with no lyrics to sing, but all the rest ready to go. highly frustrating.

man, what a mess of problems to solve for this project!

thanks again
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
sonnyjim said 3015 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
No reason
that 'programmatic music' has to be heartless. This is a pop chart topper in an alternate universe! Plus, those blue-line-connected notes in your piano scroll image have a 'VW' air: your signature tune...

I really like the way everything meshes in this one; rules and loops be damned: this is a totally cool song!
Check out my latest song called A Bell In The Valley
SmokeyVW said 3015 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
.
whoa - you're right. the diagram has that X shape in it like a hint of the middle of the VW logo. i didn't notice that before!

glad you liked it

thanks
Check out my latest song called Tru Th
blaky smith said 3014 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Great
Excellent Bill, I like very much that you have made here.
I did not come since about 3 months and I have a lot of delay to be caught up, but it's really a pleasure with tunes like this one. Thanks
Marc
Check out my latest song called Un jour de décembre
ic42 said 3002 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
beauty in chords
it such an elegant melody. such compelling chord progressions. such skill you have. perhaps you channel the beatles? 0x0
Check out my latest song called Mars à Oublier - 0x01
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: Bill Grundmann
Location:
send a note
[see more] click here to check out my albums click on the blue table headings below (e.g. Last Comment) to sort the song list ... [see more]

Check out some of my other songs:

Genre Info

More songs in Other:

Chat
Who's Online
107
Invisible Members: 0
Visitors: 95