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Inside This Skin


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Calchas

 Genre: Folk-Rock

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Wrote this almost twelve years ago. Could never figure out just how I wanted to record it. Finally---for good or ill---I settled on this folk-rock approach.

My existential and emotional autobiography.

Seriously...
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Lyrics
INSIDE THIS SKIN

I.
Once more the music of the mornin'
stirs me in my bed.
I awake and smile to find myself
in this place again.
So I offer up a word of thanks,
for life inside this skin.

II.
I went out to get some coffee
with a dear old friend.
Did he connect with me?
Did I connect with him?
So very much eludes us,
here inside this skin.

First Chorus:
I'm afraid to look back o'er my own shoulder,
into the mist of what has already been.
My past's receding at an alarming rate!
The future's just around the bend...

Second Chorus:
The world around me
is changin' ever faster!
Or is it that I've slowed down a bit?
Perhaps someday we'll find the answers
we've been seeking;
but for now we have our myths...

III.
A meeting of the heart and mind begins
beyond the egos' din;
but communication soon breaks down,
as each one plays to win.
Sometimes it's very hard for you and I
to penetrate this skin.

IV.
Another days' end and I'm drifting
off to sleep my friends.
As I nod I stop to wonder
if we'll pass this way again.
Meanwhile I'm just “doin' time,”
alone inside this skin.

Alone inside this skin...
Alone inside this skin...
Alone inside this skin...
Alone inside this skin.
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Plays: 39
Downloads: 2
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Mar 01, 2017 - 11:30:41 AM
Last Updated: Mar 01, 2017 - 11:30:41 AM Last Played: Apr 30, 2017 - 12:25:50 AM
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Hardware:
Dean Acoustic Guitar
Epiphone Dot Studio Electric Guitar
Cort Electric Bass
Blue Snowball Mic
Cheapo keyboard interface
Software:
Drums On Demand
Midi Jazz Lounge drum loops coverted to "Bluebird" drum kit.
Comments
sammydix said 204 days ago (March 1st, 2017)
Don't
know why, but I could hear a little Zevon in this though it sounds nothing like his songs. Maybe some of your vocal inflections. Deep lyrics in a "happy" shell. I like the contrast.
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Calchas said 203 days ago (March 2nd, 2017)
Zevon! Who knew?
There is a word used in the eastern Orthodox mystical tradition which means "joyful sorrow." Like "bittersweet" but more profound. It's how I experience life in my more reflective moments. I tried to convey that here, in what is essentially a simple folk song somewhat rocked up...

Thanks for listening and commenting Sam.

Be well friend!
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VicDiesel said 203 days ago (March 2nd, 2017)
Skin
Good song.

The only thing that bothers me is that C-G/B-Am progression. You have the guitar playing c-b-a. You have the piano playing c-b-a. That's actually ok. But then the bass follows the same line which is too much. Maybe it's my classical education, but this is called "parallel motion" and I just don't like th esound of it. It's easily avoided. And then the guitar solo also follows plays those notes.

Other than that I like the sound of this. Good song, good arrangement.
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Calchas said 203 days ago (March 2nd, 2017)
Ahh...
Classical education can be a hindrance in pop/rock music. For example, in CM "fifths" are verboten (or so I've read)yet are quite effective in pop/rock... especially in forms of the latter. Anyway, while I understand where you're coming from, I think it works fine here. Avoiding "parallel motion" could well alter the songs' mood (which in this case is the PRIMARY thing, with TEXTURE being a secondary factor), as well as contribute some sonic distraction. One can be too clever sometimes...

But as always Vic, I appreciate your constructive criticisms. We're all still learning and growing here, and I'm no exception.

Be well bro!
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Calchas said 203 days ago (March 2nd, 2017)
Oh...
and the guitar chord progression is C/Em/Am...
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Henke said 202 days ago (March 3rd, 2017)
Coolers
Thanks and take care,
Henke
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Calchas said 201 days ago (March 4th, 2017)
I'll sit down
with you and drink coolers anytime Henke! ;-)

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Good Man Down
Vic Holman said 202 days ago (March 3rd, 2017)
Inside This Skin
cool one Mike. a nice reflective piece on past & present.
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Calchas said 201 days ago (March 4th, 2017)
Thank you Vic...
"Reflective" about sums it up bro!

Be well!
Check out my latest song called Good Man Down
PeterB7858 said 202 days ago (March 3rd, 2017)
Inside This Skin
Like the folk-rock approach. Classic "what does it all mean but let's enjoy the ride anyway" lyrics. Quality arrangement. Another quality post. 12 years "in utero" has hatched a fine song :-) Thanks, Mike.
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Calchas said 201 days ago (March 4th, 2017)
Many thanks Peter!
This is one of under a handful of songs I've written that I can actually sit down with an acoustic guitar and sing along to. So I like it a lot. Glad to finally get it out here. Gladder still to know some folks appreciate it.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Good Man Down
Warren Smith said 199 days ago (March 6th, 2017)
A Day in the Life
A thoughtful meditation on what it means to be human. Inside of our skins, the unfortunate reality is we really are alone. How to deal with that? Make expressive philosophical art!

Love that whammy bar on the instrumental break.

The answer to one of those questions you pose is "both." The world is changing faster and you (we) are slowing down, as well.
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Calchas said 195 days ago (March 10th, 2017)
"Whammy"
Ha! My semi-hollow body Epiphone guitar which I used throughout doesn't have that feature, soooooo...just to get that effect on that single chord I had to re-string my old solid body Dean Playmate! Ha ha! (Good news is now I can begin using my Dean again on my heavier stuff!)

I agree with your "both"... Quite true!

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Good Man Down
J.A.Stewart said 198 days ago (March 7th, 2017)
Fleshing Out...
... what lies within.

And it shines out in this musical journal of the Human Condition. Nice work, Micheal. ;)
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Calchas said 195 days ago (March 10th, 2017)
It's certainly MY "condition"
and I AM human (more-or-less)...

Glad you enjoyed this friend!

Be well!
Check out my latest song called Good Man Down
Dragonas said 196 days ago (March 9th, 2017)
Really enjoyed this
Wow, I really like your song here.
The lyrics really drew me in and kept me.
Great universal themes that I think we can all relate to on some level.
It certainly spoke to me.
Great job Calchas!
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Calchas said 195 days ago (March 10th, 2017)
Glad you're back man!
Yeah, the thing about "universal themes" is that they're all so damn universal. Ha ha... But seriously, you obviously tapped into and resonated with this one. Good to hear! We're all alone in the crowd of teeming masses. Yet we're alone TOGETHER. It's just sometimes we feel the alone part much more deeply than the together part as we trudge along in this "parliament of souls."

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Good Man Down
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Name: Micheal Wark
Location: Salem Oregon USA
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Been gone for almost six years after frying my old PowerMacG5. Up and running again... Wonderful to be back! ... [see more]

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Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. In the original and narrowest sense, the term referred to a genre that arose in the United States and Canada around the mid-1960s. The sound was epitomized by tight vocal

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