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First Night Alone


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Philip18

 Genre: Acoustic

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The first song I've written for a while. I hope you like it!

The art work ("House of Pere Pilon") is a Van Gogh painting - I recently went to an exhibition of his work and love it.
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Lyrics
Verse 1

A few careless actions, a few careless words
I never intended they’d ever be heard
I tried to tell you what matters the most
But actions spoke louder than words

Chorus

First night alone and it doesn’t seem real
The silence just pounds in my ears
A prison of freedom has captured my soul
The ghosts of the darkness are out on patrol
So much of life that I now can't control
And all that was once safe has gone

Verses 2 & 3

I hear the phone ring and I hope that it’s you
Rehearsing how I’ll tell you my point of view
Listening to hear for your keys in the door
For a midnight rendezvous

The silence surrounds me it’s filling my head
I wanted wonderful, but got this instead
No consolation in everyday sounds
I’m walking on rocky ground

Chorus

First night alone and it doesn’t seem real
The silence just pounds in my ears
A prison of freedom has captured my soul
The ghosts of the darkness are out on patrol
So much of life that was young now seems old
And all that was once safe has gone

Instrumental

Chorus

First night alone and it doesn’t seem real
The silence just pounds in my ears
A prison of freedom has captured my soul
The ghosts of the darkness are out on patrol
So much of life that was young now seems old
And all that was once safe has gone

Coda

First night alone and it doesn’t seem real
And all that was once safe has gone
Song Stats
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Comments: 34
Fans: 19
Plays: 48
Downloads: 8
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Jul 17, 2017 - 03:59:23 AM
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017 - 06:30:24 PM Last Played: Jul 12, 2018 - 12:01:09 AM
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Hardware:
MacBook Pro
Maton FG 100
Gibson nylon
Fender Telecaster (the solo)
Ibanez Artist (the noodling)
Fender Squier 5 string bass
Cheap keyboard
Drums by Logic Pro - Kyle using the mixtape beat
Software:
Logic Pro
Comments
Calchas said 399 days ago (July 17th, 2017)
Lovely!
...and plaintive...

This is a real gem. Beautifully played and sung.

Bravo!
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Philip18 said 399 days ago (July 17th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Michael. Thanks for the supportive comments - much appreciated!
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sammydix said 399 days ago (July 17th, 2017)
I stared
at the painting as I listened and almost thought I felt a breeze. Matching atmospheres of art and music.
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Philip18 said 399 days ago (July 17th, 2017)
The painting
I was looking for some "sad man" art work, but this painting did seem to have a special atmosphere to it. I'm pleased you enjoyed it, Sammy. Thanks for stopping by!
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Franciscus_Henri said 398 days ago (July 18th, 2017)
Its hard to come up a song these days...
BUT YOU DID WELL! Thoughtful lyrics and a gentle ballad. Van Gogh is inspirational and easier to write than say (for some)
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Philip18 said 398 days ago (July 18th, 2017)
Thanks
Yes, songs are a bit harder to find than they once were. I get it done if I just give it some time and start writing something - anything - and finally there appears some shape. Devoting the time amongst life's busyness is the challenge. Thanks for the comments!
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PeterB7858 said 398 days ago (July 18th, 2017)
First Night Alone
Mellow melancholy. Lovely stuff. The music flows like a gentle stream and the lyrics carry the story ever onwards. Lovely warm vocal and arrangement. I do like it! Talk soon.
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Philip18 said 398 days ago (July 18th, 2017)
Thanks
I tried to keep things relatively simple with plugins - I tend to find that the more I try to improve things the worse they become! However, Ozone is still my good friend... Thanks for the comments - I always appreciate your thoughts! See you soon.
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DWL said 397 days ago (July 19th, 2017)
Lovely song
A real sense of yearning and sadness.

Beautifully done.

Cheers

Dick
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Philip18 said 397 days ago (July 20th, 2017)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments, Dick - thanks for listening!
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Vic Holman said 397 days ago (July 19th, 2017)
First Night Alone
excellent Philip.
everything works together perfectly here. the guitar riff is a great setup intro to the lyrics. cool guitar playing. Is this the first time you used a tele? at least i can't remember you using one that is.
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Philip18 said 397 days ago (July 20th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Vic. I do usually usually the Gibson Howard Roberts, but also like the Fender cut. It's been in the background on a few songs, but not used for a lead break for a while. Thanks for stopping by!
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Char said 397 days ago (July 19th, 2017)
What's not to love?
Van Gogh was thoroughly unique among artists over all time. I understand the lost feeling behind these lyrics. What a fine performance. Singing, for you, is as natural as breathing. Loved it. Thank you.

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Philip18 said 397 days ago (July 20th, 2017)
Thanks
Yes, Van Gogh is special. Thanks for the comments on the song - much appreciated!
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paul f. page said 395 days ago (July 21st, 2017)
Contrasts
I especially like the lyrics, and specifically the contrasting lines like "a prison of freedom" and silence (usually a void) "filling my head." SUch a simple yet powerful song of loss and longing, exquisitely sung in your characteristically-mannered way. Another beautiful gem just about perfectly formed and delivered with a certain honesty.
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Philip18 said 394 days ago (July 22nd, 2017)
Thanks
I appreciate the thoughtful comments, Paul - thanks for listening!
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jiguma said 393 days ago (July 24th, 2017)
Lovely recording Philip
Very smooth - a really complete production. I'm a sucker for a B3 as you know, and so, I'd love to hear a change from the strings setting to a B3 setting. Just my taste of course :)
Cheers from up the coast.
N
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Philip18 said 392 days ago (July 24th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Neil. I agree about the B3 sound - I use it when I can but as I'm no keyboard player it sometimes just sounds amateurish. I use the long notes of the lalaria pad synth because it's easy to play and I quite like the way it fills things out. I might have to send the file north next time to ask for help from someone more accomplished in that area than I am!
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bronco said 387 days ago (July 29th, 2017)
Ghosts of the Darkness
i've seen a few of those Phillip. Your musicianship is impeccable as usual. Love the little guitar runs that make up the intro and then show up from time to time. The change in tempo from the rolling verses to those runs is very nice. Your vocal is very relaxed with a great tone that is so easy to listen to. No fault here. Another great one.


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Philip18 said 385 days ago (July 31st, 2017)
Thanks
Very kind comments that are much appreciated. Thanks for listening, Tom!
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Hickling_Stan said 382 days ago (August 3rd, 2017)
Engaging to the end
A plaintive lament that works right to the end.......this one is not for the kids.....it's for us old enough to appreciate the lyrics. Nice song
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Philip18 said 378 days ago (August 7th, 2017)
Thanks
I appreciate the supportive comment, Mark - thanks for stopping by!
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psexnyc said 345 days ago (September 9th, 2017)
Oh, The Irony!!
As I listen to the "loneliness" of this song, I am texting my wife, who has turned on all the lights of our apartment, because she is home alone (our daughter is at a sleep over and I'm at work on Hurricane Duty), all by herself for the first time. I'm sending her the link to this song so that she may relate to it, and not be so lonely.
Great Tune!!!
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Philip18 said 344 days ago (September 10th, 2017)
Thanks
Good srory!! There's probably another song in that! Thanks for stopping by - much appreciated.
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Ed Hannifin said 300 days ago (October 24th, 2017)
From the first notes...
That's a terrific guitar sound, and the left/right parts sound great in headphones...

I love the first verse in particular; it's tight, and says a lot in relatively few words...and leaves a little bit unsaid...

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Philip18 said 268 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
THanks
Glad you liked it, Ed. Yes, the first verse was just a sketch that I assumed the listener would colour in.
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tmcfate said 296 days ago (October 28th, 2017)
i
Have been here. A story that I am sure many can relate to. The lead break and picking are just right. I think you could try less reverb on the vocal to see what that would sound like. It is such an intimate song that I would like to feel you were closer telling the story. Thanks for the share..
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Philip18 said 268 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
THanks
I appreciate the comments. You make a good point about the vocal - I'll keep that in mind in future.
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KCsGROOVE said 294 days ago (October 30th, 2017)
first night alone
a song full of longing,
and a gentle performance
a fine song, Philip, and a warm mix
enjoyed it very much
KC
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Philip18 said 268 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
THanks
Glad you enjoyed it, KC. Thanks for stopping by!
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Loob said 293 days ago (October 31st, 2017)
Painting a sonic picture
The words indeed support this imagery. Very cool! Thanks for sharing!
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Philip18 said 268 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad it works, Freddy! Thanks for the supportive comments.
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christopherpsly said 271 days ago (November 22nd, 2017)
Hi Philip
I like this!
Very well performed as usual. Thank you for sharing my friend...
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Philip18 said 268 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Thanks
Thanks for listening, Christopher, and for the comments - much appreciated!
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Name: Philip Gardner
Location: Melbourne Victoria Australia
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Played folk guitar then learnt jazz guitar in the 70s. Worked in folk joints, then pubs, restaurants and reception centres in bands, duos or solo. Now enjoying the opportunities that the digital age supplies to write and record.... [see more]

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