Saturday, 1 November 2008

Happy Halloween

Oh I just heard the first firework of the night.

No trick or treaters yet, I saw a story on the news - the shit local news - that the police hired out a screen at a cinema and are letting kids go watch the new Bond film for free just to get them off the streets. Interesting idea, but what they should really do is host a full Premiership fixture list like they do on the first and last days of the season, plus I think New Years(?) That would take a few more kids off the street than one cinema screen. Though I suppose the police have little sway over the FA. Ah well.

Anyway, I recorded a song today, I wrote it after I finished reading Looking for Alaska. It's not quite finished, I want at least one more verse or something, but I quite like it. I've put a demo on myspace. Would love to hear your opinions as always, especially if you've read the book. But especially (yes I know, both especially) if you haven't read the book because I tried quite hard to make it a good song in it's own right as I think these type of songs rarely are. Oh and if anyone knows John Green, feel free to send him a link! I'll write the lyrics so far at the bottom.

It will be November in a few hours and I'm still not really sure what I'm doing with regards to this nanowrimo thing. I want to use it to motivate me in a way that's helpful to my life, i.e. not write a novel. However my previous idea of writing a song or blog every day, I'm not sure about. Blogs don't really accomplish anything, I write them because I have something to say. And songs can't, or shouldn't, be rushed. So I think I'm going to give up being specific and just set aside an hour or two each day for songwriting. Starting is usually the hardest part so by doing that I should get a fair few new ones this month.

Last thing, by the end of the night I should have reached 10,000 subs. That's a lot of zeros.

Ok lyrics to the song, it's tentatively called 'Alaska' but that may change. Oh and as for spoilers... yeah kinda. So don't read if you're bothered, but it's an old book so I guess most people won't be.

All these last words
But I can't know hers
Don't want to be holding on
Somewhere I don't belong*

One more time
Through my mind
Something I could have said
Signs that I should have read

But she found her way out at last
The crisp blue ink read "Straight & Fast".

Count the days
Till I can get away
From those emerald green eyes
Flying towards the flashing lights

We're more than just
Ashes and dust
More than what's visible
We are invincible.

Don't wait for your time to pass
Before you look for your great perhaps.

*The second half of the first verse are all that remain from the song that this started out as, before I read the book. They may well be changed.

5 comments:

runa said...

oh what a lovely song.
i love the book, and oh.
väldigt fin sång.

Alana said...

I really liked it. It's so much in the moment, and has a similar feel to the book. It's really well done.

<3 it!

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thisisace said...

I've read (and enjoyed) the book !

Honest opinion: Sorry, the song doesn't do anything for me. Doesn't really stand out like your (great) other songs. (e.g. MySpace played Don't Go next and I was blown away, like with most of your songs.)

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Andrew