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  • "carpe diem" and "Vanity"

    29 November 2008

    "Carpe diem" is my credo. Actually I have added the rest of the line, so it reads "carpe diem quam minimum credula postero". I'm still not sure if the added part strengthens or lessons Horaz' statement. I'll leave it in - although the common "carpe diem"...

  • Gilgamesh recorded

    13 März 2010

    Gilgamesh on SoundClick Done in an hour the recording is far less then perfect, but then, all my recordings are I tried to at least delete the hissing of the amplifier, that's why it sounds somewhat "funny". And I didn't succeed in concealing the popping...

  • burst mode

    28 Juli 2010

    Maybe it's a compensation for reading a rather stupid romance, maybe it's because it's so long since I've last heard from the hard rockers from MotorPlanet... Anyway, I felt like writing something agressive. RhymeZone helped me rhyming burst mode strolling...

  • diggin' deep - lyrics finished

    18 August 2010

    I had put down quite a choice of lines, these seem to fit best for the bridge: don't you think that you're forgiven when you do me and we screw don't you think that I'll forget just because I'm doing you "you do me" - "I do you" may not be the most sophisticated...

  • high expectations (article actually dates from August 10th)

    13 August 2008

    For quite a while a melody and the lines for a chorus have been in my mind. The lines were: we tried to kill the master and rescue all the slaves bein' led into disaster we're crying at their graves This would have to be about some mislead revolution,...

  • high expectations (2)

    13 August 2008

    Once the basic idea for a song is there, the next step, in regard to lyrics, is gathering phrases, rhymes, sentences, or just single key words. I intend to write about the 1970's ideals and misconceptions (?). And these were my first notes: propagated...

  • high expectations (3)

    14 August 2008

    I corrected the meter for one verse, and wrote a third one. So here's the new version for the second verse: we were proud to be surrounded by a mob of enemies, mistrusted all authorities, would destroy all hierarchies our overall ideal was a life in total...

  • high expectations (4)

    15 August 2008

    I will change the third verse altogether: we protested 'gainst a culture of conspicious consumption bein' able to live just on grass based on a large assumption we had our time of love and peace, but soon we had to function Besides coming quite close...

  • lyrics in progress: unnamed Motorplanet song

    15 August 2008

    When Holger of the Motorplanet blues-rock band recently sent new compositions so I could create lyrics for them there were actually three of them. Two I have already finished. The third song is an up-tempo Rock song with three verses, and neither chorus...

  • God of the ants

    17 August 2008

    A remark of a young man inspired me to this song or poem. He remarks on his MySpace page that towards tiny creatures he likes to play God. I wrote the text down this morning, it took about 20 minutes: God of the ants I'm the God of tiny creatures I decide...

  • as yet unnamed Motorplanet songs will become 'sudden silence'

    17 August 2008

    Last night I was woken by the sounds of a brawl. That's how I got the idea for the Motorplanet song which still lacked a topic. At about 2:30 am I wrote down these lines: there were angry shouts there was a scream sudden silence in the night went to sleep...

  • finished: high expectations

    20 August 2008

    Originally, I intended to give the song a more positive direction by adding a text for the bridge which would basically tell that not all has been lost since our children turned out alright. Also, I experimented with lines like "though our intentions...

  • terminal disease (2)

    21 August 2008

    I don't have verses yet. The chorus will have four lines: xxx life's a terminal disease YYY life's a terminal disease (were XXX or YYY, respectively, will be any two of the lines of text which I have put down below. At the end of the song I imagine the...

  • old stuff: peaceful times

    27 August 2008

    I wrote this song - yes, a song with a melody and all - in 2001. Therefore, it actually doesn't belong here. But since I'd mentioned it the other day ... My niece found my early songs much too dark and negative. She may have thought of songs like "passage"...

  • finished: terminal disease

    29 August 2008

    Don't ask me how I came up with the idea for the verses. I simply don't know. I just had this line "you took me by surprise tonight" in my head, and proceeded from there. As for the bridge I looked up rhymes for "time" (mime, dime, also: I'm ..) in a...

  • minor change in the bridge of "terminal disease"

    31 August 2008

    The first version of the bridge was: ... we haven't got the time to just await the chime This I found not quite correct. Of course we've got enough time to do anything stupid we like. So, the second version - the one I published in my Blog - read ......

  • intonation

    03 September 2008

    Quite often I need two syllables where the melody would require only one note. This need not be a disadvantage, though. Occasionally, singing two short notes instead of one can actually even enhance the song, giving it more variety, thus making it more...

  • A song has a text AND a melody

    03 September 2008

    Most of my texts actually have a melody, if only in my head. The melody for the chorus of "terminal disease" was there together with the words, there was no first or after. Again, when I had the idea for the first line of the first verse, I had a melody...

  • my scrap 'book'

    06 September 2008

    Ideas use to come spontaneously. When I have the impression that a particular idea might make a new song or song text I write it down. I don't use a scrap book any more but a scrap file on the computer. When I'm at work I just send an email home so the...

  • the story behind "42"

    11 September 2008

    Marc, a young Austrian, had come across my lyrics and asked me to write an unusual title for him which would stand out. Maybe in the manner of "Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down. Since I had never heard of them, I first bought their CD to get an idea. Obviously,...

  • the story behind "monkey stew"

    19 September 2008

    Another 'unusual' title I wrote for Marc from Austria. And another he never set to music either. I later recorded the title myself - it's one of the few songs of mine which had the verses completed without any melody associated with them. Actually, the...

  • how do you get all these ideas?

    21 September 2008

    Maybe you've noticed that my lyrics are quite varied. And, yes I'm proud of it! Pride is one of the seven deadly sins or captial vices, I'm afraid. So I'm bound for damnation. Fortunatly, I'm not a believer, so I can live with being damnated. Anyway,...

  • first the tune, first the text, or what?

    23 September 2008

    You can work either way. When I write lyrics for Motorplanet (a blues-rock trio from Bremerhaven) I write the text to existing music. Holger sends recordings of complete compositions. Only the text he sings is 'Gibberish' (some English sounding nonsense...

  • power (1)

    24 September 2008

    "Power" is my working title. As yet there are neither words nor notes. All there is is a little guitar exercise for training power chords - hence the provisional title. I intend to start from there. Never mind my poor guitar playing, I'm a dilettante,...

  • notes for the scrap book

    25 September 2008

    Today two little ideas came into my mind which could make it into a song, maybe even make a hook line. The first is the expression "walking on memory lane" because that's what I've been doing the last weeks. Well, that line has been used before, it's...

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