One Hundred Lines (Of Missing You)

these letters I write, they’re for you / the words I recite, they’re ’bout you / you’re in my story, baby please believe me / you’re on every page of every day

the verses I hide, they’re made for you / the pauses inside, a space for you / you’re all around me, baby please believe me / deep in the silence is where we’ll stay

one hundred bottles line the shore / (but I’m not counting anymore) / one hundred letters with nowhere to go / one hundred nights I wish on the darkest sky / one hundred lines of ‘missing you’ / of ‘missing you’

I keep you in my heart, where you belong / if our love isn’t right, let me be wrong / we are the story, I believe completely / I’ll write till the day I fade away

Music, lyrics, guitar, and vocals by Annie Ray. Image by Debby Hudson via Unsplash.

Inspired by Twitter prompt, #FromOneLine 100, ‘a hundred bottles lined the shore’.

Journey Around The Sun

My birthday is on September 7. This year, I thought I’d gift myself a song.

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today I’m starting another journey around the sun / brand new pages for new stories that have begun / I pack my memories in the backseat of my car / because they keep me company and remind me just how far I have come

I’m going to pick up some new wisdom along the way / this trip is hard and long and I get older every day / sometimes I’ll fall and be on the verge of breaking down / but because this heart is strong and tender, and I’ve been around / I’ll fly away

another journey around the sun / another journey around the sun

(I’m getting ready for) another journey around the sun / (yes I’m ready for) another journey around the sun

Music, vocals, acoustic guitar, and ukulele by Annie Ray. Image by Marek Piwnicki via Unsplash.

Interview: Paul @flotsammusic

Hi, everyone! Today’s post is special because I get to share with you a short interview with a friend, Paul, who recently did great remixes of two of my tracks. Read on – at the end of the interview you’ll be rewarded with such enjoyable remixes!

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How long have you been involved in music production? How did you get started?

Music has always run in the family, from my Uncle who headed a Rockabilly Band to my brother the session bassist. I played in a brass band as a child and also spent many years of the 90s DJing at several clubs. But it wasn’t until around 1996 that I started getting into music production and making tunes with a work colleague. I haven’t looked back since then and the infinite learning curve of making music is still something that gets me genuinely excited…. here’s to another 20 plus years of synth-y goodness.

You remixed two of my tracks so far – “What If I Told You” and “Lazy (An Introvert’s Theme)”. What was the creative process like for each, and how were they different (or similar)?

I’d like to say it was an absolute pleasure to work on these songs, and their catchy vocal motifs caught my ear immediately. They were a gift to my ears, so thank you.

My approach to “What If I Told You” was completely informed by those motifs and I built the beat and synth plucks around that.

“Lazy (An Introvert’s Theme)” was slightly different in that I knew exactly how I wanted both your voice and instrumentation to sound. Your original synth riff was so good that I did very little to. It has such a charming sound, which lends the song a subtle pathos. I hope these songs bring a little joy to those who hear them… and that I gave the originals the respect they deserve.

If you could have a chance to collaborate with one world-famous artist/musician, who would it be and why?

Damon Albarn, but Daft Punk would be a close second. Damon Albarn as his work with The Gorillaz is just exceptional and his approach to music is always exciting. I love his disregard but also use of musical genres. Daft Punk because that’s how I’d like to sound one day. Tron Legacy may be one of the greatest synth albums since Vangelis’s Blade runner soundtrack… yep, total fan boy!

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Thank you, Paul, for your time and incredible music arrangement! Check out Paul’s SoundCloud for more beats, and say hi to him on Twitter!

I’ll leave you with the two great remixes. Enjoy! 🙂

“What If I Told You” (Paul’s Remix)

“Lazy (An Introvert’s Theme)” (Paul’s Remix)

Lazy (An Introvert’s Theme)

when the day is done, I let my hair down / as the night comes ‘round, I let my worries be gone / a quiet time, made for nobody else / just myself / safe from the crowd, tucked in a nook of my mind / to catch my breath

you call it lazy, I call it taking care of me / you call it lazy, I call it taking care of me

when the week is done, I want to take it slow / weird as I come, I don’t need a place to go / some chores can wait, you know, tomorrow they say / is another day / now what I need is sometime alone with me / and only me

you call it lazy, I call it taking care of me / you call it lazy, I call it taking care of me

Music, lyrics, vocals, and electric guitar by Annie Ray. SoundCloud image by Manja Vitolic via Unsplash.

I’ll Never Be In A Band

I know my G string from my C / I know what key feels good to me / I know where some notes are meant to go / it’s where I go

sometimes I reach for my ukulele / when I have such a terrible day / sometimes I turn to my trusty guitar / with a broken heart

I sing for friends and family / my biggest fan is me

I’ll never be in a band / but I’ll sing the songs the best I can / I strum and I hum and I’ll sound better someday / but I’ll never be in a band

I know my 4/4 from my waltz / I know some barre chords though I get lost / I’ve laid some drum beds, played some bass / and made lots of mistakes (lots of mistakes)

I’ll never be in a band / I’ll never be in a band / I’ll never be in a band

Music, lyrics, vocals, guitar by Annie Ray. Image by Martin Robles via Unsplash.

Color These Heartbreaks (My Own Way)

you used to say the sky was grey / and I’d agree with you / until I found another way / to paint with other hues

my colors are mine alone / to make mistakes of my own

these are my pages / these are my shades / I’ll color these heartbreaks / my own way / I’ll color these heartbreaks / my own way

you used to show just where to go / and I would go with you / one day I found another way / to make my dreams come true

my journey is mine alone / guess I’ve always known

the sky is green, the sky is red / I’ll stain my pain / on the road ahead

Music, lyrics, guitar, ukulele, and egg shaker by Annie Ray.

Time

endlessly staring at the wall / restlessly waiting for the call / time rushes by / sometimes it crawls

we come and go / we’ll never know / where, why, or when / once we began, someday we’ll end / back in this room, time is a friend / writing my own words while I can

reading some words, they mean nothing / they’re only letters on a string / time’s standing still / sometimes it spins

Inspired by thoughts while waiting at a doctor’s office.

Moldy Raspberries

Forrest says “life’s like a box of chocolates / we’ll never know what we’re gonna get” / I often find fungus in my bucket / I can’t help but get upset

so precious / so dear / unfair it seems

it’s like getting moldy raspberries / moldy raspberries in my box / I’m going through moldy raspberries / moldy raspberries in my box / I promise me I’ll find something sweet / to keep me on my feet

Inspired by #FromOneLine prompt no. 74 ‘It was like getting mouldy raspberries’ (donated by FrancesJAndrew @FrancesJAndrew1).

Sowing In The Rain

Inspired by Jane Nightbirde.

“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” ~Jane Nightbirde

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I have some seeds I want to plant in my garden / they say it’s the seeds of happiness / but I want to wait until the rain is done / for the sun to shine / I’ll wait for a time I feel my best

then the voice says: / how long do you think you have? / how long will the sorrow last? / we don’t know when the storm will pass / but you need to keep the seeds alive

let’s go outside and sow our happiness in the rain / we’ll slip and slide and dance in the mud / (covered in mud) / and if we cry, only the clouds will see / and they’ll leave us be / for they know we’re giving it all we’ve got / yeah, giving it all we’ve got

I have some seeds I want to plant in my garden / they say it’s the seeds of happiness

for the voice says: / how long do you think you have? / how long will the sorrow last? / we don’t know when the storm will pass / but you need to keep the seeds alive

we’ll sow in the rain

Wordless Bed (Instrumental)

Annie’s note:

I tend to start an arrangement with a bed of drums, piano, guitar/ukulele, synths or others, then lay the vocal tracks on top. Sometimes I use a ‘placeholder’ for the lyrics when they arrive (here, I used the ‘bright tines’ sounds). Seems this track will stay wordless for now.

Image by Jr Korpa via Unsplash.