Who's Online Now
11 members (Vicarn, Sunset Poet, John524, JAPOV, Gary E. Andrews, Everett Adams, Alek, Calvin, 2 invisible), 328 guests, and 302 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Register Today!
Welcome to the Just Plain Folks forums! You are currently viewing our forums as a Guest which gives you limited access to most of our discussions and to other features.

By joining our free community you will have access to post and respond to topics, communicate privately with our users (PM), respond to polls, upload content, and access many other features. Registration is fast, simple, and absolutely free; so please join our community today!
ShoutChat
Comment Guidelines: Do post respectful and insightful comments. Don't flame, hate, spam.
What's Going On
Prophecy anyone?
by Sunset Poet - 12/02/22 04:34 PM
Heartstrings (Christian)
by John524 - 12/02/22 04:10 PM
Christmas Carols, a 'classroom' on Song Structures
by Marc Barnette - 12/02/22 08:27 AM
The Nook, Danville, Kentucky
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/02/22 03:21 AM
Culture.pl, {Podcast} Polish Jazz
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/02/22 03:15 AM
Monk's Bar, Missoula, Montana
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/02/22 03:08 AM
Vail Jazz Interludes, Vail, Colorado
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/02/22 03:04 AM
Anaina Hou Community Park Porter Pavillion Kilauea
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/02/22 02:55 AM
Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill, New York
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/02/22 02:20 AM
Tonus Band, Romania
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/01/22 10:44 PM
The Froggin' Good Company, London
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/01/22 10:37 PM
Go your own way
by ckiphen - 12/01/22 04:27 PM
This life I live is mine
by ckiphen - 12/01/22 04:25 PM
Flat Iron, Greensboro, North Carolina
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/01/22 01:23 PM
The Shed, Homosassa, Florida
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/01/22 12:39 PM
Twin Falls Sandwich Company, Idaho
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/01/22 07:30 AM
The Wise Hall, Vancouver
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/01/22 07:04 AM
Kent, Ohio
by Gary E. Andrews - 12/01/22 06:37 AM
Papermill Creek Saloon, San Geronimo, California
by Gary E. Andrews - 11/30/22 09:20 PM
Speed Limit, Warren, Ohio
by Gary E. Andrews - 11/30/22 08:41 PM
Terrified
by ckiphen - 11/30/22 03:54 PM
Le Verre Bouteille, Montreal
by Gary E. Andrews - 11/30/22 01:01 PM
If you could co-write with ANYONE?
by VNORTH2 - 11/30/22 09:05 AM
Fourth and 1, Washington, D. C.
by Gary E. Andrews - 11/30/22 05:38 AM
Tony Pulizzi, L. A.
by Gary E. Andrews - 11/30/22 05:30 AM
Macky Auditorium, Boulder, Colorado
by Gary E. Andrews - 11/30/22 04:43 AM
Leonard Cohen RIP
by Gary E. Andrews - 11/30/22 03:38 AM
Studio Mama Supper Club, Nashville
by Gary E. Andrews - 11/29/22 10:55 PM
Beau Django, Phoenix
by Gary E. Andrews - 11/29/22 09:44 PM
We Don't Make That Anymore
by VNORTH2 - 11/29/22 01:16 PM
Top Posters
Calvin 19,853
Travis david 12,218
Kevin Emmrich 10,938
Jean Bullock 10,330
Kaley Willow 10,240
Two Singers 9,649
Joice Marie 9,186
Mackie H. 8,991
glynda 8,683
Mike Dunbar 8,574
Tricia Baker 8,318
couchgrouch 8,075
Colin Ward 7,909
Corey 7,357
Vicarn 6,825
Mark Kaufman 6,588
Wyman Lloyd 6,578
ben willis 6,113
niteshift 5,827
Lynn Orloff 5,788
Louis 5,725
Linda Sings 5,608
KimberlyinNC 5,210
Neil Cotton 4,909
Derek Hines 4,893
DonnaMarilyn 4,667
Blake Hill 4,528
Bob Cushing 4,389
Roy Cooper 4,268
Fdemetrio 4,265
Bill Osofsky 4,199
Tom Shea 4,195
Cindy Miller 4,178
TamsNumber4 4,130
nightengale 4,096
MFB III 4,088
Caroline 3,865
beechnut79 3,852
Kolstad 3,844
E Swartz 3,751
Dan Sullivan 3,710
Sunset Poet 3,512
Dottie 3,427
joewatt 3,411
Bill Cooper 3,279
John Hoffman 3,199
Skip Johnson 3,027
Pam Hurley 3,007
Terry G 3,005
PopTodd 2,890
Harriet Ames 2,870
Nigel Quin 2,868
MidniteBob 2,761
Nelson 2,616
Tom Tracy 2,558
Polly Hager 2,526
Jerry Jakala 2,524
Al Alvarez 2,499
Eric Thome 2,448
Hummingbird 2,401
JAPOV 2,362
Stan Loh 2,263
Sam Wilson 2,246
Judy Hollier 2,232
Wendy D 2,226
Erica Ellis 2,202
TrumanCoyote 2,096
Marty Helly 2,041
maccharles 2,017
DukeWill 1,988
floyd jane 1,985
Clint Anglin 1,904
cindyrella 1,888
David Wright 1,866
Clairejeanne 1,851
Cindy LaRosa 1,824
Ronald Boyt 1,675
Iggy 1,652
Noel Downs 1,633
Rick Heenan 1,608
Cal 1,574
GocartMoz 1,559
Jack Swain 1,554
Pete Larsen 1,537
Ann Tygart 1,529
Tom Breshers 1,487
RogerS 1,473
Tom Franz 1,473
Chuck Crowe 1,441
Ralph Blight 1,440
Rick Norton 1,429
Kenneth Cade 1,429
bholt 1,411
Letha Allen 1,409
in2piano 1,404
Stan Simons 1,402
Deej56 1,385
mattbanx 1,384
Jen Shaner 1,373
Charlie Wong 1,347
KevinP 1,324
Vondelle 1,316
Tom W. 1,313
Jan Petter 1,301
scottandrew 1,294
Gerry 1,268
DakLander 1,265
lane1777 1,260
PeteG 1,242
Ian Ferrin 1,235
Glen King 1,214
IdeaGuy 1,209
IronKnee 1,180
AaronAuthier 1,177
summeoyo 1,174
Diane Ewing 1,160
joro 1,082
BobbyJoe 1,075
S.DEE 1,040
yann 1,037
Tony A 1,016
9ne 1,016
argo 986
peaden 984
90 dB 964
Wolvman 960
ckiphen 957
Jak Kelly 912
krtinberg 890
Drifter 886
Petra 883
RJC 845
Brenda152 840
Nadia 829
ant 798
Juan 797
TKO 784
Dayson 781
frahmes 781
teletwang 762
Andy K 750
Andy Kemp 741
tbryson 737
Jackie444 731
3daveyO3 704
Dixie 701
Irwin 697
Joy Boy 695
Knute 686
Pat Hardy 678
Lee Arten 678
Moosesong 668
Katziis 652
R.T.MOORE 638
quality 637
CG King 622
douglas 621
Mel 614
R&M 612
NaomiSue 601
Shandy 589
Ria 587
TAMERA64 583
qbaum 570
nitepiano 566
pRISCILLA 556
Tink2 553
musica 539
deanbell 528
RobertK 527
BonzaiWag 523
Roderic 522
BB Wilbur 513
goodfolks 499
Zeek 487
Stu 486
VNORTH2 483
Steve P. 481
KathyW 462
allenb 459
MaxG 458
Philjo 454
fanito 448
trush48 448
dmk 442
Rob L 439
arealrush 437
DGR 436
avweek 435
Stephen D 433
Emmy 431
marquez 422
kit 419
Softkrome 417
kyrksongs 415
RRon 408
Laura G. 407
VNORTH 407
Debra 407
eb 406
cuebald 399
EdPerrone 399
Dannyk1 395
Hobart 395
Davyboy49 393
Smile 389
GJShades 387
Ezt 384
Alek 381
tone 380
Marla 380
Ann_F 379
iggyiggy 378
coalminer 377
java 374
spidey 371
sweetsong 370
danny 367
Jim Ryan 360
papaG 353
Z - man 350
JamesDF5 348
John K 348
Jaden 344
ddreuter 341
TheBaz 340
Steggy 339
leif 339
tonedeaf 336
rickwork 334
Eddie Ray 332
Johnboy 328
Bob Lever 328
Helicon1 327
lucian 326
Muskie 321
kc 319
Z. Mulls 318
ptondreau 313
ONOFFON 312
Chris B. 310
trush 304
ed323 297
Ellen M 294
markus-ky 292
lizzorn 291
nicnac49 290
Char 286
ktunes 285
mastrose 280
pammie 279
Top Likes Received
JAPOV 19
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
#1180401 07/29/22 06:11 PM
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Top 100 Poster
OP Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
I wrote this song back a few years ago and re-engineered/produced it last year. I got the idea for this song at my 40th HS class reunion when one of my classates brought her sister who was a couple years behind me in school. I had dated her briefly before she and her family moved away out of our town. I hadn't seen her in probably 38 years and just remember although we weren't seriously dating, I had a real "crush" on this gal. Well, I wasn't expecting to see her and when her sister walked over and spoke to me and said, "you remember my sister don't you Ed? I turned and was at a loss for words as old emotions came crashing through my brain! Now I was and still am a happily married man, but I realized afterwards how I'm sure many people have had similar feelings/circumstances etc. I thought it made a great story for a Reunion Song. But of course to make the song a bit more interesting, I dramatized the scenario a bit--(fiction) but isn't that what we like to do as songwriters?

Comments welcome.

Credits: e.swartz vocals/acoustic guitar & production Dom Sigalas: strings/horns/mellotron/piano Drums: Simon Miminis


Reunion Song


Reunion Song--music/lyrics: e.swartz

Intro:


Vs.1 I can’t believe, that you’re next to me
My high school sweetheart and our homecoming queen
Twenty-five years, and only half of us here
It seems like yesterday that you were mine.

Vs.2 Though everyone's changed, you still look the same
I haven’t heard a single word you have said
And I’m trying to hide, these feelings inside
Cause I’m not sure what’s running through your mind

(Chorus-1) I believed in yesterday, but yesterday stayed yesterday
I just feel heartache….

Vs.3 Our friends gathered round, old memories abound
The band begins to play a slow song
My heart skipped a beat, our eyes wouldn’t meet
But then I saw you wipe a tear away

(Chorus-2) I believed in destiny, but destiny abandoned me
I just feel heartache….


Vs.4 We had better not dance, there can be no romance
Our precious families they’re waiting back home
So they’ll be no refrain, we’ll just let it rain
We cannot turn back time it wouldn’t be right

(Pre-Brdg) Heart's colliding recklessly,
One more drink and God help me....

(Horns interlude)

(Bridge) All my life, I have denied, I’ve held back feelings way deep inside,
So deep inside, deep inside

(Mellotron Horns interlude)

Vs.5 As we said our goodbyes, with tears in our eyes,
I'll always wonder, just what might have been
When you walked away, I knew we'd be ok
My spirit tells me, we’ll meet next time around

(Chorus-3) Even though, I may never see her pretty face again—
I, just, can’t, wait, to ... go home….........outro

Last edited by E Swartz; 07/29/22 09:24 PM.
1 member likes this: Guy E. Trepanier
Joined: Jun 2019
Posts: 2,362
Likes: 19
Top 200 Poster
Online Happy
Top 200 Poster
Joined: Jun 2019
Posts: 2,362
Likes: 19
Great storytelling! SWEET!

And that's why I'm going to complain lol...
This is so light and sweet that "heartache" seems out of place to me, especially repeated. "My mind's in a daze" or something would be more appropriate I think... but hey, that's just me.

At the "Melotron Interlude" I was expecting a key change into the last verse, something to consider.

A lot of work obviously went into this, lots of interesting melody and rhythm changes, and the ending is perfect. Nice job! smile

Last edited by JAPOV; 07/29/22 07:04 PM.
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Top 100 Poster
OP Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Thanks Japov.

I guess I chose heartache, as that term seemed to fit how I felt--though trite, yet a universally related expression for sure, I also liked the two syllable word there. I've used key changes in several of my songs--this one for me feels more like a de-crescendo near ending rather than building, then "just get me back home to my present world!" Speaking of these chord progressions, for me this is probably the most difficult song for me to play on guitar--it needed a piano. Thanks for your thoughts, they certainly have merit.

steady-eddie

Joined: May 2017
Posts: 1,914
Likes: 7
Top 200 Poster
Offline
Top 200 Poster
Joined: May 2017
Posts: 1,914
Likes: 7
Hey Eddie. Don't listen to that JAPOV guy. I never do smile

It does have a sweetness about it but it works. What you are conveying is a bitter-sweet feeling. For me it is really effective, maybe because I can relate to what you describe. I doubt if I'm alone in that. I love all the key changes, which keep it interesting musically while still allowing the lyric to take center stage. You break a lot of "rules" here - the chorus is very understated, not really a chorus in the conventional sense - but you clearly know what you're doing.

There's a lot of feeling here, rather than going through the motions, and that's what gives it its strength.

One thing that puzzles me is the mention of a mellotron horns interlude. Does something that short qualify as an interlude LOL?

Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Top 100 Poster
OP Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Hey Gavin,

Its good to hear from folks again! Thanks for your kind words, but its fine hearing other's ideas on how they would approach a song.

About the interludes--my answer is that they're just very short ones!

Seriously, I know just from my song notes when writing this song I wrote-in interludes there originally for cello/violin--then after hearing other instrument options--I changed my mind and wanted that "Strawberry Fields" mellotron sound instead within the song, so I opted for the mellotron & horns and just replaced those break title words, and--didn't think about deleting those break titles....technically, maybe I should!

Thanks for stopping in!

steady-eddie

Joined: May 2017
Posts: 1,914
Likes: 7
Top 200 Poster
Offline
Top 200 Poster
Joined: May 2017
Posts: 1,914
Likes: 7
Yeah, I was only joking about JAPOV. He knows that smile

Good to hear from you too.

Joined: Jun 2019
Posts: 2,362
Likes: 19
Top 200 Poster
Online Happy
Top 200 Poster
Joined: Jun 2019
Posts: 2,362
Likes: 19
Yeah', I understand Eddie. You gotta' say what you mean.

Oh, and watch out for little whisky soaked leprechauns named Gavin! smile

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 11,284
Likes: 6
Top 10 Poster
Offline
Top 10 Poster
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 11,284
Likes: 6
So I was listening and thinking about minor lyric changes

I haven’t heard a single word you have said
I’m trying to hide, these feelings inside

and

We had better not dance, no chance of romance
Our precious families they’re waiting back home


when Forever You broke out...like that one lots too.


If writing ever becomes work I think I'm going to have to stop

My Youtube Channel <<<>>> iAccountant
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Top 100 Poster
OP Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
John,

I think those changes would probably be okay "story-wise" but would change the timing on the rhyme lines every other line. As far as "no chance" for romance--if they did dance there would be romance--dancing close is romantic.......and may have pushed them towards further temptation...........

Thanks much for the spin John!

steady-eddie

Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 4,088
Likes: 5
Top 100 Poster
Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 4,088
Likes: 5
Hey E.Swartz, You have captured what so many of us feel when we revisit old haunts and are surprised at just how much we are still attached to those sweet days of youth. Superb work on this.

Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Top 100 Poster
OP Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Hey Matt. Thanks for the kind words and yeah I'm glad you got that point--there are still a few "romantics" around, but we're getting old!

steady-eddie

Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 254
Likes: 8
Top 500 Poster
Offline
Top 500 Poster
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 254
Likes: 8
Excellent, love the lyrics and the music/production. I really enjoyed this one. Yeah, those old loves. Thanks for sharing, Eddie.

Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Top 100 Poster
OP Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Thanks Marilyn!

Sorry I didn't respond sooner, I almost missed you as I think you were responding when I responded to Matt. Yeah I had some time in this one, but that's part of the fun!

steady-eddie

Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 2,017
Top 200 Poster
Offline
Top 200 Poster
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 2,017
Eddie, .....you might laugh at this, but I got a monkees feel.....and I couldn't tell you why.....or maybe Nilsson? Funny what first listens can bring to mind. Mellotron behind "I believed in yesterday, but yesterday stayed yesterday" ? you're killin' me, clever.

"One more drink and God help me..."

and


"Even though, I may never see her pretty face again—
I, just, can’t, wait, to ... go home"

Made me laugh. Good to hear ya.

Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Top 100 Poster
OP Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Hey Mac,

Great hearing from you again--thanks much! I'm normally more of a melody guy than a lyric guy, but I think songs that are inspired seem to bring you better lyrics. I think you're getting that last line........basically this poor guy has been on an emotional nostalgic roller-coaster and realizes that the "sooner" he gets back home, the "sooner" his brain can find normalcy again!

Cheers,

steady-eddie

Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 6,825
Likes: 2
Top 40 Poster
Online Content
Top 40 Poster
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 6,825
Likes: 2
Lyric wise it's a little sugary for me Ed (I can't help it if I'm not into pop) but it has a good melody.

Well done.

Vic


It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.

http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/vicarnold2

http://www.soundclick.com/vicarnold

http://soundcloud.com/vic-arnold

Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Top 100 Poster
OP Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Thanks Vic,

I'll try and write one a little "saltier" next time. I don't see much lovey-dovey sugar, just heartache and perhaps HS tragedy. How about bitter-sweet?

Appreciate the listen!

steady-eddie

Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,180
Likes: 5
Top 500 Poster
Offline
Top 500 Poster
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,180
Likes: 5
Sweet is the word. This should go over really well at your next reunion.
A good production of a sweet sentiment.
Nice stuff!

Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 19,853
Top 10 Poster
Online Content
Top 10 Poster
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 19,853
Hello Eddie,

Nice and clean, well done.

Calvin

https://www.soundclick.com/artist/default.cfm?bandID=11440

Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Top 100 Poster
OP Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Tom/Calvin,

Much thanks!

steady-eddie

Joined: Dec 2016
Posts: 1,385
Likes: 1
D
Top 200 Poster
Offline
Top 200 Poster
D
Joined: Dec 2016
Posts: 1,385
Likes: 1
Eddie,

What a sweet write—the arrangement really accentuates the story. Like the layered approach to the production—new instruments popping in on each verse, in contrast to the barer stye of the chorus. Really nice harmonies in that chorus as well. Terrific production touches throughout. One of the best tunes I’ve heard from you—really well done!

All my best to you,

Deej

Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Top 100 Poster
OP Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Hey Deej!

Great to see you around! Thanks for appreciating the arrangement. I spent a lot of time thinking, experimenting, writing, recording, mixing this one. It's one of my favs as well as I like the chords with the song theme. I think when you "feel" a song when writing it, the lyrics marry the chords better.

steady-eddie

Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 483
Likes: 8
V
Top 500 Poster
Online Content
Top 500 Poster
V
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 483
Likes: 8
There's a lot of ear candy in this song...love the key changes and chord progressions....really like the timbre in your voice...the arrangement is really nice as well.

Steve


VNORTH2
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Top 100 Poster
OP Offline
Top 100 Poster
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,751
Likes: 6
Almost didn't see you Steve,

Thanks so much!

steady-eddie


Link Copied to Clipboard
Support Just Plain Folks

We would like to keep the membership in Just Plain Folks FREE! Your donation helps support the many programs we offer including Road Trips and the Music Awards.


Newest Members
daniellisa16, Jones1, Skeptic1, MarchAngel, John524
21,386 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums116
Topics123,277
Posts1,150,510
Members21,386
Most Online37,523
Jan 25th, 2020
Just Plain Quotes
"I treat all the Just Plain Folks I meet like they are Superstars, and I treat all the Superstars I meet like they are Just Plain Folks. It seems to work perfectly! -Brian Austin Whitney
Today's Birthdays
Andy Dinnell (51), bobsimpson23111 (70), debra manskey (64), rittsgirl (2022)
Popular Topics(Views)
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5