#2 - Quarantine

Here's a new song, Quarantine. I think it's not quite done, so maybe after I do more work on it, like sort out my singing, arranging, and a possible bridge, I'll repost an improved version.  For now, here you go, with Sean Feder playing dobro!   Below the video you'll find lyrics and song development notes.

Quarantine 

The mockingbird and sparrow chime 
In the air you hear a siren whine 
It’s the only sound now in the street, 
Now that we’re in quarantine 

Standing like an arrow, towards the sky 
She tosses her baton up high 
Twirls it round her arm and then 
She throws it right back up again 

Keep your distance, don’t come near 
Or like a job, she’ll disappear 
Now we've woke up in a dream 
Now we’re all in quarantine 
We’re in quarantine. 

A man sits on his golden throne 
Checks his image on his phone 
A nurse reuses an old mask 
No clean gloves for her hands 

You can try to run, but you won’t get far 
the virus don’t care who you are 
It’ll eat your lungs till you can’t breathe 
That’s why we’re all in quarantine 
We’re in quarantine.


Here are snapshots of my lyrical work -- they resemble all the songs I work on --  fast, messy scribbling, rhyming, in free association style. I did have a melody in mind for this, plus the words "now we're in quarantine," so that was a huge start. The song would start to fill in quickly after some lyric development.

You'll see lots of rhyme lists. I know there are such things as rhyming websites and dictionaries, and I do use them.  But when I'm in a stream-of-consciousness state in writing, I prefer to come up with my own rhyme lists. It keeps me from getting distracted, and I think it works to give me a good choice of words that stay in an easy, common-language, vernacular type of wording, vs. a more constructed, and sometimes awkward variety.  So I save those websites and dictionaries for later as needed, when I've got more of my song formed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 comments

  • Judi Hosking
    Judi Hosking
    Ahhhhhhhh. Creative mind at work!!’nn

    Ahhhhhhhh. Creative mind at work!!’nn

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    Hello mi Ma!

    Hello mi Ma!

  • Wayne Buck
    Wayne Buck
    Speaking from the point of view of someone with absolutely no musical talent, it's fascinating to see how a song comes together.

    Speaking from the point of view of someone with absolutely no musical talent, it's fascinating to see how a song comes together.

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    Hey Wayne, I've heard you tell a story. And given the talent you have for that, I'd bet you've got some music in you. On occasions where a melody with a couple words starts running circles in my head, it's always a great gift. But a lot of the time, I'm just struggling through different bits and pieces I'm making up on the fly. In one of the coming articles on songwriting, I'll talk about one of my favorite exercises for people who don't think they can write a song, or for people with writer's block.

    Hey Wayne, I've heard you tell a story. And given the talent you have for that, I'd bet you've got some music in you.
    On occasions where a melody with a couple words starts running circles in my head, it's always a great gift. But a lot of the time, I'm just struggling through different bits and pieces I'm making up on the fly. In one of the coming articles on songwriting, I'll talk about one of my favorite exercises for people who don't think they can write a song, or for people with writer's block.

  • Dianna Jensen
    Dianna Jensen
    I love seeing your notes! Great song.

    I love seeing your notes! Great song.

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    Thank you Dianna! I'll try to include notes for new songs. They often end up on literal shreds of paper, the backs of bills/envelopes, and so on, so they can be hard to assemble! Ha ha.

    Thank you Dianna! I'll try to include notes for new songs. They often end up on literal shreds of paper, the backs of bills/envelopes, and so on, so they can be hard to assemble! Ha ha.

  •  Carol
    Carol
    sweet that this song starts with the neighborhood birds. there is just so much clear bird song and calling during shelter in place. i'm trying to figure out if it is because birds are filling the vacuum humans left when they went inside or because we can hear them so much better without all the other noise. I've decided it is some of both. I enjoy witnessing the song-writing process....particularly with the rhymes.

    sweet that this song starts with the neighborhood birds. there is just so much clear bird song and calling during shelter in place. i'm trying to figure out if it is because birds are filling the vacuum humans left when they went inside or because we can hear them so much better without all the other noise. I've decided it is some of both. I enjoy witnessing the song-writing process....particularly with the rhymes.

  • Bill Apgood
    Bill Apgood
    Love this song. I'm glad I came back to re-read this, it answers a bit of what I asked on a different post regarding the process. Thanks!

    Love this song. I'm glad I came back to re-read this, it answers a bit of what I asked on a different post regarding the process. Thanks!

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    Cool, thanks Bill!

    Cool, thanks Bill!

  • Bill Apgood
    Bill Apgood
    To Carol: Yes, you are right, the bird sounds are much more noticable now. You have probably seen subsequent to your comment some of the news stories about the fact that people are hearing bird songs in places it was thought that the birds no longer lived. Both because it is quieter and that they are moving back.

    To Carol: Yes, you are right, the bird sounds are much more noticable now. You have probably seen subsequent to your comment some of the news stories about the fact that people are hearing bird songs in places it was thought that the birds no longer lived. Both because it is quieter and that they are moving back.

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