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When Einarus posted his track "Musica's Box," I immediately heard a haunting, children's song sort of vibe to it.

Music boxes have always fascinated me--sounding both delicately gentle and somehow sad.

In this vein, I've set some ghostly, gothic lyrics to Ein's track. Thank you, Einarus, for letting me add to this!! :)
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Lyrics
I'll build a beautiful wall
To keep you out
I'll build a beautiful wall
Around this tattered heart

I'll build a beautiful wall
To keep me in
I'll build a beautiful wall
And you will see...

A wall of roses with prickly thorns
A moat of molten glass surrounding
Curtains of briars
And shards of dreams

I'll build a beautiful wall....
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Uploaded: May 01, 2008 - 09:35:59 AM
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2010 - 01:41:13 AM Last Played: Jul 18, 2017 - 12:04:08 PM
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said 3431 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Beautiful
(as the title suggests)
Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
thanks, b
:)
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composerclark said 3431 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Ahh...
Very beautiful indeed, and haunting, like a Grimm's bros. fairy tale. I'm impressed, as always!
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Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Grimm's...and grim fairy tales...
...which was exactly the mood I was going for here. (The picture was sort of a giveaway...)
Thank you for the kind words :)

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magnatone said 3431 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Beautiful Wall
WOW you two! Love mysti's vox addition - this is gorgeous!
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Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Thank you, Karen
Glad you like this one :)
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Roxylee said 3431 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
wow, this works so well
Childlike, yet chilling at the same tine. Beautifully sung, as always. :-)
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Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Aren't most lullabys...
...chilling and childlike?
An interesting combo!
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said 3431 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
beautiful wall
I am beginning to love you sooo much and your lovely voice is so captivating you are a really lovely beautiful spirit and I can hear this in your words and in you singing. Mystified.

You sing so beutifuly and I feel soo good after listening to your lovely singing. I would also like to thank you cat for your very nice kind words to me on chat when at times I have been feeling so low and you say such nice kind words to me too.
You may think its gone in one ear and out the other but i have took note
anyhow. I think you are also a lovely person and a very good beautiful singer and an outstanding performer. And Einrus has done you proud
put wings also to your song Well done you guys. its sounded brilliant.

Peace Dee xxx

Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
thank you Dee
I appreciate your thoughts here. (Say kind words to yourself often, too! ;)

Thanks again to Einarus, for the beautiful track I built the vocals upon.
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drakonis said 3431 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Terrible song!
(Ha, got your attention!) Cat, your singing and lyric additions to this are beautiful, as always. However, it did feel like the lyrics were packed a little too tightly... you started singing almost right away, with no musical intro... I would have preferred an intro 4 bars of musical theme before you start, then I wanted this stretched out, with a breather between each of your lines, so they would sink in and breathe, and allow you time to do more of your ethereal background vox in between the lines... but of course, this critique simply means that I adore what you and Einar came up with, and I just wanted it stretched out to go longer. My only lyrical suggestion is the word "prickly" seemed almost trite to me, I would have preferred a more ambiguous/meaningful word, not sure what though, maybe "dang'rous" or "poisonous" or instead of "prickly thorns", "thorns and wires" (rhymes with briars, and infers separation-via-technology).

Anyway, you always get my creative thoughts flying, excellent work!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Mystified said 3431 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
prickly...
I'm going to reply to your comments first, Drak, because you actually brought up some things I considered when approaching this song.
As for the length, I tried it in various ways, delaying starting to sing, etc. Quite simply, as a vocal piece, it does need to be longer. But as I told Einarus, I didn't want to do the additions myself.
So it stands as a vocal 'vignette'--a piece of a piece, as it were.
As for the phrase 'prickly throrns,' I did try 'poison/poisonous/tainted' this, that and the other, but eventually went for the onomatopoeic 'prickly' and the organic 'thorns' as I wanted that simple--perhaps even simplistic--visual associated with it.

I'm glad you enjoyed this, and took time to leave a comment.
Thank you!
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lengold said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
I think
it's impossible for you to do something not wonderful.
Cheers
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Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
:)
Thank you, Len. Very kind words--I'm glad you enjoyed this song.
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tokai said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
It is a
beautiful, great song with lovely vocals.
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Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
thank you, tokai
thanks for taking time to leave a comment :)
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Moviz said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Short
and sweet. I like the smoothness and fluidity in your voice alongside the harsh (but pleasant)brittle tinkling of the music... it adds a vulnerable feel to it....like someone hurt having a mental conversation about..... someone who's hurt them. Enjoyed, regards M
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Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
those mental conversations...
I did purposely try to create a fragility to the voice; I'm glad you heard that.
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Reinholt56 said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Oh my.....
This is to me, quite simply, perfect.

The music and the words fit together as a hand in a glove. I don't 'hear' anything else.

There are few pieces on here that I would give, if I voted, straight 10's, but this would be one of them.

Two magical artistes doing something wonderfully well.

Take care.

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Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Thank you, Paul
I appreciate your comments and your support.
Thank you.
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DWL said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Perfectly formed
said what it had to say and left.

Beautifully done.

Cheers

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Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Thank you, Dick
There is something liberating in doing a song that has its own 'say.' Sure, it broke a few rules (it's really short, there's no real intro...) But in a way it makes it all the more unusual, and that's fine by me.
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Feter said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
beautiful wall
this is so sweet ...your singin so awesome here
the music a true heartfelt one ..one of the sweetest
colabs my freind .I think this is your best style
you invest your sweet voice with ..thnx alot for
sharin such gem !!
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Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Thank you, Feter
I always appreciate your comments.
I do enjoy singing in this style as well. It seems the most 'natural' for me.
Thanks for stopping by for a listen, and for leaving your thoughts.
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Peter Bauckham said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
I found this
really haunting. I agree with your comment about music boxes. I don't have a problem with the lyrics (perhaps I would have preferred a longer intro) but the overall song is just great as it is...

Peter
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Mystified said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
music boxes...
...just what is it about them..?

Thank you, Peter, for letting me know that you enjoyed this song. :)
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gail60 said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
so good
Such a simple sound transformed into more mystery. You sing so beautifully as always. Great collab. Thanks for sharing it with us
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elfdaughter said 3430 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Stunning
Stunning as ever, Mysti!
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said 3430 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
You did this
exactly right. No need for intro's or changed lyrics

It is perfect as is

If I were to remix this, it would sound exactly the same

:-)

b
Morning Light said 3429 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
:)*
I love you vox with the bells ......beautiful
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Estella said 3429 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
gorgeous!
don't know that I'd heard you before, but I think I would have remembered! You have a beautiful voice!

I wandered over here from einarus's original piece. I almost didn't want to hear it b/c I thought his piece was so perfect on its own, but you really did it justice and what a charming voice you have! I'm glad I listened.
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I. Spike said 3429 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
Your new scary movie...
This so forlorn, scary, haunting and just plain neat-o!
Great track and very cool vocals!
...and again, just the right length.... I'm left wanting more, but I shall have none.... I guess I could just listen to it again, eh...?
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sloparts said 3429 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Haunting lyrics
that wrap you in a cocoon of love overpowering fear. This is almost magical Cat the way you weave those lyrics around and you voice is as clear as crystal. Lovely singing, great lyrics, and a simple musical path played out on the toy piano. Fantastic.

Thank you for sharing this

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Norman Goodman said 3427 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
vocals reminded me of Rowanne Mark
Has a hauntingly beautiful vocal line ( Awesome voice by the way ). Great bed, song has an interesting vibe to it. The singing and keys are so "pleasant" sounding, yet the note choices created a feeling unease and a palpable sense of foreboding . I thought it was very well done and very clever, to convey such vivid musical imagery is real talent unto itself.
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kassia said 3427 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Indeed
Very haunting. I LOVE the lyrics - the contradiction between the beautiful/tattered and beautiful/prickly/shards. Wonderful word choice. I think your lyrics fit the sounds perfectly - the childlike innocence and beauty of the music box compared to the more menacing realities of life and the world out there! As always your vocals are beautiful. My ear was waiting to hear a little reverb/echo in there - kind of as if you were singing within and behind that beautiful wall. Does that make sense? lol Great addition to Einarus' music. Thanks!
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davisamerica said 3427 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
right then
have been waiting for this since chat conversation a few nites ago .. so worth the wait... and it is a beauty
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that80sboy said 3427 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
nice!
very pretty voice and light on the ears...i like it!
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rustykangaroo said 3427 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
music boxes.........brilliant!!!!!!!!!!
haunting vocals fit beautifully, a creative concept which reminds me of tim burton's collaborator/composer danny elfman. i also enjoy lullaby songs and have written one or two on my acoustic but hard to beat the atmosphere you've created here. i want more lyrics and more of everthing really but anything good always leaves you wanting more, and its true to the spirit of a music box that way, kudos to you (or you two) for realizing that and not overdoing it. but i would still encourage an alternate just to give us more to love.
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jiguma said 3426 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Lovely collab!
I love the music box sounds Einar - ironically they always give me dark vibes rather than happy ones. Beautiful singing Cat.

I agree with Eduard on the way the vocals start straight up before the mood is set by the music, but a minor nit.

It seemed to me (and no-one else has mentioned it, so feel free to ignore me) that the mix was a little hot - the vocals especially seemed to lack the clarity that would have worked so well here. With the delicate music box sounds, a delicate sparse arrangement might have sounded good.

Again, a minor nit though - a lovely interpretation.

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jefferson987 said 3425 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
wow
That was incredible. 10's across the board!
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echoroom said 3425 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
I love great titles
This is a great title, and a similarly great track - really haunting. Your voice is fabulous on this - icy and sensual.

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said 3424 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
Great!
Deep vocals over an awesome soundbed. This is amazing piece Ms. Cat. WOW... Thanks for sharing!

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Confounded said 3421 days ago (May 10th, 2008)
Emotional
Perfectly written vocal line, and the simple and very nice background play and the atmosphere has made a very well produced song from it.

My only suggestion is about the other line which you used it near ending, it was somehow a litlle scary or mystic for this peaceful song.

Very well, Thanks.
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dirigent said 3421 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Beautiful wall
Magic voice, an enchanting track, I'm magnetized - awesome work :-) :-) :-)
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guitapick said 3420 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
....
...the innocent glockenspeil is the perfect choice with your lovely voice singing such guarded sadness...
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thetiler said 3417 days ago (May 14th, 2008)
Gorgeous
! E, you sure can compose interesting tunes! Of course doesn't hurt to have such sweet singing!
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richardhowardjones said 3410 days ago (May 21st, 2008)
climbing
I love it. Makes me feel like climbing.
I'm sure whoever's inside that wall has a lot more to say. Best wishes
Rich
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EEFliess said 3406 days ago (May 25th, 2008)
wow...
as soft and sweet as a lullaby
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loricunningham said 3163 days ago (January 24th, 2009)
Perfect vocals
Perfect vocals to fit the mood of the track. Love the light harmonies in the background too.
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