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Canto 1: Devotions (To Rage And Release)


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This is the second song in that new project I have. The guitar is again in BEBEBE. This was a really difficult song to sing -- I didn't have much time to breathe between phrases, so it was hard to keep my throat loose. Guiding influences for this one range widely, but I think I came up with the riff after listening to a lot of Cave Singers, and the vocal melody for the verse revealed itself after a Yeah Yeah Yeahs song. I hope you enjoy!
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Aw, tell me that this heat will crack, a nut that falls to seasons changing –
You bent me and you broke my back: the world was young, and you were aging.
You formed from grit and dust, trapped me in a myth of mountains,
Heaved my hand to raise you up, poured my sweat into your fountains,

I won’t curl up at your feet, no, I won’t bow to bitter autumn,
Summer strangled in your sheets – you could smile, I was rotten.
Leave my soul alone – you come to skin me live, then you’re gone,
Let me sag into my snows, thread me hollow through a snarling dawn

I found you asleep with weeds on your face where the priests go to pray for the dead,
You rose from your heap and denied me my grace, you hid the harvest under your bed.
All this time in the glut of your cities at dusk and I’m drooping like a waterlogged fuse –
Now your body’s alone in the hills you have grown, and I’m gonna have to turn you loose, oh I think I’m gonna turn you loose...

Aw, tell me that you’ll rise again, flesh the vessel of my sorrow –
The river will not touch your skin, I will not be back tomorrow.
Bind your ragged heart, leave it on your highest tower,
Beasts will tear your fields apart and you will know your final hour.

Your veins, they brim with brumal blood though I await the springtime’s sneering,
I found you in the river mud once the frost, it finished clearing:
Leave my soul alone – you come to skin me live, then you’re gone,
You came again up from my snows, fled me hollow through a snarling dawn.

I found you asleep with weeds on your face where the priests go to pray for the dead,
You rose from your heap and denied me my grace, you hid the harvest under your bed.
All this time in the glut of your cities at dusk and I’m drooping like a waterlogged fuse –
Now your body’s alone in the hills you have grown, and I’m gonna have to turn you loose, oh I think I’m gonna turn you loose...
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Uploaded: Aug 16, 2012 - 11:00:58 PM
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2012 - 11:00:58 PM Last Played: Mar 23, 2017 - 12:38:32 PM
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Philip18 said 1775 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Devotions
There's an urgency to the guitar playing that gives the song life. Emotion in the vocal delivery and rich imagery in the lyrics. I enjoyed the whole perfromance.
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Symphony101 said 1775 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Each new track
I hear blows me away. Great creativity, great work.
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Songwriterz said 1775 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Yeah!!
That guitar is awesome!! you playing? I wonder if you can play that while singing the melody too :)) Cool work! Love Heidi
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sammydix said 1774 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Canto
*awesome* lyrics dude. good choice to deliver em stark like this. a bit of magic that way.
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magnatone said 1774 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Canto 1
good god ben - you just get better and better! i've come to really look forward to hearing a new song from you. this feels like such a huge leap forward in terms of the guitar playing, and of course your lyrics are just masterful. i think i'm hear clipping which might be worth addressing as this song is so awesome. congratulations on a fabulous piece of work ben!
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 1774 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Great writing overall
Breathe a little though, You sound rushed. You might want to consider cutting unnecessary words from the lyrics in the performance to give you space to emote and pause, this way the really good writing will shine through. Love the guitar.
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alackbass said 1774 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Canto 1: Devotions (To Rage And Release)
I pressed the little heart as soon as that guitar riff kicked in. The guitar front to back is excellent. Always love your lyrics. Strong vocal! One of your best.

Production suggestion: When you write something that leaves little room for breaths, record two vocal tracks. Call and response with yourself. Record a line on one track then the next on the other. Some would say it's cheating. I say it's art and there's no such thing as cheating.

Going to download this track as soon as I get home from work! Consider it downloaded!
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alackbass said 1774 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
I just realized!
No download :(
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grah3am said 1774 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Urgent
There's a driving, old - time blues feel to this. As the guitar is doing a lot of the work already you could cut down on some of the words - after all, the guitar is saying the same thing as the voice in its own way. That in turn would lend more power to the vocals. An impressive piece nevertheless.
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Vic Holman said 1774 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Canto 1
packed with a lot of punch! another good one ben!
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hackneybloke said 1773 days ago (August 18th, 2012)
canto 1
love the intro....and then that pulsating riff. excellent. i think you manage to get the words out okay....but i think you have too much going on lyrically and it's way too intense for the listener to be able to grasp what's being said, which is a pity because your lyrics are always very interesting. the crammed style in places also exposes the lack of variety in the vocal melody; less is more 'n' all that. i absolutely love the guitar riff between the verses and i would have liked to have heard it resolve into something else to bring an end to each verse rather than have the same riff repeat.
love the end....it's like your mum called you down for dinner :)
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dave_b said 1767 days ago (August 24th, 2012)
Canto 1: Devotions (To Rage And Release)
Big improvement in the guitar playing, and vocals sound better as well particularly phrasing. Strong images in the lyric.
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Michael_J_Martin said 1766 days ago (August 26th, 2012)
Very Unique
Very awesome guitar and an interesting almost haunting vocals - and I mean that in a good way. Your unique vocals have a hypnotic vibe to them.
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I haven't been playing music for too long. I've dabbled with the guitar for years, but it was only late in 2009 when I started writing my own stuff, and I've loved it ever since. I had always been inventing riffs or short melodies on the guitar, but ... [see more]

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