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Music to Hear: Sonnet 8 (key of E)


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RichardSchletty

 Genre: Ballad

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Back in October of 2004, Jack Miller (Dadai), Mike Lavoie (Mr. Ei Oval) and I worked on a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Sonnet 8 – Music to Hear. You can hear one of our renditions here: http://www.macjams.com/song/6881

All these years, I was bothered by the key of A that we had used back then. It was just too uncomfortably high for my voice. I didn't "wear the song" well. Twelve years later I am back with a humble offering of a solo outing of the sonnet. This time in the key of Emaj. Note that we had attempted versions in Amaj and Amin in 2004.

My guitar work here is pretty pathetic. Sorry about that. I recorded voice and guitar in one pass. I picked the wrong guitar. I should have used my nylon acoustic.

Lyrics: William Shakespeare (Sonnet 8)
Music concept: Michael Lavoie, Jack Miller
Guitar and vocals: Richard Schletty
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Lyrics
SONNET 8 by William Shakespeare

E D A E
Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
E D A E
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.
C D E
Why lovest thou that which thou receivest not gladly,
C D E
Or else receivest with pleasure thine annoy?

E D A E
If the true concord of well-tuned sounds,
E D A E
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
C D E
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
C D E
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.

E G D A
If the true concord of well-tuned sounds,
E G D A
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
C D E
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
C D E
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.

E D A E
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
E D A E
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering,
C D E
Resembling sire and child and happy mother
C D E
Who all in one, one pleasing note do sing:

G D C
Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
G D B E
Sings this to thee: 'thou single wilt prove none.'
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Uploaded: Dec 25, 2016 - 01:40:54 AM
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2016 - 12:18:59 AM Last Played: May 23, 2017 - 03:15:18 PM
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PeterB7858 said 295 days ago (December 26th, 2016)
Sonnet 8
Lovely vocal work, Richard. Fine performance. The whole concept works well. I enjoyed the listen. Thanks.
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RichardSchletty said 293 days ago (December 29th, 2016)
Thanks, Peter
I appreciate the drive-by listen and comment.
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Dadai.2 said 295 days ago (December 26th, 2016)
Richard...
Your voice is what convinced me I wanted to collab some Shakespeare sonnets with, i.e. you as the vocalist. I think we were one of the first MacJams collabs bands (with Mike L.). Thanks for resurrecting this unfinished part of our sonnet songs. A most fitting addition to our Bard catelogue...

For those interested to hear any number of our "Shakes" songs go to our 2004 Artist page and hear Rich sing Shakespeare:

http://www.macjams.com/artist/Postludes+Trio
RichardSchletty said 293 days ago (December 29th, 2016)
I'll never forget...
...the good times we had collaborating back when. I learned a lot. If we were still crazy after all these years, we'd still be doing weekly exchanges of song components and stitching them together with GarageBand or Logic.
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Philip18 said 293 days ago (December 29th, 2016)
Sonnet 8
The vocal sounds relaxed so I guess the key change was a good idea. You can't go wrong when the lyrics are by Shakespeare! Warm performance.
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Calchas said 292 days ago (December 29th, 2016)
Troubador extraordinaire...
that's you bro!

Nice choice of lyrics for this melody. Jibes well with your playing and singing Rich. Very nice...

Be well friend!
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Warren Smith said 286 days ago (January 5th, 2017)
Well-tuned sounds
There's something fitting about putting a sonnet about music to music.

You're in great voice here. The solo guitar is in accord with the troubadour conception .. but I can envision this with a fuller treatment, say, done as an edgy rock song (which might give a bit of a twist to "why hear'st thou music sadly").
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