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Sonnet 138: Jazz / When My Love Swears (Dadai, rschletty, mungo)

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Here is the third of three different versions of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138. The process started about three months ago with a simple double bass loop in the key of Cmaj and Jack and Rich both doing free-form vocal tests. We let it vegetate for a while, then decided to lower the key two full steps to Amaj. Rich sent Jack the transposed double bass loop and Jack laid down a soulful vocal track on his lunch break. In this Jazz version, Rich has eliminated the original double bass loop and replaced it with different MIDI bass loops customized with the pencil tool. Mungo, dadai and rschletty contributed crowd chatter.

Richard's comments: "Our collaboration on Sonnet 138 throws the door wide open to a myriad of ways to interpret Shakespeare's immortal words. Jack laid down an excellent vocal track that is proving to be adaptable to various treatments. Our sonnet styling up to this point had been too narrow (i.e. in the folk and soft rock/adult genres)."

Bill's comments: "I was flattered to take part in this collaboration and enjoyed very much adding in my early morning voice (before coffee)."

Jack's comments: "Mungo and rschletty took my fairly unremarkable vox and applied their creativity to come up with Gothic Rock, Industrial and Jazz versions of Shakespeare's Sonnet 138."

VERSION 1: ALTERNATIVE/INDIE ROCK - http://www.macjams.com/song/song_profile.php?lid=10114
VERSION 2: INDUSTRIAL - http://www.macjams.com/song/song_edit.php?lid=10132
VERSION 3: JAZZ - this song page

Related pieces:
- A "clean" mix of Jazz version (no chatter or coughing): http://www.schletty.com/music/WMLS(S138)-Jazz-nochatter.mp3
- S138 Study, by rschletty: http://www.macjams.com/song/song_profile.php?lid=9693 (an early study by Rich in Cmaj)
- Ghost of 138, by mungo: http://www.macjams.com/song/song_profile.php?lid=10223
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When my love swears that she is made of truth,
I do believe her, though I know she lies,
That she might think me some untutor'd youth,
Unskilful in the world's false forgeries.
Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
Although I know my years be past the best,
I smiling credit her false-speaking tongue,
Outfacing faults in love with love's ill rest.
But wherefore says my love that she is young?
And wherefore say not I that I am old?
O, love's best habit is a soothing tongue,
And age, in love, loves not to have years told.
Therefore I'll lie with love, and love with me,
Since that our faults in love thus smother'd be.

-The Passionate Pilgrim (1599), William Shakespeare
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Uploaded: May 20, 2005 - 08:24:45 AM
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2005 - 08:08:42 PM Last Played: Apr 22, 2019 - 04:59:54 AM
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Rebsie said 5085 days ago (May 20th, 2005)
A more laid back one this time ... the bass and piano
are balanced just right and stay interesting
throughout, but still allow the vocal to dominate. The
murmuring, chatting and coughing in the
background works well ... gives a hint of a live-in-a-
club atmosphere. Good work, you three.
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mandolinquent said 5085 days ago (May 20th, 2005)
best yet...
I really liked the continuing background commentary...
modern - more cynical - voices cutting up the lovelorn
starry-eyed original of Bill the Bard. "She's no spring
chicken..." Great piano/bass/guitar/drum work and
mixing too. Fresh and nice.
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said 5085 days ago (May 20th, 2005)
best yet...
Mando: We appreciate your kind words. This has sure been a fun triplet of
interpretations. Now it's time to pen some fresh new lyrics...something
Shakespeare didn't think of....
Emily Rohm said 5085 days ago (May 20th, 2005)
I like this one...
...best of the three. The jazzy bed seems most fitting for
the text. Great job with all of them. Very unique and
interesting collab. It's hard to write a song around text
with iambic pentameter!
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said 5085 days ago (May 20th, 2005)
I like this one...
Thanks so much, Emily.
Anonymous said 5084 days ago (May 21st, 2005)
why coughing? ... i do not think it fits well, sorry ... cool
bass line ... this has extreme improvisation feel which is
nice and free ... piano line interesting in places ... mix is
varied too with panning ...
said 5084 days ago (May 21st, 2005)
different strokes for different folks...

"The murmuring, chatting and coughing in the
background works well ... gives a hint of a live-in-a-
club atmosphere."
-from another comment

thanks for listening and for the comments!

Making melody with your heart...
Anonymous said 5083 days ago (May 22nd, 2005)
yes thank you i already read earlier comment ... which is reason i make mine
... also thank you for posting link to coughless song ... much better to my
ears ... in any case your big heart(s) comes through in your music ...

we are all connected!
said 5082 days ago (May 23rd, 2005)
Rather than distract the listener, we had hoped that the comments directed
aimed at the poet-singer would help focus attention on Shakespeare's
message...albeit in a loose, almost rude way. What is he telling us about life,
love, decay and/or death? It's another experiment in getting the modern
crowd to sit up and take note of the dead poet's longevous words.

BTW, when mungo recorded his barbs, he coughed near the end ...plus added
a fun little remark, "KG is my man." I included everything he did in that early
morning session in this "live jazz club" mix.
said 5084 days ago (May 21st, 2005)
A "clean" version of this Jazz version (no chatter or coughing) is here:
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