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Thou Art More Lovely: Sonnet 18 (Dadai, rschletty, Mr. Ei Oval)


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Note: Please check our home page for a 2009 remix of this song.

Postludes Trio was born at MacJams.com. We're starting out by setting to music the sonnets of William Shakespeare.

Members of Postludes Trio:
Jack Miller (MJ username: dadai) hails from Santa Barbara, CA).
Mike Lavoie (MJ username: Mr. EI Oval) dwells in Chicago, IL.
Rich Schletty (MJ username: rschletty) has a very permanent residence in St. Paul, MN.

Comments by Jack Miller:

Oct. 10, 2005... you can listen to Jack's newly recorded version of Thou Art More Lovely at:

http://www.macjams.com/song/14197

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 is one of his best known and most loved, due in part to its accessibility. As you listen, imagine a man walking in an open meadow on a summer's day, daydreaming of his lover. He begins to contemplate, in his own heart, to what he can compare her. But comparisons fail, even as he considers a summer's day or the sun itself. She is unique.

When I first started to write a sonnet-song, I didn't know where I was going. The inspiration to do this was born of a desire to bring Shakespeare in a modern musical form to today's audience. "Love Alters Not" (here) was the initial result and a pleasant surprise. Now with "Thou Art More Lovely" completed, I just want to say how grateful I am to be working with Richard and Mike. We're three middle-aged guys having a lot of fun.

This piece has a light jazz flavor and in it Richard delivers (IMHO) his best vocal performance on MacJams.com. Mike, once again on guitar, provides excellent lead rhythm and flourishes, as well as a short solo, that make this song come together. Richard shows off his growing skills with some great background acoustic guitar playing. Employing the mighty "pencil tool", I provide the upright bass as well as a little live shaker shaking. We hope you like it.

Lyrics: William Shakespeare
Musical Composition: Jack Miller
Vocals and guitar: Richard Schletty
Lead rhythm and solo guitar: Mike Lavoie
Bass & Shaker: Jack Miller
Mixing: Richard Schletty

12-7-2004: Some timing issues resolved. New mix posted.
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Lyrics
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed.
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Song Stats
Hits: 10185
Comments: 26
Fans: 1
Plays: 2069
Downloads: 492
Votes: 25
Uploaded: Dec 05, 2004 - 04:17:06 AM
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2009 - 08:35:53 PM Last Played: Apr 11, 2019 - 02:27:54 AM
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Hardware:
Jack’s hardware: iBook 3, Pre-Mobile, Shure 57, guitar.
Rich’s hardware: AudioTechnica mic with windscreen, Mbox interface, G4/500 MHz/768 MB, acoustic guitar
Mike’s hardware: Ovation and Burda guitars, Tascam-122 interface, iMac/800 MHz.
Software:
Sound Studio, Logic Express, iTunes
Comments
said 5249 days ago (December 5th, 2004)
Fully Developed
Thanks for the opportunity to hear this as it progressed.
You've seemed to have ironed out all the wrinkles... and
delivered a very high-quality recording. Vocals are right
on. Musicianship at its highest degree. Peak
performances. This is a great collaborative project.

Three cheers for Postludes Trio!!!
said 5249 days ago (December 5th, 2004)
Fully Developed
Alimar,

Thanks a lot. I am glad you think the song sounds good. You have a good
ear and your feedback while the song was in process was valuable to us in
tightening things up. And thanks for the 3 cheers!

Jack

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Making melody with your heart...
said 5249 days ago (December 5th, 2004)
Excellent...
Beautiful song. Great production quality and presentation. Thanks for sharing.
said 5249 days ago (December 5th, 2004)
Excellent...
Skipper.
I always appreciate your comments. You have been encouraging and
generous. It means a lot that you like this song.

Thanks,
Jack

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Making melody with your heart...
Cameron said 5249 days ago (December 5th, 2004)
nostalgic in so many ways
Not only is the poetry timeless and truly lyrical, your
musical treatment of it hearkens back to the '60s and '70s
with the "folk" guitar sound and the close vocal
harmonies. For some reason this tune reminds me of the
song "Crystal Blue Persuasion" from 1969.

In the very first part of the song, the guitars weren't quite
in synch, but then tightened up much better after the
third line of text or so.

VERY NICE sound combination the three of you make!
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Postludes Trio said 5249 days ago (December 5th, 2004)
nostalgic in so many ways
Cameron: We appreciate your comments. Evoking nostalgia is better than
inducing neuralgia. Thanks for the listen. -RCS

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Music for the ages...from the aged
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said 5249 days ago (December 5th, 2004)
nostalgic in so many ways
I guess the musical treatment betrays the fact that the three of us grew in the
sixties and the musical influences of that time are obviously a part of us. I
am glad you like the song and feel that the music works with this sonnet. It
is a challenge to create a suitable chord and melody combination that works
with the Shakespeare's words. It is a great learning experience for the three
of us. Thanks again.

Jack

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Making melody with your heart...
ChrisSly said 5248 days ago (December 6th, 2004)
The food of love
This is a very nice song. I think adapting Shakespeare's
work into modern music is difficult (the heightened and
sometimes archaic language being the major reason) but
you've pulled it off nicely.

Technically speaking, there appears to be a slight timing
issue to the tune, though. To my ear the bass seems a
little off, which is odd since you penciled it in, and there
are times where the vocals don't always seem to align
quite well enough.
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said 5248 days ago (December 6th, 2004)
The food of love
We appreciate the feedback. We'll take a look at how we can tighten up the
rhythm. There is some off-beat bass stuff in there which some ears may not
be used to (e.g. my daughter, who said the same thing as you). I can also
revisit the vocals to see if I can nail them down better. We are trying to make
this akin to a live virtual performance and do not want to overproduce or
cheat-edit too much. But if it will help to propel this song and the sonnet-
song concept upward and outward, so be it.

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www.schletty.com/indwellings/
Postludes Trio said 5247 days ago (December 7th, 2004)
The food of love
We tightened up the timing and linked to the new mix. Let us know if there
are still some things to fix. We appreciate it. - Richard

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Music from the heart.
Check out my latest song called The Everlasting
lomarc said 5247 days ago (December 7th, 2004)
good!
Absolutelly nice song. I like the voice so much, and the
guitars create a powerfull sound.
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Postludes Trio said 5247 days ago (December 7th, 2004)
good!
Thanks for the highmarc, lowmarc!

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Music from the heart.
Check out my latest song called The Everlasting
said 5246 days ago (December 8th, 2004)
I must say...
Rich's vocals on this song are reeeaally good! You are breaking some new ground their Rich man.

Baby, you're the Rich man...
said 5246 days ago (December 8th, 2004)
I must say...
that should read: ... "breaking some new ground there, Rich man." ...

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Making melody with your heart...
said 5246 days ago (December 8th, 2004)
I must say...
Breaking ground for my grave? Let's hope not. I'm trying to stay on the sunny
side of life. Thanks for your kind comments. I am not the walrus.

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www.schletty.com/indwellings/
TobinMueller said 5245 days ago (December 9th, 2004)
Sweetest yet
This is your sweetest mix yet. Sparkling lead acoustic
guitar, nice use of stereo guitars, nice bass sound, and
your voice is used in a warm and smooth, embracing way.
Like a summer wind with hymnal overtones. Excellent
work.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
said 5245 days ago (December 9th, 2004)
Sweetest yet
Thanks, Tobin. That is a sweet review. We were hoping you'd like this. A
friend challenged me the other day with this: "Who do you think will listen to
the words of a dead poet? Why not write your own love songs?" I tried to
explain the concept. I countered, "Why read the words of dead prophets?"

As a read, there is magic in Shakespeare's timeless stanzas. However, our trio
feels the vehicle of music can help to make even more accessible the bard's
sentiments concerning love, chastity, death, fame, time and eternity. Plus, we
simply like to create powerful music whose whole is greater than the sum of
its parts. That's magic. Personally, I never cared much for Shakespeare until
Jack drew me into his little concept. Now I sing the bard's stanzas with the
greatest pathos that I can muster. The exercise is helping me to develop my
artistic expression. I thank the Master Poet for that. I now care very much
about his sonnets.

By thy way, our trio is also capable of writing original material. All in its due
course.

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www.schletty.com/indwellings/
_nderscore said 5245 days ago (December 9th, 2004)
awww..
you're makin me all sniffly. really touching song.
everything is so very well balanced-i found myself easily
drifting from the lyrics to each of the
instruments & back. excellent all around, guys. i think bill
would be proud
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said 5245 days ago (December 9th, 2004)
awww..

Thank you, my man.

Our goal was to make the girls cry. But if you want to cry... well, that makes us happy too!

Jack

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Making melody with your heart...
TennesseeVic said 5212 days ago (January 11th, 2005)
Cool song
Really like this.

Just a few nits on the production. That shaker is too soft
and intermittent. It also sounds off-beat in places. The
rhythm of the right guitar could really really really use
some variation. Please?

Other than that this is a great collaboration.
Check out my latest song called Allegro from flute sonata 1 in C
said 5204 days ago (January 19th, 2005)
Cool song
Right guitar or left guitar? Depends on how you put on your headphones.
Thanks, Vic, for the comments. We'll try to tighten 'er up when we get the call
to make our stuff broadcast-ready. Call us dreamers.

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www.schletty.com/indwellings/
Pie said 5198 days ago (January 25th, 2005)
You might be interested...
You might be interested in a song entitled 'Like A
Beautiful Smile' by Sting. it can be found on his last album
'Sacred Love'. I think you should check it out :-)
Check out my latest song called Coalesce (Instrumental)
UncleSamwich said 5192 days ago (January 31st, 2005)
No kidding.
That was something else. I would never have heard
that in my life otherwise, thank you. You heard it
here on MacJams.
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nyakki said 5172 days ago (February 20th, 2005)
Nicely Done
Great mix. I enjoyed listening to it.

I found this song randomly from the Listening
Game

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tacobassman said 4847 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
wow
This is realy good, i love it .id use it for on my way to pic up my sis and id just be one really ckool guy
Check out my latest song called Just a test, basic bass
tacobassman said 4847 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
wow
This is realy good, i love it .id use it for on my way to pic up my sis and id just be one really ckool guy
Check out my latest song called Just a test, basic bass
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