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Business as usual, or "the same procedure as every year"

I'm working on two projects at the moment. Ritchy sent a complete track with "da da dam" standing for the lyrics. Marcell only sent the chorus part. His track already has got dummy lyrics which is easier to work with because the text also covers the intonation so I don't have to listen to the track all the time. That is why I wrote a dummy text for Ritchy's chorus as well. It goes:

Hey you,
can you come along and tell me
can you come along and tell me
something that I never have heard of

something that I need to hear
something that I want to hear again

... and it became

I could be you friend forever
your decision now or never
I can't stand the wait any longer

when will you make up your mind
when will you tell me your answer

Remember? That's my 'template method', i.e. using nonsense text as a template for the final one.

If Ritchy likes the chorus I will continue working on the verses and additonal parts that I have no term for (not 'bridge', anyway; maybe 'tag'? I read that term somewhere...).

Meanwhile I will try coming up with some lines for Marcell.

Did I mention that I normally begin with writing the chorus, and then go from there? Oh yes, of course, I did ;-)

FolkBernd live

An innkeeper suggested that I perform in his restaurant. Since there is no band backing me I said it would have to be acoustic, and I might need to rehearse a lot so my fingers would get used to the 12-string guitar, so it might be a while... Meanwhile my finger tips developed calluses so playing the thin steel strings doesn't hurt any more. Meanwhile I can play about 15 songs, maybe not by heart, but so they sound acceptable. I modified two pop songs and one rock ballad so they can be played as acoustic songs, the others have been acoustic from the beginning. Apart from playing my songs I will also read lyrics that have been used by others or not been set to music yet. Anyhow, on the 27th of September I will play live to an audience for the very first time in my life!

Here are impressions from my rehearsals: FolkBernd live at home

FolkBernd live at home: Joy
My latest song. The lyrics are from 2012, but set to music ten days ago.

FolkBernd live at home: summer time

FolkBernd live at home: glad that you're here
This is one of the pop tunes that could easily converted into an acoustic song.