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

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


... and it became

darling
I could be you friend forever
sweetheart
your decision now or never
beloved
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 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 10th 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 2013, 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.

no tomorrow

Written to music by Alfredo from Argentina:


a night in the club, a night to get away from all
I never thought that I would find my love right there
I saw you, I spotted you among the dancing crowd
and at the end of day I was lost for good

the room was charged with energy
seductive beats that moved the dancers
high voltage electricity
and the music left no room for cares or sorrows

when I saw you dance
I was knocked off my feet
no words could describe what I was feeling
you moved like in trance
you looked so sweet
and moved like there would be no tomorrow

just a little touch
leading on to kisses
and the rest is history
just a magic word
in a world of bliss
to hear your joyful cries
just a little love
just a little friendship
that is all it takes to fill our lives
now we're lying side by side

how 'bout the club, to celebrate the work weeks end
let us have fun, let's party till the morning dawns
let us cheer our friendship and the place where we first met
till at the end of night we'll walk in the light

a dancefloor charged with energy
seductive beats that move the dancers
high voltage electricity
while the music leaves no room for cares or sorrows

when I see you dance
you knock me off my feet
no words can describe what I'm feeling
you move like in trance
you look so sweet
that I wish there would be no tomorrow

together now

A duet. Somewhat corny, maybe, yet fits the music...

HE
there was this girl
this dreamlike girl
I had no choice
braced up and asked her "Can I walk with you?"
"I'll walk you home or anywhere.
Maybe see you home,
or just chat and roam.
Please give me this chance,
my pretty girl!"

SHE
I thought I knew
I knew who you were
but when I think 'bout it
what did I know
nothing much that would have helped me foresee what would come
foresee what would come
you would be the one
you are the one

HE [SHE]
my pretty girl [my beloved man]
my dream come true [all my dreams fulfilled]
my pretty girl [my beloved man and friend]
I will stay true and always be with you [my dreams fulfilled]
to be with you I will stay true [I believe in you and that you always will stay true]

BOTH
we're together now
nothing in between
all our dreams fulfilled
together now

we're together now
nothing in between
all our dreams fulfilled
together now

under your charm

This is it (matching Marcell's tune exactly!):

we were dancing close
like in a dream world
lost in ourselves
and when
the party ended
I comprehended
you'd cast your spell

you light my nights
as you light my days
to see you smile
blows me away
I hold my breath
when you're in my arms
I melt away
under your charm

you moved in with me
it feels like fiction
that I'm with you
that now
we are together
two of a feather
and all so new

you light my nights
as you light my days
to see you smile
blows me away
I hold my breath
when you're in my arms
I melt away
under your charm