Like ninja

Continuing the Miracle keyboard tribute.

This time, a treat: a brand new song. Well, it’s not really brand new. I wrote it in 1998 or 1999 (I never put dates on anything) and have occasionally revised it since. But it is the first time I’ve ever recorded it. I think. This time around you are not hearing Miracle keyboard sounds, but you are hearing MIDI bleeps and bloops that were programmed in with the valuable assistance of the Miracle, as I bought some fancy sequencing software (and, perhaps more importantly, a MIDI to USB cable) and have put it to use.

Vocals were recorded using Belkin’s voice memo attachment for iPod. It’s a roundabout way to record vocals, but it was the only way I could get any volume at all – my laptop’s mic port leaves much to be desired. But as a result the vocal track is at a low resolution and sounds a little like old-timey radio.

This song, like many of the songs I write, could stand to be a little more dynamic, but the lyrics do exactly what I want them to, and if I held off recording songs until I wrote bridges for all of them I would never get anything recorded. (This song originally had a bridge but it was stupid and I got rid of it.)

Here it is, for your listening pleasure:

Quietly Quick [MP3, 2 MB]

I called to warn you
You wouldn’t have known
You never got up
To answer the phone
You’re in big trouble
You gotta get out of bed now
‘Fore your covers are blown

Your roller coaster
Is more than a ride
It more than makes up
That pain in your side
Put down the corkscrew
And everything on it, it’s
More than a matter of pride

I tore your will up
It doesn’t exist
Not much will come of
You slashing your wrist
A cloud of bone dust
A spray of hot water and
Trouble with making a fist

You manifest this
Emotional tic
And its convergence
Is quietly quick
Go seek assistance
And find it regardless of
Whether you’re actually sick

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