Building off Adam’s Chords – Drew (Remixing Assignment)

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I saw Adam’s assignment and decided to do a little more with the chords he played which were G, C and D.

Link to Adam’s assignment:


Remixing Assignments

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Courtesy of Kabnotes’ Blog

While the last two weeks saw the face-to-face class of #IntroGuitar participants away on Spring Break, we’ve returned this week with the intention of taking our assignments to the next level by adding an element of collaboration and remixing to the proceedings.

Taking inspiration from Tim Owens, Martha Burtis and Alan Levine‘s visionary assignment bank for the University of Mary Washington’s Digital Storytelling 106 course, where course participants can remix and combine different existing assignments – and responses to those assignments – into new materials, our work this week has been organized around the requirement that it has to build on work already on the site.

What this might mean is:

We’d like to invite our open online participants to join us this week by delving into some of the work on the site and seeing where it might take you. Taking inspiration from some of the global collaborations that have taken wing in #IntroGuitar so far, hopefully we can make something exciting happen while strengthening the bonds between our realtime and digital classmates.

If you’d like to offer a remix assignment, be sure to link to the original work you’re building on, and include the appropriate assignment tags and categories.


Lachrymose and Weary- Take III

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This story goes like this:

  • On February 25, I shared a poem that one of my grade 8 students shared on her blog.
  • Two days later Bryan takes the words, creates a google doc, dresses them up in some chords and records this.
  • A few days after that Nathan, shuffles the words and creates this beautiful melody and records his version.
  • This past Saturday, I went back to google doc, changed some chords and recorded my verse:

Curious to see where we land with this one. I hope to fiddle with it some more.  Maybe if we all keep adding various drafts we can come up with one arrangement we can play and record together for a full piece.

Lachrymose and Weary Remixed

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Brian beat me to it. I too was taken with the poem created by Jabiz’s student.

When writing, I often write with placeholder lyrics (Think the classic McCartney placeholder “Scrambled Eggs” which held an early position over “Yesterday” in his famous song of the same name). I need something with the right amount of syllables that will match a melody, and so I grabbed some of the lines that I think worked as non-rhyming verses, and then got stuck on the chorus.

“Broker than Jesus” is a placeholder, though, if you were a believer, it would make a decent allusion. Pieces is a tough one to rhyme. “He says, she says” would work, as would “Reese’s”(of peanut butter & chocolate fame).  “Cheeses” would work as well (Ha), but “broker than cheeses” is a pretty stupid metaphor, and most would hear “broker than Cheesus,” as in, cheese Jesus, which is probably worse.

I also added a second verse, as I wanted to have a double verse before the chorus, and connect the two first lines of both, ie. “Emotion” / “Commotion”

Here’s where I ended up. Thanks Michelle for letting me use your work!

What if pain was more than an emotion?
made your heart bleed,
broke your bones,
and bruised your skin?

What if pain, was more than just this commotion
turning up my chest, 
denying my rest.

If that’s the case, I must be in pieces.
If that’s the case, I’m broker than Jesus

What if life was only just a game;
winning the beginning;
lovers throw you off your path;
friends only there for empty promises;
enemies are the only ones who listen.

Lachrymose and Weary

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I wanted to run with the poem Jabiz shared the other day and spent some time during class today playing with some simple chords and a google document, riffing on Michelle’s original work.

lachrymose and weary

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Jabiz again. A few nights ago, I was reading student blogs and came across this stunning poem by one of my grade 8 students- Michelle. She is extremely talented and a bit music obsessed like me. Take a look at her work here.

Back to the poem. I couldn’t help but think that these words would make a great song. I have decided to play around with them a bit and have asked her to do the same. Maybe you can help us out too. What can you do with them? Maybe we can all bring these words to song together. Let us know if you are interested.

lachrymose and weary

What if pain was more than an emotion?
What if pain scarred your insides,
made your heart bleed
broke your bones
and bruised your skin?
If that’s the case, I must be in pieces.

What if paranoia was a disease;
taking you over muscle by muscle.

What if inadequacy was a condition;
and only the flawless were truly normal.

What if honesty was only another word for lies;
“I will” another way to say “I won’t”?

What if life was just a game;
and winning was only the beginning;
lovers only to throw you off your path;
friends only there for empty promises;
enemies as the only listeners.

What if nothing meant anything?