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A Few Thoughts on writing & Recording Granite Meadow

I was sitting in a meadow in Kings Canyon National Park and there was no one around. There were none of the sounds of the city or suburbs; no cars, no voices, no sirens, no leaf blowers. At first all I heard was silence. Next, I started to hear my own breathing. A short time later, I started to hear the music of the meadow. It was the sound of the wind moving through the tree branches. I tuned into the low hum of different insects flying around.  And in the distance, I could hear several types of birds who were all conversing with each other. After some quiet contemplation, I looked up at the shear granite cliffs and outcroppings. The scope of geologic time hit me upside my head! I could actually feel both my relevance and irrelevance in the scope of life. I could feel the here and now but also clearly see that I was just passing through time. A blip on the radar of the mountains and meadow. Just like the insects, birds and the breeze. 

When I got home I wrote this song on an acoustic guitar and voice. In it’s simplest form the song had a nice pure quality that I wanted to protect when I arranged it. But I also wanted to hear the colors that I saw in meadow and the mountains. For the recording, I decided to keep the verses sparse and build the color palette in the chorus. Tim Freund, who is my musical partner and drummer, worked with me to create a subtle drum groove that could add some soft rock feel to the arrangement. After some experimentation I decided the arrangement should develop very patiently. I introduced a soft but grooving bass line to start the chorus. I added in a Rhodes electric piano to add color to the sound palette. The piano part has a different rhythm that nestled into the groove very nicely.  A few bars latter, I added in a shimmering electric guitar playing one long beautiful chord with tremolo. Then, as the electric guitar chord naturally faded I added in a subtle Hammond organ with a Leslie. Because that sound swirls, it gave me the wind texture I was looking for as well as a counter melody line. I arranged the turn out of the chorus with a crisscrossing harmony. The melody and harmonies engage above and below each other as they reach a dominant 7th chord which signifies a moment of change in the music. I decided it was best to end the song with just the acoustic guitar playing alone to signify the serenity of sitting in the meadow.

Granite Meadow Lyric Sheet

Granite Meadow sheet music
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