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Friends, I present to you my submission for Round 2 of the NGADM 2012 against EbonHawk7x, which led me to Round 3. It is arguably one of my most passionate submissions yet. This song, which took me about 5-6 days, holds a very special place in my heart, especially around this time.


27 August 2012 marks the fourth anniversary of my mother's death. In remembering her and praying for the repose of her soul, I penned down the music and lyrics for this song: I was very much inspired by the love my parents shared. As many people with families like mine would say: there was only one perfect family -- the families we have are broken. And yet, the family is sustained when everybody tries hard, and loves very much. I know that through the eighteen years that my parents were married, through all the hardships and the imperfections, and the troubles that I caused, they loved each other very much. This song is to honour that love.


Between my parents, my mother was the musician, and I could very much picture her singing this to my father, even in the most difficult of times. I do certainly hope this song manages to take the listener's breath away.


The title, "Supplication," refers to the act of begging someone earnestly.


Music and vocals by Troisnyx.

FL Studio, Audacity and an integrated PC mic. FOR STARTERS, I CANNOT YET AFFORD A CONDENSER MIC. I wish I could.


Used in this project:

Akai-Steinway III soundfont, by Denis.

https://www.polyphone-soundfonts.com/en/files/10-pianos/303-akai-steinway-iii


P.S.: Hopefully after the NGADM, the final version may be done by Kingdom of Herts.


EDIT 27.08.2012: Genre changed from 'Miscellaneous' to 'Easy Listening - Jazz' because of the similarities it bears to old lyrical jazz songs. (To say nothing about Gershwin and composers in his league.)


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LYRICS


Help me

Take me into your arms

Let me be as fire in your heart


Hold me

Let love devour me

Be as the wind that blows the clouds away


CHORUS:

Help me

Please, can you help me?

Please, can you help me?

I'm desperate for you

Help me

Come and surround me

With love so sublime

Tried and true


Help me

Lead me to where you go

Let me be yours as day turns to night

(CHORUS)


Tell me

Will you still love me

Will you be there with me when I grow old?


And tell me

Will you be with me

When it is time for me to close my eyes?

(CHORUS)


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The first thing I'd like to note about this track is that you've made a fantastic intro - the piano chords immediately bring a wonderful melancholic atmosphere that's unique to this entry. It's got a bit of the same mood that I feel in songs like some variations of the jazz standard Autumn Leaves, and Supertramp's If Everyone Was Listening, off the top of my head. You introduce a cello (probably?) with a strong melody here too, and when the intro ends after 25 seconds the listener is left with a really memorable snippet.

After that, the vocals are introduced, and they have many of the same problems that I mentioned in your previous submission - mediocre sound quality (an improvement after Prompter Te, where it was pretty awful), doused in reverb, and a lot of excessive vibrato and out of tune singing (critically so during the last 2 minutes). Still, you're conveying the intended emotion very well, and the lyrics aren't bad at all. The singing also supports the chords along with the violin and the bassline in a way that leads to some fantastically beautiful resolution and chord movements. Then when the interlude at 3:26 comes, it breaks up the track into separate sections very nicely. Great flutes and authentic piano playing and a nice introduction. Overall a great addition to the track, probably my favorite part.

The biggest problem, for me, is that you're not taking advantage of the sheer length of the song. When a song is close to 7 minutes, I am expecting a variety of ideas and moods to be expressed, and most importantly, I'm expecting to hear more than one chord progression! In this songs however, the musical ideas that create the aforementioned atmosphere go on and on well beyond the point where they lose their freshness.

8.0/10

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Uploaded
Aug 25, 2012
3:11 PM EDT
Genre
Jazz
File Info
Song
7.6 MB
6 min 39 sec
Software
  • Audacity
  • FL Studio 10
Misc. Kit
  • Fruity Soundfont Player

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.