Endless Waltz

Endless Waltz

Kurtis Kanttila's picture




Liner Notes: 

I sent the ol' Technicolor Gramophone a guitar track titled "Endless Waltz" for him to work his magic on. He did vocals and came up with the vocal melody & lyrics. I went minimal with the arrangement to fit with his style this year and also to do my spacey arpeggio guitar thing I love to do. Just my Jazzmaster tuned to open C with the Chorus pedal and some radio static for extra effect. I'm very happy with how this turned out!


Lyrics Written By: Technicolor Gramophone

It was June of 1942
and it was just we two
After hours on the fourth floor
Of Hartmann's department store
I asked you to dance, but you didn't reply
and, well, I was not surprised
Since I was a man
and you a mannequin

I took you by your plastic hand
Wrapped you in my arms and danced
We dipped, we swayed
We waltzed the night away

We tired the moon with talking
(Mostly me; your reticence was charming)
and we're still talking and waltzing
Cos you're right here in my living room

Endlessly waltzing ... with you, darling

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


Roddy's picture

Great intro with all those sounds and beautiful guitar. Very creative lyrics, a novel story.

phylo's picture

Guitar loveliness wrapped up in a wonderful story. The guitar tone is so evocative, perfect for furthering the narrative. Aces!

coolparadiso's picture

Well well saw these 2 names and it was just a matter of how good it would be! Oh. Its very good. The track holding the vocals is so compelling and the vocals just gently lie on them. Really nice guys

Stephen Wordsmith's picture

This somehow succeeds at being both avant-garde soundart and pop. By rights, this shouldn't be possible, but here we are.

Had a wry smile at the trick in the narrative, but it's the phrasal construction ('mostly me, your reticence was charming') that made me think 'yeah, this is good'.

AndyGetch's picture

Its not often to hear a compelling story song over a sweet extended guitar riff, but here it is!

bunter's picture

When I read the lyrics (1942 time period) coupled with the fact that they were dancing a waltz I thought to myself "how is he going to pull this off." Strangely, it works. A charming little song done in a creative way.

Jerry Pettit's picture

Wow, do I love this story and these lyrics. I remember being a kid (possibly not that long after 1942) and my fascination with mannequins. (Something about their, um, shape?) Great, great music here--and I'm still loving the radio static effect. Going to have to try that myself. Nice collab, guys!

Candle's picture

The lyrics, the vocal performance, the guitar tone, the radio bits. So perfectly mixed together to give us such a wonderful tune. I almost wish it was longer. Great collab you two!

See You In The Shadows…

G3 Darnell's picture

Yeah this is lovely. My kind of story, and my wife says I haven’t got a romantic bone in my body!
When I married her I shoulda asked her dad if he’d got a plastic one.
Beautiful combination of the guitar and the wistful eccentricity of the vocal

katpiercemusic's picture

Can't listen to this without thinking about that movie. Sorry. Child of the 80s. But the song is much lovelier than the movie and it's a far more compelling plot. I really did enjoy this one.

fresh spotless youth's picture

Ooh...this hits the sweet spot for me. Those guitars are gorgeous! And what a delightful lyric!! It really sounds heartfelt...a true story of love. Your reticence was charming--that's just great

Kurtis was kind enough to give me some advice about Jags and Jazzmasters and such. I would love to get one, but I probably wouldn't know what to do with it. Maybe I could get some skype lessons Smile

Mt.Mélodie's picture

Lush and gorgeous guitars, wonderful and quirky lyrics. Great collaboration and cool tune.

cleanshoes's picture

I love these lyrics! "We tired the moon with talking/(Mostly me; your reticence was charming)" is a great line. The spacey guitar fits the narrative well, as it highlights the spaciness of someone in love with a mannequin, an idea that is amusing on one hand and disturbing on the other.