The Magnolia Are in Bloom

The Magnolia Are in Bloom

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This is my second attempt at writing a song about flowers. My first one went pretty far astray so I tried again. I decided to stretch this one a bit and it's about the strength in getting through things, like in "Steel Magnolias" I scrapped half the lyrics I wrote when I recorded it because I didn't want a 4 minute song and I didn't think they were needed.

I put way more reverb on everything than I usually do and may eventually play with this and add a little more. I also used a vinyl effect to make it sound a little like a slightly warped record but I didn't want to go too heavy handed with that either.

I was trying to add some percussion but couldn't figure out what I wanted, added some stomps then took them out, I don't know maybe some shaker or tambourine would be good but this is good enough for a demo I guess.

On this track:
Vocals
Fender Strat Squire
Midi Organ

Lyrics: 

Verse: C am dm G
Chorus: F G C am

Verse:
The sun's beating down
Scorching the earth
The soil won't
Have much worth

Chorus:
The magnolias
Are in bloom
Don't assume

Though not
Made of steel
They heal
They heal

Verse:
Come back stronger
Each spring
To see what
The new year brings

Chorus:
The magnolias
Are in bloom
Don't assume

Though not
Made of steel
They heal
They heal



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Comments

metalfoot's picture

I really liked the tone colour of this song as is; I don't know that it needs percussion at all. Kind of a longing, wistful feel to it.

Sunfire's picture

I like this. Sets the mood nicely and particularly like the idea that Magnolia's heal.

Kristi's picture

This is a lovely song. I enjoyed the imagery of the sun and seasons with the magnolias. I think it's a hopeful song that is sung and played very well.

coolparadiso's picture

Yup a lovely song that, i love that noir music style ala nicole atkins. Beautifully delivered. You are going to have a top album out of 50/90.

kahlo2013's picture

This is really interesting and different than I expected. I love your versatility and where you took these sparse and beautiful lyrics. It is beautiful in a very literal sense but may also serve as a powerful metaphor. Wonderful sound that creates such a dramatic yet atmospheric feel. I don’t think percussion is needed given the layers the other effects add. Well done.

Amanda Rose Riley's picture

I love the instruments on this, the organ's melody and the tone on the guitar, I wish I had the will to experiment with music and production like you and many others here do, but unfortunately it doesn't come naturally to me and I just don't enjoy it as much as making the basic song Sad Anyway, good flower song in my opinion! You stuck pretty closely to flower-related imagery and the music seemed to match.

billwhite51's picture

classic 1950s rock ballad changes slowed down and spaced out love th reverb that has me floating through the changes of these magnolias that continue to bloom against all odds,.

crisp1's picture

Incredibly atmospheric, almost church-like sound out of that organ and, of course, I worship your guitar playing, so this is a religious experience for me!

atitlan's picture

I'm not sure percussion would add much here, the organ adds just enough to enhance the guitar and vocal. Bill's right about the slow 50s ballad feel, but with the reverb you've added, it's a little bit Julee Cruise, which appeals to my ears. Lyrically the chorus is very strong and the whole thing is very evocative.

corinne54's picture

I would suggest making the vocal much louder, so we can hear your really nice lyrics and melody. I like the instrumentation.