Gracewater Waltz by kat330
[March 1, 2014 — Dedicated to JB: Memphis has its legendary Graceland and, for me, a legendary Gracewater as well.]
This is an acoustic blues improvisation on my Guild using a brass slide for a bit at the end. I did two different guitar takes of this lament, the second one while not directly listening to what I played the first go-round, and then sort of matched them up in two separate tracks. So, it is sloppy here and there and everywhere, yet still somehow fitting for the melancholy feel of the piece I think. I later layered in some cello, bottle flute and synth string tinkles from the Yamaha.
I hope to write lyrics for the song someday if ever I’m able to make them worthy of the inspiration for the music. In the meantime, I’ve added a suggestion of a melody line with some wordless singing in sections. If anyone wants to work up some lyrics of his/her own — on any subject relating to the title I’ve given it — please have at and let me take a look.
March 7, 2014 Update:
It will still be a while before I can find my voice for this instrumental. But in the meanwhile, Lisa sent me these beautiful words I want to share with everyone. Clearly she was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painting of Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais I chose as track art. Thank you, Lisa!
Gracewater Lyrical Poem by Lisa West
[Faerytale on SoundCloud]
Brushing reeds, unruly things!
Move aside that I may see the sky!
Lily pads frame this form
Nodding in their approval, noble things!
Respecting the solemn presence of my passing,
The clouds are pierced by golden shafts
Swords, spears, thrusting through
The fragile clothes of that naked, blue sky
I reach for, but cannot touch,
So I settle myself in this place
The water carries me with grace
Its current extols my heart and body
Its warmth holds me by the waist
I hold the light in one hand
As we sway in a dance of grace