Catechism

Catechism

(c) 2019

Words and Music by Robert Elessar

Performed by Robert Elessar

Produced by Robert Elessar

 

The day is coming, can you hear it?
Night is falling, do you fear it?
The ship has sailed, now can you steer it?
Do you know what’s going on?
The moment’s passing, do you know it?
What’s your secret, will you show it?
When your chance comes, will you blow it?
Can you be relied upon?
I you can answer all these questions right,
You just might make it through that falling night.
But if these words just serve to turn your head,
The coming dark will bury you with dread.
The world is turning, can you feel it?
The wound is bleeding, can you heal it?
The truth is cloaked, can you reveal it?
I might come along with you.
The picture’s hidden, can you find it?
The tape is jammed, will you rewind it?
I must intrude now, do you mind it?
It’s just that I belong with you.
The world is not so hopeless, is it now?
Is that a statement that you might allow?
Just wipe the tears out of your eyes, won’t you?
To fight the truth, there’s nothing you can do.
The game is set, now can you play it?
The beast is charging, can you slay it?
If all your strength cannot delay it,
Then run away, just run and hide!
The path is clear, but will you hike it?
The cheek is turned, now will you strike it?
The song is over, did you like it?
Forget you heard it, it’s only lied.

Breaking Me Down (a song)

Words and music by Robert Elessar

(c) 2019 by Robert Elessar

All rights reserved

Performed by Robert Elessar

 

Okay, here it is, my new song, on which I’ve been working for some time now.  Technically, I’ve been working on it for thirty plus years (not without interruptions) since I first composed the melody and most of the words back when I was in college.  I never did anything with it until now, but obviously I hadn’t forgotten in, since this all came out of my memory – I haven’t seen the original words since I graduated from college, and I never wrote the music down.

I hope you enjoy it.  I think I’m getting a little bit better at the mixing and whatnot.

Exit Music (for a film) Karaoke

I want to make it clear that this is not, officially, one of my “bad cover” songs.  I did not do any of the background music; there are too many effects and layers and sound effects involved, which are beyond my current resources, or at least my current skills.

This is, however, one of my favorite songs, so I downloaded a karaoke backing of it (which was pretty good, I must say), and I just did the singing.

Of course, this song is by Radiohead, written by Radiohead’s members, originally for “Romeo and Juliet” and also appeared on “OK Computer.”  I own nothing.  I owe much.  The rest I leave to the poor.

Lyin’ Eyes (bad cover)

Okay, here’s yet another of my bad covers of good songs.  This one is one of my favorites, and is one of the first I learned to strum on an acoustic guitar.  There are issues with the mix/recording, of course, but it’s in tolerable state to let other people hear it, at least.

Of course, the words and music are by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, and I do not hold any rights to this.  It is an homage, and I make no money from it, nor will I.

[P.S. I just finished re-creating the lyrics and melody to a song I wrote in college called “Breaking Me Down”.  I plan to arrange and produce it soon.  I think it might even be pretty good.]

How To Disappear Completely (bad cover)

I did an impromptu recording of this song with me playing the guitar and singing, before all the other ones I posted.  It wasn’t good enough to share with anyone but the best of friends, however, but it did give me some confidence.  So, now, I’ve put together at least a passable version worth posting.  I hope you like it.

Of the original song was performed by Radiohead, and was written by: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway, aka…well. Radiohead (duh!).  I do not own the rights and make no money off this.  It’s just for fun.

Schrodinger’s Head

Words and Music by Robert Elessar

(c) 2019. All rights reserved.

Performed by Robert Elessar


Here it is, the project that’s distracted me for a week or two now.  Don’t expect too much from it.  After all, I had to do all the parts and the mixing myself.  It would have been nice to have had a drummer (with drums, obviously).  I can pull off most all of the other instruments on my own – more or less – but it would have been nice to have had real percussion here.

That being said, I hope you enjoy it.  It is what it is; I make no claims with respect to quality, only that it was a bit of a compulsion – which is to say a lot of a compulsion – and it had to come out.

I have no idea into what genre it might fit.  Maybe you can tell me?

Wish You Were Here (bad cover)

Okay, here I am messing up Pink Floyd again while I play with my guitar and my cell phone and audio mixing software.  I haven’t done the central guitar “solo” and “doo-doo-doo”s, but everything else is more or less here, barring sound effects and any non-guitar instruments.

It’s not much, but it’s fun, and I can’t help wanting to share it.

This is all in preparation for me trying to make a recording of the song “Schrodinger’s Head,” of which I posted my initial lyrics here some time ago.

Something for you masochists to look forward to!

[By the way, as probably goes without saying, this song was written by David Gilmour and Roger Waters after Gilmour fiddled with the main tune on a 12-string acoustic he’d recently acquired, Waters heard him, asked what that was, and thought it sounded great and that he should write some lyrics to go with it.  Or so they say in their interviews.  ^_^]