@elesimo[archived]: I've been wanting to do a 4-way video collaboration for a while, so this year I asked for volunteers before FAWM started (https://fawm.org/forums/topic/10929/). We managed to assemble a total of 7 groups, but unfortunately @cairobraga[archived] had technical problems and had to drop out of my group.
As soon as I listened to what @fireball[archived] and @brownium[archived] had written I thought that @carleybaer[archived] would be perfect for vocals! I sent her a message and was able to recruit her to our group a few days before the end of FAWM.
I love how this song turned out, it has such a warm upbeat mood to it that I couldn't stop smiling while playing. This went way beyond any expectations I had for this challenge! Thank you all for collaborating!
@carleybaer[archived]: @elesimo[archived] tapped me to step in with lyric/vocals when @cairobraga[archived] succumbed to tech issues. I was intrigued by the concept of a video collab but was too shy to speak up in the forum, so I took this as a sign that I should do it, and I'm glad I did! It had such a calming, happy vibe. It reminded me of waking up in a new city and going out to explore (but to be fair, in these no-travel times, everything reminds me of that lol). I think it turned out really well and I'm eternally grateful to these chaps for letting me jump in 😀
@brownium[archived]: I loved the idea of a video collaboration. In my head, this was an exquisite corpse-style collab. When @fireball[archived] sent me his bit, I realized we had a complete song structure, and I needed to add something to it. And that is exactly how you grow - find yourself thrust into an unexpected situation and find a way to make something of it. My part here was quite small compared to what the rest of the group did, and probably wildly complicated the stitching by @elesimo[archived], but I can say that I am extremely happy to be part of this finished product. Many, many thanks, @fireball[archived], @carleybaer[archived], and @elesimo[archived].
@fireball[archived]: this was the first thing that i did in february. to play it through relatively clean, on video, required more practicing than i normally do… and i think this was about my 15th take. then my little instrumental faded back into my mind as i spent the rest of the month churning out lyrics and recordings. the final product got posted at the end of the month, and i’m still processing all its parts and how it developed. @brownium[archived]’s additions are so tasteful and great, and his video parts are priceless. @elesimo[archived] deserves triple credit --- not just for organizing the challenge and organizing/complementing/editing this video song --- but also for actively recruiting the shy @carleybaer[archived]. the lyrics and vocals are wonderful. i almost always write lyrics first, so i’m keenly interested in going the other way. since i practiced my part so much, i knew there was a 50% bonus when the 3rd “verse” rolled around, and the longer faster lines are so so good. “time making music is time well spent.” indeed. thanks so much to all of you.
When the sunrise Hits your sleepy eyes It's time to put on the day So you step outside Expectations high Ready to be carried away CHORUS Follow the water That's where I go Follow the water Somewhere I don't know Follow the water It sings to my soul Follow the water When you're new in town Have a look around Find yourself a new routine Flowers everywhere New words in the air Time to see what can be seen CHORUS BRIDGE/INTERLUDE Sandals in the sand New money in your hand And nowhere you have to be Maybe find your way To a sidewalk cafe Revel in being so free Not lonely even though you're all alone Don't need to bother with the telephone Grab a book and a pen and an instrument Time making music is time-well spent And when you're done, in the setting sun CHORUS BRIDGE/OUT