SpinTunes #4: Round 4

by Various Artists

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This album is made up of songs from the "SpinTunes" songwriting competiton.

spintunes.blogspot.com The challenge:
The Bare Necessities: We're taking it easy on you this last round. Write a new original song. Any song you like. But record and produce it using NO instrumentation other than the parts of your own body. This is NOT an a capella challenge...there must be significant use of instrumentation other than your voice. The sounds should be "manmade" and not using other things against the body. (1:30 minute minimum) (they had 8 days)

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released March 13, 2012

Album art by Matt Schubbe

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Track Name: Steve Durand - A Beautiful Voice
My voice is not so hot
I'm trying to get better
But for now it's really all that I've got

To sing the songs I write
I know I shouldn't worry
But it kind of keeps me up late at night

That's when I dream of how
I'd set the world agog
If I could lilt like a meadowlark
Instead of croaking like a frog

I want to hide away
When I get all analytic
And I think of how my critics will say

That I should give it up
But music is my passion
So I'll tolerate their ration of guff

If I could wish for anything
And I only got one choice
Because I love to sing
I'd wish I had a beautiful voice

I'd love to sing on key
When I try to croon
If I could do it naturally
And not resort to Autotune

I try not to forget
That I know that beauty's
In the ear of the beholder and yet

I've got to face the fact
I'm really in no danger
Of singing like a choir of angels and that

What escapes my lips is just
An irritating noise
But the world could hear what's in my heart
If I had a beautiful voice

If I had a beautiful voice

I wish I had a beautiful voice
Track Name: Edric Haleen - Exultation!
Ea!
Na teya!
Ana he ya hasa ge!
Ea!
Na teya!
Ana he ya hasa ge!
(Teya!)

Homba!
Homba!
(Na teya!)
Homba!
Homba!
(Ana he ya!)

Utamba so miye hiena -- neboi!
(Na teya!)
Utamba so teya neamu -- neboi!
(Ana he ya!)

(Neboi!)
Na kusa!
(Neboi!)
Na kana!
(Neboi!)
Ana kusa ge!
Ana kusa utamba ge!

(Na teya! Ana he ya!)

Utamba so moi no tibo -- neboi!
(Na teya!)
Utamba so suni tunibo -- neboi!
(Ana he ya!)

(Neboi!)
Na kusa!
(Neboi!)
Na kana!
(Neboi!)
Ana kusa ge!
Ana kusa utamba ge!

(Na teya! Na teya! Ana he ya!)

Nosaba he tuni mutiba -- iboe!
(Na teya!)
Nosaba he meo kesomba -- iboe!
(Ana he ya!)

(Iboe!)
Matusa!
(Iboe!)
Na teya!
(Iboe!)
Mia tusa ge!
Mia tusa nosaba ge!

(Na teya! Na teya! Na teya! Ana he ya!)
Track Name: Jess Scherer - Threadbare
A little peak. Just one more
Tiny bit of trivia to store away.
I feel the push against my doors.
I hear you knocking you can't come in today.

Thought you should know that I'm bad luck
It would be better if I kept away.
But here I am standing dumbstruck by you.
Oh how I want to stay.

But when you see through this show
Will you ask me to go?
though I know that it's true,
Please don't say that I'm not good enough for you.
Now that you know that I care
This armor's feeling threadbare.
Though I think that leaving would be best
If you ask me to stay...
I'll say yes

I'm not proud of my past
And to be honest, you should be afraid.
But I'll answer any question you ask
And hope and pray your love doesn't fade.

But when you see through this show
Will you ask me to go?
though I know that it's true,
Please don't say that I'm not good enough for you.
Now that you know that I care
This armor's feeling threadbare.
Though I think that leaving would be best
If you ask me to stay...
I'll say yes
Track Name: David LeDuc - Fear
It's really not surprising that the list of what I fear
Is pretty short and simple and it's relatively clear
1 is death, 2 is dying and 3 is that I say
all the things I should have said a day after the day

I have a fear that I'll never be more than just a worker
ant in a colony where the Queen can't get it right
I spend everyday doing the same thing over
and over again and I never see the light

I don't want to struggle with money for the rest of my life
I fear I won't be a good parent or I'll grow unhappy with a wife.
There are days when I look back and think I never had direction
And think how far off I am in the pursuit of perfection

I fear not being religious will come back to haunt me
I fear that God and even Satan too wouldn't want me
I used to be afraid of singing you my songs
but now that's overshadowed by how loud you sing along

A wise man said, those who face their fears are better men
and I don't know why if given the chance some would waste it all again
Track Name: Jacob Haller - What Do We Need? (Shadow)
Well, what do we need for a jug band?
What do we need to make it in this land?
We need a jug.
Well, we ain't got no jug.
I guess we'll just do the best we can.
What do we need for a jug band?
[mouth bass solo]

Well now, What do we need for a jug band?
What do we need to make it in this land?
We need a slide whistle.
Well, we ain't got no whistle.
I guess we'll just do the best we can.
Well, now, what do we need for a jug band?
[whistling solo]

Well now, what do we need for a jug band?
What do we need to make it in this land?
We need a kazoo.
Well, we ain't got no kazoo.
I guess we'll just do the best we can.
Well, now, what do we need for a jug band?
Aw, come on, come on, come on, come on!
[finger-buzzing solo]

What do we need for a jug band?
What do we need to make it in this land?
We need a band.
Well, now, look at our band!
I guess we're doing the best we can.
Well, what do we need for a jug band?
['band' plays]
Track Name: Drei Viertel Drei - Igor's Jigsaw (Shadow)
Please, Doctor Frankenstein,
If you can spare the time,
I have a body part or two for you to peruse.

How about a hairy arm?
I found down on the farm
It has a digging action second to none.

Or this set of teeth?
So white you'd not believe
They could exist outside the jaws of a dentist.

And a pair of thighs
Though you must realise
I'd really be going out on a limb.

If the body's instrumental
And the science experimental
It might require bending the law
Ask Messrs. Burke and Hare
Just how they would prepare
To construct Igor's Jigsaw

Would you pick this nose?
Or tell me that it blows?
It came from a florist, so I know it works.

Would you like this skull?
Maybe a little dull,
But the cranium is strong as they come.

Fi-i-i-i-ngers
From ten different hands
A modern Prometheus
Understands

If the body's instrumental
And the science experimental
It might require bending the law
Ask Messrs. Burke and Hare
Just how they would prepare
To construct Igor's Jigsaw
Track Name: Brian Gray - Before You Go (Shadow)
I understand.
You think that I don't get it, but I do.
You need your space.
It's your own hand
You'll be holding as you lead your heart from me
To find its place.
And I wish you all the best.
I wish you all of everything I couldn't give to you.
So as a last request,
While you're searching for yourself, there's something you can do:

Can we still have the sex?
You should be on your own, but even so,
Can we still have the sex,
Promise me that you'll promise me, before you go.

Can't imagine
Envisioning forgiveness for breaking me,
But I would.
More than ever
It's ironic how no one can repair me
Like you could
So what were we
If not just a couple spirits in love?
Can you grant that to me?
Baby throw me a bone? Speaking of…

Can we still have the sex?
You should be on your own, but even so,
Can we still have the sex,
Promise me that you'll promise me, before you go.

Hush, hush, hush, I know, I know.
This is my best idea yet.
Simple, but ingenious, so…

Can we still have the sex?
You should be on your own, but even so,
Can we still have the sex,
Promise me that you'll promise me, before you go.

[Repeat]
Track Name: Menage A Tune - Don't Miss The Rainbow (Shadow)
Look at you dodging drops
Trying to beat the rain
Sheltering from the storm
You want to be safe and warm
Watching the dark clouds form

Ducking your head down, and
Closing your eyes, while
You wince at the thunders roar
Water begins to pour
Feeling alone once more

But don’t miss the rainbow!
Storms always pass, soon the day will be clear
Don’t miss the rainbow!
God’s got a reason for bringing you here!
Wipe the drops from your eyes
See the light breaking through
All the colors of happiness glow-
Don’t miss the rainbow-
Because you’re too busy hiding
From the rain

Some days the sun will shine
Some days you’re feeling fine
Grey skies will come again
The sting and the chill of rain
All the harsh shades of pain

Open your eyes and know
Bad storms will always go
Red robins sing and play
Gold of a warm new day
Bright colors guide your way

Just don’t miss the rainbow!
Storms always pass, soon the day will be clear
Don’t miss the rainbow!
God’s got a reason for bringing you here!
Wipe the drops from your eyes
See the light breaking through
All the colors of happiness glow-
Don’t miss the rainbow-
Because you’re too busy hiding
From the rain

Don’t miss miss the rainbow
Hiding from the rain
Don’t miss the rainbow
Hiding from the rain (repeat and fade)