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Friday, November 30, 2012

With Or Without You

When I first heard U2's song, I didn't get it. I couldn't find a use case. I couldn't create a scenario where the lyrics would make sense completely. It would make sense in some ways but then the logic would crumble somewhere in the chorus. "I can't live with or without you" just didn't click with me.

Eventually, I learned the true meaning of the song while reading one of Bono's interviews. If I remember correctly, it was about the band. I have since formulated my own interpretation (both logical and musical) of the song and played it probably a couple hundred times.

In the creation of my favourite cover, I lost sight of what the song meant to me at some point. It's always hard to remember that kind of thing when you play a song over and over.

To me, the song is about expectations. About trying hard to meet them, and failing. About giving more than you receive to a point where it's unclear whether going on or giving up will be more productive. And finally, it's about accepting the fact that these expectations will remain unsatisfied and working past it. I'd be curious to know how you relate to the song.

 Anyway, here are the lyrics to refresh your memory. Apparently not everyone remembers lyrics. I have a strange ability to remember lyrics despite myself (even the songs I hate...) and sometimes forget that it's only me.

Comments about the video are welcome too. One of these days I might actually do a proper produced version of this.



See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
And I wait here for you

Slight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails you make me wait
And I wait without you
 With or without you
With or without you

Through the storm we reach the shore
You give it all but I want more
And I'm waiting for you

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give And you give
And you give yourself away

My hands are tied
My body's bruised you got me with
Nothing to win and nothing left to lose

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give And you give
And you give yourself away

Oh Oh Oh Oh

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Live at the Gladstone

First, congrats to Super Tash who rocked like a boss! Her set, her music and her band was badass. Just badass. When SuperTash asked me if I wanted to do a show, the artist inside me was a bit tuned out. She said "We'll bring you back to life!" and she did! I had so much fun playing the Gladstone Hotel on Sunday. I was the only one playing an acoustic set but I got really good responses from the audience. If you were there, thanks for showing up! I really appreciate it. Here are a few recordings, followed by some thoughts. Note: Lyrics for "The Brighter Side" and "Perfect World" are available in the track description on SoundCloud and EVERYTHING IS FREE DOWNLOAD!!! The Brighter Side - Sherry-Lynn Lee With Or Without You - U2 Someone Like You - Adele Perfect World - Sherry-Lynn Lee Recently, I've tried to work on my chest voice. As many female singers, I struggle with it. I've struggled with breath as well but something I did recently was to keep going when I felt out of breath. Many times, I had just enough to finish the phrase and I felt it added a subtle little something to the song. (The Brighter Side has a bunch, including 1:04 - 1:13) I realized that, before, I was just cutting my phrases short thinking I couldn't do it... And yet, all I had to do was keep going.
Photo credit: (c) 2012 Stan Velijev

Saturday, November 3, 2012

One Day (New song, work in progress)

Judging by its position in my notebook, I would say I probably wrote this text over a year ago. It was just words. Yesterday the melody just hit me as I was leafing through my notebook. Tadaaaaaa. MP3 demo coming soon.

E C#m A B
One day, you'll remember waking up next to me
And how it felt to swim chasing the sun

C#m B E A
And you'll stand alone on the lakeshore watching stars
And you'll think of us, and how we were happy

E C#m A B
One day, you'll wish you could bring back these days, so carefree
One day, you will look back and wonder how it could have been
It could've been with me
If you had stayed

C#m B E A
And you'll stand alone on the lakeshore watching stars
And you'll think of us, and how we were happy


E C#m A B

One day, I found the answer was that there were no reasons at all
That one day, I decided I would take another road that won't cross yours

C#m B E A
In parallel, I'll see you and you'll see me
And we'll be within reach but we won't ever meet

So you'll stand alone on the lakeshore watching stars
And you'll think of us, and how we were happy

I willl be happy
I'll be gone and happy
I'll be happy without you