Memories

Setting Moon over Teagan’s Trees at Dawn.

MEMORIES
Lyrics by Ruelha
Music by Timothy Price
Vocals, Guitars, Bass and virtual percussion by Timothy Price

Memories is a new song collaboration with Ruelha at https://ruelha.com/. She posted the poem called Memories on December 20, 2020. I commented that it would make a good song. Ruelha gave me permission to see what I could do with putting her poem to music. The first go-around I used the poem as written using the reaping stanzas as the chorus. The first version is really long at 6:05. I asked her if I could cut out all but three of the choruses, and then I reworked the song. The final version is posted above. Ruelha posted the long version with her poem at https://wp.me/sb0Mrv-memories if you would like to hear the first take in comparison to the final.

The Rio Grande and Sandias at sunset. January 2, 2021.

Colorful clouds at sunset looking north on the levee. January 2, 2021

35 thoughts on “Memories

    • Thanks, Lavinia. Let me know what you think of the song. It’s a different style from what you do.

      • You are right, it is quite different from what I do, and what I do is not everyone’s cup of tea. I am generally not a big fan of percussion, or spoken music, though I can appreciate the technical aspects of what people do. I tend to be more drawn to lyrical instruments and compositions, and that can cover a number of genres. You are asking what do I think of the song? It is Tim’s heartfelt music and Ruehla’s heartfelt poetry, and I appreciate both on those grounds, though it struck me something like Cyndi Lauper’s musical style to go with the poem, something like “Time After Time”. You would be surprised at many things I like.

      • I like percussion. But you probably have figured that out from most of my music. Interesting. I had not though of Cindy Lauper. I think of her as more melodic. I’m not a huge fan of rap, but I use the style because I can’t sing very well and it’s easier. But also the verses of the poem seemed to call for a rap style. Thanks for you opinion. Lavinia.

      • Dave Van Ronk and Tom Waits didn’t have singing voices in the traditional sense, but they made it work. There was a gestalt to it, and they were successful. I don’t hear the rap in the poem myself, but I think what it comes down to we all hear things differently, different sounds mean different things to different people. Those of us who make music do what they can do with what they are given to work with. It is a gift of ourselves. To me, that is what makes it beautiful, like many paths to Spirit.

      • That’s the cool thing with music. A person can make it work for what he or she hears, feels and the talent and technology to make it happen. I don’t feel like I have a lot of creativity or good musical sense for coming up with melodies, so the talking/rap tends to come into play rather easily. Making songs is really a lot of work for me, but it’s fun, good therapy, and fun to share. People can love it, be “meh” about it or hate it. Everyone has different tastes in music, and I respect whichever direction my music takes them. I’m just happy to be able to play as well as I can these days.

      • I am glad you can still play, Tim. You went through a lot with the chemo a few years back. You love life, living it to the fullest, and are an inspiration to all the rest of us. I am in awe of what you do.

  1. Wow Timothy…..you created such a beautiful song….I love this post. We should collaborate more often. You are extremely talented Timothy….. have a blissfully creative year.🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🍭🍭🍭🤩🤩🤩🤩

  2. You did a really great song with Ruelha’s poem.
    Your vocals are very good in this one.
    Maybe you should have a page that is a catalogue of all your songs?

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