Thursday, 25 July 2013

Project: Create - Day 24

Including today, how many days do I have left of Project: Create 2013? Here's my good friend Jon to tell you all:


...God damn, I love this video. Whenever eight days remain of or until something, I will spam this wherever possible.

In all seriousness though, this feels very much like the home stretch. I have a few ideas for things I want to put together over the last week of this challenge - all being well, tomorrow should bring a musical contribution, I have an idea for a short story set within the same universe as The Hawker, and if all goes to plan there will be a new episode of the much-loved podcast Mayhew and Kempster Pop Culture! next week. It's an exciting time to be creating!

For Day 24, I figured I'd put a bit more effort into Project 17, my work-in-progress song cycle about the last five or six years of my life. I've spent my evening focusing on the song Seventeen Again, a song that's existed in an unfinished state both lyrically and musically for some time now. Tonight, I managed to finally complete both aspects of the song, by writing the remainder of the lyrics and stringing together some new chord progressions to round out the musical side of the track. While I can't share the latter with you tonight, I can at least present you with the finished lyrics for the song, which I've included below. The song is going to have a nostalgic, longing-for-years-gone-by vibe reminiscent of Bryan Adams's Summer of '69, so try to imagine these words set to a similar kind of tune. Hopefully in the next week or two I'll be able to share the music with you too.


Seventeen Again

I had it pretty rough in the back end of '06
A year of breaking up and breaking down
But granted one more year, my head began to clear
And my feet at last made contact with the ground

I built a new life
With all this insight
No need to take my cues from you

With everything in ashes, like a phoenix born anew
I gaffer-taped a broken heart, I mended and made do
Kept telling myself good things were just around the bend
And now when I look back at then
I wish I could be seventeen again
I wish I could be seventeen again

In need of a new focus, I picked up a set of darts
And started working to a whole new dream
Every Tuesday night, I'd pack my stems and flights
And throw to represent my local team

I built a new life
On all those late nights
And counting back from five-oh-one

The smell of smoke and taste of beer, I never could forget
Nor so the eccentricities of characters I met
Those nights felt so perfect and they never seemed to end
And now when I look back at then
I wish I could be seventeen again
I wish I could be seventeen again

When Joe brought his guitar to school and said 'let's form a band'
I instantly agreed to learn the drums
We found ourselves a space, enlisted Jash on bass
And wrote a bunch of really rocking songs

I built a new life
Keeping that band tight
And letting loose a 'crash-boom-bang'

We may have just been kids, but we were kids living the dream
With vision and ambition and our youth to keep us keen
Treading that fine line between what's real and pretend
And now when I look back at then
I wish I could be seventeen again
I wish I could be seventeen again

I built that old life
Time took it out of sight
And left behind this almost right
But not quite
Replica

These days all those things are lost, with nothing more to gain
And though I've still got darts and drums, neither feels the same
What makes a moment special is the time, the place, the friends
I'll always look back at then
And wish I could be seventeen again
I wish I could be seventeen again
I wish I could be seventeen again

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful song, mate. Very, very well written. I look forward to hearing the completed demo. :)

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