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Let Me Take You to the Mardi Gras

Kyle Mercer

February 01, 2018

Genre: Country

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A little Cajun-flavored number.

And please excuse the vocals -- I can't sing worth a damn and my audio engineering is even worse.

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If the action in the verse is unclear to someone, I'd like to know. As always, I worry about inadvertently stealing someone else's melody or lines, so if you recognize something that shouldn't be in there, please advise.


And forgive the vocal tracks, I know they sound like crap...


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Sandra Lyerly

This is a sweet little song! However, the “Think bout football think about beer more than I ought’ Is too many syllables. Perhaps:

“I’m a simple man, you’re my weak spot”
or:
“All I know is you’re the one I want”
or:
“You got a way of knowing its all my fault”

I use rhymezone . com when I get stuck on knowing I have to rhyme something and can only come up with the most obvious rhymes that make a song sound corny! The near rhyme tab is how I just wrote those 3 suggestions.

Just a question, you mentioned you dont play many instruments, just wondering how you were able to record this demo using such an elaborate fiddle orchestration and such. Did you commission a fiddler and arranger? Friends of yours or did you work with a studio?

I like your project!

February 21, 2018

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Kyle Mercer

Yeah, I broke out of the lyrical pattern in that second verse a bit, didn’t I? I like to pretend to myself it provides a little melodic variation, like in all those old Piedmont rags and Appalachian fiddle tunes I used to listen to. (“So why don’t you toss a few more triplets in there this time around, Vassar?”)

Truth is, I’ve had a lot of trouble with that line. I want it (in combination with the following line) to suggest our narrator might have a little problem with alcohol. But maybe I could drop out the football bit and kick a few syllables aside that way. (And yes, God bless rhymezone and that near-rhyme tab.)

As for the instrumental work on all these songs, except for a little simple pattern-picking on two very short pieces (‘A Barfly’s Benediction’ is one of them), I did everything with sample-sequencing on a desktop computer.

I have a copy of Band In A Box that I use to make jam tracks to practice guitar with. When I decided I wanted to hear what these songs might sound like in a band setting, I got to thinking I might use BIAB sort of like the way a producer might hire musicians and just hand them a chord sheet.

So I sat down and started auditioning Real Track styles and instruments, generating multiple takes, and whenever I heard something that I thought I could use, I recorded a stem. After collecting enough of those, I loaded all the stems into a DAW and started slicing and dicing and cutting and pasting and moving things around till I had stitched together something that seemed to get the musical idea across.

For somebody who never played in a band and had never tried to arrange multiple instruments before and didn’t have a clue what they were doing, I thought it sort of worked out okay. ‘Mardi Gras’ is actually the first piece that I tried putting together that way.

The vocals, on the other hand, are just pathetic little scratch tracks where I’m tinkering with the lyrics. When I made these work tapes, I had not yet shown these songs to anyone and I’m so embarrassed about my singing, I would wait till my wife headed out to the grocery store on a Saturday, then grab the little H1 Zoom digital recorder that I keep on my desk (no time to set up the real mics) and sing a few takes into that. Then I’d clean the background noise out, overdub onto the instrumental track, listen to the result, make whatever lyrical changes I could think of making, and start the process all over again the next grocery run, until I ran out of ideas for fixing the lyrical things that still bothered me.

Real professional, huh?

February 21, 2018

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Sandra Lyerly

This is a sweet little song! However, the “Think bout football think about beer more than I ought’ Is too many syllables. Perhaps:

“I’m a simple man, you’re my weak spot”
or:
“All I know is you’re the one I want”
or:
“You got a way of knowing its all my fault”

I use rhymezone . com when I get stuck on knowing I have to rhyme something and can only come up with the most obvious rhymes that make a song sound corny! The near rhyme tab is how I just wrote those 3 suggestions.

Just a question, you mentioned you dont play many instruments, just wondering how you were able to record this demo using such an elaborate fiddle orchestration and such. Did you commission a fiddler and arranger? Friends of yours or did you work with a studio?

I like your project!

February 21, 2018

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Kyle Mercer

Yeah, I broke out of the lyrical pattern in that second verse a bit, didn’t I? I like to pretend to myself it provides a little melodic variation, like in all those old Piedmont rags and Appalachian fiddle tunes I used to listen to. (“So why don’t you toss a few more triplets in there this time around, Vassar?”)

Truth is, I’ve had a lot of trouble with that line. I want it (in combination with the following line) to suggest our narrator might have a little problem with alcohol. But maybe I could drop out the football bit and kick a few syllables aside that way. (And yes, God bless rhymezone and that near-rhyme tab.)

As for the instrumental work on all these songs, except for a little simple pattern-picking on two very short pieces (‘A Barfly’s Benediction’ is one of them), I did everything with sample-sequencing on a desktop computer.

I have a copy of Band In A Box that I use to make jam tracks to practice guitar with. When I decided I wanted to hear what these songs might sound like in a band setting, I got to thinking I might use BIAB sort of like the way a producer might hire musicians and just hand them a chord sheet.

So I sat down and started auditioning Real Track styles and instruments, generating multiple takes, and whenever I heard something that I thought I could use, I recorded a stem. After collecting enough of those, I loaded all the stems into a DAW and started slicing and dicing and cutting and pasting and moving things around till I had stitched together something that seemed to get the musical idea across.

For somebody who never played in a band and had never tried to arrange multiple instruments before and didn’t have a clue what they were doing, I thought it sort of worked out okay. ‘Mardi Gras’ is actually the first piece that I tried putting together that way.

The vocals, on the other hand, are just pathetic little scratch tracks where I’m tinkering with the lyrics. When I made these work tapes, I had not yet shown these songs to anyone and I’m so embarrassed about my singing, I would wait till my wife headed out to the grocery store on a Saturday, then grab the little H1 Zoom digital recorder that I keep on my desk (no time to set up the real mics) and sing a few takes into that. Then I’d clean the background noise out, overdub onto the instrumental track, listen to the result, make whatever lyrical changes I could think of making, and start the process all over again the next grocery run, until I ran out of ideas for fixing the lyrical things that still bothered me.

Real professional, huh?

February 21, 2018


Let Me Take You to...

Written by Kyle Mercer

Found you sitting in your underwear
Curtains open, said you didn't care
Ask me if I've ever wondered where
All the good goes when it's gone

Well I ain't much for philosoph'cal talk
Don't harbor lots of deepish thoughts
Think 'bout football, think 'bout beer more than I ought
If I'm out there on the rigs

But I can see the writing on the wall
Lipstick letters in a cursive scrawl
Don't even have to read it all
To know that I'm to blame

Why don't I take you to the Mardi Gras
You used to love to go to Carnival
We'll talk our way onto a fancy float
If you get cold I'll wrap you in my coat

'Cause you're the prettiest gal in Lafeyette
The sweetest thing the South's come up with yet
Just let me take you to the Mardi Gras
Before you go away

Let me take you to the Mardi Gras
Let me take you down to Carnival
We'll hop a ride up on a passing float
When you get cold I'll wrap you in my coat

'Cause you're the prettiest girl in Lafeyette
The sweetest thing the South's come up with yet
Just let me take you to the Mardi Gras
Before you go away
Let me take you to the Mardi Gras
Before you go away

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