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Jenny Stokes
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02/08/2020 7:33 am  

For a couple years now I've dreamed of collaborating with Kelly Matthews. He's the singer and drummer for the band Lordchain. Anyway, a couple weeks ago I found myself writing a song for a friend who was going in for surgery and feeling rather scared and depressed. I know he's a Lordchain fan so I took the idea to Kelly and he agreed to add a quick drum track (quick because time was a factor since I wanted it all done before the surgery). I then sent it all to John and asked him to add some guitar magic which he did with his usual skill and speed (the guy is a machine).

What delights me about this collaboration is not so much the demo we did together, but that now we've opened the door for future collaborations. Whether I ever do anything with this particular tune or not, I will definitely be going back into the studio with Kelly on other projects. I am over the moon to have the opportunity.

Help me
Help me
Is all you need to say
I will erase your fear and help your tears to fade
Lay them at my feet
Every care and every hurt
Throw down that sword you brandish
I will fight the war of your anguish

I will be your armour
I will be your armour
You will never cry alone
Every tear that falls is mine to own
Let me be your armour
Let me be your armour
When the world rises against you
I will never, never, ever forsake you

Trust me
Trust me
Is all you need to do
When your hands seem cursed and you're suffering
Lay it at my feet
Every worry and defeat
Every battle wound that's bleeding
Let me bind and guide your healing

etc (a couple choruses and and instrumental bridge)

Help me
Help me
It's all you need to say
I will erase your fear and help your tears to fade

This topic was modified 2 months ago by Jenny Stokes

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Gavin
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02/08/2020 2:03 pm  

This is a wonderful lyric. Very moving. I love the melody too. I'm not so sure about that growl in your voice in the chorus, "I will be your armour." It makes it sound aggressive, when the sentiment is tender and disrupts the mood established in the first verse. Personally, I think you should hold back and sing that first chorus sweetly as you do the first verse, maybe turn it up a bit in the second chorus and let rip when you have John's guitar behind your voice in the last chorus. The lyric lets you go in two directions. One is defiance where your voice carries a note of aggression towards whatever you are defending the person against. The other is is one of tenderness, where you are asking the person to trust you and let you help. You seem to be going with the second in the verses and then the first in the choruses, as if you are talking quietly on the couch with someone and then say, "Excuse me a moment," get up and bellow out the window. It works, but I just think it would be better the way I suggest. This is one of those songs rock bands would put half way through side 2 on an LP to show another side to their talent.

This is really a great song, Jen.

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Jenny Stokes
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02/08/2020 7:11 pm  

Thanks Gavin. I agree. I was thinking that if I do the song for real I'd ramp it up in the last chorus for sure and probably take a lot of the instrumentation away from the first chorus to give the song more of a build. Funny thing when I sang it, I actually was in no fit state to sing. My voice was broken from weeks of coughing (winter cold season has hit me hard this year), but I really wanted to get the song to my friend so even though I couldn't really hit the notes and shouldn't have even tried to, I just went for it once. What came out was what it was...a growly gritty ballad.

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JAPOV
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02/08/2020 11:54 pm  

Nice!

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