The Abyss

The Abyss – An Original Garage Band Creation

When I started recording my original songs, whether it was solo or with Junior Chills, I recorded using the voice record feature on my tablet and phone. Not realising (pretty stupid of me) that I would still be using the same microphone of my device, I downloaded Garage Band in the hope that I would be able to make my songs sound better by editing and mixing them up a bit. Although the recording quality itself for vocals wasn’t great, the different instruments and the effects you could use was, for a novice, excellent.

I remember faffin’ about with the app for ages and I made a few instrumental tunes (such as Head of a Weasel and others which I will put on the blog at some stage). However I inadvertently decided to put together a song using only the instruments available in the app and putting my own lyrics to it. I think it was born out of playing with the guitar instrument in the app and getting some nice sounds from it. I slowly but surely put a varied mix of instruments into it including a strings section, drums, hip hop drums and an electric piano…pretty random to say the least but I think that they come together nicely. I have only recently revisited playing the song as I was finally able to connect my Shure microphone to the tablet to make the vocals a bit clearer with less interference. A word of advice…it was an absolute nightmare finding the right app to allow me to build a video with this song. A lot of the apps wouldn’t play the file for whatever reason despite multiple attempts at converting the file to different file types. Fortunately in the end I got a free app called Viva Video which worked perfectly!!!

The song is made up of two verses which are repeated. It wasn’t so much of a laziness thing but rather I liked the two verses I had and thought that if I was able to put a bit of a beat into the song it would sound good.

In regards to the lyrics of the song itself I like to think of it as a bit of a haunting song. The abyss of life in a way can itself be haunting. Deep in your life when things aren’t going great you can see a light…the light at the end of the tunnel which so many people talk about. It is haunting as although you can see the light at the end, you also see the other things which are all around you. These maybe are the things which have made times difficult for you.

I am a fan of staring into the cloudless sky at night time and looking at the stars and searching for satellites as they move (I saw a shooting star once before which was pretty amazing!!). Maybe there has been a lot of influence from the likes of Predator, Event Horizon, Alien and Interstellar where I wonder what the stars can hold…a species which can wipe us out? A species which wants to wipe us out? Is there just space? Or maybe is there an accumulation of all three? I don’t know…it is only a song at the end of the day.

Here it is. ‘The Abyss’.

D.M.

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19 comments

  1. vickgoodwin · February 29, 2016

    I love this! It is just beautiful!

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  2. juniorchillsofficial · February 29, 2016

    Thanks Vicki!! I am glad you liked it 😀 😀

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  3. Paul and Sylvia · March 1, 2016

    This is a very good song. You are to be encouraged on your journey of writing music and singing your songs. (We wouldn’t say this if we didn’t feel that it’s true.)

    Being Musicians, Sylvia and I would like to pass-along a little more than “it was good”… The vocal line of your song is very good but it would be nice to actually see the lyrics. We would also bring your voice closer to the front of the Mix. In GarageBand, either give your Vocal Track a little more volume or bring the volumes of the other Tracks down just a bit.

    Because I’m a “Drummer”, while listening to your song, I wanted the drums to have more presence (more volume) and maybe a little stronger style… maybe a bit more “on-purpose” rock-ballad beat and fill.

    Those are just “details… “nit-pickings”. As we said, you should be encouraged to follow this path. I’m sensing that you’re a deep Thinker and your deeper feelings want to be heard. Of course, “music” and “song-writing” are great outlets, which give our Souls a voice.

    Have you thought about opening a free page on “BandCamp” and releasing your songs there? We have our free “Calling All Humans” song on that site:
    https://infinity4.bandcamp.com

    You can not only distribute your songs for free but you can also set a price and allow your Fans to pay whatever they want above that. We haven’t done this yet but have read where Fans do pay more sometimes. People want to encourage good Artists. As Musicians, we just have to find a way to allow them to do this.

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  4. Mama Nobi · March 1, 2016

    I like it either, the music and the clips mixed pretty nice.. Hope we can collaborate to make a nice song.. ☺️

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  5. Joe Yang · March 1, 2016

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂 I really like the smoke visuals at the end

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  6. juniorchillsofficial · March 1, 2016

    Thanks Joe…yeah it was a pretty cool clip I found online!!

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  7. dayphoto · March 1, 2016

    Beautiful! Just beautiful!

    Linda

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  8. Lisa Ciarfella · March 1, 2016

    Nice vibe!

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  9. vickgoodwin · March 1, 2016

    Reblogged this on Vicki Goodwin's Blog and commented:
    This is an amazing Band. I love each of their original songs and even their few covers. Take a listen! I’ll bet you enjoy it as much as I do. I am a fan!

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  10. juniorchillsofficial · March 1, 2016

    Unreal Vicki!! Thank you so much for this…i really really appreciate it 🙂

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  12. sil86as2 · March 2, 2016

    Reblogged this on gottopickapocketortwo and commented:
    Interesting Irish garage band.

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  13. vickgoodwin · March 2, 2016

    What can I say, I am a fan.

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  14. chattykerry · March 27, 2016

    I like the atmospheric feel of the song and brings back memories of the old country. Good luck with your career – you have a great voice. Thanks for following Postcards from Kerry.

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  15. juniorchillsofficial · March 27, 2016

    Thank you Kerry 🙂 very nice of you to say so!!

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  16. chattykerry · March 27, 2016

    You are most welcome. 🙂

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  17. vickgoodwin · July 31

    I can’t find where to comment on your new songs.

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  18. Hi Vicki I have put one of them up this evening called Smell That Night…should be able to comment under it? Im going to put up the rest over the next few days on YouTube and SoundCloud 🙂

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  19. vickgoodwin · July 31

    I listened to that. I liked it a bunch. I loved the footage. WWI and WWII are a hobby of mine.

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