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The Songwriters’ Collective’s December offering may see us exploring ‘three vermillion snakes of female face’ or perhaps take us on meandering journey close to the edge or strolling among the holy triumvirate (Rush!) Yes this month is ‘Symphony’ month; an attempt to break us out of the ‘verse/chorus/middle 8’ shackles (but really an excuse for us to perhaps turn into prog rockers. Now where’s my Fox head and red dress?)

Eventually, comments and voting will take place
HERE (or you can take yourselves over to the forum directly) but I won’t create a ‘December’ thread until the last of the music is in (scheduled for 6th Jan) because it’s easier to create a thread AND a ‘Poll’ at the same time (and I can’t create a Poll without knowing who’s contributed.)

Good luck (and may the tree by the burbling brook take you on a stairway to heaven.)

Patrick Duffin - The Reel Inn
The song concerns a marvelous fish restaurant I went to on holiday. Had I Stephen Clarke's lyrical prowess, I would have included "what's a plaice like you doing in a girl like this ?". Probably for the best that I didn't. x
1. The Reel Inn

Stephen Clarke - Infinite Symphony
I live in France, so my orchestra was on strike. This explains the punk feel to the symphony, which at the height of its complexity features three instruments. I also apologize to purists for the repeat at the end, which may sound like a "chorus". Symphonies don't have choruses (or chori?) so I'm calling it a reprise. 
The five movements are: I Childhood (cantata) ; II Adolescence (basso profundo) ; III Love (harmonico) ; IV Adulthood (allegro panico) ;  V Return to Childhood (ad endum).
A life in 90 seconds. Roll over Beethoven - or rather, spin in your grave.

2 InfiniteSymphony

Colin Parish - Symphony/Cacophony
This is called Waiting, Hoping and Celebrating, a symphony/cacophony in three movements. It's very different from anything else I've ever done, hence not sure if it's even listentoable.... Still, in for a penny. Hope everyone had a good Christmas.

First movement:
Hoping - Don't be shy: if you ever want to kiss me, kiss me.
Second movement:
Waiting too long - instrumental (and the title is descriptive.....)
Third movement:
Celebrating - She kissed me, I can't believe she kissed me.

3. Symphony-cacophony

Eddie Custard - Underwater World
There are three bits to this symphony, although the first part is reprised at the end. Loosely speaking it's a Captain Nemo-style adventure describing a journey down to the depths of the sea and back. The guitar in the last section was recorded under water.
Part One: Splashing at the Surface
Part Two: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Part Three: Attack of the Electric Eels
Part Four: Rescued by Mermaids (Splashing at the Surface Reprise)
4. Underwaterworld

Phil Sanderson - Symphony #1
The 1st and 2nd movements were written to bookend a quite dramatic song which so nearly made it - poor vocals and a computer which cannot cope with multiple tracks  / effects on cubase put paid to this, but i will be using song when the month genre is right.
The middle movement was almost my entry for October - i've taken the main theme from it and put guitar solo on top ( before tragic finger injury )
I held back from adding a solo to third movement - I did try a few takes, but prefer simpler sound as it is.
All the guitar work on this symphony is my trusty 12 string electro acoustic
5. Phil Symphony #1

Phil Sanderson - Symphony #2
All keyboard and no guitar!  Like Symphony #3 a main idea came from an unfinished piano piece ( and there are a lot of other unfinished pieces out there!) When I first worked on this it was going to be purely acoustic piano and it had quite a different much darker mood.  When I recorded some of the ideas, however, I became aware of how out of tune my piano had become since summer, so I played whole piece on synth workstation. 
One day I may get a vocalist in for parts of this, although am more than happy with version it as it is.
6. Phil Symphony #2

Phil Sanderson - Symphony #3
The opening bars of the first movement I already had as part of an unfinished piano piece.  Inspired by Mike's string work on previous entry(s) I added cello and viola, and I forced myself, thankfully in hindsight, to stop there in terms of length and number of instruments. The second and third movements are 'new' , but I kept to the C#m key and used the same basic chord structures. I lost the vocal on the 2nd movement due partly to another cold, but mostly due to the fact that I cannot sing.  The guiitar solo barely happened and I know could have been so much more effective as I had to play without applying pressure to the damaged middle finger of left hand. ( It's better now, thank goodness ) There are two more movements to this which will find their way on to my own 'CD' version.
7. Phil Symphony #3

Tim & Julie Warner - One Night
I think I may have bent the rules a bit. I expect a symphony to be a fast movement, a slow movement and then a faster movement to finish (though I'm not sure this has always been the case). To keep the narrative I've had to do a reprise of the slow movement at the end, so I'll call it a coda to keep everyone happy (happier?)

I had the separated ideas for a while but recording them was more difficult than I anticipated. It didn't help that I thought up guitar parts in my head that my fingers struggled with.

I try to heed the comments from previous songs so, this includes a good deal of classical guitar and some drums with brushes. I even got Julie to sing a bit louder.

8. One night

Mike Gosling - The Cloud of Unknowing
A bit of background to my entry this month. Like a good few others I had my seasonal man flu and didn't find the time to record my entry from scratch. Instead, I scanned the shelf and selected some instrumental sketches I made 10 or more years ago for a film that my theatre director friend (Philip) and I had written. The film (which never got finished) was a pretty bizarre mix of a love story (loosely based on the Keats' poem St Agnes' Eve) and  Christian / Zen mysticism - not surprising that we didn't complete it! Anyway, what you have here is an interior monologue from the preacher character using the text from a mediaeval work of mysticism called "The Cloud Of Unknowing".I have read selected parts from this work and used the instrumental sketches as a kind of film music backing track. 
All the instrumental sketches were improvisations recorded tape to tape - i.e., layering up the sketches by playing along with the backing track and recording the new part straight on to the the second tape machine (I didn't have Logic in those days).

The Cloud Of Unknowing
i In This Cloud and In This Darkness
ii Time Was Made For Man
iii Like A Spark From A Coal

Apologies for exceeding the 5 minutes limit (it could have been a lot longer - there are hours of tapes!)

9. The Cloud Of Unknowing

Rob Warner - The Run
This was so nearly an unfinished symphony but luckily I wasn’t the only one who needed extra time. This is the story of a a running race; the build up with the training, the morning of the race and the race itself (and the aftermath.) To those who have run with me over various distances over several years, this is NOT particularly how I feel about running but I had to write SOMETHING! The instrumentation is ridiculously simple though I’ve tried to ‘produce’ this whole piece a little more than usual.
10. The Run

Tim & Glyn - Looking at the Horizon
Glyn recorded a rough vocal to act as a guide and promptly lost her voice, so she never really got the chance to develop it as she would have liked. As you'll hear, the song is in three parts. We really enjoyed this as a task - the lyrics are very poignant and the structure seemed to support the atmosphere. 
11. Looking at the Horizon