Morning of the Battle
by Paul Battersby

A short story I created in parallel with working on the music. For some reason I began to wonder what it might be like for an ancient family waking up on the morning a battle is to be fought. It occurred to me, that story could fit the music I was writing so I put the two together.

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Morning of the Battle
Lyrics by: Paul Battersby

Not lyrics but here is the text of the story as it appears in the video:

Centuries ago …
A small village awakens to the rising sun
on the morning a battle is to be fought

Lost in silent thought, families share a
somber meal. The unspoken truth is
that not everyone returns from battle.

The time has come. A father bids
farewell to his children. A husband
shares a final embrace with his wife.

The same ritual plays out at the
threshold of many homes as each
family fears they may have shared
their last moment together.

A sad reality sets in when each warrior
must turn his back to his home and face
toward the upcoming battle.

Huddled in doorways, families are
unable to turn away. Fathers/husbands
glance over their shoulders for one last
glimpse of those they must leave behind.

Gathered at the edge of the village,
men check their weapons, greet their
fellow soldiers and focus their attention
on the fighting that awaits them.

With great anticipation, the assembled
army begins the long march toward the
battle field, cresting a hill and receding
from the view of those left behind.

Now alone, worried families are left
with the final sight of an empty field
wondering who will return.

Paul Battersbyoriginal composition, orchestra (from Virtual Playing Orchestra sample library), piano, taiko drums, story, video
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Better Days
by Bill Hennessy, Paul Battersby

The original track by Bill Hennessy was intended as a backing track for a vocalist who never did anything with it. I found the track, liked it and added an orchestra.

The original track only had the generic name of “Piano Ballad3”. Prompted by Bill to come up with a new name, I tried to think about what words might describe the feeling in the music. To me the song feels a little sad and wistful at times while also conveying a sense of hope. I came up with the name “Better Days”. The title could mean, longing for better days from the past and/or looking forward to better days in the future.

Bill Hennessy original composition, piano, bass guitar, drums
Paul Battersby orchestral arrangement, piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 1st violin, 2nd violin, viola, cello, string bass, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba (all from Virtual Playing Orchestra sample library), mixing

 

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Breaths Of Maidens
by Matt Kresling, Paul Battersby

When I first heard this song, I really liked the lyrics. It was just vocals and ukulele originally so I decided to add guitar, bass and drums to finish the song and give it a more standard instrumentation.

Matt Kreslingoriginal song writing, vocals, ukulele
Paul Battersbyguitar, bass, drums, mixing

 

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When I Get Over You
by Neal Klassen, Paul Battersby

From Neal:

My dad sang in Barbershop Quartets so, through him, I learned to appreciate the work of Irving Berlin and other great songwriters of that era.

This is my attempt to write that kind of song: simple words, soaring melody, unabashedly sentimental… with lots of open vowels for the singer to play with.

As I was working on the orchestration for this song, I tried to imagine the singer on the stage, singing this as part of a popular Broadway show, with the musicians in the orchestra pit. I saw a few musicals as a kid, so working on this song takes me back in time. It would be a dream come true if I could compose musical accompaniment for something that would appear in a musical.

NOTE: this was originally published on Apr 5, 2015 but reworked to use the new Virtual Playing Orchestra sample library.

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When I Get Over You
Lyrics by: Neal Klassen

You’ll see me dance, you’ll hear me laugh
You’ll know that I’ve torn up your photograph
These are the things I’m going to do
When I get over you
When I get over you

I’ll stand up tall, I’ll smile again
I’ll tell myself to stop remembering when
The love we shared was all I knew
When I get over you
When I get over you

So many plans I’ve got to make
So many chances I’ve got to take
I don’t know if I’ll have the time to cry
So much more love I’ve got to give
So much more life I’ve got to live
I don’t know if I can but I will try

You’ll be surprised, I’ll be so strong
I’ll show the world that I can carry on
And then I’ll find somebody new
When I get over you
When I get over you
When I get over you

Neal Klassensongwriting, piano
Barb Klassen vocals
Paul Battersbyflute, oboe, clarinet, 1st violin, 2nd violin, viola, cello, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, glockenspiel (all from Virtual Playing Orchestra sample library), mixing
Hear the original version on SoundClick


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A Color Of The Sky
by Mantecon, Singh, Noble, Battersby

A high energy song with a slight hint of country rock, about never giving up because you never know what’s around the next corner.

The parts I added to this song actually came together very quickly for me. I had a clear idea about the strings and the drums right from the beginning. There were a few adjustments along the way but I was mostly able to take what I heard in my head and directly record it. I didn’t need to spend much time experimenting with this one.

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A Color Of The Sky
Lyrics by: Mike Matecon, Shiv Signh

When I thought all was lost
And I’d never smile again
I found a new beginning
Waiting near the end

When I thought all was gone
And hope fled from my grasp
I found a shiny future
Lurking in the past

What I thought was an end
Turned out to be a middle
And what I thought was a brick wall
Turned out to be a tunnel

(chorus)
What I thought was an injustice
Turned out to be a color
A color of the sky
A color of the sky

When I lost all my faith
And just threw it all away
I found a second chance
To live another day

And when I thought I was doomed
And cursed my life and luck
I found my soul was yet to soar
A diamond in the rough

What I thought was an end
Turned out to be a middle
What I thought was a brick wall
Turned out to be a tunnel

(chorus) x 2

Mike Mateconlyrics
Kim Noble lead vocals, backing vocals
Shiv Signh lyrics, electric guitar (x2), slide guitar, acoustic guitar
Paul Battersbydrums, bass, 1st violin, 2nd violin, viola, 12 string guitar
Bruce Valeriani mixing, mastering

 

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Orange And Bronze Colored Waltz
by Tom Gibson, Paul Battersby

I was initially drawn to this song by the name alone. I had to hear what an orange and bronze colored waltz was. I wasn’t disappointed. Very poetic and symbolic lyrics in this one.

From Tom:

It’s a vision piece lyrically, because that’s how we experience a sunset.

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Orange And Bronze Colored Waltz
Lyrics by Tom Gibson

The most beautiful girl in the village
Was taking the sun for a walk
The day turned into evening
In an orange and bronze colored waltz
They strolled thru the sand weathered mountains
Silhouette cactus and palms
But the blues watch deserved its relieving
By the orange and bronze colored waltz

(chorus)
Hi dee dee Hi
and it rises
Hi dee dee hi
and it falls
The earth and the moon turned in circles
‘Round an orange and bronze colored waltz

With vision as true as gun barrels
Sighting down worn desert walls
Bloody but still faintly breathing
The orange and bronze colored waltz
The ring the sun gave her turned moonlight
She feared his promise was false
But the love in her heart kept beating
An orange and bronze colored pulse

(chorus)

She went home and dreamt of her lover
As the Sun and Mimosa, Chagall
She held his embrace for the healing
Of his orange and bronze colored fall
The earth is the girl in the village
She’s dressed for the sun in chiffons
The moon’s only there for the dreaming
As they waltz thru the orange and bronze

(chorus)
(chorus)

Tom Gibsonsong writing, guitar, vocals
Paul Battersbydrums, bass guitar, 1st violin, 2nd violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, piccolo, mixing, video
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Red Nose
by Gustavo Lopez, Paul Battersby

Gustavo wrote this piano part while he had the flu so he called it “Red Nose” because as he said

I have flu… and big red nose…

I heard this piano part, and really liked it. I worked on this slowly, a little bit at a time until I arrived at a full orchestral accompaniment.

Gustavo Lopezpiano composition
Paul Battersbypiccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 1st violin, 2nd violin, viola, cello, string bass, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, glockenspiel, xylophone, timpani, drums, mixing
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Walk On Fire
by Tom Tognaci, Paul Battersby

A Classic Rock style song. Tom let me take his original single guitar and vocals version and turn it into this full band version.

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Walk On Fire
Lyrics by Tom Tognaci

Baby, I’m wanting you
Baby, I’m needing you
I want your touch
But, maybe, that’s not enough….

(chorus)
Where does the passion go
When a storm blows out the fire?
Cold rain is all you throw
While I’m burning in desire

Fan the open flames
Stoke the heart’s desire
Take a walk on me
And you’ll walk on fire

(solo)

Baby, I’m loving you
Baby, I count on you
Babe, before you give up on me,
I hope you’ll think it through…

(chorus)

Do you feel like letting go?
Well, baby, you gotta know
You take a walk on me
You walk on fire

I’m burning in desires flames
While the tempest in you reigns
But, if you’re walking on me
I won’t make it easy
It’s gonna get hot when you walk on fire

Tom Tognacisong writing, guitar, vocals
Paul Battersbydrums, bass, organ, mixing
Visit Tom Tognaci at SoundClick


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Playing With Autumn Leaves
by Gustavo Lopez, Paul Battersby

This is a beautiful piano piece by a composer in Belgium who was looking for someone to add some orchestral accompaniment. To quote Gustavo:

Do not have kids, but if I did wish I could play with them in the autumn leaves.

Note: this initially starts out very quiet but it gets louder.

Gustavo Lopezpiano
Paul Battersbyflute, oboe, clarinet, 1st violins, 2nd violins, viola, cello, string bass, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, harp, percussion, glockenspiel, mixing
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Leaving Footprints
by Dave Semple, Paul Battersby

Be sure to check out the big finish to this song. Somewhat like you might hear from a Bon Jovi power ballad.

From Dave:

“You left a footprint” is a phrase I use with my kids when they do something nice for people, me included. It comes from a story I heard in Sunday school when I was a kid about how, when we are nice to people, we leave a footprint in the sand of their memory; hence, the title. The song is about how even when days are shitty, my kids remind me to have fun and not take it all so seriously… Leaving Footprints.

Dave Semplesong writing, lead vocals, harmony, clean guitar, distortion guitar,piano
Paul Battersbydrums, 1st violins, 2nd violins, viola, flute, clarinet, bass guitar, church organ, conga drums
Bruce Valerianiprofessional mixing and production donated by Bruce at Blue Bear Sound
Visit Dave Semple at Reverb Nation


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