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(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Thanks Phill - Yep, good to be back but I enjoyed my time away. I can hear that banjo as well. It's a tough balance work and music, but I'm glad you were able to maintain.     

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(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

On my soundcloud page if you want to hear: https://soundcloud.com/jets60/my-paying-job     

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(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I was watching the movie Once about a talented singer songwriter trying to make it. I imagined what that must be like if I had that kind of talent. A busker's life is a tough and risky life indeed, but how is it so different from the paying job life. This song is about the paying job life.

My Paying Job by Jeff Gilpin


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~~(10/11/2020~~


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Intro – fingerpicking C

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My paying [C]job


Keeps the [F]roof over my [C]head.


It [F]helps me to en[C]sure that my [G]bank account’s not dead.


It [F]keeps me in the [C]niceties that [E]I require to [F]live,


And [C]all I have to [G]do is just put [F]in the time I give


To my paying [C]job.


~


My paying [C]job


[F]Doesn’t take much [C]time.


I [F]have to get in [C]early, but [G]that’s really not a crime,


And [F]yes maybe I [C]have to work [E]just a little [F]late,


[C]Even then I [G]still get [F]home by eight


From my paying [C]job. [C7]


~


And [Am]when I get home I grab my [F]guitar,


And I [C]strum a little while until I [G]doze.


Then I [Am]play a little longer, and I [F]amble off to bed,


And [C]sleep if I’m able, and then I'll [G]start the day again,


As I’ll [F]head off once [G]more to


My paying [C]job



~


My paying [C]job.


It’s not about [F]glamour or about [C]glitz.


It’s about [F]climbing up the [C]ladder from the [G]middle of the midst,


And I’ll [F]climb about as [C]high as my [E]boss thinks I am [F]able,


And I'll [C]put a bit more [G]food upon my [F]table


From my paying [C]job.


~


My paying [C]job


Been [F]working a long [C]while,


And [F]now I find I’ve [C]grown accustomed [G]living in this style.


I [F]don’t complain a [C]bit about the [E]lack of what I’m [F]taking.


[C]I continue [G]bringing home the [F]bacon


Thanks to my paying [C]job. [C7]


~


[Am]One day if I’m able I'll put this [F]life away.


[C]Go off somewhere and play my old gui[G]tar.


And I’ll [Am]play all through the day, [F]try and make it to bed,


And [C]sleep as long as I’m able until the [G]nurse comes by again


With my [F]morning meds, all [G]paid for by


My paying [C]job.


~


Fade fingerpicking Cmaj7




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(8 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Hey all.

Phill and I had a great time writing and working on our Barney and I recording. Phill did the tough mixing of our recordings and music and I think the whole project turned out very nice. Thanks Pete for putting the video together. It was a nice touch and presented Barney well.

V/R,

Jeff G     

Great song Scott! Fun working with you on this. I love the finished product.     

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(6 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Hey EB - Great song there. You had my toe tapping.     

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(2 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

New format works fine for me  - I didn't see the option to switch back.     

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(9 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Thanks Phill and thanks for the comparison to Burl Ives. He was a great folk artist and actor. You took me back, thinking about all his works.     

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(9 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Thanks for your kind words Pete, and thanks for sharing your insight and your own personal writing experiences.     

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(9 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Here's the song if you want to hear how it goes: https://soundcloud.com/jets60/writing-as-i-move-my-lips     

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(9 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Thanks Phill and Jim. This one came to me pretty easy. I usually find it tough to come up with the music once I have the words but not the other way around. And some days both are difficult.     

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(9 replies, posted in Songwriting)

This song started with a tune that I was playing around with this morning. Then I added the words and tweaked with the music, adjusting here and there until I was done. I think the words aptly describe how I write many of my songs, or at least this song. This song title, Writing as I Move My Lips. came to me from what I caught myself doing today (and put into the lyrics), trying to get the rhythm fixed in my head as I was fitting the words to my music.

Writing as I Move My Lips By Jeff Gilpin


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Intro  - strumming Am


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[Am]Sitting by my lonesome, [F]looking [C]’round.


[G]Listening to the house making [C]house like [G]sounds.


[Am]Thinking to myself, “What [F]should I [C]do be[G]fore this [F]day is [Am]through?”


~


[Am]Forceful are the habits [F]in my [C]head,


[G]Directing the path to [C]which I’m [G]led.


[Am]I’m just sitting here and [F]writing [C]down the [G]thoughts in my [F]head turning [Am]round.


~


[C]Words flow to my [G]fingertips,


[C]Tapping out the letters as I [E]move my lips.


[Am]Capturing the thoughts that [F]come my [C]way, be[G]fore they’re [F]gone to [Am]stay.


~


[Am]I don’t think my thoughts are [F]all that [C]grand,


[G]Floating here and there but re[C]fusing to [G]land.


[Am]Maybe if I stay and [F]write them [C]all [G]they’ll make [F]sense before they [Am]fall.


~


[Am]I try not to guide the [F]way I [C]think,


[G]Water flowing into a [C]kitchen [G]sink.


[Am]I don’t analyze or [F]cut them [C]down, [G]swimming [F]trying not to [Am]drown


~


[C]Words flow to my [G]fingertips,



[C]Tapping out the letters as I [E]move my lips.


[Am]Capturing the thoughts that [F]come my [C]way, be[G]fore they’re [F]gone to [Am]stay.


~


[C]Looking inside [G]looking out,


[C]Looking at the world as it [G]screams and shouts,


[C]I’m not really worried which [G]way I flow


Until I [F]get to the end of an[E]other begin.


~


[Am]Putting down my words in a [F]virtual [C]space.


[G]Reading them all out but with[C]out much [G]haste.


[Am]I put little edits [F]there and [C]here [G]as the [F]end come [Am]near.


~


[Am]I put down my writing [F]when it’s [C]done.


[G]Subject’s not so serious, a [C]little [G]fun.


[Am]Sewing up my words with a [F]somber [C]tune, [G]only to [F]end too [Am]soon.


~


[C]Words flow to my [G]fingertips,


[C]Tapping out the letters as I [E]move my lips.


[Am]Capturing the thoughts that [F]come my [C]way, be[G]fore they’re [F]gone to [Am]stay.


~


Slow fade strumming Am



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(3 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Hey Scott - I enjoyed your playing and I think I get how the words go with it. Hot rockin' song!     

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(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Here it is if you'd like to hear how it goes: https://soundcloud.com/jets60/to-lose-is-to-gain     

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(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Thanks Phill. I agree and it will be posted soon sometime this weekend.     

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(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I'm feeling better Pete, thanks. I'll most likely get it posted this weekend.     

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(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I wrote this one this past weekend. I've been convalescing after a little "procedure" made me have to refrain from exercising for a little while, but I am back on my feet getting my wind back. I also made the mistake of not playing enough when I wrote it to remember how it goes. So as soon as I do remember and I'm able to perform it properly, I promise to record and post it on my Soundcloud page.  In the meantime feel free to try it out on your own if you like and let me know what you think. It's kind of folky like many of my songs if that helps.

To Lose Is to Gain Jeff Gilpin


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8/16/2020


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Verse chords Em – G D – Em – G D Em – Chorus Chords – D Em – G D - Em – G D Em


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To [Em]lose is to gain


Lose your [G]anger lose your [D]pain


[Em]Then begin again


[G]Then be[D]gin a[Em]gain [D]


~


I [Em]set upon a path I know


On a late summer's [D]day


The [G]skies were cloudy overcast


But I [D]thought it’d be okay


I was [Em]geared for frugality


To keep my burden [D]light


The [G]hike would be a short one


And I’d [D]try with [G]all my [Em]might


~


To lose is to gain


Lose your anger lose your pain


Then begin again


Then begin again


~


‘Twas my first in a long while


I was recovering


A minor illness kept


The wind from my wings


But I held my resolve


And back on my feet I climbed


To start a new beginning


And to catch back up with time


~


To lose is to gain


Lose your anger lose your pain


Then begin again


Then begin again


~


A sprinkle felt from time to time


But it never soaked me wet



I kept my feet a moving


On my journey tryin’ to get


Tryin’ to get me back upon my feet


And put the past behind


‘Cause life is life that’s what it is


And all you’ve got is time


~


To lose is to gain


Lose your anger lose your pain


Then begin again


Then begin again


~


My journey was a short one


But a step upon my path


To lead to where it led me


For my reward or wrath


I made to the other side


No prize for me await


Just the prize to keep on going


As I tried to remake.


~


To lose is to gain


Lose your anger lose your pain


Then begin again


Then begin again


~


My lesson was an easy one


That I already knew


But needed the reminding


Like the tying of my shoe


When life knocks you down at times


You can lay down and die


Or get yourself back up again


And give it another try


~


To lose is to gain


Lose your anger lose your pain


Then begin again


Then begin again



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(19 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Hey Rick. I'm sad to see you moving on, but thankful for all you have given to me and the rest of us here.     

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(2 replies, posted in Songwriting)

TIGLJK wrote:

Good song Jets !

Made me feel like I was sitting/relaxing  on my porch on a late autumn day watching the leaves blow around.
Good luck in the competition.

Jim

p.s.   do you have to change your profile quote to Washington Football team now ? smile

Thanks Jim - Competition went well (all my songs from the challenge are on my new youtube page I posted in the Recording forum), and I recommend it to you and the other songwriters here when the next one rolls around. If you check out the SongFancy FaceBook group they'll let you know all the details. No cost and mainly for challenging yourself.

You know, I hadn't thought of that until now but I guess you're right...quote change coming...just have to remember how to do it. smile     

Here is a song I wrote getting ready for the songwriting challenge I participated in. I wrote quite a few and the ones from the challenge and one other prep song are on my YouTube site (link posted in the Recording Forum). Here is the link for this song: https://soundcloud.com/jets60/rising-up … down-again

Rising Up and Falling Down Again By Jeff Gilpin – 5-7-2020



Verse C F G – C F G – Am Dm7 G G7


Pre Chorus F C Am Dm7 G G7


Chorus C F C F C Am Dm7 G G7


~


[C]Some days the [F]wind will [G]blow,


[C]Stirring [F]up the [G]Air.


[Am]Mixing up [Dm7]all that’s [G]there. [G7]


~


[C]Blowing it [F]all a[G]round


On the [C]houses and [F]on the [G]trees


[Am]Until another [Dm7]wind blows it [G]free, [G7]


~


[F]And all the little [C]pieces


[Am]Rising up just to [Dm7]fall,


And [G]then fall a[G7]gain.


~


[C]Rising [F]up and [C]falling [F]down a[C]gain.



[Am]Where will it all [Dm7]end up in the [G]end. [G7]


~


[C]Some days I’m [F]like the [G]wind,


[C]Making things [F]rise and [G]fall,


[Am]But why [Dm7]I can’t re[G]call. [G7]


~


[C]Then some [F]days I [G]fly,


As [C]high as [F]I can [G]see,


[Am]But [Dm7]powerless[G]ly. [G7]


~


[F]But I’m not the [C]wind,


Or what [Am]gets blown a[Dm7]round,


All over [G]town. [G7]


~


[C]Rising [F]up and [C]falling [F]down a[C]gain.


[Am]Where will I [Dm7]end up in the [G]end. [G7] [CMaj7]


~



 

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(4 replies, posted in Poems)

Looking forward to this all but together with your music behind it.     

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(3 replies, posted in Recording)

neophytte wrote:

Could you add a link to the FB challenge page?

Thanks

Richard

Certainly - https://www.facebook.com/groups/5in5songchallenge     

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(3 replies, posted in Recording)

Hey All,

I added a YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsaKw_ … 0aTszRhVzA). I was using it for a FaceBook songwriting challenge 5 songs in 5 days and the song recordings are still a rough cut primarily for folks to get an idea of how the song goes. Those songs are up there in video format along with one other that I wrote to practice for the competition. Not trying to get snooty, but just trying to push myself to get better. I didn't want to flood the songwriting forum with all these new songs, but if you want feel free to stop by and hear them. I'll make sure the music's (words & chords) there in chordpro format if anyone wants to try them out.

V/R,

Jeff G/jets60

Hey Jim - I like it and think this will sound great. I like that you used the blues style too, a bit different from your other songs. I'll give it a try as soon as I get off work, but I'm looking forward to hearing how you play it as well.     

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(6 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Thanks you two.