Anything But The Quiet

  • Submitted on time! Mar 10, 2024
Mostly Melody

Wow Sad Song Central

Honestly this was a practice for me to get away from my computer and just to a piano with a notepad. I think I succeeded. I haven’t written in this way in a really long time. I felt like it was a nice cathartic little moment for me as I’m often feeling sort of overwhelmed with the plug ins, instruments, or gear I have to utilize in my writing when it comes to NCBC assignments. I hope you all got out of this what I got out of it- which was just the pure joy of writing a song without worrying about the production so much. What came out of me was a really sad song about fearing the quiet between partners in a fight. And the way that our mind tricks us into thinking everything is terrible and that the world is ending. I struggle with sitting through quiet moments of self-reflection in general but particularly in conflict- often finding myself needing to faun or to fix whatever we are going through, questioning everything.


Feels like I lost the courage

To say what I mean in the moment

I’d rather go to bed angry

We’re beside ourselves

Feels like we wanna yell

cause the silence doesn’t really help

I’d rather hear you scream obscenities at me

Tell me I’m crazy, Tell me i’m out of my mind

Id rather watch you walk away and slam the door

Tell me you’re fed up, Tell me I’m I’m unkind

Anything Anything but the quiet

Anything Anything but the quiet

It’s feeling real now, the way I thought i’d never feel

I’ve worked so hard to get myself here

Agonizing over whether we’re the perfect lovers

Are we who we want to be?

And do I lift you up, or do I put you down?

And do you smile when I come back home from work?

And do you feel my love, and do you feel the same?

And do you want it over and over again?

Anything Anything but the quiet

Anything Anything but the quiet

I can see the road beneath us , yeah

It’s feeling rocky

But nothing comes without some road bumps

None of this is shocking

Anything Anything Anything But The quiet

Anything Anything Anything But The quiet

Looking for feedback on

Not looking for specific feedback really just stopped here to take a little emotional dump on NCBC. Flush!


Ryan March 29, 2024 11:20am

Said it before and I’ll say it again—absolutely love your vocal harmony style. Excellent song concept, great work.

Il Duce March 29, 2024 8:47am

Great tune, and the simplicity truly suits you well.

alechutson March 24, 2024 2:43pm

Really felt this one. I think the dry vocals contrasted really well with the round piano tone.

nick March 23, 2024 9:44am

Well well well, dry vocals suit you quite nicely. Piano is luscious. Love the little timing tweak to the melody the last time through. And hey, I can relate—I think from both perspectives. Nice song.

Ben March 18, 2024 4:05pm

This is gorgeous! Will you tell us your secrets to that excellent piano tone? Your songs always sound super clean.

Thanks for the great prompt—this was super challenging, but definitely worth it.

stonewindow March 18, 2024 1:28pm

I love your song Julia. Sad song for sure and it’s about our human condition. We’re all it together. Sometimes silence. I do have the belief that the darkness leads us to light.

Carseat March 18, 2024 9:14am

Oooohh.. those harmonies come in so nicely. It’s stuck in my head. Anythiiiing anythiiiiiiing. We love a sad song. And yeah — I empathize with the context for it. Silence can suck.