Let Your Garden Grow

  • Submitted on time! May 10, 2020

Neil Young’s Harvest Moon came out in 1992, so I used his melody of “on this harvest moon” to sing “let your garden grow.” Originally, I was going to play the chords on guitar, but then I thought doing the whole thing acapella would be more lullaby-esque.


You tend the earth so carefully

But still you find some fallen leaves

So go ahead and rest with ease

The night will wash away the weeds

So just sleep

And let your garden grow


Looking for feedback on

Effectively use room tone in the mix to complement the emotive elements of a tune


juliapiker May 12, 2020 1:41pm

You know how much I love your singing. And Harvest Moon is one of my favorites forever.
I actually have a vocal note. This is an AMAZING call . The instrumental melody created by voice is always one of my favorite things artists do. I think atmosphere is always awesome. I wonder if having each “oooh” start small and grow . Small crescendo on each ooh. Could compliment the lyrics. Let your garden grow. I think it can also provide some nice texture variation.

so like “ooOOH” instead of “OOOOOH”

does that make sense?

nick May 12, 2020 2:50pm

oh i feel that

nickMay 12, 2020 2:50pm

*ooOOH i feel that

Sam Pearce May 11, 2020 2:50pm

Hey Mateus, I really like the line “the night will wash away the weeds”. And I didn’t even register that it was a cappella until I read your description. I don’t really have the knowledge to answer your mix question, but I enjoyed this, and I could also imagine enjoying a version that has this as an overture, followed by a variation that expands and details the space with other sounds, vocal or otherwise. Not that this feels incomplete in any way – I just think it has the emotional momentum to continue, if you wanted that.

Tengo May 11, 2020 10:00pm

Thank you, Sam! I think that’s my favorite line too…just letting things take care of themselves sometimes

nick May 11, 2020 10:07am

Incredible lyrics, and incredible melody matching. Perfect combination of clever and sweet. I agree that the lead vocal could use some more presence. To me, the lead vocal sounds very live and a little distant, while the background vocals sound more studio edited/super up-close, so maybe working to align their space could help the whole thing feel more ‘single room’.

Tengo May 11, 2020 9:59pm

Thanks! I agree. I spent more time EQing and verbing out the harmony stacks then I did the lead, and never felt like I quite got them to exist in the same space

nurphgun May 10, 2020 9:31pm

I love the overall sentiment of this song; it’s very sweet. The “Harvest Moon”/garden theme is clever. (Also, I always forget that song came out in the 90s! Neil is so timeless. Ugh, I love him.) Agree w/ Ryan that the lead line could be a bit louder in the mix. The sung chords were a nice choice, though–very soothing and lighthearted.

Tengo May 11, 2020 9:58pm

Thanks, Nora! Hope you’re free of quarantine v soon!

Ryan May 10, 2020 7:30pm

This reminds me of when a band of relatively heavy-set gentlemen ghouls used to ghost in through the walls of my childhood bedroom (nightly) and sing me a barbershop-esque hymn about agriculture. Hauntingly similar, honestly.

Re: your mix Q — I think you did a great job shaping the room. I wouldn’t mind that lead vocal poking out more. But you’ve certainly got a good room built. Also an excellent job on sneaking in the ‘harvest moon’ melody—love the way that gels seamlessly with the rest of the tune. Great title, too. Well done, mate.

Tengo May 11, 2020 9:58pm

I spent at least five minutes laughing so hard at your comment. It was also mega cathartic after having an epically tough time recording a version of this that even felt remotely good enough to post, so being able to laugh reminded me of the fun I should be having with music. Thank you my friend

aubspeeps May 10, 2020 6:40pm

DUDE I am LOVING the fact that you did the chords vocally instead of instrumentally!! it really accomplishes bringing a lot of emotion to such a short piece, very cool vibes. The lyrics being nature-based feel very atmospheric as well making this a pretty visceral listening experience, well done

Tengo May 11, 2020 9:57pm

thank you!!