Monkey & Bear

  • Submitted on time! Apr 20, 2020
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Written for two of my best friends

Household instruments – salt shaker, radiator, nighttime sound machine crickets (slight cheating?)



the memory of

us in your apartment

the joy like a drug

I think of you often

how have you been?

are you still in the window

the sun on your skin?

where did that go?

here, then it’s gone

I can only hope it wont

last too long

without you, life feels wrong, mmmm

I wish we could go back

to the way that we were

before it got heavy

back when we were sure

but things now are different

for better or worse

but I miss you like hunger

I miss you like thirst

where did that go?

here, then it’s gone

I can only hope it won’t

last too long

without you, life feels wrong, mmmm





Sam Pearce April 27, 2020 1:09pm

This is an achingly beautiful vocal performance. I love “I miss you like hunger/I miss you like the thirst.” I think that’s a fearless lyric. And the sweetness of the maj7 chord is sweeter for the minor chords surrounding it. I’m hesitant to mention another artist again, since I did that on your palindrome piece and I’m always wary of making comparisons, but this is more of a free association: have you heard the Joanna Newsom’s song by the same title? This song is actually a little more up my alley than that particular one of hers, but I thought that if you hadn’t, the coincidence might be enjoyable.

nurphgun April 22, 2020 7:48pm

I. love. this. You have such awesome vibrato. It’s big and wide and unapologetic but totally in control, and it gives this song an unusual classical vibe. I could imagine this song as part of an opera. The longing is so visceral and dramatic. Big Jeff Buckley energy!

aubspeeps April 27, 2020 5:24pm

thank you so much!!! i grew up singing with classical training/singing opera so thats definitely built into my musicianship whether i want it to be there or not. i used to try and fight it because i didnt think it was “cool” but im trying in general to take all the pressure off of trying to be anything. its cool to hear that you like those elements, i am humbled and grateful my dude

nicolemalagodipope April 22, 2020 4:02pm

so beautiful, aubrey! thank you for this. an equally eerie and comfortable space to sit inside.

alechutson April 22, 2020 2:57pm

haunting and soothing at the same time

Ben April 22, 2020 1:13pm

The phrasing in this is amazing. The “iiiIiIIiIIiiIiIiIIiiiiIiiIIiii think of you often” is haunting.
Great tones all over this piece, so many melodies, widespread eeriness.

nick April 21, 2020 10:32pm

yeah definitely post these lyrics. pretty bad ass shaker entrance. big fan all around.

aubspeeps April 22, 2020 11:35am

thank you so much

froebusiness April 21, 2020 9:49pm

Hauntingly beautiful stuff. Love your vocals.

aubspeeps April 22, 2020 11:34am

thank you!!

Ryan April 21, 2020 9:27pm

Aubrey this is freaking beautiful. And I love the recording, too. Equal parts intimate and eerie. Rad chord choice, too. Would love to see the lyrics if you wanted to post them on the ‘about’ section of the track at some point!

aubspeeps April 22, 2020 11:34am

wow thank you so much this means so much to me! i am fairly inexperienced when it comes to logic and software so this is going to be a good challenge for me to get better, everyones stuff for this assignment (yours included) is so rad