This assignment was challenging for me. As I started researching songs that came out in 1989, I was surprised to realize that many of the tracks I love (anything by The Cure, New Order, etc.) were so context-based—without their atmosphere the melodies were rather nebulous. I wrote probably eight lullabies before settling on this one. I ended up taking this assignment as an opportunity to pay homage: to Tom Petty, John Prine, and CSN. I love all three for different reasons, but I thought—while I have to borrow a melody anyways, I may as well borrow a few other elements. So my lullaby features the melody from Tom Petty’s “Yer So Bad”, the (near) exact guitar part from John Prine’s version of “Clay Pigeons” and a three-part harmony not unlike one CSN would write. Admittedly, I felt disheartened I wasn’t able to make this assignment more “me”. But I had a fantastic time learning from the experience, and enjoyed putting an homage down on paper.
Also yeah, there’s a metronome in the background. I am a flawed man.
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I tried to sing quietly, in respect to the "lullaby". Does it work for you? Or just seem weak? How about the mix—dig the way those guitars are sitting with each other?