Version 1 of Song Two (On The Edge) is rather “vanilla” musically. It was one of the first few songs I wrote, and I didn’t know much to play around with.
Then the other day I was doodling on the piano, and a strange chord caught my ears. It sounded very different from the other chords. It stirred something up in me. I looked it up online, and it’s called a diminished chord. I thought, hmm… I’d like to use that in a song!
So I sat down and wrote Version 2 for Song Two (On The Edge), adding a diminished chord to the chord progression to make it a bit more “spicy”, and then ending the song on a suspended chord, which seems rather fitting.
Let me know which version “tastes” better for you!
My Mom helped me pick out the best recording for Version 2. I had recorded several takes last Friday in Toronto, before leaving for California to spend Thanksgiving holiday with my family. Here I caught a bad cold, that made my head cloudy and my body ache. I couldn’t trust my judgement in that state, so I asked for Mom’s help.
Here’re her reviews of the three takes I had her listen to:
- First take: smooth and easy on the ear, one can listen to it over and over.
- Second take: not as smooth, but there are accented parts that make you pay attention to the words being sung.
- Third take: the accented parts are not as subtle as those of Second take.
So Second take is Mom’s pick, and that is what you’re listening to here.
Song Two (On The Edge) – Version 2
Written and performed by Gnocchi Artyst (Nov 2019).
Subtitled in English and Vietnamese.
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