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The Crucible


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Calchas

 Genre: Ballad

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Description
This is a thorough remix, remaster and partial re-do of a piece from back in 2007.

If memory serves, I wanted to try something with a bit of a Cohen-esque flavor. (Think of his 1971 album, “SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE”...)

Anyway, the original featured acoustic guitar, lead vocal, synth, and some “choir” background vocals. To the above I've added snare drum, cymbals, and electric guitar. I think it really ups the dramatic element.

To be sure, not everyone's cup of tea; but then what is?

One by one we all will learn...eventually...
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Lyrics
THE CRUCIBLE

I.
The ripples you make in the waters of time,
they intermingle and combine with mine.
Together they form an irresistible tide,
that carries us along on our Valkyrie ride.

Chorus:
However long it takes to learn,
the cold will numb and the fire will burn,
but in the end we'll all return
to the Power
behind the crucible.

II.
Each one a diamond-in-the-rough.
Each a stone to be polished and cut.
The Jeweler forms us
with a sure and steady hand,
as we travel in this cosmic caravan.

Chorus:
God help the materialist,
whose delusion is his bliss.
Nothing he was taught could prepare him for this:
HE'S NOT ALONE...
in the crucible.

Chorus:
However long it takes to learn,
the cold will numb and the fire will burn,
but in the end we'll all return
to the Power
behind the crucible.

III.
So shake your rattle!
Throw the I-Ching!
Trust in your doctrines...
dance...and sing;
then perhaps your offering
may be accepted
by the Power
behind the crucible.
(2X)
Song Stats
Hits: 443
Comments: 18
Fans: 15
Plays: 31
Downloads: 2
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Jun 02, 2017 - 09:09:14 AM
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2017 - 09:09:14 AM Last Played: Jul 25, 2017 - 08:34:00 AM
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Hardware:
Goya Acoustic Guitar
Epiphone Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar
Cheapo Keyboard for Synth Interface
Software:
Logic Express 7
Logic Pro X
Comments
Vic Holman said 82 days ago (June 2nd, 2017)
The Crucible
really nice revision here Mike. the additions do pump it up nicely. would make for a great closing tune for the appropriate movie.
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Calchas said 80 days ago (June 4th, 2017)
Hi Vic
The original was kinda sparse IMO. I think the new version works much better. It will be the closer on my OMPHALOS album.

Be well bro!
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Philip18 said 82 days ago (June 3rd, 2017)
The Crucible
Plenty of plaintive power in the vocal and the arrangement does, as you suggest, have dramatic elements in it. I like it!
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Calchas said 80 days ago (June 4th, 2017)
Hey Philip
An oldie but goodie. IMO some of my best writing took place early on, before I had any developed recording and mixing skills. Over time I hope to re-invent some of these oldies. which---like this one---just needed a face-lift!

Glad you like it!

Be well friend!
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Char said 82 days ago (June 3rd, 2017)
I am so happy
that you're here once again, Micheal. Thanks.

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Calchas said 80 days ago (June 4th, 2017)
It goes both ways Char!
Glad your back! Hope some of the other female former MJers make a return as well. This shouldn't just be a cyber "man cave"!

Thanks for clocking in my friend!

Be well!
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sammydix said 81 days ago (June 3rd, 2017)
Your
vocals sort of reminded me of Paul Kantner. Thought for a second I was listening to J. Airplane and found myself donning my bandana and bell bottoms. Sounds nice n spacious.
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Calchas said 80 days ago (June 4th, 2017)
Wow Sam...
I haven't listened much to Airplane in the last couple of decades. Been even longer since I listened to Paul Kantner! ("Blows Against The Empire") I was going for a more Leonard Cohen-ish approach. Sheesh!

Hey! You in a bandana and bell-bottoms! A new icon perhaps? Ha ha...

Be well friend!
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egobandit said 80 days ago (June 4th, 2017)
Man
The guitar in this mixed with the keys its gallops along , the military drum keeping it moving forward nice leading BTW very cool!
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Calchas said 79 days ago (June 5th, 2017)
Hi Tim
It was tricky finding a guitar tone that would compliment those dark keys. Took awhile but I finally got it. Glad you like it bro!

Be well!
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Dean-Resonator said 80 days ago (June 5th, 2017)
The Crucible
Epic stuff Micheal. I like the restraint you show with some of the new additions to the song. Not overdoing things, just adding them where they fit in.
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Calchas said 79 days ago (June 5th, 2017)
Restraint!
I know what you mean. Less is more was the rule here on the guitar. Also at first I had the drums start at the beginning of the synth soloing in the middle, but at the last decided to start them later. Again... less is more!

Thanks for listening and commenting Dean.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Just A Man (After All)
PeterB7858 said 77 days ago (June 7th, 2017)
The Crucible
2007 was before my time on MJ so this is new to me. The "mystic" lyrics set the time and place and and the arrangement supports them very well. The acoustic sounds great and I like the riff. Nice electric guitar work, too. The clarity and space of the mix is impressive. Nice one. Thanks, Mike.
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Calchas said 76 days ago (June 8th, 2017)
Many thanks Peter!
I wouldn't be much of a post-modern Neoplatonist if I didn't occasionally write something "mystical," now would I? Heh heh...

Anyway, I really appreciate the thumbs up on the mix bro!

Be well!
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Narad said 64 days ago (June 20th, 2017)
The Crucible
Brilliant work ! Bravo Mike !! :)
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Calchas said 57 days ago (June 27th, 2017)
Thanks bro...
Was hoping you'd catch this one!

Be well!
Check out my latest song called Just A Man (After All)
BirdmanWayne94 said 57 days ago (June 27th, 2017)
Ahh...
... you already know how much I love this song. Matter of fact, I still play the riff every now and then. It's almost a go-to arpeggio for me whenever I pick up a nylon-stringed guitar.

This is a classic.

Bearing what I said in mind, it was a bit weird for me to hear it with the new additions. It'll take a few listens before this new version grows on me. Off the first listen, I'm not sure if I see the hi-hats necessary during the intro. It's a little loud and unexpected... but the light percussion/drums at the end definitely adds to the drama. I dig it by the end of the tune, just not sure about the beginning.

So great to see your name here. I rarely stop by anymore but I'm glad that I caught this.
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Calchas said 57 days ago (June 27th, 2017)
BW!
It's so good to see you on sight! This place is such a cyber ghost town these days...

RE the high-hat complaint. I see your point and will mix it down for the CD version.

Be well my friend!
Check out my latest song called Just A Man (After All)
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Name: Micheal Wark
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A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. It is a rhythmic saga of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or satirical, political (affected by the previous three types mentioned, refers to either glorifying the exploits o

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