Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement)

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2018/06/21 03:02:24 (permalink)

Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement)

I can't sing with a darn, and I just recorded this on a lone electric guitar w/ vocal. It's the kind of demo I would have done with a band years ago to show them a new arrangement I had come up with so they could take it home and learn it. Anyway, I'm only posting it to see if anyone likes the arrangement.
 
As you probably know, this is an old traditional song, and like a lot of old songs, no one knows how the original lyrics went, so you'll find several different versions of them. These are the ones I used. The chords are actually the same; I just used some progressions to create movement and gradually sped up the temple to build a climax at the chorus.
 
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 Bill
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Wayfaring Stranger
 
 
Verse 1
I’m just a poor wayfaring stranger
Passing through this world of woe
But there’s no sickness, toil, or danger
In that bright land to which I go
 
Verse 2
I know dark clouds, they gather around me
I know my way is rough and steep
But golden fields, they rise before me
Where the saints, their vigils keep
 
Chorus 1
I’m going there to see my mother
Going there, no more to roam
I’m only going over Jordan
Just passing through on my way home
 
Solo
 
Chorus 2
I’m going there to see my father
He said he’d meet me when I come
I’m only going over Jordan
Just passing through on my way home
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    eph221
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/21 05:36:43 (permalink)
    This is an expertly crafted song.  You go from departure to anticipation to return through many interesting chord changes.  For some very ODD reason it made me think of the mac davis show.  Remember that?

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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/21 08:51:17 (permalink)
    Good stuff - weirdly reminds me of Tom Waits
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/21 13:06:02 (permalink)
    Yep I hear Tom Waits in the recipe a bit too, Never missed a note on the guitar work! I think you have a really good canvas in this work. OK the vocal could do with some help but all said and done I listened to it a couple of times and loved the mood so thanks for sharing
     
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/21 13:40:10 (permalink)
    No comment on the vocal, inappropriate for a furry alien whose singing kills at a parsec.

    Enjoyed the guitar work, are you intending to take this somewhere else?

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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/21 15:23:29 (permalink)
    Sure I remember Mac Davis. Tom Waits too. I'm not really a fan of either and I'm not sure how this recording relates to them, but we all hear things in different ways, so that's kind of cool.
     
    Wook, I'm not sure anybody else has ever noticed it, but the music to both "Summertime" and "Wayfaring Stranger" is exactly the same except their choruses are different. If I had thought of it earlier, I would have turned this into an instrumental version of "Summertime." At some point I'll do exactly that providing I can find a drummer to work on it with. (I don't really know any these days.)
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/21 15:36:56 (permalink)
    Bill,
     
    The arrangement is pretty cool, like the guitar playing a lot.   Thumbs up.
     
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/21 19:47:28 (permalink)
    Bill,
    As always, excellent guitar water.

    I like how the chord patterns went from fairly simple to more involved, expressing the mood rising from woe to joyful. (I don't usually talk this way)

    "rough and steep" I like the change in mood here
    "but golden fields"  I think the chord pattern is too different from previous
    "no more to roam"  really like that transition bit
     
    The solo is great.  Hey, that's the way the original song was meant to be played (kidding)

    Now that you mention it I do hear the similarity to Summertime.



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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/22 03:32:54 (permalink)
    Thanks for the comments fellas. I know it's not very good, but I see you other guys post all these vocal songs, and I just wanted to jump in the pool for a while too. Now, back to my little world of instrumental music where bums like me belong. 
     
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/23 16:11:55 (permalink)
    I enjoyed that rendition very much. My mom used to sing that eerily forlorn song.
     
    The speed up was a surprise and then when it slowed down at the very end it had a very nice reflective impact.
     
    Brilliant! :)
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/24 12:57:53 (permalink)
    I think you sing just fine.  It actually lends more earth to the traditional tune.  Also, you are a fantastic guitar player.  I like what you did to it.  I like people who try to step out of the box.  Great tones on that guitar.
     
     
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/24 18:48:40 (permalink)
    Getting there and such an improvement, love it all but the 'In that bright land to which I go ' still need a redo 'cause you just didn't get there (flat).
    And you sound great ...this song would be a good album filler .. so thanks for 'jumping in'
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/24 20:05:05 (permalink)

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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/25 03:52:10 (permalink)
    I think it's a really well-put together song, and great guitar work, of course.
     
    The shift in pattern and texture in the second verse caught me a bit off guard. I liked the change as an idea, but I think the transition should be either a bit more gradual, or placed differently. 
     
     
     

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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/25 09:07:03 (permalink)
    Such resonance in your voice. While you'd do well to edit out some more of the mic sounds between lines, I'd be practicing the heck out of singing if you reckon you can't sing. Because, geez...that's a vocal tone that you can work with. You have the pipes...
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/25 13:57:36 (permalink)
    Thanks everyone for listening, your input, and most of all, your encouragement. I can only sing extremely simple songs, and even though this one isn't hard, I had difficulty staying on key for some reason. I seem to do a lot better when I play it on acoustic, but my main one is in the shop, so I thought I'd try it on electric. Well, anyway, I'm on a quest to try to find some songs I can sing solo live because I think people get bored just watching me play instrumentals all night and it would likely broaden my audience. I think I'll probably leave this one off the list, but I hope I can find a friend who will want to use the arrangement.
     
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/25 20:59:26 (permalink)
    I thought "Summertime" too when I first heard it.  Excellent guitar work and your rough vocal delivery adds to the dismal mood of the overall tune.
     
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    Re: Wayfaring Stranger (new arrangement) 2018/06/26 18:34:58 (permalink)
    I like the idea of the tempo changes but find the tempo changes are a little abrupt. 

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