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PackEis: Lyrics & BETAs


Copyright 2019 Andrew Robert Chapman

Published by Andrew Robert Chapman at Smashwords

Edition 2019.1.1


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Table of Contents

Preamble

Preface

Prologue

Hell Yeah!

Keep Your Distance

Marchin’ In

Song background information

Great American Song Contest Evaluation

Epilogue

About the author

Other books by the author

Contacts and Links



Preamble

In computing the term ALPHA refers to a program or application which is in a useable but unfinished state, effectively a prototype. It is neither fit for production, release nor sale and, indeed, may be subject to a major rework or even consignment to the digital scrapheap. The term BETA refers to the phase of software development where the program more or less represents its final form and is usually exposed to a select group of future users for testing, feedback and fine-tuning.

It is in the computing sense of the words that this book’s song lyrics are presented.

The ALPHAs have all been put to music, albeit a simplistic bass or guitar melody and, although the standard of the resultant audio file can by no means be compared to that of a professional studio recording, they serve to give the listener a good idea of the rhythm and metre of the lyrics.

Audio files which have the backing instrumentation of a band, but quality reminiscent of a 1970’s bootleg, are referred to as BETAs and have been crudely recorded during band rehearsals. These files effectively represent the finished state of the song before work starts in a professional recording studio.



Preface

In 2012 I was asked to write lyrics for several band projects, one of which was to lead to the formation of the rock band WildScreW and culminate with the production of a studio CD, “Writing On The Wall”, at the end of 2016 with myself as vocalist.

The CD’s title song was to become a finalist in the 19th Great American Song Contest.

The songs in this book represent my work on song lyrics for a band project called PackEis. Matthias Esswein (vocals), Peter Mathes (bass), Dominik Butnaru (durms) and Martin “Kühl” (Guitarist) made up the four man stoner rock group, who had recorded their first CD, “Collision Guaranteed” in 2010, and were working on material for their second CD. In mid 2012 I was asked by the band to put lyrics to some song ALPHAs they had lined up for their second album, but the group disbanded at the end of 2012 before any studio work was started.

At the time I’d just started work writing lyrics for Thomas Wild, the Wild in WildßcreW, and it was Thomas who introduced me to PackEis and, one evening in April/May 2012 we visited the band’s rehearsal room in Bad Kreuznach. After a brief chat and a beer we parted company, agreeing that the band would send me a recording of one of the “many” ALPHAs they had stashed away. I remember that the band was adamant that the title be “Keep The Distance” although I repeatedly stated that “Keep Your Distance” (as seen, for example, on traffic signs) would be a better title. Martin, PackEis’s talented guitarist, sent me the promised MP3, which had been recorded at one of their rehearsals, a couple of days later per e-mail. The recording had their singer’s voice, Matthias, shaping the vocal melody.


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