If ears could cry

Teardrop, by Massive AttackJust when you thought the most harm I could ever do to you on cyberseraphic was to assault your eyes and mind with pictures and prose, I’m taking my affrontery to the next level and introducing… dun dun duuuuuun… audio. But before we get to “the goods” let me first set the scene by saying that this post is me making good on a promise to fight the tide of too much awesome – my squeaky ode to ordinariness, if you will (although you may well substitute other, more derogatory words for “ordinariness”).

For my musical debut, I chose to mangle the song Teardrop by Massive Attack (I warn you now, you’re probably better off not clicking that link until after you’ve finished reading/hearing this post…) The unassailable magnificence of this emo anthem lies in its impenetrably vague lyrics. Everybody that hears it has their own unique interpretation – whether Elizabeth Fraser is singing “feel the sunlight, pray” or “feathers on my breath”, and whether the song is about abortion, futility, grief, etc. – you name it there’s somebody out there arguing passionately that theirs is the One True Meaning.

In addition to the instruments I already own (a violin and a cello), I bought the sheet music from musicroom.com (~$3.55 in Aussie Dollars) and the GigDaddy Multitrack Mixer app for iPhone for $3.99. And this is what I came up with after about half an hour of stuffing around:

[audio:http://www.cyberseraphic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/teardrop.mp3|titles=teardrop]

Feel free to donate towards an autotuner, and maybe some lessons.

—-

For the record, here’s what I think the lyrics are. It’s not a common interpretation:

Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word
Feathers on my prayer
Gentle impulsion
Shakes me, makes me lighter
Feathers on my prayer

Teardrop on the fire
Feathers on my prayer

Nine night of matter
Black flowers blossom
Feathers on my prayer
Black flowers blossom
Feathers on my prayer

Teardrop on the fire
Feathers on my…

Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror
Feathers on my prayer
Teardrop on the fire
Of a confession
Feathers on my prayer
Most faithful mirror
Feathers on my prayer

Teardrop on the fire
Feathers on my prayer

You’re stumbling in the dark
You’re stumbling in the dark