Habits

by @andygetch @tcelliott

Liner Notes

Andy here:
I think this is my first ever collab with
@tcelliott, his original song post is here: https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/792 please comment on lyrics there.
The lyrics resonated with me as I have done some philosophy reading. The book I have and thought of while first reading the lyric is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, which basically about how to bring about change personally, in a group, or community by changing habits, and combined with my prior readings, aligns perfectly with the song lyrics. The recording is an #acoustic_one_take that I may come back to if I get a better feel for a melody. Thanks @tcelliott for writing this and letting me attempt to add music.

Guitar tuned down a fourth #baritone_guitar style tuniong on a #classical_guitar BEADF#B with chord notation showing
[actual sound(shape relative to nut)]

Guitar chords: G(C) - x32010; Bm(Em) - o22ooo; Em(Am) - xo221o; Bsus4(Esus4) - oo22oo; Bsus4add13(Esus4add13) - oo44oo; Gmaj7add13)/B(Cmaj7add13)/E - oo55oo; B7no3rdadd11(E7no3rdadd11) - oo77oo; D(G) - 320003; A(D) - xx0232;

Lyrics

Verse 1
[G(C)] Reason defines mankind
[Bm(Em)] Discernment defines our taste
[Em(Am)] When we don't use logic until we exhaust it
[A(D)] Our thoughts become a waste

Chorus 1
[Bsus4(Esus4)] Watch your thoughts for they become words
[Bsus4add13(Esus4add13)] Watch your words for they become action
[Gmaj7add13)/B(Cmaj7add13)/E] Watch your actions for they become habit
[B7no3rdadd11(E7no3rdadd11)] And watch your habits for they will define you

Verse 2
[G(C)] Behavior becomes routine
[Bm(Em)] A summation of what we do
[Em(Am)] We become captive to the actions we practice
[A(D)] Surprised at what we turn into

Repeat Chorus 1

Verse 3
[G(C)] Habits define our lives
[Bm(Em)] Dictate what it means
[Em(Am)] If we do what it takes, then we can make
[A(D)] Reality from our dreams

Chorus 2
[G(C)] Watch your thoughts for they become words
[D(G)] Watch your words for they become action
[A(D] Watch your actions for they become habit
[G(C)] And watch your habits for they will define you



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I love the chaotic spaciness and the low drone of that baritone. This year, I feel like you've really found your voice. It's that tension between floatiness and movement that makes me know immediately it's one of yours. Really nice work.

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@fuzzy

Well, I would say that "*thinking* that reason defines us when in fact it does not" would be more accurate...
Yeah, excellent lyrics for sure, and so true.
Thoughts are powerful things.
Nice vocal presentation as a spoken word piece.

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@andrea

I love the philosophical wisdom in the lyrics. Very clever writing. Love the beautiful guitar. The spoken word works well here. Great collab!

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I dig this a lot! Deep thought concept...and important reminder.
I dig this tuning too!

I'm digging all the things.
Great collab, ya'll!