Down to the Stream

by @beacon @cindyrella

Liner Notes

@cindyrella wrote these lovely lyrics (https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/291) and I was just taken by the peacefulness of the thought of being near fresh water, so I went down to the pond near my house and came up with these chords and this melody. I wanted to keep it really simple and try to make the accompaniment sound a bit like water flowing.

Hope I did it justice!

#ukulele #collab #guy_with_ukulele #acoustic_one_take #acoustic #meditative #meditation #nature #folk #healing

Lyrics

Lyrics ©2022 Cindy Prince
Music ©2022 Ken Mattsson/BeaconBeats Music

There's a [I] noise in my head
I [vi] want to scream
So I [I] head down the [ii] path
To the [V7] beautiful [I] stream

There's [I] monsters near
Too [vi] close in dreams
So I [I] walk down the [ii] trail
To the [V7] sweet flowing [I] stream

Chorus
[vi] All I hear now is the [V] rush of [vi] water
It [IV] sings along with the [V7] birds
With[IV]out a [iii] doubt it [ii] makes me [iii7] stronger
I can't [ii] easily [V] put it into [I] words

Bridge
[iii] Rushing water
[ii] Gushing [iii7] flow
When I am [vi] sad
It's [ii] where I [V7] go

There's [I] too much violence
On my [vi] TV screen
So I [I] journey on [ii] down
To the [V7] magical [I] stream

There's [I] too much discord
I [vi] need a new theme
So I [I] hurry right [ii] down
To the [V7] wonderful [I] stream

Chorus



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@mikeb

A very classic sound to this, I can imagine you sitting in a canoe in the water, strumming the uke to a fair damsel holding a parasol over her delicate head to shade the sunlight.

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Lovely treatment of @cindyrella's lyrics. What a successful collab. Thank you so much for your comments on When Love Ends. I thought @adambeiter's vocal and instrumental treatments perfectly matched what I was hoping to find for this lyric.

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@nadine

Perfect match. Ken has such soothing voice, the slow strums ate just flowing like the lyrics. I still ponder if the magical stream in the TV verse is the internet or a river. Could be both!

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Like that lilting melody and the way it feels like the flow of a stream and even gets a little dammed up at the bridge. Sweet lyrics and a nice stream bed for the words to flow through.

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Simply and effectively done...totally echoing the serenity of the words...

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I'd say that justice is definitely done! Lovely.

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So beautiful - a perfect match a lovely lyrics and gorgeous music!

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@candle

Lovely. I am certainly getting the sense of flowing water - especially when you speed up at the bridge to match the "Rushing water/Gushing flow" imagery. Excellent collab you two!

See You In The Shadows…

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So lovely. I think you've more than done it justice. I feel a calming meditation album in the works from you thus 50/90! Really, we all could use one. I'll second @billwhite51 with the Dowland feel, which is so appropriate for you. @cindyrella created a wonderful juxtaposition of images with the "rushing waters" and images on the TV screen. What a great collab!

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rush of water is such a nice onomatopoeia that really comes out in the sung vocal. nice simple straight delivery, lyrically and musically. nice collab

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What a beautiful tenor vocal you have Ken! Cindy’s lyrics are inspiring. I love how you went to nature to create. Lovely collab! Good for the soul ❤️

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Very interesting approach, taking these dark, introspective, troubled lyrics and turning them into a gentle almost-lullaby, transforming the pain into something beautifully contemplative. And it absolutely works! A wonderful combining of talents that creates something very unique and memorable!

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i dont think i have ever heard cindy's lyrics encased in such an elegant mount.
this has a john dowland feel to it. despite the jarring fact that, unlike we modernists, he lived without a television.

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This definitely has a flowing feel to it. Seems that pond by your house had the inspiration you sought.

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Perfect! So calming, so pretty, so wonderful! So beautiful! Thank you so much!!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for recording one of @cindyrella 's songs. I had already commented on these lyrics and mentioned hoping more people would start putting her always-wonderful lyrics to music. You did a great job on this--she is always inspiring!

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@gm7

very nice imagery in the lyrics and ken slow delivery just accentuates each word.
Well done you 2.

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This reminds me so much of being in Wales which is full of magical streams. The sound of them is so calming, like this song. Well done!

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This is gorgeous!
I'm listening with my first coffee of the day while bathed in sunshine. And this is a perfect accompaniment, setting me up perfectly for the day.
We all need a magical stream.
Great collab from you two. 👌

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It is a good lyric Cindy and this is a really good delivery of it Ken - Hope for better times i hear in here!

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So soothing, both in lyrics and musical delivery. I feel like I'm being embraced by nature! A lovely collaboration!