Music - Rachal & Emily S.

Phone calls to Heaven 

STEPS:

Step One: Deciding what to write about.
We Made the decision to write a song about the experience of a loved one passing away, that you wish you could have one more conversation with.
And the ride of emotions that a person experiences after the event of loosing a loved.

Step two: Deciding on a melody. The melody was played on the acoustic guitar. We chose the guitar instead of the piano because we wanted the song to be emotional, but to still have a driving feeling behind it, pushing the story along, and leaving our listener engaged throughout the entire piece of music. Giving the feeling that they were actually involved in the story instead of just listening to it.

 Step Three: The writing of the lyrics. The lyrics were written to be a story about someone driving in their car and then deciding to stop by the grave of their loved one (emphasized in first verse) and then (in the chorus) feeling the strong impulse and need to talk to their loved one but remembering that they are gone. The second verse is going into more detail as the person
Realizes even further that the memories of the past are still in rear view but no longer tangible. The song comes to an end the same way as it begins emphasizing the fact that grief is not a one time journey but often one you must take over and over again.
Lyrics were written in a simple
Verse/ prechorus/ chorus.
Verse/ prechorus/ chorus style.

Step four: Choosing harmony and vocal technique.
We kept the vocals simple throughout the verses and built on the pre- chorus and chorus to give extra emphasis on the main message of the song.
The first verse and Chorus was simplistic vocally with no harmony.
But on the second chorus we chose to add harmony to help build the song it went along instead of remain a straight single vocal the entire song.

Step five: Recording.
Recording was done on an IPhone 5s in a room with wooden floors to add to the acoustics of the sound of the guitar and the vocals.
There were no extra tracks and the harmonies were sang along with the melody on the second verse.
Everything heard on the recording was exactly as we recorded it with no vocal or instrumental effects.
We hoped that by our chosen room effects on either would not be necessary.
We did not want to overly produce the recording because we wanted the main focus of the song to be the words & the effect that they would have on the listener, being that everyone, at some point of their life has lost a loved one.

 

LYRICS:

Phone calls to Heaven 


Verse 1: 
I was driving around and I started to miss you
So I took the long way home 
And the pain in my heart grew a little bit colder as I saw your name there in stone 

Pre chorus: And I don't know if you can hear me or know if you can see me 
Cause I know you're so far away 

Chorus: But if there were phone calls to heaven 
I'd like to give you a ring 
Tell you about all you're missing 
Tell you about everything 
And I try my best to be happy for you 
Cause I can hear you say, "don't shed a tear." 
But there's no long distance line that could ever turn back time 
And I can't see the light from down here 

Verse 2: 
In the rear view mirror,
I see all our memories 
And realize I can't turn around.
I've tried moving on,
But I'll never be the same,
I've found out the hard way now

Pre chorus: I don't know if you can hear me
Or know if you can see me
Cause I know you're so far away

Chorus: 
But If there were phone calls to heaven,
I'd like to give you a ring
Tell you about all you're missing
Tell you about everything
And I try to my best To happy for you 
Cause I can hear you say, "Don't shed a tear" 
But there's no long distance line That can ever turn back time
And I can't see the light From down here

Ending line: 
I was driving around and I started to miss you, so I took the long way home