song by song – harmony

Harmonybright

Harmony lyrics:
(lyrics by Tracey Bonnington)

There is a feeling that harmony brings
It’s like a humming that keeps me warm

And the day feels like it resonates from the moment that it dawns
And the day feels like it resonates from the moment that it dawns

I had expected it would come
When everything began to clear

And the day feels like it resonates from the moment that it dawns
And the day feels like it resonates from the moment that it dawns
That it dawns
That it dawns
That it dawns
That it dawns

I have always had you near
I knew that I have always had you near
That I have always had you near
That I have always had you near

Fun Facts:

– Harmony was a gift song I wanted to write for Tracey as a thank you for the work she had done with me. I asked her if she would like to give me one of her poems for me to write a song to and she gave me three. The lyrics in Harmony were taken from one of the poems.

– I remember writing the first piano motif at Kapiti College one afternoon. I was waiting for some students and idly sat down at a piano and played these two notes over and over. This became the start of Harmony.

– Once again, the vocals were largely done in one sitting and as I was writing the song. I added the vocal effects myself and we ended up keeping what could have been my guide vocal. Again, the reason for this was that I didn’t feel I’d be able to replicate the phrasing and nuances if I got to know the part better so left it as is.

– the drum part was added by Rick Cranson at Surgery Studio. On the last half hour of the last day after 2 days of intensive recording, I asked Rick if he would improvise a drum part to the song. He never heard the song. Lee pressed record and he played what you hear in one take. I was so incredibly moved that I was in tears at the end of the recording. Luckily Lee Prebble had the presence of mind to tell Rick the song was in it’s last 30 seconds so he had an idea when it would end. Rick’s playing and ability to respond to a piece of music he hadn’t heard before astounded me. It was the perfect addition to the song.

– After Rick finished playing, I went straight into the recording room in tears to give him a hug. I could hardly wait for him to get out from behind the kit and in the process knocked a very expensive microphone stand . I managed to catch it thankfully mid hug and Lee probably breathed a sigh of relief and thought to himself “bloody overly sensitive writers”….a treasured memory…not the knocking-the-stand bit.

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