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    50 years performing. I play rhythm guitar and am lead vocalist for 2 bands.Primarily a lyricist.
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    Too many to list. Roy Orbison, Neal Young, etc.

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    David Ritchie

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  2. PP, I can't find the original of Rendevous that you requested. Sorry to be so long in getting back to you. Can you work on the latest iteration I sent you?


    1. Pahchisme Plaid

      I did shoot you a couple of emails.  Did you get them?


    2. Pahchisme Plaid

      Hey, David


      I couldn't figure out how to get back the window were were chatting in and my short-term memory is awful.  I forgot what your profile pic was and ended up messaging another David Ritchie.  Could you tell me again what to look for?


    3. Islandwriter

      Hi, PP. i have cousins all over Scotland, Ireland and some in Wales with my same name. It's a pic of me holding my guitar at a recent performance.  My timeline pic is a fallen angel. See if this gets you there. https://www.facebook.com/CelticGuitar


      Can you give me yours again?


  3. Hi David, I was just checking out the lyrics you mentioned you wanted suggestions on from Nov. 16.  There didn't seem to be any place to reply to them on that forum, so that's why I'm here.  I was wondering what your envisioned tempo and genre were for this song.  What I might suggest (because you asked, not because I see issues at all with what you have), is this:  I think it would be pretty cool to use "Rendezvous" as the name of a place, a town or city.  You might have to tweek one of your verses a bit to get the idea of it, but your chorus set-up works for both "ideas" if you wanted to jump from the idea of a meeting in one verse to a city/town/place in another.  Just an idea.  

    1. Pahchisme Plaid

      Ooops, now I know why I couldn't reply.  It was the archive and the year 2016.  Guess I should pay closer attention to where I am.  

    2. Islandwriter

      Glad to hear from you again. Indeed, I feel the need for help with this set of lyrics. Why, well, right now it's ineffable. 

      I love the idea of making it the name of a town/place. I have it out and I'm reading it. Do you have some specific suggestions to help? And if it would be easier for you as it would for me, may we work on this via regular email? Mine is islandwriter1948@gmail.com. Maybe this song could be a collaboration.



    3. Pahchisme Plaid

      I'll shoot you an email, David Ritchie.  

  4. Well said. I quite understand. Having been a poet for nearly half a century, I am comfortable with words and feel them deeply. However; I struggle with expressing myself with my guitar. While I love to play, and perform in my band, it's just not my paradigm.
  5. Interesting comments. it seems to me that many of you hear the music in your head, and live in that milieu. I live in words in my head. I don't need the music to be the impetus, but it does finish the 'sculpture' for me. I must be a rank amateur, Gravity, as inspiration is a beautiful, colorful, rewarding, encouraging, revelatory, arousing, and illuminating thing for me. But not everyone can have your genius. Tom, thank you for your thoughts. I do mean LYRICS, not SONGS. I learn from your thoughts and comments, thank you all.
  6. What is it that makes you actually sit down to write lyrics? For me, I've learned there are a few things which seem to change my brain waves. Or at least cause me to feel different, an altered state. First is music. I've come across songs that simply induce a need to express myself. This Doors are one. Listening to The End does it. Similar psychedelic music seems to have that same power. But not just that genre. Also, art can do this. As simple as this may sound, I do a google image search of strange art, or something equally odd, and bring up pieces that stir my brain. The effect is amazing. Do you have something like this? David
  7. Lyrics for collaboration:

    No Regrets                David Ritchie


    I've got no worries no regrets

    I loved you like the world would end

    guess I've covered all my bets

    I'm living like a king


    Lord have mercy on the one

    the one who broke my heart

    thought I saw you yesterday

    hoped to see you again today



    I came I saw
    I felt it all

    Now's the time that we agreed

    No repentance needed    

    What might have been will be no more
    I couldn't change a thing

    No regrets just lessons learned

    my love was unreturned

    I see you at the foot of the stairs

    when I dream of missing you

    I'd like for love to take us away

    make the morning new



    I came I saw
    I felt it all

    Now's the time that we agreed

    No repentance needed     repeat chorus and fade


    I have several other sets to offer if my style works for you. 



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