SONG: Now the Snow

SONG:

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ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: “It’s snowing on Mars”, iTwire, 30 Sep 2008, as cited in the post It falls everywhere.

ABSTRACT: The Phoenix lander is lonely. (It’s also dying as I write this, but then again, so are we all.) It’s very far from home in a very empty place with not a lot to look at except that which one can see under a microscope. And yet it looks around. And then there’s snow. I’m well aware that Mars isn’t really as red as all that, but “red, red sand” has a nice resonance with The Waste Land, and makes the image somehow complete. White snow. Red sand. Endless plains. It occurs to me, too, that snowfall on Mars must look different than it does on Earth – Mars exerts slightly less gravitational force, and the atmosphere is much more diffuse, so I imagine snow falls slowly, in smaller circles than what we’re used to.

I recorded this song with a guitar and a ukulele. There’s some pitch-shifting upward, into the fragile, icy registers. I added some sine waves from a tone generator and made a loop from a sonar sound effect – both had a kind of NASA transmission feel to me. And I whispered. I tried to make this sound like Things In Herds, but it came out more like Philip Glass. I’m not complaining. It does what I wanted it to do.

METHOD:
Guitar: Capo on the fifth fret. Or use a ukulele.

chord grid Now The Snow V1
There should be
A distant shadow
chord grid Now The Snow V2
chord grid Now The Snow V3
Of birds against the sky
chord grid Now The Snow V1
And the faintest smell
chord grid Now The Snow V2
of burning leaves.
chord grid Now The Snow V3
chord grid Now The Snow V1
There should be
a tiny cabin
chord grid Now The Snow V2
A cabin on the ridge
chord grid Now The Snow V3
Am
A room where you would
F/A (F/E?)
wait for me
Some kind of E/A? F/G#?
CHORUS
Am (again)There is nothing,
E/A? there is nothing…
Is this a G#7? Not really, but...but
An F9 maybe? Something with an F, a G and a G# in it.red, red sand
Am (again)
E/A?And now the
Is this a G#7? Not really, but...snow…
An F9 maybe? Something with an F, a G and a G# in it.
Am (again)No woolen hoods,
E/A?No silent woods grow
Is this a G#7? Not really, but...in this
An F9 maybe? Something with an F, a G and a G# in it.red, red land
Am (again)
E/A?
Is this a G#7? Not really, but...but now there’s snow.
An F9 maybe? Something with an F, a G and a G# in it.
V2
AmThe sky is falling
in slow circlesF/A (F/E?)
The sun’s so far away
Some kind of E/A? F/G#?
AmNo two
F/A (F/E?)the same
Some kind of E/A? F/G#?
AmSomewhere beneath, is something
F/A (F/E?)sleeping?
Some kind of E/A? F/G#?Did I feel something stir –
Amwhispering my name?
F/A (F/E?)
Some kind of E/A? F/G#?
CHORUS
Am (again)There is nothing,
E/A? there is nothing…
Is this a G#7? Not really, but...but
An F9 maybe? Something with an F, a G and a G# in it.red, red sand
Am (again)
E/A?And now the
Is this a G#7? Not really, but...snow…
An F9 maybe? Something with an F, a G and a G# in it.
Am (again)No woolen hoods,
E/A?No silent woods grow
Is this a G#7? Not really, but...in this
An F9 maybe? Something with an F, a G and a G# in it.red, red land
Am (again)
E/A?
Is this a G#7? Not really, but...but now there’s snow.
An F9 maybe? Something with an F, a G and a G# in it.
SOLO/OUTRO:
(Verse chords in middle register, Chorus in high register, plus sine waves.)

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