Shiny and New

by Steve Stearns

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My entry for Spintunes 12 Final Round. The challenge was to write a story about three characters and use a different instrument to represent each one. My story is about a man, a woman, their dissatisfaction with their current lives and how their hopes and optimism for the future is represented in their eventual child.

The man (1st verse) is represented by the clavinet and Rhodes, the woman (2nd verse) by guitar and Fender bass, and the child (3rd verse) by synth pads. The chorus features elements of each characters' instrument.

lyrics

Man:

I might be old now, but I'm no fool
I knew that marriage was played out before it was cool
Too often things they just aren't happening,
What's the sound of one mind snapping?
Time goes slow but love can go fast
Seems like nothing good is ever meant to last
Good intentions can be sweet as treacle
But that won't solve the problems between two people

That's it, I feel like I'm done screwing around
Time to get out of this one horse town
Together there's nothing we can't do
Time to make a future shiny and new

Woman:

Spent the last year working at the booty-free shop
I'm a woman who likes IPAs and bebop
Love my man don't need no other
Nothing comes between us, don't want to be a mother
Let the music play, just take me away
Be what I want to be, not what you want to see
Pretty and strong that's the name of my song
This move just feels so right there's no way it can be wrong

That's it, I feel like I'm done screwing around
Time to get out of this one horse town
Together there's nothing we can't do
Time to make a future shiny and new

Child:

Have you heard the story yet of how my parents
Heard they both needed a change of scenery
Well I'm the offspring, yeah that's still a thing
Love's what brings people closer not machinery
So put your phone down for God's sake start looking around
'Cause right beside you you might find just what you need
If you start you will succeed enough to plant the seed that grows to greenery

That's it, I feel like I'm done screwing around
Time to get out of this one horse town
Together there's nothing we can't do
Time to make a future shiny and new

Shiny and new

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released March 12, 2017
Steve Stearns: All instruments, vocals, programming.

Illustration by Syd Mead.

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Steve Stearns Seattle, Washington

Hi, I'm a musician, producer and songwriter in Seattle, WA.

I composed the incidental music for the hit independent film Sonicsgate, which won a Webby Award for Best Internet Sports Film. It was shown on CNBC in 2012 and on ESPN Classic in 2014. My film credits include Cardboard and Every Day Is A Journey. Commercial composer credits include Microsoft Bing, Genco and United Way. Member ASCAP. ... more

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