July 31, 2014

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Rob Roper

July 29, 2014

Disconnected (new song)

© Rob Roper  2014

I went for a walk
just to sort things out
but the trees weren't talking
and the robins wouldn't sing
Feeling disconnected
memories washed away
There's nothing left here
I got no reason to stay.

They say dreams are for fools
so pour me a dream
There's a strange feeling
crawling up my skin
Like a lake in a desert
I'm probably chasing a mirage
But I won't let them put a ceiling
A ceiling on my thoughts.

    Walking the edge between
    destitute and free
    Let the consequences
    be what they be

Get in the basket
cut the rope on the balloon
and I'll meet you on
meet you on
the southside of the moon.

DNA (poem)

by Rob Roper  July, 2014

it was just a test
to see how much I could take
before I would break

Released from my stay
because of DNA
now I'm free
out the door

a creature of routine
no more.

January 16, 2014

Love Song Clich├Ęs  (A Poem)
by Rob Roper  January 16, 2014

I want to write a love song for you.
But what would I say?

I would tell you
that I love you
like the stars above
stars are suns
and they're really hot.
So that would be telling you
that I want you to burn up
and die
which is
hardly romantic.

I would tell you that
as long as the sun is shining
I will always love you
I'll die
long before the sun stops shining.
You will, too.
So that would be a lie
and you probably don't want a liar
for a boyfriend.

    Yes, there could be a hereafter
    in which case
    I could love you
    for as long as the sun is shining
    but the hereafter is just a theory
    and you don't want promises
    based on mere theories
    do you?

I would tell you
that my love is
as deep as the ocean
but you would drown down there
so that sounds like a threat
and you might have me arrested.

Let's just forget about it.

December 14, 2013

I started this back in 2009, finished it up a few days ago.  The tempo is fast, and calls for short snappy rhyming lines.

My Favorite Disguise
© Rob Roper  December 8, 2013

Hey look at me
What do you see?
Just what you want
Just what you need
So charming
It's disarming
But you're in for a surprise
This is my favorite disguise

I know
it's deceiving
I guess
it's cheating
a false humility
to hide my insecurity
I'm not as advertised
This is my favorite disguise

    I need love like anybody else
    But I'll never get it if I be myself

Once you see
the real me
It won't be pretty
and you'll be leaving me
I'll be ashamed
but I won't blame you
I'll put on my costume
and find another you
Sorry for the lies
and my favorite disguise

July 13, 2013

New Song - You Dug Your Grave

I actually started this one in the late 90's.  I came up with the chorus lyrics, melody and chords, but struggled to come up with verses.  I came back to it on and off in subsequent years.  I dug it out again a couple weeks ago and got the verses done.  Of course, it's just a draft, I might change them. 

You Dug Your Grave
by Rob Roper  2nd Draft  July 5, 2013

Verse 1
Red and blue lights
on top of white cars
Neighbors are gathering
in their front yards
    You make excuses
    No charges will be pressed
    Tonight I'll sleep on your couch
    And tomorrow
    He'll be back in your bed

Verse 2
Every time it happens
you seem so surprised
but what did you expect
from these kind of guys?
You're like a drunk who can't quit
So I'm learning not to care
The next midnight call
I won't be there

    You made your bed
    Now lie in it
    You dug your grave
    Now die in it

Verse 3
In your twisted sexuality
I'm a friend you don't kiss
I'm wasting my time here
I get nothing out of this
You like the tough boys
So more blood will spill
You don't want to change
So I will
I will

    (Repeat Chorus)

June 22, 2013

My Vision for the Next Album

Musically it will be mostly rock, with a couple of acoustic and/or piano songs just for a change of pace.  Some of the works will be instrumental;  some will be songs with lyrics. 

Of course "rock" is an overall category, divided into numerous sub-genres and sub-sub-genres.  I like several of these sub-genres, so it will vary.  You might hear a little metal, a little psychedelic rock, a little Sonic Youth noise, a little Neil Young with Crazy Horse, a little 80's Police and U2, a little 90's Indie Rock, a little Americana.  It will be mixtures and hybrids of all the above.  Furthermore, I want to introduce instruments not normally heard in rock music,  the violin in particular.  Put it all in the pot, stir it up, and maybe I'll have a new sound. 

The main works will be connected by short transitional pieces.  These transitional pieces will vary from guitar noise, to pseudo-classical piano compositions, to acoustic or classical guitar pieces.  These transitional pieces will only be 30 to 60 seconds long.  They will serve to connect one major composition to the next and help the album flow.  It won't be a concept album, but neither will it just be a collection of unrelated singles.  It will be something in between.

I have a ton of musical ideas that I've come up with over the past several years.  Now I'm at work turning some of those into the first draft of a work, something with structure. 

I also have a ton of lyrical writing I've done over the years.  And I plan to do more this summer. 

But I plan to have a first draft of the music-- including melodies-- with demos recorded at home-- before I write lyrics for anything.  I want the music to be good enough to stand on its own without lyrics.  Then I can choose whether or not I write lyrics for each piece.

Once I have recorded demos, I will then have to make a decision on which of two paths to follow:

1.  Choose a producer and studio, bring in studio musicians, tweak the arrangements with the producer and the other musicians, and make a Rob Roper record.  Or...

2.  Find some good, creative musicians who like the demos, form a band, and develop the arrangements as a band, in practice and gigs.  Then record the album as a band.

I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.  The first step is to get the music together.  But there's one problem:  I'm not a good enough guitar player, piano player or music composer to compose all the ideas that are part of this vision.  So I'm taking lessons and practicing to get better, while recording what I'm able now.

I am very excited about this.