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Australia’s Unofficial Entry into Eurovision, Diamond Heist=COMPLETE

Drum roll please here is the final copy of Diamond heist and the lyrics!!

Diamond Heist

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
Or will you deceive?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone

Verse 2

Gather your disguise, refine your lies
choose your weapon with care
the stakes are high
the treasure’s in a vault, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Verse 3

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
the stakes are high
the treasure’s in a vault, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Bridge

Picking locks, bribing guards,
cracking safes, hacking logs
Jumping lasers, grappling hooks
swapping fakes, lying crooks

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, a special thanks to my youth pastor who helped me fix my recording problems and agreed to sing it even though I made the melody difficult to sing 😛

Now please share it!!!
We have less than 24 hours to show Eurovision this, please share this either by the blog link or by sharing the soundcloud file on twitter or Eurovision’s official facebook page with the #MyEurovisionIdea

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AUEE-Recording Update 1, stumbling block

Today I spent a long day with my two singers, working on getting the melody right then recording the first verse and harmony. After they left I attempted to record my dad playing his bass ukulele (sounds like a double bass but it’s portable), unfortunately couldn’t get that to work. I sent the wrong music to my pianist, sorry booklovers1!! Then recorded my two sax tracks. I left to go home and eat dinner, came back and the computer had completely wiped all my newly created files. I lost hours of my work and have to start the recording from scratch. Scary as Eurovision isn’t accepting suggestions after the 31st of January. Even more scary that I found someone who knows what they’re doing and agreed to mix the final track but I need to get it to them on Monday evening.
The other main issue is that I have know idea how to mix drum and electronic sounds into it, I’ve been watching YouTube tutorials etc. and mucking around with it but so far things aren’t good….
On the plus side my singers sound amazing even though I made the vocal line quite complex, my dad can play the bass line and my sax parts sounded pretty cool.
Massive learning curve!!

At this stage this project of ours could go either way, but I’m spending all my time on it and I’m praying for the best 🙂

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AUEE-Music update 6

I’ve added verse 2&3 melody added, intro added and variation in the bass line on the second time through the bridge. I also tried to turn everything down so you can hear the voice… The parts where it seems like nothing is really happening or building I’m hoping to fill with singers and drum stuff. Please give feedback 🙂

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AUEE- Lyric Update 6 Completed!!

After I posted my last update I was totally inspired with the next verse (thank you God for hearing my prayer), and decided that verse 3 would be a mash up of verse 1 & 2! That means our lyrics are completed!!!

Diamond Heist

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
Or will you deceive?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone

Verse 2

Gather your disguise, refine your lies
choose your weapon with care
the stakes are high
the treasure’s shut up in a vault*, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Verse 3

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
the stakes are high
the treasure’s shut up in a vault*, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Bridge

Picking locks, bribing guards,
cracking safes, hacking logs
Jumping lasers, grappling hooks
swapping fakes, lying crooks

*the only problem with this line is it’s a bit wordy, if you have an alternative let me know 🙂

 

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AUEE-Music Update 5 bridge, stucture, voice

The really bad sounding keyboard thing is meant to be a voice and since my computer can’t sing lyrics that’s the best it can do. Because of this the voice kind of blends into the back which is hopefully not what it will do. I got it in the structure of verse, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, chorus. I just want to get the lyrics in now then I will tweak the arrangement a little, and hopefully add little transitional pieces in between sections.
Please check out my lyric update 5 and help me if you can 🙂

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AUEE-Lyric update 5 bridge

Ok so no we have a chorus, verse and bridge!! All we need lyrics wise now is two more verses… to be totally honest stressing a little over lyrics, their not really my forte. I’m going to attempt to write the next two but am praying for a lyric miracle. Here is what we have so far:

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
Or will you deceive?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Bridge

Picking locks, bribing guards,
cracking safes, hacking logs
Jumping lasers, grappling hooks
swapping fakes, lying crooks

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AUEE-Lyric update 4 verse + chorus

I sat down this morning and wrote what I think will be the chorus so what we wrote last time will be the first verse. Some things to know first, after my research into diamonds I found there are four c’s when talking about diamonds. clarity, colour, cut and carat. I also found that a flawless diamond is called a paragon and is 100 carats. This will explain the chorus. So the song will now go;

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone
(will possibly add more words to this)

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Have you got any ideas to add to this? Please do!! I found I’m not to good with lyrics to contribute away!!
Have no idea what this post is referring to? Check out this post

 

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AUEE-Lyric update 2, theme and time extension

Okay, because of the difficulty I am having writing lyrics, I’ve decided to extend the end of the lyrics to 18/1  the date the music has to be finished by, which we will be writing at the same time. In the meantime I’ve been googling diamonds just to see what would come up, an interesting thing I found is that there have been a couple of clever and successful diamond heists, which got me thinking that if our song was about a diamond heist is could have underlying themes of facing adversity and working to together making us stronger like the diamonds. It also could include the love aspects as every successful heist needs a trustworthy accomplice. Other things I have been looking up included a good hour ogling at Tiffany & Co.’s amazing diamonds and the amazing stuff that you can do with them in jewellery. So anyway, today I will be having my own little workshop to try and come up with at least something, then share it as soon as possible. As always if you have any ideas or contributions share away.

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AUEE-Lyric update 1

So far we don’t actually have any lyrics but from the quotes post yesterday and from talking to people the common themes seem to be around how adversity is tough but improves your character and makes you a stronger person (cutting diamonds means they are brighter, when carbon or coal turns into a diamond when under pressure). Also my aunt, who is a science teacher, explained to me the scientific process of a carbon turning into a diamond and highlighted the fact that the more atoms their are the stronger the diamond is. This touches on the theme that collectively people are stronger than when they stand alone. I really like both of these themes and think they would be good for our song and we could say it through an analogy of diamonds.
What themes do you guys think would work well, or do you have any idea for lyrics?

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Diamond quotes for AUEE inspiration

So I’ve talked to a couple of people who said they wouldn’t mind helping out with writing the lyrics for our Australia’s unofficial entry into Eurovision but so far everyone doesn’t seem to know where to start including myself. Seeing as the theme this year is about diamonds I found some quotes about diamonds to help get us inspired.

“Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.” ~Thomas Carlyle

“The souls is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the lustre of it will never appear.” ~Daniel Defoe

“Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” ~Mary McLeod Bethune

“The more the diamond is cut the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect His people.” ~Thomas Guthrie

“In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education…it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond.” ~Malala Yousafazi

“Imagine you are walking along, and you trip over something and you turn around and find that it is a huge diamond. You would pick it up and do everything in your power to take care of that diamond because it might take care of you for the rest of your life.”

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January 4, 2014 · 12:26 PM