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SAC Songwriting Challenge #3
Written by Rebecca   
Friday, 22 July 2016 19:59

My experience writing Your Heart Is My Bulls Eye with Lisa Nicole Grace was actually very easy. We had a good time writing together and the song just kinda flowed out of us. The brainstorming was a lot of fun and I don't think I would have been able to write that song on my own. The great thing about c-writing is that you get to write stories the way you wanted them to be because you have a sounding board and an extra idea generator in the other person.

 

 

Your Heart is My Bulls Eye

by Rebecca Lappa and Lisa Nicole Grace

 

Verse 1

Too busy stealing from the rich

And giving to the poor

Do you even love me anymore?

Off running with your merry men

What about me Maid Marian?

 

Pre chorus

I've got my bow and I've got my arrow

And I'm coming for you

 

Chorus

I'm leaving my corset behind 

I'm drawing back to let it fly

I've got you in my sights

Your heart is my bull’s eye

 

Verse 2

Can you believe they wanted me 

To marry some old knight

I said not without a fight

I ran away to the forest of Sherwood

To win the heart of Robin Hood 

Bridge

I'm gonna hunt you down (4X)

 

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SAC Songwriting Challenge #2
Written by Rebecca   
Friday, 15 July 2016 19:42

SAC Song Challenge 2

Writing "Lily" with Beth Portman was a lot of fun. We decided that it would be interesting to write a song about "gilding of the lily". Which in this case is about an abused wife who's husband is smoothing it over for the public like putting a little bit of gold on a lily. It took us 2 days of writing to  create the song. The story was awesome to write and stories are up my alley so this challenge was actually quite easy.

Rebecca Lappa

Lily

Lily echo intro

Verse 1

Lilly of the valley lying in her field

Gazing through the petals that softly conceal

Her youth and her beauty, the warmth of her smile

The body of a woman but the heart of a child


Tag

Lily lily lily lily


Verse 2

Day dreams don't last when strifes at your door

And hard luck could lead you to be very poor

The gift of a daughter to set them for life

To a wealthy stranger who'd make her his wife


Chorus

Lily

Tarnished with gold

Dripping in riches with a man who is cold

Lily

Tarnished with gold

Bought with a ring at the cost of her soul


Verse 3

As she walked down the isle with her father beside

Flowing in silk, a veil that hides

The worry and strain of this new life to be

But all that she wants is to run and be free


Chorus


Verse 4

Controlled by a vow shes forced to obey

This man is no lover just owns her for play

Perfect and poised dressed up for his show

Disguising the truth so no one would know


Chorus


Bridge

First a fist he'd use

It would leave a bruise

Turning black and blue then yellow

Underneath her clothes

Where it never shows

Just a pattern that keeps on going on


Lily lily lily lily


Verse 5

Lily of the valley wilted and weak

Displayed on the mantel unable to speak

A photo of union tinted and old

Encased in a frame that's gilded with gold


Capo2

Chorus Am Fmin Gmin Em

Verse

F C G Am

Bridge

Dmin Amin F G

Dmin Amin F G F D G E7


Written by Rebecca Lappa and Beth Portman July 11 2016

 
SAC Songwriting Challenge #1
Written by Rebecca   
Thursday, 07 July 2016 17:40

Hey everyone. I am taking part in a SAC Songwriting blog Challenge so I thought I would keep everyone involved in the Process:

 SAC Song Writing Challenge Blog1

Writing process for Mr. Hyde

The goal of this week  was to write a song that was either based on a 1 bar riff or only 2 chords and that the melody or words were very rhythmic. It actually took me an hour to decide which one I wanted to do mostly be cause I found it hard to choose between them when they both held great possibilities. In the end, I believe that I mixed the two ideas in the creation of this song. I wrote Mr. Hyde about some personal struggles I had been having with a person I am very close to in my life. Because of the rhythm and the groove based requirements, it seemed only natural to write something in the blues genre. Once I decided what the song was about I was also swayed towards the blues, because when I think about Muddy Waters or Big Mama Thortin,  their metaphors would be different, but the tale of a lover that treats you wrong is as old as time and something I'm sure they would have been able to relate to. I then took the song to a song circle in Edmonton that I frequent. The people at the circle thought I should cut out extra words and add some more rhythmic stops for more interest since the song only has 2 chords. I thought they had a good point and made those corrections to the best of my ability.

 

Mr. Hyde by Rebecca Lappa

Chorus

Twisted love

Don't treat me right

You’re hot and heavy

Or cold as night

Crash in like the thunder

You’re out like a light

Doctor Jekyll

No your Mister Hyde

 

Verse 1

When you first came around

Your brilliant smile chased away the clouds

You got down on bended knee

Through the lust filled haze I couldn't see

Your set in your ways, you would not bend

But I continued to pretend

Darlin how you made me weep

But by then I was in too deep

 

Verse 2

As the months they past

Your raging temper struck hard and fast

I knew when you began to brood

There's no way I could change you mood

It didn't matter how hard I tried

You always found something to criticize

Had no need to think before you spoke

And all my troubles were a pointless joke

 

Bridge

Though you stole my heart

You wore a mask from the start

 It's left some scars

But now I know who you are

 

 

 

https://soundcloud.com/rebeccalappa/mr-hyde-sac-song-challenge1

 
April Adventures
Written by Rebecca   
Monday, 25 April 2016 22:06

2016 is already almost  a quarter gone, where did the time go? I have finished my first year of music college. It has been an amazing learning experience. I have also found people to play with who love making music as much as I do. So far we have performed as a trio at local folk clubs and bars. I am looking forward to expanding the venues my music can reach as a trio instead of an individual singer songwriter.

I have been recording music for my new CD with Russell Broom in Calgary. The creative energy has been flowing and new songs have been born. I can't wait to see where this musical journey will go. Next steps will be branding, figuring out release dates, publicity, tracking, tour......all the music business stuff that comes after the creative part.

I was honoured to play at the TD Music Green Room during the Juno's in Calgary. It was a great place to play. I also went to my first roadhouse when I attended a Juno sponsored event at Ranchman's in Calgary. Great bands and a fun crowd that ranged from grandparents to barely legals cutting up the dance floor and enjoying the music.

This month I was nominated for a 2016 Edmonton Music Award in the Rising Star category. Good luck to all of the other nominees.

My musical Camelot Confidential is going to have a run of performances at Nextfest this year. Music is written, a cast has been gathered, now we just have to rehearse and fine tune the play in time for 4 shows in June. 

Talk to you soon, Rebecca





 

 
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