The Distant Light (orig)
A soldiers dream is to come home,
to his wife and his son newborn.
But the hatred burns, and his blood runs red,
and they are left all alone.
Freedom rings throughout the land,
and the flag it flies so proud so strong
But freedom comes at such a cost,
may God's love guide them home.
Far away I can see my love,
a picture that I hold in my heart.
But home it seems so far away,
and the road it seems so long so dark.
But the distant light shines on my road,
it gives me strength it gives me hope.
Please guide my steps Please soothe my soul,
soon I will be going home.
This song was a first for me in many ways. It as the first song I recorded on a computer using multiple tracks as a project, the first song recorded with my Variax 500 and GR-20 synth, the first song I ever recorded with my son, and the first song I ever posted on Mixposure for others to hear (way back in 2006). My honest opinion of the song is that I love the message but don't care too much for my execution of the track. I had too many new toys that I didn't really have a clue how to use and I seriouslly "overthunk" the song from a technical perpective (fortunately I did take the seagulls sample out at the last minute!). I feel that this made the song somewhat monotonous. That said, I guess we are our own worst critics and I got some good feedback. I took it down a few months ago figuring it had run it's course and 6 years was long enough to sit but am recently getting back into recording and decided to put it back up. I am doing a total remake of the song keeping only the "Taps" sample and my sons vocal bits (IMHO they make the song). Till then it is what it is.