When Your Kingdom Comes

So, I mentioned in a previous comment a song that Chad and I wrote about 4 years ago. I’ve been trying to dig it up to rearrange for small groups, and finally tracked down the demo. I’m posting it here because, well, this seems to be the only place I can put things where I won’t lose them! We originally did this as a demo for Avalon, based on a request from Jody McBrayer. It made it to the final table cut, but then they pulled it. They told us that they were already committed to a song that sounded similar. Then, the album came out and it turns out they were big stinking liars. And that’s why Chad and I do not drive a matching pair of Lexuses (Lexi? Lexium? Beemers.).

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When Your Kingdom Comes
by Michael A. Lee and Chad C. Reisser

Bonus points if you can name the guys who played (1) drums, (2) bass, and (3) guitars. Chad, you don’t get to play.

20 thoughts on “When Your Kingdom Comes

  1. aly hawkins

    I guess I missed this when you two were working it up — it’s pop-errific! Very Avalonian.

    Random: A couple weeks ago, Bryan got this song in our heads: “This is me, getting over your issues…” which I had completely forgotten. And then, apparently, I hadn’t actually forgotten it, because it tormented my waking and sleeping for a fortnight.

    You guys should work together more often.

  2. michael lee Post author

    2 for 3.

    Russ, Jon, and Corey, if I remember correctly.

    Except the chop-chop stuff at the top was me, playing one chord at a time, then slicing it up and placing it on the beat in Logic. Also, the “chucka chucka” part, same thing.

  3. Chad

    Mike is actually a bit off… I hate to say it but this is at least 5 years old, if not 6. We did it before we moved to the Agoura Condo, this I know for sure, and that was 5 years ago in May.

    Somewhere in the CD-R archives, I bet I have the session files for this song… now I’ll have to check. I actually composed a full deconstruction of all the things I’d change about this song 5+ years later, but I decided not to post it…

    Maybe in awhile.

  4. corey

    [quote comment="140706"]nicely done Corey. I was going to guess you, but it sounded so good.[/quote]

    Hard to tell if this is a compliment or not… “I was going to guess you- but it was good… so…. hmmm… are you sure that was Corey?” :) this? Or what about a little bit of that? And I was all, “um. actually. no.”

  5. corey

    Okay, that last comment got shot to hell. That’s what I get for trying to be clever with random symbols that might get confused for HTML. Cursed tubes.

    The words you’re missing above are:

    “I remember this day. It was June of 2003 and I was on my second day of playing after having taken a 6-month break from even looking at an instrument, much less playing one. It was like holding a fish. And Mike and Chad would ask me, “can you play something like this? Or how about a little bit of that?” And I was all, “um. actually. no.”

  6. michael lee Post author

    [quote comment="140705"]Mike is actually a bit off… I hate to say it but this is at least 5 years old, if not 6. [/quote]

    I just went off of the date stamp on the mp3 file, December of 2003.

  7. Chad

    So there you go… whadda I know?

    I guess it was in that like… month where we had moved by the studio was still at my folks place.

  8. Gretchen

    I love you Corey. I actually thought it was Joe Diblasi, so I was trying to give you a compliment in the end, but trying to be “witty” (wink wink) too. You rocked it, especially if that was the playing after a hiatus in “guitaring”

  9. Cerise

    Sweet key change. And I LOVED that pop-wailing man voice on the ascending harmonic line (way back in the mix) at 2:49. Yowza. Very cool, guys.

    Corey, I wondered if your code was wonky. When do you post smileys? I think you sound schweet.

  10. michael lee Post author

    [quote comment="140776"]And I LOVED that pop-wailing man voice on the ascending harmonic line (way back in the mix) at 2:49. Yowza. Very cool, guys.[/quote]

    Thanks!

    It’s one of my favorite tricks – everything is hanging on a IV chord, and one line moves from the 3, to the #4, to the 5. I probably use it more than any sane person should.

    Also, props to Erica. I think we did this song in the key of Stupid Flat, a key that no sane vocalists should ever have to sing in, and she just drills it.

  11. michael lee Post author

    [quote comment="140705"]I actually composed a full deconstruction of all the things I’d change about this song 5+ years later, but I decided not to post it…

    Maybe in awhile.[/quote]

    If you wanna email me that list, I’d like to see it. We’re going back into the studio to retrack this for the small group in 2 weeks, and I’d love to see whatever thoughts you have on edits and changes.

  12. michael lee Post author

    Well, the small group added it this last Saturday, and they ate it up. It’s a really, really fun song to sing, lots of cool duet, group 1 v group 2 moments, strong unisons, hit and hold suspended moments, all that fun stuff.

    They killed it. I love this group!

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