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Basic Info
 
First Name:
Eric
Last Name:
Milligan
Age:
72
City:
Ottawa
Country:
Canada
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About
I am just a hobbyist. Studied classical piano in my youth, but lost my keyboard chops long ago. I use Logic Pro and have a decent assortment of virtual instruments. I have composed probably hundreds unfinished tracks in a variety of genres. Many, if not most, of them seem to be appropriate for vocals. But, I can't sing and I can't find any good singers to collaborate with. But, most importantly, I suck a writing lyrics, so there's no sense looking for singers if there are no words to sing. So, the first priority is to find lyricists to collaborate with. Then, we can go look for singers.
Songwriting Info
 
I am a:
Songwriter, Composer
Looking for a:
Lyricist
Preferred collaboration style:
video chat, email, cloud storage
Genres:
Classical, Dance, Electronic, Pop, R&B/Soul
I'm strongest at:
melodies, arrangements
Instruments I write with:
piano
Influences:
Motown, Muscle Shoals, Rogers and Hammerstein
Songwriting is my:
hobby
Songwriting Achievements:
None.
Personal Songwriting Goals:
Just to get at least one really good song written and produced.
Collaboration Goals:
just for fun
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Time range (days ago):
04.09.2019
ericmilligan commented on a sound
I very liked this one too, Carol. You are a very versatile composer. There's definitely a lyric hook to fit that chorus. It's not coming to me right now, but I'll revisit it.
Song 1
 
45 days ago
ericmilligan commented on a sound
Very pretty melody, Carol. It sounds to me like an old english folk song. The lyrics would be about walking through a quaint english town on a beautiful saturday morning in the spring. Carrying a wicker basket. Heading down to the market in the town square. Meeting the village characters on the way. Chorus would have the lead singer (female) backed by a 3 or 4 voices. Very nice!
Song 3
 
45 days ago
ericmilligan commented on a sound
This clearly meant to be a country rock ballad, Carol . Nice melody. Classic.

Civil war. He left her to go fight. Fighting is over now and she's waiting for his return. Every day she looks out down the dusty road expecting to seem him come up over the hill and down to their farm. But she waits in vain. She'll wait for him forever. And, if he's gone, she'll meet him again somewhere, sometime.
Song 4
 
45 days ago
ericmilligan commented on a sound
Really like this one, Carol. You have a good ear for melody. Melody line goes places you don't expect, which keeps up the listener's interest. And there's structure in your songs! I don't have any ideas for lyrics, which is what you want, of course. But I do know that if I was to produce this as a track, I'd radically change the genre and orchestration. I think this has great potential to be something quite unique.
Song 5
 
45 days ago
ericmilligan commented on a sound
Very pretty melody, Carol. Not sure what story you had in mind for it. To me, I think it's "Over the Mountains".

Over the mountains, travellin' free
Down in the valleys, plenty to see.
I've around, I've been alone.
But now it's time, I'm headed home.


(Or something like that.) :)
Song 8
 
45 days ago
ericmilligan commented on a sound
Trying to locate them on my hard disk. I've got the DAW file and audio bounces, but can't find the lyrics! Will keep digging. :(

Don't Keep Your Love Away Parts 1 & 2
These are the first two parts of what I guess is a suite. I've put in a little bit of Part 3 at the end. That's where the vocals come in. I have partially finished lyrics. Needs a Human League style singer. The vocals in Parts 1 and 2 were posted as acapellas to Looperman by Jaques Demers, from Montreal. He has composed for Cirque du Soleil. Vocals sounded "Beatle-ish" to me so I used a mellotron VST liberally in the track. Part 1 is the blooming stage of a relationship. Part 2 is about the relationship in decline. Part 3, with vocals, would be about ending it.
 
45 days ago
ericmilligan commented on a sound
Lyrics are:

Verse 1
In the twilight of a sultry day
Ocean breezes ebb and flow
Colours deepen as they fade to grey
And swirling currents start to glow

Verse 2
Silent whispers of my secret love
Drift upon a misty sea
I hear her calling from the heights above
I hear her calling out to me

Pre-Chorus
When will you come to me?
When will you set me free?
And keep the promise that you made.

When will you break the ties?
When will you stop the lies?
And finally end this masquerade

Chorus
Deep inside my thoughts I wander
Down the pathways of my mind
Searching, searching for the answer
I will seek, but never find.
Silent Whispers
I can't sing worth a darn. In my tracks, I usually use a B3 organ patch for the vocal melody line. But that gets pretty boring, so I (very) reluctantly did the vocals on this one. I experiment a lot with different genres. This is kind an 80’s sound. Reminds me of Roxy Music. Needs to have the lyrics extended and definitely needs proper vocals. This one requires a male vocalist for the verses and the chorus and the female for the pre-chorus.
 
45 days ago
ericmilligan commented on a sound
I can see that. Or early evening. Sun not quite ready to set, but getting there. Red tinge in the sky. Probably someplace down south. Florida?
Brody B Inspired v23
If I had to take only one genre with me to a desert island, it would be R&B. This track was inspired by the work Brody Brown did on Bruno Mars' 24K album. The vocal part is played by the Rhodes. Needs lyrics. Then, needs a good R&B singer.
 
45 days ago
ericmilligan commented on a sound
If a song sounds like somebody trying to go to sleep, it's not very promising, I think! :). Probably reflects the fact that I do my composing late at night when I'm half asleep anyway! :)
UK R&B Track v8
I don't know why I thought this was a like a R&B track from the UK. Just sounded like it to me. Again, I fully recognize that I cannot sing, but needed to get the melody line laid down. I'm singing nonsense syllables, but that's not unusual apparently for songwriters as they work out what the lyrics should be. Needs lyrics and a good singer.
 
45 days ago
ericmilligan commented on a sound
You are absolutely right, Ronnie. Wasn't meant for lyrics. But I thought I would post it anyway to demonstrate what I can do in this genre, if anybody was interested.
Return of the Dead King
No lyrics required for this. But, it is a change of pace. Cinematic. I was trying to do an Enya kind of track and it ended up like this. I never know where the music will take me. :) Is meant to be cinematic. This is a kind of Lord of the Rings scene. The battle is over. The king was killed, but his army was victorious. Heartbroken, unable to take joy in their victory, they sail back with his body to the Kingdom. Your perspective is that of a citizen standing on the banks of the water as the King's cortege slowly goes by. The king lies in state, draped with a red and gold robe, on a wooden platform on a barge rowed by his victorious, but exhausted warriors. The first thing you hear is the approaching sound of the rowing. Then the funeral theme comes in. Then, as the funeral barge passes you, the rowing sound is what you hear, slowly fading away as the barge continues on its way.
 
45 days ago