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Steven Wilson - "The Raven That Refused to Sing"


Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Separate vocals ("karaoke")
Reductions: Yes (Authored)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (2)

Band:
Guitar:
Drums:
Vocals:
Bass:
Keys:
Pro Keys:
Pro Guitar:
Pro Bass:

Author Notes

Steven Wilson has named this his best song so far. Twenty years into his career, that's an excellent sign.
 
In Steven's words, the sing is about "an old man at the end of his life who is waiting to die. He thinks back to a time in his childhood when he was incredibly close to his older sister. She was everything to him, and he was everything to her. Unfortunately, she died when they were both very young." The man becomes convinced that a raven, who visits the man's garden, is something of "a symbol or a manifestation of his sister. The thing is, his sister would sing to him whenever he was afraid or insecure, and it was a calming influence on him. In his ignorance, he decides that if he can get the raven to sing to him, it will be the final proof that this is, in fact, his sister who has come back to take him with her to the next life."
 
Keys are the highlight to this song, playing the entire song. For now, strings are not charted, but I may attempt to do so in the future.
 
Bass and guitar come in before drums and play slow melodies until drums come in. Guitar then joins the piano motif before going into a shredding solo and bass starts a much faster riff with various fun variations.
 
Drums are late to the party, but quite fun while it lasts.



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FarFromTheHill
March 6, 2017

Thanks for this & the other Steven Wilson songs. I have both Raven & Cannot Erase on Blu Ray.

 

It will be fun trying to play along with Marco.

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Whizzer
March 6, 2017

Thanks for your kind comment. I've had a lot of fun playing along with Marco. Hasn't always proven easy to figure out exactly what he came up with in the studio. The best is yet to come. You can get a taste of the drums in my WIP thread.

 

Please provide feedback, either here, or in my release thread.

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FarFromTheHill
March 7, 2017

Great! I look forward to more wonderful stuff, thanks.

 

Have you checked out Modulator by Trey Gunn? It's based on a 50+ minute solo by Marco:

 

https://www.youtube....R4JYDzVLQunBcmW

 

That would be a monster to chart! There are at least two other compositions by other artists based on this drum solo. The drum chart would work for all of them!

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VOC Sonder NL
March 11, 2017
Very excited when I saw these Steven Wilson songs. I never heatd of him untill somebody made a custom of Drive Home and I was amazed about this fabulous song. It is one of the favorite customs for me and my girlfrien. That is why I looked in youtube to more Wilson songs. The raven stood out also. My girlfriend is thrilled that there are keys in the songs. Thanks for your great work
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Whizzer
March 14, 2017

Great! I look forward to more wonderful stuff, thanks.
 
Have you checked out Modulator by Trey Gunn? It's based on a 50+ minute solo by Marco:
 
https://www.youtube....R4JYDzVLQunBcmW
 
That would be a monster to chart! There are at least two other compositions by other artists based on this drum solo. The drum chart would work for all of them!


Haven't heard of it before. I'll have a listen, but no promises of playable charts forthcoming.

Very excited when I saw these Steven Wilson songs. I never heatd of him untill somebody made a custom of Drive Home and I was amazed about this fabulous song. It is one of the favorite customs for me and my girlfrien. That is why I looked in youtube to more Wilson songs. The raven stood out also. My girlfriend is thrilled that there are keys in the songs. Thanks for your great work


I'm happy to hear of people finding Steven Wilson's music this way. Glad you both like it. Please let me know if the quality is to your liking!
 
Any other Steven Wilson songs you'd like to play?
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FarFromTheHill
March 26, 2017
Sorry for the late response. Lots of songs I'd love to see from SW. I appreciate any you choose to work on.
 
The Marco solo I mentioned above would be crazy to chart! I hope you enjoy listening to it though.
 
Here are a few from Insurgentes that I like:
 
Puncture Wound
 
https://www.youtube....GCCfCx&index=12
 
Salvaging
 
https://www.youtube....h?v=Gl2OJe5TwdQ
 
Veneno para las hadas (Poison for the Fairies)
 
https://www.youtube....h?v=BTxmlhcl4ug
 
... edit ... one more with a great drum part:
 
No Twilight Within the Courts of the Sun
 
https://www.youtube....8GCCfCx&index=5