accoustic

DUSK TILL’ DAWN

ARTIST: ZAYN ft. SIA

Genre: R&B / Pop

Initially, the news of a collab of ZAYN and Sia came as something as a surprise to me. One is an anonymous powerhouse pop sensation whilst the other is an R&B musician with an impressive vocal range and known for his past as a member of One Direction. However, after listening to ZAYN’s new track ‘Dusk Till Dawn’, it seems to be an unprecedented match made in heaven; for what Sia provides in impressive vocal runs, ZAYN matches and harmonises with effortlessly. The effect is a creation of seamless melodies which seems almost undemanding to sing in a way that only Sia and ZAYN can achieve.

Similarly, the opening notes of the song were somewhat unexpected. The opening of the first verse is a soft piano melody under his raspy voice. This is understandably very different to his typical solo work such as PILLOWTALK or BeFour, both of which are fast tempo, sexy and sultry R&B songs. However, it seems his foray into more acoustic songs plays well in his favour as it enables for his vocal talent to shine through and the sentiment of the lyrics ‘Not tryna be indie/ Not tryna be cool/Just tryna be in this/Tell me are you to?’ to become apparent. It harkens back to his days as a member of One Direction, something which he said he was keen to leave behind, yet as the song progresses, it becomes more and more his own style.

The chorus is an emotional, drum and bass driven section, interlaced with impressive harmonies and finishing with a large vocal run that not many artists other than these two can achieve. It echoes ZAYN’s other works, yet it still allows for the talents of Sia to shine through as she gives her own unique touch to the song.

Overall, the song, although different from what we have come to expect from ZAYN, and initially perhaps unusual, is an impressive work which allows for both of the singers’ talents to shine above the well-crafted melodies of the instruments. These instruments heighten the emotion in both of their voices to create a sonic story of heart-felt devotion, with an easy to follow beat that keeps the listener engaged and in time despite the rapid runs, cutting out at the end of the bridge to truly show the capacity of ZAYNs vocal ability in one soaring note, which although unoriginal in this genre, is still worth listening to and admiring.

I hope ZAYN will explore other types of music like he has here, rather than stick to just tracks like PILLOWTALK, which, as much as I love, can become tedious for both listener and artist. This track is a refreshing example of how he can still remain talented and true to himself whilst still dipping his toe into other aspects of Pop and R&B. 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Play Me
Neil Diamond
Play Me

She was morning
and I was night time.
I one day woke up
to find her lying
beside my bed.
I softly said,
“Come take me.”
For I’ve been lonely
in need of someone,
as though I’d done
someone wrong somewhere
I don’t know where
I don’t know where, completely.

You are the sun
I am the moon,
you are the words
I am the tune,
play me.

Songs she sang to me,
song she brang to me,
words that rang in me,
rhyme that sprang from me
warmed the night
and what was right
became me.

You are the sun
I am the moon,
you are the words
I am the tune,
play me.

And so it was
that I came to travel
upon a road
that was thorned and narrow.
Another place,
another grace
would save me.

You are the sun
I am the moon,
you are the words
I am the tune,
play me.

– Neil Diamond, 1972

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I’ve never heard anything more beautiful than this

Ride Acoustic Version Ukulele Chords

C

I just wanna stay in the sun where I find

Am                            F
I know it’s hard sometimes

C
Pieces of peace in the sun’s peace of mind

Am                            F
I know it’s hard sometimes

C
Yeah, I think about the end just way too much

Am                        F
But it’s fun to fantasize

C
All my enemies who wouldn’t wish who I was

Am                        F
But it’s fun to fantasize

 

C        E

Oh,     oh

     Am               F                                 C
I’m falling so, I’m taking my time on my ride

E          Am                F                                C
Oh, I’m falling so, I’m taking my time on my riiiiiiiide

E               Am

Ooooooooh

F                                  C
Taking my time on my riiiiiiiiide

E            Am F

Oooooh

 

 [mute chords and continue with strumming pattern]

I’d die for you
That’s easy to say
We have a list of people that we would take
A bullet for them
A bullet for you
A bullet for everybody in this room
But I don’t seem to see many bullets coming through
See many bullets coming through
Metaphorically I’m the man
But literally I don’t know what I’d do

C↓
I’d live for you

                C↓
And that’s hard to do

        E↓
Even harder to say

                E↓
When you know it’s not true

        Am↓
Even harder to write

                Am↓
When you know that tonight

               F↓                                          F↓    
There are people back home who tried talking to you

             C↓
But then you ignored them still

C↓E↓
All these questions they’re for real like

                         E↑ Am↓
Who would you live for?

                         Am↓F↓
Who would you die for?

                                C↓
And would you ever kill?

 

C        E

Oh,     oh

     Am               F                                 C
I’m falling so, I’m taking my time on my ride

E          Am                F                                C
Oh, I’m falling so I’m taking my time on my riiiiiiiide

E                   Am

Ooooooooh

F                                  C
Taking my time on my riiiiiiiiiiide

E            Am

Oooooh

F

Takin my time

 

C↓                                             C↓G↓

I’ve been thinking too much

                                              G↓Dm↓
I’ve been thinking too much

                                              Dm↓Am↓
I’ve been thinking too much

                                    G7↓                    
I’ve been thinking too much

        C↓                                             C↓G↓
Help me I’ve been thinking too much

                                            Dm↓
I’ve been thinking too much

                                            Dm↓G7↓

I’ve been thinking too much

                                                    C
I’ve been thinking too much help meeeeeeee

E                          Am   F

Oooooh  ooooooh     yeah

C         E

Oh,      oh

     Am               F                                C
I’m falling so I’m taking my time on my riiiiiiiiiiide

E        Am     F                                 C
yeaaaaaaah, taking my time on my riiiiiiiiiiide

E                Am
Woaaaaah

F                                   C↓
Taking my time on my ride

 based off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iogAoYK4b0

18 - The Ballad of the Green Beret (Instrumental)
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They did this instrumental version of “The Ballad of the Green Beret”.  It’s a beautiful version of the song.  To this day it still gives me goosebumps. 

I do not know who made this music.  I’m posting in hopes that someone will know and I can give them credit, because they deserve it.