I’ve been using the plugin now for a couple months on our church band website with pretty good success. I’m working now on posting it publicly.
I’ve created a folder for it at http://lisles.net/ChordsAndLyrics.
I’ve also created a new category for specifically discussing it on this blog, and will use that category in links back to this blog regarding it.
The latest version 1.2 contains a Site Admin panel in Settings that can be used to select whether to display both Chords and Lyrics or Lyrics only. It also resolves the problem of lyrics wrapping around under a single Chord symbol when the lyrics length is long.
1st piano take
(Play just a couple bars from Gilligan’s Island to hint at it, but not give it away?)
G F G F or Eb F G Eb F G
(then) G G/F C/E D/F# G G/F C/E D/F# G G/F C/E Ab/Eb C7 C7/C# D
(pause here, finger to cheek, head tilted, “Hmm”)
(If the song is running too long, this verse can be dropped)
(pause here: spoken “And it goes like this”)
(pause, someone tilt the imaginary bottle up to their lips?)
(pause here: spoken “How’s it go?”)
(C)Copyright 2008-2010, Ron Lisle. All rights reserved.
The tune/chords from I Saw You at the Funeral” has been haunting me, and worrying me that I might have taken some existing TV theme, so I searched on iTunes for TV Themes, and I think it is the theme from Hill Street Blues that I’m remembering. Luckily it is quite different, although has a very similar feel. So I’m going to stop worrying now.
I think I’m close to finishing the basic chords and melody, and just need to finalize the lyrics now.
Last Sunday we had a visiting pastor at our church, Brad Brittain. He gave a wonderful sermon and used an illustration about a conversation with a couple goats and a fox that sounded like a great idea for a song. I asked him where he got the idea for the story, and he told me that it “just came to him”. So I asked if he’d mind if I made it into a song, and he likes the idea. So now I’m waiting on the Lord to give me the song 😉
This song woke me at about 3:00 am. It was like someone or something was calling me. I think it was God, but maybe I’m just crazy :-).
This song is like 3 songs put together. The opening intro is very soft and somewhat sad. Then the energy builds with what I’m calling a bridge. A strange thing is that I want to use an Eb in the melody, but I want the chord to be C major and not C minor. I wonder what this is called?
Then it shifts again into a very different rhythm and jazz feel in what I’m calling the Verse. This is fairly busy, compared to the previous 2 being somewhat sparse.
Somewhere later on, I’m not sure if this is an instrumental or what, all 3 become somewhat combined. The left hand plays the part from the chorus combined with the different rhythm right hand and chords from the verse. I’m amazed that it works.
Finally the closing goes back to the intro, very soft and gentle, ending on C major.
This is just a recording that I made to try to remember the ideas.
Across 2000 Years (initial ideas)
Across 2000 Years
Copyright 2008 by Ron Lisle
Written by Ron Lisle
playing across my lawn.
I could almost hear it.
Lost in the steady din of a
Can you hear it? It’s calling.
Yes He’s calling you. A
years. (straight into verse…)
Can you hear that voice that …
This song reminds me of Todd Rundgren. I hope I haven’t stolen any of his tunes or words.
This is another song that I woke up in the middle of the night hearing in my head. It was following a funeral that I attended. While at the funeral I ran into an old friend that I hadn’t seen for a long time. There had been rift in the church awhile back, and a bunch of dear friends left in what can only be described as a most bizarre set of circumstances. It was so good to see this friend, but it felt like the chasm was just too scary to approach. So I guess we both acted like nothing had happened.
This is a very rough, piano-only 1st take.
I Saw You at the Funeral
Copyright (c) 2008 by Ron Lisle.
when (immediately back to…)Â
This is a rough, piano-only 1st take.
The beginning is pretty much 2 bars from the beginning of the Beach Boys song “California”: “Water, water.”
[Then we shift gears into more modern jazzy chords. This is whereÂ
we’ll redo the lyrics each week to fit the sermon, etc]
(except the 2 bars from “California”)
Copyright (c) 2008 by Ron Lisle.
Noah had quite enough of it, some might say too much 🙂
Piano-only rough recording.
I Don’t Want To Sound Preachy
Copyright(c) 2008 by Ron Lisle
think I’m better than you. Â ‘Cause
My life was a mess and I
didn’t know what to do.
Jesus You found me and
You pulled me through.
something we can’t see.
you’re making in me.
It plan on extending WordPress to support creating music lead sheets using a ChordPro type syntax. This syntax uses square brackets to enclose tags describing music attributes of a song (eg. [Title], [Composer], [Tempo]) in addition to chord names (eg. [Amaj7]).
It appears that a plug-in can be created which will allow extending WordPress without hacking the source code. Requirements and questions to resolve:
- Songs must be easily linkable from multiple locations since songs are used repeatedly and I don’t want to have to cut/paste the song source every time it is used.
- Provide all the capability of the current custom PHP songs pages on TheRockBand.org:
a. Allow display of songs for a given date showing sequence, etc.
b. Associate with an MP3 file.
c. Provide alternate displays, for example “List all songs alphabetically”
In addition to providing the existing functionality, it will be good to allow comments/discussions regarding each song, with searchability for previous comments made about a given song.
Plug-In creation steps:
- Create name to use for main .php file and folder for additional files
How about “LeadSheet” or “ChordSheet”?
This file and folder will need to be copied to wp-content/plugins/ during installation.
- Create a readme.txt if I want to publish to wordpress.org/extend/plugins.
- Create a homepage for distributing the plugin. Maybe on Lisles.net/LeadSheetPlugin?
- Modify main .php file to add plugin API hooks as needed.
- Adhere to the WordPress coding standards.
- Support Inline Documentation.
- Ensure unique names for all functions, etc. Alternatively, encapsulate them in a class.
- Do not hardcode “wp_” prefix. Use $spdb->prefix variable instead.
- Minimize DB writes.
- SELECT only what is needed.
- Use add_action in the global execution space to hook actions to new functions.
- Use add_filter in the global execution space to hook filters to new functions.
Data is passed to the new function, and modified data or NULL returned.
It may be better to use a “Page” for each song. Need to investigate how to create and link to pages, etc. The down side may be that Pages don’t use the database, and I like the idea of keeping songs in the database instead of as separate files.
Another possibility is to use a Template Tag.
A plugin Filter might be used to format the ChordPro data prior to display.
A plugin Action might be used to syntax validate a new song upon entry.
This might include allowing cut/paste of existing chord sheets that put chords on a separate line above the lyric lines, and then converting them to ChordPro format.
Provide an Admin display to provide buttons for various chord types and song fields.