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Forge A New Life (MJRF)


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TobinMueller

 Genre: Art Rock

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This is a re-do of my first ever Garageband song. My first two, actually. The song grew out of a true story of a friend of mine who fled communist Czechslovakia, back when leaving was a very difficult task. He worked on his plans for nearly a year, compiling the right papers to forge, setting up his alibis, etc. I heard his story just about the time I was getting a divorce and it resonated in a personal way. I had always wanted to include the two impression in a single song but never had the right venue. (It never fit into any musical I was working on.)

With my first GarageBand experiment, I wanted to combine edited loops and samples, to see how the program worked. I had never written like that before. I also hadn't done any recording "just for fun" in years, writing instead either for the stage or for my Hong Kong agent. So, the experience was liberating in many ways. I think the most successful part was how I cut apart and edited all those drum huts and loops, especially in the vamp at the end.

This track also marks my first collaboration with Norman Goodman. The idea to collab with Norman, who I admire as a player, came from a from thread that suggested different MJ member pairings. When someone suggested that I work with Norman, I emailed him, sent him 2 possible tracks, and set him lose. Other than filters EQ, I didn't change anything about Norman's playing, which I unusual fro me, since I like to inker and change things to fit. Norman's contributions didn't need tinkering. THANK YOU, NORMAN!

Also, Part 1 was the first time I collaborated with Del, an across the street neighbor. Together, we later set many of my poems to music. What a marvelous voice he has. Even more impressive in person.

This track does three new things:

1) I combined Part 1 & Part 2 into a single long-play track. The original was submitted as two separate tracks, one that leads up to when the person finally escapes, the other after he has gotten to where he is going. This one runs 7:46.

2) I added an acoustic bass on Part 1 and an electric bass on Part 2. I got this idea because of Norman's desire to add bass to the ending vamp. I realized there was no bass anywhere. In keeping with the polyrhythmic aspect of the accompaniment, I played the bass with a jazz feel, adding one more layer of psychological intrigue and tone poem painting.

3) I've mixed in Norman's lead guitars, rhythm guitar and bass into the vamp starting at 6:11.

Ther original tracks can be found here:
Forge A New Life - Part 1
Forge A New Life - Part 2
The represent the oldest songs in the MJ database. Kind of neat.
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Lyrics
PART 1

He stands there
across the wide road.
Just stands there,
looking in the window.

Every step from the subway to this very spot
he has counted them all. Open up my life.

He can't move on, one step closer and he's lost.
He can't turn away, take his life and turn it off.

What's behind the drawing curtain?
What's beyond the shadows cast?
Memories we know for certain.
Futures that will come to pass.

Working late every night, waiting for the right time,
hiding papers in an unlocked drawer,
slowly forging...

Forge a new life.
Forge a new life.

You, there... Do you have the right papers?
Are they correctly authorized?
Do you have the proper identification?
Where do you intend on going?

See the borders of your life.

At the boundaries of the world,
there's a man who checks your face.
If you're not who he expects
then your name's erased without a trace.

There I... at the gate.
There I... waiting.
There I... at the gate.
Do I... pass?

What's behind the drawing curtain?
What's beyond the shadows cast?
Memories we know for certain;
Futures that will come to pass.

Working late every night, waiting for the right time,
hiding papers under lock and key.
Lock and key.

Forge a new life.
Forge a new life.

PART 2

If the weight that once framed you
and the darkened days are all left behind,
then the mirror of your hidden hope
will reflect on this new place and time.

Working late every night, just to save what you can.
Filing letters full of words unsaid,
in American...

Like a savior that renames,
gives you courage to simply start again,
there's a genius to this crazy land
that reflects upon my face and hands.

I've come to America.
I've come to America.
I've come to America.
I've come to America, America.
Forge a new life.
Forge a new life.

Would I have learned?
Would I have earned the same mind?
Would I have burned the bridge between dreams and home
had I not left in time?

Would I have lost you
had I stayed and lived a lie?
Driven underground, every right every wrong,
wouldn't every passion die?

What of my sons?
And the sons of my sons?
Would they be proud
when the day is done?
When the day is done?
Can't go back home.
Can't go back...
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Plays: 244
Downloads: 183
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Uploaded: Feb 06, 2009 - 01:02:34 PM
Last Updated: Feb 06, 2009 - 01:41:59 PM Last Played: Sep 03, 2017 - 04:59:29 PM
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Norman Goodman
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Comments
lavalamp said 3153 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
5 Years
Congrats on 5 years. This tune has a life of its own. More art than music, which is very cool. A lot of interesting things going....twilight zone and all.
Great vocals, too.

Bravo,

Dave
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TobinMueller said 3153 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
art
Thanks, Dave. Yes, I wanted this to be more "collage music" than normal verse-chorus stuff, like an impressionistic short story set to song. Thanks for keying in on that.
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thetiler said 3153 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Tobin
you are truly one of the greatest artists on MJ and maybe on the internet. There is a lot of great thought on this, plus the lyrics and singing is really is top notch. This has a lot of intrigue, mystery!

Enjoy the stroked cellos, the rock is a nice addition. Thanks for being such a great part of MJ. The sirens and the lists goes on. Full of top professionalism. Something that could only be done be an experienced pro !
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TobinMueller said 3153 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Back at you, Bill
Thanks. Since I can't add subtleties and nuances with my guitar playing, like you can, I need to layer in synths and samples. You know, sometimes I get an idea, like the sirens, and it takes 90 minutes just to find the stupid sound and I wonder if its worth it. Thanks for making it worth it.
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sschedra said 3153 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
And what a high bar it sets!
Great stuff! I also have to comment that I am always inspired to do more and my eyes are always opened when I listen to your work. Where else but MJ can folks interact and learn from the best and from each other. I think MJ is the best free music education a person can get. You and other MJ pillars are what make it possible. Thanks for sharing.
Stephen
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TobinMueller said 3153 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Where else but MJ
So true. MJ is a special place. Thanks for the encouragement and opened ears. I really appreciate it.
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Skean said 3153 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Thanks Tobin
You woke me up, so I had to check your page and found this... Excellent mix, thanks for sharing D,Ld.
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TobinMueller said 3152 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Mix
Thanks. I tried to mix styles as well as textures and images.
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Feter said 3153 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Forge A New Life
Incredible ..to use the strings to give the structure of the scene while a
jazzy gombo playing along with sentimental tune ..this is more than genious !
to colab with Norman is something I was always think it will be impressive
I am a big fan to both of you and there s a link between your two styles ...
you are so theatrical huge with orchestration ...Norman is a great rainbow
colorful addition you needed and it fit so perfectly ...so happy to see this
happened .. Kudos ...I think this song speaks more to me than anyone else ..
cos its somehow touches my life ...thank you for sharing its a true gem !!!!

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TobinMueller said 3152 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Speaking to you
Thank you for internalizing the lyrics, the conceptual framework of the song. When people find themselves in places where they cannot live truthfully, or when they need to make changes that leave so much behind, life is never the same. Yes, you forge a new life, but part of you is left, is always bereft.

My son said the arrangement of the string quartet reminded him of something Dr Dre would've used. I never imagined I was adding that sort of element as well!
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sloparts said 3153 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
The story told
This is much more than a piece of music, this is life. Life on the edge and in the shadows. Waiting for the moment to make it all come together. The music does that, and the vocals tell of the emotions that must be hid. The fear, the sorrow, the anticipation, the elation. It's all there.

Wonderful event Tobin

Ed
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TobinMueller said 3152 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Fear, sorrow, anticipation, elation
Thanks. I was going for that. In me, emotions swirl around all at once, like a macabre dance. Nothing is ever singular, or, at least, not very often. I loved that you called this song "an event." Very appreciated.
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timothy devine said 3153 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
hello Tobin
this is very interesting.
I agree with you on Norm he is quite the talent.
This vocal is You?
nice twists and turns
the strings are hugely creative
mixed with Norms stuff nicely
you are very creative mister T


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TobinMueller said 3152 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Mister T
Yes, the vocals are me. I petty the fool (me).
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Norman Goodman said 3153 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Tobin is a Master
Thanks for asking for me to play with you Tobin. This song in particular was a challenge. Your arrangement and song structure were impeccable before I added my interpretation. As a consequence I was afraid anything I would do would only mar an otherwise perfect composition. I actually struggled with many approaches ( straight ahead jazz, avante garde fusion, pretending to be Steve Howe...), ended up pretending to Be Trevor Rabin.
I really enjoyed this piece....exceptional singing and melody.....genius arrangement and concept Tobin...... it has been an honour.
I look forward to working with you on a song where we can both stretch out
Thanks to all of you for taking thhe time to listen.
Warmest regards,

Norman Goodman


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TobinMueller said 3152 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Collaboration
I know what you mean about having a hard time finding a space in this arrangement; it wasn't originally designed for a solo in the vamp section. But you did a great job, sounding as if your part was meant to be there all along. Now I can't imagine that section without it.

I dig the list of players you were trying to emulate. Trevor Rabin was the best at mining the sounds of soaring guitars that arc over the backdrop. Nice choice. Did you notice the touch of new guitar amp I placed on your lead?

I'm glad you liked the melody on this one. (I've noticed in your comments on several of my impressionistic style songs in the past that your ears wanted more melody!) That's one of the reasons I picked this one to challenge you with. It turned out really well.

I have a few ideas for future collaborations. If I can find the time, I will start a Norman folder and we can begin to build a catalogue!

Thanks again. Great job.
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Vic Holman said 3153 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
forging ahead
what a great composition and very clean mastered mix. a lot to hear which is something I really get into. (the snippit from twilight zone was fun)

the harmony vocal layers are great... and stormin' Norman! who could ask for more
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TobinMueller said 3152 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Stormin' Norman
Thanks for mentioning the vocal layers. I actually sang in more than what made the final cut, but dialed it back during the mixing process as to not interfere with the messages I was trying to communicate.

Kudos echoed for Stormin' Norman!
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guitapick said 3152 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Wow...
...absolutely love the strings...the sirens are chilling and "in time" (a very effective combination)...very into the sparcity of this, Tobin. It's classical in nature, but moves into a very imaginative sphere...the sound effects and samples are fantastic (I was a HUGE Twilight Zone freak)...

Then, of course, there's Norman...he's got quite a "touch", doesn't he? Guy can play. Nice choice, the electric screams...and a cool way to end the piece...

Love this, man...
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TobinMueller said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Time sirens & Twilight Zone clips
Thanks for noticing how I timed the samples. One of those little touches that takes time and you wonder if its worth it. Yes, I still love watching Rod Serling's TZ. And his earlier teleplays are very good. I love the TZ short stories written out by Rod, they add another level of Hawthorne-Poe quality to his great ideas.

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tokai said 3152 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
wow a piece of art
So much going on every sense is catered for a most imaginative way. It like it's own rock opera. Vocals are very impressive, a bit a Bowie influence perhaps? Amazing song structure, full of surprises, love when that guitar comes in. This takes me back, thanks for the journey.
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TobinMueller said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Rock opera
Although there are no Bowie influences that I know of, this and several other of my tunes have reminded listeners of him, which is way cool. My vocal range is similar, which also matches up a bit. I loved the era of concept albums, of putting extended stories to music, of stretching the boundaries, if that's what you mean by "This takes me back." I guess I got stuck in time, tho, cuz I've never left it. What was liberating about this piece, tho, was that it was not attached to a stage project that needed to answer to either a larger story or to any directors or producers. Just my own musical short story. Thanks for seeing it as well as hearing it.
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psexnyc said 3152 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
I Am Blown Away....
...by the All of this....I don't want to call it a "song"....Art is definitely appropriate! The vocal harmonies and layers are just pure beauty to my ears. Awesome!
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TobinMueller said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Art
Thanks for your comments. I read them to Suzanne and she said, "See. Its more than a song." It made for a very pleasant moment. Much appreciated.
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mikkinylund said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Epic
This song is a great choice for the MJRF, although the story is not about MacJam's, its core message could easily be adapted to the struggle of a musician and an artist as well. This is a huge, epic story both in words as well as musically in its arrangement and performances. It has so many passages which is excellently performed with the bass, the vocals and the guitars. I really enjoyed this, as the story lays close to my mind and heart in so many ways. Per usual you always impress with your vocals and always makes me believe in the story being told. Norman's guitar fits this story perfectly.
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TobinMueller said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Message and theme
Thanks for extrapolating the theme beyond what I had first imagined. I love when that can happen. Even tho you didn't have to leave a communist country to travel here, you well know the sense of dislocation, both in the geography of divorce and country-to-country movement. I appreciate that it touched you. I like the use of the word "forge" in the text, its many meanings. And, yes, it can apply to the struggle of artists to adapt to new venues, changing times.
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egobandit said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Musical
I could see the whole story played out on stage. Looking for a visa in the twilight zone. LOve the trilogy bass line has a strong thumping feel goes right through my chest, My favorite section is between 4:30 and 4:50 its repeats when the singing says welcome to america. Climatic with Normans guitar, YOu cant listen just once. Downloaded and thanks!
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TobinMueller said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
4:30 and 4:50
When I played that section, i was thinking of the bass lines my son would use when covering 80s rock. It sounds cooler on the acoustic bass, and less cliche, than I thought it would. Thanks for noticing that part. I agree about how Norman's guitar adds a perfect climax, another layer of search and longing. Thanks for you comments.
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davisamerica said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Tobin ....
5 years ... tis amazing. Very much enjoyed this. For all you do here and the music you share ... Huge Thank You. Norman is great on this track. Such a great"moving" piece of work ... lots of stuff to hear ... well done Tobin
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TobinMueller said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
5 years
Time flies, especially in the Twilight Zone!
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damiengh said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
So much here
Definitely, not a one listen tune. So much happening here, had to get the story in my head first in order to truly enjoy the craftsmanship here.

Brings to mind that era of rock operas, where you'd sit on the floor in your room with a quite ornate album cover, which when opened up, had all the libretto pressed firmly within the opened flaps and eventually into the forefront of our minds. Oh the energy involved. It would get our blood going, hanging on each tune as they would build and spill into the next tune and eventually to that one climatic piece. It would follow with something softer and then one last tune recapping the flavors of the whole enchilda.

Norms guitar was the icing on this cake, and of course the baker....Baker Tobin and his magical music oven.
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TobinMueller said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Magical oven
Great image, following along as the epic rock operas of the 60-70s filled up our rooms, our minds. Opened up, actually, is a better term. As you can tell, those moments impressed me deeply. I could never have imagined many of the works I ended up creating, and never would been driven to piece together a complex audio puzzle such as this without the motivation instilled in me as a teenager listening to those fabulous experiments of the day.
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Mcboy said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
kool....
nice collab........wonderful singing as usual!
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ramonaji said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Nice work!
This is great!
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sonnyjim said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Very fine
Pretty involved, this; I think I need to listen to it several times..... I'm hugely sympathetic to these theatrical collisions of yours.
The bass sounds very good, and the vocals are beautifully performed and mixed. I know those loops all too well (!), and am suitable impressed with their deployment here. Guitars really jump out at the end; exquisite sound on them (adds a Brian May feel to the proceedings IMO) Thanks very much for this, Tobin.
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TobinMueller said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
hugely sympathetic to these theatrical collisions
What a great phrase. Can I use it in my liner notes? And thanks for noticing the amp filter on the guitar. I tweaked it just enough to make it hurt a little more, in a good way, when listening (at least inside me). Otherwise, I didn't change a note in what Norman sent, not even a slight time shift. That was a joy. And thanks.
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Char said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
This is vibrant
and so elegant. It sounded like a soundtrack from a dramatic stage play...something you know everything about. So much life. Thanks.
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TobinMueller said 2799 days ago (January 26th, 2010)
like a soundtrack from a dramatic stage play
Thanks, that's what I was kind of going from, as well as coming from. I'd love to see this wedded with a detailed storytelling video someday. It would complete what I was imagining when I conceived it.
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mowguy3 said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Forge A New Life
What a great work. A full circle of well... a full life. I am blown away with this track. As someone stated, I listen to your music and must do more. Till then I am so glad I can listen to you.
Thanks and be well, Russ
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Diviner said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Whow
This is quite an epic, glad you let me know about this. You have alot going on in this track, and its very well composed. The bass is very nice as well. This is a musical theatre piece in itself, incredible. Well done Tobin, really well constructed.
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TobinMueller said 2610 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Epic
Thanks. I love spinning epic sized stories. Always a twist to add. What I really need is an editor...
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LunaTrick said 3151 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Fantastic
The strings grab you right away. Really well worked composition with excellent bass and percussion. Love the vocals too! Stunning!
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DWL said 3151 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Impressive
but then again I expect nothing less from you.

Beautifully constructed yet challenging.

The vocal has a stage feel about it and the whole track does sound like a live performance.

A lovely mess of effects and percussion.

Cheers

Dick

Cheers

Dick
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TobinMueller said 3150 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
A lovely mess...
...like life. I know what you mean. I was trying to make the layers of tension, distraction, cross-purposes, and unresolvable expectations and longings be in constant conflict/interplay. I enjoyed that you thought the whole thing felt like a live performance, like a stage performance. I was trying to make it live, so that it wouldn't feel like a studio piece, but feel like a film or conscious-streaming internal movie. I appreciate your comments. Thanks.

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Ibstrat said 3150 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Incredibly
realistic strings,great vocals,Norman adds a perfect guitar part.Very creative stuff!
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blaky smith said 3150 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Magistral
work of music, on all levels !
Very original creation with a good instruments choice...
Great vocals too, excellent interpretation. bravo !
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aclarke said 3150 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
You know
Your arrangements are so sophisticated and your playing, writing and arranging skills so outstanding that I don't think you get enough credit for your voice. It really shines here. I remember once commenting on one of your songs that I thought it lacked emotion (or similar nit pick). Not so here, Tobin. This is excellent all the way around.
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aclarke said 3150 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Oh jeez...
Norman! Sorry, I didn't mean to overlook your impressive contributions!
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Parichayaka said 3149 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Fantastic intro!
The percussion and strings throughout the song impress me in particular. The story is heart-warming and inspired. I can effortlessly imagine this piece being performed live in a Musical-style performance with a huge video screen in the back showing archival footage in BW of Ellis Island. Of course both the music and themes are as relevant as ever. The chorus with the staccato strings in the second half is especially beautiful! What a journey.
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TobinMueller said 3149 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Relevancy
Thanks for commenting in such detail about the strings. I think one of the reasons they are successful is that I've separated each instrument into independent lines/tracks, as opposed to treating them as a single quartet sample, so I could pan each instrument and alter individual notes even with the loops to change the chordal structure and better match the samples with the MIDI strings. It takes much longer, but you have much more control over the music that way.

Also, thanks for commenting on the themes. The message/concept of a piece is what fills me up, emotionally, so that I can live within it during the time I am writing, arranging, mixing. They drive my motivation as well as my commitment to the work. I appreciate that you found them still relevant.
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SmokeyVW said 3149 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
thought provoking
this is very thought provoking

the blend of loops and samples works really well!

thanks

(also, loops are good)
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buckhorn said 3148 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Fab Collab
by two fine musicians.....dynamite tune...your work and participation add a whole lot to this community.
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Doadars Uncle said 3147 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Hey!
This has so much life! I feel like I'm there, or here, maybe the twilight zone... Congratulations for your years at MacJams!
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TobinMueller said 3071 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
so much life!
The "so much life" has to do with the confusion, racing plans, and conflicting hopes and dreams the character in the story-song is going thru. Layers of cross currents. Glad you heard it that way too.

And thanks for the "years at "Macjams" comment. Seems like forever, seems like yesterday. And maybe a little like the Twilight Zone, too!
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thoddi said 3145 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
grand
The way you set up music to a story and finding the right moods to support the words and story with the right music is something you have a special gift for. This one would to my ears be perfect material for a musical. Brilliant performances from all involved, and Kudos for the arrangements and production.
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TobinMueller said 3071 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
right moods to support words and story
Thanks, Thor. I spend a lot of time crafting the right sounds to support the emotional element of the story in my songs. It ends up being more of an intuitive, subconscious thing, as opposed to overt sounds (altho I do a mixture of obvious and internal in this song). Its one of the things I try to do with melody and harmony too, which comes out most obviously in my piano works. I am happy you hear it too.
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ageofthedeathtree said 3145 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
wow...
VERY well done tobin! exciting and suspenseful music, i love it! great arranging and playing my friend!

age
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TobinMueller said 3071 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
suspenseful music
Thanks for noticing the dramatic suspenseful element. It isn't overtly so, but there is trepidation and worry and a sense of claustrophobia throughout, until the end. Even regret mixed with hopefulness, which has its own suspenseful tension. I really appreciate you mentioning this.
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abfkingsport said 3126 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
ABFkingsport
This is wild, I love the fusion of the different genres. Very well composed and excellent mix. Definitely impressed. It kind of has a Zappa feel or even a beatlesque feel to the melody of the vocals. Fav'n it and you.
The King
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TobinMueller said 3076 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
Zappa meets The Beatles
Cool comparison. Thanks for the comments. I love both Zappa and the Beatles, so I appreciate the synthesis/fusion idea. Image if they really had collaborated...
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dajama said 3125 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Magnificent
This is a magnificent track. I love the different instrumental colors and layers, and the sense of a story being told is inescapable. Great arrangement, with lovely dramatic touches, and a really nice use of spoken voices, snatches of actors in a lifelike play. Very cool. Nicely done, man. Very cool piece. Sorry it's taken me so long to get here! Kudos. Peace.
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TobinMueller said 3071 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
snatches of actors in a lifelike play
Thanks. This was the first song I'd done in garageband, back 4 years ago, after finishing my 16th musical. Adding actors was kind of a natural extension. Also, I really wanted to come up with an excuse to get Del excited about recording. He subsequently recorded some very nice poetry (he has a marvelous speaking voice), all collaborations with me. So that worked into my desire to use actors as well.
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DeathArrow said 3096 days ago (April 4th, 2009)
lalalala
a very great song !!
very dynamic and original !!
and the singing is very impressive !!

great job !!

cheers, Luke
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Calchas said 3091 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
Full circle...
Very cool...and operatic!

Interesting concept. Fabulous vocals.

It's good to be back at MJ!

Be well TJ!
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KenneSilva said 3072 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
Nice
mix of sounds, quite an interesting piece. Thanks for placing this online.
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WharmtonRise said 3071 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Wow
The pristine sound quality hit me first. Everything about this is just great. Wow.
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Bob6stringer said 3062 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
So remarkable...
...and yet I can't leave any remarks that would break any new ground. This is just wonderful theater, Tobin. Not to mention the reality beneath its twilight exterior.
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Mute Albino said 3052 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
def zap
Yes, definitely Zappa influence ! It has that fragmented feel, reminds me of a mini-opera and "Yo Cats" (FZ). I love it, correction: I crave it !
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I.G.M. said 3052 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
Another masterpiece
Wow Tobin, that`s amazing, really dig it!
Very well played, great singing. Some great piece of art!

Here on my shabby stereo there are some interferences especially in the deeper registers. Some undefinable humming, as if something resonates very deeply.
Another thing is that the vocals sound a little flannelly. Might be the same matter.

Composition is really out of sight!!

Thx for sharing.


Ingo
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TobinMueller said 3052 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
Flannel
I was wearing a flannel shirt when I sang in the lines. How did you know?
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I.G.M. said 3051 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
Well,
honestly speaking I use a translator to impress the native speakers.
In this special case it apparently works! :o)
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egobandit said 3046 days ago (May 24th, 2009)
Great interpitation
All those sounds and notes combined with moving lyrics and great singing just makes this classic, bravo!
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paul f. page said 3035 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
Killer...
...strings...and a really unique composition in so many ways, Tobin. Your stage work is very evident here and I can definitely hear this in that context.... Many other wonderful comments above that are all well-deserved. Everything you compose is instructive to me and I thoroughly appreciate your sharing your skill here with so many excellent and cutting edge compositions. You are just a remarkably talented musician who supports the rest of us so consistently.
Peace.
Paul
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TobinMueller said 3035 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
Many thanks
Paul, thank you so much for the heartwarming comments. It's the support and collegiality of fellow musician/seachers such as yourself that makes coming back here so fulfilling. I, too, love to hear your music, look forward to what you share here. Such a rich garden of talent and soulfulness, it is. I truly appreciate such careful and thoughtful ears.
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GodSuhn said 3034 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Nice, Nice
I agree with one comment that says there are lots of interesting things, and movements going on in this song. Not an easy song to manage as a producer. Great Music Tobin!!
This song would do well on stage I think, even though I'm no expert in that field, but I can visualize it. Plus like I said, the composition has legs!!!
Peace!
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daibhre said 3029 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
Very Visual!
It's like Sondheim meets Turkel, with some TransSiberian Orhcestra spice, yes?
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TobinMueller said 2988 days ago (July 21st, 2009)
Sondheim meets Turkel, with some TransSiberian Orhcestra
Way cool, love the description. Thanks for imagining it. I wanted to create a visual collage feel, the many levels of an inner struggle, of loss and hope and worry and anticipation. Thanks for liking the spices used.
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SISTERS said 3009 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
epic
cool sense of taking time to let the beat gel.
1:05 - gorgeous harmony!
love the string sound in this - the 2:15 mark is delicious.
4:21 - nice change.
guitar at 6:30 is a wonderful touch!
effective drama to your vocal throughout.
whew - that was one helluva number!
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TobinMueller said 2988 days ago (July 21st, 2009)
effective drama
Thanks. I love how you mention specific moments, since I tried to insert specific moments as the story shifts and reloops and advances. Like a man watching his own life and every now and again being sucked in to actually live it. I did try to take my time to let certain things gel, and to create slight beat variations so that it slowly morphs from one thing to another. I appreciate your comments.
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Boundless said 3009 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Theatrical
As Paul pointed out, your stage work shows here.
Quite a story told. Creative harmonies
both instrumentally and vocally.

Fine work - thanks Tobin !
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TobinMueller said 2786 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
Theatrical
Thanks. I love trying to find those unusual yet accessible vocal harmonies. Was always a fan of both David Crosby and Yes, magnetically pulled toward the harmony notes. I use to sing along, even as a kid, to those harmony lines. People would look at me like I was crazy, thinking I didn't know the melody.
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tltate said 2989 days ago (July 20th, 2009)
Excellence
Mr. Mueller you are quite talented. What a great sound. I really enjoyed your use of various string loops. Very pleasant to listen to.

Thanks
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jiguma said 2874 days ago (November 12th, 2009)
Tobin
I have no idea how I missed this from the MJRF - too busy cleaning up the festival site each morning I guess! The production quality (before we even get to the musicianship) here is something to aspire to. Fantastic playing/singing/concept - so many cool ideas in one place. Excuse me, I'm gushing. Beautiful stuff Tobin.
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TobinMueller said 2786 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
MJRF
Without this festival, I probably wouldn't have posted any music in 2009, and much less in 2010. Thanks for spending the time putting it together, your daily diligence, and pursuing such a great idea from start to finish.
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jibes said 2818 days ago (January 8th, 2010)
I am speachless!!
Tobin Mueller an instant fan I am.
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2775 days ago (February 19th, 2010)
creepy, in all the right ways
like a combination of genuine steam of consciousness and theatrical story telling.
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Hickling_Stan said 2622 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
just digging
around Tobin and fell on MJ's oldest post. The Bowie references are to the fore and Jacques Brell I think. A superb mix and so much going on to maintain interest throughout the story. Glad I found this. Cheers mark
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TobinMueller said 2616 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Jacques Brell
Now, that's a name I haven't thought of in a while! I see a great collection of his was released in 2006. What a great voice, so intense, riveting, intimate, true. I will go back and rediscover him...
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2622 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
forge
very interesting overall sound. enjoying the vocals. feels like a lot of passion and belief has gone into this. refreshing sound. very accomplished overall. not surprised that you have so many fans. pretty exceptional stuff. really excellent. cheers
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FatherTime said 2282 days ago (June 27th, 2011)
varied track, dramatic
This seems to be a combination of many milieu. It kept me guessing, good production.
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