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Falling (2trx2011)


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TobinMueller

 Genre: Ballad

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This is me singing and playing into a 2-track mix. I am playing a Roland keyboard using a modified nylon string guitar patch.

I wrote this song at about 2 am one morning. My wife came out to the piano, in the living room, rather annoyed that I was making so much noise in the middle of the night. Then I made her sit and listen and she wasn't annoyed any more.

I have changed the lyrics slightly several times through the years. I've arranged it for additional instruments, had other players add in, played it in a jazz style... but I keep coming back to this solo ballad version. It reminds me of that moment it came to me. One of those special moments, in my memory.
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Lyrics
Falling, by Tobin Mueller ©1981, 2001, 2011

Place your hand deep upon me.

Let me fall past the notions of the world I know. Past it all.
Past this skin, this fence of latch and paints and wooden saints,
into darkness thick with hope, for something there to hold,
to truly know.

That you are with me
To know and feel and kiss me
When I’m about to lose myself, my life.

Through this wild darkness
You pull me home, regardless,
Safe within the ever-light, your life.

Let me fall past the notions of the world I know. Past it all.
Past this soul. Where wordless senses start, let me reach out
beyond the help of God, with no belief to hold,
just this love I know.

For you are with me
To know and cheer and kiss me
Like a second singing soul, like life.

Through this wild darkness
You pull me home, regardless,
In each day, each hour of my life.

Place your hand deep upon me.
Reach me where only you will know.
Only you will know how to find me.
To pull me home.

Please, pull me home.
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Uploaded: May 14, 2011 - 12:06:08 PM
Last Updated: May 14, 2011 - 12:09:27 PM Last Played: Jun 19, 2014 - 12:08:49 PM
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neilh79 said 2203 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Falling
What a lovely intimate tune, excellent playing, thoroughly enjoyed. Beautiful voice too!
TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Thank you
I really enjoy playing this classical guitar patch for its touch sensitive volume and EQ aspects. Its fun to pound the keys and get a brighter yet still mellow string pluck.
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SISTERS said 2203 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
truly lovely
To know and cheer and kiss me/Like a second singing soul, like life.
****
that's one helluva line, Tobin. perfect piano, and it's a gift you give us to hear you sing these words. beautiful!
anne
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Second singing soul
When I first wrote that line, it was "like a second singing soul, my wife." But Suzanne has always been uncomfortable with any limelight, so I changed it to "like life" which, in a way, speaks more to my world view and the encompassing nature of the feeling I was going for. Plus, it's one more literation. And, yes, a phrase that grows more poignant was time goes by. Thanks you for your generous comments.
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alackbass said 2203 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Falling (2trx2011)
Really great post. It's such a treat to hear you sing.
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Singing
Thanks. Most of my early tracks I posted here include my singing. I used to sing all the time while touring in the 80s and 90s. I almost lost my voice around 1996, overdoing it, and recovered by remaining silent for 3 months... then toured in Forever Plaid, but with a loss of a minor third in my range (I used to be able to sing tenor). And now with my lung condition, I sing only at home, since it usually causes coughing and whatnot; showtunes after dinner with Suzanne. Sometimes I just have to break in a sing a harmony...
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dave_b said 2203 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Falling
I dig that intro guitar arpeggio. Cool imagery in the lyric "Past this skin, this fence of latch and paints and wooden saints", "Like a second singing soul, like life." Really nice melody & vocal.
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Yesterday
Thanks. That line "past this skin, this fence of latch and paints" is my favorite in this song. The melody/chord progression is slightly akin to McCartney's "Yesterday" which was my starting point, emotionally speaking.
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RAVENS said 2203 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Wonderful
Gosh, what beautiful lyrics. You have a lovely voice as well, I had no idea. Heartfelt song, really sweet.

RAVEN ;-)
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Voice
Thanks. I'm really glad you like my voice on this one. Check out "Before There Were Gods" and "Door In My Heart (v2)" if you'd like, those are two other songs I actually like my voice on. I have one album out where I sing on every tune, A Bit Of Light. But I haven't sung for an extended period of time in 15 years. My mom always said I should sing more... :)
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Vic Holman said 2203 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
falling
now this is cool. this is upfront and personal. very nice!
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Up front and personal
Thanks. The idea of this 2-track challenge is very cool. I've enjoyed listening to the other up front and personal submissions, as well.
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Leon said 2203 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Poignantly romantic...
Like an arrow right into the heart.
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
An arrow
Thanks. That's exactly what I was going for. I'm glad that's how it came across.
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Reggie_Pole said 2203 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Falling
Beautiful poetic lyrics. Gorgeous music. Intimate vocal performance. A real love song! That's songwriting.
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
songwriting
In the theatre world, shows are always pitched with piano only accompaniment. The theory is that it displays the songwriting better. That's one of the best part of this 2-track challenge: it is more about the songwriting and less about the recording and mixing that we usually comment on at MJ. Thanks for liking this. Songwriting is an even more personal statement than performance, so it's a touchier subject, but I truly appreciate your enjoyment.
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Moviz said 2203 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Beautiful
and with all the emotion in the song and your singing of it that I could ever want..... lovely lyrics with beautifully honed words, regards M
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Emotion
Thanks. I certainly feel a lot of emotion internally when I sing. I'm glad it translates. Thanks for checking in.
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PeterB7858 said 2202 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Great light and shade...
Great to hear you singing, Tobin. The song has a Broadway show ballad feel with great light and shade and emotion. The lyrics are first rate. Whilst the nylon string guitar patch works, it would be great to get an MJ muso to add a real classical guitar to the track. Regards, Peter.
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Broadway ballad feel
I smiled at your Broadway ballad comment. No matter how hard I try, I seem unable to write stuff without it having at least a pinch of Broadway in it. It wasn't intended on this one, but since I enjoy Broadway ballads so much, I consider it a compliment. Thanks.

If anyone would like to do their own cover of this song, with a real guitar and their own (or someone else's) vocals, I'd would love it. Definitely an open invitation!
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DWL said 2201 days ago (May 16th, 2011)
Sensitive work Tobin
Beautifully done.

Cheers

Dick
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Thanks.
...and thank you for you very nice personal comments via email. I appreciate it, deeply.
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johnwhitehead said 2201 days ago (May 16th, 2011)
Falling
Love the bittersweet guitar figures. Lovely lyrics and singing. The meleodic and lyrical sophistication remind me of Sondheim or Jacques Brel. Love where you take the melody and harmony in last stanza.
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Sondheim & Jacques Brel
Way cool. I love those comparisons. Sondheim is one of my heroes.
That last stanza is supposed to be like a bridge or coda. For me, as a performer, I'm leading it to it the whole song, knowing its laying there in waiting to break out from the bittersweet understatement before it. I'm glad you mentioned that part. Thanks.
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Parichayaka said 2201 days ago (May 16th, 2011)
songwriting
A true test for a good song - does it pass the test of a simple no frills live performance?

Even in this version you can hear all the necessary elements for a solid, moving, thoughtful and inspiring song, which to me would lend itself best to a musical - and reading your description you even played it as jazz. I'm particularly impressed by how you make the lyrics sound 'lighter' than they are when reading them, something I've heard the other way around more than once.
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TobinMueller said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
In a musical
Thanks for the comment about singing it lighter than it reads. I can't tell you how many times I've had to tell stage singers not to add weight to songs, only life (and character). Lots of dramatic moments can get crushed under the over-emoting angst expressed by someone who thinks they are channeling the tragedy of a moment. Since I've written shows about a little girl caught in the Holocaust, about Frankenstein's Creature, about the oppression of the Saxons under the Normans, getting too weighty can drown a dramatic musical. This song is not about the darkness, but getting saved from the darkness. I'm very glad you heard the hope and appreciation, and not foreboding or loss. Thanks.

I didn't write this song for a show, and have never used in a musical, only as a stand alone song, but now that you mention it, perhaps I might fold it into a project...
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Pete_NB said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
I wish...
... I had something like this in my back pocket to deflect my wife's annoyance. Beautiful and direct.

All it's missing is a ripping wah wah solo! ;-)

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TobinMueller said 2199 days ago (May 18th, 2011)
ripping wah wah!
Ha! You're comments made me laugh aloud! I smiled for quite a while afterward. Yes, there is never enough wah, is there? Kind of like B3 organ...!
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CharlyDeeCynthius said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
so quite
Cool song so quite...I LIKE IT
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Soundhound said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Thank goodness
For home recording Programs, when an idea pops into your head
you can grab it and make it, in to something real.... great stuff

You have a good voice My Man, at this point in my life I can no longer say that about me......

And when it shuts them up, it's even better.....

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michaeljayklein said 2200 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Well done!
You have a very pleasant and well used voice--the vibrato usage tells me you have much experience singing. One thing however, there is a touch of sibilance in the vox track that(personal preference ONLY) I'm not always ecstatic over. Sometimes this is caused by the mic, over compression of the vocal or just plain "wet mouth" (which I tend to have and meliorate by drinking room temperature apple juice a half or so before singing--my teacher told me it had to do with pectin or something; I don't recall now). Despite that peccadillo, well done and hope we'll hear some more crooning from you in the future!
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TobinMueller said 2199 days ago (May 18th, 2011)
wet mouth
And here I always thought a wet mouth was kind of sexy...

...maybe white wine will work as well? I will try that the next time I sing. But, then again, why wait? Uncork the bottle now!
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Dadai.2 said 2199 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
lovesong for...

... the deep and introspective. I write that as a compliment because this is a song with such vulnerable lyrics; words, I would think, born of feelings and experience rather than idea. I can see you on that night plunking this out on the keyboard and singing your soul's heart out. Well done indeed.

Jack
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TobinMueller said 2195 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
vulnerable lyrics
Thanks. Yes, feelings and metaphorical interpretations of experience, most definitely. Most of my piano music tried to do this, but this own remans one of the most intimate.
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jdholliday said 2197 days ago (May 19th, 2011)
Beautiful!
I am so happy to hear this, such a personal piece to share, wonderful!
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TobinMueller said 2195 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
Personal piece
Thanks. One of the main reasons I wanted to add to this 2-track challenge was due to how I enjoyed your submissions. I'm glad you enjoyed this.
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PaulaMunk said 2197 days ago (May 19th, 2011)
So
romantic. It would be a show stopper as it might make your audience burst into tears of longing or remembrance. Thank you.
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TobinMueller said 2195 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
Romantic
a show stopped... and then I switch to my Ben Folds punk interpretations of heartache and break-up! So goes most shows nowadays, anyway... I appreciate your uplifting imagination. Back when I played and sang live, I would often start a set with this, try to get the audience attention quietly, usually in the second set. (I would follow with a faster tune, but that was before I had ever heard of Ben Folds.) THanks for the nice comments.
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paul f. page said 2197 days ago (May 19th, 2011)
Exquisite
I am so glad I found this song tonight...Not so much because I needed it, but because it is just so elegant in every possible way. I haven't read such thoughtful, tender, and poignant lyrics in a long time, words drawn (no doubt) from your own experience and poetically rendered just so elegantly yet simply. ... The single piano/guitar was such a wise choice for accompaniment. It never obscures your vocal/the words, but adds a delicate charm behind that line, one that is sometimes just a tad dissonant, almost like the lyrics themselves -- kind of a longing, a bit of sadness, a bit of need, a bit of hope, a lot of love. It is so nice to hear something this beautifully rendered, this beautifully composed. That it still rings so true 30 years hence is a testament to its lasting beauty...and to your heart.
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TobinMueller said 2177 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
a song tonight
Good time of day to listen to this one. Thank you very much for your specific comments and heartfelt appreciation. I enjoy whenever you listen into my stuff. Piano brothers...
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jiguma said 2190 days ago (May 27th, 2011)
This feels like
I have some insight into how a "musical" tune might sound at the time it is born. This is a very cool piece of music - thanks for the insight into where your art/craft/emotion comes from.
Best wishes from Oz,
Neil
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TobinMueller said 2177 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Insight
Thanks. I like how the comment section on these songs weaves a narrative all its own. I never know where the conversation will lead. Thanks for commenting on the comments. Lots of time spent on that part, as well. Wishing you the best in your Land of Oz.
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tonestones said 2179 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
Beautifully
FIrst of all, your vocals are really well done. I love the lyrics. That nylon guitar patch isn't very convincing, but not bad for keyboard guitar. I'd love to hear this with a decent classical guitar/bass.

This is a gem, Tobin. I'm glad you shared it.
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TobinMueller said 2177 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Fretless
I asked Scott Carmichael to add his fretless bass to this, but he's too busy. I also have a version with bbarner playing clarinet, but it didn't add to the song, even tho it was interesting and well played. I still went back to this version. Feel free to do a version with your own guitar! I'd love to hear you cover this.
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