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Just for fun! I wanted to do a summer happy song as well as submit something into the dance category, but what was going to be a simple diddy ended up taking me 2 days of layering. (I'm working on some Asian pop tunes right now and this fit right in, can you tell?) You know how sometimes when you've been dancing for hours, you feel like if everyone could feel like that, just dance more and the world would be a better place? That's the basis of the song. Plus the idea of turning one's life around, like a dance. And extending hands, like what happens with strangers on the dance floor. Nothing profound, in fact, purposefully a little silly -- just meant to make you want to dance.

The artwork is a self-portrait, a puppet cutting his own strings. It looks just like me when I was 17 years old. (Yes, a Pinocchio geek. How often was I dangling above the dance floor then.. and tangling my strings?) - dedicated to Andy (who danced all the way thru my first mix of the tune).
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Turn it around
and see what's following you.
Turn it around;
find someone to talk too.
Turn it around
and watch the world surround you.
Turn it around.
Come turn it upside down.
Turn it around
and see where you are leading.
Turn it around.
Turn all the world around.

Dance - till all the strings unwind.
Dance - shake the weight off of your mind.
Dance without end.
Take someone's hand.
Dance to let go.
Dance without end.
Take someone's hand.
Dance with the flow.
Dance without end.
Take someone's hand.
Dance till you know.

Come and dance with me.
Feel how to be free.
You can dance this life.
You can feel alive.

Come and dance with me.
Feel how to be free.
Come and dance this life
just to feel alive.

Dance, dance.

Turn it around.
Round and round and round and round.
Just turn around. Turn yourself around.
Turn it around. Come turn the world around.
Turn it around.
Come turn the world around.
Turn it around.
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Uploaded: Jun 03, 2004 - 03:16:29 PM
Last Updated: Apr 06, 2007 - 12:28:42 PM Last Played: Jul 05, 2019 - 01:33:03 PM
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G4; Mackie board; EV mic; Roland a90ex controller
GB. My first version had no loops; but after I recorded the whole thing without loops, I went back and added more vocals and some sound effects loops just cuz I could resist.
said 5520 days ago (June 3rd, 2004)
Dave Gruzinesque
Reminds me of an American Indian folk song or even multi-cultural unification. I don't feel qualiified to critique your comps so I will just enjoy them.

XVERION said 5520 days ago (June 3rd, 2004)
This is a change from what I'm used to listening to from you Tobin! At first listen, it reminded me of a 70's t.v. show. Then I was thinking early Phil Collins. Great stuff as always!
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TobinMueller said 5520 days ago (June 3rd, 2004)
Phil would roll in his grave at such words. Oh, he isn't dead yet, is he...
Actually, my favorite part is the bridge, and, now that you mention it, it does
have Genesis overtones. Nice call. I was going for post-disco... which, Phil
falls into in a sort of pre-Disney sue sue sooya sort of way...
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said 5520 days ago (June 3rd, 2004)
Not Phil Collins . . .
. . . it's very Tony Banks. I enjoyed the synth effects
and production values most of all.

I enjoyed the song itself the least of all. I dunno, it's
a bit simple and obvious.
futzpucker said 5520 days ago (June 3rd, 2004)
Having listened to so much of your music I am taken by
your obvious depth of skill, your heart, which comes
through so strongly in your material, and your versatility.
You do a whole lot of stuff real darn well, Tobin. While this
is different from other material of yours I've heard, the
one consant is excellence.
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macapa said 5520 days ago (June 3rd, 2004)
Nicely made, as always. Very pro (also as always... :-) )

I dunno, I'm not sure about this, but I think I would have
liked to hear the beat a bit more. The percussion is a bit...
tinny... Which fits well with the song. (sorry for my choice
of words, I don't always know what to call everything in
English). But I would have liked to feel something
thumping at the same time, something with more bass.

I hope I'm somewhat making myself understood... Eeek.
TobinMueller said 5520 days ago (June 4th, 2004)
It definitely thumps in my speakers. EQing is such a difficult thing to
determine. The whole thing started as a House best parody, so I wanted a
thumping too. But it got to me by the time I was finished listening to it over
and over and probably toned it down for my own sanity.
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chikoppi said 5520 days ago (June 3rd, 2004)
High Marks
Way to handle the many complexities in the mix. Theres a lot going on in this piece but it plays like silk. As I've come to expect, something surprising, dynamic, and sublime.
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Ringo said 5519 days ago (June 4th, 2004)
Know exactly what you mean about dancing
I was a complete dancing fool at college. Still reckon that
you can't beat a good boogie...

Agree with Troy about Tony Banks.

I listen to most of this stuff on Sennheiser HD 25's and
they are pretty revealing. If I play this REALLY loud it
grooves but the treble is just a little high, I think, to the
point where some of the really cool sounds are obscured
by it (open hi hat is just a shade fierce). The bass is a little
light too. With dance stuff you almost can't have too much

Otherwise I think you hit the post disco thing on the head.

Good track.
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giovanni said 5518 days ago (June 5th, 2004)
So familiar...
So familiar in one respect and yet very different. I like
that! Favorite lyric: "Dance till all the strings unwind."
Cool line...
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TobinMueller said 5518 days ago (June 5th, 2004)
So familiar...
Yes, I was going for the familiar thing. Tried to tweek the synths to be
unique, tho. And the string lyric is what prompted me to use the puppet
cutting his own strings as song art. (And he really does look like me.)
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
alanfraser said 5517 days ago (June 6th, 2004)
Great fun!
Unpretentious and a great pleasure to hear. The drums
got a bit tiresome but that minor point is totally covered
by the fun you had with the vocals and overall
instrumentation, most of all the vocals. It's a good feeling
- Thanks.
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mulletsrock said 5513 days ago (June 10th, 2004)
fun fun
its great that a real player can just settle into the groove of a genre and not try and bust his chops to prpove he doesn't like where he is. you do a great job respecting and reveling in this dance of fun. sometimes dancing cna change a life, huh? i just learned it can help ward off alzheimers...
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CannonBallGuy said 5506 days ago (June 17th, 2004)
You have wowed me again! I love most of your stuff even
though it's all so different!
You have great skill.
I'm at a VERY musical school, but very few people can play
more than 1 instrument or 1 genre.
Keep this up!
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said 5468 days ago (July 25th, 2004)
Dance, indeed!
Very crisp definition with instrumentation. Voices need a
little more energy at the first "dance" refrain -- there is
much anticipation built up to this point but I'm left a little
flat here. The rest of the song works nicely.
_nderscore said 5466 days ago (July 27th, 2004)
snip, snip..
Mr. T-you've got mad "Muse" talent. i'd really like to see
you fiddle with MORE loops just to see what kind of stuff
comes out of your head.

serious beat on this one
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TobinMueller said 5312 days ago (December 28th, 2004)
snip, snip..
Thanks for the comments. I will take up your suggestion and work up a few
more looped tunes. It is totally fun to do, altho this one really is more MIDI
performed than loop based.
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Cameron said 5448 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
fun and different
I'm browsing through the Electronic/Dance genre and
came across this song which had been submitted several
days before I joined MacJams.

Finally listened to it today and I am continually amazed at
your musical versatility. The aspect of your tracks which
always shines through most of all is the unfailingly high
quality of production.

I liked a lot of the little hooks in this song but found the
main melody just a bit repetitive (for my tastes, anyway).
But everything is handled so artfully that this becomes a
very small thing.

Great puppet!!!
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TennesseeVic said 5324 days ago (December 16th, 2004)
Great pop song
Reminds me a bit of Todd Rundgren's solo works.
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SpasmodicMan said 5213 days ago (April 7th, 2005)
Dancing can save the world
Dancing in circles will save the world. As likely as any
other idea. Like all your details, the little things, sounds.
Care, even for such as this. Admirable.
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said 4934 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
is dance? This is a joke lol man your gay
VicDiesel said 2028 days ago (December 25th, 2013)
Turn turn turn
So my iphone was shuffling some random pop, which in my case means 1970s, four times out of five. And this song comes along and I don't recognize it, but I have so much crap, that's no surprise. And I sit there grooving and happen to look over at my phone and it's no 70s song, it's Tobin! Ok, a couple of the sounds should have given it away. Still, great piece of retro-pop.
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Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

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