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Emerald Path



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I have always loved New Age Celtic music. I tried to combine Chopin and a little boogie-woogie (see sections 2 and 3, respectively) with this tradition. I tried to balance different styles. I thought it was a nice pre-spring (winter) kind of song to share. It's kind of a spring moment bounding up amid mid-winter bleakness, like a crocus.

I was trying to play with register changes, to show the various sounds all up and down the keyboard, dancing between octaves. Also, I wrote this after seeing Riverdance. Maybe you can tell.

Artwork is by an ArtsForge friend of mine from Madison WI, David Camp, "Forest of Mirrors."

The Morning Whispers CD can be purchased from Simig Media, all proceeds from online sales go to Macjams.

Other songs from from this album (most are pre-mastered drafts) include:
Just Above Ground
Under A Western Sky
Morning Whispers
Eruption of Previous Life (tribute to Oscar Peterson)
I Sail On (I recorded a new improved version of this for 13 Masks)
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Uploaded: Jan 04, 2008 - 08:49:29 AM
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said 4307 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
Nice Listen
The beginning is very compelling with all those staccato runs, and I like the middle a lot (Chopin AND Boogie-Woogie? Who would have ever thought it?) And toward the end, where the music is very tonally rich, the whole thing is just swell. But.... this piano sound has a plastic-y quality that grates after a while (to my ears, anyway). Is this a software instrument?
TobinMueller said 4307 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
Yes, its the Ivory plugin, Yamaha Grand setting. (I noticed the software info is not registering on the page for some reason.) I know what you mean about the sound, like I'm pounding too much in places. Funny how the ear can desensitize to that sort of things after hundred playings... I mix my own emotions with what is coming out of the speakers, what is playing in my headphones, and hear something mixed with imagination. The bass is rich, the grand doesn't have the roundness of the Steinway patch, but has wonderful crystalline high end, which is why I used that setting for this song.
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Feter said 4307 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
Emerald Path
just Incedible facets of too many emotions and
feelings ...its like a diamond with too much
rainbow reflection .such awesome piece thnx for
sharin !!
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davisamerica said 4307 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
wow tobin
very cool and all there brother
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telefan said 4306 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
This is great -
thanks so much for sharing your tremendous talent. Great composition and performance.
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peacepiano said 4306 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Fine composition and piano playing. Always a pleasure to hear your playing.

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guitapick said 4305 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
I think they call this...

Just a fantastic composition and performance, Tobin.
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pablatone said 4305 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
This is so cool
Tobin, if I could play like that I would never get anything else done cause all I would ever do is play.
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notraditionmuskwerks said 4305 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
So Irish...
Well paint me green & buy me a Guiness!!!
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jiguma said 4305 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
Lovely stuff Tobin!
Sounds a little loud in the mid/upper ranges on my phones, but that may be their problem rather than the eq.

Fantastic playing too - saw Jon Cleary (plays piano with Bonnie Raitt) on TV the other night and realised how much I'd love to play keyboards in my next life.

Thanks for posting this Tobin.
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DWL said 4303 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
Wonderful playing
and you do all that with just 2 hands?

Nice to hear the full range of the piano used. I bet this is also a great piece visually with as much physical movement as there is musical.


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TobinMueller said 4300 days ago (January 11th, 2008)
Yes, one of my showmanship pieces. Liberace was one of my early heroes, when I was 6 or 7 years old. (He was from Wisconsin, as was I.) I could never believe such precise excellent playing came from a guy who smiled that much... Then I saw Chico Marx, as an early teen, and he became my fav. Then I saw Victor Borge and he eclipsed them all. I wish I had a better sense of humor.... Once I got into jazz and all the smiling was internalized.
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caroline said 4302 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
i felt as if i was
walking - and later dancing - barefoot on the emerald grass through that glade and amongst the trees - thank you x
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timothy devine said 4297 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Really nice
I totally envision a snow fall. One of those real nice ones where the soft snow accumulates, and then the thunder, and huge blasts of wind swirl to lift the storm to the next level. Returning back to the quite calm that comes with the fresh fallen blanket of endless white
peace comes
Thanks for this beautiful beautiful piano
nice playing
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TobinMueller said 4268 days ago (February 12th, 2008)
What a cool image. With the green hiding beneath. Thanks for that...
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said 4294 days ago (January 17th, 2008)
So impressive
Brings reality to the doorstep, I wish I could even attemp to play something so grand on piano! Great achievement Excellent!
stacey said 4289 days ago (January 22nd, 2008)
Wow again.
This is gorgeous. You are amazing as always.
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lavalamp said 4289 days ago (January 23rd, 2008)
Complete. Kind of a Bruce Hornsby sound mix with classical.
Great sound here.
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TobinMueller said 4268 days ago (February 12th, 2008)
Bruce Hornsby
I am a big Hornsby fan. Thanks for mentioning him. Isn't it great how everything we listen to, we appreciate, can come through in what we do? The synthesis of creation. We stand on so many shoulders...
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thetiler said 4268 days ago (February 13th, 2008)
I have been hearing a lot of different piano styles. But it seems like you have a style all your own. I get the feel of big city sounds in most of your tunes. I guess it's the broadway work you do professionally. But it seems to come out in a lot of your wonderful music. I enjoy typing away as I listen to your music. But as the tunes continues I think it further substantiates what I say. Broadway, big city, busy, a lot of that comes out in your music somehow.
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TobinMueller said 4266 days ago (February 14th, 2008)
Broadway sound
Sometimes I wish I could do something without a hint of Broadway coming thru. Then again, when I think of Broadway's roots, which include early jazz, popular songwriting from the 30-50s (a great era), music that brings characters to life, that tries to create a context for storytelling, I guess I can't really shake most of those roots either. I often get criticized by theatre critics for not writing music that sounds enough like Broadway (becuz I bring in so many other elements and always try to make it sound my own), I guess I can't win. At this point in my life, I just like writing/performing whatever it is I hear and try not to put too much of a spin on whatever that happens to be. Thanks for continuing to listen. I keep trying to grow as a composer.
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rsorensen said 4261 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
ive discovered some great new (to me) music! this one in particular is quite moving. some unorthodox but extremely creative and cool improv going on here. thanks!
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bonnieprincejohnny said 4260 days ago (February 20th, 2008)
Great playing and fine artwork. I was looking forward to the 'boogie-woogie' section and kinda deflated when it arrived - I like the auld boogie a la Pinetops or Albert Ammonds and I get the feeling that Chopin would've preferred a more traditional stride bass 12 bar take on this section. However a quality listen and aw the best to you Mr M.
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TobinMueller said 4245 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
Chopin's perspective
Your line "Chopin would've preferred a more traditional stride bass 12 bar take" made me smile. You are right, of course. But just the thought is such a fun place to go. Thanks.
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sschedra said 4258 days ago (February 22nd, 2008)
Captivating keyboard playing. Someone earlier complained about the Yamaha sound. That is typical of the Yamaha I think even in the real thing. But the crispness does show well when clarity counts. Your playing is just masterful and it works wonders.

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dirigent said 4254 days ago (February 26th, 2008)
Wow- this blows me away. Keith Jarrett and Frederic Chopin en concert ...
Magic playing, amazing track. Kudos to you!!
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TobinMueller said 4251 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Keith Jarrett meets Frederic Chopin
Very cool explanation. I love them both. Both are huge influences, not only technically, but as embedded emotional gurus who always live inside me. Thanks for the comment.
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said 4247 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
I really like piano music... This sounds great... Beautiful played... A great piece of music.... Fantastic... I like your music... Thanks for sharing it....
said 4245 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
Very Nice!
Very nice piano composition, I loved the sound of this piano. Enjoyed!

Thanks for sharing ...

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magnatone said 4237 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
You are FABULOUS! I'm just hearing you for the first time - don't know how I've missed you up till now. As a pianist, I'm really really impressed with your dynamics, control with simultaneous expansiveness, and wonderful compositional style. Oh dear - now I'm going to have to stop everything and see what else you've got! Thanks
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TobinMueller said 4213 days ago (April 7th, 2008)
Than you. And now I find out your lived in Rowayton 40 years ago. How cool is that. I look forward to exchanging stories. Can't believe that you and Suzanne had the same piano teacher in the 1960s!
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guygrooves said 4215 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
I have to be careful...
With your music as I may not get my jaw off the floor. Everything in moderation I guess. Amazing piece Tobin.
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paul f. page said 4159 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
...indeed! I don't know exactly why, Tobin, but I think I like this piano number just about the best of all the things I've heard you write. Maybe it's because there is a certainly clarity with the counterpoint even when you go two against threes (or whatever that is). I just enjoyed this very very much. It is so accessible. My only critical [in an academic sense] comment is that I think there are two distinct numbers here. I personally find that disconcerting, though you very adroitly bring back the original feeing in such a smooth manner. You are a real in your conceptualization of this. And your performance is par excellance. Nice.
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