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Alma Mahler Sings to P. Diddy


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This song came pretty much out of nowhere earlier this fall. I actually know very little about Alma Mahler--other than she was a composer like her husband but didn't produce much other than a whole lot of love affairs. After I wrote it, I found on the Internet that Tom Lehrer had written a song about her too, called "Alma." His song, however, is funny: this one (other than the title) really isn't.
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I gave up so much for love
I had a career, you know
They called me the Angel Sent from Above
They raved at my debut show

I gave up so much for him
I had other men before
I remember the aftershave still on my skin
When I'd stumble back home and unlock my door

Take me away, Diddy, take me away
We don't need armies of basses or contrabassoons
We could stay up all night
While the turntables play
And sleep in our furs until noon
Take me away

You are a businessman
Although you dabbled in song
And now that you're verging on becoming an also-ran
I sense that we'd get along fine

Cause we both know enough about pain
The way that obscurity feels
Like morphine dripped straight into your vein
Like yesterday's bread served up as a meal

Take me away, Diddy, take me away
We don't need armies of basses or contrabassoons
We could stay up all night
While the turntables play
And sleep in our furs until noon
Take me away
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Uploaded: Nov 19, 2009 - 11:01:44 PM
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2009 - 11:01:44 PM Last Played: May 31, 2019 - 05:32:37 AM
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Feter said 3504 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
Alma Mahler
A serious singer songwriter you are the piano
is so brilliant ...helping you deep vocal work
here wit the strings sections ...I m not sure
about the synth beats and effects ..wonderful
lyrics as always ...wonderful job ..thnx alot
for sharin !!!!
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johnwhitehead said 3504 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
Alma
Great lyric. Feels like a musical theatre song, from the kind of musical I'd like to see (I don't like musicals all that much). Love the oboe interlude. And the Mahler-esque strings. You have amazing range as a songwriter.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 3504 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
Thanks Feter!
I agree with your skepticism about the scratching/drum machine/beat box sound effects: I was trying to unite the "Diddy" and "Mahler" sides of the song in the arrangement, but listening to it this morning, I could probably remove most of those percussive elements and it would be an improvement...
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Ed Hannifin said 3504 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
This is another one...
...that manages to have directness/simplicity while also being ambitious... No one's going to be listening and going, "[Sigh] Another Alma Mahler and P. Diddy song..."

And it's also wistful and emotionally affecting in the parts where you're singing...

Neat one, Michael....

Ed
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michaelkoppenheffer said 3504 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
The real question may be
Whether the world actually needs another Alma Mahler and P. Diddy song...but I appreciate you listening and commenting!
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Ed Hannifin said 3504 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
Maybe....
You could use 'Bride Of The Wind' as a graphic for this song....
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Roxylee said 3504 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
Interesting...
I hadn't known about her, but after hearing this song, went to wiki and read up, then listened to the Lehrer song. What struck me the most was not that she married 3 famous men, but she lost 3 children. Your story is most interesting, and the delivery of it brings out all the emotions she must have felt.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 3504 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
I didn't know about the children
That makes her even more tragic to me... Thanks for your kind comments. Where did you find the Lehrer song? I found the lyrics (by accident) after I wrote this one, but haven't heard the actual song.
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TERRAPLANE said 3504 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
Nice arrangement
Your acoustic sat out this one,, Perfect placement of the strings & wonderful piano playing,, of course the vox has excellent delivery .. thanks ,,T
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drakonis said 3504 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
thought provoking...
I have to admit, I too focused on Alma's workaholic husband (mostly by falling in love with his 1st symphony), and other than the awesome Tom Lehrer, she's remained obscure. This is an ambitious and complex piece, while remaining rather clean and sparse... which gets great marks in my book. Good singing through this, touching. The initial few seconds had stuff panned pretty hard R&L in my headphones, which was a little strange, but it soon settled in just fine.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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ConnieO said 3503 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
Alma
Went and listened to Lehrer's "Alma, tell us -- All American women are jealous..." ...Gustalf & Walter & Franz

Michael's Alma: 03:05...love the orchestration and nstruments ...your gifts are spectacular...voice, again gives goose bumps.
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magnatone said 3503 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
Alma
you have such a wide range of fabulous musical talents michael - i'm a true fan!
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awigze said 3503 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
Oh wow
This is inspired and vocally superb. Great. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
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dave_b said 3503 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
Alma Mahler Sings to P. Diddy
Cool concept, and the clever lyrics develop it perfectly. Your voice conveys the wistfulness of the topic. Melodically interesting, on top of some nice chord changes. Great job overall.
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ktb said 3503 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
what
Drak said. An ambitious effort deftly pulled together. I was entranced by your vocal. The music was outstanding. The subtle tensions just accentuated the following segments.
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Moviz said 3503 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
Sounds
as though this belongs in a stage musical, or film.... lovely and full of wonderful mental images and drama... love the treatment (apart from the opening boom, which nearly took my hearing away LOL). A really nice composition sung really well, regards M
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scaustrita said 3500 days ago (November 24th, 2009)
So Sweet
Fabulous voice Michael, my first time here and enjoying it! The falsetto is flawless, good arrangement too . . .

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Relic67 said 3493 days ago (November 30th, 2009)
wow...
sophisticated, kind of steven sondheim vibe in places. interesting melody, great singing.
agree that it would fit right in a musical. very theatrical, emotional.
the orchestral instruments sound very good - mind if I ask what you're using for those?

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michaelkoppenheffer said 3493 days ago (December 1st, 2009)
Thanks for visiting!
I wasn't really thinking musical theater when I wrote it but it definitely seems to have come out that way! The strings are two instances of plain old Logic EXS24 "String Ensemble Staccato" panned L and R (low part in one side, higher strings in the other), and the EXS24 Clarinet Legato. Plus I just got Native Instruments Akoustik piano plug-in on closeout sale, which is providing the upright piano...
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