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Gondoliers: Try We Life-Long


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pianozach

 Genre: Opera

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Try We Life-Long from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers.

The original stereo track was recorded with 5 vocalists and me on piano in the Pillsbury's living room using a Direct-to-CD recorder. Vocalists are John Pillsbury, Tara McGrath, Tamara Ashton, Jeff Berg and Mike Freed, all members of the Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company.

I took the track home, uploaded it into ProTools and added a small chamber orchestra (strings, bassoon and assorted percussion) one instrument at a time with the Roland XV-88. This is my second mix . . . I had to bring the instruments down a bit.

Artwork is for the upcoming production, poster created by John Pillsbury.
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Lyrics
Try we life-long, we can never
Straighten out life's tangled skein,
Why should we, in vain endeavour,
Guess and guess and guess again?

Life's a pudding full of plums,
Care's a canker that benumbs.
Life's a pudding full of plums,
Care's a canker that benumbs.

Wherefore waste our elocution
On impossible solution?
Life's a pleasant institution,
Let us take it as it comes,
Let us take it as it comes!

Set aside the dull enigma,
We shall guess it all too soon;
Failure brings no kind of stigma —
Dance we to another tune!
Dance we to another tune!

String the lyre and fill the cup,
Lest on sorrow we should sup,
String the lyre, fill the cup,
Lest on sorrow we should sup.

Hop and skip to Fancy's fiddle,
Hands across and down the middle —
Life's perhaps the only riddle
That we shrink from giving up!
Life's perhaps the only riddle
That we shrink from giving up!
Then take it as it comes,
Take it as it comes.

String the lyre, fill the cup,
Lest on sorrow we should sup.
Take life as it comes!
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Uploaded: Sep 09, 2011 - 08:17:32 PM
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2011 - 11:16:29 AM Last Played: Feb 18, 2019 - 02:27:29 PM
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Comments
Char said 2722 days ago (September 10th, 2011)
Characteristically
Gilbert and Sullivan. I never heard this song before. Thanks.
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papag said 2721 days ago (September 11th, 2011)
Get on the gondola
Quite the jaunty rendition. Pretty good stuff and live too. Can't wait to listen on headphones.

Thank you for letting me download :)
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Mosaica said 2719 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
G&S
Aha, not enough opera on MacJams! I have sung in this operetta a few times, but not this aria. Well mixed, and great vocals from the singers.
Check out my latest song called Repercussion
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