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Forge A New Life - Part I


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TobinMueller

 Genre: Art Rock

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THIS IS THE OLDEST SURVIVNG SONG IN THE MACJAMS ARCHIVES! It was the 100th song submitted, my first MJ submission, but the earlier 99 have all been deleted or rendered unplayable due to format changes. Thanks for keeping the archives alive.

Wanting to stetch the boundaries of storytelling music, using clips and whatnot, I tried to capture the expectations and worry of life-changes in this song. Forge A New life - Part I is a song about fleeing an Eastern Europen country during Soviet occupation. But it's also about divorce and many other difficult escapes in my life. I have often had this nightmare/memory of standing across the street from my home watching my former life yet being unable to live it. I juxtapose the music as a way of explaining the undertow of expectation and artifice.

Forge A New Life - Part 2 is also posted, in case you want to keep listening...
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Lyrics
FORGE A NEW LIFE - PART 1

He stands there
across the wide road.
Just stands there,
looking in the window.

Every step from the subway to this very spot
he has counted them all. Open up my life.

He can't move on, one step closer and he's lost.
He can't turn away, take his life and turn it off.

What's behind the drawing curtain?
What's beyond the shadows cast?
Memories we know for certain.
Futures that will come to pass.

Working late every night, waiting for the right time,
hiding papers in an unlocked drawer,
slowly forging...

Forge a new life.
Forge a new life.

You, there... Do you have the right papers?
Are they correctly authorized?
Do you have the proper identification?
Where do you intend on going?

See the borders of your life.

At the boundaries of the world,
there's a man who checks your face.
If you're not who he expects
then your name's erased without a trace.

There I... at the gate.
There I... waiting.
There I... at the gate.
Do I... pass?

What's behind the drawing curtain?
What's beyond the shadows cast?
Memories we know for certain;
Futures that will come to pass.

Working late every night, waiting for the right time,
hiding papers under lock and key.
Lock and key.

Forge a new life.
Forge a new life.
Song Stats
Hits: 8848
Comments: 20
Fans: 12
Plays: 579
Downloads: 219
Votes: 37
Uploaded: Jan 28, 2004 - 04:40:40 PM
Last Updated: Feb 06, 2009 - 01:00:07 PM Last Played: Jan 10, 2017 - 08:46:59 PM
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Hardware:
G4
Software:
GB; Live 3; GB and PowerFX loops; GB software MIDI instruments.
Comments
cisneros2 said 5034 days ago (February 12th, 2004)
splendid
hey, thought this was top notch... I don't know if you're familiar with
Alejandro Escovedo, but this reminded me a lot of some of his stuff.
Normally, he's in the alternative country genre (with lots of strings), but he's
also written a musical called "By the Hand of the Father" which I think you
might be interested in.

Anyway, bravo! Enjoyed it immensely.

cisneros2
Cisneros said 5033 days ago (February 12th, 2004)
Out of our league
Man, I don't really know what to say. This is really an amazing piece. I am
humbled.

I would have to agree with my Cisneros2 pal, that I hear a lot of Escovedo
similarities, but I really hear a lot of David Bowie in the vocal melodies. As they
say on this site, it's not exactly my genre of music, but obviously you are
accomplished at song writing.

Excellent work.

Cisneros (the other one)
jcroft said 5029 days ago (February 16th, 2004)
Great!
Brilliant. That's really all I have to say. :)
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ted said 5027 days ago (February 18th, 2004)
Brilliant
nicely done, simple as it is true. Your voice has a new edge to it.
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Magician said 5012 days ago (March 5th, 2004)
Wonderful
You have captured the feel of musical theatre. I enjoyed listening to this very much. Keep going!
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Suzanne said 4997 days ago (March 19th, 2004)
amazing
can't believe how much work you put into this, what with all the environmental sounds, complex music themes, and different harmonies and even a border guard! and yet it doesn't seem forced over overwrought. it flows and is wonderful. i can feel what you went thru getting out of a country that locked you in. thank you for another great piece of music, piece of your life.---morning girl
Check out my latest song called Rock The Baby With Voodoo (w/Tobin)
fosod said 4848 days ago (August 15th, 2004)
Tobin
You're such a Tobin. Gosh, everything you write has SUCH
a distinct feel to it. You took an overused Garageband
loop and really turned it into something interesting. You
have such an ability to 'score' stuff. I know we come from
really TOTALLY different frames of musical reference... but
I think it's really neat that I can't appreciate something as
foreign to my musical perspective as this. And it's 100%
attributable to the artist--You! Great stuff. Some of the
harmonies are really interesting... I'm left wondering,
though, was any of the stuff on the strings hand written or
all loops?

Also, the spoken word part.... whacko! Great post. I like
the restrained voice too.

kindly kind,
mister fosod.
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TobinMueller said 4840 days ago (August 24th, 2004)
Tobin
Thanks fosod. I love your comments. As for the strings, ever note is a loop,
or was, originally. I cut and pasted, transposed and revamped so that it
would all turn out the way I wanted. Many loops are reconstituted after a few
notes were transposed internally, or they were grafted onto/into portions of
other loops. I listened to string quartet loops for hours to find the portions I
was seeking. Crazy amount of work. But it was my first use of the software,
this song, and I wanted to stretch it to the limit.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Anonymous said 4697 days ago (January 14th, 2005)
That String Loop in the beginning is My Favorite!
You Picked my favorite string loop in Garage Band!!!!

I love that one!!! And you used it so well that it was hard for me to put my finger on it, and the other strings embedded in your enmeshment.

Well I am new to the mac music community, and this happens to be the first piece of yours that I have checked out. I have to admit that I don't quite feel confident to qualify about your work looking at your credentials. Really Impressive. Then as I am sitting here writting this comment I remember: "he uses garage band........so we are on the same level."

But Quite honestly............I enjoyed the piece as I think that it was musically analagous to the theme of "fleeing an Eastern European Soviet Country, and divorce".
You wouldn't tend to equate these two experiences with one another, would you?

Nice Job with the voice dubs as well. I like how the just kind of snuck in and out.

I certainly have expectations that I can learn a lot from you.

Sincerely,
Johnathan J. Stegeman
MidiMacMan.
Anonymous said 4697 days ago (January 14th, 2005)
You Picked my favorite string loop in Garage Band
You Picked my favorite string loop in Garage Band!!!!

I love that one!!! And you used it so well that it was hard for me to put my finger on it!

Well I am new to the mac music community, and this happens to be the first piece of yours that I have checked out. I have to admit that I don't quite feel confident to qualify about your work looking at your credentials. Really Impressive. Then as I am sitting here writting this comment I remember: "he uses garage band........so we are on the same level."

But Quite honestly............I enjoyed the piece as I think that it was musically analagous to the theme of "fleeing an Eastern European Soviet Country, and divorce".
You wouldn't tend to equate these two experiences with one another, would you?

Nice Job with the voice dubs as well. I like how the just kind of snuck in and out.

I certainly have expectations that I can learn a lot from you.

Sincerely,
Johnathan J. Stegeman
MidiMacMan.
TobinMueller said 4652 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
You Picked my favorite string loop in Garage Band
Equating the two, they are frightening/opening life changing actions that on
an intuitive level somewhere beyond words seemed to inform the other inside
me. Thanks for your careful listen.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
thetiler said 4653 days ago (February 27th, 2005)
Thanks for sharing
I was taken by the avant-garde of it. You put a lot of work
on your tunes it seems. Things like that siren etc.
You really seem to be an explorer, going into loops when
the need requires it even though you are a pianist with
lost of talent.
I have been trying to figure out who you voice sounds like.
I think you two artists have different personalities and of
course different tasts in music but your voice sound very
similar to Larry Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers. Of course
they are known for having terrific harmonies etc.

Thanks for sharing this tune that is so deep and personal!

Interesting that you ended the song with the rich melody.
Kind of signifying a happier time. Also showing what I
think is more of your standard.

Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
TobinMueller said 4652 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
Thanks for sharing
Yes, I put a lot of thought and time into this, my first attempt to use a
different style of songwriting that fits this new (for me) technology of using
loops, samples, computers. I thought the effort deserved a lot of work... and I
found my imagination wanting to go new places because of the technology. I
always thought I had a cowboy voice, so I get what you're saying about the
Gatlins. Thanks.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
selters said 4324 days ago (January 21st, 2006)
great stuff!
the violins freak me out. And the speaking voice in my right channel were alsp a bit freaky. This was actually just one crazy piece!!! REALLY CRAZY SPACY!
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composerclark said 4171 days ago (June 23rd, 2006)
Brilliant!
Love the zany hustle and bustle of it all, with the myriad of sonic cultures
all coexisting. A little bit like walking down the street on a hot day in
summer, hearing lots of different kinds of music through open windows,
all kind of melding together.

I've never attempted a looped piece, and I absolutely MUST figure out how
to do so!

Not convinced about the genre label. Maybe if you got Neil Diamond to
sing this; then it might sound like "adult contemporary!" Give the guy a
call!
Check out my latest song called A Little Song About Our Mom
SpasmodicMan said 3932 days ago (February 17th, 2007)
#100
The singing is way too musical theater loungy guy for me, not quite Bowie enough, but the grooves and use of extra samples, specially Rod, and the whole storytelling scene is so good, so full, so filmlike, nice. Thanks to Alimar for linking this from his 30k thread or I would never have traveled back into nthe Twilight Zone to listen. Maybe loops aint so bad afterall...
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ageofthedeathtree said 3423 days ago (July 11th, 2008)
WOW!
amazing tune tobin! i love this! the strings are awesome, dynamic, and well thought out. the vocals are perfect, and the lyrics amazing! great clips too!!!!

age
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TobinMueller said 3416 days ago (July 18th, 2008)
Fresh ears
Thanks. It's so cool to have someone stop by the OLDEST SONG on MJ. It gives it a fresh face for me, knowing there are fresh ears.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Relic67 said 2998 days ago (September 9th, 2009)
the grandaddy of them all
Very interesting song. strings sound really great.
trippy and majestic sounding. glad I checked out the oldest song on MacJams!!
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TobinMueller said 2996 days ago (September 11th, 2009)
Update
Thanks. Please note that I've updated the song here:
http://www.macjams.com/song/50226
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Name: Tobin Mueller
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I am a professional musician, composer, playwright and director. I've led a charmed life. I'm married to fellow MJer Suzanne and MJer Twonicus is my son, who currently sings and writes for rock bands in the NYC, D.C. and Cleveland areas. My second s... [see more]

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Art rock is a sub-genre of rock music that is characterized by ambitious lyrical themes and melodic or rhythmic experimentation, often extending beyond standard pop song forms and toward influences in jazz, classical, or the avant-garde. The art rock

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