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The latest version of this song can be found here: Crazy Story version 2 with Thoddi.

This is a song about obsession, when all you want is someone to narrate your concrete so you dont slide through the cracks... or float away in pieces. My two favorite parts: Donny McCaslin's head-spinning sax trio in the middle, and the unusual synth countermelody (and harmony) I came up with to bridge together the vocals. (I wanted something to defy harmonic rules and genre style, to create a sense of obsession and craziness without being atonal). It builds in this cool way toward the end. (I pull out all sorts of old synths, so I had a great time.) Kind of a jazz-fusion-acid tune with hip-hop percussion (well, I tried) but maybe because of the lyrics I decided to put it under Alternative. Please let me know if you think it should be in a different category. No loops. (And the bass synth doesnt ever repeat, exactly.) Art is Marquee by my lifelong friend Eric Green.

Donny also plays saxes (soprano sax this time) on Icarus and Icarus II (w/ TEXASFEEL on guitar)
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Lyrics
CRAZY STORY

Story.
Tell me a crazy story
to make sense of this day.
Don’t say little glories;
I don’t want to cheat that way.
Just your voice like a sidewalk beneath my feet,
narrate my concrete.
Please.

I want you to write me down.
I want you to read me aloud.
I want you to turn my pages.
Turn me, turn me
into a crazy story.
Turn me crazy. Crazy.

Want me too, on your lips.
Want me too, like breath from your mouth.
Want me too, for song, for praying.
I am yours; come play me crazy.

Tell me a crazy story.
Read me crazy. Crazy.

Prism hours like blades run across my skin,
tower like days too high for scaling.
So far away, your voice is failing.
The words of my life wait and wait and wait like crazy.
Crazy.

Come make me... crazy.
Come make me your crazy story.
Song Stats
Hits: 7495
Comments: 19
Fans: 12
Plays: 1131
Downloads: 279
Votes: 29
Uploaded: Jun 09, 2004 - 12:57:21 PM
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2006 - 12:53:39 PM Last Played: Sep 29, 2017 - 02:10:26 PM
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Hardware:
G4; Roland ex90; Super JV 1080; Korg Wavestation
Saxophones: Donny McCaslin
Software:
GB; DP4
Comments
SlimGirlFat said 4915 days ago (June 9th, 2004)
Nice Bass
I like this Tobin,
As always you are a master at your productions..
The bass is excellent as is the sax!
SlimGirlFat
TobinMueller said 4915 days ago (June 9th, 2004)
Nice Bass
Thanks. This is one of my favorite songs and I\'m really glad you like it. My
Hong Kong agent asked for a dozen dance tunes in 6 weeks, and they were
driving me nuts, so I did this one in 6 hours as a diversion, to center me
again.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Mcboy said 4915 days ago (June 9th, 2004)
funky crazy phat.......
get down Tobin.....go on with u r bad self......hehheh...
very weather reportish.....
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macapa said 4915 days ago (June 9th, 2004)
As always
As always, very good musicans on this song. The bass is
really really cool. Reminds me of song of the more mellow
Thomas Dolby songs.

Also, there is a level of complexity that is really nice (ie:
no loops in sight, and I believe it shows).
TobinMueller said 4713 days ago (December 28th, 2004)
As always
Didn't know any one else listened to Thomas Dolby. He always had a unique
sound to the textures of his songs. I tried to do this with the harmonic
aspects to the lines. Glad you liked it!
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Paul_T said 4915 days ago (June 9th, 2004)
Nice Tight Jam!
Another great one from Master Mueller! Amazingly together with some nice lively dynamics and a superb arrangement. Top O' The Heap!
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fosod said 4915 days ago (June 9th, 2004)
chord progression
is very sophisticated. drums sound awesome. is that a
loop? can i have it?
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TobinMueller said 4915 days ago (June 10th, 2004)
chord progression
No loops. Altho I did cut and past the MIDI drum groove.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
mulletsrock said 4915 days ago (June 10th, 2004)
wow, again
love the way it starts, the creeping haunting hunted up quality, the great bass playing, the crazy melody on elec piano, the sound variations and build, the explosion of that killer sax solo, and the ending. my favoitre song on the site so faar.
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Ringo said 4915 days ago (June 10th, 2004)
Supafunkigroovalicious!
The build towards the end really got the hairs
on the back of my neck....

Agree with Mcboy about the Weather Report feel here and
there.

Another cracking track!
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Cameron said 4910 days ago (June 14th, 2004)
well-balanced and flavorful
This song reminds me of a good meal expertly prepared.
Everything is top-quality, well-balanced with interesting
colors and spices included. This is indeed fine music,
produced and performed professionally.

I truly like pieces such as this, which don't fit into any
particular category or genre. It broadens and stretches the
listener, incorporating musical elements which people
aren't necessarily drawn to initially, but end up liking.

It's very important to expand one's musical horizons and
this piece does it beautifully.
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TobinMueller said 4713 days ago (December 28th, 2004)
well-balanced and flavorful
I also really like to cook, so the meal metaphor is well taken. My composition
professor in college told me I should never eat at a fast food place, learn to
cook gourmet meals, and be creative in all aspects of life. Actually, the
learning to cook line is the best advice she ever gave me. Thanks for
appreciating this piece, it is one of my favorites too.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Martin Colyer said 4706 days ago (January 4th, 2005)
Back to '77
Great Tom Scott/WR feel, lovely drum and bass. And the sax break is a killer...
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SpasmodicMan said 4650 days ago (March 1st, 2005)
Sax is worth the ticket
Just that way cool sax thing is worth the ticket. Cats, you
know some real cats. Love the delicate mixing of all these
sounds, the build of layers, and explosion of craziness,
the obsessive melody on the edge, the blades across my
skin spilling words that wait and wait and wait like crazy.
Know it.
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said 4539 days ago (June 21st, 2005)
killer track
the composition, lyrics and arrangement are vast, meaningful and of rare depth.

the sax was brilliant.

a note on the tone of the main overlay melody done heavily with keyboard sounds: i personally found it 'unbelongingly' synthetic even though you might be going for that retro sound. a clean electric guitar for the same melody there might give this track even more depth, just something to try...

killer track.


TobinMueller said 4336 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
killer track
Thanks for getting into the composition, I really appreciate that. I know what
you mean about the synth feel, having it be in a slightly different space (both
emotionally and instrumentally). I am working on a new collab that might fix
that, or bridge it, at least. Something along the lines of what I did with "Icarus."
Thanks for the encouragement.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
screamalexz said 4349 days ago (December 28th, 2005)
creative
really creative lyrics. i like the style. its got great lyrics, and really sounds unique. nice sax. i like how your voice works on this piece.
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screamalexz said 4349 days ago (December 28th, 2005)
creative
really creative lyrics. i like the style. its got great lyrics, and really sounds unique. nice sax. i like how your voice works on this piece.
Check out my latest song called Broken Spirit
saymme said 3280 days ago (December 1st, 2008)
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LOVE IT !!! not sure which version I like best the one w Thoddi or this after just a few listens They are both really Grand !!!! LOVE the sax bass Your singing... Magnific !! ! Tx My Pleasure totally : )
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