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Door In My Heart (v2)



 Genre: Ballad

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This is the latest version that I used for my album released on The Lost Records, A BIT OF LIGHT. I added organ (the biggest change) and remastered the track, bringing up the level and adding some clarity. I've always really liked these lyrics. I think the organ lifts the song emotionally.

I wrote it during my Steve Sondheim stage, when I was into dense lyrics. My son, Anton (twonicus), helps with the higher harmonies. I wrote the song shortly after meeting Suzanne in early 2001. When I had recorded my first demo, we played it while driving down the West Side Highway and sang along at the top of our lungs with the windows open (I haven't done that since a teenager, nor have I since). Kind of our own little Hungarian Rhapsody moment. That's when I knew she really liked it.

Earlier version: Door In My Heart (03/2004).

This track was remastered and appears on my 2007 release, A Bit Of Light, available through CDBaby.
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What changes us, arranges us,
soon estranges all we once held near,
justifies our want and lapse,
these boundaries called a man?

What merges us, and furthers us,
then diverges from what was once dear,
binding what we are to what we fear?

What chooses us, excuses us,
then confuses what was once so clear,
tearing up in daily life
answers once so true and real?

What traces us, embraces us,
then replaces in one silent tear
the ocean of a living soul...
when love is locked away?

There’s a door in my heart,
a door without a key.

What summons us, condenses us,
and shatters self-defenses thus?
What can bring us joy again
if love is locked away?

I thought I’d lived all that I could of life...
and then you walked in.

There’s a door in my heart and it’s opened to you.
There’s a door to that greater part of me.
There’s a door that was locked and hidden away.
Only you take me through that threshold.
Only you open up the world.

Open up that secret world.

What dreams us, forms between us,
what redeems us in this happy way?
What makes us worth our lives again,
if love is locked away?

©2001, 2007 Tobin James Mueller
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Uploaded: Sep 10, 2007 - 09:53:12 AM
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2009 - 08:36:40 PM Last Played: May 14, 2017 - 08:28:29 PM
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lengold said 3665 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
I would
love to be able to write songs like this when I grow up. A great professional sounding show tune played, sung and produced beautifully. Yes, the organ fits perfectly and the panning of it is very interesting.
(I only wish that I could have heard it all the way through and not in dribs and drabs - tried to download but timed out?)

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TobinMueller said 3665 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
Showtune anthem
Yes, a showtune anthem. Sorry about the dribs and drabs. Let me know if you want me to email you an mp3 (can you receive a 5.5Mb file?)
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said 3665 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
Great !
Wonderful song Mr. Tobin, the music sounds really great to my ears, you vocal here is very nice, i haven't got the real chance to listen to the previous version but sure i will when i have time ! Enjoyed

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Suzanne said 3665 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
youre right. i love this song.
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TobinMueller said 2984 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
"mmm" back at you, Suzanne!
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dolby said 3664 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
...this is very intresting.

Very high standard indeed. Not my cup of tea this kind of stuff at all, but I can see the quality oozing through.

Congratulations on a great composition. Professional standard music.

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TobinMueller said 2984 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
Thanks. I appreciate you listening.
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Feter said 3664 days ago (September 11th, 2007)
Door In My Heart
just awesome song ..I was so satisfied with
the organ and the pure singin and hamronies
but with the wide playin insteruments ..it
turn so perfect ..cool production ..the organ
addin alot ! KUDOS my friend !
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thoddi said 3664 days ago (September 11th, 2007)
I notice what has become sort of a signature sound for you. The piano has a very distinct and clear sound, and you play every note with great precision. Every little detail in both singing and instrumentation seems to have your full attention at all time.

I'm guessing you keep your wardrobe lined up in perfect order;)

I like that you have made the song dynamic with it's late entrance of the full band. The magic of that brought a little chill (positive) my way:)

And I applause to the way you let your voice almost break when you sing "Only you open up the world". And again perfectly placed (to the meaning of the songs lyrics), even though I suspect it wasn't intentional at first? You should do more of that.. let your self be a little naughty sometime;) I think it brings more warmth and nearness to your music when you do that.

Very good melody. I could easily see this performed in a theater as a part of a dramatized play.
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Ibstrat said 3663 days ago (September 11th, 2007)
Wonderful song
Great piece of writing here.Harmony is beautiful(both the vocal harmonies and harmonic progression.)
Are you planning on using this in some sort of theater production,or is it a stand-alone piece?
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TobinMueller said 2984 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
Your comments made me smile. Thanks for noticing all those details. I was always worried that the late entrance of the band was too late, but I didn't want to mess up the intimate feel of the verses with anything else. I hope the timing of the sudden entrance works.
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Scott Carmichael said 3663 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
Hey Tobin
when I look at the body of your work, (that I'm familiar with), I notice that your melodies often follow a mode... which I can't identify because I'm not musically educated.... the result is a very modern and sophisticated sounding... this song,on the other hand, is more simple in it offering... the intro is less complex and more accessible to the mainstream ear.... and the melody really flows naturally... I still recognize something of your signature sound... the emotional build is brilliantly performed and produced... your one of my favorite producers on the net... I would pick you to produce me, if I had a deal or some such thing... you pay attention to the minutia without loosing sight of the whole... and you've had your ears all over everything, so you are able to authentically cover so much ground...
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TobinMueller said 2984 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
I purposefully set out with this song to create a balanced melody in the style of an English anthem, which made me shy away from my usual leaning toward slightly modal or internal key change movement. Also, since this song is fairly wordy, I wanted to keep the melody balanced and chromatic, so as not to compete.

I would totally dig being able to produce you, by the way. I am a huge fan of your writing, performance and spirit.
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guitapick said 3663 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
...I always listen first and then read the description. During the listen, I'm thinking: "...bet he likes Sondheim".

Beautiful tune, Tobin. Orchestration/performance/production's spot on and the lyrics are so well thought out and from the heart.

Kudos, sir...
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Ed Hannifin said 3663 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
This one really shows off...
...your lyric writing abilities... Really solid there...

You sound a little hoarse at spots here, or is that my ears? A different quality in the voice at times... And I'm not complaining...the vocal sounds very real...

Nice big anthem quality... Gotta get this on that next Mandy Potemkin (sp?) album... It certainly continues from that Tobin place of strength in theatrical music...

Very strong...

Ed Hannifin said 3663 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
Oh yeah,
and that's another great Tobin photo...
TobinMueller said 3662 days ago (September 13th, 2007)
Mandy Patinkin
He has a great album where most every song is arranged with thoughtful care, Experiment. If you like that sort of thing, check it out. He made me cry with his rendition of "A Little Bit Of Earth," in Secret Garden. I'll have to send him a copy, now that I think about it. Thanks for the idea...

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jiguma said 3662 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
Sheer class Tobin
Beautiful tune, beautifully performed and produced.
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echoroom said 3661 days ago (September 14th, 2007)
Dont think i've heard you sing before Tobin, so the cd was a real surprise! Lovely vocals and melodies, and great wordsmithery - nice work.

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TobinMueller said 2984 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
I sing all my demos but always prefer to have a "real" singer sing my songs. Seeing so many of them performed on stage by such great actors, my belief that others do a better job, and add elements I could not, reiterates my belief. As I get older, I also am tending toward instrumentals, not just becuz my voice is slowly deteriorating, but becuz the effort of recording vocals becomes less appealing to me. But I truly appreciate that you enjoyed this. Thanks.
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said 3656 days ago (September 19th, 2007)
Absotively lovely!
Wow. Nice stuff Tobin. Really excellent singing throughout. It's obvious you believe the things you're singing about. Your conviction shines on through! Great arrangement. Fabulous vocal harmonies. Awesome production. ENCORE!!!

Be well!
TobinMueller said 3164 days ago (January 23rd, 2009)
Thanks. As for encores... This track was remastered and appears on my 2007 release, A Bit Of Light, available through CDBaby.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
said 3647 days ago (September 28th, 2007)
surprise me EVERYTIME I listen to you. ANY genre you write in you sound amazing! Your so diverse in your abilities. Execellent piece.
Thanks for sharing!

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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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