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Bring On The Storm


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TobinMueller

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"Bring On The Storm" contains the phrase "a bit of light" which became the title of my latest CD: A BIT OF LIGHT.

Some of the backing vocals lyrics can get lost in the shuffle, so please take a look at the lyrics below. The background rhymes are some of my favorites I've done.

This song began as a tango for a film I scored, the only one that didn't use violin. I decided to fill it out with vocals and got carried away. I was also listening to Jon Anderson and Vangelis at the time, if you can hear the influences. One of my favorite aspects of this song is the build and fade, like a storm passing. I also enjoyed the vocal harmonies - singing them made me feel like I was buoyed by wind and cloud.

Other songs that started as film scores (to the same film) include:
Be My Love
Tango (The Dance)

A BIT OF LIGHT is progressive folk fusion, a mixture of rock, jazz, folk and prog. Other MJ contributers musically are: McBoy, TEXASFEEL (John Luper), Thoddi (Thor Oliverson), Komrade K (Martyn Kember-Smith), bbarner (Bill Barner) and other NYC friends, including the excellent jazz sax player Donny McCaslin and Belgium violinst Entcho Todorov.

This track was remastered and appears on my 2007 release, A Bit Of Light, available through CDBaby.
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Lyrics
BRING ON THE STORM

Cover me like rain.
Run me along the streets.
Cover me, wash me over like thunder.
Catch in your palm every sweet grain and leaf.
Trace me around the jagged edge of light...

Face me, trace me, grace me with the jagged edge of light

...cauterize the distance between
this storm and me,
between every echo.

And like the rain I touch the glass.
And like the rain I fall too fast.
And like the rain I take a bit of light from heaven.

And as the rain that falls away
I soon grow cold and cannot say
And all my brittle little life dries on my tongue.

Please shape me, aweigh me, translate me into illusion.
Mutate me, satiate me, lib’rate me with your confusion.

Inflate me, filtrate me, anticipate me like the winds.
Radiate me, ideate me, permeate my soiled dusty sins.

Cover me. Give me shape, give me form.
Cover me. Let me drape my heart around the coming of the storm.

Bring on the storm.

...like the rain I touch
...like the rain I fall
...like the rain I take a bit of light from heaven.

...as the rain that falls away
...I soon grow cold and cannot say
...all my brittle life... dries away.

©2007 Tobin Mueller
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Comments: 35
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Plays: 384
Downloads: 179
Votes: 12
Uploaded: Oct 25, 2007 - 01:08:38 PM
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2009 - 07:34:00 AM Last Played: Feb 26, 2017 - 11:20:42 AM
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Comments
said 3677 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
Great !
Mr. Tobin, as it's one of your favorite music works, it's one of my most favorite songs not just from your songs, at MacJams too ..

Just wonderful, the beats so clear and fits, the vocal is very very beautiful. This is very great song sir. Loved it from all the sides and here's my 10's

Take Care
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Yeman Auf Al-Rawi

thoddi said 3677 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
storming
Comparing the build of the song to variations in strength of the wind on a rainy day. As I enjoy when such weather keeps its wildest horses indoors, I also appreciated that the strongest winds where held back in your song. Your backing vocals are spot on, and very well placed in the mix.
You have a special gift with words Tobin. The metaphors you use are strong and vivid, and shows that you are in touch with who you are in relation with all that we are.

All the best:)
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TobinMueller said 3674 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
Restraint
Thanks for you cool comment "I also appreciated that the strongest winds were held back." I am a big fan of Debussy who taught me restraint and the emotional power holding back brings. I'm also proud of the way the metaphor of rain/storm kind of flips perspectives imperceptibly, as if I am both part of and anticipating the storm, like love and its anticipations. I wanted to make this visceral, and rain on the window was where I started when I first began writing the lyrics.
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davisamerica said 3677 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
very nice indeed
love your lyrics and they vocal inter play is wonderful...of course there is the music..simply great. so much talent
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TobinMueller said 3041 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
Lyrics
Thanks. I worked on the lyrics,even tho many of them are lost in the background. Still, I knew they were there and wanted them to swirl in the background with seething yet translucent meaning. Glad you liked them.
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peacepiano said 3677 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
Good Stuff
A lot of good things going on here :)

I would like to highlight the vocal harmonies, the chorus features high quality harmonies you hardly ever hear in other music. Even Broadway music often skimps on the harmonies and goes for simpler more pop music sounding choruses. This is a real treat for the ear.

Thanks
Bill
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TobinMueller said 3674 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
Harmonies
Your comment that "even Broadway music often skimps on the harmonies" is very true. More recently, I am saddened by how often duets are sung in unison and how most choral arrangements are held to 2-part harmonies. As if audiences couldn't comprehend more. It might also have to do with rehearsal time, which is always getting shortened. Thanks for noticing the harmonies. After the great sound Crosby, Stills & Nash got, and Yes' lush studio recordings, I'm surprised more rock doesn't try for harmonic stylings. Lots of emotions can be had with a surprising harmony note.
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lengold said 3677 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
More
joined up writing. Excellent in every way and spot on production.
Cheers
Len


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Feter said 3677 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
Bring On The Storm
sweet guitar work n the start ..the singin very
soulfull ..genuine a word to give to this song !

just wonderfull !
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said 3677 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
a clinic
on composition and chord progressions. very nice. i dont know what else to say. floored by the music....
TobinMueller said 3674 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
chord progressions
Thanks. I paid special attention to the bass notes on this one, played by a drop string bass guitar, which makes it sound unique.
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michael2 said 3677 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
very nice
i especially like the intro, very haunting.the rhythm is very hypnotic. haven't heard the Jon Anderson/Vangelis collab, but I can imagine it being in this vein. great job Tobin.
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Scott Carmichael said 3677 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
I would be proud
If this I was listed as the writer... but the vocal arrangment is where this really shines... I have to, say when your voice becomes softer & tender in the "Like the rain" section.. It may be my favorite vocal work of yours to date... your musical arrangments and composiions are so smart and schooled... but this does not become steril or clinical... you pay great attention to the eb and flow, and it is certainly dictated by the content... this frames the lyric and main thrust of the song so well...

"cauterize the distance between
this storm and me,
between ev%u2019ry echo"

this section is brilliant... and subtle

and the vocal layers on "bring on the storm" are stunning... as good as it gets... wonderfully performed as well as concieved
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TobinMueller said 3674 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
on my tongue
I have trouble enjoying my solo voice, and feel more comfortable hearing my voice when I'm doubling myself or singing harmonies. I like the "like the rain" part, tho. Also, I like the way I went into falsetto on the word "tongue" (which I did becuz I was running our of air and had to, but I ended up liking it better that way, a happy accident) on the stanza:

And as the rain that falls away
I soon grow cold and cannot say
And all my brittle little life dries on my tongue.

That section gives the text a more complex layer, almost ironic, in a nostalgic way. Thanks for your great comments and wonderful support.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
guitapick said 3677 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
It's all great, Tobin...
...just a wonderful song in every aspect...quite a talent, there...

:)
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J.A.Stewart said 3676 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
*Lightning* the Load...
Seeking shelter from the Storm of Life is one thing... but beseeching transmutation is not everyday fare for lyricists. Interesting concept.

Wonderfully performed and produced, with special kudos on the harmony work here. The shifting moods and movements... and the stops. It's all very good.

This is another theatrically powerful composition you've written, but I believe this is my favorite. It has so many wonderful elements going for it. ;)

--- Joe
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TobinMueller said 3674 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
the stops
Thanks for noticing the stops, the spaces. I love that in other people's work and often don't build in enough in my songs. When I'm writing for the theatre, I write them in all the time to enhance the actor's ability to make something out of the moment, but often don't afford myself the same time "to think" (which lets the listener think as well). Your comments and attention are much appreciated.
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Leon said 3676 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
This is...
the kind of song that usually leaves me speechless.... (long silence)

I relished every note of the instruments and vocals...
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Moviz said 3676 days ago (October 27th, 2007)
Beautiful
harmonies and rhythm and the arrangement is of course excellent.
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kristyjo said 3675 days ago (October 27th, 2007)
Fine poetry
That's the first thing I notice. I enjoy the contrast between the spare sections, and then the addition of percussion with the the vocal harmony parts. The guitar is absolutely wonderful. Interesting choice to use strictly vocal harmonizations, rather than adding string backgrounds.
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TobinMueller said 3674 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
What's not there
Thanks for the nice comments about the poetry. But a special thanks for noticing what's not there, what I left out (strings, doubling the vocals in anyway. etc). I usually put too much in an arrangement and was trying to avoid that here. I was going to do more accordion, and more piano chording, but then thought it best to stick with simple notes, letting some of the chords just imply themselves. (Also, nice job the the riddles in the forums.)
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said 3675 days ago (October 27th, 2007)
Jon Anderson's Summer Stock show
I know what you mean about your 'influences' for this, but I hear more unfairly-marginalised theater than prog. Really well sung, and very cleverly put together; I listened to it the day you posted it, but it took me a while to get comfy with it (one of my favorite things). You probably already know Jim Bauer/ The Weimarband/Dagmar, but if not, you certainly should.
TobinMueller said 3674 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
Jim Bauer
Thanks for the nice comments about musical theatre. It seems that no matter what genre I try, it always sounds a tad like musical theatre, which people usually consider a criticism. Thanks for making it a compliment.

I dig much of Bauer's Blue Flower, its progressive folk feel, the textures. Thanks for reminding me it. I'm off to iTunes to se if its listed...
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said 3674 days ago (October 29th, 2007)
Wonderfull

I love the melody , the vocals harmonies , the building of the song .
Generous creation .

TobinMueller said 3669 days ago (November 2nd, 2007)
Generous creation
Thanks. Your creations are all so generous, the perfect word for your work. I appreciate your particiaption a great deal.
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Doug Somers said 3673 days ago (October 29th, 2007)
Like wandering
through an enchanted forest, every turn brings an unexpected delight, whether in harmonic transition, change of tempo, harmony to solo, motion to stillness. Also reminds me somewhat of the fresh harmonies and guitar tunings used by the early CSNY (where the vocals cascade into harmony in the phrase starting "round the jagged edge..."). Authentic and powerful performance, lyrics and composition!
Thanks so much,
Doug
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koolpaw said 3672 days ago (October 30th, 2007)
wow
! =0

real "fusion" music. traveling all over the world within 4 mins with the music !
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Dj French Toast said 3671 days ago (October 31st, 2007)
wow
really love your vocal ...nice sweet song : )
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Helen Angel said 3670 days ago (November 1st, 2007)
Hi Tobin
I really like your music but I think your vocals are to loud. Your lyrics are meaningful but not mind blowing enough to take away from your amazing composition.
A good post non the less.

HA!
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TobinMueller said 3656 days ago (November 15th, 2007)
Vocals too loud
Agreed. If I had a better voice, this mix would work better...
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buckhorn said 3669 days ago (November 2nd, 2007)
Nice!
The many lush parts are contrasted my the sparten passeges, I like the fact that the vocal was focal point of the song abit like CSNY. Im guessing that was an artististic statement and decision and not an accident. "Progressive Folk Fussion" is a genre and a half. Continued Excellence.
Regards
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pablatone said 3668 days ago (November 3rd, 2007)
well that's different,
To be honest, at first I wasn't getting it, but before I could hit the stop button something drew me in, and now the more I listen to it the more I like it. This isn't background music. I think you should bring the instruments up too. Very good work Tobin, thanks for posting it.
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TobinMueller said 3656 days ago (November 15th, 2007)
"something drew me in"
Thanks for giving it time. You know, when you are recording/writing, you listen to your own song hundreds of times. Its hard to get inside the head of the first-time listener. I',m glad you weren't impatient and that you ended up liking the overall effect. I am flat, vocally, on that first stanza, but right myself by the end... (My retakes were worse, so I ended up going with this one)
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billykirsch said 2845 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Bring On The Storm
Your voice here is so good. Reminds me of Elvis Costello in Fairly Right (with Bajofondo - although your record is previous to that one), but better. LOVE the complex harmonies and vocal arrangement. The change @1:05 took me so by surprise. It's great to be surprised by music.
The midi instrumentation sounds good here, more natural (not using the bandoneon so prominently in the mix helps a lot I think).

Oh, and you have an acoustic bass here!

A pleasure to listen to your tango posts Tobin. I need to catch up with your other ones... it will take a while...

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TobinMueller said 2844 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
It's great to be surprised by music
Thanks. I always try to add an element of surprise, mainly out of trying to keep myself from being bored, but also becuz I nearly always try to add something unique or leaning toward the new when I write music. So glad your ears found it.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
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