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Dare To Sing (AUDIOCRACY w/ Tadashi Togawa)


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This is one of two songs I wrote with my son (known as Twøn professionally, "twonicus" on Macjams) from the first AUDIOCRACY album. It all started with a little acoustic guitar figure he came up with, which I embellished and then added a whole new section B and C and outro vamp, etc. All acoustic guitar work on the track is my son (before his right hand was electrocuted and he could no longer play).

We then added lyrics. Twøn brought in some ideas, after we talked about them for hours on the phone. Half way thru singing them in, we got a better idea and morphed the song into something post-apocalyptic, a perfect final track for the CD. It started as just a songwriter trying to convince his girl not to leave, but ended up as a cry from the last Adam to his only prospective Eve. The melding of the two adds to the effect, I think. It's a cool back and forth between father and son, too (you'll be able to tell who the more youthful voice belongs to), both vocally and as a song-writing team.

After we sang everything in, I sent the track to Tadashi Togawa in Japan and he added three layers of guitars: the muted electric guitar that echoes around, the intro distortion lead, and the internal rhythm el. guitar and leads. Darren Chapmen added the fabulous outro guitar lead. It was at this point that we realized the entire track was recorded under the norm A=440 tuning. (It is actually A=400.) The guitarist had a difficult time playing in tune, which added to the strange feel of the track, perfect for the mood, I think, of floating past dreams and hope... and regret.

After all this was in, I added my re-tuned electric piano, synths and organs. And re-sang some stuff, layered harmonies, etc.,m and remixed. It has become one of the reviewers' favorite tracks, doing a nice job culminating the albums textual and musical themes. After all the crazy intellectual energy of many preceding tracks on the album, the repetition and vamp nature of the last section is soothing and, hopefully, thought-provoking. In context.

This track has since been remastered and appears on my 2008 release, AUDIOCDRACY: Revolution's Son, available through CDBaby. Reviews are available on the MJ BLOG: Member CD Reviews.

Many thanks, again, to Tadashi Togawa, Darren Chapmen, and Twøn. Best if listened in headphones. That minimizes some of the metallic saturation of the mp3. Of course, if you buy the CD and listen to it that way, you won't have to worry about mp3 distortions!
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Lyrics
VII. Dare To Sing (6:58)

Say it now say it now say it now say it now

Say the words just like you've always heard them
Say the words and you think you understand
A simple rhythm, just like an incantation
You move your lips along because you think its just a
song to sing when you're here with me

Hear it now, like at first, like you don't know how it ends
Listen closely to the way it makes you feel
Are these words that you've heard, meanings that you can defend
Have you ever really listened when you
Dare to sing when you're here with me?

Listen

Do you know
What is left
Behind the words
Here, unspoken?

Lean in to the motion
There's no other way to go

Say the words just like you've always heard them
Say the words and you think you understand
A simple rhythm, just like an incantation
You move your lips along because you think its just a song
Think its just a song

Hear it now
Like a story with an ending you can write
if you turn the ink to blood
All these words you pretend
Meanings that I can't forgive
Have you ever really listened when you dare to sing?
When you dare to sing?
When you dare to love me?

Revolution was my life.
Revolution was my death.
Revolution made of love.
Revolution... leave me alone. Leave me alone now.

Why bother to keep pretending?
All around us more and more is ending.
I don't want to be the last Adam
less you will be my only Eve.
Don't leave. Don't you leave.

Will you be my revolution? My private revolution.
Please. Please. Will you be my Eve?
Won't you be my Eve and dare are to sing?
Dare to sing?
Dare to sing...

©2007 Tobin & Anton Mueller

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Uploaded: Jul 07, 2008 - 11:06:19 AM
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2009 - 08:51:56 AM Last Played: Mar 24, 2017 - 01:52:04 PM
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Hardware:
Lead vocals, acoustic guitars, Olympia 5-string bass: Twøn
Vocals, organ, synths, percussion: Tobin Mueller
Electric guitars: Tadashi Togawa and Darren Chapman
Software:
DP, Logic
Comments
said 3273 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Dare to sing.
I can only comment if it sounds good as I am not an expert only been experimenting with music self taught for about just over 7 months.
And two my two ears it sounds really good.

Peace Dee.

thoddi said 3273 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
what great vocals
The obvious thing to notice is the powerful vocal achievements. Fabulous! Your voices are clearly closely related, and you sound very good together.

The arrangements of the perc and synths comes out balanced and supports the vocal arrangement in a good way, never getting in the way. The little melodies that appear on organ/synth adds some nice texture, as the guitar parts do. The different guitar parts are all well performed and with good timing.

Brilliantly mixed and produced as always Tobin:)
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TobinMueller said 2900 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
All in the family
I love singing with my son. My voice sounds much like by brother, Tim. I enjoy singing with him, too, but we live on opposite coasts and the occasions to duet are few and far between. Thanks for noticing the little melodic licks on the organ, etc., and the differing texture. I spent a lot of time trying to find the right sounds and placements of all these parts. Once TT laid in his part, I needed to step up my game and respond with uniquely musical phrases... to compete.
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dirigent said 3273 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Dare To Sing
Amazing musicality and a fine performance in each detail of the rich and lush arrangement. Powerful vocals and awesome vibe. Terrific track!!
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TobinMueller said 2900 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
"Amazing musicality"
Thanks. Lots of theatrical and opera-like influences on this one. I was hoping you would like that.
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Doadars Uncle said 3273 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Human
Beautiful evolution. It is so nicely produced! It's very much a painting.

Questions, echoes...

Deep! Inspiring! Speechless!

Doug
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TobinMueller said 2899 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
"Beautiful evolution."
Thanks. That's what I was going for. As the final track on the CD, it is both an epilogue and a new beginning, signaling a continuing story to come. Love your phrase "Beautiful evolution."
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guitapick said 3273 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Belongs on a CD...
...as is should be...beauty in power...great piece and brilliant performance, guys...
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TobinMueller said 2899 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Belongs on a CD...
Thanks. It was written specifically to end the AUDIOCRACY: Revolution's Son CD - available from CDBaby! It's been a very well reviewed track, too. (One of the more accessible, more universally liked tracks.)
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Feter said 3273 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Dare To Sing
this song give the real view for how a giant work
can be done .great building and strcutrue this song
has .I dunno why I still think this is very much
theatrical ..very nice piece of Art ..thnx alot for
sharin !!!!
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jiguma said 3273 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
A really good track Tobin ..
.. nothing new there! A very full sound even for you - there is a metallic mp3 sound (I would never have described it as that, but it is an accurate description) in there - very loud in the phones. Not something I usually notice in your songs Tobin.

It's a demanding listen - I'd have maybe liked a little more light and shade, but that's probably in the track order on the CD rather than this track in isolation. Excellent performances all round - Darren and Tadashi play very well in this context (as usual). Twn's vocals are strong and direct and his bass playing excellent- lovely keys.

Not my favourite of yours, but a really top song, performance and production!

Neil
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Vic Holman said 3273 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
love it!
very intricate through the phones. nicely layered and of course great playing. most impressive to me are the vocals and harmonies.

It's great when a father & son are able to work together, really shows how great a bond can be.

excellent team work throughout!
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Tom Atwood said 3272 days ago (July 8th, 2008)
Touching
More than anything, I find this to be a very touching piece, Tobin, for reasons that have less to do with the music, which is excellent (an All-Star band), and more to do with being a father. Since I have been "absent" the past couple of years, I had not followed the developments with Twon closely - his accident. But to hear the two of you (and Darren and Tadashi) giving this piece all you've got is really an inspiration.
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rsorensen said 3272 days ago (July 8th, 2008)
cool
love the cacophonic assault in the intro. really unique sound. great song.
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TobinMueller said 3271 days ago (July 9th, 2008)
Cacophony
The "cacophonic assault in the intro" is a statement of where the character is coming from, the culmination of revolution and violence, destruction and loss, and the disorientation resulting. I especially appreciate how my son's youthful voice ascends from the chaos, so wanting clarity. Searching for lasting love. There are a few moments like that in this track, I hope. Thanks. We tried nearly 5 separate ways to do this, and ended with what you hear. It took way longer than you'd think!
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HenriROGERsoloandbands said 3272 days ago (July 8th, 2008)
Sing

I'm fascinated by the notes that are sung .
It's very interesting how you searched the notes
like you would on a instrument , not the first
obvious note to play , something more complex .
The result is very rich .
Great track .



E-Frame Wrecker said 3272 days ago (July 9th, 2008)
You guys are really good
I mean REALLY good. Have you ever heard of "Kevin Gilbert". He grew up in my neighborhood and we all played music growing up, but he was miles ahead of the rest of us. He has since passed away, but he did manage to win a grammy with Cheryl Crow and put out several amazing CD's. If you need more info let me know. Definitely would be of interest to you.

Great song, lots of elements here. Genius at work!
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TobinMueller said 3271 days ago (July 9th, 2008)
Kevin Gilbert
Wo, Kevin Gilbert is one of my all-time favorites. His album Thud! was my favorite album on 1999. Thanks so much for mentioning him. So cool that you knew him, shared music. Such a loss. His mastery of combining audio ideas with a story concept is something I admire and appreciate.
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buckhorn said 3271 days ago (July 9th, 2008)
Super Group
Dynamite Epic Tune. So cool of you to do a project with your son. By the time my kids are old enough to jam with, I'll be the one in diapers. Nice to hear Tadashi in the Mix.
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Foinix said 3271 days ago (July 9th, 2008)
Dare to Sing
wow! How in the universe did we miss this one?!? brilliant work all of you. LOVE drums in this, great vocals and lyrics. Love the kind of mid-eastern feel to it. it all sounds very balanced to my ears. great tune guys!
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said 3271 days ago (July 9th, 2008)
Special
Music with Tadashi, one of my favorite artists, and this is a very cool song your vocal is grand...
Ibstrat said 3270 days ago (July 10th, 2008)
Powerful
well written song.Reminds me of thematic bands like Genesis.If the rest of the cd is this good it's got to be great.Excellent guitar work and vocals.
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TobinMueller said 3270 days ago (July 10th, 2008)
Rest of the album
Thanks. I think several tracks are better than this one, actually. Here is a list of all reviews I know of: AUDIOCRACY reviewed. You can buy the CD via CDBaby!
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Tadashi Togawa said 3270 days ago (July 10th, 2008)
Wonderful mix
and wonderful artwork. The song is wonderful.
Thank you very much.

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TobinMueller said 3073 days ago (January 23rd, 2009)
Taking part
...and thanks so much for accepting my invitation to collab on this. Your contribution altered the sonic landscape in a very inspiring way for me.
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dajama said 3270 days ago (July 10th, 2008)
Nice track
The sound and production overall is terrific. The track has a really rich, balanced sound to my ears. The instruments sound great. I especially like the acoustic sounds. Excellent vocal performances here, two great voices, sparking off each other nicely. Great arrangement and terrific ending. Nicely done. Peace.
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said 3270 days ago (July 10th, 2008)
A beauty.
I think the final two minutes conveys about as much emotion as anything I have heard before. Extremely powerful. Great production ... and it's just a trifle, but I really like the echoey unresolved finishing chord. I suspect that it's a setup leading to another section.
TobinMueller said 2894 days ago (July 21st, 2009)
echoey unresolved finish
Actually, it's an unresolved finish to the entire recording, the album. Its a cyclical story, with the ending being a new beginning, after an apocalyptic journey. Hopefully, people will just want to play the whole CD over again!
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regulus said 3267 days ago (July 14th, 2008)
Really a
powerful and moving song, as most of what your doing lately. Most enjoyable work. I think you got me worked up to dare again.

Thanks for the great tune and some motivation.
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TobinMueller said 2894 days ago (July 21st, 2009)
worked up to dare again
Way cool. Thanks. BTY, I love the suit of armor you're wearing in your profile photo...!
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LunaTrick said 3265 days ago (July 15th, 2008)
Prog rock rules...
Nice arrangement and delivery.

Cheers!
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TAREK said 3262 days ago (July 18th, 2008)
WoW!
What can I say, one of the best tracks I've ever heard on Macjams....Marvelous work!
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TobinMueller said 3073 days ago (January 23rd, 2009)
on Macjams
Thanks. Be sure and check out the other titles from AUDIOCRACY, especially Revolution's Son and Puzzle City. And check out the Progressive Podcast I did for the MJ BLOG that includes some other great prog tunes on MJ: Progressive Rock and other genres here: Mining the Database
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keedragoon said 3071 days ago (January 25th, 2009)
the work
I can only imagine the time and effort it took to create such a work. I really am enjoying the artistry in this song. The multiple layering in the instrumental and vocal backing is inspiring. I am very impressed with this work. I am in love with the electric guitar solo at the end. Nice fini!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will have to explore more of your work. I read your bio and can see that you are all over. It is greatly appreciated that you share your work here. I found your explanations helpful and educating. It gives me ideas for my studio work.
Thanks
Keed
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TobinMueller said 2894 days ago (July 21st, 2009)
Ideas
Way cool that this track help generate ideas for your own work. That is the marvelous synergy of such give-and-take communities like MacJams. Thanks for mentioning that so specifically.

Yes, I am all over the place, a restless soul artistically. I just came back from the first Connecticut Progressive Rock festival (MarProg) and the best part was meeting these (mostly) kind, humble, generous musicians. Both prog and jazz have a wonderfully coherent music community, and it is my continued enjoyment to be a part of them.
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Reisinger said 2901 days ago (July 14th, 2009)
very blue
and lined with gold, i really like it
TobinMueller said 2894 days ago (July 21st, 2009)
lined with gold
Thanks. Your comment made my smile. The writing of this song is an equal collab with my son, and, indeed, that process was also lined with gold. The transformative effect of TT's guitar work was on an equal footing: when his tracks arrived for me to insert and play with, I was moved to make countless changes in my own organ/synth work. Gold, for sure. In more ways than one.
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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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