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I Sail On (v2) (MJRF)


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TobinMueller

 Genre: Piano

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The first gig I got out of being a part of Macjams was a commission to write a series of piano pieces. It didn't happen because of MJ, but my guess is it never would've happen if I hadn't've been an active participant here. The resulting CD (Morning Whispers) was the first release of Miguel and Simon's company Simig Media. That album was categorized as New Age and Neo-classical solo piano, and was full of what most reviewers favorably labeled peaceful songs (altho I prefer to call them "songs of tragic beauty"). The album was dedicated to Suzanne.

One of the more energetic pieces caught the ear of a proghead photographer who is no longer an active member, Troy Paiva. He arranged it to bring out its progressive rock elements. See I Sail On (arr: Troy).

His re-arrangement made me think of different ways to interpret the piece. After playing it hundreds of times, I began to evolve a different intro, a far more violent and picturesque version, that also introduces the almost whole-tone scale on which the piece is built. Changing the intro also led me to change an interlude section in the middle, which is now more like a cadenza. The result is the version I included on my second solo piano album 13 Masks. So I thought I'd share this version during the REUNION FESTIVAL.

By the way, buying either Morning Whispers or 13 Masks from SiMig Media results in Simon and Miguel getting all proceeds. I think Miguel still has a healthy pile of each...

I Sail One (v1) - 2005 - the rough draft that was remastered for Morning Whispers.
I Sail On (arr: Troy) - 2005 - the MIDI progressive rock version that Troy and I did together
13 Masks available on CDBaby.

Other demos/drafts from Morning Whispers posted here:
Just Above Ground
Under A Western Sky
Morning Whispers
Eruption of Previous Life
Emerald Path

Other demos/drafts from 13 Masks posted here:
Two Peas in a Chili Pod (dedicated to McBoy)
A Monk Caught In The Thelonious Sphere
The Gumshoe Wears A Rag
Chaos of the Subconscious
You Make My Heart Skip A Beat
Chromatisome Swing (tribute to Oscar Peterson)

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Uploaded: Feb 03, 2009 - 12:55:09 PM
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2009 - 07:52:32 AM Last Played: Apr 10, 2017 - 12:43:18 AM
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thoddi said 3153 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
the masks
How you manage to make your fingers hit the right keys in this tempo is way over my head. Not something I'd put on to listen to a friday night when sinking down in the coach to enjoy a glass of red... but as a musical expression of a feeling or mood it's extremely well composed and performed. The cover art is fascinating - and reflects the craft quality of your music well.
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thoddi said 3153 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
ouch
I guess it's better to sink down in a couch...
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Feter said 3153 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
I Sail On
O my Goodness ...is this really can be played ...wow ...is this play able ..
I m floored to listen to this piece and its dynamic way ..brilliant writing
really ...I can hear it ..there s a lot of jazz touch beside the modern classic
its fabulous piece ..wish someday I can see it live ...thank you so very much
for the great Art !!!!
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FEEL said 3152 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
Unpredictable
Where do you find the notes? It couldn't be more unusual for a beginning. Then everything comes into shape. Like there was a longing for that moment. Then you fall back and show how it all makes sense. Fantastic piece of music.
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TobinMueller said 3152 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
Turbulent ocean
I was trying to create the energy and fear of being in the midst of a storm in a sailboat, and then, as the storm passes yet wind still pulls and pushes, the navigation and wonderment between the waves. Relief and freedom. The intro was something that just fell under my fingers. It sounds difficult, but my fingers thought it was a natural arpeggio. Its the part half way through that took a lot of figuring out when it came to fingering. Thanks for listening beyond the potentially off-putting intro...
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Char said 3152 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
It starts out
one way and ends up another. Throughout, the skill you have on the instrument is apparent. Some amazing fingering here. That was full of energy and soul. Thanks.
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LunaTrick said 3152 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Great stuff...
Contrapuntal rhythms, tone cluster bombs, subtle syncopations... part Kabalevsky part Monk. Fine work!
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TobinMueller said 3152 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Kabalevsky part Monk
Way cool. That's what i was going for in several of these compositions. Thanks. You might like the track Chaos Of The Subconscious too. Same goal there, of synthesizing jazz and Twentieth Century classical writing.
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Rebsie said 3152 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Powerful stuff
Well, easy listening it ain't! But it's a masterly expression of your piano talent.

My ears are grateful for the subtlety and richness of the dynamic range, very welcome in this world of widespread compression-abuse.
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SlimGirlFat said 3152 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Wow
I am having teh best time ever listening to all the MJRF submissions here at Mjs,, As always Tobin you have a consumate skill in all your music that makes me feel very inadequate when I play my keyboards! lol
I love your interpretation here and how you bring a picture and feelings to life through your playing...

Bravo! a fabulous piece..
Slimmie
TobinMueller said 3145 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
MJRF
Three cheers for Neil! I'm having a great time listening to all the songs as well. Thanks.
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Doadars Uncle said 3152 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Picturesque
Nicely animated. This is great with my morning coffee!
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sschedra said 3152 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Yes ...
after hearing your description I can picture it perfectly. As a young man I had sailed on Oyster Bay during inclement weather and all the emotions and tones are there. The after storm relief, but weather's up and there's still a boat to sail and I can even taste the salt. Brilliant illustration.
Thanks again,
Stephen
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TobinMueller said 3145 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Sailing stories
When I was a teenager, while sailing with a friend in his fathers boat, a storm came up and we barely made it into the harbor, then had to capsize the boat so we didn't crash it into the rocks. Luckily, the boat survived unscathed. That, and a couple other stressful weather moments, definitely figured into this one. I'm glad it brought back similar moments for you. Thanks for sharing your story.
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paul f. page said 3152 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Something compels me to ask...
...did it hurt? The opening is frantic, like glass being smashed and then repaired and then smashed again and again. Very "jarring" -- a pun intended. I like the contempo jazz counterpoint A LOT in part II. There's a great conversation going on there-- not a relaxing one, but an intense one that makes me sit up and listen. Amazing facility at the keyboard. Bravo, Tobin.
Peace.
Paul
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TobinMueller said 3151 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Yes, it hurt
There are some songs that do, indeed, hurt. Certain glisses and other techniques can be painful. In this case, the sheer width and pounding on my fingers and wrists does hurt. I recall seeing Segovia flexing his hands after playing something devilish and wincing with pain as he re-tuned his guitar, buying time before diving into his next piece. I have to play something easy and simple after this one, just to recoup.

Thanks for your kind words and listening till the end.
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Vic Holman said 3150 days ago (February 5th, 2009)
very dramatic
now this is very right brain stuff. Very imaginative, and a high degree of mathematics involved.

I don't know how you could even remember it all.
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TobinMueller said 3145 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
physics
I always loved math. In fact, I almost became a physicist. I still keep up with the field. I like that you heard math in this piece. I think most of it is subconscious, at this stage in my life, but it never really leaves me.
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kristyjo said 3150 days ago (February 5th, 2009)
So many emotions
and so many styles combine to make this a complex piece. I do enjoy catching the more familiar chord progressions among the non-traditional sections. Well-crafted throughout.
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TobinMueller said 3145 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
progressions
Thanks for noticing the variations and different applications of the chord progression I develop in this piece. I spent days writing this one, and evolved it over many performances. I always appreciate when someone notices those things.
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egobandit said 3150 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
intense
then gershwin like..a city scape on a bus a business man rushing to work in the rain . So many things this makes me think of. YOur skills on the piano is something I could never achieve. Excellent Downloaded
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TobinMueller said 3145 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Gershwin
I love Gershwin. His influence is in at least 3 songs on the album. Brubeck is also a heavy influence on this one. Both are giants. Thanks.
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dajama said 3146 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Magnificent
Wonderful stuff. You are a truly gifted player and composer. I think the real genius of the piece lies in the range of moods, and the dynamic changes as the piece progresses. The intro suddenly seems so distant when you reach the much less frenetic, but also somehow unsettling, section around the 2 minute mark. Great piece of music, wonderfully performed. Nicely done. Kudos. Peace.
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TobinMueller said 3145 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Emotional waves
Thanks. I wanted the pace and emotion to move like waves, to create a visual and tactile tone poem. Like Smokey's ride below...
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SmokeyVW said 3146 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
like a river
opens like a sudden squall that just as quickly ends. after a short stretch of open water, we approach the rapids... over a short falls, into a pool. but the current pushes us on. this river has so many personalities! twisting and turning through overhanging branches... now we have begun to master the currents. but, now, it's time to beach.

thanks for the ride
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TobinMueller said 3145 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Water ride
I love your images. Thanks for bringing visuals to be work. I appreciate when my music washes over the listener!
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bug67 said 3144 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Man,
I wish I could play piano!
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KCsGROOVE said 3123 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
wow!
First song I hear from you...
I'm impressed!
Great work on the keys!
Very much enjoyed!
KC
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Bob6stringer said 3098 days ago (March 29th, 2009)
NeoPostModernClassical De/reconstructionism?!
Don't know waht to call it but anything but New Age. It doesn't smell anything like incense of patchouli. My ability to comment on what's going on here isn't up to the talent of the literate concept that guides those hands to be so simultaneously playful yet deliberate. I haven't been this excited to hear clean, un-pop fare since I was a teenager in the 70s buying direct-to-disc vinyl recordings of Larry Coryell and Dave Brubeck and his boys (the latter of whom were far more sophisticated than the more showy Coryell.)
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timothy devine said 2976 days ago (July 30th, 2009)
hey Tobin I sail on.....
this is very cool.
I love your expression in his piece, the emotion pours all over the place.
Great listen.
I love the art work too.
I had no idea your other family members where here @ mjs , I will check them out asap
peace
thanks for being here and sharing
u rock
tm


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TobinMueller said 2976 days ago (July 30th, 2009)
Family members
Thanks. Here's a list of family on MJ:
Suzanne (wife): http://www.macjams.com/artist/Suzanne
Anton (son "twonicus"): http://www.macjams.com/artist/twonicus
Del (brother-in-law): http://www.macjams.com/artist/Del
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crissew said 2923 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Just plain sick
piano playing. Probably the best keys I have heard on MJ. Impressive and enjoyable. Favd and DL.
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falcef said 2856 days ago (November 27th, 2009)
belos
Osti che music dodecafonic bravooo però te sei na bestia..... compliment ciao
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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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