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River Runs Through Me (w/ Woody Mankowsk)


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This is my holiday contribution to fireplace music. It is meant for a romantic moment in the glow and warmth of the fire. Originally written at a river's edge, as I felt it run through me. Happy holidays!

A more recent Project featuring Woody Mankowski on sax:
Here are all the draft tracks from The Muller's Wheel so far on MJ:

Seafood Gumbo Bop
Oasis On The Rocks
Saddle Shoe Sally
Lost In The West Village
The Müller's Wheel
Windowshade
Fusion of Minds
Struttin' Up Bourbon
River Runs Through Me

Vocal variations of this series:
Seafood Gumbo w/ AngelaHope

If you haven't heard much of my jazz stuff, please check out me jazz album RAIN BATHER.

Other songs featuring Woody Mankowski:
Pilgrim of the Return
Final Words
A Promise
Dreams III
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Comments: 39
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Plays: 1179
Downloads: 348
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Uploaded: Dec 13, 2004 - 01:17:50 PM
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2011 - 11:43:28 AM Last Played: Apr 04, 2017 - 02:06:26 PM
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Comments
said 4726 days ago (December 13th, 2004)
Thanks...
I was in need of a slow, uncomplicated, soothing tune. Found it right here. Beautiful. That sax flows like the current of a gentle river. The piano sounds so effortless.
hacked_to_pieces said 4726 days ago (December 14th, 2004)
Peaceful
I can smell the logs burning in the fireplace. The sax and
the piano solos were quite enjoyable. And the production
is excellent.
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TobinMueller said 4725 days ago (December 14th, 2004)
Peaceful
Thanks. Exactly our intent.
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chikoppi said 4726 days ago (December 14th, 2004)
Where's my gin and cigar?
Perfect temperment and character of recording. Really creative and masterful twinkling on the keys. I like the sax (I usually have an aversion to sax, so that's saying a lot), which is expressive without resorting to gymnastics or wailing. Many nice, gentle, purposeful movements throughout. Impressive how far and wide two instruments can carry a body.
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mulletsrock said 4726 days ago (December 14th, 2004)
Another superb duet
How you avoid stereotype writing such pretty music is genius in itself. Nothing obvious here, yet it is as if I have heard this inside me before. The variations, never growing stale, always adding new senses and emotions, bravo. Your duets (I'm thinking "We Are One Body") are superb and carry so much from two players. Incredibly melodic, as always.
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TobinMueller said 4726 days ago (December 14th, 2004)
Another superb duet
Thanks, I try to craft those melodies. One of the reasons I love working with
Woody is his ability to lyrically improvise out from the center of melodies,
never losing site of the original as he weaves, with such magic, even better
lyrical lines. He's a joy. And a really nice fellow.
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Cameron said 4726 days ago (December 14th, 2004)
lovely little gem
You convey the mellow, romantic atmosphere of relaxing
in front of the fireplace PERFECTLY in this tune.

Both of you offer wonderful, heartfelt playing on this
track. The simplicity of the piano and sax create a very
pleasing mood. Your playing complements one another
very well.

One very minor thing: the piano chords towards the end
distorted slightly (through my headphones). Is that the
vagaries of mp3 conversion?

I'm basking in this warm glow. Thanks!
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TobinMueller said 4726 days ago (December 14th, 2004)
lovely little gem
Yes, the momentary phantom distortion is the mp3 compression only. The
original AIFF is distortion free. Let me know if you want a copy?
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said 4725 days ago (December 14th, 2004)
Mellow
I like this. Yes, very fireplace. Some distortion
(clipping) toward end. Soundspace a little hollow
sounding. 9-7-8-8

said 4725 days ago (December 14th, 2004)
The way music...
was meant ot be played. It runs through you (also
Woody-absolutely wonderful sax) and then as you play,
something special is born in the music that runs through
the instruments to the listener. Thanks.

Jack
TobinMueller said 4334 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
The way music...
Thanks. I like to think of music as a birthing processes. Thanks for feeling the
(umbilical) chords.
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ChrisSly said 4725 days ago (December 15th, 2004)
Beautiful Music
A nice, flowing melody, and some really wonderful chord
changes. You piano solo is brilliant, and the sax/piano
combo is great. You two have obviously made music
together for a while. And that build near the end, with the
repeated bass of the piano and the ascending line in the
sax gave me chills. This is one of the best things I've
heard in a whle, and I'm not being exclusive to MacJams.
Nothing to complain about except that MP3 technology
can't contain all of your music.
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TobinMueller said 4724 days ago (December 15th, 2004)
Beautiful Music
Thanks. Funny how music makes brothers/sisters of us. The blood of hte
moment. Ties that strengthen. Those moments of unexpected sympathy
give me chills too.
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Suzanne said 4724 days ago (December 15th, 2004)
so romantic
so romantic, this. it just washes over me. amazing how some music just works, beyond thought. this is one, reaches past the intellect into something farther inside. mmm.
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ka-klick said 4723 days ago (December 16th, 2004)
As usual: amazing
I can "get" both the river feeling that was originally
conceived, and the "brandy and cuddling in front of the
fire at holiday time" feeling that you brought this out for.
It's an amazing bit of versatility in a piece - it reminds me
of some of the best of the sort of early Windham Hill
sound, when they were first defining a sound.
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TobinMueller said 4712 days ago (December 28th, 2004)
As usual: amazing
Thanks. I was playing piano around then, when Windham Hill was a start up,
and pleasantly surprised to hear others, like Liz Story, writing music in from a
similar place. Always felt a kinship to some of those early works. It is a style
I fall back into often when improvising in the sanctuary of my own home.
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antonfosh said 4711 days ago (December 28th, 2004)
Wow
This is what I call music - ah it's beautiful.

I could listen to this sort of stuff all day. The saxaphone
melody is great - so peaceful and lazy, but yet intriguingly
interesting.

And the piano - well, it's beautiful too. Extremely
emotional, and unpredictable yet so easy to listen to.

I love this song. 10's from me and a download too.
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TobinMueller said 4646 days ago (March 3rd, 2005)
Wow
Thank you. Sometimes I just want to be happy, without stress, and revel in
the wonderful things around me. Thanks for getting that.
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jesushairdo said 4690 days ago (January 19th, 2005)
beautiful!
too bad that i missed this before my new year holiday!
very relaxing. very beautiful. absolutely awesome!
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TobinMueller said 4688 days ago (January 20th, 2005)
beautiful!
Thanks. Never to late to wish you a happy new year...
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EdensEve said 4683 days ago (January 25th, 2005)
Beyond words
Don't usually like songs without words, but this is so pretty I just had to say thank you. So pretty.
thetiler said 4651 days ago (February 26th, 2005)
picture / wow/ music great too
First thing I spotted when I went to your page was that
drop dead picture. The piano sounds great and sax is just
perfect for that romantic music.

It kind of makes me feel like I can see you guys playing at
a dinner club in some big city at night. But then slowly
turning to a scene like the picture above.
Enjoyed the whole piece! Nice ending


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TobinMueller said 4650 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
picture / wow/ music great too
Romance, yes. And changing images. Thanks.
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Swanny said 4625 days ago (March 24th, 2005)
Masterpiece
I am speachless, but full up to my eyeballs with warmth.
Thanx
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Swanny said 4551 days ago (June 6th, 2005)
Masterpiece
Truly my all time favorite macjams song, I listen to it whenever I want to relax,
and it works every time ! Thank you both !
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John Stebbe said 4572 days ago (May 16th, 2005)
enjoyable
Tobin, this is a really great track. Sensitive piano, and
lyrical sax. If this doesn't get your girl in the mood,
nothing will!
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TobinMueller said 4544 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
enjoyable
Yes. (It works on Suzanne!)
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taylor123 said 4373 days ago (December 2nd, 2005)
I really love the arrangement
Wow, I really love the arrangement and it reminds me of the way an old friend plays LEGATO (he%u2019s also on here)
But needs vocals if you ask me and the Kenny G sax has to go way too far on the 98.7 the Wave.
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Arjuna said 4339 days ago (January 4th, 2006)
Pretty
Nice work. Sounds really professional, and the mixing is top-notch.
Transitions well from section to section.
Arjuna said 4339 days ago (January 4th, 2006)
Pretty
Nice work. Sounds really professional, and the mixing is top-notch.
Transitions well from section to section.
borisluxx said 3993 days ago (December 16th, 2006)
Very nice...
Thank you Tobin, for giving me a head's-up on your track. Very smooth jazz. Very peaceful. I enjoyed this very much, even though it's very far from my usual genre. Aside from what I write and post here on MJ, I am a fan of many other genres, including smooth jazz. It reminds me of living in San Diego, sitting at the beach, watching the sunset over the Pacific. Thanks again for bringing back fond memories. Take care, Tobin! Wonderful work! Peace!

-Boris Luxx
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said 3993 days ago (December 16th, 2006)
Love the sax
Thanks, Tobin!

. - Harold
peacepiano said 3993 days ago (December 16th, 2006)
Thanks
Adding this to my "December Faves" Playlist on iTunes. Thanks for sharing.
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MattGranz said 3991 days ago (December 18th, 2006)
Charlie Borown Christmas worthy...
I really mean it!
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Norman Goodman said 3964 days ago (January 14th, 2007)
Genius
I really enjoyed this piece. It is very fluid and clearly composed by someone with an exceptional musical mind. To write music about a particular experience is one thing but to be able to convey imagry from the piece is another.
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JohnMinard said 3809 days ago (June 19th, 2007)
Natural flow
The beautiful thing about rivers to me is that they flow with both variety and consistancy -- if you know what I mean. River Runs Through Me captures both qualities, while still remaining in the peaceful sections of riverflow. No rapids here.

It reminds me of growing up in Michigan and taking canoe trips down some woodlined river, coming to a peaceful section and just laying back and looking up at the trees, clouds, birds -- the river above -- floating by, while listening to the soothing undulations of the river below.

You captured it beautifully!
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TobinMueller said 3806 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
Rivers
I grew up in Wisconsin on the Fox River. I know what you mean. Thanks for hearing it in the music. (The piece was also originally written for a scene in a musical that took place along a river...)
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tcain said 3731 days ago (September 4th, 2007)
Wonderful tune
A delight to listen to.Well done

Tracy
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Andy-bm said 3091 days ago (June 6th, 2009)
Great Tune!
I really enjoy listening to good playing. Everything is strong on this one. The piano really grabs me. Nice mix, and Woody is awesome.

Thanks for posting this!

//Andy
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