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This is Version 2.0 of a whimsical blues tune about the lies we tell ourselves. The use of the term "lucky" is ironic... accentuated by the blues style, the way the electric guitar solo can't quite get out of the dominant chord and yet never really resolves, and the way the song withers away instead of ends. I put the vocals thru a guitar amp to put it in the same place as the guitar: in a kind of box (figuratively). Following the comments of MacJams members (below) I remixed the vocals to sound rougher, more in character to the piece. I hope the result is a snippet of a story about someone who never fulfills his promise yet can't quite muster the gumption to change. Blues meant to make you smile with its quirkiness.

String bass is by Ron Carter, put thru a Ring Modulator that messes with Q and other frequency-driven effects. I then transported the file into GB to add drum-brush loops, guitar, organ and vocals. Rippin' guitar by Suzanne, altho after all my forced takes and edits, she may not recognize it anymore.
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Lyrics
LUCKY BOY

Don't you jinx me, now.

I'm a lucky boy.
That's what I call myself.
I'm a lucky boy.
That's what I got to call myself.

And I don't need money.
Don't need no steady job.
'Cuz I'm a lucky boy.

Don't need no fairytales to help me sleep at night.
Don't need to read a set of books to figure out what's right.
Don't need to do somebody good to make me feel okay.
Don't need you talking in my ear to tell me what to say,
'Cuz I'm a lucky boy.

Got to stay relaxed or my luck will turn sour...
Song Stats
Hits: 7580
Comments: 28
Fans: 7
Plays: 1003
Downloads: 238
Votes: 29
Uploaded: Mar 19, 2004 - 01:24:43 PM
Last Updated: Jan 24, 2006 - 02:25:53 PM Last Played: Jun 27, 2017 - 06:24:16 AM
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Hardware:
G4; Emu Vintage Keys (Hammond B3); EV 757.
Software:
GB; DP 4
Comments
Suzanne said 4997 days ago (March 19th, 2004)
Nice
love the understated, bit crazy organ against the too bold guitar. captures the personality of guys like this (let me tell you!) the song is like a short story, with all the stuff hidden between the lines. great song. i listened to it 3 times. got more each time. excellent.---morning girl
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Squooge said 4997 days ago (March 19th, 2004)
FAB!
Nutty blues. This guy and his collaborators can really play.
I've been harsh before with comments (god bless sarah)
but this is good, ironic, twisted, nutty blues. Damn good!
TobinMueller said 4652 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
FAB!
Ironic, twisted and nutty, exactly what I was going for. Thanks for letting it
happen. I appreciate your comments.
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ka-klick said 4997 days ago (March 20th, 2004)
Love the groove
Want the vocals sloppier. From your other pieces I just
know, that your natural style of delivery is, as if you were
delivering it to the back row of a theatre and wanting to
make sure grandma back there understands every word,
but that crispness kind of fights with this piece for me. I
felt the best vocal delivery in this was at the very end with
the spoken bits. Also, didn't really get the "grunge" of the
vocals coming through a guitar amp.

That said, I love the idea of "musical Checkov", the organ
riffs were nice and hot. Overall a really fun piece, and ya
gotta love the hat.
---Beauty should be edible, or not at all.
-- Dali
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TobinMueller said 4996 days ago (March 20th, 2004)
Love the groove
I know what you mean about the vocal crispness. I should have had the
bottle of wine before I sang instead of after. But my grandmother really likes
to understand those lyrics...
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TobinMueller said 4996 days ago (March 20th, 2004)
Love the groove
...and I hate to disappoint her!
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TobinMueller said 4982 days ago (April 3rd, 2004)
Love the groove
I remixed the vocals thru a harsher amp, brought down the volume of vocals
and guitar (so the other instruments sound louder), and like the result.
Thanks for the comments.
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twonicus said 4996 days ago (March 20th, 2004)
ugh
like in a good way ugh...like the sound one makes
after and orgams...thats kind of what this song
reminds me of.
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coolio said 4993 days ago (March 23rd, 2004)
good
this is a good tone, a lot of feeling that i can really
pick up on
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Ringo said 4972 days ago (April 13th, 2004)
Quality
The drum loops go from straight to jazz waltz to even a
bit of bossa nova, the organ is right on the money but
where did you get that guitar sound from? I thought
Hendrix was dead..? Mean, moody and sounding like a
wounded buffalo. Sensational. Did you play it? Bass is
knockout too.

If I have any criticism, and it seems churlish nitpicking at
best, the vocals sound ever so slightly nasal, a bit like you
have a bit of a cold. Maybe you did, in which case I hope
you are better. If not maybe you could change the EQ a
tad?

Overall: Brilliant.
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TobinMueller said 4971 days ago (April 15th, 2004)
Quality
Thanks for the notes and nice wishes. Actually, I have constant allergy
problems and sound like I have a cold in a sort of permanent way. I cringe
when I hear myself sing but forge ahead regardless. (My wife keeps saying I
sound great and not to worry, so I pretend to believe her.) Between constant
throat drainage and reflux, my voice is slowly being destroyed. I used to be a
tenor! But I still like singing and like being the one to demo a tune I write.
Usually I am still making up the words as I sing them in. And I have always
liked hearing the songwriter's interpretation of the lyrics. So, thanks for
having the patience and good grace to listen to my stuff with understanding.
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Ringo said 4970 days ago (April 16th, 2004)
Quality
Tobin, I'm really sorry to hear about your allergies, I should never have made
that comment. Please accept my sincerest apologies. The vocals ARE fine, I
was just being hypercritical because I was trying to rate the song an 11. It's
still fantastic and a real pleasure to listen to. On relistening (and I have
listened to it quite a bit) I don't even notice it any more,

Best Regards,

Ringo
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Mcboy said 4936 days ago (May 20th, 2004)
great work..
really love your playing and overall sound....
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mulletsrock said 4915 days ago (June 10th, 2004)
climb the charts
the fun and whimsy of this song masks the truly difficult playing on both organ and guitar. mindblowing. but what i really wanna know: how can i get a hat like that? (what is that, a birthday cake on his head?)
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TobinMueller said 4652 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
climb the charts
Thanks. I really like how appreciate the little things in my tracks.
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Del said 4892 days ago (July 3rd, 2004)
Blues blender
You blend some crazy styles inside the blues and I liked it. Don't need nothing but my drink to be a lucky boy.
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Z293 said 4869 days ago (July 26th, 2004)
Suzanne
Tobin, I commented on you guitar work in Suzanne's
song, so fair is fair. That was a mean blues guitar
there Suzanne. You complement each other well.
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fosod said 4848 days ago (August 15th, 2004)
Sad dog
That picture at the top, for some reason, reminds me of
Shannon Moon or Hoon or whatever from Blind Melon.
Whos is that? Great guitar work hear, Tobin. Your skills
totally amaze, in their variety and breadth. Great drums in
this song too. Super as usu.

kindly kind,
mister fosod.
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TobinMueller said 4664 days ago (February 15th, 2005)
Sad dog
Photo is of my eldest son, Anton, who is in a rock group in NYC. He is
wearing my annual Birthday Hat and, after seeing this photo, wanted it posted
so as many people as possible might enjoy it too. (I know, truth kind of ruins
the illusion, but, hey.) The song is about a specific person (who will go
unnamed for reasons of my own health). Thanks for Anton for standing in.
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bronco said 4666 days ago (February 13th, 2005)
Very Original
I liked that you took the electric blues somewhere where it
hadn't gone before. I guess you are the Captain Kirk of the
blues going boldly where none have gone before. Very
interesting song and I enjoyed it.
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Brian Broad said 4653 days ago (February 26th, 2005)
Sweet, totally Sweet
Tobin, Thanks for the comment on my song. I wanted to
hit a few of yours, and damn, I like them!!! The show
tunes to the blues to the new age and jazz. Totally Sweet.
Keep up the great work!!!!
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TobinMueller said 4652 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
Sweet, totally Sweet
Capt. Kirk... what a great compliment. Thanks! I always try to do something
new in a song, somewhere, something that maybe someone else wouldn't do.
I had fun with this one. Telling a story in song always helps me imagine
something new to play. Thanks for your careful listen.
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TobinMueller said 4652 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
Sweet, totally Sweet
Thanks. I have so many musical interests. But really its that I have stories to
tell and different stories require different sounds. I try and choose styles that
fit the message, images, emotions I feel compelled to convey. Thanks for
noticing.
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thetiler said 4653 days ago (February 27th, 2005)
Thanks for sharing
You have so much depth and range of musical talent in so
many genre's.

Another good one under your belt.

Good going


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John Stebbe said 4606 days ago (April 15th, 2005)
Weird and passionate
Offbeat, and interesting. Vocals are gritty, great for a
song like this.

I like the Hammond sound of the Leslie effect changing
the spinning speed. Very authentic!


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Feter said 3102 days ago (May 28th, 2009)
Lucky Boy
This is a man blewin ...why cant we have more of that ....wow !!!!
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TobinMueller said 3102 days ago (May 28th, 2009)
4 years
So cool that someone listens in 4 years after I first posted this. Long live the MJ Archives! Thanks for being so ubiquitous, Feter.
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awigze said 2921 days ago (November 25th, 2009)
Just diggin around
Nice to have the time to hear some earlier work. This is a cool concept. Hey Tobin, gonna pimp this!
Andy
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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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The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on a pentatonic scale and a characteristic twelve-bar chord progression. The form evolved in the United States in the communities of former African slaves from spirituals, praise songs, field

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