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Day For Night's fourth song in a series about "Hollywood Cinema."

On this one, Steve gave me the opportunity to come up with lyrics and sing the lead.

SteveL: instrumental, backing vocals, mixing and production

Mystified: lead vocals, lyrics

Enjoy! :)

(Thanks, Steve....You were right about this one! ;)
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She puts on her makeup … fixes her hair,
Pouts at the mirror… decides what to wear.
Another audition; no in-between.
She's headed for the Silver Screen.

The rain is a torrent--she catches a cab
Takes out a dollar—all that she has
Rent's due tomorrow--pays by the week
...Audition dress is " Hollywood chic."

You can sell it any way you choose--
Some of them win, but more of them lose.
You get a break, then you'll live your dream
There on the Silver Screen.

Makes the audition… gets in the queue,
Looks at her lines—knows what she'll do
This time is different, "this time," she means
To get to the Silver Screen.

She does her best reading, summons her tears,
Brings out the drama…stifles her fears
The smiles in return are jaded and grey,
"Send in the next one," is all that they say.

You can sell it any way you choose,
"Don't call us—We'll call you."
You cut your losses so you'll take the scene
There on the Silver Screen.

There's a club a the posh side of town,
It's a goldmine if you wanna be 'found.'
Hollywood moguls, purveyors of dreams
Who'll get you to the Silver Screen.

She sits at a table—doesn't take long,
The guy in the pinstripe is coming on strong
Say he has connections—can make her a star
Has more details—out in his car….

You can take it anyway you choose,
Some take their chances, and some pay their dues.
The glamour's hip and the fame is keen
Up on the Silver Screen.

Three weeks later, there on the beach
The light's fading quickly—her hope's out of reach.
She's clasping a letter; the paper is worn
The words she remembers -- "please come on home…"

Another tomorrow, another 'last try.'
Knows that she's close, can't explain why,
The sooner she makes it, the sooner they'll know
She was meant for the pictures; the star of the show.

You can sell it any way you choose—
Some will strike gold, but most of them lose.
Hearts for sale, but tears are free.
All for the Silver Screen.

And when the lights come up, the curtain falls
On '3/4 sets' and balsa wood walls;
Aspirations are illusion's sheen
Behind the Silver Screen.

lyrics ©2006 Mystified
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Cellar said 4516 days ago (November 5th, 2006)
not quite alternative
perhaps soft rock......good tune none the less : ) I like it
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drakonis said 4516 days ago (November 5th, 2006)
sweet work here
Great vox, both Myst & Steve... really fit well together... agree with Myst that Steve should have sung more harmony here. Nice smooth melody, great lyrics, and although it was at times a teeny bit "Country" sounding, I'll not hold that against you. The slow fade-in staggered entrance of instruments at the beginning of the song sounded almost like you weren't ready when it started... that's my only minor nit. Otherwise this was really sweet and listenable.
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Particulate Eden said 4516 days ago (November 5th, 2006)
Steve & Mysti
haha, this is Steve and Mysti! Didn't realise it at first. These collab band names... so confusing. But gosh, what a beautiful song! Stunning vocals performances. Your voices fit so well. Steve, I would like to hear some more of yours in this song. Simply delicious... and those lyrics are top-notch.
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bud said 4516 days ago (November 5th, 2006)
Call Ray Davies
He'd appreciate this one as muchas me for sure. Really well done - music, lyrics, vocals, production. Well done.
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perceptualvortex said 4516 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
It's the guitar and Mysti's voice that make it extra-cool. Very nice song.
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said 4516 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
just lovely...
...so very lovely, this. I so dig Mysti singing in this style...very different from her (also excellent) more operatic appoach featured in a number of her solo works. The way her vox and Steve's guitar compliment each other in this song is beautiful and tugs at the ol' heart-strings. And speaking of strings...nice use of synth?/orchestral strings? from the middle of the tune and after. Very effective...adds depth. Yeah...this made my morning.

Be well!
said 4516 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
Oh, so sweet tune
Steve in the harmony is a really nice touch too. Love the ring tone on this guitar! Very nice song folks, Cat, you sing marvelously always! Instant favorite.

. - Harold
RickW said 4516 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
Great stuff!
I enjoyed the country sound. Everything fit well together. Well done Cat and Steve!

God bless,


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ktb said 4515 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
gold not silver
you guys get the gold. you've captured what every actor endures to pursue their craft. "aspirations are illusions sheen" = excellent. loved the strings that pop in later in the tune. nice mix, tasty guitar tone and playing and a wonderful vocal effort.
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haribo said 4515 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
this one is also shiningly beautiful! love the opening up / intro.. what a shiny feeling.... very comfortable and accesible to listen yet very meticulous arrangement ... emotional!
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Ed Hannifin said 4515 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
Everybody's in showbiz....
Everybody's a star...

I'm really enjoyed the Mystified Foghorn blend here.

Mystified Foghorn. A blend of fine high altitude Kona, keeping you awake and moody into the wee hours of the noir...

bud has it right in tipping a hat to Ray Davies. There's surely a bit of his spirit in this, along with a spooky, noirish 'Black Dahlia' what's-gonna-happen vibe...

My only nit will be the same sort of nit I sometimes have with Ray himself, which is just wanting the music to change up a little more over the course of what is a pretty long song. I really like Steve's guitar... maybe just having the drums change up a little... or a 'middle eight'...

You'll think I'm crazy, but I could hear this as an outtake to Rocky Horror... or from some sequel... or from the final scene... Maybe i just want to hear Tim Curry sing it...

Mysti's multi-vocals are a nice counterpoint to the chime of the Strat, especially at the end...

Well. Gotta check out those others I've been missing....

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Ed Hannifin said 4515 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
And forgive me for not knowing...
Who's in the picture?

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Day For Night said 4515 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
Who's in the picture....?
First of all, thanks Ed and others for all the really great comments and observations.

I (Mysti) have honestly been having so much FUN in these collaborations with Steve that it's really been close to effortless.

Well...ok....I'm not very practiced at storytelling lyrics, so I really had to work a bit for these, but having grown up in Los Angeles county--in the shadow of Hollywood--and with all the tales surrounding 'the Industry,' this was a song that I wanted to do as part of the series "Hollywood Cinema" and that Steve and I discussed.

So thanks again for listening and commenting--and thanks, Steve! :)

And the actress....?
Barbara Stanwyk--in the 1930's!

'reflections in a silver screen'
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Komrade K said 4515 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
Beautifully sung
Mysti's voice works so well in this context and Steve's backing vox and guitar work complement it well. This track oozes melancholy - something of which you're both past masters. I particularly went for the soaring vox between chorus and verse. Somehow the percussion seemed to drag this a little - perhaps something with a lighter touch or more variety would solve this.

Great tune

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said 4515 days ago (November 7th, 2006)
Very good song. Very good singing, playing.
Production Note - drums seem a little heavy and monotonous, some parts sound stratified - like the singer and guitar is in a different place than strings and the drums elsewhere - until near the 3/4 point where, to my ears, the drums drop back and strings pull forward.
I hope that makes sense. I just woke up. :)
blaky smith said 4515 days ago (November 7th, 2006)
Belle mlodie...
Very well done. Beautiful song, nice voice. Really sweet. Bravo...
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jiguma said 4513 days ago (November 9th, 2006)
That chorus!
Sublime chorus in a truly enjoyable song - what a team! Sorry I've been late in getting here - on hols for 3 weeks . Only suggestion is some more harmony from Steve in the chorus. Luscious guitars fit so well into this.
Nice one!
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craft said 4512 days ago (November 9th, 2006)
I like
your voice and the arrangement. The prodution is fine... Beautifull song
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echoroom said 4512 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
What a wonderful track guys - production and instrumentation are wonderfully soft and dreamy - this sounds like a forgotten classic from the 60's (i think it's 'cause the vocal reminds me a little of Petula Clark).

Such bitter sweet lyrics work really well on this .... lovely.

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caroline said 4511 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
another download!!!
another fav!!! thank you both sooo much - mysti, always sing like this - i love it!! xoxoxo
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ledebutant said 4510 days ago (November 11th, 2006)
Lovely vocals, lovely harmonys, but the star here is truly Mysti's extremely well-written lyrics. They are absolutely terrific.

I agree with those who have said that the song could use a few more changes, partially because it's a long song with a lot of lyrics and I think the changes would help keep the listener focused on the story.

I'm also wondering what this would sound like with a dryer vocal as the reverb is making the vox sound a little cold. I think a warmer sound might add to the feel of the song really nicely, as well as show off Mysti's beautiful tone a little better.
said 4490 days ago (December 1st, 2006)
Please can I
have access to the individual elements of this song.....?

I see lots of sparkly things....

Cameron said 3329 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Years later...
...another comment comes out of the ethers. Thanks for linking me to this long-ago song, Cat! I always love listening to your voice.
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