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Rumplestiltzkin: Dead at 95
Acoustic : Acoustic Folk
An interesting take on a childrens' tale, told from an adult perspective
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Queen of Multitasking
Comedy : General Comedy
A silly little lyric about doing too much, dedicated to all my lady friends in the workforce
A SoundClick Top 20 song
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I Saw My Girlfriend Kissing Santa Claus
Comedy : General Comedy
An Elvis-style riff on a Christmas song
A SoundClick Top 50 song
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Bitter Pill
Alternative : Indie
Another head-banging angry rocker, lyric in the style of Elvis Costello, but a louder arrangement. By Ray Sharp who also wrote 'Punch My Ticket'
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El Dorado
Jazz : Jazz General
Jazzy urban 'walking around' song by the great Bobby Watson. I took his musical track and wrote words to it. Recorded and mixed at Musicians' Collaboration
A SoundClick Top 10 song
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I'm Not Your Friend
Alternative : Indie
A funky Kazakhstan pop/dance song, music by Eduard Glumov -- a 2008 finalist in the International Song Competition, Rock division!
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Vancouver
Alternative : Indie
A mysterious lyric, set by the mysterious Wolf at Wolfmusic; ballad about places we'll never visit -- within ourselves.
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Out In The Cold
Alternative : Indie
Singer/songwriter 'story' song. The musicians who participated in this felt it really hit home with them.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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The Emperor
Pop : Pop Rock
Based stylistically on world music fusion like 'You Can Call Me Al', this is a tribute to Joshua Norton.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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Atlantic City
Pop : Pop Rock
A collab with Jordan Michael Peterson, a great pop tune in a Billy Joel vein. It's available on Jordan's new CD, 'Reflections' available at his website (jordanpeterson.net)
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Yellow Mailbox
Acoustic : Acoustic Rock
A song about unspoken thoughts -- unpleasant and sour -- that will never be heard. Lovely acoustic setting by Jim Chapman, written for an acoustic competition.
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Punch My Ticket
Metal : Heavy Metal
An angry break-up-get-back-together-break-up-again song.
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Vigil
Alternative : Indie
Another collaboration with Ian Ferrin. This lyric has been one of the most popular I've written at The Muses' Muse.
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Vinyl
Alternative : Indie
A funky 70's throwback about the way music 'used to be'
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Vespers
Alternative : Indie
A soft ballad about a commute home to one you love, with a spiritual undertone. Music by Ian Ferrin
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None So Blind
Pop : Adult Contemporary
This was originally written as a 'Ray Charles' song -- similar (in story, anyway) to 'You Don't Know Me' Ian Ferrin took it into a contemporary spiritual direction, an uplifting tune in contrast to the bittersweet words.
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Crossing The Threshold
Pop : Adult Contemporary
A pop ballad about moving in together, and facing a new and merged existance for the first time
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Devil Sea
Alternative : Indie
This was written for a collab comp on the Muses' Muse. I had to write a lyric involving an ocean voyage, and it had to have this title.
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Point of Departure
Rock : Rock General
Pop song about having second thoughts re: leaving someone -- the 'point' of departure explored in space, time and view'point'
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Cruel as April
Alternative : Indie
A riff on the TS Eliot poem, done in an Elvis Costello-style lyric. Early demo version of the song
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Midsummer
Acoustic : Acoustic Piano
A 40th birthday song for my wife
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World Of Wonder
Alternative : Indie
Another successful collaboration with Ian Ferrin. As with 'Vespers,' this one started with Ian's melody for the verse and chorus, and I tried to find the 'right' images and thoughts for the music.
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Never Noticed
Rock : Rock General
A simple AABA ballad given a wonderful uptempo treatment by Ray Sharp
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Slipped Away
Alternative : Indie
Another collab with Jim Chapman. This one started with a verse/chorus melody, and I walked around with it for a few days before the song hit me
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Alice's Locket
Acoustic : Acoustic Guitar
Jim Chapman music, a small mystery to an upbeat tune