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    "Blank" - vocal demo from my musical


    "BLANK"
    (click for MP3 - lyrics below on post)

    Basil Hallward, the artist who painted Dorian's mysterious portrait, is seen in his studio tearing up sketches and canvases in utter frustration. Since losing Dorian as his model, he hasn't been able to produce any work he feels is of any value.

    "Blank" is Basil's solo, expressing something I think everyone can relate to. There are just those times when you can't seem to get anything done right.
    -------------------------------
    It's a short, energetic solo done at break neck speed.
    THIS DEMO IS
    ONLY FOR THE EARS
    OF THE GARRITAN COMMUNITY:
    --alongside the 2-track instrumental master, I laid in a scratch vocal of me singing the song, and it gets the idea across, but is far from what the song could really sound like.

    To help you out, I'm including the lyrics here.*

    NOTICE - Here's a BONUS TRACK - Earlier, I forgot to post the short 22 second scene change music that happens following "Fantastic Eyes" (the masquerade waltz) taking us into the library scene where "Into The Sun" begins. So, for you "Dorian" completists--here's that track:


    *Lyrics to BLANK -
    music and lyrics copyright 2007 Randy Bowser
    I NEED A CROWNING CENTERPIECE
    FOR AN EXHIBITION
    I NEED A PAINTING TO INCREASE
    MY STANDING AND POSITION
    OR ELSE MY REPUTATION WILL BE
    IN A PITIFUL CONDITION

    BLANK
    I AM BANKRUPT
    MY VAULTS OF INSPIRATION ARE DEPLETED
    WHEN I TOUCH MY BRUSH TO CANVAS
    IíM DEFEATED

    BLANK
    I AM BANKRUPT
    EVERY CONCEPT THAT I THINK OF
    IíVE REPEATED TIME AND TIME AGAIN
    IDEAS THAT ONCE WERE BOLD
    ARE BORING
    ANCIENT
    THE PROVERBIAL HAT THATíS OLD

    EVERYONE HAS HAD THOSE DAYS
    OF TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING
    BUT THE MIND IS IN A DAZE
    IT COMES UP
    BLANK
    NOTHING SEEMS TO COME OUT RIGHT
    YOUíVE DONE IT ALL BEFORE
    AND ITíS ALL SO TIRED AND TRITE
    JUST BLANK

    WHATíS MORE
    DEADLINES LOOM
    YOU SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION
    BUT YOUR OUT-PUT
    IS MOSTLY PERSPIRATOIN
    AND YOUR POWERS OF CREATION
    SUFFER FROM CONSTIPATION

    THERE SIMPLY ARENíT ENOUGH HOURS
    IíM UNDER SLEPT AND OVER STRESSED
    DRAINING MEAGER MENTAL POWERS

    BLANK
    I AM BANKRUPT
    EVERY NEW IDEA I HAVE
    IT ALWAYS SOURS
    FAILURE TASTES LIKE SIN
    WHERE DID MY TALENT GO?
    OR DID I EVER
    DO ANYTHING
    BETTER THAN SO-SO?

    EVERYONE HAS HAD THOSE TIMES
    THE CALENDAR IS OVERFLOWING
    AND YOU DREAD EACH HOURíS CHIMES
    YOUR MIND GOES
    BLANK
    JUMBLED THOUGHTS PRODUCE A MESS
    ITíS HOPELESS SO IT SEEMS
    FAILURE OVERTAKES SUCCESS
    JUST BLANK

    AND DREAMS
    WHICH WERE ONCE YOUR SOLACE
    NOW ARE NIGHTMARES
    ALL YOUR WORRIES
    MARCHING TOWARD YOU IN PAIRS
    AND THEYíRE CROUCHING
    IN THEIR DARK LAIRS
    WITH THEIR TAUNTING
    BLACK STARES

    THERE SIMPLY ARENíT ENOUGH HOURS
    IíM OVER TAXED AND UNDER FED
    AND MY LIST OF PROJECTS TOWERS

    MY MIND IS IN A DAZE
    IT COMES UP
    BLANK
    NOTHING SEEMS TO COME OUT RIGHT
    IíVE DONE IT ALL BEFORE
    AND ITíS ALL SO TIRED AND TRITE
    JUST BLANK

    BLANK
    I AM BANKRUPT
    SANK DOWN
    MY REKNOWN
    IN THIS TOWN
    TORN Ė DOWN Ė BLANK
    Randy B.


    (rbowser)


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    Re: "Blank" - vocal demo from my musical

    Hey Randy B,
    Very Cool! I love the quirky Danny Elfman sound it has. A very fun listen.
    Philip
    "Imagination is nostalgia for the past, the absent; it is the liquid solution in which art develops the snapshot of reality.
    ~ Cyril Connolly"

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    Re: "Blank" - vocal demo from my musical

    Very cool stuff, very cleverly done, Randy! I'm definitely getting a Tim Burton vibe!

    Congratulations and best wishes for success with this...

    Danny

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    Re: "Blank" - vocal demo from my musical

    WoW! I really like this piece. And I thought the vocals were just fine. I can definitely relate to the message as well.

    --gary
    http://www.fiziwig.com/

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    Re: "Blank" - vocal demo from my musical

    I hope you do not take offense to this, but I also hear a piece that easily could have been composed by Elfman and directed by Burton. Now I am starting to get a better understanding of the show and like it more.
    Well done

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    Re: "Blank" - vocal demo from my musical

    I can identify with this alot.

    Great tune(s including the scene change) as usual. I really have nothing to say but that this time.

    -Chris
    There is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Therefore there must be a God. You either get this one or you don't - Kreeft & Tacelli
    The will to achieve is not sufficient. Some things should not be achieved. - Rimsky-Korsakov
    Musicians are just these guys that want to make music. Okay, they want to have a wonderful lifestyle, but the majority just want to make really great music. - Jon Anderson


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    Re: "Blank" - vocal demo from my musical

    It sounds like solid musical material to me.


    YOU SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION
    BUT YOUR OUT-PUT
    IS MOSTLY PERSPIRATOIN
    AND YOUR POWERS OF CREATION
    SUFFER FROM CONSTIPATION


    Love it!!

    Phil

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    Re: "Blank" - vocal demo from my musical

    wow - 6 replies already!

    I must take Ron "Rolifer"s reply first, "...I hope you do not take offense to this, but I also hear a piece that easily could have been composed by Elfman and directed by Burton..."

    Offense? I'm flattered! 'Taint a bad thing to be compared to a creative, successful team like that!

    pwyon and Danny "DDW" are also saying they think of Elfman and Burton - (Thanks for the replies guys!) - So half the people on this thread so far are having the same reaction. INTeresting!

    At least one other time, on a previous "Dorian" thread, Elfman and Burton came up, so clearly this is at least one comparison people are finding apropos. It's wild - I think Elfman does really entertaining stuff, but I had No conscious intention of emulating anything by him. NEver occurred to me that "Blank" or any of these numbers from "Dorian" sounded anything like Elfman. Isn't that interesting? Our influences become internalized and we can be totally unaware of how those influences are coming out in our work.

    And thank you, Phil "Fastlane" - I'm glad you're still enjoying this preview of the show you'll hopefully see next year. Also glad you got a kick out of the lyrics-hehe.

    Chris "suspenlute" - another faithful "Dorian" listener. Thank you very much, Chris - Glad you listened to my short burst of scene change music too.

    Gary "Fiziwig" - Thanks for visiting! - I've been posting the numbers from my musical in sequence, spread out over the entire year. A Very slow-motion way of hearing it all. If you do a search under my name here, go to my public profile, then look for threads I've started, you will find all the previous pieces I've posted from the show. I hesitate to keep listing them all in posts - I don't want to make it Too easy for someone to bootleg the whole shebang.

    Thank you all SO much!

    Randy B.
    (rbowser)

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    Re: "Blank" - vocal demo from my musical

    Fine music and clever lyrics. You can't beat that combination, now can you?

    "Bowser Is A Wowser!" - Variety

    Break BOTH legs!

    Larry
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Re: "Blank" - vocal demo from my musical

    Brilliant Randy. One of the neat features of box is that automatic replay so I'm on the 3rd listen as I type. There are some witty lines in there, and assuming the stage features an artist in front of a BLANK canvas, this one will come across very strongly.
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