"Some Love Too Little"
demo with vocal
from "Dorian-The Remarkable Mister Gray"
a new musical by Randy Bowser
based on the novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
(click title for MP3)
Lyrics at the bottom of this first post.
NOTE: The song begins very quietly. Best to leave your speaker knobs at their normal setting and just know the introduction is intended to be extremely gentle.
--the scene in the musical-
At The Black Cat Tavern, Dorian Gray's favorite haunt on the East End, a bearded stranger sits alone singing his melancholy song.
When the song is over, Dorian, intrigued by what he's just heard, engages the man in conversation and offers to buy him a pipe of the establishment's finest Opium.
By chance, the stranger over hears Dorian being mockingly referred to as "Prince Charming," the nickname Sibyl Vane had for Dorian.
In a flash the stranger has Dorian tightly in his grip and holds a viscious looking knife up to his throat. He reveals himself to be James Vane, the brother of the girl who long ago killed herself when she lost Dorian. Now that he's finally back from the sea, he has sworn to never rest until he's avenged his sister's death.
Quick witted as ever, Dorian tells the man to take him into the light. Dragging Dorian roughly to the brightest corner of the tavern, James is shocked to see that Dorian is at least 20 years younger than the man he's looking for. Dorian reprimands him for being a hot headed idiot and storms away.
But once he's gone, women come out of the shadows and tell James that Dorian is indeed the man he wants. James runs out after Dorian.
--information about the song and recording
For a long time this song was called "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" (pronounced "jail") because the lyrics are selections from Oscar Wilde's best and most famous poem of that title. It's the only song in the show I didn't write the lyrics for - and the lines I've selected are justifiably famous and often cited.
Wilde started the poem while he was in prison, when a fellow prisoner who murdered his wife was hung. It troubled Wilde deeply to see someone executed, and led him to ponder how people so often kill their love, but in non-lethal ways which don't exact punishment from society.
When I first started posting the music from my stage musical, I knew this was one song I would have to post with vocals. I've had a vocal done with the final backing tracks for some time, since it's one of the more important songs for me to demo from the show.
A year ago I had an early mix of this up at SoundClick where it went instantly to #1 in its genre, musicals, and stayed there as long as I kept at on my list. That was fun!
A response I've gotten several times which is wonderful to hear, though awfully flattering, is that the song can remind people of the insightful Belgian folk/pop songwriter/singer of the '50's and '60's, Jacques Brel.
GPO is the source for most of the instruments, and this track features the Real Guitar VST instrument - arguably the best soft synth guitar.
Some Love Too Little
(The Ballad of Reading Gaol)
EACH MAN KILLS THE THING HE LOVESRandy B.(rbowser)
BY EACH LET THIS BE HEARD
SOME DO IT WITH A BITTER LOOK
SOME WITH A FLATTERING WORD
THE COWARD DOES IT WITH A KISS
THE BRAVE MAN WITH A SWORD
SOME KILL THEIR LOVE WHEN THEY ARE YOUNG
AND SOME WHEN THEY ARE OLD
SOME STRANGLE WITH THE HANDS OF LUST
SOME WITH THE HANDS OF GOLD
THE KINDEST USE A KNIFE BECAUSE
THE DEAD SO SOON GROW COLD
SOME LOVE TOO LITTLE
SOME TOO LONG
SOME SELL AND OTHERS BUY
SOME DO THE DEED WITH MANY TEARS
AND SOME WITHOUT A SIGH
FOR EACH MAN KILLS THE THING HE LOVES
YET EACH MAN DOES NOT DIE
HE DOES NOT DIE A DEATH OF SHAME
ON A DAY OF DARK DISGRACE
NOR HAVE A NOOSE ABOUT HIS NECK
NOR A CLOTH UPON HIS FACE
NOR DROP FEET FOREMOST THROUGH THE FLOOR
INTO AN EMPTY SPACE
(repeat Chorus and add Coda)
DOES NOT DIE DOES NOT DIE
EACH MAN KILLS THE THING HE LOVES