(this poster's significance will become clear--read on...)
I'm collaborating on a new stage musical with Tom Morrison, an old friend who lives in England.
Here's a vocal demo which I hadn't planned on having ANYONE hear besides myself and Tom, but my Forum friends may be interested, so I'm posting it. This was recorded purely as a demo for me to send Tom, showing him what I'd written for his lyrics*.
It's too early to explain everything about the show, but in a nutshell, it's a fantasy version of the 1940's with the music not being limited to musical styles from the period. It's a mostly upbeat musical comedy, pop in its style.
This song is the second one in the show, to follow the opening production number which sets the scene.
The country is going to war. The main character (who sings this song) is a bit too old, out of shape, and suffering physical conditions like near-sightedness in order to enlist as a soldier. He's an out-of-work actor in Hollywood, chagrined that he's unable to serve his country the way he'd like.
Soon after this number, he gets work at a B-movie studio, starring as a kiddie matinee super hero in the mold of Captain Marvel (original poster above), which to some degree fulfills his wish to be more than a “Zero.”
The show's being scored for a smallish band:
--piano, drums, electric bass, electric guitar, a 3 piece brass section of Tenor trombone, Tenor sax, trumpet, and a keyboard filling in with various patches such as strings, woods, organ, and in this song, Electric piano.
The demo features the Garritan Authorized Steinway, and brass soloists from JABB. The other instruments are from Cakewalk's collection.
Lyrics are posted at the end of this post.
(BOX player mode)
link to direct download (uses your computer's media player)
For those interested in what some individual tracks can sound like for a project like this, here are some BONUS TRACKS. They're all partial snippets from the full project, and all links are for direct downloads to your media player:
--The Steinway – souped up for a bright, pop piano sound. I was overly zealous with the pop-style compression in this single track version of part of the piano's simple rhythm part.
--The Brass section – JABB
--Electric guitar – the great “Real Strat” from MusicLab.
lyrics by Tom Morrison music by Randy Bowser
THE WORLD’S IN A TERRIBLE FIX
PEOPLE IN AN AWFUL JAM
EVIL WHIRLWINDS SPINNING TRICKS
LIONS DROOLING AT THE LAMBS
WHEN MIGHT MAKES RIGHT
WE'RE ALL IN A TERRIBLE PLIGHT
DARK POWER RULES THE LAND
AM I THE MAN
WHO’LL TAKE A STAND
AND STOP THE HOURGLASS SIFTING SAND?
MY LIFE SO FAR ADDS UP TO ONE BIG ZERO
SOMEHOW THERE’S GOT TO BE SOME MORE FOR ME, SO…
I WANNA BE
I GOTTA BE
THE SORT OF HERO
THAT COULD TAKE OUT A TYRANT
AS BAD AS ANY IMAGINED
TAKE OUT A TYRANT
AS BAD AS
I DON'T KNOW
MAYBE AS BAD AS --
GUY’S LIKE ME, -GODS NEVER PICK US
SEEMS WHEN WERE DOWN
THAT’S WHEN THEY KICK US
AND HEAVEN KNOWS I’M NO ICARUS
BUT IT TAKES MORE THAN FATE TO LICK US
YES IT TAKES MORE THAN FATE TO LICK US
(now singing up to God)
SO DON’T IGNORE
PLEASE HEAR MY LITTLE PRAYER
AND DON’T GET SORE AT ME IF I DESPAIR
I NOW IMPLORE
HEAR ME IMPLORE
IF YOU STILL CARE
LET ME SOAR SO HIGH
SO HIGH UP IN THE AIR
AM I THE MAN
WHO'LL TAKE A STAND
AND STOP THE HOURGLASS
Copyright © 2009 R. Bowser and T. Morrison