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Wind-up Tin Atomic Robot Man

Wind-up Tin Atomic Robot Man
by David Mussen

I love the introductory sectional verses that happen frequently throughout the Great American Songbook. The tradition of having a songs stage set, by using a free musical structure and speech-like rhythms, goes back to the theater. It’s a way of transitioning from the context of the play into the context of a song; a sort of decompression chamber of suspended reality. Songs like “I’ll See you in My Dreams” and “I Could Have Danced All Night” are examples of thisand The Beatles “Honey Pie” is a tip-of-the-hat to this all but forgotten stylistic motif. This song has one of those sectional verses, which I thought was appropriate, since I was writing about a vintage toy. The idea for the song came to me while looking up Robots on Ebay.

David Mussen: Keyboards
Vocotron: Vocals






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