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That's What They Say

ocean's apart yet dangerously similar...

Keep your hope alive that’s what they say
Someday soon will be a brighter day
Sharing dreams of better times ahead
Dampen thoughts of inner doubt and dread.

Joe always watches TV news every day
The show’s “fair and balanced” so they say
Talking proud, shouting loud, disagreement not allowed
His dear flag waving patriot dreams
Torn at the seams…

Keep your hope alive that’s what they say
Someday soon will be a brighter day
Shattered dreams of better times ahead
Clouded thoughts of inner doubt and dread.

Omar listens to the cleric’s sermon of hate
His scarred past of sorrows seal his fate
Take revenge get a knife, go to war take a life
Glory’s granted to all those who fight
God says it’s right…

Keep your hope alive that’s what they say
Someday soon will be a brighter day
Hardened martyrs hijack faith with fear
Zealot hatred spreading far and near

We all need to believe in something
A beacon, a guiding force
That gives us meaning and motion
But too often we’re veered off course

Keep your hope alive that’s what they say
Someday soon will be a brighter day
Followers of faith’s sad twisted schemes
Never learn life’s seldom what it seems

(Outro)
Keep your hope alive… how else to survive?
There’ll be a brighter day… That’s what they say

Music, Lyrics, Vocals: Rich Coffey
Recorded at Mistura Productions


Comments:
Its a scary world out there these days. From the world-changing 911 terrorist attack to the rise of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and now ISIS - we are faced with an ever-escalating aura of religious fanatics bent on destroying the very fabric of our civilization.

As Karl Marx once said: "Religion is the opiate of the masses". With their inner navigation gone asunder--out of darkness, the hungry and desperate gather like moths--inexplicably drawn to any light.

As solutions to the world's problems grow more elusive and increasingly complex, extremists with their simp!e-minded, hate-based answers (blame it on the other guy!) offer an easy promise of salvation for the frustrated and oppressed.

Radical extremism sadly isn't confined to just the other side of the ocean but the home-grown variety is nurtured here on American soil as well. Polarization whether faith based or media nurtured is the underlying theme of this song.

Music Details:
The opening D-50 Oboe patch is reminiscent of a Middle Eastern mizmar* (it morphs later on in the tune to a pitch-bending synth lead).

The quicker tempo and majestic vibe of this tune may mask the unique harmonic structure. Interesting unusual combinations of stacked 5ths in the A section, triads over the 5th below (G/C, D/G, etc.) in the B section and other unusual chord structures throughout keep the harmony interesting and unique.

Piano Demo
Watch/Listen - A short YouTube video where I am playing this song on the piano.

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* The mizmar is a traditional wind instrument of ancient Egypt (also called a zurna in Iran, Turkey and among the Kurds). Similar to a traditional conical double-reed oboe, the mizmar has seven finger holes.