It May Be Too Late (For Love to Change Her Mind)

by Peter J Stein

Released 2014
Released 2014
Where does a song come from? Like tending to a garden, it feels right, it looks right, and it sounds right. The song takes combined elements of lyrics, melody, harmony and timbre from within, and is then organized, performed, recorded, and produced.
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Sometimes less is more and silence creates meaning. There is a cadence, a rhythm to one's life, in relation to others, and we swing with the beat. All is electricity, somehow transmitted via the air, and the myriad variations that may appeal to you may be shared with others, or discarded. Musical tastes are personal, and you must strive to develop your uniqueness in an indifferent world.

Reach Inside (And Find It)

by Peter J Stein

Released 2015
Released 2015
just felt this song coming, and i had to get out of the way, to let it be born
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it was back in brooklyn, in 1955, when my brother taught me the E chord, and i played hound dog; so its sixty years gone, and i'm still trying to find just the right rhythm and and melody, to get me back on the track of unreflective playing and singing, just trying to reach inside, and find it.

She Tries Her Best (To Hold On)

by Peter J Stein

Released 2014
Released 2014
A song is the organization of many disconnected emotions. This tune came together, was written, arranged, recorded, uploaded, copyrighted, and published, all within 24 hours. Thank you, technology and creativity!
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The creation of original songs follows an unpredictable pattern: melody, lyric, form, and rhythm emerge spontaneously, in different ways, at different junctures, with different emotions, changing patterns dramatically for each new song. Imagine someone happily cooking a meal, with an abundance of choices and ingredients, feeling one's way towards an as yet unseen, unfelt, unknown surprise of combined elements, forming unique, stand-alone, self-contained experiences, reflecting hidden aspects of the creator.

Now That You're Out of My Life (I'm Out of My Mind)

by Peter J Stein

Released 2014
Released 2014
As an after-realization, this melody uncannily combines the Drifter's "Save The Last Dance For Me", and Jay Black's "Come A Little Bit Closer", illustrating the synthetic processes of the mind, whereby new melodies are created by simple shifts of phrases.
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The creation of original songs follows an unpredictable pattern: melody, lyric, form, and rhythm emerge spontaneously, in different ways, at different junctures, with different emotions, changing patterns dramatically for each new song. Imagine someone happily cooking a meal, with an abundance of choices and ingredients, feeling one's way towards an as yet unseen, unfelt, unknown surprise of combined elements, forming unique, stand-alone, self-contained experiences, reflecting hidden aspects of the creator.

The Gift

by Peter J Stein

Released 2013
Released 2013
This song represents a continuation and extension of my developing style, with its folk, pop, rock, and country western influences.
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I randomly draw imagery from my surroundings, to gradually piece together lyrics and a melody. In my efforts to make a coherent tune, I generally follow a similar pattern, of an intro, 1 or 2 verses, a middle instrumental or chorus, and 1 or 2 final verses, leading often to an intense, gradually fading, chant-like ending. If there be any other conscious elements to my music, there are attempts to describe and convey shifting emotional experiences, that flow and …
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Like a Loving Mother (She Showed Me the Bow)

by Peter J Stein

Released 2013
Released 2013
these songs reflect an acoustic folkrock style, sometimes with harmonica, with a classic flair for strings, piano, and organ
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Within the past 2 months, 5 tunes have actualized, starting with 'let time try to find me', then 'like a hearth, your love will keep burning', followed by 'time to hit the road, and 'the appeal'. With the most recent trigger, a call from an elementary school friend known 55 years ago, another song emerged, dedicated to the grace and beauty of a music teacher , from 1956. 'like a loving mother (she showed me the bow)' allowed me …
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The Appeal

by Peter J Stein

Released 2013
Released 2013
This ballad represents the continued unfolding of my musical ideas, lamenting love and loss, and emerging as a convergence of emotions within a digital and acoustic palette of colors, tones, and rhythms.
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The only way to know about my style of music is to listen to the clip, and decide if it moves you. No one knows what you are looking for, or what will influence your deep feelings. If you hear sadness in my songs, and the futility of life, in its transience, resonates within you, then you might feel something of importance in what I am trying to convey, which are attempts to describe the …
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Time to Hit the Road

by Peter J Stein

Released 2013
Released 2013
For better or for worse, I wrote, arranged, played, recorded, reviewed, uploaded, copyrighted, completed cdbaby's digital distribution application process, and wrote this sentence within 24 hours. I guess it's time to hit the road.
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Experience forges the birth of songs, eruptions from vibrating strings, where musical strains resonate with primal emotions, in all their gradations, when harmonies bridge the gap between reality and imagination, a song discovered, not created, recorded with a willingness to aim the heart's tiny voice into open air, to echo its brief presence among the countless stars, within the vacuum of deep space, trapped within the wilderness of time.

Like a Hearth Your Love Will Keep Burning

by Peter J Stein

Released 2013
Released 2013
this song came to me over many months, with obvious influences from bonnie raitt, bob dylan lackson browne, neil young, and andre segovia
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This song emerged in response to many different personal influences, from the distant past, recent past, and the present, including the significant destruction and disruption of tens of thousands of lives on the southern coast of Long Island, following Hurricane Sandy. The specific mechanics involved in creating this song may be deemed interesting by some. The tracks were recorded within a 12 hour period, using an acoustic nylon-string guitar; a Gretsch, White Falcon hollow body; as …
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Let Time Try to Find Me

by Peter J Stein

Released 2013
Released 2013
Founded in the 60's folkrock styles of Bob Dylan, Donovan, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and Neil Young, Stein's style emerges as a unique transcendent blend of deeply felt, existential anarchy
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Using the digital revolution as his springboard into the global scene, you can go directly to peter j stein on his youtube channel, stein studio live, and experience his live, in-person performances. Experience forges the birth of songs that erupt from vibrating strings, where musical strains resonate with primal emotions, in all their gradations, when harmonies bridge the gap between reality and imagination, a song discovered, not created, recorded with a willingness to aim the …
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Oh, America (Your Love Is True)

by peter j stein

Released 2012
Released 2012
With textures and layers of both real and digital instruments, "oh, america (your love is true)" takes one into a realm of an ambiguous but loving relationship between an artist and a country, whose freedom of expression one too often takes for granted.
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"oh, america (your love is true)" is a ballad woven from many disparate strands of experience and fantasy, which somehow find their way towards a unifying chant, the content of which is less important than the feelings conveyed by the procession of repetitive harmonies, and their uniting crescendo. Perhaps such a description serves as a metaphor that mirrors the diversity of minds and backgrounds of millions of individuals who inhabit this continent, and the wider …
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oh, loch ada

by peter j stein

Released 2011
Released 2011
This is a ballad about a beautiful valley.
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As described in my previous song-writing experiences, this song, "oh, loch ada", began as a fragment of a melody, about one week ago, in early March, 2011. I had last written a song, 2 months prior, expressing feelings of isolation, during a relatively harsh winter in New York. The initial theme of the current lyrics was completely unknown to me, and the words first began to lead me to a patriotic, but somewhat cynical, song, about "America". …
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The Darkness of Winter

by Peter J Stein

Released 2011
peter j stein
Released 2011
peter j stein
like the moon shifts the ocean's tides, the winter can shape a man's heart, a conspiracy between the low-hanging sun, and the stillness of the earth's dead branches
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This song took 3 months to write, and 36 hours to arrange, record, edit, mix, master, and upload. The melody came first, and the final lyrics appeared in a radically different form from what was first envisioned, during the recording process. This is the artist's 23rd original song publication, his first new song this year (2011). This artist continues to record in isolation, in further search of his own language. He steadily continues to construct his unique brand …
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A Young Girl Was Laughing (by the window)

by peter j stein

Released 2010
Released 2010
A new tune often emerges from a powerful inner struggle, during which time the song is written and recorded. The album cover painting, by friend and colleague Allan H. Gelber, Ph.D., serves as the perfect window into the heart of life.
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"A Young Girl Was Laughing (by the window)" is a tune that emerged while writing a different song, a sequence which often typifies my songwriting. Usually, I am struggling with a melody and lyrics, when, suddenly, a new melody comes to mind, utterly different from the first one, and the "real" song emerges from the struggle, within a few hours; the lyrics appear spontaneously, almost in full, and there is an emotional catharsis, that I …
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New York City (Will Always Be Home)

by peter j stein

Released 2010
Released 2010
Peter J Stein's latest release reflects some feelings related to his life in and around New York City. Born, raised, and still living in the New York City environs, it is only natural that one would compose a tune about the greatest of cities.
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in recent months, this songwriter has given preference to the use of a nylon classical guitar, my tunes suggesting, more than ever, a marriage between Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. The completion of a song comes at a price - a difficult emotional and time-consuming struggle with the blending of lyrics and melody, such that, together, they merge to form an heretofore unknown creation. In my struggles to create coherent and satisfying musical meanings, a …
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I Wish That You Never Had Gone

by Peter J Stein

Released 2010
peter j stein
Released 2010
peter j stein
Stein's harmonious and rhythmic ballads combine classical, folk, and rock guitar, with orchestration. His overall style continues to sharpen its focus on the human burdens of self-awareness, time, mortality, and love.
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As part of a new Metro Noire genre, this tune belongs to Stein's 3rd album, UneASy PiEcEs. Punctuated by a classical guitar duet, and merging with a shimmering flute, this song is a quiet ballad related to memories and longings from over 50 years ago. These vivid, past emotional experiences, the feelings of which can be captured by musical expression, are eventually lost through aging and death. Despite one's wishes, there is the bitter truth that, …
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Flying To the Sun - Single

by Peter J Stein

Released 2010
Released 2010
This song is a nine minute epic ballad, that describes one man passing through time.
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Once upon a time, after the Earth cooled, but prior to the habitation of other planets, a boy was born, who began to imitate Elvis during the 1950's. Then the Beatles arrived at Kennedy Airport, and the young man began to imitate Bob Dylan, Donovan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne. During this era of 1960's artistic exploration and liberation, the young artist wrote "Rebecca", a tune finally published on CDBABY in 2009. Now, after …
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The Vessel

by Peter J Stein

Released 2009
Released 2009
A love song in the Folkstein tradition
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The Vessel is an expression of an ideal love for a woman who, like a divine ship, serves as a guide through life's potentially treacherous waters. The Vessel embodies all those qualities of love that penetrate deep into one's soul, further than one can ever consciously realize or express. Using the foundation of a relatively common chord progression, found in innumerable tunes such as Mr. Bojangles and Tears In Heaven, the completed song nevertheless has …
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More Each Day

by Peter J Stein

Released 2009
Released 2009
More Each Day is the artist's tribute to the eternal longing for a loving union
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More Each Day was recorded in Vu Du Studios, in Freeport, New York, in late 2008, completed after 2 months, in early 2009. The artist/composer played overlapping tracks of acoustic guitar, with an harmonica lead for the bridge. Orchestral string patches filled out the background. There is a guest bass guitarist, but no percussion, and no back-up vocals. The song was written with the intent to build a crescendo towards intensifying feelings of love for an elusive …
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Just an Echo of Time

by Peter J Stein

Released 2015
Released 2015
Experience forges the birth of songs, eruptions from vibrating strings, where musical strains resonate with primal emotions, in all their gradations, when harmonies bridge the gap between reality and imagination, a song discovered, not created, recorded with a willingness to aim the heart's tiny voice into open air, to echo its brief presence among the countless stars, within the vacuum of deep space, trapped within the wilderness of time.
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Experience forges the birth of songs, eruptions from vibrating strings, where musical strains resonate with primal emotions, in all their gradations, when harmonies bridge the gap between reality and imagination, a song discovered, not created, recorded with a willingness to aim the heart's tiny voice into open air, to echo its brief presence among the countless stars, within the vacuum of deep space, trapped within the wilderness of time.
Peter J Stein
2015
Peter J Stein

Like a Feast At a Table

by Peter J Stein

Released 2015
Released 2015
this tune is a perfect example of my indie style, a combination of folk, folkrock, country, and a "je ne sais pas."
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The only way to know about my style of music is to listen to the clip, and decide if it moves you. No one knows what you are looking for, or what will influence your deep feelings. If you hear sadness in my songs, and the futility of life, in its transience, resonates within you, then you might feel something of importance in what I am trying to convey, which are attempts to describe the …
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There's a Day That Soon Will Come

by Peter J Stein

Released 2017
Released 2017
My original folkrock style tunes emerge every couple of months, and I'm compelled to write and record it.
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My music reflects an amalgam of emotions, memories, and experiences, mixed with touches of spontaneity, made possible with the assistance of miraculous digital technology

I Will Never Stand Alone

by Peter J Stein

Released 2016
Released 2016
My style is a complex blend of folk and folkrock, using electric and acoustic elements.
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Like most of Stein's 40+ compositions, this tune was forged by diverse elements, in response to the human experiences of love, loss, dread, hope, and triumph over despair.

There Was a Time (When the Sun and Moon Were My Brothers)

by Peter J Stein

Released 2016
Released 2016
My style is a mix of folk, rock, blues, classical, and whatever else it takes to complete a song.
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music, as in every art form, is an outlet to express one's experiences, in the form of perceptions and emotions, that transcend language. if a song makes you smile or makes you sad, or influences you to tap your foot, or to sing along, then it has done its job.

I Heard Sweet Mary Sing

by Peter J Stein

Released 2015
Released 2015
If you reach inside and find it, you will hear sweet Mary sing.
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My music is a blend of everything, a representation and reflection of what I have become, influenced by all of my experiences, and everyone that I have ever known.

Images Carved in Stone

by Peter J Stein

Released 2014
Released 2014
images come and go. like a birth, this song gestated for several months, and came into being just a few hours ago. my mind is cluttered with images that are carved in stone.
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creating music is a form of loving, or a substitute for it. a song is often created and completed when one is alone. a song, a poem, an idea stands by itself, and another may notice. guidance from others is sometimes helpful, but the final passage across the bridge of time is traversed alone.

MEANWHILE

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