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

Peter J Stein

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.

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.

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Reach Inside (And Find It)

Peter J Stein

just felt this song coming, and i had to get out of the way, to let it be born

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.

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She Tries Her Best (To Hold On)

Peter J Stein

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!

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.

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

Peter J Stein

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.

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.

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The Gift

Peter J Stein

This song represents a continuation and extension of my developing style, with its folk, pop, rock, and country western influences.

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 intermingle, while telling a story of metaphors, the meanings of which lie deep within the rhythm and resonance of the song, whereby the lyrics remain more of an element or ornament.

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Like a Loving Mother (She Showed Me the Bow)

Peter J Stein

these songs reflect an acoustic folkrock style, sometimes with harmonica, with a classic flair for strings, piano, and organ

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 again to play off of 2 acoustic tracks using a steel six string, also blending piano and strings, for a song dedicated to to one woman's uncanny abilities to reach and teach young children the most delicate of instruments: the violin, viola, cello, and bass. She showed me the bow.

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The Appeal

Peter J Stein

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.

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 essence of what life's experiences represent, so easily trivialized with words.

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Time to Hit the Road

Peter J Stein

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.

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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Like a Hearth Your Love Will Keep Burning

Peter J Stein

this song came to me over many months, with obvious influences from bonnie raitt, bob dylan lackson browne, neil young, and andre segovia

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 well as a midi keyboard for the remaining instrumentation. The vocals were through an Apogee One, because of its simplicity and accessibility, and my not wanting to set up my more costly ROAD. Thus, the tune is a consequence of a strict time restraint, combined with my belief that a first take is usually the best. Too much tinkering with a tune often ruins a spontaneity that can never be duplicated, but there is the price paid of many imperfections. Like a hearth, your love will keep burning.

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Let Time Try to Find Me

Peter J Stein

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

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 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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Oh, America (Your Love Is True)

peter j stein

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.

"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 world. Does America have a transcendent calling, to help unite humanity, to serve as a model for others, and to raise our ethical standards above individual greed? Do each of us play an important role in the unfolding of life, somehow making our presence and potential known to the world, in our attempts to impact others in a positive way? Music asks and answers these questions, in ways that prose can only suggest...

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