It's all about the love... of music, of art, of writing, of sharing. It's what we're here for. I've been a solo artist for much of my life, but it's other people that make life worth living. Just needing to share what I've been given. Along with my solo work, there are some tunes I did with the Tao Tones, Dreamtown and the Pawns which were variations of Bob Elliott, Matt Perez, Jay Quibodeaux, Sean Hathorne, and Greg Murai and I, and with The Trouts which was me, Brad McCrea, Sean O'Malley and Jay Quibodeaux.

Pulling Me Like Like the Moon
This is from the album Tom O'Brien and The Pawns: The Long Awaited Return Written: O’Brien, Quibodeaux, Elliott



Acoustic Soul
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You Need Not Worry
This is from the album Tom O'Brien and The Pawns: The Long Awaited Return Written: O’Brien, Perez, Elliott



Retro Pop
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By Your Side
This is from the album Tom O'Brien and The Pawns: The Long Awaited Return Written: O’Brien, Elliott



Blue Eyed Soul
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Hey Young Lovers
This is from the album Tom O'Brien and The Pawns: The Long Awaited Return Written: O’Brien



Blue Eyed Soul
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The Long Awaited Return
This is from the album Tom O'Brien and The Pawns: The Long Awaited Return Written: O'Brien



Blue Eyed Soul
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The Rain Came Down
This is from the album Tom O'Brien and The Pawns: The Long Awaited Return Written: O’Brien, Elliott



indie soul
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Change the World
This is from the album Tom O'Brien and The Pawns: The Long Awaited Return Written: O’Brien



Alternative Acoustic Rock
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Trying to Find Me
This is from the album Tom O'Brien and The Pawns: The Long Awaited Return Written O'Brien, Quibodeaux, Elliott



Acoustic Soul
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Beside You
This is from the album Tom O'Brien and The Pawns: The Long Awaited Return Written O'Brien, Elliott



Acoustic R&B
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Truer Kind of Love
Tom O'Brien and The Pawns: The Long Awaited Return Written: O’Brien, Elliott



Acoustic Soul
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Angelique
From the Album Tom O'Brien and The Pawns: The Long Awaited Return written: O'Brien



alternative folk
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Lazarus
A metaphorical ballad. The best song I've written in a long time. This song was produced by the amazing Bob Elliott.



Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
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Down Highway Five
Acoustic organic trip down a long, straight highway. Done with Tom O'Brien and The Pawns. Produced by Bob Elliott. Check out his tunes at IAC, too!



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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To Seed
Slow, moving ballad (not slow-moving ballad) done with Tom O'Brien and The Pawns. Produced by Bob Elliott. Check out his tunes at IAC, too!



Organic Pop Folk
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After a Rain (With the Pawns)
Written by O'Brien Recorded with The Pawns by Bob Elliott at The Pawn Shop



Dreamy Pop
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Sometime Later
Written by O'Brien/Elliott Recorded with The Pawns by Bob Elliott



Acoustic Alternative
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Rabbit Run
Written: O'Brien/Elliott Recorded with The Pawns by Bob Elliott



psychedelic
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Something Close to Prayer
Written: O'Brien/Elliott Recorded with The Pawns by Bob Elliott



Beatles Rock
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Can't Fight the Blue
Written O'Brien/Perez/Elliott Record with The Pawns by Bob Elliott



Acoustic
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Spacetime
Written: O'Brien/Elliott Recorded with The Pawns by Bob Elliott



Space Pop
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All Over Again
Hopefully catchy rhythm with some memorable lyrics.



alternative folk
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When You're in Love
It's a bouncy, positive, old-fashioned tune like people used to write in the good old days.



Leftfield
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How It's Gon Be
I've realized lately how soul is such a celebration of love and sex. Every time. It's someone singing from the most primal energy inside of them.



Acoustic R&B
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For the Want of You
Another of those songs that doesn't fit neatly in any of the IAC categories. It might need a big band. This is just the rough version.



Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
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Someone Else's Sky
Gentle at first, but with a rousing, passionate chorus.



Ballad
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Sirens
A moody, contemplative piece tha sucks you into its groove.



psychedelic pop
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Beautiful Pain
A heavy, guitar-driven contemplation



classic melodic rock
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My Barn Having Burned
Thoughtful ballad with a rock edge



acoustic indie pop
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Through an Open Door
A searing guitar rocknrolla.



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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That Used to Be Me
Driving pop now with drums! Who woulda thought? For lovers of harmony.



Alternative Pop Rock
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Welcome to the Party
Album rock song with no repeating chorus. Clean recordig and simple arrangement.



Classic Rock
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When She Gets Wise
A fresh but retro sounding pop song



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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God Don't Care
This song will stay in your head, whether you like it or not. It is irresistably catchy, even though its subject is controversial.



Dreamy Pop
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One Good Reason
Upbeat song about why love is the only reason you need.



Easy Listening/Soft Rock
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24 a Day
My. New. Favorite. Song!



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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We Horses
A long, meditative journey with some rich electric guitar and lots of harmony.



Indie Folk
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Running Horses
Soulful Pop/Rock song with a plaintive, sweet chorus.



Alternative Modern Rock
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Maybe
Soft, pretty love song with rich acoustic guitar and harmonies.



Acoustic Pop
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Worries of the World
Rhythm-filled reggae-inspired soulful poetry



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Little Shot
A rollicking fun song that brings us all down to Earth.



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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Holding Back the Crook of Cupid's Arm
A fun, rollicking, image-filled popper



Alternative Pop
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Sugar So Sweet
I don't even really like the blues. But that's just how this song came out of me, so I guess that's what it is.



Acoustic Blues
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When Push Comes to Love
At first, the hook seems a little corny, but it'll grow on you.



Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
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The Cult of Midas
Written in the middle of the night on a drive from San Francisco to Seattle. Guess I needed some rock to keep me awake.



Alternative Rock
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You Just Make Me Wanna Sing
A song of thanks to my beloved



Alternative Pop Rock
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Tell Me
An old song of mine recently remixed. A feel-good reggae vibe.



Reggae Groove
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Fire and Steel
Fun rhythms and close harmonies add spice to this pretty rock-ish song.



Acoustic Alternative Rock
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I Will Leave No Song Unsung




Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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Change the World (Acoustic Version)
An acoustic version of a song I wrote a few years ago. My friend Bob Elliott encouraged me to record it with just two mics into one channel, so it's got a very live feel. I think it works best this way.



Indie Acoustic
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Crush
A song really built around a beat that I was having fun with. For a change, there's no acoustic guitar strumming chords. The flute is the main feature and the words came last. A little different for me.



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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Survivor
A rousing, uplifting, life-affirming feel-good song. A little corny and cliche, but heart-felt.



Adult Contemporary
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Your Roots They Go Down
A new mix with a little more solid production.



folk punk rock
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It's Only Everyone
Lyrics I penned a while back. Just set them to music. Wanted a stripped down arrangement of just guitar and voices.



Acoustic Adult Contemporary
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Ordinary Girl
A pop song with just acoustic guitars and voices. Lots of voices. Lots of guitars.



Indie Pop
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Honest Love
A rare foray for me into the world of jazz. Just wanted to write something with some fresh chords. Just solo guitar and vocals.



Acoustic Jazz
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Supertrance
A new experiment in combining beat patterns. It's a minimalist composition.



Ambient Guitar
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The Sea Inside
Psych-pop.



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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Four Five Six
One guitar plays a beat in 4 and a melody in 5 at the same time. The 4 is overdubbed because I didn't play that part loud enough. Then a melody of 6 notes happens in the same space.



Experimental
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When the Feeling Comes
A catchy little 2 1/2 minute gem.



Retro Pop
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Everybody Knows
A ska/reggae pop tune with a really fun minor/major play in the melody.



Pop Reggae
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The Disappearing Heart
A soft, gentle song, dreamy and poetic.



Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
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Some Years Before I Met You
Letting out the angst on this one. Lots of energy.



Heavy melodic rock
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Waiting for You to Come
Maybe my most rocking song to date.



Progressive Indie
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Say That You Love Me
A '30's crooner kind of thing.



Ballad
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Oh, What a World
A weird melody idea on the verses that has been with me for years and finally found a home. You wait through the weirdness, then this killer bridge into the killer chorus comes out of nowhere. Wait for it. You won't be sorry.



60s folk-pop
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Sunshine in the Rain




Indie Folk
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Let's Play War
Totally retro soul, power to the people kind of song.



Acoustic progressive melodic
h h

Legal High
A little pop, a little reggae, cool groove.



60s tie dye rock
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Lover's Tune
An old fashioned tune with a gentle melody and simple love lyrics.



Adult Alternative
h h

Holy Man
A strange blend of slightly ethnic flavored melody and an odd tale of a seeker. Weird instrumentation. Weird song.



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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Wear Out My Shoes
"And if you want to know how far I'd go to prove my love for you... I would wear out my shoes."



Alternative Pop Rock
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Gasping for Air
"Since she'd taken all I offered, I had nothing left to lose..."



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
h h

Clara Barton
A power pop song recorded by The Trouts.



Alternative Pop Rock
h h

Little by Little
Pensive slow ballad



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

The Wrong Way
Fun! Fun! Fun! "The bucket in my head/is filled with jumbled words!



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

After a Rain
A gentle, poetic samba



Jazz
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Windows of Your Soul
Rocking, dynamic, poetic song



Alternative Modern Rock
h h

Kiss Like That
A swinging song for cool cats to jitterbug to. Remember the first time you kissed that special someone?



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

If Everybody Just Made Love
Groovy, Bouncy, Happy - What if?



Alternative Pop Rock
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Lost Things
Passionate ballad



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
h h

The Dash
A ballad that the Sinatra crowd might have liked.



Easy Listening/Soft Rock
h h

Love Your Enemies
A radical message in a reggae-influenced style.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
h h

Room of Gold
Groovy love ballad



Dreamy Pop
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Wasted in Ireland
This is a song that improves as you drink more Guinness.



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

Platitudes
Poppy tune with some guitar harmony.



Alternative Pop Rock
h h

Where Nice Guys Finish
A little funky, a little ethereal, a little rockish, a little lyrical



Alternative indie rock
h h

Cardboard Sign
A contemplative album rock song, subtle, with just a little bit of an edge.



Alternative Indie
h h

What I Know
A little more of my white Reggae. What can I say? It moves me like that.



Reggae Groove
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This is the Moment
Uplifting, anthem-like, "do it now" song



Acoustic Pop Rock
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Reminder
Blazing guitar leading to a heart-felt mesage in a resounding, lush chorus.



Alternative Rock
h h

Broke My Brain
I almost forgot I play flute - this one has a little caliente beat and then a wide open pop-rock chorus. It's light and heavy at the same time.



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

In Calfornia
Groovy conga beat. Whatever.



Alternative Pop Rock
h h

Wearing Me Down




Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

When You're Looking Down
A rhythmic, sexy-beat, acoustic dynamo



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

Walk on Air
A healing, consciouisness-raising love song that makes your spirit soar.



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

Drunk on Love (For the World)
A tour-de-force power ballad with lots of harmonies and guitars and all that good stuff.



Alternative Modern Rock
h h

The School of Wonder Why
Poppy with lots of guitars, though not overly so. Recorded by The Trouts.



Alternative Pop Rock
h h

Look at the Moon
Rockin' Pop Gem



Alternative Modern Rock
h h

Complicated Man
An interesting story and melody, flute, mandolin, plus all the usual suspects.



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

Magic Words
Sort of corny, but beautiful, little pop song



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

Till They Tear the Last Brick Loose
Poppity-Pop-Pop Pop, but not bubblegum



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

The Buddha's Christmas
A Buddhist alternative to the usual Christmas fare.



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

She Isn't Quite Not
Pure pop



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

The Contradiction
A blast of rockin' sound at you in a poetic, melodic fashion. Thick harmonies.



Alternative Modern Rock
h h

Opposites Attract
Catchy AltRockPop



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
h h

Beautiful Warrior
Weird Song - Not sure from whence it came.



Acoustic PsychFolk
h h

Bright Girl
A rough take of a new song.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
h h

Shine
Just a rough first-recording of this new song. Not sure of the final arrangement yet.



Acoustic Folk
h h



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Chandra Moon

5/11/2012 7:25:52 AM
thanks for the album Tom which arrived the other day - really good work and a very listenable CD! Well done to everyone involved!



Chandra Moon

1/30/2012 4:34:47 PM
Looking forward to the new album!!



Vincenzo Pandolfi

12/31/2011 7:01:31 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR Tom!

Wishing you all the best in health, music and happiness in 2012.

Ciao,

Vincenzo




EMU

12/1/2011 12:46:34 PM
I forgot to mention...

That I heard your first 4 songs and "A Kiss Like That" (cool retro feel..)
Very nice songs, good range on the vocals on "Change the World" and yes, acoustic
was good choice...

I like the fun crisp brightness of "crush" too, cool tune...
Will give an ear to more soon...

Cheers,
EMU




EMU

12/1/2011 12:26:47 PM
Tom,
Thanks a lot again, for pointing out the files that weren't playing.
I've re-uploaded them and checked them and there their now,
for your review, when you have the time.

I've had those tunes up since 2009, but have not played them since I first put them up.

So it might be a good idea, for all that read this, to check your tunes,
as the files may have been corrupted somewhere down the line....

Respects,
Eric Richardson / EMU





Gary Stockton

11/26/2011 12:27:17 PM
Tom. Much appreciated. Enjoy listenign to your stuff also..



Gary Stockton

11/26/2011 12:23:43 PM
Hello, sorry for such a tardy response. Have not visited IAC in a while or written any new songs, but your comment was very inspirational. Thanks so much for listening to my songs. I love the Lowden. Don't you think it is one of those guitars that is designed for fingertips and not a pick? I have never really got a good sound when playing with a pick on the lowden, but gorgious tone when using finger tips. I listened to your songs Tom, and you have a really great sound, love the chrous on No Song Unsung, very catchy. Well, thank you for the comment Tom. Truly appreciated.



Gary Stockton

11/26/2011 12:22:22 PM
Hello, sorry for such a tardy response. Have not visited IAC in a while or written any new songs, but your comment was very inspirational. Thanks so much for listening to my songs. I love the Lowden. Don't you think it is one of those guitars that is designed for fingertips and not a pick? I have never really got a good sound when playing with a pick on the lowden, but gorgious tone when using finger tips. I listened to your songs Tom, and you have a really great sound, love the chrous on No Song Unsung, very catchy. Well, thank you for the comment Tom. Truly appreciated.



Chandra Moon

7/21/2011 2:54:46 AM
Really enjoying the CD Tom - thanks for sending it!



Jeff Allen Myers

6/15/2011 11:32:22 AM
Hi Tom, Thanks for stopping by my page and leaving the encouraging words. You have some very good material, and I am impressed at how prolific you are :)
Best Regards...wishing you success and continued creativity. Jeff




Stephen John

4/26/2011 8:29:19 PM
Thank you so much. I didn't realize I was Artist of the week until I signed in a moment ago. I am really humble by this.

Thank you so much for the greeting.




Bryon Tosoff

4/1/2011 2:58:25 PM
welcome to the party is a really really good song Tom, you really elevated all aspects of your writing, singing and instrumentation as well as production, kudos, exceptionally well done song,.added it up to music is truth
cheers
bryon




Chandra Moon

4/1/2011 1:59:46 AM
Thanks so much for listening and commenting on my new song. I really appreciate feedback and I agree with your comments - it needs quite a lot of work but at least the bare bones are there. I have a great producer who'll help arrange it but I'll probably keep it pretty simple.

I'll pass your lyrics on to my friend with the horse exhibition. I'll let you know what she thinks.
Thanks x




Michael Musumeci

3/24/2011 11:54:04 AM
hey congrats on being a featured artist!



Bob Nesom

3/21/2011 12:09:38 PM
Tom, I discovered your page as a wealth of incredible song writing. Thank you.
Bob Nesom



 

       

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I'm also a painter and you can see some of my work at www.paintingtheearth.com. and at www.saatchigallery.com. The paintings next to my songs were done by me, though I do mostly landscapes these days. Currently, I have a painting show going up in August in Oakland. I also have some work up at The Ploughman's Lunch in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Haven't been playing live much lately, except the occasional open mic and cafe gigs. I'll keep you posted. I've written a ton of new music lately and I'm working on some more paintings. Bob Elliott and I have collaborated on a killer CD called Dreamtown. and He also produced and performed on a CD for me backed by his band, the Pawns. If you want one, I'm more than happy to burn you a copy FOR FREE! Just tell me where to send it.

My love, Jan, and I have made the move from Seattle to Oakland - I'm hooking up with some brilliant old musical friends. I'm sure nothing but good will come of it.
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