ALLEN TOUSSAINT 1938-2015 

I'm saddened to hear about artist, producer, songwriter Allen Toussaint's passing.  Many years ago I went to see him perform at the now long gone Larry's Hideaway on Carlton St.  It was so weird to see a grand piano at dingy old Larry's. Allen came out in a show bizzy sparkly white bell bottom suit and lovingly performed his beautiful, gentle songs covered by so many great artists from Lee Dorsey, Patti LaBelle and Glen Campbell.  We chatted after the show and about the state of music, Marshall Sehorn and Dr. John.  I then thanked him for the music and he graciously accepted a record I had put out at the time with my group The Sharp Set. 
I remember that night well.

This video, although much more recent is pretty much the way I saw Mr. Toussaint perform.

John Palubski
November 10,2015

 

MARK ON THE WORLD - THE SONG EXPLAINED 

On the release of our video for the song "Mark On the World" I decided to write about the song itself as many of our friends and supporters have asked me about the lyrics.

Muscle Souls doesn’t usually write songs with a lot of imagery, metaphors and other literary devices that cloud the meaning of the song.  We’re more inspired by the tradition of the great soul and pop music of the 60’s and 70’s that said things plainly, elegantly, straight to the heart of the matter.  Although we too enjoy the mystique of a cryptic lyric, life is short so let’s not get too bogged down with fancy words and hide behind a flimsy wall of obscure references known only to the artist.  Let’s leave that to folk music!
 
But the song “Mark On the World” was going to be different.
 
I often say to people, “Life isn’t neat and tidy.”  You don’t go from a bad relationship to a good one, a bad job to a good one, a bad day to a good one without some effort, friction, stress, anxiety, hurting someone…sometimes yourself in the process.  Let’s face it, sometimes you have to jump out of a leaky boat even if the water is on fire.
 
Like most people, I was shocked, horrified, angry and saddened all at once witnessing the events that took place on September 11, 2001.  In the following days, the artist in me persisted in trying to find a way to express my thoughts and feelings about that terrible day.  From local community stations to major radio stations, songs started to pop up expressing anger, disillusion and sometimes, extreme maudlin sentiments.  As a writing approach, songs about falling towers or kicking some elusive, unknown foe’s ass didn’t sit right with me.  After all, I was merely a witness.
 
How could I write about something without actually writing about it?  How could I write a lyric about a specific event without using the words that would tie it forever to a time and place?  How could I write a song that doesn’t admonish anyone or give advice as if I know the answers to the questions why, why, why?
 
I thought about the people who were gone.  I thought about the people left behind.  No matter what your belief of what happens after we die, those of us still left standing are left to deal with the loss.  I thought about how some people went to work that day and just didn’t come home.  I thought about the petty arguments we may have had that morning.  You forgot to lock the door.  You didn’t walk the dog.  You left the gas tank on empty, which made me late for work.  The kids forgot their lunch and so many little things that are of no consequence in the bigger picture.
 
I thought about how someone didn’t come home that day, and that pile of laundry they said they would do yesterday turned into to a wonderful shrine today. How someone must have lifted that pile of laundry and wept into it, trying all at once to apologize for yelling at them that morning and at the same time, hold them in their arms again, smelling the scent of their cologne.
 
It was a very tricky topic to write about indeed because for a moment, the world stopped that day.  The words needed to be distilled down to simple phrases.  The music had to be strong, triumphant, to charge on with a only touch of sweetness in the final descending chord structure.  The only way I could see approaching it was to try to write it from the perspective of the person who was gone, the person who no longer had concern for those petty little arguments, a person who, if they could speak to us might say, “I’m sorry for the mess I left behind but I love you and I’m trying to tell you, you will find the strength to carry on. Because now, I’m a memory.”
 
John Palubski
November 6, 2015
 
 
For those interested, here is the complete lyric.
 
Mark On the World – words and music by John Palubski
 
Toothpaste pills and sugar spills
Coffee rings and unpaid bills
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
 
Longing looks and dog-eared books
Laundry heaps and unheard pop hooks
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
 
People offended, friendships ended
And many more things to be mended
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
 
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on…
The world, when it stops
You’ll see the place I lived
So now, let it spin
Find another place to begin, to begin
 
Toothpaste pills and sugar spills
Coffee rings and unpaid bills
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
 
On the skids, banging pot lids
Music to my two great kids
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
 
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
 
Finally, here's the video!
 

NEW DOMAIN, FREE MUSIC, NEW VIDEO! 

Hello Friends

You may remember that Muscle Souls was working on a music video for "Mark On the World". We're pleased to announce that it's ready and we'll be announcing a release date soon! In the meantime please check our gallery page or facebook and twitter for some images from the video!

In other news:

After a long waiting period we were finally able to obtain the web domain "musclesouls.com". It was previously owned by a female body builder but luckily the domain became available and we snapped it up. You can now find us at http://www.musclesouls.com and also at www.musclesoulsmusic.com until we will phase out the old domain.

We've also added a new feature to our website which is a hidden Free Music Download page.
If you haven't already bought our CD or downloaded the music, please follow the link below to our special download page. Just enter the password #musclesouls and you will be prompted to the download for your computer or mobile device. If you'd like to introduce your friends to Muscle Souls, please share the link and password code with them so they can take advantage of this offer! You won't see the link to this page on our site, so you need to copy and paste it if you want to access free music.
Here's the link...and remember the password is #musclesouls
http://musclesouls.com/free-download

Muscle Souls supports the @BlueJays 

Hello Friends! We're a Toronto based band and we support the Toronto Blue Jays! As they make their Mark On the World we'd like to celebrate their success by offering a free music download! Just go to the "free download" link on our site and enter the password "gojaysgo"

MARK ON THE WORLD - VIDEO COMING! 

Here's a teaser still from our upcoming video for "Mark On the World"! We've had a lot of fun shooting this one. We still have one more scene to shoot but editing has already begun! We are anxious to share it with you!

Spain discovers Muscle Souls! 

Hola!
There's an old Three Dog Night song that goes, "Well, I've never been to Spain but I kinda like the music". Well, we've never been to Spain but we'd sure love to go! It seems that someone in Spain "kinda" likes Muscle Souls. Yesterday, Spanish lifestyle magazine Loff It published this lovely article about Muscle Souls and all we can say to that is...."Gracias!"

To read the article, follow this link.
http://loffit.abc.es/2015/03/11/ill-be-there-when-youre-broken-muscle-souls/186465

For the Love of MOD - Tokyo 

Muscle Souls are excited to announce that our song, "Mark On the World" has been featured in the 3rd part of a documentary series, "For the Love of Mod". Examining the "Mod" British subculture, filmmaker Emma-Rosa Dias travels to Japan to see how the Mods in Tokyo adopted this "lifestyle" and make it distinctly their own. We love the Japanese take on Mod which of course is a huge influence on Muscle Souls. There's lots of great, new original music included in the FTLOM-Tokyo which will be coming out in a downloadable soundtrack!  We'll let you know more about that but in the meantime, check out the trailer for the film below or purchase the film for your collection!

You can watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/RRQEQlqCfg4

To order the "For the Love of Mod" DVD, just follow this link: http://afromicproductions.com/mod.html

Looking back at January 2015 

Hello Friends 

Here's a Muscle Souls, update for January.
 
As we mentioned our “Mark On the World” release got picked up by a great San Francisco based radio program “Pop that Goes Crunch”. With our November entry onto their play list, the title track managed to make it into their top 30 singles for 2014 (#27) and into their top 10 EP’s for 2014 (#3)
 
From there, Muscle Souls has been included on several other shows as well. All are broadcast live and are archived for pod-cast listening at your convenience. They all feature music old and new from genres including power pop, Mod, Northern Soul, Beat, R ‘n B, Jazz and Blues with each DJ bringing their particular flair to their choices and commentary. We recommend listening to all of them or at least sample a few and see which ones you might include in your regular music listening.
 
Here’s the list of shows that have or will be featuring Muscle Souls tracks. The # sign indicates which of their shows include one of our tracks.
 
Ice Cream Man – Power Pop and More (Gothenburg, Sweden) Show #70
http://icecreammanpowerpop1967.podomatic.com/
 
Pop that Goes Crunch (San Francisco, USA)
http://popthatgoescrunch.com/
 
Punks in Parkas (Winnipeg, Canada)
http://punksinparkas.podomatic.com/
 
Radio Free Americana (FLA, USA)
http://radiofreeamericana.com/
 
The Music Authority (FLA, USA)
http://cp.usa7.fastcast4u.com:2199/start/jamprell/
 
Radio New York International (NYC, USA)
http://www.johnlightning.com/
 
The Glory Boy Mod Radio Show (Stoke-On-Trent, UK)
http://www.6towns.co.uk/
 
Friends in the US take note since New Jersey based online store Kool Kat Musik has added our “Mark On the World” CD to their catalogue! Kool Kat has lots of great music available in all genres but with a special section devoted to Power Pop, Melodic Rock, Alt Country etc and they are the first and at this time exclusive US based source to stock our CD’s! You can visit them here:
http://www.koolkatmusik.com/
 
We had a scare when friend and supporter David Bash, the main man behind the International Pop Overthrow festival had a recent health set back but the good news is we just learned he is back home and back to work on the upcoming IPO! We wish David a speedy recovery! http://internationalpopoverthrow.com/
 
We did lose a dear friend Anne Wallace who quietly passed after full life of 97 years. Anne was a supporter of Muscle Souls. A lovely soul herself, she will be missed by family and friends.
 
In other news, Muscle Souls wrapped up a day of shooting our video for “Mark On the World” over the weekend. We have one more scene to shoot but editing has already started! When it’s done we will be sharing with people on our mailing list first! Go to our contact page and get in touch with us to have an exclusive preview of the video before anyone else!
 
In live music news our next show is at Junction City Music Hall in Toronto on Thursday, February 19!
 
Hope to see you there!
 

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