Muscle Souls Welcomes 2016 

Happy New Year! 
 
Greetings friends!  Muscle Souls wishes you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!  Thanks to you all for your continued support throughout 2015.  Muscle Souls had a relatively quiet year, as John was on the road playing in a Beatles show.  We did however release our video for “Mark On the World”, sign a music licensing deal with Jingle Punks, get a song featured in the documentary “For the Love of Mod – Tokyo”, as well as having our music added to more indie music shows around the world. 
  
Muscle Souls are going to ramp things up in 2016! 
  
In addition to the behind the scenes work, John and Nicole have been busy writing and arranging songs for a new Muscle Souls record for 2016.  The concept is to do a big “Pet Sounds” or “Wall of Sound” type production featuring some of Canada’s top go-to musicians.  This is an ambitious project for sure and we’ve been interviewing prospective producers for the project.  We’ll give you more details as we go along but we will most likely run another Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds for the album.  We’ve been devising some fun and unique perks this time around and hope we can count on you to get involved and be part of making a fantastic record! 
  
Best to you in 2016! 
John and Nicole 
 

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

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