That's the Key

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In the Melodious Ocean
On the island of G Flat Key
Lived many musical notes
Spending their days singing, yes, you guessed it, songs in G-flat together

Viola was a C-flat note
And though everyone thought that she
Fit in with everyone else
She felt that she didn’t harmonize with her home island’s endeavor

She knew deep inside
C-flat was not what she ought
She felt much more like B-natural
And every single day she thought

“Where I am factually free
To actually be
naturally me
That’s the key”

One day she finally tried it
But they all said, “No way, that’s wrong!
The only naturals here
Are all the Fs, and they’re fine at times, but followed best by a flat note”

So, though they all thought her perfect
Knowing that she did not belong
She chose to leave them behind
Visit the Musical Keys nearby on her old family sailboat

And though she was scared
Off-key, at last, this was it
Perhaps this key change would help her find
A place where she could finally fit

“Where I am factually free
To actually be
naturally me
That’s the key”

Each island was smaller and stranger
With even more naturals than previously
And she even heard tell of a place with only natural tone
Though the Key of B-flat was clearly not where it’s at
She soon found her first natural key
But at the Key of F, near the entryway clef, the only flat was B alone

Seemed to Viola the next key
Had to be the all-natural one
So she was shocked to find out
All of the other keys long ago were swallowed up by the ocean

About to give up and go home
Several notes said, “It could be fun
to have a B-natural around
Compared to the flatter keys, you’d be fine here, at least consider the notion”

And though she was scared
A smile grew on her face
They made new songs weird and wonderful
Viola finally found her place

“Where I am factually free
To actually be
naturally me
That’s the key”

“Where I am factually free
To actually be
naturally me
That’s the key”


from Everyone's Invited, released November 11, 2008
Written by and Ⓟ&© 2008 Mark S. Meritt (BMI). All rights reserved.

Dianne Mucci – Vocals
MSM – Instruments

Produced, arranged, recorded and mixed by MSM in the basement in the village, Red Hook, NY, using a MacBook Pro, MOTU Digital Performer 5.13, Native Instruments Kontakt 3, EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Gold Complete, Quantum Leap Colossus, EastWest/PMI Bösendorfer 290 Grand Piano, and an M-Audio Keystation Pro 88.

Vocals recorded in the garage on the mountain, Bloomingburg, NY.

Release Date: November 11, 2008
Album: Everyone's Invited
Track Number: 2
Length: 4:18

Written: 8th of the 12 songs for the album, February 2008
Key: Gb
Arranged: 1st, starting March 6, 2008
Vocals recorded 5th, July 22, 2008
Mixed: 2nd, starting September 10, 2008



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