Tobin Mueller | If I Could Live Long Enough

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If I Could Live Long Enough

by Tobin Mueller

Original alternative rock, folk fusion and jazz: Mueller's best songs, featuring Michael Hedges, Woody Mankowski, Norman Goodman, more.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If I Could Live Long Enough (feat. John Selvia)
6:28 $0.99
2. Before There Were Gods (feat. Michael Hedges)
6:09 $0.99
3. Pilgrim of the Great Return (feat. Woody Mankowski)
5:30 $0.99
4. Was There Once a Time
4:35 $0.99
5. Forge a New Life (feat. Norman Goodman)
7:46 $0.99
6. Falling
4:25 $0.99
7. Turn It Around
4:14 $0.99
8. When I Sing
5:08 $0.99
9. A Promise (feat. Woody Mankowski)
6:38 $0.99
10. The Shape of My Life (feat. Woody Mankowski)
5:46 $0.99
11. When You Awake to Me (feat. Woody Mankowski)
4:51 $0.99
12. When You Awake (Reprise) [feat. Emily Rohm]
2:16 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
A collection of never before released songs that represent some of Mueller's best songwriting. From alternative rock to folk fusion to jazz, these songs were written between 1981 and 2004, representing the first half of Mueller's musical career. Some of them are from sessions that ended up producing too many tracks to fit on a specific record. Some were show tunes that didn't make it onto a cast album. Some were done just for fun, as vehicles to explore new technologies or to experiment with new bandmates.

The album features the distinctive acoustic guitar work of Michael Hedges (track 2), soprano sax (track 3) and jazz vocals (tracks 9-11) by Woody Mankowski, bass guitar by John Selvia (tracks 1 and 3), lead guitar by Norman Goodman (track 5), and the sweet and haunting vocals of Emily Rohm (track 12). Mueller's vocals carry the other tracks, recorded before health issues sidelined him from singing. The songs show Mueller's versatility as both a songwriter and an arranger.

There are interesting stories behind every track. Feel free to visit Mueller's Official Website ( to learn more.



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"If I Could Live Long Enough" is a compilation of twelve of Tobin Mueller’s favorite songs that didn’t make it onto any of his twenty-five previous albums. Most of the songs are sung by Mueller, but the last four tracks are sung by artists who performed them in Mueller’s musicals. The songs date back as far as 1981, but most were written between 2001 and 2004. Of all of the artists that I’ve reviewed over the years, Tobin Mueller has to be the most versatile. He has released numerous solo piano albums that range from new age to jazz to classical, etc. His vocal albums include covers and a wide variety of originals. There are also collaborations with several different musicians, including Woody Mankowski, who appears on this one singing and playing sax (not at the same time!). Mueller has also written several musicals, so there isn’t much in the music realm that he hasn’t done and that vast experience is evident in this music, too. The lyrics of all of the songs are poetic and meaningful.

"If I Could Live Long Enough" begins with the title tune, a folk song that began as a “whimsical, ironic, comic love song” and includes John Selvia on bass. Apparently the “comic” part evolved, as the song very effectively presents a varied bucket list of things that would be great to experience in this life. “Before There Were Gods” was originally developed as an homage to late guitarist Michael Hedges (1953-1997) and his performance of his song “Lenona” was used with the permission of Hedges’ estate. The lyrics were inspired by Tobin’s wife, Suzanne, and beautifully express the timelessness of love - my favorite track on the album. “Pilgrim of the Great Return” is a folk-jazz song Mueller collaborated on with his son, Anton, and sax player Woody Mankowski. When the acoustic guitar is in the lead, the folk influence is obvious, and when the sax leads, it becomes a jazz song. When they merge, it’s musical magic - another favorite. “Was There Once a Time” was written after 9/11 and asks the question of whether there was ever a time when idealism was real and life made more sense - as appropriate a question now as it was then. Keyboard accompaniment is a simple backdrop for the profound lyrics. “Falling” is the oldest song in the collection, originally written in 1981. The lyrics have changed somewhat over the years as have the arrangements, but the original solo ballad accompanied by a nylon string patch on a Korg keyboard, is ultimately a beautiful and soulful love song - I really like this one, too! “Turn It Around” is pure fun! It was written in 2004 for a contest to write “new” 80’s music and Mueller wrote it to express the exhilaration that comes from dancing for an extended period of time and how if everyone felt like that the world would be a much better place. The next three songs come from Mueller’s musical, "Creature." Woody Mankowski, who played two roles in the show, sings “A Promise,” “The Shape Of My Life,” and “When You Awake.” Emily Rohm sings a reprise of “When You Awake” that was in the show "Runners In a Dream." It’s an achingly poignant song that is sung by a ghost mother to her daughter who is hiding from the Nazis - a wonderful close to the album.

"If I Could Live Long Enough" is a very special treat from this very prolific artist and is recommended!