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=\=THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG

Forgotten Cries (of the Unheard)
 

Title:     Forgotten Cries 
Appears on:   "Dare to Dream"
Status:   - 2007  Release
Notes:  Duet with Melody Pere

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You can get the song  on i-Tunes or
from the CD  "Dare to Dream"

Asked about the song, Bill replies:

The first version, called  "Forgotten Cries of the Unheard" (also called "Reflections on the Nature of Life and Death" ),  was originally written in 1971. It's a long song (8:02) with a long story behind it. It is in no way meant as a commercial piece, but rather as an art song.  It was written in a very transitional period in my songwriting development, in terms of music exploration and subject matter.

Structurally, it is a collage piece, with musically distinct sections strung together, essentially like seven songs in one, similar to what Harry Chapin did in "Sniper", although this was written  before "Sniper" was ever released.

The form of the song was influenced by the album "A Quick One While He's Away" by the Who, where the last track (the title song) is also a collage piece, and was actually a trial run for the group in preparation for their major Rock Opera, "Tommy". Many of the music themes from "A Quick One..." can be heard in "Tommy".

Similarly, "Forgotten Cries" became a musical test-run for me before I wrote my Rock Opera "Song of Time to Come". The musical themes are all there, and the major philosophical questions addressed in "Forgotten Cries" are central to the Rock Opera.

"Forgotten Cries" has two characters speaking, not to each other, but to the listener.  In my typical delayed-gratification style, we don't find out for sure until the end who the characters are, but all the clues are there. This was written as a male-female duet, with the parts dovetailing through most of the song . The female part is the voice of a fetus about to be born, and the male voice is that of a person who has just died and is "crossing over". The song looks at the question of pre-life and after-life, and the roles of religion, faith, and reason -- all things I was trying to figure out at that part of life.

The song was first performed in public at a well-attended coffeehouse event at Bucknell Univerisy in Lewisburg, PA. I was joined in the duet by Mary Matthews, a vocalist in my band "Hatching Process", and backed up by members of the band. This was not an easy song to do live, but the response to the piece was very strong and positive, both from the music community, and also from the local Chaplain, who said it "provided unique insights to the nature of life and death".

The next year I started writing the Rock Opera, and the musical themes and subject matter became incorporated into that.

However, the original 8-minute version remained in my memory for 35 years as a cohesive entity, and it seemed appropriate to include it in the "Dare to Dream" CD collection, especially since the CD also contains the song "She Made It All Worthwhile", told from the perspective of a person who is watching others talk about him at his funeral. Also, the CD contains "Blind Man" which is from the Rock Opera as well, and "I Will Never Be Lost Again" which uses the music from the part of the Rock Opera which segues from "Forgotten Cries".

I  produced the song as I would have had it sound when it was first written.  To be able to do it as a duet with my very musically talented daughter was a wonderful treat.

So 35 years after it was composed, this unusual performance piece has found a home, and the philosophical questions it poses are still in search of answers.

( Lyrics  )

You can get the song  on i-Tunes or
from the CD  "Dare to Dream"

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