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by Tirez Tirez

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    One of the most innovative composers of his generation, Mikel Rouse is known for a trilogy of operas that includes Dennis Cleveland and a gift for superimposing pop vernaculars onto avant-garde music. This memoir channels Rouse’s high energy personality into an exuberant account of the precarity and pleasures of artistic creation. Raconteur and starving artist, witty observer and acclaimed musician, Rouse emerged from the legendary art world of 1980s New York to build a forty-year career defined by stage and musical successes, inexhaustible creativity, and a support network of famous faces, loyal allies, and high-art hustlers. Rouse guides readers through a working artists’ hardscrabble life while illuminating the unromantic truth that a project’s reception may depend on a talented cast and crew but can depend on reliable air conditioning.
    Candid and hilarious, The World Got Away is a one-of-a-kind account of a creative life fueled by talent, work, and luck.
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Razorblade 03:58
RAZORBLADE So you’re tired of the rat race The mundane, common place The same old crowd (Is much too loud) And the same hangouts Taking orders That’s miles away Forest lawn Forest stay (chorus) There’s a chill in the air (Razorblade) Emotion, a fair exchange (Razorblade) Scenes like a landscape Take my time Turn it around Leave me behind Straggler in Iran Waste my time Change of heart Change my mind
A Summary 06:31
A SUMMARY I. Yesterday I saw a movie Today we’re going to the city To the city A. Today I went to school All the rooms were empty II. Take a look at this You just take a look I believe in symptoms Before I jump in III. A good summary would be: A. Try it out for a week B. Take it to the house (for approval) C. Reject both A and B D. Give it some time to breath IV. If I could learn tolerance I could probably hold a job A. If I could set the standard It would probably last a month V. Take a look at this You just take a look You don’t have to settle for too much Just enough
World War 04:30
WORLD WAR There are no more men There’s no more money It just started Do you own time Mating season Thin red line Read it in the New York Times No matter what has happened I’m on a holiday Keep this in mind Try to find a New York Times For our times Transparent comedy Taking a train at half fare Getting ready Abandoned children In a tavern, in a tavern Dancers of the east Dancers of the west It’s the mating season Focalize Cosmorama, cosmoline In this world Some change occurred Throw out the lifeline Throw out the lifeline
Hair 04:14
HAIR I’ve got my eyes open wife Given up a lot of things And when I get out of line Who’ll be waiting there? And even if we survive Can we really survive? Let one’s hair down To a hair There’s that quality That that makes something What it is The basic nature The quality of mercy Attribute Trait Fall in love-passionate Affection For love-A favor or for pleasure For the love of-for the sake of In love feeling love, enamoured Make love-as lovers’ do No love lost between-no liking or affection
I'll Be That 05:24
I’LL BE THAT If you control yourself Maybe it’s up to me I see there’s a time for you It’s up to me Like wasting my gas I took a drive I didn’t talk much I’m learning fas t That you can be anything that You want to be You go home, you don’t work out Just decide man, you think about it later I’ll be that You’ve seen patrolmen Their long arm I’ve been a doctor Not in my thoughts You can relate well You can be happy You can cut diamonds They last forever You can be anything that you want to be A pigeon flys without effort I know some girls who are witches I’ll be that
WEST LED THE DIAMOND KING 34 Try for a strike 38 One…a time 39 An Arabian capital 42 Destroy a car 44 Yearned 46 Begin’s lane 49 Swap 50 Surrender word 51 Suffix for sooth or gain 52 Kind of school 53 “Let…” Beatles Hit 54 Survey 55 Hairdo 57 …De deux 58 Anger 59 Leo the…(durocher) pass
Strike 06:15
STRIKE Got out early today At the crack of dawn Didn’t have a rough day And I didn’t win the Pulitzer Prize Thought about the big bill Thought about his life Thought about my life And I cracked a joke about life I couldn’t find the word Seems like a thousand words Couldn’t explain to Lynn The bigger they are They fall hard as a rock A strike is, like…too violent Savvy? Savvy? Savvy? Strike! Took a walk out the back way Couldn’t believe the time change The day was much darker And I wasn’t prepared Took a ride on the reading It was much longer than I remembered It seemed like a year It’s hard to care I couldn’t find the words Seemed like a thousand words Couldn’t explain violence Taking a point of view Something that comes to you You’ll never be the same Savvy? Savvy? Savvy? Strike! Can’t get out the word way Can’t get by on my wits Can’t imagine playing that song I can’t play that song any better
Vowels 06:21
VOWELS AEIOU AEIKNOWYOU Consonant Opposed to dissonant Congruity What is right Harmony Between us Friction We’re alright AEIOU AEILOVEYOU Vowel sounds… All the same to me Love sounds… All the same to me Love sounds all the same to me
Observation 05:54
OBSERVATION Well you make a phone call No one observes Your just making plans There and another If I talk about truth Want a face the truth Make me choose up sides Influenza Build a patio Just making plans Just making ends meet Be a paver If I talk about you Want a face the truth Make me choose up sides Influenza You can test a man’s strength In a Catholic school No one observes You’d be on your way


This is a Bandcamp Exclusive Re-Release to commemorate the upcoming University of Illinois Press publication of Mikel Rouse's memoir: "The World Got Away." This will be followed with a new release called "Language Barrier" on May 31. Etudes was Tirez Tirez’s first “official” LP release on the Object Music label out of Manchester. The band had formed in Kansas City, MO in 1977 and its first show was opening for Talking Heads on their More Songs About Buildings and Food tour. When the Heads were in town the following year on the Fear Of Music tour, they invited the fledgling Tirez Tirez to their show. This may have inspired the band’s move to New York City in 1978. They set about rehearsing for the record that would become Etudes and recorded it with James Mason (of Rhythm of Life fame) at Downtown Sound. Etudes was well received and marked the beginning of a 10 year run for the band.


released January 26, 2024

Mikel Rouse: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Piano
Jeff Burk: Bass, Guitar
Rob Shepperson: Drums, Percussion
James Mason: Engineer
Recorded at Downtown Sound, NYC 1980


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Mikel Rouse is a New York-based composer, director, performer and recording artist hailed as “a composer many believe to be the best of his generation.” (NY Times 2002) His works include 25 records, 7 films (including Funding and Music For Minorities), and a trilogy of media operas: Failing Kansas, Dennis Cleveland and The End Of Cinematics. ... more

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