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I'll Be That

from Etudes 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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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
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


from Etudes, released January 26, 2024


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Mikel Rouse New York, New York

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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