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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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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


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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