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Music by Timothy Truman

 

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EYES ON THE PRIZE by Timothy Truman

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Arrangement, all instruments & vocals by Timothy Truman. Recorded at Punkin' Studio,  March-April, 2011.

GEAR INFO:  Takamine Acoustic (2 tracks); Brass-bodied Republic Duolian Resonator Guitar (2 tracks); Dean 6-string Banjo (1 track); Hand-held shaker; Boss Drum Machine.
 

 

-ABOUT THE SONG-

"EYES ON THE PRIZE" IS AN OLD GOSPEL SONG WHICH HAS ALSO SERVED AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR LABOR UNION GATHERINGS AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT OVER THE DECADES. EARLIER THIS YEAR, I WAS ASKED TO PERFORM THE SONG AND RELATE THE STORY OF PAUL & SILAS, WHOM THE SONG MEMORIALIZES, AS PART OF A CELEBRATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY AT LANCASTER'S UNIVERSALIST UNITARIAN CHURCH. BECAUSE THE SONG IS SO REVERED BY APPALACHIA'S SCOTS-IRISH MINERS AS WELL AS DR. KING'S AFRICAN AMERICAN FREEDOM MARCHERS, I DECIDED TO GIVE THE ARRANGEMENT A BIT OF A CELTIC SPIN VIA A "DROPPED D" TUNING (CAPOED TO E FLAT). PERFORMING THE SONG LIVE FOR THE UU CHURCH CAME SURPRISINGLY EASY, BUT RECORDING IT IN MY STUDIO WAS ANOTHER MATTER. I RECORDED THREE DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF IT BEFORE SETTLING ON THIS ONE.

THE RECORDING IS DEDICATED TO MY MOM AND SISTERS AND TO MY DEAR FRIENDS & LONGTIME MUSICAL COHORTS MIKE DIEHM & JIM FOLKER, ALL OF WHOM HAVE TAUGHT ME A LESSON OR TWO ABOUT KEEPING THE FAITH AND HOLDING ON. HOPE YOU ENJOY IT.  

-TIMOTHY TRUMAN, LANCASTER, PA., APRIL 2011

NOTE: THIS RECORDING IS PROVIDED FOR YOUR PERSONAL USE ONLY. ARRANGEMENT & PERFORMANCE COPYRIGHT 2011 TIMOTHY TRUMAN. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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HEAR MORE OF TIM'S MUSIC AT HIS MYSPACE MUSIC PAGE.

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-CONTACT INFORMATION-

Email: t.truman@verizon.net

Mail: Timothy Truman, 59 Delp Road, Lancaster, PA 17601