Dreamin' Again is a 'true-blue' solo album by Carlin Mueller. He wrote all of the music and lyrics, played all of the instruments, sang all of the tracks, recorded, produced, and mastered the album in his home studio. Filled with genuinely inspired songwriting, catchy guitar riffs and hooks, interesting lyrics and harmonies, solid beats, and a variety of song style flavors, Dreamin' Again is truly an enjoyable listening experience. Dreamin' Again- The stories behind the songs: 1. Dreamin' Again. It was a rainy night, with characteristic Midwest summer thunderstorms, and I was thinking and drinking (and vice versa), and generally being very contemplative. 2. One and Only. A play on the old Jack and Jill nursery rhyme, with the introduction of Jane. Jack and Jill and Jane: a perfect love triangle except Jill is jealous, Jane moves out, Jack self-medicates, and Jill and Jane end up together, minus Jack. 3. California Sun. After 18 years in the Chicago Metro area, I moved to Southern California, yes with my wife and Chihuahua and Weiner dog just like thy lyrics say. 4. Four More Miles. When I turned 36, it occurred to me that I had spent 18 years in Rural Nowhere Southern Illinois by birth (certainly not by choice), and 18 years mostly in the Chicago area. Rural Illinois is probably like Rural Anywhere, USA- the small towns are about 4 miles apart in every direction. I really did take my clothes and guitars to the Amtrak station in Centralia, Illinois when I moved to Chicago when I was 18. And I never did look back..... 5. Greed. A scathing tribute to everyone pursuing the almighty buck, materialism, and all the toys they can collect. 6. Floating Away. A mood music love song about being so overwhelmingly in love that you 'float away' emotionally. Pure infatuation. 7. Every Second, Every Minute. Another love song inspired by the longing to spend more time with your lover than is possible for whatever reason. I had recently seen The Mighty Bosstones and wanted to write a song with a kind of Ska-Calypso feel. 8. Too Good To Be True. A song about the night I met my wife, the love of my life. I was playing and singing at a local bar and I saw her sitting by herself. She wasn't looking at her watch or watching the door for a friend- she just looked 'sad (and pretty) sitting all by herself'. So I took a break and offered to buy her a drink.....Six years later (and counting), we're still happily married. And they say you can't meet quality people in bars.....HA! 9. Mailman, Mailman. A (totally ficticious) song about a Mailman stalking a woman on his postal route. 10. Countdown. The lyrics really do not mean or pertain to anything. The bass line evolved into a song one instrument at a time.
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