Charlie Parker (Music Will Save His Soul)

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Vincent our piano player at the time was the one who sparked this one. He had been playing the piano melody for a while. It seemed like every time we were around a piano he'd be playing it to me. There weren't any lyrics until I found myself with a good friend listening to an old jazz radio station. The jockey on the station was talking about Charlie Parker, the "yardbird" sax player and influential jazz and beboop composer. I decided to write the song in ode to the late musician. It describes his troubled life as he dealt with his own fame and the fame he never truly achieved. His music was the only thing that kept him sane. Although the song and story of Charlie is tragic, the theme of the song "The only thing that he knows, music will save his soul" is strangely understood by musicians and non-musicians alike all around the world. It's human nature. Our connection with and through music will never fully be understood. Charlie Parker understood it better than most and wanted nothing more out of life than to share it with the rest of the world. - Duane Okun

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from Socratic (The Album), track released January 10, 2012

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Socratic mixes clever witty lyrics, catchy spangled melodies, and engaging arrangements into a melting pot full of pop sensibility and rock & roll elements to deliver a unique and tasteful spin on a modern (and not so modern) culture.

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