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My Favorite Song to play from Ride The Cyclone, The Musical was Uranium Suite.

Updated: Jun 14, 2022

Why? I've always been partial to suites and rockin' overtures like Overture from Tommy by The Who, 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, or Handel's Water Music Overture. I love a collection of differing songs and parts all housed under one roof. Here, this suite is highly creative, with lyrics (like "We came here for the half-life, and stayed here our whole life") to the exciting, twisting and turning music that comes from the brilliance of Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell, whilst creating oodles of imagery.

Guitar Notes: I stayed within limits of the cast recording but was channeling Pete Townshend. Champion pedals used were OCD (distortion), AC Boost (overdrive), RC Boost (clarity and sparkle), Boss RV-3 (reverb/delay). No amp was used, My unbalanced 1/4" cable from the pedal board went straight into a Sans Amp DI/Amp Simulator.

My fav part of the song: The vocal feature with the achingly beautiful melody and rich, angelic, hymnal-type harmonies. (guitar is tacet and keyboard plays countermelodies, a la early Genesis). This part really struck me and sent chills down my spine every time I heard it from the pit. It sounds best cranked up!

And then you’re sailing through space

You don’t know up from down

And you feel a little strange

From all that spinning ‘round

And everything you loved

And everything you dreamed

And everything you feared

And everything that seemed so

Oh so terrifying

It’s far behind on the ground

Like our far from the city

Little itty bitty pretty hometown

Just a teeny tiny dot, on a wee blue ball

And we’ve all been spinning...

All been spinning

Round ‘n Round ‘n Round ‘n Round

‘n Round ‘n Round ‘n Round ‘n Round

‘n Round ‘n Round ‘n Round ‘n Round ‘n, woo!

Synopsis of the show: In this hilarious and outlandish story, the lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. When they awake in limbo, a mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell a story to win a prize like no other — the chance to return to life. A funny, moving look at what makes a life well-lived!

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