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“Tao Tunes”

Dave Flippo’s globaljazz ensemble “FLIPPOMUSIC’ performs a collection of musical settings of the ancient, and strikingly relevant “Tao Te Ching.” Tao Tunes is the ensemble's fourth CD release. These short, thought-provoking writings by Lao Tsu have been carefully shaped into lyrics and clothed in a wide variety of musical styles, moods and grooves, including Latin, ballad, funk, swing bebop. Patrons will receive a program of the text and Dave,band members or audience volunteers will also read the lyrics before some of the performances. This program can also be presented as a concert, as described below.
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The ensemble can appear as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet.

“Lyrics with Lessons”

"Lyrics with Lessons" presents several of it's original “Tao Tunes” program but will also include other pieces that teach interesting lessons with their lyrics. Aside from several Tao Tunes, other of these songs include: Nature Boy (made popular by Nat King Cole) Imagine (Lenon & Mc Cartney) Accentuate the Positive (made popular by Bing Crosby and Perry Como) Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell Do You Realize - Flaming Lips Visions – Stevie Wonder Fragile - Sting While My Guitar Genrly Weeps- G .Harrison and others…

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The ensemble can appear as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet.

There are two possible formats for these programs.
Both formats would provide the audience would be provided a program containing all the lyrics.

1.) Each lyric can read before the song’s performance (with possible discussion).
2.) The program can be done as a music concert.
Concerts will include brief explanations of each piece’s background by the performers.

Audio Clips:

USEFUL
Tao Tunes-Flippo
"There's thirty spokes on the hub of a wheel, but it's the hold in the middle that is useful..."

STOP
Tao Tunes-Flippo
"You better stop before you fill it to the top. Sharpen it twice, you'll find your knife won't slice..."

PARADOX
Tao Tunes-Flippo
"That which shrinks must first be full. That which fails must be sturdy..."


FRAGILE
Sting
"Perhaps this final act was meant to clinch a lifetime's argument, but nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could..."


UP FROM THE SKIES
Jimi Hendrix
"I just wanna talk to you.
I won't do you no harm.
I just wanna know about your different lives,
On this here people farm..

BIG YELLOW TAXI
Joni MItchell
"They paved paradise and they put up a parking lot... Don't it always seem to go, you don't know what you've got till it's gone...?

Sample Lyrics (Partial):

Useful
Tao Tunes-Flippo

"There's thirty spokes on the hub of a wheel,
but it's the hold in the middle that is useful.
A lump of clay can be shaped into a bowl,
but it's the space deep inside that is useful.
So useful.
Cut two windows or more, then add a door,
It's the holes in the walls that are useful, they're very useful. It's a loose rule.
They're useful...

So profit comes from what is there. An usefulness from what is not.

Nature Boy
(as sung by Nat King Cole)
There was a boy
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far
Very far, over land and sea.
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he.

And then one day, a magic day
He passed my way, and while we spoke
Of many things, fools kings
This he said to me:

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return."

Stop
Tao Tunes-Flippo

You better stop,
before you fill it to the top.
Sharpen it twice,
you'll find your knife won't slice.
Too many riches,
and the crooks develop itches.
If your ego gets too big,
you could loose your gig.

So retire when the work is through.
One exhalation relieves frustration.
And do only what you need to do.
This is the road to heaven.



Big Yellow Taxi
Joni Mitchell

They paved paradise
and they put up a parking lot

With a pink hotel, a boutique,
and a swinging hot spot

Don't it always seem to go?
Don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise
and they put up a parking lot.


Took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
a dollar and a half, just to see 'em

Don't it always seem to go?
You don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise
and they put up a parking lot.

Paradox
Tao Tunes-Flippo

That which shrinks must first be full.
That which fails must first be sturdy.
That which falls must first be raised.
Before one gets there must be giving.

The soft will melt the very hard.
The weak will win against the tyrant.
A fish should stay in waters deep.
A mighty state should hide it’s weapons.

This is how the world behaves,
The simple truth of how it goes.
Two opposites create a whole,
And everywhere a paradox.

Do You Realize?
Flaming Lips

Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face?
Do you realize we're floating in space?
Do you realize that happiness makes you cry?
Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes
Let them know you realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun don't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning 'round