Next Big Thing

by Allen Mask

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Winner of the 2011 National Battle for the Bands Competition hosted by DoSomething.Org, VH1 Save The Music and The Hot Topic Foundation.

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Verse 1:
Party people get tuned let’s go
Tell me that you’re ready to be part of the show
Show me whatcha got
Let the schoolhouse rock, they’ll see
Everybody play it loud on three
Bravo, just stand and clap
Let it go, we’ll take our music back
Right here with the band, we choose to be
Thank you we do play beautifully
Its our voice whether tuned or not
T-Payne, Coltrane, Al Green and PAC
We can make it just because we like to dream a lot
To come true, you gotta have a wish don’t you?
They taught us each song to play
Our teachers always taking time to say
Theres Infinity in every single chord you play
I gotta hunch that music education needs to come back

Think if we could touch one mind
Pick apart the problems of the world one time
We gotta tell the youth let’s sing
Music is forever we the next best thing
If we could change one life
Pick apart the problems of the game just twice
We gotta tell the youth let’s sing
Music is forever we the next best thing

Verse 2:
This ones for the PTA and school board crew I believe they may
Think our new passion breeds distraction we won’t stop we’ll play
How would you like it if your teenage son
Ended up a hot topic on the vH1
You’d see a miracle with every time you look in his eyes
And notice harmony and melody have kept him alive
So i jive with the rhythm of my school drum line
Ray Charles, Prince, Tom waits, Sunshine
Maybe I can get around the world one time
Rock a tour so large I can bring the whole schoolyard
They taught us each note to read
Our teachers they were who we hopes to be
Because of them we can play it soulfully
I gotta hunch that music education needs to come back

Verse 3:
At the Grammys I’ma thank Jim Ketch
For showing me to play it up another half step
For telling me to think inside if all 12 keys
How I cant go wrong withy a Steinway steez
We tryna get the music all back
Cuz every private lesson with a metronome track
Helped me think about the world in everyones hat
This art should be where the curriculums start
It taught me how to live in all clefs
Queen, Pink Floyd, Max Roach, Mos Def
I’ma be the best cuz I still play fresh always
Reminiscent of my jazz band days
Every single track I produce and mix
Pays a lot a bit of homage to my teachers wish
I would never let what i learned in music drift
I gotta hunch that music education needs to come back


released April 25, 2011
For music education.
We owe you one.
Written and Produced by Allen Mask and SimTraks

Production Credits:
Eric Sim - Simtracks Studios (Garner, NC)
Scott McDowell - Hyde Street Studios (San Francisco, CA)

Special Thanks:
Jordan Woodson - Creative / Design
Carly Brantmeyer - Photography


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Allen Mask San Francisco, California

al·len mask
noun /’alən,mask/ [singular]

20something recording artist whose compositions and productions are suggestive of musically innovative yet universally accepted hip hop.

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