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Dying to Be Heard,

by Bill Mumy

Rootsy, honest, guitar-based, lyric driven, alternative rock with a twist.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Nero's Fiddle
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2. My Sweet Seleena
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3. Ambiguous Sky / Monte
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4. In the Grand Scheme of Things
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5. Dying to be Heard
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6. Our Beautiful Life
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7. Yes You in the Blue
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8. Waiting (Little Seattle Junkie)
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9. Denver Thing
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10. I Know We All Go
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11. So I Sit by the Sea
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12. The Ballad of William Robinson
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Bill Mumy is a multi-talented, prolific artist who entered the arena of professional entertainment at the age of five. He has worked on over four hundred television shows and is best known by fans around the world for the creation of his memorable role as the heroic boy astronaut "Will Robinson" on the long running classic series "Lost in Space." From 1993 through 1998 he played the noble, mystical "Lennier" in the popular science fiction series "Babylon 5."

Bill has released seven solo CDs: "With Big Ideas" (2006), "Los Angeles Times"(2005), "Ghosts" (2003), "After Dreams Come True" (2001), "Pandora's Box" (2000), "In The Current" (1999) and 1997's "Dying To Be Heard".

"The Jenerators", Bill's performing rock band that he fronts with fellow actor and sometimes writing partner Miguel Ferrer, have released three albums, "The Jenerators," "Hitting the Silk," and "Pony Up." 1999 saw the release of "The Be Five: Trying To Forget", another Renaissance CD written and produced by Bill featuring vocals by actors from Babylon 5. Bill's has also produced three albums for children, "Kiss My Boo Boo"(Infinite Visons), “The Dinosaur Album” and “Yogi Bear and Friends: This Land is Your Land”. (Kid Rhino)

He has worked with the pop group "America" off and on for over twenty years, composing, producing and performing with the band. As a songwriter Bill has supplied songs to such varied artists as pop stars America, David and Shaun Cassidy,Sea Wind, Wild Man Fischer, the legendary Rosemary Clooney as well as over 100 songs for the Disney Channel.

Bill is half of the infamous novelty rock recording and short film making duo "Barnes and Barnes". Best known for the classic demented song and film "Fish Heads", Barnes and Barnes have released nine albums and a feature length videotape. Rolling Stone magazine named Fish Heads # 57 of the all time greatest rock videos ever created. All of the Barnes & Barnes albums have been re-released on CD.

A short time ago TV Guide listed their top 100 television episodes of all time. Two of them starred Bill Mumy.


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Danny Will

Dying to be Heard
The c.d. was GREAT! I espeacially loved the song... "The Ballad of William Robinson" and I'm in the process of collecting the Bill Mumy c.d.'s I have 2 of the 6 and I like them both!!!!!

A music fan

Bill Mumy really can write, play the guitar & sing!
Bill Mumy is truly talented! I was thrilled to be introduced to this man's music. Too often I'm skeptical of actors who think they're musicians/singers. Most should keep their day jobs. However, Bill Mumy really can write, play the guitar & sing! And he has fun! 'My Sweet Seleena' is wonderful. 'Dying To Be Heard' is brilliant--a truly haunting piece. Just listen to the words. I enjoy all of the songs. This cd is a well rounded package. A pleasant experience. Quality recording. Bill has wonderful voice. I highly recommend the purchase. Also, check out Bill Mumy's band The Jenerators. "Hitting The Silk" is yet another cd experience that is loads of fun!!

A music fan

Bill Mumy - Rock and Roll's Best Kept Secret?
Dying To Be Heard is a great record - period. Every song is a winner - absolutely no weak cuts. When I first put the cd on, I was amazed at the consistency - one great song after another. Great melodies, innovative chord progressions, and some of the best lyrics this side of Bob Dylan. To my ears, Bill Mumy shows himself to be in the same league as the masters of the genre - Neil Young, Lennon and McCartney, , Springsteen, Petty, etc. yet at the same time, showcasing a style that is completely his own. This is an important cd, and belongs in the collection of anyone that appreciates great rock and roll. I can't wait for the next one.

suzene

There's quite a variation of mood and tempo from one track to the next
Painful experience has taught me to approach albums by actor/musicians with caution. I was delighted to find that it was unecessary in this case. There's quite a variation of mood and tempo from one track to the next, from the upbeat "My Sweet Selena" (I suggest reading the back cover for more on the origin of the title. It's clever and very... well... sweet) to the whistful longing of "So I Sit By the Sea." "Yes You In Blue" goes on a bit of a tear with a slight flavor of the 60's and "The Ballad Of William Robinson" is wonderfully tragic. The songs themselves are well contructed and the tunes are the sort you'll find yourself humming without even thinking about it. I highly recommend this album!

Earl Green

The performance is outstanding, it's some of Mumy's best singing
You may know him as Lennier or Will Robinson or that creepy kid who cropped up again after 40 years in the Twilight Zone, but Bill Mumy's also a more than capable musician, as demonstrated by this early solo effort.
It's easy to say that Dylan is a prominent influence on Mumy's own brand of singwriting, but think electric Dylan here. Mumy lets loose with some wailing electric guitar work in the background of his folky tunes. Ambiguous Sky / Monte is not only the best example of this electric-era Dylan influence, but it's a catchy song with a very Dylanesque lyric. But Mumy isn't just paying homage to Bob Dylan for the whole running time of the CD - at other times, he backs off of the electrics and goes for a feel-good folky sound, as with My Sweet Seleena. Other highlights include Our Beautiful Life and Yes You In The Blue.
And finally, you may laugh at the thought of Mumy penning a heartfelt, somber tune called The Ballad Of William Robinson, but don't you dare laugh. It's the crowning jewel of Dying To Be Heard, and actually puts a mature spin on Mumy's adolescent Lost In Space character, updating us on what has happened to the Robinson family since their last televised adventures. The performance is outstanding, it's some of Mumy's best singing, and the whole song is built around a positively mesmerizing guitar lick with some equally hypnotic (and appropriately spaced-out) keyboard backing courtesy of Mumy's son Seth. A must-listen, whether you liked the song's inspiration or not.
It's a pity that Bill Mumy isn't the musical superstar he deserves to be. I applaud his acting talents, and I've always enjoyed them, but sometimes I think his screen fame has shafted him when it comes to getting his music taken seriously. Just about any Bill Mumy album will help you recover from the notion that every actor's musical ambitions must necessarily culminate in a disaster of Golden Throats proportions. I highly recommend this one to you.
Reviewed by Earl Green
theLogBook.com editor/webmaster

Cecilia

Most of us are Dying To Be Heard but usually we are not!
My favorite song here starts "Started off in Bishop, on my way to Denver" in Denver Thing - the tempo is dance music!
Nero's Fiddle reminded me of LA's riots and other madness.

Dying To Be Heard though is the big mystery. He pulls off a LA freeway to write both the music & words and they are both sad stories of urban life. I love the softness of both I Know We All Go and So I Sit By the Sea. They are his trademark swan songs to close out the CD. But the Ballad of Will Robinson is a simple, lonely cry from the empty skies of the heavens. He really needed a woman up there!!

Doug

Song for today from yesterday
Another excellent album by Bill Mumy. The songs on this album are definitely thought provoking. The title track "Dying To Be Heard" is, in my opinion, one of the best of the best of Mr. Mumy's songs. Once again, with only a couple of exceptions, Bill has written, recorded and mixed the entire album. And from my previous experience with the amazing talent of this man, this is quite apparent. Even though these songs were released in 1997, the lyrics of "Yes You In The Blue" are amazingly pertinent to our current times. And with "The Ballad Of William Robinson", Mr. Mumy mixes his past acting experience on "Lost In Space" with his creative style of music.
Another quality album one must have to add to their Mumy music collection. Buy it! You won't regret it.