A big thanks to Gabriela, who also has Short Prose Blog, for posting Hitman on MasticadoresUsa // Editora: Gabriela Marie Milton.
I was inspired to write this song after reading an article in the New York Post by Isabel Vincent about Julio Santana who retired as a hitman after 47 years. The story fascinated me, and the fact that he could live long enough to retire without getting knocked off seemed incredible. I worked on this song for over two years. The lyrics and music went through many rewrites before I came up with the final version of the song. Whether Julio’s story is real or not, Ms. Vincent wrote about it and I put it into a song.
37 thoughts on “Hitman posted on MasticadoresUsa // Editora: Gabriela Marie Milton”
Wow, it was a fantastic piece! I initially thought it got dark too fast, but Ofcourse, what was I expecting of a song with the title “hitman.” I loved how it went with the rhythm, the drum beats and the music. Truly enjoyed!
Thanks, Sam. It starts off dark. Rain forest justice is brutal. As I mentioned the lyrics and music went through many revisions. The lyrics and rhythm ended up being like a hyper ballad.
What a fantastic song, Tim! Love how you told his tale…
Thanks, Dale. I’m happy you liked it.
Very smart lyrics!
Thanks again, Dale. I put a lot of time into them.
Oh, I can tell!
Two today TImothy. What I like to see.
Normally only one, but when Gabriela post my poems and songs, I have to make an exception.
Glad you did xxx
Just finished listening too. Great work.
Great song, Tim. Thanks for this post and the link!
You are welcome, Herman. I’m happy you liked the song.
This is an extraordinary and compelling song, Timothy. The music goes well with the detail of the words.
Thank you for your extraordinary comment, Roberta. There was a lot of recording and rerecording to get everything to fit.
I loved it and can see the effort, Timothy. You are to be applauded for this song.
Wow, Timothy, Congratulations on another piece published and a great song. It is commendable you starting writing it that long ago. Kuddos. It is powerful and insightful and I love the chorus which really is light hearted amongst the heavy hard feeling of the hit man. Can’t wait to read the story. 💖
Thanks, Cindy. I’m happy you liked it. It’s a fascinating story.
you’re so welcome. It was awesome! 💖👏👏👏
Awesome song, Timothy. I really like the way you balanced the darker tones with the lighter chorus. Cool beans!!
Thanks, Amy Rose. I’m happy you liked it.
I commented on Masticadores, but I’ll mention here too that I loved this one and I think it’s my favorite of your songs. The storytelling and the complex questions of morality and justice in the lyrics so impressive and I thought it paired with the music so well. The work that you put into it really shows. This song is really impressive!
Thanks, JYP. When I read the article and thought about Julio murdering a man for a Coca Cola just seemed incredible. And then the idea that 10 Hail Marys and 20 our Fathers were sufficient penance, while not surprising, seemed like a pittance of a penance. To think that a man’s life is worth so little whether or not he raped the girl. The same for a young woman who’s only sin was being on the wrong side of politics. There are so many issues about morality and justice in that story.
Exactly – and you captured them so well
Those are intense lyrics, Tim, well written.
I love this, Tim… EVERYTHING about it!
Listening to “Hitman” as I type. I’ll read the article by Isabel Vincent, after I leave here.
It is a fascinating story.
Interesting song. You sound good, Tim!
You could turn this into a anti-gangsta rap, easily
Thanks, Resa. I hadn’t thought about anti-gangsta rap.
Ah… well you could do it!
I think you could do some really cool raps. Not that I’m all that big on rap, but I do like the odd one.
OR, think more like that pioneer rap song… “Don’t Push Me Cause I’m Close to the Edge”
Oh yeah, not so light, but well done, my friend!
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Great lyrics! Very creative storytelling!