Hitman posted on MasticadoresUsa // Editora: Gabriela Marie Milton

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 💖

  3. 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.

  4. 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

      • 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”

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