Buffalo, NY native Tom Mullen won a Bronze Medal in the Global Music Awards for the song, “You Were Right, Mr. Spock,” off his second solo CD, Unfamiliar Ground. The track has been heard on over 150 radio stations and has been a staple of Mullen’s live performances since he penned the single in 2014.
The song is an upbeat blend of alternative folk rock and power pop, featuring Mullen on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Doug Yeomans on lead guitar, Steve Macdonald of Cock Robin on backing vocals, Tim O’Connell of Eden on drums and Mark Buckley of The Skeptics on bass. The lyrics protest man’s tendency to allow passion to overcome his reason in societal matters, including war, making use of the popular Star Trek character and his frequent commentary on the 1960s-era television show.
“I probably made him a bit more libertarian than he really was, ” says Mullen, “although I don’t think it was too far a stretch.”
Unfamiliar Ground was recorded at Loft Studio in Cheektowaga, N.Y. and produced by Jim Sommer, also of Cock Robin. It is Mullen’s 2nd solo CD. He released his first, A Glimpse of the Ether, in 2007. Mullen also has two releases as lead singer and principle songwriter of The Skeptics, Be Satisfied (1994) and Reloaded (2013). Links to all releases can be found on the Skepticsongs website at www.skepticsongs.com.
Mullen is the author of two books, A Return to Common Sense: Reawakening Liberty in the Inhabitants of America and Where Do Conservatives and Liberals Come From? And What Ever Happened to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness? He has also ghostwritten two New York Times Best Sellers, reaching #1 and #3 on the list, respectively. More information on Mullen’s writing can be found at www.tommullen.net.