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The Mysteries of Life

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The Mysteries of Life

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Location:Bloomington, Indiana
Categorized as:Alt-Rock
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Led by the husband-and-wife team of singer/guitarist Jake Smith and drummer Freda Love (both formerly of Antenna), the Bloomington, Indiana-based alternative pop band the Mysteries of Life also comprised keyboardist Dale Lawrence, celloist Geraldine Haas, bassist Kenny Childers and drummer LonPaul Ellrich. After debuting with the single "Kira," the group signed to RCA to issue their 1996 LP Keep a Secret; following a pair of indie label EPs, Focus on the Background and Anonymous Tip, the Mysteries of Life resurfaced with the full-length Come Clean in 1998. They later released the superb "Distant Relative" on in-house record label No Nostalgia in 2001. Released "Beginning To Move" in 2006 on Affirmitive/MFT. Currently Jake and Freda live in Nottingham England and continue to play and record. A new album of recordings is expected in 2008.


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 A selection of some of our favorite Mysteries of Life songs from all their albums.

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    Going Through the Motions
     
     
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    Wish You Well
     
     
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    I Just Bet
     
     
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    A Year Ago Today
     
     
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    Hesitate
     
     
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    Southdowns
     
     
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    I Forgot To Say Goodbye
     
     
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    Your Face Betrays You
     
     
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    I Need To Know Where I Stand
     
     
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    3 Things at Once
     
     
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    Tell Me
     
     
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    Native Tongue
     
     
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    When I Let My Guard Down
     
     
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    Talk to Me Then
     
     
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    Once in a While
     
     
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    Feel My Way
     
     
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    Downhill
     
     
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    Native Tongue (LonPaul version)
     
     

 
 
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 Released 2006 on Affirmation/MFT

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    One False Move
     
     
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    Stop Thinking
     
     
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    Early Summer
     
     

 
 
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 2001, No Nostaglia Records, Released 2001 on No Nostolgia

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    Back and Forth
     
     
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    I Just Bet
     
     
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    When I Let My Guard Down
     
     
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    T - 1
     
     
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    3 Things at Once
     
     
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    Talk to Me Then
     
     
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    Native Tongue
     
     
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    All My Might
     
     

 
 
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 Recorded for the Come Clean album on RCA.

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    Track 03
     
     
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    Track 09
     
     
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    Track 13
     
     
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    Track 17
     
     
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    Track 14
     
     
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    Track 18
     
     
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    Track 12
     
     
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    Track 01
     
     
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    Track 02
     
     
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    Track 19
     
     
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    Track 05
     
     
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    Track 06
     
     
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    Track 07
     
     
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    Track 15
     
     
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    Track 10
     
     
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    Track 04
     
     
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    Track 11
     
     

 
 
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 Transferred from Cassette tape

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    1 Naive Melody
     
     
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    4 Cold Out
     
     
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    3 White Elephant
     
     
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    5 Shortest Day
     
     

 
 
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    Track 06
     
     
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    Track 05
     
     
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    Track 02
     
     
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    Track 07
     
     
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    Track 03
     
     
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    Track 04
     
     

 
 
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 Recorded by Chris Menkhaus

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    Take It Easy
     
     
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    I Just Bet
     
     
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    One False Move
     
     
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    Someday, Some Way
     
     
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    Stop Thinking
     
     

 
 
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    A Year Ago Today (Live)
     
     
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    Cold Out (Live)
     
     
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    I Just Bet (Live)
     
     
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    When I Let My Guard Down (Live)
     
     
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    Nothing Ever Happens (Live)
     
     
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    Stop Thinking (Live)
     
     
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    In The Summer (Live)
     
     
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    Hard As I May Try (Live)
     
     
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    Walk On By (Live)
     
     

 
 
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 Recorded by Chris Menkhaus

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    Where Did Our Love Go? (Encore)
     
     
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    I Just Bet
     
     
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    Downhill
     
     
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    Naive Melody
     
     
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    Building On Fire (Encore)
     
     
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    Stop Thinking
     
     
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    Magnetic Fields
     
     
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    Shaking
     
     
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    Farewell Toast
     
     
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    Hot Dog
     
     
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    I Need To Know Where I Stand
     
     
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    Your Face Betrays You
     
     

 
 
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 Recorded by Chris Menkhaus

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    Full Moon In My Soul
     
     
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    Take It Easy
     
     
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    Where Did Our Love Go?
     
     
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    Tomorrow Night
     
     
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    Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
     
     
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    Stop Thinking
     
     
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    Gypsy
     
     
 
 
  • Is there any new music from TMoL in the pipeline?
    by Don L. (Milwaukee) on Dec 10, 2012
  • Can someone help me find some tabs/chords for TMoL songs? I don't know where to begin ... well, with 'Tell Me' I could start there. Thanks!
    by Dan on Jul 13, 2012
  • The Mysteries are still one of my favorite bands - I keep hoping Jake and Freda and Dale and company will find a way to reunite and crank out more of their amazing tunes.
    by Jeff Johnson (Milwaukee) on Dec 26, 2011
  • Their cover of Naive Melody is amazing - my wife and I played it at our wedding. Didn't know the band was a husband/wife collaboration. Fitting...
    by Andrew on Nov 08, 2011
  • TMOL has been one of my favorite bands for many many years.... I sincerely hope there's a new album soon, and some live shows too!
    by Megan on Sep 08, 2011
  • I am delighted to learn about this site! I must have played "Come Clean" a thousand times and it still sounds great. (Love the demos posted here!) Jake's guitar sound is perfectly sculpted, Frida's drumming powerfully bassy, they feature a CELLIST (how cool is that?), and the songs are both allusive and elusive, so they retain their interest over time. Not to mention, they are an incredibly nice bunch of people. I used to see them play back in Bloomington in the early 2000s, and they were always modest, friendly and fun. It's a crime RCA dropped them. May the Mysteries of Life continue forever!
    by Tom L on Jan 03, 2011
  • I wanna' skip school and listen to this for the rest of my life.
    by elaine on Jul 01, 2010
  • I love the Mysteries of Life! I saw them twice in Austin. I read somewhere that a new album was brewing. Could someone in the know please provide an update? Thanx!
    by Don L on Dec 31, 2009
  • wow. this is such a great band! i discovered them today listening to pandora radio. i tried itunes and then i was determined to find "when i let my guard down" and thanks to this website . . . i found a lot more than this!
    awesome!
    by lisa e on Dec 02, 2009
  • The Mysteries of Life is brilliant band that never made it. The song, "feel my way," has no verses. They just sing the chorus over and over again for 2 minutes, 37 seconds, and it completely works. I challenge ANYONE to do that and make it work.
    by Karl Widerquist on Nov 06, 2009

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