Z. Mulls is an eclectic, versatile lyricist living in the Philadelphia area. He is the recipient of the 2007 Grand Prize in the International Songwriting Competition for his collaboration with Kazakhstan composer Eduard Glumov, "I'm Not Your Friend." Their song also took First Prize in the Rock/Alt division of the Great American Song Contest.
Z. collaborates with musicians across the globe, creating songs that approach life from all angles. He is at home wth genres from cabaret to country to indie rock to any song form where there is a story to be told.
Jim Chapman is an indie rock composer living on the California coast. He and Z met up on the Muses' Muse website (http://musesmuse.com). Jim's work with Z. and other composers can be found at his Soundclick site: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=427509
Jim's riffs echo artists such as Belle & Sebastian and They Might Be Giants. "Yellow Mailbox" was created from one of Z's uncomposed lyrics. It proved popular enough on the Muse that a singer, Achint Oomen Thomas, wanted to contribute a new lead vocal, which you can hear on the submission (Jim's original vocal remains as backup).
"Yellow Mailbox" uses an image of a remote mailbox as a repository for unpleasant and unspoken thoughts. It came from an article about the dying Art Buchwald whose home address was a yellow mailbox in his small rural town. The idea of the mailbox unattended while its owner lay dying miles away led to this lyric.