SONG BITS

Welcome to this special page!  This is the area that I've created in order to provide further details on a song-by-song basis.  This will include a very special photo for each song, many of them licensed through the good folks at ShutterStock photos.  To me, finding the "perfect" photo that best represents exactly what sort of visual idea I had when I was inspired to write each song - is a fabulous feeling!  I love these song photos, and I'm sure that you will appreciate the new addition of this page, which takes you behind-the-scenes with ideas and comments about what inspired the song. 

I wanted to do some things here that I couldn't do over on the Lyrics menu page, from a design standpoint.  This page will also include some "technical bits" about various recording and mixing issues that is geared primarily for my peers who also record much like I do.  Those notes will gradually become more detailed, as I continue to document my own recording and mixing settings on each song.  This section of my website will be a constant work in progress, as I'll stop by to update it very frequently.  I hope that you'll enjoy viewing it as much as I will in creating it!      ~John

CD #1 - A Pocketful Of Songs

The photo at the left represents the Album Cover of
CD #1,   A Pocketful Of Songs. 

It is designed as a LINK, so when you click on it, it will take you down a level, to a separate page -  dedicated to the "bit by bit" details of each of the songs on this CD. 

I was a kid 18-20, picked up an acoustic 6-string then a 12-string guitar,  and started writing songs.  This "Pocketful" album was all I thought there would ever be - just a collection of the tunes I began to carry around with me everywhere I went.  Friends asked me to play the guitar and sing my songs, and it started being something I could share.  Little did I know that the tunes would just keep on coming . . . . .

CD #2 - If You're Looking For Magic

The photo at the left represents the Album Cover of
CD #2,   If You're Looking For Magic

It is designed as a LINK, so when you click on it, it will take you down a level, to a separate page -  dedicated to the "bit by bit" details of each of the songs on this CD. 

 

Songs at that time period were often of magical and fantasy themes, and some friends mentioned that it seemed like I "lived in my own magical world".   I was already a hopeless romantic and those sorts of songs just kept on tumbling out. This 2nd CD is a collection that continued the kinds of songs that CD-1 began.

CD #3 - Keepin' Time

The photo at the left represents the Album Cover of
CD #3,  Keepin'  Time 

It is designed as a LINK, so when you click on it, it will take you down a level, to a separate page -  dedicated to the "bit by bit" details of each of the songs on this CD. 
 

During the time period of this 3rd collection of tunes, I was dwelling quite often on the subject of  Time -  feeling as though I was drifting back and forward in time, almost like I was living in a sci-fi movie plot.   I was also starting to realize that given the work, the hobbies, and the traveling that I wanted to do, that I would never have "enough time" in my lifetime.  Thus, the theme of this CD.

CD #4 - On A Wing And A Prayer

The photo at the left represents the album cover of
CD#4, On A Wing And A Prayer.

It is designed as a LINK and when you click on it, it will take you down a level, to a separate page - dedicated to the "bit by bit" details of each of the songs on this CD.

This album is a collection of songs that was very much inspired, and this turned out to be a double-CD volume of Contemporary Christian work that was such a joy and a privilege to write.  It's always been a special hope & prayer of mine that someone, somewhere, will hear and come to know God's gift of salvation through these inspired works.

CD # 5 - Sometime, Somewhere

The photo at the left represents the album cover of
CD#5,  Sometimes, Somewhere.

It is designed as a LINK and when you click on it, it will take you down a level, to a separate page - dedicated to the "bit by bit" details of each of the songs on this CD.

This collection of songs continues the series of inspired works of this two-part Contemporary Christian album set.  These songs also include several works that were co-written by my friend Mikael Schulin from Sweden, a wonderful long-distance collaboration.

I was particularly pleased with the range of topics covered in this album, as well as the variety of style and textures musically represented here. I do think of this album as simply a "part 2" to the Wing and a Prayer album.

CD # 6 - Jelly Beans and Other Children's Songs

The photo at the left represents the album cover of
CD #6, Jelly Beans and Other Children's Songs.

It is designed as a LINK  so when you click on it, it will take you down a level to a separate page -  dedicated to the  "bit by bit"  details of each of the songs on this CD.

The songs of this special album were  a joyful and inspired project created to bring smiles to children and parents alike.  The album contains uplifting, positive messages about sharing, giving, loving, forgiving, and many other essentials of happy and fun-filled parenting gifts.

This CD project also features narration by a wonderful British voice-over artist, Emma Harrop, as a special treat!

 

CD #7 - The Way I Think Of You

The photo at the left represents the album cover of
CD#7, The Way I Think Of You.

It is designed as a LINK, so that when you click on it, it will take you down a level to a separate page - dedicated to the  "bit by bit"  details of each of the songs on this CD.

The songs on this album were from several really special time periods in my life, and represent a more "mature" style of writing and of feeling, than my earlier works.  Some of the themes in this album include more of a focus on actual relationship issues, some of my favorite vacation memories, the grief of loss of a dear friend, and even a song dedicated to Princess Diana who always  inspired me.

CD#8 - Blue, Faded Like Bluejeans

The photo at the left represents the album cover of
CD#8, Blue, Faded Like Bluejeans.

It is designed as a LINK, so that when you click on it, it will take you down a level to a separate page - dedicated to the  "bit by bit"  details of each of the songs on this CD.

This is the current album project that I am actively working on writing.  Already, the theme of the album returns to my favorite "day at the beach"  sort of feeling, and is at about the halfway point in writing.

Several of the songs are completed with recordings, and both the title track as well as the song "Just A Bit Of Love" are written for and dedicated to,  my wife Sandy.
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