MLK Day 2018: Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)

For Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this year I thought I’d record this favorite from my Sunday singalong songbook, George Harrison’s Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth). So I took my Martin (guitar) over to one of my favorite stairwells on campus last week and recorded this song.

Jason Molin (singing George Harrison) Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
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Give me love, give me love, give me peace on earth
Give me light, give me life, keep me free from birth
Give me hope, help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to touch and reach you with heart and soul

Ommmmmmmmmmmmm my my lord
Pleeeeeeaaaaaase take hold of my hand
That I might understand you
Won’t you please, oh won’t you…

Space Cakes and Cinescapes

Cinescapes Tunnel Vision
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Cinescapes Won Morn
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Cinescapes Won Too
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Cinescapes Halliday Ja
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I’ve come to love ambient music over the last few years, largely because I listen to it by default in the morning, meditating, and at work. So I was jazzed about joining Darrel in Gray’s music room a few times in December for ambient jams to improvise cinematic soundscapes.

Darrel and  I are mostly on our guitars, thick with effects and tricks, while Gray floats from keyboard to kit, guitar to Theremin. These are four of the more magical moments from our second session. Here’s what Darrel heard:

Tunnel Vision – making me imagine walking the streets of Tokyo just before Dawn. Won Morn offers lovely weightlessness – dimensions and intrigue, a first spacewalk? But change is afoot with Won Too – with its unsettling fields, dark skies… and battering. And the journey into darkness concludes with a visit with Edvard Munch in Halliday Ja.

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MANTRAS Update, Jan. 2018

 

HamsaI started MANTRAS in 2013 when I chose four songs (#s 1-4 below) that have a reggae/ska feel. I dreamed of a horn section for these and contacted a great local trombone player and arranger (of Grupo Fantasma/Brownout fame) to write parts and produce a horn section.

We went into Tonehaus studio and laid down drums, bass, and guitar. We went back a few months later and laid down a three-piece horn section of trombone, sax, and trumpet.

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Dan Bechdolt (sax), Kevin Flatt (trumpet), Mark “Speedy” Gonzales (trombone)

I took all the tracks home, got lost in the weeds of editing it all, not knowing what I wanted. You know when you get your hopes and expectations up and then the details spin you around till you’re dizzy?

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Sometimes, it feels like this.

That was five years ago. Since then I have written new songs (and added two to the album that seem to fit nicely) but the unfinished MANTRAS has cast a shadow over my creative output. Now, as 2018 begins and I’ve got a bunch of new projects pulling me forward, my New Year’s resolution is to finish this album as an EP this Spring.

I’ll just keep repeating my mantra from I Have Arrived:

No more waiting for the stars to align
No more waiting, no more hesitating

Tracklist

Here is a rough-cut of the songs for the upcoming EP, MANTRAS:

  1. No More Shitty Gigs (4m)
  2. I Have Arrived (4m)
    Jason Molin I Have Arrived v.1.2
  3. This Song Is Done (2:20m)
  4. I’m Not Gonna Try (6:20m)
  5. Bright Eyes Shine (3m)
  6. Outside (4:30m)

The Molin Family Sings at the Trail of Lights

I was especially thrilled and proud to sing at UT Night at the Trail of Lights this year because for the first time Maile AND Anais both joined me singing on stage. We sang, walked the trail, sat with Santa and rode the Ferris wheel. Lots of love and lights. Special thanks to stage manager Breck for snapping some photos of us onstage.

 

Lunchtime Concert at UT, Fri. Nov. 3, 2017

Jason Molin covering Cat Stevens If You Want To Sing Out Sing Out
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Ralph and I played our first lunchtime concert at UT since Feb. 2016 so it felt good to get back out there on the shady banks of Waller Creek and rock out. Here’s a version of Cat Stevens’s If You Wanna Sing Out, Sing Out and a picture of us under the big tree (thanks to Diana Sanchez).

I asked Anais to take some photos, which she did, from the creek in which she was playing the whole time. So here is her documentation of the gig:

lunchtime concert by Anais 11-3-2017

Dylan Singalong at Little Stacy Park

We gathered in the pavilion at Little Stacy Park on the first Sunday of June – 6/4/2017 – and had a great time singing Dylan songs. Here are a setlist, video and a few photos, below. The video features our versions of All Along The Watchtower, Subterranean Homesick Blues, and Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.

  1. Like a Rolling Stone
  2. Blowin In The Wind
  3. The Time They Are A’Changin
  4. Mr. Tamborine Man
  5. Tangled Up In Blue
  6. All Along The Watchtower
  7. I Shall Be Released
  8. Forever Young
  9. Every Grain of Sand
  10. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
  11. Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright
  12. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  13. Knockin On Heaven’s Door

Dylan Singalong by Loriene

Dog's eye view of the Dylan Singalong

Dylan Singalong promo

 

All I Wanna Do (Canyon Lake Version)

I had a weekend to myself in Canyon Lake with Joe’s Princeton Reverb and I took the opportunity to record this beautiful Brian Wilson classic.

Jason Molin covering Brian Wilson All I Wanna Do
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Princeton Reverb