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Here are the three more songs I did for Ignite!

First is an R&B plea to fight global warming called Turn Down the Heat featuring the guitar stylings of Jelly D. Ignite made flash videos of all the songs to be incorporated into their curriculum. Check out their video for Turn Down the Heat below in which I play a gap-toothed earth fronting “The Carbon Busters”.

Next you’ll hear a folk reggae club number about the Family Tree. An uplifting tribute to the number Pi concludes this evening’s presentation.

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Kristen Cunningham A friend named Kristin died of Leukemia recently; she was 29. I wrote “Awaken Now Kristin,” to make sense of it. Then I found Nate’s song, “Simple Pain,” as a perfect companion piece.

Just now, putting this together, looking for a picture of Kristin, I found her exuberant Website kristinplayshorn.com. What life!

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bh.jpgI wrote the chorus, “I Can See You,” as Maile (left) played on the beach at So. Padre Island a few years ago, and we’ve been singing the simple, catchy chorus since. Now, at her request, I’ve finished the song for Valentine’s dayFor this week’s cover, I picked a song Maile sings with me and recorded her harmonies. Doesn’t she have a great voice!

I posted a few different versions of this week’s songs over at everydayj.com, my personal blog.

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bh.jpgLibby asked for a version of “What The Day Had To Say” so I recorded it for this week’s jcast. I’ve been looking to do some remote, digital collaboration with folks all around the world, so I asked Doug (in NM) if he’d like to try out his new kit, lay down a bass line, and a guitar solo, and he graciously grooved.

The catalyst for this was helping Derek setup a method of virtual collaboration with his band mates in Alpha Rev. So, though he’s less than a mile away here in Austin, we did it all digital, on our own schedules. Virtual alleluia!

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I’m posting version 5.1 with a re-mix of “What The Day Had To Say,” to get the stereo sound coming through. Many thanks to Alex and Radiohead for the nice segue music. This week’s cover is both written and made famous by the lady in the picture.

I posted a few different versions of this weeks songs over at everydayj.com, my personal blog.

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Matt, Katelin, and myself — our work photos

I miss writing songs with the kids I taught guitar, so I’ve revived my collaborative technique writing songs with my officemates Matt and Katelin. We wrote the first song featured this week by taking turns writing a line and forwarding it. I put a title and a tune on it and here you have, “‘Til Monday,” recorded on my porch.

The second song is a fantastic live version of Jono’s song “God Has Been Good To Me,” from Beerland in Austin, featuring Chris Vestre on guitar, Alex Sarabia on bass, Derek Morris on keys, Stephen Bress on drums, Karla Manzur on backing vocals, and special guest Oliver Steck on trumpet.

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Ashley Tries to Figure Out How to Ride Jono’s Scooter in Her Wedding Dress

To follow my roast from last week, here is “Toast,” a song I wrote as I woke up the morning after Jono and Ashley got married, chuckling at the image of them riding off, top speed, on Jono’s scooter, into the night and through a red light.

It was my honor to be a reader at their wedding. I read 1 Corinthian’s 13, the verse about “Love is patient, love is kind…the greatest of all is love.” My cover this week is one of my favorite songwriter’s take on what love is.

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Playing at Jono’s wedding reception – Jono hiding behind his nephew

I’ve been playing a song my buddy Jono wrote, called “God Has Been Good To Me,” for a while now. So when he got married just before Christmas, we threw him a roast, and I wrote some alternate lyrics for the occasion. First you’ll hear my version of “God Has Been Good To Me,” then you’ll hear my roast/tribute to Jono called “Being Odd Has Been Good To Me.” I overdubbed a guitar solo with delay on the first; you can hear the dog whining and birds singing in the second.

I’ve started posting stuff from the roast, starting with Chris’s slideshow of Jono’s life in pictures at my personal blog, EverydayJ.com.

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Here’s my first podcast, or jCast as I like to call it, fresh from the porch. The first song, “And Townes Said,” comes from the porch of a beach house off the Texas coast at Port Aransas, enhanced by the sounds of the power tools being used to build a house next door. I recorded the second song, Jackson Browne’s “Rock Me On The Water,” back on my porch in Austin. Doug graciously provided the smooth background groove.

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