Streets of California
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE \'STREETS OF CALIFORNIA\' CD I\'ve never heard your originals. Your songs are not only soothing my savage soul and psyche, but also bringing me a kinda closure.... Thank-you for the grace in your melodies and the wisdom in your lyrics - Loyd Skiles, Songwriter, Berkley CA Wonderful CD! - Don Mohling, Musician, San Miguel, CA We\'ve been playing it all the time. My favorite song is Chester, my daughter likes Rap Music best - Mona Kelman, Santa Margarita, CA Sweet! - Ted Levine, Actor, Hollywood, CA CD arrived today. Thanks, I can\'t get the feather river shuffle out of my mind....great tune. Loved the lead guitar sound you got on many tracks. I was rollin\' with laughter when I heard rap music and streets of California, great.......running from your memory could be a big hit... ...... fish out of water really hooked me in....a catchy tune for sure... keep um\' comin\' Jim, great effort. - Tony Romero, Musician, San Diego, CA This CD is phenomenol!!! I like all the songs....and I can tell that I am going to enjoy listening it to over and over. It's already on my IPOD. Thanks!!! You\'re great!. - Cathy Wiegers, San Luis Obispo, CA It\'s Great! - Nancy McLaughlin, Cambria, CA Wow! Great. Love the songs. You did a great job on it. I am sending it out to everyone I know. I really like that photo on the front. - Carol Dyer, Business Executive, Simi Valley, CA I really enjoyed it! - Annie Terrill, Pozo, CA I rate it a 9.5! - JacK O\'Shea, Sonora, CA I love your CD - Rochelle Borah, Santa Rosa, CA Hey Honey......Gave \'Streets\' another listen today, and ya know... it\'s great! You worked hard, it shows, and maybe , just maybe the right person will hear it and send you on your way to fame and fortune! - Donna Olson, Hairdresser, Templeton, CA A Brief History It was after Christmas dinner, December 2007 that the idea for the \'Streets Of California\' CD was born. Normally after a family event Jim and his two brothers would lead the group in a sing-a-long of old favorites. This Christmas was a little different, however, because the gathering was unusually small and Jim was the only one with a guitar. So with just his sister Nancy, her husband Mike, his brother Bill and his wife Jean in attendance, Jim decided to play some of his original music. Well everyone sat spellbound and after each song someone would ask, "did you write that?" At the end of the evening Nancy said, "Jim, you're not getting any younger, you have to record your original music!" That was how the \'Streets Of California\' CD got started. On December 27th, 2007, Jim began a recording project that would last seven months and consume 1400 hours. In the process, Jim started compiling a list of all the songs he has written. At last count it was over 70, so there is more of his unique music to come. As you listen to the "Streets Of California" CD the sensitivity of the artist might leave you laughing or in tears. With his soothing, rich baritone voice, the ballads "In My Dreams," "Stop The Wind," and "The Window Of Your Eyes" are filled with heartfelt emotion. The songs "Rap Music" and "Fish Out Of Water" show Jim's ironic sense of humor and, the three guitar instrumentals, the happy "Feather River Shuffle," the beautiful "Snowbound" and the haunting "Chester" show his classical influence and a wide range of musical feeling. The title track, "Streets Of California", could be considered a commentary on life's struggles and disappointments. The words ring true, so true.