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About Me

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  1. Recorded with CbB featuring Toontrack EZ Drummer 2 & EZ Keys, Trilian Bass, Session Strings Pro 2, Xpand2 and DX7V synths (I think I got everything). Dedicated to and about the 9 Muses who, according to Greek mythology, are where all musical and artistic creativity comes from. I hope all are well and surviving the pandemic. https://www.soundclick.com/music/songInfo.cfm?songID=14152928 😀 John B
  2. Newest one. Maybe last for awhile. Don't ask what the lyrics mean. Something vague from deep inside my warped brain, or maybe it was my deep rooted fascination with pomegranates. 😁 https://johnbowen.bandcamp.com/track/those-old-feelings Love & peace ❤️ 🙂John B
  3. About two weeks after I met the girl who became my first wife in September of 1979, I wrote this song on a 12 string guitar and put it down on a cheap reel to reel recorder. She loved the song and I always wanted to re record it better but I never had much of a chance. Even though I had advanced a bit in home recording by the 2000s, I never re did this. In January 2014, after almost 34 years of marriage I lost her to ovarian cancer. The grieving period was horrible. After the initial shock I soon settled into a depression made worse by the deafening silence and realizing I would never hear her voice again in this world. That was the worst part of the grieving, suddenly not hearing the voice of a loved one I heard every day for 34 years. I finally recorded the song two months after her death as part of the grieving process. I lost the original tape years ago, but the song never left my head. Last week, I found the original MIDI files and vocal track that I made in Magix Samplitude Music Studio in 2014, but it had been so long since I mixed it I had forgotten how to navigate SMS and through all of the missed updates, it didn't run the same anyway, so I exported the MIDIs out and re created them with what I have today with my Cakewalk set up. I know the vocals in this are rough, and I was considering re recording them, but realized that for as bad as they are, they capture a time I never want to forget. I was extremely depressed when I sang this in early 2014 and I'll probably never capture that feeling again. In my voice here you're hearing all the heartbreak. I ran some Melodyne over the real bad spots, but I want this as part of my memory of her. We had a beginning, a middle and an end of our relationship. This song captures the beginning and the end. The picture was from a photo booth on our honeymoon in Niagara Falls, Canada in July of 1980. You don't know how much I wish she could've heard it this way. I wrote it as an up tempo pop song. Here, I adapted it as a bluesy ballad in 6/8. I hope you enjoy this. 🙂John B https://johnbowen.bandcamp.com/track/the-only-right-thing
  4. It's been a while since I wrote something in a 3 or 6 bar, but here finally is one. I tentatively called it "Court Jester's Waltz" thinking it would be like a "working title" till I found something better, but I decided to keep it and develop the concept of a guy being kicked around by a lover, bad friend or just a rotten person with the attitude like "OK, if it makes you feel good to make me feel like a clown I'll play along. What have I got to lose"? And the "waltz" bit? Well, I just get a kick out of a jester waltzing around by himself. Piano & drums by Toontrack. Bass by Trilian Bass Module. Soprano sax solo by Garritan Jazz & Big Band. String Ensemble by NI Session Strings Pro. Occasional laugh track by YouTube. https://johnbowen.bandcamp.com/track/court-jesters-waltz 😃John B
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