“Give Me Love”, a French flavored song from the upcoming “Travelogue” CD

 

Give Me Love

As noted in my previous blog, I have embarked on a new CD titled, “Travelogue”. It will feature songs inspired (in one way or another) by my travels around the world. Work on it continues, and the second song completed is a French flavored song titled, “Give Me Love”.

“Give Me Love” began innocently while walking on a downtown Los Angeles street. The weather was perfect – something Los Angeles was known for and is experiencing less and less. On this perfect day I couldn’t help but notice how many people were oblivious to the exquisite temperature, the chirping birds, and the beautiful light. Instead, they were intently engaged with their cell phones. It made me think about how much of life we don’t experience. How watching screens takes us out of the world, and brings isolation. It’s an interesting new world obsessed with sending texts, posting photos, seeking likes and followers. A feeling of disconnection came about, and I thought it would make a great song.

A memory of Paris

That feeling of disconnect brought me back to my last trip to France in October of 2011. It was in Paris, and the weather was clear and crisp and the city was beautiful. What came to mind was a local boulangerie just down the street from where I was staying, which I patronized for breakfast each morning. The same stout woman wearing an apron (perhaps the owner?) would wait on me each morning from behind the counter. We recognized each other each day, but she never smiled or made me feel welcome in her bakery. She was much more at ease with what seemed were the local Parisians. She always seemed kind of perturbed and impatient with me, as opposed to her light and friendly demeanor when interacting with her fluent French speaking customers. It definitely added a bit of discomfort and alienation to an otherwise gorgeous city.

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New CD “Travelogue” in the works

Jay Jacobson begins recording a new CD, "Travelogue"

Jay Jacobson embarks on a new CD influenced by his travels around the world, titled, “Travelogue”

Please forgive me for not writing a blog entry for so long. I do post to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for those who want to keep up with some more daily type activities. Here, in this blog I’ll provide more in-depth information, so please stay tuned here, despite the less frequent posting.

A new CD is born!

I have begun work on a new CD! Soren (my music producer) and I met a while back and talked about working together on a new project. I wanted to do something different but wasn’t sure exactly what that would be. The need for me to express myself gets overwhelming at times, and it had been bubbling up inside me by the time we spoke. I had recently visited Bora Bora and Tahiti in French Polynesia, and was mentioning how travel is one of the most important and defining things in my life. Travel can open your world, your mind, your understanding, and your compassion. If it were possible, I think it should be required of every person around the world to visit a country other than their own.

I told Soren about a song I had written titled, “Travelogue” which is about how our lives are made up of a series of snapshots of sights, tastes, sounds, and smells. I’ve visited 32 counties to date, and thought perhaps we could use some of the influences from the places I’ve been as a starting point for each of the songs on the CD. Somehow use them as catalysts to express my story. I’d start with a local musical instrument, sound, lyric, or emotional connection I had to a place, and have that be the spark to ignite a song. Songs wouldn’t be about countries, but would be influenced by them (from the subtle to the obvious).

A new approach to work begins…

He loved that idea, and thus work on a new CD titled, “Travelogue” was born! I am approaching this one differently than any of my 5 other CDs. It is the first time I’ve started with a CD title and a concept for all the songs on a CD. Along side the music, I have ideas about incorporating some of the artifacts and souvenirs I’ve acquired from my travels into photographs and music videos for the songs. It is a project I’m very excited about, and one that definitely has my creative juices flowing!

It starts with the song “Travelogue”

The first song we delved into was the CD’s title song, “Travelogue”. It is a song that conceptually defines the CD and how travel can enhance one’s life. A visit to Machu Picchu in August of 2014, was a spiritually profound experience. There was something in the air there.
Jay Jacobson in Machu Picchu, Peru

In majestic Machu Picchu, Peru

You could actually feel the overwhelming energy of the ancient peoples and civilization that were alive there hundreds of years ago. It was magical. Thus, a Peruvian flute felt like the perfect element to give the song that “worldliness”. The flute, along with some African drums, bring that “travelogue” feeling home in spades. The lyrics of the chorus define the importance of travel to me:

Don’t have the need for money or greed
They only bring isolation
Just supply me the stuff to give me enough
Towards my very next destination
Travelogue – My life is a travelogue
Travelogue – My life is a travelogue
And the bridge sums up the message of the song:
My tiime here is made up of sights, tastes and sounds
They’re the things I’ll remember as the lights all go down
Jay Jacobson recording session for "Travelogue"

Recording vocals for the song, “Travelogue”

As I keep working on songs from the “Travelogue” CD, I’ll keep blogging about them here. I’ve worked on 4 more songs so far, and I’ll be posting info on them as well, to bring you up to date.

Thanks for reading, and as always, for your support! Funny enough, it really means the world to me.
Song lyrics © Jay Jacobson

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Personal Revelations about My Life and Music

Seeing as yesterday was the first day of spring, as well as a super moon – (when the moon is closest to the earth), seems fitting to begin a new chapter. The news stories and blogs I read about the equinox and moon say it is a great time to plant new seeds, and a high time for creativity. That has led me to think about my perception of the world and how it gets expressed in my creativity – most notably in my songs and my acting performances. Working as an actor for decades, I studied human behavior, which helped me come to my own conclusions about what it is to be human, and what is the human condition. I have a need to connect with my audience through my work on an emotional level, and have people get in touch with their own emotions. I have a desire to transform the world into a better place, by having people open their minds and look at life differently.

So springtime is very apropos for “restarting” this blog. From now on I will be mostly sharing with you how I see the world, and how it influences my creativity and art – both projects I created in the past, and new ones as I create them.
The first thing that comes immediately to my mind is the song, “I Need a Change” (which you can listen to below) from my latest CD, “The Ride”. It was written at a time when I felt I was in a slump and needed to break out and try something new. As the lyric states:
     Take me some place that I’ve never been before
     Deal me a hand I’ve never been dealt before
An important part of the meaning behind “I Need a Change” is the realization that life moves fast and one better give it your all before life is over. This is best expressed in the bridge of the song:
     Exit from this hiding place
     Go beyond my own safe space
     Stop from wanting to save face
     From now on
     Do what I dream
    Before it’s too late
As I get older, I realize that life is not quite the way I thought it would be, and accepting that is the key to peace and happiness. So online world, here I come, putting myself into the unknown, not knowing where this blog will lead. I’m in it for the ride!

 

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New Music Video out TODAY! “Taking the Long Way Home” from “The Ride”.

I have a new music video out today for another song from “The Ride”! The song is “Taking the Long Way Home”. It is an animated video (I did the animation myself). Enjoy, and please share it! And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel to make sure you see all my upcoming and past videos! Thanks!!

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Back Catalogue CDs are on Sale Now through December 25th!

FirstFourBannerFirst let me say “Thank You” to all the people who have bought my new CD, “The RIde”! And I can’t thank you enough for the overwhelmingly wonderful comments and emails I’ve been getting about the CD. It makes my day every time I get one of these messages – you have no idea how much it means.

The CD continues to get rave reviews from critics. The latest one can be read here: THE RIDE REVIEW. For those of you who wrote reviews on iTunes and Amazon – thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! If you bought the CD and like it and haven’t left a review, please do so. Having many reviews helps to get my music into their search engines (especially on Amazon, so I’m told).

For a limited time (now through December 25th), physical CDs of my four previous CDs: “Infinite Man”, “Ready”, “Revelations” and “Peace At Last” will be on sale for $9.99 each at CD Baby (regular price is $12.49 and up)! It is a perfect time to complete your collection, and they also make great holiday gifts! The sale only is at CD Baby and applies to physical CD purchases only.

The first music video for “I Lived” (from “The Ride”) has been also getting incredible reviews and feedback. If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it here:

I LIVED by Jay Jacobson

More music video from songs on “The Ride” are on their way shortly!

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