Declutter and Taking the Long Way Home

For some unknown reason I have been sorting through my things and getting rid of lots of stuff. Books, DVDs, clothes, papers, and so much more “stuff”! I’m not a big shopper, and I’m not a hoarder, but over the years I have amassed a lot of “things” (especially living in the same house for over a decade). I’m cleaning out drawers, closets, shelves, boxes, and so on. Some of the things I’m finding have emotional attachments, some are things I’ve kept because I think I’ll need them “someday”, and others I’m no longer sure why I have. I suddenly can see how having all this stuff hanging around weighs me down. With the things I have emotional attachments to, I’m realizing that the memories they bring back are already in my mind, and will stay there regardless of keeping the item. As for the things I think I might need one day, I’ve allowed myself to realize I can buy the items anytime I need them. Some of the things I’ve had for years and never needed. It is like creating a false sense of security, and the price is carrying about “baggage” that on some real level weighs me down. It frees my mind to think that I don’t have to keep it in storage, and can buy it new and fresh if I need it. Getting rid of all this stuff is making me realize just how “mental” having all these things is. It’s very strange to have so many things – none of them vital for living. Any importance these items have is totally made up in my mind. Suddenly, I’m not sure why, my mind is open to seeing this distinction right now, and thus I am letting go of things I’ve had for years. 

A change in my thinking that is happening. I am in the mood to declutter my life – big time. Simplify it. As I get rid of things, it is becoming so clear that it really all about letting go. Emotionally and physically. Letting go of the past, thoughts of the future, or a false sense of security. Getting rid of things is making my mind feel less cluttered. Funny how that is happening. By letting go, I’m actually feeling a real sense of relief. I feel lighter.

Life has become so complicated. There are so many things to take care of, things to get done and endless chores, not to mention the bureaucracy and paperwork that you have to deal with from time to time. It is clutter, all of it. It is such a distraction from living and experiencing life. I guess my letting go of “things” is a way to get closer to the essence of living – to be present to life, real life, like nature and living things. It is so easy to let that fall by the wayside and end up with so many “things” and so little experiencing of life.

In the vein of my latest blog entries, I can relate this feeling to one of my songs. This one is from my latest CD, “The Ride”, and it is the song “Taking the Long Way Home”. It is one of two songs (so far) I have a music video for from the CD. It is an animation, and I created it myself. Perhaps this “bug” for getting rid of things and being more in tune with life started when I was writing songs for “The Ride”? It is definitely possible. I remember getting the idea for the song while driving home from my recording sessions. I always took a longer route with less traffic on it. It would take me about 15 minutes longer to get home this way, but it was stress free and I could actually enjoy the ride home and the sights along the way. I started to realize how much I was missing by wanting to just get where I’m going as quickly as possible. A full life includes appreciating the “insignificant” moments as well as the moments that seem important. I learned from my ride home each day, there really are no insignificant moments in life. There are only moments. And we can embrace them, give them weight, or ignore them. They all pass by no matter how we relate to them. And embracing them is embracing life.
Here is another look at “Taking the Long Way Home”. Enjoy!

 

 

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Peace At Last and Inspiration from Ingrid Bergman

As I’ve stated many times, I’m a sucker for a great quote. If you look through my older blog entries, I often ended them with a quote. I just ran across another quote – from another of my favorite actresses of all-time, Ingrid Bergman. She is someone who knew incredible success and extreme controversy. I believe she is one of the actors from Hollywood’s classic period who’s work is still modern today. If you don’t know her you should definitely check her out. The film, “Gaslight” is one of my personal favorites (and her first of three Academy Award winning roles). Here’s the quote by her:

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“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.”
– Ingrid Bergman.

I love how simply she put the distinction between success and happiness, and I find her words to be so true. The goals I wanted to accomplish when I was younger were the basis of many decisions I made – life altering decisions. They were fueled by the mistaken thought that having them come true would bring happiness. Through the years some goals have come true and some have not, and what I’ve realized in the process is that they really have very little (if anything) to do with truly being happy. Accomplishing a goal can make you temporally happy, and even make you think you are something that you’re not. Not accomplishing a goal can have the same effect – without the happy part. However, I’ve learned that accepting what is in front of you – regardless if it is what you want or not – is the key to happiness. It is the key to finding peace. It is a concept I investigated on my fourth CD, “Peace At Last”. The title song is exactly about finding peace through accepting “what is”. The second verse of the song is as follows:

Spent my time as a means to an end
Now I’ve shed all I used to defend
I am one with the moment at hand
It’s the soil of my life’s sacred land

It is one of my most successful songs, and the orchestration was the inspiration for my latest CD, “The Ride”. If you haven’t heard the song “Peace At Last”, you can hear it below:

 

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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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1¢ shipping on ALL my CDs at CD Baby now through Wednesday

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Holiday Music Sale!

Still trying to find the perfect gift for the music-lover in your life? I wanted to let you know that CD Baby is charging only 1¢ for shipping when you purchase my music on CDBaby.com between December 1st and 3rd.

Whether you buy 1 disc or 100, it’s only ONE PENNY for standard domestic or international shipping – TOTAL.

You can find my music right here: JAY JACOBSON ON CD BABY

In addition, my back catalogue of CDs are currently on sale for $9.99 each (regularly $12.49 and up) now through December 25th!

Here’s to a music filled holiday to all!

 

Critically acclaimed new CD, “The Ride” – shipping just 

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THE RIDE

“This is an incredible album…Jay has one of the most distinctive voices in pop music today…On “The Ride”, Jay demonstrates a uniquely focused and sincere take on what it is to be a singer and a songwriter in the 21st century. His voice and music is at once as endearing, as it is effective in communicating pure, honest emotion!”

Includes the hits, “With Our Love”“I Lived”, “I Need a Change”, and “Animal”.

CD’s now on Sale – $9.99 each! And shipping is just 

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PEACE AT LAST

“Warm pop grooves, expressive classical elements, and gorgeous harmonies, on top of his personal brand of emotional trip-hop.”

Includes the hits, “Grass is Greener”,“And Now” and the title track, “Peace At Last”.

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REVELATIONS

“Framed and orchestrated in his emotional trip-hop style, his third CD release, ‘Revelations’, is an undeniable benchmark in his evolution as an artist.

Includes the hits, “Love is Love”, “Break These Chains” and “Souless World”.

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READY

An eloquent tenor voice, expressive songcraft and melodies floating on lush waves of sparkling electronica describe his second CD, ‘Ready’“.

Includes the Top 10 International hit,“Boy”, along with “Hidden Side of Me” and “I’ve Arrived”.

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INFINITE MAN

“With a sterling suite of original songs, a magical tenor voice, and an incandescent vulnerability, Jay Jacobson reveals himself as a striking craftsman with his CD debut, Infinite Man’.

Includes the hits, “Beautiful Being”,“Marry Me”“Give Me a Sign”, and the hit title track, “Infinite Man”.

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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:

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

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“I Lived” music video out today!

The first music video for a song from my brand new CD, “The Ride” is out today! It is for the song, “I Lived”. With the song and video, I wanted to express how life is a personal journey each of us takes, and no matter how things turn out along the way (whether your dreams are fulfilled or not), it is something to be celebrated. I did the animation myself. This is the first of several animated and non-animated music videos I intend to release for songs from “The Ride”. Enjoy and please share it!

Here’s the link to the video: I LIVED official music video

If above link doesn’t work or you can’t view it below, you can cut and paste this web address: http://youtu.be/O_sYmzWRNYc

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My New CD, “THE RIDE” is out TODAY!

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My new CD, ‘The Ride” is out today! I’m so excited to finally release this collection of songs, as making them has been a true labor of love. These 11 songs are a combination of my personal brand of trip-hop, electronic dance and soulful ballads, all set against modern day pop influenced arrangements. “The RIde” is available for purchase (physical CD) and/or download at the following sites: iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon, as well as other online music sites. Please give a listen, and if you purchase it, PLEASE leave a review – especially on iTunes and/or Amazon. It will definitely help support me and my music.

I have completed a few music videos for songs from “The RIde”, and am in the process of completing a couple more. To stay on top of them, you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/theJayJacobson/ The first video that will be released is for the song “I Lived”, and it will be out on Monday, October 20th. Be sure to check it out!

A thank you to all my fans, friends and family for your continued support. Please leave me a comment or drop me a line and let me know what you think of “The Ride”! Enjoy!

“The RIde” has been getting many rave reviews! Some excerpts:

“Having a well layered background akin to a large act like Coldplay… incredibly radio friendly and has a very large potential for listener reach. I heard a voice that loves not only theatrical novelty, but spreading happiness as well. A warm and influential record, listening should evoke a high risk of encountering gentle tones, warm vibes, and desire to hit repeat.” – HyPursuit

“Jay Jacobson makes a memorable impression… There are classical influences as well as soaring vocals. He has an amazing tenor voice that glides between melodies. All the piano parts are beautifully rendered that they sound magical… uplifting… artfully crafted… You better pick this recording and the rest of his albums because I am sure you will love his kind of music!” – Sphere Music

“Jay Jacobson does an awesome job in the vocals department, hitting such high notes that I could only imagine hitting in my lifetime.” – Indigo Indie

“…bouncy-ness of beats that keeps the music fresh and alive… Jay Jacobson has the talent and style that is indeed worth that listen, because it jumps at you each time you hear it.” – Nataliez World

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Pre-Order “The Ride” today exclusively on iTunes!

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My upcoming CD, “The Ride” is available today for pre-order exclusively on iTunes! Those who download the full CD will immediately get the song, “With Our Love” – a love song from the CD which expresses how having someone join your journey through life makes it more fulfilling no matter what the circumstances may be. It is one of eleven songs on “The Ride” that tap into the ups and downs and in-betweens of living life, in what one critic called “genuinely uplifting pop”. “The Ride” will be released one week from today – on October 14th.

Here is a direct link to the CD on iTunes. You can purchase it for download and preview it here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-ride/id904996264?uo=4

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