“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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