PART 4 OF 7
On many of your compositions, Jon, it's clear that your love of Family Life is a big part of the real magic that goes into your music. That's always a wonderful thing.
Do You feel, Jon, that we need more of these storylines in today's music in general,
no matter the type of music?
I wouldn't say that however, Personally,
I feel music today is less than what it was when I was growing up and what it could be. I don't feel there are too many Billy Joels, Harry Chapins & Lennon, and McCartney's out there.
With the advent of reality TV and Youtube; becoming a "household name," isn't what it used to be. I strongly believe the true "timeless" songs were written in the
When You're in the recording studio, what's your preferred process? Do You like to record your vocals and guitar tracks 'live' with the entire band, or lay down the instrumental tracks and record your vocals separately?
I've done it several ways. My "Stones" CD was recorded totally "Live" from the down beat to the last "thank you and good night" ..."I hear a Clock" was recorded in the studio virtually one track at a time. I like the "live feel," but there is way to much pressure to get it right on the first take.
If there is "Magic" in the room,
there is no duplicating it in the studio.
Still, you can do so much in the studio and experiment with different instruments, productions and that has its advantages.
I think every musician worth his weight should record a project live. It will separate the men from the boys.
We also love the track "Fallen" on the
"I Hear A Clock" CD, that we're also featuring during this Interview.
The arrangement on this track has a nice poignant feel, with an additional touch of strings, which makes for a great wedding song favorite. While producing this track, did You already have a set instrumentation in mind?
I wanted a vintage J.T. feel and wanted simplicity. I think I got that with the track.
I played the opening and just let the others compliment it and not over do it. It happens to be one of my favorites as well.
Your chord changes in general are always refreshing to listen to, especially in the bridge of "Fallen." Do You concentrate more on the melody or the chord changes,
when writing your music?
I concentrate on both. I personally believe that if you have magnificent lyric and a boring melody, you have a boring song. Whereas, if you have a tremendous melody (or groove) and have a mediocre lyric, you can still have a hit.
I defy any of your readers to tell me the lyrics to "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress."
I rest my case. So, yes, for my taste, my melodies need to be as strong, if not stronger than the lyrics.
What would be your favorite track, or top favorite tracks from your
"I Hear A Clock" CD?
That is asking someone to acknowledge their favorite children. But since you asked; "Lonely Man,"...
"New Shade of Blue,"...
"Until We Meet Again"...
and "I'll Be There For You,"...
to name a few.
Thank you very much Jon, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
3&4 of 7 segment?
Can you tell me about your readers
Thanks for asking Jon. We're happy to share that not only do we have thousands of
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Gezzzz...with Harry, Cat, and a few others out of the mix, it is refreshing to hear a new voice in the grove. Don't get me wrong,
I have always been a fan of the two mentioned as well as the likes of
James Taylor, Don Mclean and always waiting to hear form them with a new song
to sing with.
Our music from the late 60's through the 70's has been the basic fabric for shaping our thoughts through the path we follow in our lives. So refreshing to hear a new voice in the few that are active today, Jon...
In particular the lyrics you sing are relevant to someone like myself. The music is the way I am conformable with. In a way that brings things home for a moment or two.
In particular your voice and character shine in the lines of... "It's not just a woman who runs out of time, I hear a clock ticking too!"
So very, very true for so many of us Jon.
Thanks again, Jon, I have enjoyed listening to you and your music, sir. I wish you much success in all your music endeavors Jon,
and I am looking forward to hearing more.
Thank You very much Mike and Jon. We look forward tomorrow in Parts 5&6 of this 7 of our Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we highlight
Singer Songwriter Jon Michaels'...
favorite moments performing on the 'Christina Cooks' TV Show & more...
Thank you very much Jon, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!