A frustrating industry is the music business. I've written songs for most of my life, in between the usual things like paying bills and being discouraged by music "Professionals" that are always looking for songs that are different than what I have written. Through the years I found that I was never really happy with one genre of music. All I ask for is nice melody lines and good, fun, energy. After that, I don't care if it's Pop, Rock or Country. So if any of those types of songs found it's way into my head, I wrote it.
One day, I found myself sitting in an office with a Record company guy (I won't say who); and after listening to a few "seconds" of several songs, (that I spent many thousands of dollars on) he said, "Well these sound nice but where do we put you in a record store?" I was a bit confused at the question. He continued, "I mean, do we put you in the Pop section or the Rock category?" I have to admit I never really thought about an identity regarding my music. I was so naive. At the time, I thought all you needed to do was write a few good songs and people would want to buy your album. I had so much to learn. I remembered listening to top 40 radio when I was younger, and thinking, "Man, if one guy wrote all these songs what a great record that would be. But again, it's a sound they're after - a style that people want. Every song should sound pretty much like the last one so you won't confuse people.
At that moment I knew I was doomed to waste away in a music world of obscurity. No identity. No image. No Record Company.
BUT NOW, There's the internet and dozens of potential buyers for my eclectic style.
You can help make a stand against tyranny and oppression from the music world "Fat cats". Let the Record companies Bully us NO MORE. We don't need them! Right? RIGHT!(I'm assuming you all said it with me) Let's show them by buying songs from unsigned and floundering artists like me. That's right, YOU can make a difference by selecting a song (any song) and click "BUY". That'll show'em. And the more you buy the more we can take them down. Lets stick it to the man - and BUY, BUY, BUY!!!
Thank you for stopping by to listen and I hope you bought enough songs to help our cause (we're in this together, you and me). Anytime you get frustrated with anyone just come to this page and buy a few Jim Gilmore songs and everything will be all better. It works for me.
A little hint: If you don't like any of my songs on the first or second time through, don't worry; I was the same way. I didn't like my songs either at first but after listening over and over and over again they really did start to grow on me and I know it'll happen to you. So even when you think you can't listen to one more note, just keep listening, the pain will slowly go away. I promise.
Very sincerely, Jim
Album: Putting Back The Rock
Recorded over several years with different styles and many different players that reflect the genre of the times.
The song "I Just Like To Dance" features the saxophone playing of Michael "Tunes" Antunes from John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band. When we were recording, the engineer turned to me and said excitedly, "You know what this song needs? - A saxophone." I thought, why not? So in comes "Tunes" and layed down a sweet track that took the song in a different direction. I loved it. A great call for the song.
As for the rock tracks of the album, I was supposed to have this guy from Boston play the guitar parts for "Putting Back the Rock" and "Justice". He was recommended by the studio but I had never met him before. He was a bit of an Eddie Van Halen clone. I called his apartment and spoke to his room-mate and said that I was sending the demo tape for him to learn. No problem. I called a week later and once again spoke to the room-mate. "Ya, he got the tape," he replied. No problem. A week later, I am now in the studio waiting for the guitar player to show up. Now we have a problem. No guitar player and I am paying 100.00 an hour to stand around and wait. The engineer starts racking his brain about who we could possibly get in such short notice, when the assistant turned and said sharply, "Nuno!" The engineer's face lit up and he yelled, "Call him." All I heard was a one sided conversation that ended with, "Ok, he'll be right there to get you." We were in Rhode Island and Nuno was in Boston - No problem. A quick hour ride to Boston and we had a guitar player that I had never heard of, but didn't take long before I realized he was as good a guitar player as anyone on the planet. Things do happen for a reason and things couldn't have worked out any better. So since we had Nuno Bettencourt in the studio we figured, why not have him decorate a few other songs on the record as well.
Please enjoy these cuts from the past featuring a few great players and of course me.
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