Awakening

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Is it jazzy folk music, or jazz for folks? Is it about waking from sleep, or a new lease on life?

I composed Awakening as the leadoff track to set the the tone of the album, and to harmonically resolve into Light On The Horizon. As happens so often in life, the plan was perfect on paper, but not in practice. One can argue that nobody listens to "albums" anymore--but I do, so the playing sequence was important to me. While my album contains elements of jazz (abundant improvisation, Lydian Chromatic Concept, etc.), Awakening is the only song that might actually be mistaken to be jazz.

I sent the tune to the guys at Mesa/Boogie, and they couldn't believe that the clean, pure, expressive jazzy tone emanated from a half-stack amp they considered to be a Marshall-esque rock monster, the Royal Atlantic RA-100. Never judge a book by its cover. The guitar was a Tom Anderson Hollow Tele plugged straight in, no effects, not even a pick… One of my favorites!

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from Marchesano, released March 8, 2015
Guitars: Michael James
Piano, Strings: Eser Taskiran
Mandolin, Rhodes, Mellotron: Cynthia Catania
Bass: Jack Daro
Drums: Jaben Pennell

Produced & Mixed by Michael James. Co-produced by David Kahne and Urban Olsson.
Written by Michael James.
© 2015 Marchesano Music admin. by Bug Music (ASCAP).
℗ © 2015 Alternator Records LLC. All rights reserved.

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Michael James Simi Valley, California

• Producer.Mixer.Engineer.Songwriter.Guitarist
• Gold & Platinum Records
• Discography includes New Radicals, Hole, Far, Robben Ford, L7, Edwin McCain, Chicago, Reverend Horton Heat, A.J. Croce, Butterfly Boucher, Jane's Addiction, Maia Sharp, Too Much Joy, Kalimba, Mario Guerrero and Jawbreaker.
• Former Warner/Discovery head of A&R & Producer, trained by WEA founder Jac Holzman.
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