August – Oceans

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Although this song sounds very personal, it’s not about me. It’s based on a cartoon a friend drew and posted on facebook a little over 5 years ago. It was a simple image of two stick figures standing outside of a house with a large television set. To the right were arrows pointing to and from the word “work”. It has haunted me and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Then one day, not too long ago, it turned into a song. I was in the shower at the time – probably with soap in my eyes.

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When we play concerts, I’m terrible about giving credit to the band so I’m going to make up for it here. Robert is the amazing the drummer that keeps the whole thing together. Photo by KC Jung.

A few weeks after I came up with the basic idea – the first two verses, pre-chorus and chorus – I wrote the third verse to put a positive spin on the song. Our hero, lost in an ocean, sees clouds ahead, which suggests an island, and perhaps an opportunity to get closer to people.

Brian plays guitar and keyboards. His job is to fill out the sound and keep things interesting.

Brian plays guitar and keyboards. His job is to fill out the sound and keep things interesting. Photo by KC Jung.

This song is a significant milestone that I’m very excited about – it’s the first one that includes the whole band. I’ve been playing concerts with three very talented musicians since the spring, but only now have we all managed to add a part to a recording. Just like last month, we recorded drums at Warrior Sound, and, as always, the results are amazing. Everything else was done in our home studios.

Carol plays bass and keeps everything cool.

Carol plays bass and keeps everything cool. Photo by KC Jung.

I hope everyone had a great August! I know I did and I’m excited about the upcoming September. I’ve got big plans for a lot of things: 1) I’ll be playing my dance music for two nights in New York City, and 2) an exciting new song to record for you.

If you’d like to sing or play long with this month’s tune, here’s the song sheet.

Photo by KC Jung.

Photo by KC Jung.

4 thoughts on “August – Oceans

  1. Fletcher says:

    Congrats on whole band recording. Sounds great everybody. Come to Baltimore soon!!! Who is the funny looking guy in the last photo 🙂

    1. Josh says:

      Thanks Fletcher! We’ll get to your town as soon as we can!

  2. Barbara and Tim Kelley says:

    Josh,

    I loved the social commentary in this song, well done! Also the more complete “sound” is great! Always look forward to your new work. Barbara

    1. Josh says:

      Thanks so much! It’s a treat to have everyone playing on the recordings.

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