Friday, November 19, 2004

BloG #22: On Inspiration...

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  • Inspiration:
    noun -a product of your creative thinking and work; "he had little respect for the inspirations of other artists"; "after years of work his brainchild was a tangible reality"
    noun -arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
    www.hyperdictionary.com

    This seems to be a touchy and highly personal concept.
    What inspires one person will invariably turn another individual completely off.
    That said, what can inspire one person one day can completely shut them down the following day.

    While not diving too deep into semantics, this sketch will attempt to analyze on a surface level without anyone getting hurt.
    Bear in mind this is all purely theoretical speculation and cannot be verified as fact by any means whatsoever!

    When considering inspiration, we must consider two components.
    First, the source of inspiration. What element caused the sudden reactionary impulse leading to a desire for action?
    Second, the particular resulting action caused by the inspiration. What was the impulsive action generated and what was it's connection to the source of inspiration?

    Let's start with the first listed component - source:
    The source of inspiration can depend on a wide range of factors, the state of mind of the receiver at that given moment being chief among them. Receptiveness of one's mind varies on a multitude of levels, causing the receiver to necessitate a diverse assortment of external and internal influences to trigger an aroused inner response.
    The source must trigger at least one, if not a blending of senses in a positive manner, causing the brain to desire emulation. It is this desire to emulate which becomes the synthesis leading to action caused by said inspiration.
    A particular sight, scent, sound, touch or combination of these elements will ultimately trigger inspiration, be it simple or more grandiose, happy or sad, love or hatefilled, excitement or rage.

    This leaves us with the other component - particular resulting action:
    Somehow, a connection is created in the receiver's mind from the trigger, leading to a desired result only experienced by that particular individual. Someone else experiencing the same stimulation at the same moment, time and place will undoubtedly not experience that same devine intervention. Why is that? The answer may partially lie in the frame of reference of both individuals. Quite possibly the stimualtion touched off a previous recollection which instantaneously demanded action to satisfy it's intensley insatiable craving now created. Meanwhile, the other individual has no previous experience to 'hang his hat on,' thereby not being intensley inspired by that particular stimulation.

  • Speaking from personal experience, I have found so many things through my lifetime that have inspired me in so many ways, it is hard to conceive the full breadth of their reach for myself. Life loses it's vigor once inspiration ceases to demand attention from it's intended receiver. How one chooses to utilize their given allotment of inspiration throughout their lifetime can ultimately define their lasting legacy.


    JavaMusiK - Piano-Based Instrumentals from Western Slope, CO

  • A prominent feature of The JavaMusiK BloG has been to highlight an independent artist who we feel deserves our recommended attention.

  • BloG #22's Indie Artist Pick is Damien Project - JDRF: Juvenile Diabetes....Music For a Cure

  • Damien Project: "We came in to existence for one ultimate goal. To bring awareness about, to teach people, and to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, also known as Juvenile Diabetes, and in the process have had our music used in Film and Documentary works!"

    Mark Skipper's daughter Tori, was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes when she was 18 months old. She has already lived with Diabetes for more than half her life and she is only 4 years old. She has already had 3960 injections of insulin and has had over 6600 finger pricks to check her blood sugar, just to keep her alive. When this happened, it became Marks mission to help raise awareness about this disease through his music.

  • The topic which was written about for this particular Blog was inspired solely and entirely by Mark Skipper, otherwise affectionately known among fellow musicians as Damien Project. This particular weekend, Mark is focusing all his energies to raising money and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes through an all-weekend telethon at IndieRadioLive.com. He has been tirelessly promoting, leading up to this fateful weekend and now it is here, which is why I am writing at 3 am. We here at JavaMusiK find that to be a highly admirable cause and salute Mark for such dedication! Officially, Damien Project consists of Mark, his daughter Tori, and collaborative musicians Rachel Pardieck, Lana J. Albert and Jill No Jack.

    While I hardly know Mark, I have become familiar with several key factors concerning him. Mark would probably tell you that his most prominent passion is all things yogurt (such as how to correctly throw it), yet anyone who has dug deeper will immediately tell you he has a much more meaningful motive and resolve. The last 3 years have given Mark a new sole purpose in life through his daughter Tori. His quest for a cure for Tori's devastating illness all but consumes Mark in a tireless devotion through his music and efforts at raising awareness.

    To write about Damien Project without mentioning the music would seemingly defeat our purpose, for this particular music holds up completely without the aid of such a worthy cause. While the cause is definitely the icing on Damien Project's yogurt flavored cake, the music featuring Mark's guitar prowess provides a skilled and appropriate sonic backdrop and soundtrack to accompany this cause.

    The listener will find guitar-based instrumentals, punctuated by the occasional featured vocal track. There is just enough edge in the music to keep it intriguing, while maintaining a sonic sense of aural peace throughout. Mark's guitar gently weeps over Lana's rich orchestrations and Jill & Rachel's occasional vocals.

  • Their SoundClick page is full with a wide variety sure to please any listener. Do not hesitate to visit Damien Project where you can listen and learn more about JDRF! A good start would be 140 Queen St., a collab with Lana J. Albert dedicated to a house Mark lived in, destroyed by Hurricane Hugo, which he loved dearly. We also really like Rachel's Theme. While we understand voacals are coming and we look forward to hearing it with them, we feel it currently stands well without the vocals.

    Congratulations Damien Project!


  • Damien Project - JDRF: Juvenile Diabetes....Music For a Cure

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  • Thursday, September 30, 2004

    BloG #21: This Is Just Sad

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  • Hiatus - n. pl. hi a tus es or hiatus
    A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break: We are likely to be disconcerted by... hiatuses of thought (Edmund Wilson). Dictionary.com

    From a mind which finds little in substantive issues to write about, a hiatus seems iminent. Therefore, without fanfare, that's exactly what took place. No formal announcement. No musical interlude or intro. No billboard, banner or behind to proclaim said hiatus. It just ...... was.

    Oh, there's plenty to write about. I still have plenty to remember about the bike rides. The Indie Artist Reviews are a great feature which must continue, without question! World issues beg for commentary. Everywhere I turn, something Blogworthy is happening which could provide pages upon pages of written word.

    So. Why the 'hiatus?' Why stop in the midst of the storm? The ball was rolling at breaknik speed. Words were flowing. The rhythm was right. People were reading. What went wrong?

    Short answer? Nothing. I have no good short reply that can address these pending issues.

    Since little to nothing of substance has been written here lately, we'll go ahead and venture lightly into the long answer.
    First off, writing is not my profession. It is a new hobby. This hobby has involved a learning curve for me. A big part of that learning curve has been for me to find topics which interest me, yet may provide some sort of level of interest for the projected target audience. By the same token, I have chosen so far to refrain from offering opinions on more heated, controversial topics such as religion & politics. To offer up a stated opinion would paint me into a stated corner which I am not yet prepared to write myself into yet on this particular forum.

    My initial premise upon starting this BloG series was that I have nothing of substance to offer up. No point whatsoever.... is the motto, plainly stated on The JavaMusiK BloG title. That said, I still choose to write in a manner which pleases me first. Whether it be music, words on a page or just plain conversation with someone who interests me, I am somewhat careful about what is being projected through my conversation per se.

    Writing, for me, cannot be forced. My official music cd release schedule is holding roughly on a 4 year plan. The biggest reason for this falls on the writing aspect. I choose not to force my writing. When a theme comes, I will be thankful for it and work with it. Themes come, but always on their own timeline. I can connect dots between themes. I can physically play what is demanded of what I hear in my mind. I can organize and arrange a melody in a sensible manner to fit a format of a well constructed song. But, I cannot and will not force a theme until it chooses to present itself to me mentally.

    This is the approach which seems to be the case concerning my writing here. Forcing myself to a schedule would drain the level of inspiration feeding my desire for release. Therefore, I wouldn't feel genuine in my writing, leading to a lack of pride/sense of accomplishment in what I lay out for others to peruse. (Not that any of this is perusal-worthy.)

    So that's the jist of it. There will always be a slight level of forcing my writing to happen. Generally, it falls in the category of forcing myself to making time to sit down and let the thoughts flow, musically or whatever. But if they're not there, or even peaking around the corner, it's just not going to happen.

    Obviously, at this stage, I would not make a good syndicated writer. Hopefully, I can begin to re-establish a rhythm again, so people can look forward to my drivel, or at least another Indie Artist Pick & what words of quasi-wisdom I can offer up on that front.

    If you made it to this point (how did you do that?), thanks for reading and let's hope the wait isn't quite so long before the next BloG!


    JavaMusiK - Piano-Based Instrumentals from Western Slope, CO

  • A prominent feature of The JavaMusiK BloG has been to highlight an independent artist who we feel deserves our recommended attention.

  • BloG #21's Indie Artist Pick is Mike Milillo - "Life Does Not Beat in 4/4 Time" from Somewhere in the USA.

  • Mike Milillo: "There is one thing in this life that I trust, other than my wife and kids of course, and that's my ear! It never ever lets me down...Ever!"

    Mike Milillo writes and experiments with the element of free Jazz, Classical(film music),Political Humor, Comedy, Instrumental Rock, Jazz Fusion, Hip Hop...Oh yea, there's some stellar education as well!
    "Originally a sax player in a fusion band, I later studied Bebop and performed in that realm for a bit. I decided that I wanted to write my own ideas which are based on my everyday experiences. I simply love to organize notes and that in itself intrigues me. I consider myself more of a note organizer than simply a composer. I find that I may usually get bored with simple motifs or thematics, so I found that incessant modulations made me really find what I love to do. I like to keep myself on the edge as well as any potential listener..."

  • When considering who to feature in this particular BloG, Mike Millilo seemed like the obvious choice for the subject matter, once the BloG was written. While I do not know Mike that well, I have formed a few perceptions based on what I have heard and read from Mike over the last several months.

    The first word which comes to mind regarding Mike is passion. Whether it be creating new music, listening to music or discussing things close to Mike's heart, he enters the fray on a level which may not always be clear to the intended audience upon initial exposure. Mike's analytical depth presents a sometimes humorous, always intriguing, though often times challenging product for the intended party to discern.

    While this may seem like a negative for the average person inflicted with such traits, quite the opposite is true when considering Mike. Discussions with Mike border on humorous and very thoughtful, yet you get the feeling that he is very committed to a highly elevated standard and belief structure. This concept becomes more apparent once you make the leap to venture into his aural playground.

    Citing influences ranging from Frank Zappa to John Coltrane and Igor Stravinsky to John Cage with many stops in between, Mike's compositional stategies challenge the listener to make more than one pass at his offerings before a full awakening to what is happening can occur. However, with such a vast catalogue as Mike's, the listener has seemingly limitless choices of genres to choose from. One thing that can invariably be assured is, when listening to a Mike Milillo production, you are in for a genuine treat which will keep on giving with every consecutive listen.

  • While Mike's SoundClick page is vast, we recommend giving serious time and listens to his product. A good start would be Jazz Schmazz... featuring Tenor sax...Mike Milillo...Trumpet...Dennis Wieand... A beautiful ambient piece we would also recommend comes from Mike's collboration with Barry Durdant-Hollamby titled Beyond Time.

    Congratulations Mike!


  • Mike Milillo - "Life Does Not Beat in 4/4 Time" from Somewhere in the USA.

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  • Tuesday, August 10, 2004

    BloG #20: Open Road - Part Deux II

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  • In continuing this story from BloG #19 concerning the 1979 Open Road tour, we will start where we left off.

    Having not witnessed the terrible accident on the hill above a small town named Gays Mills, Wisconsin with my own eyes, I cannot comment firsthand about what took place. However, that evening, I saw a young girl in extreme pain get picked up & taken home from the trip by her parents and it made us all very sad. I wrote to her several weeks later & learned she slowly recovered from her awful wounds. Needless to say, we all had a new respect for the unknown road which lie ahead.

    The over-riding theme to this trip seemed to be the rain. Looking back in my 25 year old memories, I keep visualizing wet pavement and rain ponchos everywhere.

    We eventually crossed the Mississippi River and marvelled at the locks and barges on the river. Our next stay was in Lansing, Iowa. My most prominent memory of this town unfortunately revolves around the numerous attacking mosquitoes! There was no relief!!

    Riding northward the next day, I gained my first exposure to a new song on the radio - 'My Sharona' by The Knack. A fellow rider kept singing the bass line over & over & over (DanananaNa Na Na Na Na Na naNanananana MY SharoNA!) when we were riding through Brownsville, Minnesota. I finally asked "what IS that you're singing?" His reply, "You've GOT to be kidding! You haven't heard My Sharona? Where've you been???" Of course, 10 minutes later, I could hear it blaring from the nearest radio!

    We then crossed back over the Mississippi & got literally drenched coming into LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Fortunately, our itinerary included a stop at a Perkins where we could wring ourselves out.

    The next highlight came with our trek down the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail. This was an experience like none other! The 32 mile trail on an old railroad bed took us through 3 tunnels, including one that is 3/4 of a mile long! Flashlights came in handy & walking was an highly desireable option here!

    The Wisconsin Dells loomed large for everyone. We all hosed each other down in a serious water fight and then loaded up our bodies into the back of the U-Haul trailer for a ride out to The Tommy Bartlett Water Show for an evening of water-skiing and magical entertainment.

    Riding on The Merrimac Ferry across the Wisconsin River between Sauk and Columbia counties was a special treat. This was, and I believe, still is Wisconsin's only FREE ferry service.

    A revelation came to this 17 year old rider during one of the long days sitting on a bike saddle. My riding group included one African-American rider named Anthony. Anthony, who had a slight tendency to be humorous at times, started complaining about a sunburn. Well, this young white boy from Iowa moved forward with his base instinct and began to laugh. Having only met 3 African-Americans (Anthony being #3) up to this point, I had no idea whether this could be a reality. Guess what!.....

    Finally, the end of the trip was near & one of my greatest physical achievements came into being.

    To be continued...


    JavaMusiK - Piano-Based Instrumentals from Western Slope, CO

  • A prominent feature of The JavaMusiK BloG has been to highlight an independent artist who we feel deserves our recommended attention.

  • BloG #20's Indie Artist Pick is Lana J Albert - "Capturing Life's Emotions in Music" from Roseville, Minnesota.

  • Lana J Albert: "Bringing you closer to the journey to the inside of your soul and back again..."

    Sit back and enjoy a great journey into the depths of emotion and passion with Lana's music. There are no limits, no barriers, and no apologies for the immense intensity you will encounter. Lana's music runs the gambit of ambient, smooth jazz, new age, and fusion.

  • Occasionally, you bump into something really special which captures your attention and won't let go. If you're lucky, that something might happen to be in a field which you are somehow associated with. Today, I had the blessed misfortune of bumping into Lana. In return for a favor she had offered, I decided to play her page and see who this kind person was.

    Boy, was I in for a royal treat! The brilliance shone through from beginning to end. I could not step away through the whole session. I was afraid I might miss something! Rarely, do I feel the immediate satisfaction from having every emotion captured by an artist. Lana's music left no stone unturned. In conclusion, my personal note to Lana is: Consider me your newest fan!

  • We recommend giving the whole of Lana's page a listen. But, you might start with Trial By Fire featuring the brilliant guitars of Scott Landers and Lana's collab featuring guitar by Mark Skipper of Damien Project, My Epitaph (2004).

    Congratulations Lana!


  • Lana J Albert - "Capturing Life's Emotions in Music" from Roseville, MN.

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  • Thursday, July 22, 2004

    BloG #19: Open Road - Part Deux

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  • The summer of '79 led me to my 2nd Open Road trip. After an incredible first trip with this group from the south suberbs of Chicago, I decided to saddle up with them up again. This time, I came with a new (to me) bike in tow. Signing up at the last minute the previous year didn't afford me a lot of time to prepare with my cycling equipment. Physically, I was in good shape, having come off a backpacking trip in Colorado the previous week. But the bicycle on my first trip left a bit to be desired.

    My new (to me) bicycle this year was a 1976 Motobecane Grand Record with the classic red & black frame and Campy dropouts. This bike was fitted with many of the finest components of the time and had a feel which seemed to beg the rider to get it moving! It had been ridden on the Bikecentennial and it was ready for plenty more.

    In addition to the new bicycle, I had subscribed to and inherited a couple years worth of Bicycling mags. I read each issue cover to cover. My bicycle had become not only my primary mode of transportation, but also in many ways, my confidant. I could trust it to take me wherever I needed to go, even if it just meant giving my mind some time to roam.

    All of this lead to a heightened anticipation for the 1979 Open Road tour on my part. Upon arrival at the starting point in Round Lake, IL, a lot of time was spent catching up with old friends and acquaintances from the previous year and just enjoying each others' company once again.

    The sticking point in my memory bank of this event was of a returning veteran rider named 'Joe.' Joe had gained noteriety on previous trips for his 'Piano Stories.' Each night the riders would be treated to an impromptu performance by Joe, who had no musical skills whatsoever, banging out the highlights of the day's ride on a piano. Each pause in his accompaniment would allow just a little more of his story to be told. Combined with Joe's au natural hair stylings and goofy smile, the story always entertained and never disappointed!

    The first night, several of us hopped into the car with Joe for some reason. Joe took us on a rather memorable ride through downtown Round Lake that was unlike any car ride I have ever experienced before or since. The Star Wars headlight show, the singing and a few other unmentionables made for an amusing, sometimes scary, joyride.

    This Open Road ride was going to lead us from northeastern Illinois into southcentral Wisconsin, where we stayed one night in Beloit, WI. From there, we headed north and westward through New Glarus, Mineral Point, Hollandale, Dodgeville... The Sugar River Bike Trail was a highlight of this portion of the ride. We even toured House On The Rock at Spring Green, WI. Next, came a winding ride through wonderful orchards.

    Suddenly, fellow bikers appeared along the road warning us to approach the upcoming downhill ride with EXTREME caution. "Use your brakes and ride SLOWLY," they yelled. Half way down the very long hill, we instantly became aware of the dangers we were being cautioned about. What appeared to be a gentle turn on a steep hill, abruptly became a violent turn to the right behind a hidden mountainside corner. To the left, was a very steep dropoff. To add to the equation, bring on the wet roads from drizzly weather. Legend has it many truckers have met their Maker on this stretch.

    The crux of the story lies in Alisha, a girl who was on her first Open Road trip. Unfortunately, Alisha was in one of the first groups to approach this hill. Needless to say, habit kicked in and everyone braced for an expeditious ride down the hill. The fun came to a hasty conclusion upon Alisha's horrifying misfortune with the pavement on the hill.

    To be continued...


    JavaMusiK - Piano-Based Instrumentals from Western Slope, CO

  • A feature recently added to The JavaMusiK BloG has been to highlight an independent artist who we feel deserves our recommended attention.

  • In recognition of the 35th anniversary of our first landing on the moon, this BloG issue's Indie Artist Pick is Project Mercury - A female-fronted acoustic rock & modern folk band from New Jersey & New York.

  • A distinctive, memorable and mercurial mix of rock, modern folk and blues, Project Mercury serves up ethereal harmonies, haunting violin, evocative guitar and piano. Their first CD, Light This Candle, showcases just what happens when a singer-songwriter comes of age during the reign of classic rock.

    Light This Candle whispers, winks and wails, as it takes listeners on a musical journey, with a "space ballad" a la Bowie's Space Oddity... a Kashmir-esque Middle-Eastern epic...and pop at its catchiest. All are united by Project Mercury's signature hooks and intelligent, deeply felt lyrics.

  • Closer examination by JavaMusiK has revealed that the NY based ensemble Project Mercury escorts the listener through an occasional brush with social consciousness to a seemingly more innocent time and place through their music. The moniker, Project Mercury, appears to be an ideal fit with it's optimistic reference to the imminent NASA mission of it's time. The music and subject matter create a seamless blend captivating the targeted audience with it's down-to-earth, yet occasional dreamy feel.

  • We recommend giving Faded Leather and Light This Candle a listen.

    Congratulations Project Mercury!


  • Project Mercury - Acoustic Rock/Modern Folk from New Jersey/New York

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  • Tuesday, July 13, 2004

    BloG #18: Open Road - Part 1

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  • This BloG is going to relate to the first in a series of one of my favorite memories of my high school and college years. As a result of my uncle's leadership involvement with a bicycling group in northern Illinois, I subsequently hooked up with them as well for 4 summers. Everyone on this ride was from the southern suberbs of Chicago - except me. I was the lone Iowan. That made for some pretty funny ribbing. LOL

    During the summers of 1978 - 1980 and 1982, I toured with a group of (primarily) Presbyterian and Methodist youth from around the southern suberbs of Chicago. At about that time, those tours became known as 'Open Road.' Average size of the tour was around 80 cyclists. We broke that number down to around 9 or 10 groups of 8 or 9 people each, spaced out several miles apart.

    1978, my first big ride started in Wilmette, IL. (Our photo was taken by the Chicago Sun Times that first morning and the pic appeared on the front page!) After the first day, we crossed Lake Michigan on a ferry called 'The Badger.' The ferry ride started at 9 pm in Milwaukee, WI and arrived in Ludington, MI at around 3:30 am. We rode the eastern Michigan coastline north to Manistee, where the waves were chilly but fantastic! I seem to remember a number of our bikers cleaning sand out of their chains and gears after some time at the beach later that evening. hehe... We continued north the next day past a beautiful field of sunflowers and onward through Traverse City (I still remember a group of us getting kicked out of someone's backyard access to the lake in T.C.), Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs and finally Mackinaw City. That night, we sat out on the beach and looked at the lit up Mackinaw Toll Bridge in all it's glory. It was beautiful.

    At the crack of dawn, we crossed the 5 mile long bridge (world's longest suspension bridge, at the time) with a police escort. The sight of the sun rising over the island dotted horizon to the east was astounding. Once across to the other side, we then boarded a ferry to Mackinac Island. Eating at the Grand Hotel, I remember having my first chocolate mousse ever. Of course the fudge shops, a zither player on a shop's front porch and no cars anywhere on the island all left their impression on me enough to remember 26 years later.

    We then made the return trip back to Illinois via the route we had just travelled. This time, the ferry trip across Lake Michigan was by day. I was struck by the fact you could see no land, once out in the middle of the lake.

    Average riding distance for a day was typically 65 - 85 miles. We did have a day or two for an optional 'century ride' - a one hundred mile ride. The trip took 10 days and we covered roughly 800 miles.

    My memories of meeting 80 new friends instantaneously, nightly back rubs, sleeping coed nightly in churches, riding through beautiful unfamiliar country, climbing steep hills & racing down the other side, cold dewey early mornings - followed by steamy hot afternoons and the saddle discomfort all remain quite vivid. I can still remember stopping in a northern Chicago suberb where there was a small driving range & one of our riders had to hit a bucket of balls. Not far from that, a sports car had passed us & the driver was watching us so much that his car hit the concrete median rather solidly & bounced about like a pinball!

    The one memory which hit probably the hardest at the time was waking up the next morning after the trip was over, and just feeling so alone.... Most of those people I had just spent so much time & energy with, I would never see again - ever....


    JavaMusiK - Piano-Based Instrumentals from Western Slope, CO

  • A feature recently added to The JavaMusiK BloG has been to highlight an independent artist who we feel deserves our recommended attention.

  • This BloG issue's Indie Artist Pick is KMP - A Melting Pot of Musical Genres from Los Angeles, CA

  • With the recent release of You're In My Trance, KMP (a.k.a. Harout Kalandjian) has proven his extraordinary talent and diversity to the industry. His transitions from Electronica to Ambient to World Fusion are resourceful and precocious and display an undisputed amount of forbearance and aptitude.

    With online music distribution companies running rampant, KMP's affluent notoriety has him scaling a plethora of chart positions attaining irrefutable reviews from songwriters and fans alike. In such a competitive industry, KMP's stake at fame is void of ambiguity.

    KMP can only be described as a melting pot of musical Genres. Harout Kalandjian is well known for mixing it up. He is not afraid to combine styles and present it the way he hears it in his mind...

  • JavaMusiK has observed that LA based artist KMP approaches his art form in a variety of dimensions. While circumventing the impression of pidgeonholing his musical image into just one genre, several listens will reveal a signature sound clearly identifiable as belonging to the distinctive approach of the enigmatic KMP.

    First, there is the music. While Electronica and Ambient seem to be at the forefront of his stylings, we also notice traces of straight ahead Rock & Roll, Jazz, New Age & World Fusion woven throughout his vast repertoire. The inclusion of KMP's many different collaborations has indeed contributed to his expanded musical fashion.

    KMP has also recently begun employing an increased implementation of visual awareness into his image. While the package doesn't submerge or completely embrace this perception, you can often feel evidence of a translucent obscurity moving stealthily throughout his aura. Upon second glance, however, you will receive a very uplifting motif throughout his message. This is where the ambiguity settles in as a portion of the image. We have yet to fully discern the meaning of the name KMP, however there seems to be some interesting speculation going around.

  • Harout's new album will be titled PASSION... Current collaborations includes several Ambient tracks featuring The One And Only LISA / Hip Hop to feature JUSTAMAN and NICKI NOVA / New Age to feature A Haunting Siren For The Modern Age QUEENIE / Pop tracks featuring New Jersey rocker JASON DIDNER / World Fusion featuring Master Instrumentalist ED DRURY / Take this trip from Electronica to Ambient and World Fusion to New Age. A Melting Pot Of Musical Genres, KMP Style.

  • We recommend giving a listen to Abandoned - Into Better Hands (feat. Jason Didner) and 7th Sin (featuring Lisa) a thourough listen.

    Congratulations KMP!


  • KMP - A Melting Pot of Musical Genres from Los Angeles, CA


  • KMP at SoundClick

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  • Saturday, July 10, 2004

    BloG #17: Will It Work? Stay Tuned!

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  • Here I sit, once again writing w/out any idea where this narrative is going to go. It just so happens that it is late, I should be in bed, yet I feel a need to create. The piano is too loud for this hour when 5 other souls are asleep in the household (each daughter has a friend over tonite) so the next option is to write. Unfortunately, I have no topic in mind. That can pose a problem, I suppose. So far though, I have already managed to eek out a few lines of generally nothing here. Let's see if the stream will eventually pick up any conscience along the way. Stream of Conscience or Stream of Conscious?

    I keep hoping that one day I can begin to exist w/out having to punch in to a workplace. Financial independence - the holy grail of existence. I haven't figured out the route yet, but that is not to say I haven't taken baby steps to try to some day make it happen. My hope is that somehow a foundation is being laid which might eventually lead to something bigger, causing an avalanche of wealth. Will that come about from working for someone else? Not likely. Will it come about from conforming to standards of everyone else who is doing the same job as I? Doubtful. I don't have the answers. However, I feel it is imperative to continue a search for that avenue which may someday produce results beyond my wildest dreams, whether it be through a creation I developed, an investment I made, an idea I had or maybe some other completely unknown route to this holy grail.

    The one thing I've been learning is that we all can increase our chances of success with a good model. Modeling - watch someone who has already achieved success in their goals. Choose your model carefully! Learn from them. How do we do that, especially if we don't personally know anyone with the type of success we are looking for? Read. Read as much as you can & read some more. Tap in to what their secrets were. What did they do differently?

    I do believe that in order to be prepared for financial wealth, one's soul must be in line with one's self. It doesn't seem possible to be able to experience independent wealth & survive without first being in tune with one's inner self. This may indeed sound like quackery to some, but I think from the reading I have done so far, I am not too far off on this one.

    Let's explore this a bit. If a person hasn't taken care of their own inner needs along the way, what is going to happen to them once they achieve their financial goal? It has often been said that money cannot buy happiness. Others argue that while that statement may be true, money can sure substitute for a lot of inequities &/or misgivings. That may be so... But, how long does it last?

    To truly experience financial wealth, one must be able to sustain a level of inner wealth as well. Otherwise, a void will always eat at the inner self, causing a dangerous imbalance which will fester and eventually cause destructive behavior in that person. This may be through relationships with those closest to that person or maybe even business relationships. Or maybe they will have self-destructive tendencies that they will not be able to work their way out of. Indeed, these issues need to be taken care of before the distractions that come with financial wealth settle in.

    So, as I look at my own situation, I find that my past has been a training ground for what is yet to become. Mistakes are being made to lay the groundwork for a better tomorrow. The key to all my mistakes is to be sure to try to learn a life's lesson from it. Try not to repeat the same mistake and use the said mistake as an opportunity to evaluate the current course of travel.

    I once read that our subconscious minds are nearly incapable of distinguishing between what is reality and what is fantasy or a goal. This may explain the importance of focusing on the positive and not dwelling on the negative. Dream the dreams and try to be specific. Imagine you have achieved your goal already and keep focusing on that as if it is reality. Supposedly, the sub-conscious mind will figure out how to get you there. Prayers & God, anyone?

    I'm prepared to test this principle & see if it works. Stay tuned!


    JavaMusiK - Piano-Based Instrumentals from Western Slope, CO

  • A feature recently added to The JavaMusiK BloG has been to highlight an independent artist who we feel deserves our recommended attention.

  • This BloG issue's Indie Artist Pick is Lisa - Ambient World Fusion from UK

  • Lisa is best known for her sultry, expressive vocal style and versatility with regard to genre, powerful lyrics and haunting melodies.

    Lisa is a singer and songwriter from the UK who leans towards the traditional songwriting approach of strong lyrical content and memorable melodies. She is becoming best known for her sultry vocal style and versatility with regard to genre, having written, recorded and collaborated in new age, pop, alternative, hard trance and classical improvisations among others. Lisa has achieved considerable chart success on Soundclick and Artist Launch with main genre #1's in Electronica, Acoustic and Alternative.

  • To limit your knowlege about Lisa to just her body of musical work would be a sad shortchanging of what is truly available. With Lisa, there is definitely so much more. Beauty notwithstanding, Lisa exemplifies the vision of a woman of intense physical and inner beauty, wit, talent and charm.

    Musicians lucky enough to extract a collaboration featuring the steamy vocals of Lisa atop their instrumentation, suddenly gain attention like they have never experienced before. Lisa chooses her background music very carefully with an ear for ambience surrounding the framework of her canvas enveloping the portrait she chooses to reveal. There are times when her image may seem like a lost angel trying to rediscover her wings and halo in her body of illusion. To listen to Lisa is an experience and journey into a sensual, yet ethereal encounter like never before witnessed musically.

  • We recommend giving a listen to Love Like Wine, featuring the background musical wizardry of KMP (Harout Kalandjian) and The Story Of You And Me (click at SoundClick if previous link doesn't work), featuring the musical background created by Zimphf.

    Congratulations Lisa!


  • Lisa at SoundClick - Ambient World Fusion from UK

  • Lisa at ArtistLaunch - Ambient World Fusion from UK


  • If you are an artist or band who would like to be listed and featured in The JavaMusiK BloG, e-mail us and we will get you listed. All Featured Artist Picks are chosen from FriendZ of JavaMusiK.

  • Tuesday, July 06, 2004

    BloG #16: Storm King Sacrifice

  • Scroll down to see the BloG #16 Indie Artist Pick

  • This post is being made on the 10th anniversary of a terrible tragedy which I was a witness to.

    On July 6, 1994, 14 firefighters were killed in a firestorm on the side of Storm King Mountain in the South Canyon Fire just west of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

    Storm King Sacrifice was written at the base of that mountain 4 years later.

    Please visit the following links about Storm King Sacrifice:

  • JavaMusiK - Storm King Sacrifice
    The JavaMusiK Perspective of The South Canyon Fire

  • Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
    Feature story including JavaMusiK: Fallen Firefighters Strike Chord With Musicians

  • Ottumwa Courier
    Editorial story featuring JavaMusiK: Former Ottumwan (Oskaloosan) commemorates Colorado tragedy

  • Oskaloosa Herald
    Cover story featuring JavaMusiK: Van Devender remembers fallen firefighters

  • PRWeb Press Release
    "Storm King Firefighters Piano Tribute Soars Back for 10 Year Remembrance"

  • eMediaWire Press Release
    "Tribute To Fallen Storm King Firefighters in Colorado Released"

  • eMediaWire Press Release
    "Firefighter Tribute Tops Charts"

  • Stream audio track of Storm King Sacrifice here
    Available through SoundClick

  • Stream (and FREE download through July) audio track of Storm King Sacrifice here
    Available through FunEnDeR

  • Available for purchase
    At CDBaby.com

  • Available for purchase
    At FunEnDeR.com

  • Available for purchase
    At Melodrift Productions

  • Available for purchase
    At Tower Records


    JavaMusiK - Piano-Based Instrumentals from Western Slope, CO

  • A feature recently added to The JavaMusiK BloG has been to highlight an independent artist who we feel deserves our recommended attention.

  • This BloG issue's Indie Artist Pick is Ed Drury - World Music featuring didjeridu from Portland, Oregon

  • Ed Drury is a multi instrumentalist, composer, teacher, instrument maker and author. Since 1989, he has pursued his first love, the study of various traditional music forms from around the world. Today he combines his experience with classical music and his love for traditional music forms by composing music inspired by his world travels.

    Ed lives in Portland Oregon where he teaches, performs and records. Ed has performed with Francis Firebrace-Jones, a Yorti Yorti story teller, with Australian Folk Musician and songwriter Clancey Dunn, Jawighe, Michael Stirling, Jawihge, Randy Graves, Stephen Kent, Dave Crowder and Land of the Blind.

  • Ed Drury is a stirring performer who gives you the feeling you're tapping into an ancient realm as you listen to him work his way around the didjeridu, native flutes and other fascinating instruments.

    While the didgiridu is usually seen (heard) as an instrument of choice from the Aboriginal cultures of Australia, Ed Drury seems to be at the forefront of bringing the instrument to the forefront of American culture! You only have to listen to his many collaborations with various musicians on his site to witness Ed smashing down the barriers of typical historical reference. Doing so will open your eyes and ears to a wonderful new, yet ancient, powerful dimension of sound that you just cannot get enough of!

  • We recommend giving a listen to Jewell and She Said Ahhh (featuring Lisa) a thourough listen.

    Congratulations Ed Drury!


  • Ed Drury - World Music featuring didjeridu from Portland, Oregon

  • If you are an artist or band who would like to be listed and featured in The JavaMusiK BloG, e-mail us and we will get you listed. All Featured Artist Picks are chosen from FriendZ of JavaMusiK.

  • Monday, June 21, 2004

    BloG #15: Paying Jobs I've Held

  • Scroll down to see the BloG #15 Indie Artist Pick

    The development of JavaMusiK over the last 30 years has included a few jobs along the way. Some for longer periods than others. Each one has left me with something gained, whether I liked it or not:

  • Paper Boy - 2 different newspapers from age 11 off & on through age 16.
  • Corn Detassler - Many different summers.
  • Bean Walker/Roguer - Another summer job in the fields of dreams.
  • Waiter & Dish Washer - Special Events - Another high school job...
  • Grocery Stock Boy/Cashier - 2 years during high school.
  • Salad Bar Attendant - Summer employment during college.
  • Ice Cream Shop Attendant - Summer employment during college.
  • Audio/Visual Technician - Summer employment during college.
  • Cameraman & News Assistant - 2 years during college.
  • Pizza Manager Trainee/Deliveryman - First job out of college upon moving to Colorado.
  • Short Order Cook - 1st year out of college included many different jobs, including this one.
  • Department Store Janitor/Security - 1st year out of college included many different jobs, including this one.
  • Coupon Book Sales Telemarketer - 1st year out of college included many different jobs, including this one.
  • Motor Paper Delivery - 1st year out of college included many different jobs, including this one.
  • Delivery Driver - 1st year out of college included many different jobs, including this one.
  • Chinese Food Deliveryman - 1st year out of college included many different jobs, including this one.
  • Health Club Maintenence - 1st year out of college included many different jobs, including this one.
  • Resort Housekeeping - 1st week at a resort before my other duties started.
  • AV Tech - Back to a job I had during a college summer.
  • Resort Winter Maintenence - Stayed on at the resort through Fall.
  • Radio DJ - Moved home for a bit - Country Radio: never saw that one coming!
  • Department Store Stock/Cashier - A temporary job in Milwaukee
  • CD & Tapes Store Manager - First real step toward a career.
  • Symphony Subscription Sales - A move away from slave wages.
  • Church Maintenence - A job during teacher certification schooling.
  • Substitute Teacher - Fun!
  • Piano Teacher - Off & on for 15 years.
  • Elementary General Music Teacher - First teaching job.
  • Elementary Music/Middle School Band & Choir/High School Band Teacher - Moved to Iowa for a spell & spread myself thin.
  • Solo & Ensemble Contest Judge - For whom the bell tolls...
  • Middle School Choir Director - Upon moving back to Colorado.
  • Middle School Band/High School Band & Choir Teacher - One step to the left...
  • Elementary General Music & Band/Choir Teacher - Current teaching position.
  • Church Pianist - 2 churches & one church choir every week.
  • Wedding & Special Events Pianist - On call...
  • Hotel Pianist - One or two nights per week at a 5 Star Hotel in Aspen!
  • Festival Security Detail - Those 12 hour shifts are a killer on the feet!


  • Interesting, huh?


    JavaMusiK - Piano-Based Instrumentals from Western Slope, CO

  • A feature recently added to The JavaMusiK BloG has been to highlight an independent artist who we feel deserves our recommended attention.

  • This BloG issue's Indie Artist Pick is Scott Landers - Guitar-based Instrumentals from Destin, Florida

  • Scott Landers is an instrumental guitarist. His style of play is bluesy, aggressive 80's type instrumental metal/hard rock. He just so happens to do his playing sitting down due to being diagnosed as having muscular dystrophy in 1987. His talent and upbeat outlook on life, despite his hardships come from his faith in God.

    Scott started playing guitar at 16. He stayed with one band during the 80's and 90's, Blue Collar - who played in and around Nashville, Tennessee. Now Scott is trying his hand at being a solo instrumentalist.

  • Scott Landers comes across as one of those all 'round good guys who you're just attracted to 'hang out' with. Lucky thing for all of us that the site he just happens to be the administrator for is called IndieHangout.com. His positive demeanor has attracted a diverse base of indie musicians who regularly come together at Scott's cyberhouse and hangout, discuss music and anything else that musicians will stray into. Imagine your favorite hangout during your college days where everyone would get together. That's Scott's cyberhouse "IndieHangout.com."

  • With Scott, it's about a whole lot more though. Scott has taken a seemingly insurmountable hurdle and turned it into a major track event with his guitar! Being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy nearly 20 years ago has only brought more focus to his musical efforts. Listening to his finely polished guitar acrobatics, one would never be aware of such an infliction as what Scott faces. If you like Joe Satriani or Steve Vai or any other of the guitar gods who strutted across the universe of 80's guitar rock, you've got to give Scott Landers a listen!

  • We recommend giving a listen to Happy Fast Thing and Polophony Overload a thourough listen.

    Congratulations Scott Landers!


  • Scott Landers - at SoundClick



  • The Official Site



  • Scott Landers - at Ampcast



  • IndieHangout - at Scott'sCyberHouse


  • If you are an artist or band who would like to be listed and featured in The JavaMusiK BloG, e-mail us and we will get you listed. All Featured Artist Picks are chosen from FriendZ of JavaMusiK.

  • Thursday, June 17, 2004

    IndeX of The JavaMusiK BloG

    This is an IndeX listing of every posted BloG on The JavaMusiK BloG:
    *FIA Picks indicate Featured Indie Artist Pick

  • BloG #1: So this is a Blog?
    Ponderences on the idea of a BloG and JavaMusiK defined.

  • BloG #2: Where The Links Are...
    Links to JavaMusiK OnLine.

  • BloG #3: Area 51 - The Dreamland Experience....
    Personal trek to Rachel, Nevada - outside of Area 51

  • BloG #4: FriendZ of JavaMusiK
    Links to some great indie music online.

  • BloG #5: Nooo..... Nothing's been said here.....
    Ponderences on my writing's worthiness of BloGgy material and links to music message boards.

  • BloG #6: Do You See What I See?
    My experience with Lasik eye surgery.

  • BloG #7: Up And Adam!
    Some people wake up at different hours than others...
    *FIA Pick (Featured Indie Artist Pick) - Sammi Morelli

  • BloG #8: Where navel lint finally gains acknowlegement...
    Ponderences with ...no point whatsoever....
    *FIA Pick - Glenn Thompson

  • BloG #9: Station Links
    Links to internet music stations where some great indie music can be found.

  • BloG #10: Area 51 Links
    Links to some very informative sites about Area 51.
    *FIA Pick - Laura J Boll� and Chris Kalessin

  • BloG #11: Howdy! Now Go Away!
    Ever have your space impeded upon?
    *FIA Pick - Evan Paul Kozaris

  • BloG #12: JavaMusiK Musical Influences - Breadcrumbs picked up along the way...
    Who has shaped the music of JavaMusiK through the years??? hmmm......
    *FIA Pick - Michael James Moore

  • BloG #13: There Is Superstition....
    Watch out for that #13....
    *FIA Pick - Europica

  • BloG #14: The JavaMusiK BloG Featured Indie Artist Picks so far...
    Index to the indie artists we have gotten to know so far. Continually updated.

  • The JavaMusiK BloG Index
    Index to The JavaMusiK BloG postings.

  • BloG #15: Paying Jobs I've Held
    One more thing to shape The JavaMusiK Perspective...
    *FIA Pick - Scott Landers

  • BloG #16: Storm King Sacrifice
    The South Canyon Fire 10 Years On - In Memory of 14 Fallen Firefighters
    *FIA Pick - Ed Drury

  • BloG #17: Will It Work? Stay Tuned!
    In pursuit of the Holy Grail of Independence...
    *FIA Pick - Lisa

  • BloG #18: Open Road - Part 1
    A look back at some awesome rides...
    *FIA Pick - KMP

  • BloG #19: Open Road - Part Deux
    A further glimpse into bicycling road journeys from the past...
    *FIA Pick - Project Mercury

  • BloG #20: Open Road - Part Deux II
    An even further glimpse into bicycling road journeys from the past...
    *FIA Pick - Lana J Albert

  • BloG #21: This Is Just Sad
    Boring lamentations on the state of my writing &/or mental health...
    *FIA Pick - Mike Milillo

  • BloG #22: On Inspiration....
    What is it? Where does it originate from? Who knows???
    *FIA Pick - Damien Project

  • BloG #23: Life Can Serve Some Tough Lessons

  • BloG #24: A Post I made at IndieHangout.com

  • BloG #25: Ten Years?..!! (JavaMusiK prepares to celebrate 10 years!)

  • BloG #26: My Personal Educational Mission is Complete!

  • BloG #27: Route 451 on YouTube

  • BloG #28: Ch,Ch,Ch,Ch,Changes

  • BloG #29: An Exercise In Futility? Or...

  • BloG #30: Official Launch of Alpine Road Publishing

  • BloG #31: Boston Conservatory Welcome address by Karl Paulnack

  • BloG #32: Recent & Upcoming Concerts 4 My Guilty Pleasure

  • BloG #33: It has been quite slow as of late...

  • BloG #34: Testing the Twitter Waters....

  • BloG #35: Showcase in the Mountains....

  • BloG #36: Preview of Newly Recorded Rough Drafts Posted

    *FIA Picks indicate Featured Indie Artist Pick


    JavaMusiK - Piano-Based Instrumentals from Western Slope, CO

  • All Featured Artist Picks are chosen from FriendZ of JavaMusiK.
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2004

    BloG #14: The JavaMusiK BloG Featured Indie Artist Picks so far...

    This BloG is going to showcase The JavaMusiK BloG Featured Indie Artist Picks we have visited so far. Please be sure to pay them a visit and enjoy their wonderful music. It is by far better (and more diverse!) than anything you'll ever hear on radio!

  • BloG #7 Indie Artist Pick is Sammi Morelli from Vancouver, Canada.

  • Think Alicia Keys meets Amanda Marshall and you have the powerful vocals and soulful urban pop/rock sound of Sammi Morelli, gift wrapped with classic beauty inside and out. Sammi injects soul and passion into her vocal delivery, and connects completely and convincingly with her lyrics. "I have this incredible passion to do more than sing a song. I want to communicate and move people at a soul level, to dance, cry, feel joy, clap along and to think."

    Sammi has been a featured artist on MTV, has had her music video PERFECT aired on MUCHMUSIC, and her song LET ME BE THE ONE featured on Warner Bros. hit tv series SMALLVILLE. UNLIMITED was the title of her debut album and unlimited is definitely part of the Sammi signature, as she writes the personal empowerment thread through her music. International, and North American performances including Madison Square Gardens in New York City , have seen audiences charged by Sammi's dynamic, entertaining performances where she clearly champions for the happily obsessed, creatively possessed.

  • Sammi is definitely worth a looksee & listen in our opinion here at JavaMusiK! We have found her to be a very supportive member at IndieHangout.com who happens to have a wonderful voice with a very polished and professional sound. We highly recommend giving 'Masquerade' & 'Invisible' a listen.

    Congratulations Sammi!



  • Sammi Morelli - Urban Pop/Rock from Vancouver, Canada





  • BloG #8 Indie Artist Pick is Glenn Thompson from Australia.

  • Glenn Thompson is working in a variety of forms to subvert existing paradigms and re work neural pathways. Described variously as "excellently strange" and "retro pop" he considers music the life blood of the soul and capable of the most enigmatic transformations.

  • Glenn occupies a special presence on the FuNEnD3R.com boards. His warm and supportive nature combined with his unique blend of music with it's wonderful sense of melancholy and an early 80's retro quality gives us at JavaMusiK a renewed enthusiasm for creativity. We highly recommend giving 'We Can Fly From Here' & 'Some of Us' a listen.

    Congratulations Glenn!


  • Glenn Thompson - Retro Pop from Australia





  • BloG #10 Indie Artist Pick is Laura J Boll? featuring Chris Kalessin - "Natural Music" from London, UK

  • Welcome to the music of Laura J Boll? and Chris Kalessin, a brand new songwriting partnership out of London UK, featuring the exceptional vocals of Laura J Boll?.
    Laura's vocal style has been compared to Norah Jones, Christina Aguilera, Barbra Streisand and Sade, and the music ranges from classic piano ballads to sweet drivetime pop, contemporary beats, commercial and catchy RnB, power pop and credible latino jazz-funk!

  • Laura and Chris have found their way into the hearts and minds of many musicians online and throughout the UK. We first found them on the FuNEnD3R.com boards and later at Indie Hangout. The music is refreshingly beautiful featuring strong arrangements by Chris and wonderful vocal interpretations by Laura. (I have to mention here that my twin daughters are fascinated by their music.) We highly recommend giving 'Angel' & 'Without You' a listen.

    Congratulations Laura & Chris!


  • Laura J Boll? featuring Chris Kalessin - "Natural Music" from London, UK





  • BloG #11 Indie Artist Pick is Evan Paul Kozaris - Acoustic Guitar-based Instrumentals from Toronto, Canada.

  • Evan Paul is a Canadian songwriter instrumentalist. After decades of playing live in various bands in Canada and the United States, Evan has settled into writing and recording. But he still does the odd live performance as solo, sometimes for free at the beach. Unlike the music of the past, which was mostly electric guitar and vocals, he has switched to classical contemporary, developing his own unique style of playing. The result is music that is easy listening, yet very uplifting and spiritual with overtones of many genres, but threaded with his own original sound.

  • We have found Evan Paul to be one of those rare souls who's music can capture your heart with the strum of the first chord. With accompaniments that may include the sound of the ocean or seagulls, his guitar-based melodies are guaranteed to lift your spirits upon first listen. Evan can often be found networking & collaborating with fellow musicians at Indie Hangout. We recommend giving a listen to Broken Wings (learning to fly with) and Ripples.

    Congratulations Evan Paul!




  • Evan Paul Kozaris - Acoustic Guitar-based Instrumentals from Toronto, Canada





  • BloG #12 Indie Artist Pick is Michael James Moore - Christian Folk/Rock from Oceanside, CA.

  • Michael James Moore is a California-based singer/songwriter instrumentalist. In today's music climate, it seems like you never truly get to know an Artist. Even more rare is an Artist that tells their life story without reservation. Enter Los Angeles, California born Michael Moore and you've found your man. Michael James Moore is a unique artist in that; he reaches out to a side that many of us are guilty of trying to control without the influence of God in our lives. Michael's debut album is merely the beginning of a relationship with an artist who reminds us that there is more to us than what we see in ourselves because there is a higher power that will provide, if we just let Him guide us.

  • We find it refreshing to discover an indie artist so willing to share his faith in his music. Michael James Moore has been a supportive and vibrant presence at the JustPlainFolks boards whom we have found to create music with an honesty on a personal level and very much worth a listen. Recommended listening from Michael James Moore includes Sail Away and Shadows Of Wings .

    Congratulations Michael James Moore!


  • Michael James Moore - Christian Folk/Rock from Oceanside, CA





  • BloG #13 Indie Artist Pick is Europica - Reggae from Bedford, England.

  • Peter Romanowski is a bassist from Bedford, England. After playing in bands for some years in and around his home town Pete decided to write some of his own songs. In Europica you will find mostly reggae and a few other genres too.

  • We found Pete/Europica lingering on the boards at FunEnder.com. It wasn't long before we began to notice Europica's unique banner on many friend's playlists. So naturally, we checked out the music and found a uniquely appealing form of Reggae that cannot be heard just once. The groove quickly gets under your skin 8-) and you HAVE to hear it again! Another thing we noticed about Europica Pete is the genuine interest he takes in fellow indie musicians. His propensity to help others makes Peter Romanowski the person a very likeable fellow indeed!

  • We recommend giving a listen to Will you be my Brother? with fellow Indie musicians Jason Didner & Ed Drury and The Journey Home.

    Congratulations Reter Romanowski - Europica!


  • Europica - Reggae from Bedford, England





  • BloG #15 Indie Artist Pick is Scott Landers - Guitar-based Instrumentals from Destin, Florida

  • Scott Landers is an instrumental guitarist. His style of play is bluesy, aggressive 80's type instrumental metal/hard rock. He just so happens to do his playing sitting down due to being diagnosed as having muscular dystrophy in 1987. His talent and upbeat outlook on life, despite his hardships come from his faith in God.

    Scott started playing guitar at 16. He stayed with one band during the 80's and 90's, Blue Collar - who played in and around Nashville, Tennessee. Now Scott is trying his hand at being a solo instrumentalist.

  • Scott Landers comes across as one of those all 'round good guys who you're just attracted to 'hang out' with. Lucky thing for all of us that the site he just happens to be the administrator for is called IndieHangout.com. His positive demeanor has attracted a diverse base of indie musicians who regularly come together at Scott's cyberhouse and hangout, discuss music and anything else that musicians will stray into. Imagine your favorite hangout during your college days where everyone would get together. That's Scott's cyberhouse "IndieHangout.com."

  • With Scott, it's about a whole lot more though. Scott has taken a seemingly insurmountable hurdle and turned it into a major track event with his guitar! Being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy nearly 20 years ago has only brought more focus to his musical efforts. Listening to his finely polished guitar acrobatics, one would never be aware of such an infliction as what Scott faces. If you like Joe Satriani or Steve Vai or any other of the guitar gods who strutted across the universe of 80's guitar rock, you've got to give Scott Landers a listen!

  • We recommend giving a listen to Happy Fast Thing and Polophony Overload a thourough listen.

    Congratulations Scott Landers!


  • Scott Landers - at SoundClick


  • The Official Site



  • Scott Landers - at Ampcast



  • IndieHangout - at Scott'sCyberHouse





  • BloG #16 Indie Artist Pick is Ed Drury - World Music featuring didjeridu from Portland, Oregon

  • Ed Drury is a multi instrumentalist, composer, teacher, instrument maker and author. Since 1989, he has pursued his first love, the study of various traditional music forms from around the world. Today he combines his experience with classical music and his love for traditional music forms by composing music inspired by his world travels.

    Ed lives in Portland Oregon where he teaches, performs and records. Ed has performed with Francis Firebrace-Jones, a Yorti Yorti story teller, with Australian Folk Musician and songwriter Clancey Dunn, Jawighe, Michael Stirling, Jawihge, Randy Graves, Stephen Kent, Dave Crowder and Land of the Blind.

  • Ed Drury is a stirring performer who gives you the feeling you're tapping into an ancient realm as you listen to him work his way around the didjeridu, native flutes and other fascinating instruments.

    While the didgiridu is usually seen (heard) as an instrument of choice from the Aboriginal cultures of Australia, Ed Drury seems to be at the forefront of bringing the instrument to the forefront of American culture! You only have to listen to his many collaborations with various musicians on his site to witness Ed smashing down the barriers of typical historical reference. Doing so will open your eyes and ears to a wonderful new, yet ancient, powerful dimension of sound that you just cannot get enough of!

  • We recommend giving a listen to Jewell and She Said Ahhh (featuring Lisa) a thourough listen.

    Congratulations Ed Drury!


  • Ed Drury - World Music featuring didjeridu from Portland, Oregon




  • BloG #17 Indie Artist Pick is Lisa - Ambient World Fusion from UK

  • Lisa is best known for her sultry, expressive vocal style and versatility with regard to genre, powerful lyrics and haunting melodies.

    Lisa is a singer and songwriter from the UK who leans towards the traditional songwriting approach of strong lyrical content and memorable melodies. She is becoming best known for her sultry vocal style and versatility with regard to genre, having written, recorded and collaborated in new age, pop, alternative, hard trance and classical improvisations among others. Lisa has achieved considerable chart success on Soundclick and Artist Launch with main genre #1's in Electronica, Acoustic and Alternative.

  • To limit your knowlege about Lisa to just her body of musical work would be a sad shortchanging of what is truly available. With Lisa, there is definitely so much more. Beauty notwithstanding, Lisa exemplifies the vision of a woman of intense physical and inner beauty, wit, talent and charm.

    Musicians lucky enough to extract a collaboration featuring the steamy vocals of Lisa atop their instrumentation, suddenly gain attention like they have never experienced before. Lisa chooses her background music very carefully with an ear for ambience surrounding the framework of her canvas enveloping the portrait she chooses to reveal. There are times when her image may seem like a lost angel trying to rediscover her wings and halo in her body of illusion. To listen to Lisa is an experience and journey into a sensual, yet ethereal encounter like never before witnessed musically.

  • We recommend giving a listen to Love Like Wine, featuring the background musical wizardry of KMP (Harout Kalandjian) and The Story Of You And Me (click at SoundClick if previous link doesn't work), featuring the musical background created by Zimphf.

    Congratulations Lisa!


  • Lisa at SoundClick - Ambient World Fusion from UK

  • Lisa at ArtistLaunch - Ambient World Fusion from UK





  • BloG #18 Indie Artist Pick is KMP - A Melting Pot of Musical Genres from Los Angeles, CA

  • With the recent release of You're In My Trance, KMP (a.k.a. Harout Kalandjian) has proven his extraordinary talent and diversity to the industry. His transitions from Electronica to Ambient to World Fusion are resourceful and precocious and display an undisputed amount of forbearance and aptitude.

    With online music distribution companies running rampant, KMP's affluent notoriety has him scaling a plethora of chart positions attaining irrefutable reviews from songwriters and fans alike. In such a competitive industry, KMP's stake at fame is void of ambiguity.

    KMP can only be described as a melting pot of musical Genres. Harout Kalandjian is well known for mixing it up. He is not afraid to combine styles and present it the way he hears it in his mind...

  • JavaMusiK has observed that LA based artist KMP approaches his art form in a variety of dimensions. While circumventing the impression of pidgeonholing his musical image into just one genre, several listens will reveal a signature sound clearly identifiable as belonging to the distinctive approach of the enigmatic KMP.

    First, there is the music. While Electronica and Ambient seem to be at the forefront of his stylings, we also notice traces of straight ahead Rock & Roll, Jazz, New Age & World Fusion woven throughout his vast repertoire. The inclusion of KMP's many different collaborations has indeed contributed to his expanded musical fashion.

    KMP has also recently begun employing an increased implementation of visual awareness into his image. While the package doesn't submerge or completely embrace this perception, you can often feel evidence of a translucent obscurity moving stealthily throughout his aura. Upon second glance, however, you will receive a very uplifting motif throughout his message. This is where the ambiguity settles in as a portion of the image. We have yet to fully discern the meaning of the name KMP, however there seems to be some interesting speculation going around.

  • Harout's new album will be titled PASSION... Current collaborations includes several Ambient tracks featuring The One And Only LISA / Hip Hop to feature JUSTAMAN and NICKI NOVA / New Age to feature A Haunting Siren For The Modern Age QUEENIE / Pop tracks featuring New Jersey rocker JASON DIDNER / World Fusion featuring Master Instrumentalist ED DRURY / Take this trip from Electronica to Ambient and World Fusion to New Age. A Melting Pot Of Musical Genres, KMP Style.

  • We recommend giving a listen to Abandoned - Into Better Hands (feat. Jason Didner) and 7th Sin (featuring Lisa) a thourough listen.

    Congratulations KMP!


  • KMP - A Melting Pot of Musical Genres from Los Angeles, CA


  • KMP at SoundClick





  • In recognition of the 35th anniversary of our first landing on the moon, BloG #19's Indie Artist Pick is Project Mercury - A female-fronted acoustic rock & modern folk band from New Jersey & New York.

  • A distinctive, memorable and mercurial mix of rock, modern folk and blues, Project Mercury serves up ethereal harmonies, haunting violin, evocative guitar and piano. Their first CD, Light This Candle, showcases just what happens when a singer-songwriter comes of age during the reign of classic rock.

    Light This Candle whispers, winks and wails, as it takes listeners on a musical journey, with a "space ballad" a la Bowie's Space Oddity... a Kashmir-esque Middle-Eastern epic...and pop at its catchiest. All are united by Project Mercury's signature hooks and intelligent, deeply felt lyrics.

  • Closer examination by JavaMusiK has revealed that the NY based ensemble Project Mercury escorts the listener through an occasional brush with social consciousness to a seemingly more innocent time and place through their music. The moniker, Project Mercury, appears to be an ideal fit with it's optimistic reference to the imminent NASA mission of it's time. The music and subject matter create a seamless blend captivating the targeted audience with it's down-to-earth, yet occasional dreamy feel.

  • We recommend giving a listen to Faded Leather and Light This Candle a listen.

    Congratulations Project Mercury!


  • Project Mercury - Acoustic Rock/Modern Folk from New Jersey/New York




  • BloG #20's Indie Artist Pick is Lana J Albert - "Capturing Life's Emotions in Music" from Roseville, Minnesota.

  • Lana J Albert: "Bringing you closer to the journey to the inside of your soul and back again..."

    Sit back and enjoy a great journey into the depths of emotion and passion with Lana's music. There are no limits, no barriers, and no apologies for the immense intensity you will encounter. Lana's music runs the gambit of ambient, smooth jazz, new age, and fusion.

  • Occasionally, you bump into something really special which captures your attention and won't let go. If you're lucky, that something might happen to be in a field which you are somehow associated with. Today, I had the blessed misfortune of bumping into Lana. In return for a favor she had offered, I decided to play her page and see who this kind person was.

    Boy, was I in for a royal treat! The brilliance shone through from beginning to end. I could not step away through the whole session. I was afraid I might miss something! Rarely, do I feel the immediate satisfaction from having every emotion captured by an artist. Lana's music left no stone unturned. In conclusion, my personal note to Lana is: Consider me your newest fan!

  • We recommend giving the whole of Lana's page a listen. But, you might start with Trial By Fire featuring the brilliant guitars of Scott Landers and Lana's collab featuring guitar by Mark Skipper of Damien Project, My Epitaph (2004).

    Congratulations Lana!


  • Lana J Albert - "Capturing Life's Emotions in Music" from Roseville, MN.




  • BloG #21's Indie Artist Pick is Mike Milillo - "Life Does Not Beat in 4/4 Time" from Somewhere in the USA.

  • Mike Milillo: "There is one thing in this life that I trust, other than my wife and kids of course, and that's my ear! It never ever lets me down...Ever!"

    Mike Milillo writes and experiments with the element of free Jazz, Classical(film music),Political Humor, Comedy, Instrumental Rock, Jazz Fusion, Hip Hop...Oh yea, there's some stellar education as well!
    "Originally a sax player in a fusion band, I later studied Bebop and performed in that realm for a bit. I decided that I wanted to write my own ideas which are based on my everyday experiences. I simply love to organize notes and that in itself intrigues me. I consider myself more of a note organizer than simply a composer. I find that I may usually get bored with simple motifs or thematics, so I found that incessant modulations made me really find what I love to do. I like to keep myself on the edge as well as any potential listener..."

  • When considering who to feature in this particular BloG, Mike Millilo seemed like the obvious choice for the subject matter, once the BloG was written. While I do not know Mike that well, I have formed a few perceptions based on what I have heard and read from Mike over the last several months.

    The first word which comes to mind regarding Mike is passion. Whether it be creating new music, listening to music or discussing things close to Mike, he enters the fray on a level which may not always be clear to the intended audience upon initial exposure. Mike's analytical depth presents a sometimes humorous, always intriguing, though often times challenging product for the intended party to discern.

    While this may seem like a negative for the average person inflicted with such traits, quite the opposite is true when considering Mike. Discussions with Mike border on humorous and very thoughtful, yet you get the feeling that he is very committed to a highly elevated standard and belief structure. This concept becomes more apparent once you make the leap to venture into his aural playground.

    Citing influences ranging from Frank Zappa to John Coltrane and Igor Stravinsky to John Cage with many stops in between, Mike's compositional stategies challenge the listener to make more than one pass at his offerings before a full awakening to what is happening can occur. However, with such a vast catalogue as Mike's, the listener has seemingly limitless choices of genres to choose from. One thing that can invariably be assured is, when listening to a Mike Milillo production, you are in for a genuine treat which will keep on giving with every consecutive listen.

  • While Mike's SoundClick page is vast, we recommend giving serious time and listens to his product. A good start would be Jazz Schmazz... featuring Tenor sax...Mike Milillo...Trumpet...Dennis Wieand... A beautiful ambient piece we would also recommend comes from Mike's collboration with Barry Durdant-Hollamby titled Beyond Time.

    Congratulations Mike!


  • Mike Milillo - "Life Does Not Beat in 4/4 Time" from Somewhere in the USA.




  • BloG #22's Indie Artist Pick is Damien Project - JDRF: Juvenile Diabetes....Music For a Cure

  • Damien Project: "We came in to existence for one ultimate goal. To bring awareness about, to teach people, and to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, also known as Juvenile Diabetes, and in the process have had our music used in Film and Documentary works!"

    Mark Skipper's daughter Tori, was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes when she was 18 months old. She has already lived with Diabetes for more than half her life and she is only 4 years old. She has already had 3960 injections of insulin and has had over 6600 finger pricks to check her blood sugar, just to keep her alive. When this happened, it became Marks mission to help raise awareness about this disease through his music.

  • The topic which was written about for this particular Blog was inspired solely and entirely by Mark Skipper, otherwise affectionately known among fellow musicians as Damien Project. This particular weekend, Mark is focusing all his energies to raising money and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes through an all-weekend telethon at IndieRadioLive.com. He has been tirelessly promoting, leading up to this fateful weekend and now it is here, which is why I am writing at 3 am. We here at JavaMusiK find that to be a highly admirable cause and salute Mark for such dedication! Officially, Damien Project consists of Mark, his daughter Tori, and collaborative musicians Rachel Pardieck, Lana J. Albert and Jill No Jack.

    While I hardly know Mark, I have become familiar with several key factors concerning him. Mark would probably tell you that his most prominent passion is all things yogurt (such as how to correctly throw it), yet anyone who has dug deeper will immediately tell you he has a much more meaningful motive and resolve. The last 3 years have given Mark a new sole purpose in life through his daughter Tori. His quest for a cure for Tori's devastating illness all but consumes Mark in a tireless devotion through his music and efforts at raising awareness.

    To write about Damien Project without mentioning the music would seemingly defeat our purpose, for this particular music holds up completely without the aid of such a worthy cause. While the cause is definitely the icing on Damien Project's yogurt flavored cake, the music featuring Mark's guitar prowess provides a skilled and appropriate sonic backdrop and soundtrack to accompany this cause.

    The listener will find guitar-based instrumentals, punctuated by the occasional featured vocal track. There is just enough edge in the music to keep it intriguing, while maintaining a sonic sense of aural peace throughout. Mark's guitar gently weeps over Lana's rich orchestrations and Jill & Rachel's occasional vocals.

  • Their SoundClick page is full with a wide variety sure to please any listener. Do not hesitate to visit Damien Project where you can listen and learn more about JDRF! A good start would be 140 Queen St., a collab with Lana J. Albert dedicated to a house Mark lived in, destroyed by Hurricane Hugo, which he loved dearly. We also really like Rachel's Theme. While we understand voacals are coming and we look forward to hearing it with them, we feel it currently stands well without the vocals.

    Congratulations Damien Project!


  • Damien Project - JDRF: Juvenile Diabetes....Music For a Cure

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    JavaMusiK - Piano-Based Instrumentals from Western Slope, CO

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