Doug Jayne | Voices In The Wind

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Voices In The Wind

by Doug Jayne

The latest album by singer/songwriter: adult alternative Americana-songs of middle aged angst.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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1. Dear
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2. Rhythm Of The Broken Lines
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3. These Boots Of Mine
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4. One Too Many Mornings
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5. Down The Creek
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6. Splendid Isolation
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7. Right Out Loud
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8. Virtual Love
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9. The Other Side
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10. Long White Robe
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11. Not Dead Yet
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I began recording the songs on Voices In The Wind in 2003, not long after the release of my first CD, It Looks Like She’s Going On A Trip. After recording basic tracks for half a dozen songs, I lost focus and avoided working on my own music in the studio.
In 2005, I lost two dear friends in two consecutive days: Doug Smith and Lote Thistlethwaite, both intense music lovers like me. I was still rattled by the 2003 deaths of my heroes Johnny Cash and Warren Zevon, but now the Grim Reaper seemed to visiting my neighborhood.
I hung drawings by Lote in my recording studio and music compilations by Doug were often blasting from my monitors. My deceased friends reminded me of how short our ride is on this planet.
I finished the CD in May 2007 and had it mastered by Paul Stubbelbine in San Francisco. I turned the job of packaging over to a wildly talented young fella, Michael Houghton. He listened to the CD, and came up with the cover design, and drew all the little caricatures of me which are brilliant! Everybody is floored by the CD cover and booklet.
Let me tell you a little about the songs:

Dear was written in 2003 around the time the evil landlord at The Last Record Store had decided to evict us after 20 years. I found myself losing sleep and going a little crazy. This song was written for my wife Barrett, who helped get me through the crisis. The good news is we found a better location for the store and moved it…
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My friend Dean Wilson wrote a great song about his dad called “Jukebox In My Mind”, and I thought it would be cool to honor my father, Dave Jayne, with a tune. Dave was an insurance salesman, but for The Rhythm Of The Broken Lines, I turned him into a truck driver.
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These Boots Of Mine was written for my buddy and band mate in Laughing Gravy, Kevin Russell. Kevin was breaking up with his longtime girlfriend which can be a scary proposition.
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I was listening to a Jerry Jeff Walker record and he does the best version of Bob Dylan’s One Too Many Mornings, so I thought I’d try my hand at it. That\'s Ari Camarota on the alto sax.
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Down The Creek is a song about appreciating when things go from shitty to good. My life is mostly good…
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Warren Zevon has been one of my favorites for over 30 years. I manage to play one of his songs nearly time I host my KRCB Radio program “Connections”. Splendid Isolation is one of his best.
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Right Out Loud is about finding emotional middle ground: I try and not get too pumped about good things and not too down about the bummers.
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Virtual Love was written after Dean and I were goofing about how college trained engineers must be needed to design sex toys, particularly the life-size dolls with moving parts. The song is from the perspective of an owner of one of these devices.
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I wrote The Other Side for my wife’s father, the late Peter Miller. He died before I had a chance to meet him, and I sang this at his memorial service.
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My buddy Danny Sorentino is a brilliant songwriter. I recorded his version of Long White Robe for his album, “All Good Things”. I decided to do my own version of it, and include it as the middle section of my Morbid Death Trilogy (MDT) that closes the CD.
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Not Dead Yet was previously released on a KRCB Radio compilation. Barrett made me include it on the new CD. It is a cautiously optimistic folk song.

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Donna-Lee Phillips

Voices In The Wind
"Where are all the songwriters? Long time passing..." (with apologies to Pete Seeger).

Anyone listening to contemporary music might wonder where the songwriters have gone. I mean the songwriters who write songs we can actually listen to, understand the words, and feel the music. There are still some around, outside of the cacophony we hear on the radio or watch on MTV, but most of them don't carry beyond a limited genre audience or local venues.

Then there is Doug Jayne, whose latest CD "Voices In The Wind" has just been released. Every time I think Doug Jayne, and any of his numerous band incarnations, can't get any better... they do. I've been listening to his songs since he first started performing in Sonoma County almost twenty years ago. I've watched a moderately talented guitar player with a pleasant voice and some good lyrics evolve, not only as a singer-songwriter-musician, but also as a very important support for local and area music and musicians.

Now comes "Voices In The Wind". I put the CD on, poured myself a glass of Barefoot, and sat down to listen to another Doug Jayne performance. Expecting a familiar sound, at first I thought I had the wrong CD cued up. Having checked to see that it really was Doug Jayne's CD, I was awed by the quality of the songs and the music. All but three of the songs on the CD are original Doug Jayne compositions. They are by far the richest and ripest songs I've ever heard from this eclectic guy. With a stunning cast of superb local musicians and singers, he has produced a sound both unique and exciting, professional without being over-produced. Even songs by Warren Zevon and Bob Dylan have a fresh, powerful, and far more lyrical quality than ever I've heard by anyone.

I've heard Doug's music described as "middle aged angst". There is nothing middle about this CD. Not middle aged, not middle of the road, not middle class. The music comes out of a fully lived life, a life still being fully lived. And at a time when we are all watching our friends and loved ones leave, Doug's music is full of sentiment and sense, about life and love and loss, without being stickily sentimental.

Starting with a radical approach to the cover and liner art--kind of a wonderful puzzle including caricatures of all the voices he hears in his head--through every note in every song on the CD, something has broken through here. If I believed in such things, I'd say that Doug Jayne et all have arrived! "Voices In The Wind" is going to be a CD you will play over and over.

Somebody please nominate "Voices In The Wind" for a Grammy?

Donna-Lee Phillips
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