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by Jeff Camp

Sometimes funny or quirky, Jeff's songs blend influences from folk, jazz and pop -- and usually have a purpose, sometimes concealed.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. All for You
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2. I'm On My Way to You
3:52 $0.99
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3. Everything Comes Full Circle (feat. Kimaya Chalpe)
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4. May B.C.
4:18 $0.99
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5. Evil Tangerine
3:36 $0.99
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6. Why Not
2:35 $0.99
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7. Everything Comes Full Circle
4:01 $0.99
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8. I'm On My Way to You (Instrumental)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jeff Camp began writing songs as a teenager, but he began FINISHING them at age 41, the year his life changed forever.

Jeff was too busy to write songs during his college years at Harvard, though not too busy to meet his wife there. He was too busy to write songs during his years working for Microsoft in Redmond, Washington and Tokyo. He was too busy to write songs when he left Microsoft, moved to California and began working for change in public schools, mostly through Full Circle Fund and and Ed100.org, an education site. Having three children made him busier than ever.

Then a seizure woke him up. Undetected, a tumor had quietly been slowly growing in the left parietal lobe of his brain. MRI images showed a mass the size of a small mandarin orange. During recovery from surgery, radiation therapy and chemo, Jeff finished his first song, aptly titled "Evil Tangerine." In subsequent years, Jeff made songwriting a growing priority, writing for his own voice as well as for others whose talents inspired him. His songs have earned recognition in song competitions including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the West Coast Songwriters song competition.

Jeff's songs reflect varied influences from James Taylor to Crowded House, Squeeze, Lyle Lovett and Norah Jones. His songs all have a quirky edge and a purpose, sometimes concealed.

The opening track, "All For You" kicks off with a self-deprecating wink. "Used to be the king of everything. Used to be my pants fit right..." The song's humor and lyric structure reflect the influence of co-writer M. Charles Willems. Jeff had been developing the chords and melody for years, but it took a family trip to France for the song to come together.

The album features two contrasting versions of "Everything Comes Full Circle," one with Jeff's vocals and the other by Kimaya Chalpe, a talented young vocalist. Jeff wrote the song as a celebration of the work of Full Circle Fund, which assembles teams of talented volunteers to support non-profit organizations. The idea for the chorus came from Jeff's mother, who once quipped that "volunteers are good for nothings." The song converts this turn of phrase into an anthem.

"I'm On My Way To You" was inspired by a relative's cross-California romance, connected by Interstate highway 5 from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Separation is unsettling, a feeling captured in the irregular 5/4 rhythm of the verses. But longing has its own sweetness, too, a sense conveyed in the dreamlike choruses. Many of California's highways are lined by oleanders, beautiful but toxic. Rebecca Dharmapalan recorded the vocal parts at Jeff's home studio. An instrumental version of the song is included as the album's eighth track.

"May B.C." takes the idea of separation a step further in a tale of a woman desperate not to be cast aside. "Do I have to spell it out to reach you?" she asks. "If you veer us into trouble, you could wreck us, so unwisely." Spelling it out, in this song, happens on two levels. As implied by the title, the alphabet itself is concealed within the song's chorus. Rebecca's torch-style vocals are paired with the piano virtuosity of Cava Mendes.

Continuing the theme of longing, "Why Not" demands to know what's so great about longing in the first place. "Why wait, delay and only think about it?" The genre of "carpe diem" poetry has classic roots, and the song's opening lyrics are a nod to John Donne: "While ye may, are you gathering rosebuds?"

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