Jim Stricklan | Dancing Me Home

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Dancing Me Home

by Jim Stricklan

An exciting full spectrum tour of Jim's Americana musical styles: rock, folk, country and jazz, with great guest artists joining in the fun.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. DJ Blues
3:34 $0.99
2. Turkey Creek Canyon
5:15 $0.99
3. Absentee Lover
3:27 $0.99
4. Sour Grapes
5:45 $0.99
5. Magic
3:58 $0.99
6. Shelter Me
2:50 $0.99
7. Dancing Me Home
4:01 $0.99
8. Zoo
2:58 $0.99
9. Silver & Turquoise
4:21 $0.99
10. Where I Started From
2:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
DANCING ME HOME is the most diverse studio album I've made since WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN. Musically, the styles represent a pretty full spectrum of my musical influences. DJ BLUES, co-written by John Ryland, features George Coyne's smokin'lead guitar and Candace Bellamy's backing vocals on this high-octane kick-off track. TURKEY CREEK CANYON, about one of Colorado's pristine natural settings, was born a ballad and reborn (three decades later) as a jazz track. I included a few ballads, of course, because that's probably what I do best as a songwriter. DANCING ME HOME is a country waltz with Danny Hawk's beautiful steel guitar accenting the message. Danny played steel on my earlier recordings SETTLES HOTEL and STAINED GLASS HEART, before adding his magic to the title track and ABSENTEE LOVER on this CD. Friends Kyle Pratt and Sally Townes contributed fine performances on ZOO and MAGIC. Mike Roberts, who tours with Shake Russell, was the bassman for this entire album, working hard to achieve

DANCING ME HOME, Jim Stricklan's 2012 CD, began as two projects and evolved into one of considerably higher ambition. As anyone who has spent time listening to me knows, I subscribe to the adage, “variety is the spice of life.” For example, the first five songs on the CD are: a rocker, a jazz tune, country, blues, and pop. I didn’t design it to work that way, it’s just my everyday process of making music. The CD goes full circle to my first album Whereabouts Unknown (1980). WU was probably the most eclectic record I’d made until Dancing came along. Special thanks to George Coyne for recording and mixing the songs, as well as playing some smoking guitar licks on DJ Blues.

This rocker was inspired by a poem written by my friend and fellow music industry survivor, John Ryland. We both did time on your radio dial, back when AOR (album oriented rock) radio was a vast landscape free to paint with great music. Before the tunnel-vision corporate spiders came along and virtually killed an art form. I merely tweaked the words to Johnny’s powerful poem and added music. Our plan is for this to become the title song of a movie soundtrack one day.

Originally a slow ballad from my early Colorado years, it breathes fresh air three decades later, as a jazzy jam, a.k.a. Herbie Mann meets Herbie Hancock. This was one of the canyons I escaped to in the 70s to keep my life from imploding. Denver was a different scene back then but no less easy to survive in. “Getting small” in Tiny Town was a healthy way to rock myself back into a peaceful zone. Ecology has always been a major theme in my songs and this is a modest example.

It was written for a friend who died in the early 80s, and who will always have a special place in my heart. I recall the first time I played it with my pal Stephen Fulton, at a little bar-b-que joint on Federal Boulevard in Denver, around 1984. Our Honky Tonk Fantasies LP was already out and I didn’t get around to recording A.L. until 2010. A video of my actual recording of this song was made by Sally Townes.

This stream-of-consciousness ballad employs a haunting blues refrain and recalls a string of bitter memories over several decades…the kind of serious road bumps in life that most of us survive if we’re very lucky. Music, faith, and friends have pulled me through the hard times and I’m grateful to still be around. Sour Grapes respectfully re-affirms the “dues I’ve already paid.” I know so many who can relate to this song.

Another song written many moons ago and undergoing a major transformation. It’s an R&B inspired pop tune that searched for years to find its true identity. My friend Kyle Pratt was instrumental (no pun intended) in making this happen. Thanks Kyle!

I penned this one during the vulnerability of struggling with drug addiction, and after losing several good friends.

The title song {inspired by the poems and prose of friend Tom Neff} began while I was stuck on a Houston freeway in 1979. Tom says the original version that I played for him wasn’t a waltz, but forty years later it turned into one. The cars on the freeways are still backed up for miles. Some things never change!

My guitar-playing pal Kyle Pratt was literally “instrumental” in making this tune come together! From a simple acoustic guitar demo called “Jim’s Jam,” Kyle’s considerable talents turned this into a fully produced electric show stopper! Well-deserved nods also go to Sally Townes for her tasty keyboard licks. Texas Tornado friend Ernie Durawa played drums on this one (and Magic). The Zoo title came from a dream.

A romantic travelogue put to song, recalling a journey from long ago and far away.

An early Zen ballad originally recorded live at Café Nepenthes (Denver) in the late ‘70s. Due to the poor technical quality of that recording, I recently decided to give it another pass in the studio, changing up a verse along the way.



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