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John Ellis | Introduction

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by John Ellis

A compilation of some of the songs written and recorded over the course of 25 years. Features electric guitar that is often compared to the sounds of the 1970's hard rock. This release is a combination of instrumentals and songs with lyrics.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. TJ's Jam
1:55 $0.99
2. Blues No.1
2:34 $0.99
3. Brother
4:31 $0.99
4. The Stranger
3:58 $0.99
5. In My Place
3:19 $0.99
6. Talah's Revenge
4:35 $0.99
7. Chimes
1:37 $0.99
8. Groove Thaing
2:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
The first release 'Introduction' is intended to be just that - an introduction to the electric guitar driven songs that I have created during the early to mid years of my songwriting endeavors. Attempting to pack as much variety as possible into an 8 song collection, songs were written to display a range of writing that is sometimes lyrical, sometimes instrumental, but hopefully engaging and/or entertaining.

Songs such as "Brother" and "The Stranger" often invoke comparisons to 70's guitar rock such as Robin Trower, most likely for the steady rhythmic qualities and the blues-rock inspired solo work.

Although my ears were steeped in the classic rock sounds of the 60's and 70's, bands like AC/DC and guitarist Randy Rhoads were major influences helping me to see what rock music could sound like whether tipping towards the blues end of rock music or reaching for something extraordinary toward the classical edge of rock composition. While the tracks on 'Introduction' may not reach both ends of that scale, the release does include variety with the straight guitar instrumental "Chimes" and the straight ahead rock instrumental "TJ's Jam" adding some flair to an album that could have easily gone for a strictly blues-rock feel.

With each song, I tried to establish a certain feel or mood with the underlying rhythm, then layer guitar solos that enhance that feel or further the emotional pull of the lyrical content. The songs "Brother" and "The Stranger" are structured with lyrics followed by a guitar solo. I felt that this format reinforced the emotions expressed in the songs and that the space between lyrics enhanced the sense of isolation built into the lyrics. The instrumental song "Groove Thaing" is mostly a driving rock song done for fun, which is evident in its uptempo feel and the expressions in the guitar solos. "In My Place" is one of my favorites for the great rhythmic feel of the music and the less intense, but still true-to-life lyrics.

Despite what I intend with the songs, each listener will have their own connection and interpretation of each song, which is how it should be. Having space in the lyrics for the listener to have their own connection is one of the things I enjoy whenever I listen to other music. It is a great feeling to have my songs create some response in the listener that brings them back to the songs. Ultimately all I want is to get my music into the world and have some kind of connection with the listener through that experience.

Thanks so much for listening!



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