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Greatest Hits: Volume 1

by Jonathan Ochshorn

Singer-songwriter rock 'n' roll encompassing many different themes and influences, from love songs to political commentary, and from folk to r&b.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tunnel of Love
3:48 $0.99
2. Jaywalking
3:52 $0.99
3. One Life (Is All You Get)
4:18 $0.99
4. Squints on a Triple
3:16 $0.99
5. I Can Give You Love
3:29 $0.99
6. Almost Doesn't Count
3:57 $0.99
7. Shadows Burn
3:54 $0.99
8. This Isn't Hollywood
4:17 $0.99
9. Ran Through My Mind
4:55 $0.99
10. Manifesto of Love
4:34 $0.99
11. Just Another Bad Dream
4:10 $0.99
12. Shrink Wrap
3:49 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I recorded these 12 songs in my house in Ithaca, NY. Some were written in the late 1970s and early 1980s; others from 2003 to 2008:

1. Tunnel of Love
I wrote this song in 1980, prior to the appearance of songs with the same title by Dire Straits and Bruce Springsteen.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 1980 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Oct. 2008
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

2. Jaywalking
Jaywalking, in this song, is a metaphor for revolution, or — if not that — then at least for not going along with the prevailing wisdom simply because you're told to. It's a kind of blues, but with a non-typical rhythmic structure. It's also one of my first songs, written way back in 1979.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 1979 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Nov. 2008
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

3. One Life (Is All You Get)
I wrote One Life (Is All You Get) in 2003 and recorded it with GarageBand software in 2008.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2003 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Jan. 2008
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

4. Squints on a Triple
I wrote this song about a game of Scrabble with my daughter, Jennie, in 2008 — it is, naturally, based on a true story. The lyrics, while ostensibly describing a game, are really about being a father and watching your children grow up — I remember beating my father in chess for the first time (and the real anger he expressed when that happened); in my case, the feeling was more bitter-sweet, as many necessary transitions are. Someone with the internet name IanthePez somehow located the song online and submitted it to a contest: the song thus became the winner of the 2008 BoardGameGeek contest for real board games mentioned in songs. And, if you're not familiar with the game of Scrabble, "Squints" is a word with the letter "Q," which is quite valuable in this game, especially when placed on a "double" scoring square, with the whole word on a "triple" scoring square.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2008 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand July 2008
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

5. I Can Give You Love
I wrote this song in the early 1980s, recording a preliminary version on a cassette tape and then promptly forgetting that I ever wrote it. One day, many years later, I uncovered the cassette in a dusty box and listened to it. It took a while before I convinced myself that it was something I had written many years before; I then proceeded to re-learn it, and — in 2008 — recorded it on GarageBand.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 1983 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Aug. 2008
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

6. Almost Doesn't Count
An early song, based (loosely) on a true story. This is a live recording, using one mic and done in one take on GarageBand. In 2017, I added some more instrumentation using Logic Pro X.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 1978 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Feb. 2008
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Dec. 2017

7. Shadows Burn
I recorded this song in 2007. If you're curious about the meaning of the lines, "streams have been buried with no memory or trace/ mute walls of granite rise up in their place," I was thinking of the original geography of New York City, covered with all sorts of streams that have subsequently been buried and replaced with buildings ("mute walls of granite"), presumably contributing to the sense of alienation conveyed by the lyrics.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2007 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Nov. 2007
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

8. This Isn't Hollywood
I wrote this song in 1981; Billy Joel's "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" came out about five years earlier — I pay tribute to his song at the end of mine.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 1981 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Nov. 2008
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018 (new drums)

9. Ran Through My Mind
This is a live recording (with some additional instruments and vocals added later), of a song I wrote in 1980 and recorded in March 2008.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright c.1980 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Mar. 2008
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018 (new drums)

10. Manifesto of Love
As an architecture student, I was always impressed by early twentieth-century manifestos. This song owes only the idea of a "manifesto" to that experience; there is nothing really radical about the song's content. Musically, there is more than a bit of gospel and r&b influence in my piano arrangement.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 1983 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand June 2008
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

11. Just Another Bad Dream
Growing up in the 1960s, it seemed as if all experience was filtered through the lens of the Vietnam war. This song, written in 1980, is a reflection on that experience. I chose this song for my very first GarageBand recording attempt in 2007, owing to the simplicity of the musical arrangement, consisting only of guitar and vocals. I added a few other instruments in 2018 when I re-mixed the song using Logic Pro X.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 1980 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand May 2007
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

12. Shrink Wrap
Shrink wrap is to packaging what frames are to paintings... or so I thought when I wrote this song in 2008. It's really just a commentary on how "content" is validated by its "packaging" or frame.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2008 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Feb. 2008
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

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