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Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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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1. Prisoner of Art
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2. Maybe
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3. Ballad of the Barnes
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4. Long Distance Love Affair
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5. After All
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6. Suburban Kid
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7. So Long (Is All I Can Say)
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8. Adaptation
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9. Mister Nobody
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10. Anyone
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11. Won't Come Back Anymore
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I recorded these 11 songs in my house in Ithaca, NY. Some were written in the late 1970s and early 1980s; others from 2007 to 2010:

1. Prisoner of Art
Christopher Alexander wrote: "Yet, architects themselves, have lost their intuitions too. Since they no longer have a widely shared language which roots them in the ordinary feelings people have, they are also prisoners of the absurd and special languages which they have made in private." This song explores the idea that artists have become prisoners within a competitive environment in which even the compulsion to constantly make something new has the content of mindless repetition.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2009 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Sept. 2009
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

2. Maybe
As I get older, getting older seems to be a theme that appears in my song lyrics. Not that I am comparing myself in any way to the genius Donald Fagen, but his predicament, as described in a NY Times review may be similar: "'Eminent Hipsters' is as bleakly funny about the aging rocker's plight—What's he going to write songs about? His kidney stones?" I am also a fan of rhyming (see the brilliant manifesto by A.E. Stallings) and attempt some serious rhyming in the three different (but related) choruses. Each has the same A-B-C A-B-C rhyme structure using the same rhyming sounds in each chorus: confusing-turning-keep her and losing-yearning-cheaper in chorus 1; refusing-squirming-sleeper and defusing-churning-(mine)sweeper in chorus 2; and bruising-burning-deeper and choosing-learning-steeper in chorus 3.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2008 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Jan. 2009
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

3. Ballad of the Barnes
I made a video to document my family's trip to the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, an incredible institution whose site-specific art collections were, at the time, in imminent danger of being dismantled and moved to a new home in Philadelphia. naturally, the video needed a theme song (hence "Ballad of the Barnes"). Unfortunately, neither the song nor more serious efforts by concerned neighbors and other citizens were effective in thwarting this ill-advised move.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2008 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Dec. 2008
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

4. Long Distance Love Affair
This is pretty much the first song I wrote, back in 1978. The recording was done live in October 2009 using GarageBand software, in one take, with guitar and vocal. Drums, bass, and keyboards were then added. And then a bit more keyboards were added for this compilation, in 2018.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 1978 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Oct. 2009
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

5. After All
This is also one of the first songs I wrote, and still one of my favorites.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 1978 Jonathan Ochshorn (additional verse and bridge added 2003)
Recorded on GarageBand Jan. 2010
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Dec. 2017

6. Suburban Kid
I wrote Suburban Kid in 1979, and then added some new lyrics in 2002 (as some of the older ones had been forgotten—brother Kurt insists that one of the lost lines contained something to the effect that I was "never going back to New Rochelle"). The Outkast reference is obviously one of the new additions, as is the parenthetical "so fresh and so clean," which derives from one of Outkast's amazing songs.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 1979 Jonathan Ochshorn (with some revised lyrics in 2002)
Recorded on GarageBand April 2009
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

7. So Long (Is All I Can Say)
I first got the idea for this song in the mid 1980s, but only composed a small part of the lyric and music. This first complete version was finally written in May 2010 and recorded on GarageBand software in June 2010.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2010 Jonathan Ochshorn (original song idea and melody from mid 1980s)
Recorded on GarageBand June 2010
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

8. Adaptation
This song was inspired by the movie, Adaptation (screenplay by Charlie Kaufman; starring Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and others). I wrote the song after seeing the movie and first performed it live at the ABC Cafe open mic in Ithaca, NY on August 19, 2003. The conceit—as in the movie—is that the plot (lyrics) are created in real time by the performer.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2003 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Mar. 2010
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Dec. 2017

9. Mister Nobody
I wrote this song (with lyrics supplied by daughter Jennie) in 2007. It was recorded on GarageBand in 2008, then redone with brother Kurt on lead guitar (also helping out with the new GarageBand mix).
Words by Jennie Ochshorn and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2007 Jonathan and Jennie Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Sept. 2010 (Kurt Ochshorn on lead guitar)
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

10. Anyone
I wrote this song sometime around 1981; this March 2010 recording consists of live vocal and keyboards on GarageBand with some overdubbed background vocals and a touch of GarageBand "strings" played on the same midi keyboard.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 1981 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Mar. 2010
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

11. Won't Come Back Anymore
Written in 2010, I recorded this song on GarageBand software in 2011. The song is meant to be a played in a sort of country/bluegrass style, with lyrics that, at first glance, support a rather conservative point of view. At second glance, however, the words really are not about "holding on to it" (whatever "it" may be), but about the need to overcome the fear of change—in other words, exactly the opposite of what first appears to be the sentiment of the song. On the other hand, the lyrics suggest that, indeed, once you let go of it, it really won't come back anymore. And so this is therefore always an interesting—and sometimes scary—moment in life, when you stand at the threshold of personal change.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2010 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Feb. 2011
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

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