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Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

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. Graduation Day
4:24 $0.99
2. Just Need a Little Concentration
3:17 $0.99
3. Higher Resolution
4:29 $0.99
4. Honeymoon Phase
3:31 $0.99
5. Stradlater's Roommate
4:55 $0.99
6. What's the Point of Even Trying
3:56 $0.99
7. Between the Lines
4:01 $0.99
8. I Keep Writing the Same Song
4:31 $0.99
9. Own Biggest Fan
3:33 $0.99
10. If I Could Sing Like That
4:36 $0.99
11. Ode to Fluff
4:40 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I recorded 10 of these 11 songs in my house in Ithaca, NY (with the 11th song recorded at my brother's house in Brooklyn). All were written between 2011 to 2017:

1. Graduation Day
I wrote this song after reading the names of graduating students at Cornell's architecture department commencement ceremony in May 2011. By sheer coincidence, the NY Times reported on the same day that I made a music video for the song that J.D. Salinger was also not a big fan of graduation ceremonies: "'I've been going to graduations, and there isn't much that I find more pretentious or irksome than the sight of "faculty" and graduates in their academic get-ups,' he wrote a friend in June 1982, mentioning that it took self-control at one point 'not to gag.'"
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2011 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand July 2011 (Kurt Ochshorn on lead guitar)
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

2. Just Need a Little Concentration
This is another of my songs in the "getting old" series, inspired by... well, by other people all around me who are getting old. I'm playing harmonica with my new "lawsuit" Ibanez guitar. Drums, bass, and piano are added, as usual, using my MIDI keyboard (actually, the "added" instruments were recorded first).
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2015 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on Logic Pro 9 Sept. 2015 (intro countdown borrowed from "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs)
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

3. Higher Resolution
In the video that I made for this song, I start off with a quote about Moore's Law, which holds that processing power doubles every two years, and then a quote from Marx, claiming that technology ("machinery"), while a victory over the forces of nature, makes man the slave of those forces when in the hands of capital. Freedom is a meaningless term without some indication of context: in this song, I use the term to describe a fundamental condition of capitalism — that one is free to use one's own property and to exclude others from it — a condition enforced by state power. So, higher resolution (Moore's Law) is contrasted with the reality of technological advances under capitalist freedom. The advances are real and significant, as is the damage they inflict on both human and natural "factors" of production. The rich get richer and the poor stay poor: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2013 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on Logic Pro 9 Nov. 2013
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Dec. 2017

4. Honeymoon Phase
This is the inaugural production of Rollover.2, a derivative of the rock group, Rollo, consisting of two of Rollo's three founding members: Jon and Kurt Ochshorn.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2015 Jonathan and Kurt Ochshorn
Recorded as "Rollover.2" in Brooklyn, NY using Logic Pro 9 Mar. 2016

5. Stradlater's Roommate
The idea for this song was triggered by my experience signing up with Facebook ("Looking for a friend is tough/ do you know of any/ Nine or ten is not enough/ when others have so many"). Stradlater is the roommate of Holden Caulfield in J. D. Salinger's 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, which I had just re-read. I featured "Stradlater" instead of "Holden" only because it fit better into the rhythmic and rhyming structure of the song as it evolved. The other fictional characters who appear in the lyrics are McCartney's Eleanor Rigby and Lewis Carroll's Alice, each of whom deals with alienation and change.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2011 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand Oct. 2011
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

6. What's the Point of Even Trying
I wrote this song in the spring and summer of 2013. In case you're wondering: the song's question (What's the point...) is not one that I ask of myself; rather, the song is written in response to what I have recently observed in others. Apologies to all who have been quoted saying something along the lines of "If I knew I'd live this long, I would have taken better care of myself" (Mickey Mantle, Eubie Blake, George Burns, Mark Twain, and others). I also made use of an explanation given by Edvard Munch concerning his most famous painting: "I was walking along the road with two friends — the sun was setting — suddenly the sky turned blood red — I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence — there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city — my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety — and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature."
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2013 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on Logic Pro 9 July 2013
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

7. Between the Lines
This is a song about communication, or really about difficulties in communication that arise when things are left unsaid or are misrepresented. I originally recorded the song with guitar, piano, bass, and drums, but then — one by one — deleted those instruments, leaving just me and my acoustic guitar (plus some background vocals).
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2014 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on Logic Pro 9 Dec. 2014, final mix Jan 2015
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Dec. 2017

8. I Keep Writing the Same Song
I've often noticed that certain songwriters seem to write about the same thing over and over again — one example that comes to mind is Paul McCartney with numerous versions of the idea expressed most famously in his song, "Yesterday" (e.g., in "I'm Looking Through You" and "The Night Before"). Certainly some painters stay on the same theme for years. I also noticed that I have the same tendency, and so wrote this song to talk about the phenomenon.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2012 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on Logic Pro 9 Dec. 2012
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Dec. 2017

9. Own Biggest Fan
This song explores the the psychology of creating art that may never be validated within the art world, and the motivation to keep producing.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2012 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on GarageBand July 2012
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

10. If I Could Sing Like That
I wrote this song in 2017; it refers to some songs from 1974 and also to A Salty Dog in Ithaca, NY, where I would occasionally go to see live music while studying architecture at Cornell University. But it's really about the conflicts and contradictions of the artistic temperament; and about paths not taken.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2017 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on Logic Pro x Sept. 2017
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

11. Ode to Fluff
This song was created for Cornell Architecture's Thumbnail event in April 2016, for which the theme was "fluff": "Based on the model of PechaKucha, each presentation is 20 slides, 20 seconds each." For that reason, each section of the song is exactly 20 seconds long. I used the idea of "fluff" to explore the "fluffy" materials of insulation within buildings and the whole sustainability circus that has evolved largely around issues of energy (and carbon) conservation.
Words and music by Jonathan Ochshorn
Copyright 2016 Jonathan Ochshorn
Recorded on Logic Pro 9 April 2016
Re-mixed on Logic Pro X Jan. 2018

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