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Actuality in Process

by Jon Macey

Hypnotic pop/rock with a 1960s influence and mystical lyrical twists.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. She's the Groove
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2. The True Lost Soul
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3. Junk Mail
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4. Cool Dreamer
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5. Into the Silence
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6. The One in my Dreams
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7. Wasted on You
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8. Kaileigh
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9. Affair of the Mind
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10. Turn You Round
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11. Kittereen
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12. Beyond the Mind Pt. One
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13. Hidden Behind the Words
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14. This is Where You've Been
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15. The Road of Destiny
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Album Notes
Jon Macey is a veteran Boston singer-songwriter with a long musical history. He has always been known for incisive lyrics modeled on his influences (Bob Dylan, John Lennon, ABBA, and Hank Williams) fused with pop melodies that are played with the 2 guitar, classic Boston/New York sound. In the mid-1970s, Macey's band Fox Pass was in the forefront of the Boston New Wave scene, with a Velvet Underground-type of sound. In the early 1980s, he was living in Manhattan and performing with Tom Dickie and the Desires, with a couple of hit records on the Mercury label. The band was managed by the infamous Tommy Mottola. The Desires were a very New York Lower East Side group. When Macey returned to Boston, he developed a more folk-rock, melodic style. Throughout the 1990s, his Boston-based band, Macey's Parade, played clubs and concert halls. They released a well-received album in 1993. Macey's songs continued to be personal as well as observational. His concern for social causes is reflected in the fact that he has performed at numerous benefits throughout his career.
Macey is now a producer/songwriter in the Boston area with his own recording studio. His new album is titled Actuality in Process. The music is hypnotic pop/rock with a mystical twist. The songs range from 1960s-styled rock in a Beatles/Byrds mode to more folkish/Dylan songs. The lyrics deal with transformation and transcendence on multiple levels. The CD includes a lyric book with photos of all the guest musicians.
This album includes songs like "She's the Groove" with a hypnotic repetitive beat, Revolver-like chorus, and lyrics about the longing for innocence. All in a little over 3 minutes! "The True Lost Soul" begins with a classic Byrds 12 string riff and launches into a tale about a long lost friend. Very catchy chorus. Next is "Junk Mail" with it's roots/blues/T Rex amalgam, and lyrics about blasting away all the crap destructive messages in the mind and in this world. For much more detail, and a little philosophical analysis, go to the Jon Macey site.



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Pop music with a vision!
Jon Macey has produced a CD that features poetic lyrics and catchy tunes. The jangly guitars and in-the-groove rhythms render immensely compelling music, highlighted by lyrics with emotionally depth and complexity. This is a work by an artist who has truly come into his own, while paying homage to his own musical history and to the important and varied artists who have been his long-standing influences (Dylan, the Velvet Underground, Byrds, Lennon and ABBA!) A masterful accomplishment by a very talented musician, with support by many fine Boston-area musicians.

Nancy Hall

Wonderful--the lyrics and the muscians are excellent! I love it!
This is a wonderful CD. Every song and musical composition is inspiring and uplifting. The use of the excellent musicians in backup works beautifully. Everyone on the CD is so good!!! I love it!!


Macey Never Dies
Once again, Jon Macey has made a high quality album of well written songs. His lyrical niche on this record is the process of transformation, using a variety of at-times paradoxical musical settings. I personally can hear songs about child abuse, addiction, and regret, along with God, community, and endurance. The glass is half full AND half empty for Macey, a 50/50 deal at best. But ultimately, there is a tremendous joy here; the sound of musicians beating the odds. Buy it because you will love it!

Mr. Curt

Great pop-rock is good for the soul!!!
Solid, adult pop-tunes and stellar musicianship that deal with a bevy of emotions and situations. Neither trendy nor stylish, Jon Macey continues to create a modern sound containing elements of his 60's/70's influences and the values of contemporary rocksters. Having witnessed the arc of his talent here in Boston, I can safely say he's proved he's no flash of the moment.

Joe Viglione

The Byrds Meets The Velvet Underground
Actuality in Progress is the first solo album from Jon Macey, one of the pioneers of the 1970's Boston music scene, on the curve during, between, and right after The Modern Lovers and Orchestra Luna. It is perhaps the most advanced disc of his career up to its release in 2003, and though Actuality in Progress still isn't the grand slam the journeyman musician is capable of, the fifteen tracks certainly are a good representation of his personal songs and artistic expression. In the nine years between the release of Too Much Perspective by Macey's Parade comes an evolution of sorts. Actuality In Progress is an interesting extension as well as a combination of many of the musical partnerships experienced by the
singer/songwriter/producer. John Jules, drummer from Macey's 1970's outfit, Fox Pass, provides the percussion while guitarists Mike Roy from the 70's ensemble and Tom Hostage of 90's group Macey's Parade form the nucleus of the players here. Sal Baglio of The Stompers adds his guitar to "Wasted On You" while Tom Dickie from Jon's 80's band, Tom Dickie & The Desires, co-writes and is "present" on "Hidden Behind The Words", a dreamy Velvet Underground "third album" type soft electro-rocker. You get the picture that this is The Byrds meets The Velvet Underground before reading the lengthy essays on pertaining to this disc. Those scribblings expose a side of Macey not quite visible inside the tunes - he's an extremely smart writer. The slick ten-page booklet emphasizes the importance of this project to the artist and "This Is Where You've Been", a collaboration between Baglio and Macey, re-emphasizes it. Arguably the album's best track it has elements of The Beach Boys if they made records in the new millennium with the same seriousness of "Do It Again". Though there's no "Song For T" or "Comical" from the Too Much Perspective phase, phenomenal pop songs with staying power, there are pleasant moments like "Affair Of The Mind", co-written with long time friend and co-engineer Ron Doty. It is Macey at his most Lou Reed meets Dylan, and being such a devoted disciple of both icons, it is done with exquisite sincerity. "Junk Mail" and "Cool Dreamer" are also strong compositions that deserve a place on the inevitable "Best of" collection from this artist. Concluding with the solo folk ending of "The Road Of Destiny", Jon Macey stretches across his career and creates a serious overview. What's missing is the tongue-in-cheek humor of his friend Willie "Loco" Alexander. Add that element and Macey can give John Mellencamp and Billy Joel a good run for their money.


A MUST HAVE. Each song is unique & creative. Great CD!
Jon Macey has a great way of showcasing his many talents in "Actuality in Process." No two songs are alike on this brilliantly written and produced CD. Macey's song-writing skills are unparalleled; he weaves a rich tapestry of mystical sounds, relevant lyrics, and (at times) driving drums into a groove that reflects his many top-shelf influences (like Dylan and Lennon). This is a GREAT CD!


Fantastic CD.
I've always been a fan of Jon Macey, but this CD really is his best work to date. It's the kind of CD you pop in and instantly hit "repeat" on. Great sounds. Terrific lyrics. Macey's many talents are harnassed in "Actuality." Great collaborations with other talented artists, too. Nice to see him back with Mike Roy (of Tom Dickie and the Desires)!