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Dreams Like These

by Jon Manners

Songwriter. Blues-edged Roots-Rock. Moody. Arty. Acoustic-electric. Real players.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Your Time Is Coming
4:37 $0.99
2. Work & Play
3:16 $0.99
3. Still Life
3:20 $0.99
4. Tearing It Down
3:58 $0.99
5. Storm
4:07 $0.99
6. Big Cloud of Love
3:49 $0.99
7. Up in Gold
3:46 $0.99
8. Since I Fell
2:56 $0.99
9. Time for Each Other
4:32 $0.99
10. Dreams Like These
4:03 $0.99
11. Meltdown
3:24 $0.99
12. Get a Grip
2:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
With this collection of songs I've simplified my approach - gone are the saxophones and mandolin, now, just guitar, bass and drums. Although note the appearance of a violin, thankyou John Reed on "Time For Each Other." An enormous thanks to my bud Tom Erickson for his playing on upright bass, what a great sound, what a great player. He put a helluva lot of time into this project and I am tremendously honored. And Steve Jennings, kick-ass percussionist, I'm in awe of Steve, I'm beyond lucky to have him on this project. Then there's my brother Mike who took on the dirty work of poring through this collection, snipping wild hairs, eliminating pops, click and hiss aplenty and adding depth and clarity with his voodoo. Thanks Mike! Lots of love to Connie, putting up with my disappearing down the basement, all the repetitive thumping going on, and for the beautiful art on the cover, insert and disc. Thanks to my brother Tim, and Glenn Bourdot for their cool songs, and Rich Larson for his tremendous enthusiasm!

YOUR TIME IS COMING - Here it is, my black sense of humor. Connie pointed out that when people are in their 20's (and I suppose even a bit older than that), they write songs of love. At my age you get this song. Note the guitar tag on the end, I think it's cool. It was the first take and totally unprepared. Sometimes you get lucky when you don't think and just go. Actually, that's when the best stuff happens.
WORK & PLAY - Originally appeared on The Hubcaps album back in 1988, on vinyl. I've reworked the lyrics and changed it up a bit. It's a funky little number and a lot of fun to play.
STILL LIFE - This one is by my brother Tim. He's only written a few songs, but he's got a way with words. As my brother Mike said, "It's a keeper." Thanks Tim, write some more!
TEARING IT DOWN - About the house my Dad built and the sad end it came to. It was a contemporary beauty and had been featured in House Beautiful Magazine. As my dad aged it fell into extreme disrepair. The roof was rotten, walls were bulging out, there was black mold in the basement, the deck collapsed, I could go on and on. My brothers and I decided after my folks died that the house had to come down. I wish I'd gone there before it was too late, taken a year and repaired it. It's a regret. The house is gone but lives on in our memories.
STORM - One that almost didn't make it onto the disc. I ran across it buried in my Roland Vs2400CD digital workstation. Storm has a heavy sense of danger and impending doom. Did you catch that bird at the end? I lucked-out! As to keeping the presentation simple, didn't happen here, epic failure. I made full use of my 24 channels. I really wanted an orchestra.
BIG CLOUD OF LOVE - Some interesting things going on - the accapella parts, and the mid-section where Steve does his Keith Moon impression. I kept the guitar sparse during that section and let the bass and drums have at it. For some reason I think the lyrics are funny. They are, aren't they?
UP IN GOLD - Written by my buddy Glenn Bourdot. A sad, beauty of a song with a tragic story. He told me he sat down with his guitar and it came out whole.
SINCE I FELL - This was a totally different song when Steve laid down his drum tracks. It started out as the slow classic, the chestnut, "Since I Fell For You," in the key of E. Lenny Welch had a hit with it in the early 60's. Al Jarreau did it, and Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Dr. John, George Benson, José Feliciano, Van Morrison, this list has no end. I particularly like the version by The Young Rascals. I had it pretty-much done and then decided it didn't fit in with this collection. It's not an original, it's an oldie. So, keeping only the drums, I dumped all else, changed the key, came up with a new progression, melody and lyrics. In other words, a completely new song. For lyrics, I wrote about the experience. Fastest set of lyrics ever. Oh, as well as keeping the drum tracks, I kept the song title.
TIME FOR EACH OTHER - When Connie heard this one she said, "Is that how you feel?" Well, yeah. Guess I'm better communicating through music than with words in real life. I love you, Honey!
DREAMS LIKE THESE - I was going through my file of lyrics and found a set for which there was no music. If there ever was, it was long gone. I liked the lyrics so I rectified the situation. I wonder how close this is to whatever I did way back when. Be funny if it's close. I wouldn't be that surprised.
MELTDOWN - This is a song I wrote when I was 18 or 19. I thought it'd be cool to redo a real oldie of mine so I went deep and pulled this one out. I re-wrote the lyrics. My son Andy's daughter Maya, a 2-year-old, had been having a difficult day. As he told me about it I jotted down some of his descriptive phrases. The song turned out much heavier than the dark cloud she'd been through. Oh, hold it, I wasn't there, maybe it was this heavy! In any case, dark is good. A very moody, melodic, and pretty number.
GET A GRIP - Steve really cooks on this. It's funky and funny. What's it about? I think that should be obvious...

And so, there you have it. This project has taken 5 years plus. What am I going to do now, with all my free time?



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