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Feel It in Your Heart / The Tioga Sessions (1974)

by Notary Sojac

This all-original band's never-released 1974 studio album features their unique brand of jazz-infused psychedelic rock; crisp guitar harmonies and Hammond B3, enlivened with electric flute, pedal steel guitar, and imaginative vocal stylings.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Feel It (In Your Heart)
3:57 $0.99
2. Here's Love to You
1:26 $0.99
3. Getting Down to Business
2:44 $0.99
4. A Cat's Joorny
1:49 $0.99
5. No Groceries Blues
2:41 $0.99
6. Joe's Birds (One Song)
2:53 $0.99
7. Point of View / A Different Angle
9:37 $0.99
8. Spiral Staircase
0:57 $0.99
9. Willy Nilly
2:52 $0.99
10. If You Want
3:15 $0.99
11. It's Zat
3:03 $0.99
12. The Situation / A Cat's Joorny (Live)
11:56 $0.99
13. Getting Down to Business (1973)
2:39 $0.99
14. Wind in My Sails (1973)
4:34 $0.99
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Album Notes

Welcome all to the sounds of NOTARY SOJAC, a band whose joy, passion, and musicianship left a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of its dedicated fans, giving the group a special place in the Pacific Northwest's jam band scene of the late 60's and early 70's.

The band’s sole aim was to reach out and move people, inwardly as well as outwardly, with its point-of-view music and lyrics, as well as through the intense engagement of the band members.

To see Notary Sojac live was a special experience. Beyond sweating to dance grooves, trancing out on the extended jams, and even laughter, smiles, and sing-alongs during the band's deliberately unserious selections, audiences left Notary Sojac gigs saying things like, “Man, that was a happening!”, and, “I never knew you could do that, that way!”

The band was legendary for exploring new musical ideas on stage, as well as for its impromptu riffing and full-on improvised sets. As a result, fellow musicians in the PNW's live music scene of reciprocal inspiration were among Sojac's biggest fans.

And that was always the intent: to reach out and inspire with music.


Notary Sojac’s versatility and sound that you'll hear on these tracks results from the unique contributions and personalities of all its members. All are willing and inspired collaborators, and exploratory players on their respective instruments.

While Sojac’s first few years together (1969-1972) exhibited an almost seasonal change of drummers, the band finally arrived at a strong configuration in 1972 with the addition of Doug Ness on drums. This is the lineup you'll be hearing on these live and studio recordings from 1972-1974, which are now available on CD Baby.

Besides Doug Ness on drums, all the other Notary Sojac players of the ‘72-’73 period were founding members from 1969:
Bob Koski (guitar, flute, percussion, vocals, and songwriting)
Steve Koski (guitar, pedal steel guitar, vocals, and songwriting)
Tom McMeekan (guitar, vocals, and songwriting)
Will Herold (Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes electric piano, vocals, and songwriting)
Jim Lowry (bass)

The reason Notary Sojac's music remains current, still living and breathing, is the conversational interplay that happens among the guitars, flute, and keyboards, and even the bass and drums. Above all, Notary Sojac expected itself to broaden the range of how music can be used as an expressive language.

The group's sound evolved out of a bubbling spring of words, sounds, and instrumental interplay that eventually formed into songs and jams. These then would often evolve and reappear in new formulations, reinvented by modifying time signatures (from 4/4 to 6/8, for example), tempo, instrumentation mix and style, and lyrics. Exploration of irregular meters, such as 5/4 and 7/4 , gave added complexity and tension to the band’s overall dynamic.

That was the essence of the band's musical mission : to always reach for the oneness that can only come when individual talents are given over to the service of highly focused group listening. The band members even coined their own term for this heightened state of musical awareness: "Zoid."


This new release, "Notary Sojac, Feel It (In Your Heart) / The Tioga Sessions (1974)", is the band's one studio project, unreleased but now digitally available for the first time. Some of these songs can also be found on the band's "Live, 1972-1973" CD. Others were never performed live, but were created just for this studio effort. Also included are some earlier 1973 recordings from Tioga Studio, plus one live track from the period that incorporated new material for the song "Situation", a band favorite that was constantly evolving in live performances.

The recordings you are about to listen to were remastered from reel-to-reel tapes that literally sat in a garage for the last 35 years, making Notary Sojac the ultimate garage band.

The studio tracks remain highly listenable. And while there are definite sonic deficiencies on the "Live, 1972-1973" tracks, which were recorded in all manner of venues on mostly 2-track (some 4-track) machines, those capable of listening through those limitations, and willing to travel across the years and imagine themselves on the dance floor of a smoky, booze-y rock club in Portland or Eugene, circa 1972-73, will be rewarded with dazzling jam band riffs aplenty.

Thirty-five years have not dimmed the vitality, inspiration, humor, and dynamic musical interplay that was and will always be NOTARY SOJAC.

CREDITS for this album are:


Bartholomew Bishop --vocal harmony on Track 6
Warren Rand --Saxophone on Track 3
Bill Heckard --character voice on track 5

ENGINEERS: Bill Heckard and Spook Flanagan
Recorded at TIOGA Studio, near Coos Bay, OR, in 1974, except:
Track 12 (live performance,The Roman Forum, Glenwood,OR 1973)
Tracks 13 and 14 (TIOGA Studio, 1973)

NOTARY SOJAC acknowledges CHRIS BLISS (Drippy Moon) for continued
guidance and inspiration; DAVID KOSKI, album cover art and design;
DOUG NESS, cover photography; and MARK SCHNEIDER, indispensable
technical and equipment support.



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