Television Jodyfied

It’s that time of year again where I’m getting more info as to where music created under my hands has been out in the wild in the last quarter. Meaning I’ve got another list of television shows where you’ve heard my creations. My request is for you to comment and let me know if you’re watching any of these shows. Reveal which ones are on your have to watch television list.

American Ninja Warrior
The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
Design Squad Nation
The Jeff Probst Show
A.N.T. Farm
Auction Hunters
All My Children
Austin & Ally
Bang For Your Buck
Beverly Hills 90210
Brothers & Sisters
Chasing The Dream
Days Of Our Lives
Dog With A Blog
E! News
E! News Special
Fish Hooks
General Hospital
Good Luck Charlie
How I Made My Millions
Jessie
One Life To Live
One Tree Hill
Shake It Up
The Cheetah Girl: One World
The Suite Life On Deck
The Young And The Restless
Veronica Mars
World’s Strictest Parents
Wizards of Waverly Place

What a list eh? More new shows. More episodes of Veronica Mars. Speaking of which I was interviewed on a Veronica Mars podcast this morning. A fun interview and one that I hope I’ll have a link to share with you soon. Heidi had some great questions and we covered other television shows I’ve had music on. Plus she is linking another song you’ve hopefully heard at the end of the interview.

veronica mars television poster

If you’re a fan of any of these shows. I’m going to ask you to please sign up on my email list. Find out when I get more music on television shows and get into more of my music that is specifically my artist side. You’ll enjoy it, I know it.

P!nk Getting Jody Treatment

I don’t often work on doing cover songs. There’s a bit of a foreign concept to me. Mostly due to me not learning a lot of songs when I started playing music. However, once in a while I do find a song where I’ll actually learn it and do a version of it. Such is the case with a recent P!nk tune known as Just Give Me A Reason.

I’ve worked up a version with a new signing friend Kristy Hanson. She’s actually tackling P!nk’s part, while I’m putting the music and the duet vocal part of Nate Ruess. I’m happy with the way it’s turning out. I should be done with the mix tonight.

Here’s a little lyric image of the chorus:

just give me a reason - P!nk

 

I’ll likely be shooting some video for this and making it one of the pledge rewards for those who are interested in being a part of my PledgeMusic campaign coming on July 8th.

In the meantime, enjoy your day. Don’t be broken! Thanks P!nk for another great song. At some point I’m gonna want to co-write one with you. That’s right, I’m throwing the gauntlet down and saying I want to write a hit duet with you as well.

Hanging With A Hero For Music Monday

Happy Monday morning. Today’s little journey is going to be about remixes. When I did a song called Hero Unexpected I made a decision to seek out a few friends to do some remixes of the song. It didn’t hurt that so many people really dug the song. One of the remixes was by a friend who would come to my game nights, Chris Carter. No, not the Chris Carter that penned the X-Files. Chris ‘Von Pimpenstein’ Carter, as he’s known to go by. A master music mixer. It’s those game nights that bring us to this hanging with a hero for music monday. Rather this version of Hero Unexpected.

When you click on the audio button below, you’ll hear the version of my song that Chris came up with in-between our hanging out and playing games. It’s a darker, more urban embodiment that I never dreamed of. He actually came up with something super unique on it. I love that. Part of the whole reason I wanted to have remixes done.

Hanging With A HeroHero Unexpected – (Chris ‘Von Pimpenstein’ Carter Remix) [audio:http://jodywhitesides.com/media/crumbs/Hero Unexpected – (Chris ‘Von Pimpenstein’ Carter Remix).mp3]

If haven’t heard the original then I’d say hit the Hero Unexpected music page and listen to the audio clip there. Notice how night and day different Chris’ take on the song is. I have a wonderment about his audio wizardry and twisting my vocal into a new melodic value. That’s what caught me most off guard about his remix when I first heard it.

If you’re enjoying it as much as I do, I implore you to purchase the song at your favorite digital service. I also ask for you to sign up on my email list and keep abreast of new musical developments from me. We’ll both be happier for it.

Since those nights, Chris has moved to the east coast so there hasn’t been any hanging out together. We do stay in touch via email, phone and such. At some point we’ll get a chance for hanging out and/or work together again. If not for my music and his mixing talents, then most certainly for my pizza making skills. He loves my pizza.

Redesigning The Look And Feel

In case you’ve been around my spot of the web before, today you’ll notice a bit of a change. Yes, there’s a little bit of a change in the air. Think of it as a rebranding or more like a redesigning the look and feel of my digital home.

A couple of motivating factors led to this update. First and foremost in redesigning the look was a desire to have a site that works well with the responsive design of the programmer’s theme. The old version held some of it’s responsiveness, but I had made so many tweaks to the CSS that it had a tendency to fall apart when it hit the phone screen. Thus I had turned it off – meaning browsing on a phone had you zooming in and out. So 2012.

Now the site flows well from 30″ computer monitors, right on down to phone screens. That’s a big plus.

The second factor for redesigning the look was a desire to make better use of images as part of the navigational aspect of the site. I love sites that keep things simple. Certainly what I’ve attempted to do here, but with a growing catalog of material, it needed a spiffier interface. My theme has the capability and I’m making better use of it. Which is why you’re now seeing more images. Plus on specific pages, I’m focusing more on that content rather than a kitchen sink of everything.

Another recent update is the addition of limited liner notes on my lyric pages. Some more surprises are in store so bookmark me and come on back soon. Better yet, sign up to get on my email list and get a strong heads up as to when I have anything new and fun to write up about, especially the music!

Take a poke around, enjoy my redesigning the look and feel of the site. Tell a friend and share.

Thanks,
– Jody

Sunday Morning With Maroon 5

I remember that when I purchased the “Songs About Jane” CD by Maroon 5, it was the first CD I had bought in a few months. Mostly because I wasn’t finding a whole lot of good music at that time. In walks Maroon 5 and I latched on to this CD in a big way. One of my favorite songs from the disc is Sunday Morning. The girl I was dating at the time loved to hear me sing this song when it played. I really dig the melody of the tune and the pictures it creates in the mind of lazing around on a Sunday.

 

Yeah…
Sunday morning rain is falling
Steal some covers, share some skin
Clouds are shrouding us in moments unforgettable
You twist to fit the mold that I am in
But things just get so crazy, living life gets hard to do
And I would gladly hit the road, get up, and go if I knew
That someday it would lead me back to you
That someday it would lead me back to you

That may be all I need
In darkness, she is all I see
Come and rest your bones with me
Driving slow on Sunday morning
And I never want to leave

Fingers trace your every outline, oh yeah
Paint a picture with my hands
And back and forth we sway like branches in a storm
Change the weather, still together when it ends

That may be all I need
In darkness, she is all I see
Come and rest your bones with me
Driving slow on Sunday morning
And I never want to leave
Yeah!

Oh yeah, but things just get so crazy, living life gets hard to do
Sunday morning rain is falling, and I’m calling out to you
Singing, someday it’ll bring me back to you, yeah
Find a way to bring myself back home to you

You may not know
That may be all I need
In darkness, she is all I see
Come and rest your bones with me
Driving slow on Sunday morning, driving slow
Oh yeah yeah, oh yeah yeah, oh yeah yeah…
I’m a flower in your hair, I’m a flower in your hair
Oh yeah yeah, oh yeah yeah, oh yeah…

Get back here
Get back here, yeah…

Sneak Peek At The Truth Lyrics

I’ve recently finished writing a song with the lovely and formidable Manda Mosher. It’s our first foray into doing a co-write and I’m hoping it leads to many more. She’s a pleasure to write with. I’m here to give you a sneak peek at The Truth lyrics which is the title of the song we penned.

Without further ado (on the day of the release of #MuchADo):

The Truth

©2013 Mosher/Whitesides

I was reading back through the pages of my history
I found you there – so innocent
Your eyes your hair the way you smile the way you touch
It all inspired me – to trust you

Those conversations you were having always hiding
All came back to me – those conversations
You were always searching you were feeling all that loneliness
When you’re with me – have you filled it

Your side my side
The Truth it can not hide
You once were mine
Those stars they weren’t aligned
Your side my side
The Truth it can not hide

I don’t regret all the time I shared because I cared
So much for you – every moment
Go and bleed me out of your heart and let it beat again
For someone new – I’ll miss you

Chorus:
Your side my side
The Truth it can not hide

Sneak Peek of The Truth

We’ve got a demo recorded and I’m sure we’ll be sprucing it up before too long to present to the world in fully finished form. In the meantime make sure you follow her band Calico on twitter or Facebook. On that note, do the same for me Twitter <– follow Facebook <– follow. If for no other reason that to stay up on other sneak peeks either of us may be unleashing into the world. Why would you want to be the last to know? Be the first, it’s so much better!

Stay tuned.

– Jody

Heart And Soul by T’Pau

You know, I remember this as a kid. I really liked this song and I have no real idea why. It’s Heart and Soul by T’Pau. These are the lyrics and I’ve linked the video too.

Heart and Soul Lyrics

Something in the moonlight catches my eye
The shadow of a lover goes dancing by
Looking for a little bit of love to grow, so
Give me love, give me heart and soul
You never let me cross to the other side now
I’m tied to the hope that you will somehow
Hard on the heels of something more
But I lost your love, heart and soul

The tear in my heart as you walk on by (more than an ocean)
I feel so low and your head is high
Everything you do convinces me more, please (keeps us apart)
Give me love, give me heart and soul
Looking to the day when I saw your face (I feel a tearing in half of my heart)
I wasn’t in the running, I wasn’t in the race
You move in a way that I’ve known before
Now I want your love, heart and soul

leaving you ain’t easy now (Tired eyes, tears that dried)
loving you’s the harder part (On the bed, on the pillow, where the love has died)
you never want me for myself (A turn of the key, through the door you go)
now I’ve needed you right from the very start (Don’t look back, to hurt me more )
(Everything you said was to the point)
oh won’t you even try to (Can’t you try to)

Give a little bit of heart and soul (give a little bit of heart and soul)
Give a little bit of love to grow
Give a little bit of heart and soul (give a little bit of heart and soul)
And don’t you make me beg for more (must I beg you)
Give a sign, I need to know
A little bit of heart and soul

Walking on the water, walking on the air (a walk on the water)
That was the heart of the love we shared
Do you keep secret left untold (is all that I need)
Can’t give love, heart or soul
I used to have a lover with a Midas touch (but miracles are not happening)
I turned to gold but he turned to dust
Left me for another, I turned to stone
Now give me love, heart and soul
[ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/heart-and-soul-lyrics-t-pau.html ]

living in a fantasy (Tired eyes, tears that dried)
there’s never any room to breathe (On the bed, on the pillow, where you told your lies)
hoping every waking hour (A turn of the key, my blood runs cold)
you’ll turn around and say that we can start (Don’t look back to hurt me more)
(Everything you did just said it all)
oh won’t you even try to (Can’t you try to)

Give a little bit of heart and soul (give a little bit of heart and soul)
Give a little bit of love to grow
Give a little bit of heart and soul (give a little bit of heart and soul)
And don’t you make me beg for more (must I beg you)
Give a sign, I need to know
A little bit of heart and soul

Somehow, I lost my way
Looking to see something in your eyes
But love will never compromise
Now this is the politics of life, yeah!

Give a little bit of heart and soul (give a little bit of heart and soul)
Give a little bit of love to grow
Give a little bit of heart and soul (give a little bit of heart and soul)
And don’t you make me beg for more (must I beg you)
Give a sign, I need to know
A little bit, little bit

Give a little bit of heart and soul (give a little bit of heart and soul)
Give a little bit of love to grow
Give a little bit of heart and soul (give a little bit of heart and soul)
And don’t you make me beg for more (must I beg you)
Give a sign, I need to know
A little bit, little bit

Give a little bit of heart and soul (give a little bit of heart and soul)
Give a little bit of love to grow
Give a little bit of heart and soul (give a little bit of heart and soul)
And don’t you make me beg for more (must I beg you)
Give a sign, I need to know, whoooah!
Give a little bit of heart and soul
Give a little bit of heart and soul

 

Heart and Soul cover

Enjoy a little bit of #ThrowbackThursday

Adding Liner Notes

Adding Liner Notes

Moving forward with the digital age a vital part of the recording process got lost along the way. The part was the whole thing with who did what. Sadly it’s likely the easiest thing to add and it got left behind. There is now a strong push by NARAS a.k.a. Grammys to bring this into the future. Yes, adding liner notes is getting a nice lift to go digital.

I took some time yesterday to go through all my music and lyric pages to update them with some simple liner note information. Thus now you can learn who wrote what, who played what, who mixed what, and who mastered what on all my released recordings.

Beyond the simple liner notes I added a couple of extra bits of information for fun. The extra bits are also to answer some of the questions I’ve been asked about particular songs.

As the actual standard for liner note information gets finalized, I’ll likely add additional bits of information to keep it current. Right now there is no standard, thus it’s what I currently imagine it to be.

Why?

For future recordings my liner notes will get much more detailed. Detailed to the point of geekdom. Which means I will include things like what guitar I used. What kind of strings, pickups, etc. Same with vocal mics, DAW, drums, bass, synths, etc. Essentially I may include the whole darn shebang into the liner notes. Plus I’ll add thank you’s and other acknowledgements. Much like you would see on printed materials that used to accompany Vinyl and CDs. Of course they’ll likely get split between liner notes that are specific to a song, and those that are general to the release. Details, details, details. All to satisfy the ubër fan and of course myself. I love to read about the who, the what, the where and the when of recordings.

Head on over to the music pages and delve a little further if you dare!

Grammys Liner Notes

– Jody