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.

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

Organic Homemade Pizza And A Song

Organic Homemade Pizza

Besides being known for music, I’m also considered amongst friends to be a foodie. Mostly because I cook awesome meals. One of my favorite things to make is pizza. Could be because I worked a bunch of years in a semi-famous pizza joint while growing up. Nowadays I’m prone to making organic homemade pizza before I call for delivery.

In the video below, I show a method to making of my infamous organic homemade pizza.  Plus I share a song called Clouds by Zach Sobiech.

Zach Sobiech Clouds

If you’re not aware, Zach is a young man who was diagnosed with a type of cancer. Sure a lot of people are having issues with cancer these days, however Zach has written a touching song about it called Clouds. The song gained a bit of notoriety online and went viral. His friends contacted other famous people and put together a touching video for Zach and that’s what prompted me to spend a little time learning the song.

If you’re coming here from YouTube looking for the recipe for the dough and the sauce, you’re in luck, it’s here:

Organic Homemade Pizza

Dough:

1 ⅓ cups of warm water
2 tblsp organic sugar
2 ¼ tsp of organic yeast
1 ¼ tsp of Real Salt (by Redmond)
2 tblsp olive oil
3 ½ cups of organic flour

Watch the video for the directions on it.

Sauce:

1 – 6 ounce can of organic tomato paste
6 ounces of filter water
2 ½ tsp of organic sugar
1 ½ tsp of Real Salt
2 to 3 cloves of fresh crushed garlic
add some fresh dried thyme, basil, and oregano

Watch the video for blending it.

That’s all there is to it. Pick your own toppings and above all else, don’t forget to use a pizza stone in your oven! Enjoy the organic homemade pizza and the song Clouds re-imagined by myself and Dave originally by Zach Sobiech.

– Jody

Successful Crowdfunding With You And Me

Successful Crowdfunding

I got hooked up with a new PR firm a couple of weeks ago. One of the things we talked about is getting funds together to break through the stratosphere for music promotion. Part of that goal includes making use of a style of funding that I had been loath to attempt – crowd funding. They helped me to see to some light on the subject and now I’m gearing up to go for a campaign for successful crowdfunding with you and me. New territory.

Hesitations

What I’ve seen from a vast majority of bands/musicians that have attempted this route is utter failure. Mostly because they’re underestimating what they need to get something done right. Then they’re not pushing it correctly with enough help and without a compelling reason. All that = a recipe for disaster.

Getting It Together

Mind you, I’ve done my budget. I’ve got it all figured out. While the amount I know I need isn’t realistic from a crowd funding situation, I do believe that I can achieve the goal if it’s done in stages and with help. Thankfully I’ve got the initial step of help. All the people who are going to be involved with the recording have stated they’re up for helping out too. First step is the recording of 18 songs.

Currently I’m in the midst of researching all sorts of things involved with doing a successful crowdfunding situation and started putting together the initial information for a site called PledgeMusic (they’re the peeps I’m going to use for this adventure). I’ve got one more book to devour about how to do it right. Then it will be off to the races.

Your Ideas

I’ve put together most of the levels of funding/donations for the campaign. Since it’s still in flux, I’m happy to accept input as to what you would want from me as a gift and what it’s worth. I’ve got some good ones, but I can always use more.

Once my new PR partners feel comfortable, we’ll launch it. It’s bold. It’s exciting. Being that I’m taking a leap of faith to attempt something I’ve poo-pooed in the past. I’m understanding why lots of them have failed and I don’t wish to make that same mistake. It also helps that I just came from a meeting about angel investors and they were talking the glories of crowd funding as well. Didn’t hurt that I also met a couple of angel investors whom may want to jump in on the situation.

Here’s my early desire from you

I’m going to need your help when I get this campaign going. Thus, if you’re not on my email list – please fill out the Unity 42 list by clicking on the link in the upper right (I know you see it). I’ll keep you informed as to what day it will launch and how you can help. I’ve got some great things that will happen if I happen to overshoot my goal. Be a part of the magic and a successful crowdfunding campaign with me and a great batch of music.

successful crowdfunding

Millions Of Listeners Via TV

Millions of Listeners

What’s it like to have millions of listeners of your music and yet a vast majority of them have no idea who you are? Well, find out if you’re one of the many. If so, now you’re aware of who I am and that’s a good thing.

Getting further and further with the reach of the recorded note. It’s the kind of thing that can make a musician smile, but at the same time wonder, how the hell can people find out who is the mastermind behind the sonic goodness that is filling your ear-hole when watching your favorite TV shows. I know it’s awesome to think of the fact that I’ve got millions of listeners via TV.

In no particular order, here’s where I’ve been getting heard on your favorite visual video box:

NASCAR on Fox
OH Sit!
The Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Design Squad Nation
American Digger
American Ninja Warrior
Angel’s baseball
Atlanta Braves baseball
Auction Hunters
All My Children
Bang For Your Buck
Brave’s Live
Big 12 Live
Beverly Hills 90210
Brothers & Sisters
Cardinal’s Live
Cowboys Game Night (NFL)
Detroit Tigers Live
Dodger’s Live
E! News
High School Scoreboard
High School Spotlight
How I Made Millions
Lonestar Conference Showcase
MLB Tonight
NASCAR Raceday
On The Fly
One Life To Live
One Tree Hill
Rangers Insider
Rangers Live
Samsung Mobile 500 Preview Show
Selection Sunday 12
Sportsday NFL Draft Special
Sportsday On Air
The Rundown
Tigers Live
Veronica Mars
Worlds Strictest Parents

Not bad. Not bad. The idea is for me to get more placements next quarter. I’m betting the news will be even better at that point. Meanwhile, I’ll be putting my brain into some new ventures that I’ll be sharing soon. Stay tuned. Same bat channel, Future bat time.

p.s. – if you’re finding this page due to being a fan of one of the shows, I implore you to join my email list, browse around the music page, and share amongst your friends!

Millions of Listeners on TV

Baltimore Ravens Fans Are The Bomb

Baltimore Ravens Fans

If you’re a Baltimore Ravens fan, then there is a good chance you’re aware of a little ditty I penned. Earlier today I wrote how I’ve never visited your fair city or state, but that doesn’t mean I love you any less. Especially when you’re snatching up that ditty for your favorite team. If you haven’t heard it, you can hear it by following this link to iTunes. Or by visiting the music page here on my site.

As it turns out, I’d love to walk out on to the field and lend my coin flipping abilities to determine the kickoff. I’d even give a command performance of the song Do You Want To Play for half time too for the same game. It would be a great opportunity to see the Ravens lay down some pigskin law and visit one of the places in the U.S. that I’ve yet to see. If you’re part of the Baltimore Ravens marketing offices, let’s chat and make this a reality. I do believe you’ll gain bonus points from your fans and of course it’ll make fun news bringing in a musician who isn’t any good at football. What do ya say?

Thank You

A big thanks to every Ravens fan who has purchased the song. I appreciate your team’s fandom and I ask that you introduce all your friends to Do You Want To Play – Baltimore Ravens and encourage them to get on the bandwagon.

baltimore ravens

Please leave a comment in the section below letting me know how you came across the Baltimore Ravens version of Do You Want To Play, and how you use it to get amped up about your favorite team in the NFL. Or maybe you’d like to put in your local expertise as to what things I should see when I make it your fair city.