Counter Clockwise 2005

Wonderful, heartfelt music. Damned good stuff.
Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers, author of Schizophrenic in Japan

"...some of the best and most complete songs in recent memory." Bob Ackerman

"…among the best you have written or sung. Congratulations." George Sluizer, Dutch film director of THE STONE RAFT and THE VANISHING

"If Raymond Carver and the Coen Brothers got blended together in my dream and came out as music - it would sound like the Cowtown Boners." Tim Krabbé, author of the cult classic The Vanishing

"My daughter stole the cd before I got to track 4." Cindy Sheehen

"Local picker 'Jasper'James Michael Taylor's newest disc is a straw-chewing journey from innocence to jaded maturity, something akin to a stripped-down roots version of The Wall." Jeff Prince, Fort Worth Weekly


COUNTER<CLOCKWISE - JAMES MICHAEL TAYLOR

1. PROBLEMS PROBLEMS
2. NO NEW LOVE
3. MEETING MAIA
4. CHOICES
5. BROKE PIANO
6. JUST A CAT
7. ACID TEARS
8. DENIAL SONATA
9. SHE DIDN'T KNOW
10. LAMENT FOR HORNY TOAD
11. SLOOP JOHN B (9/11 UPDATE)
12. SONG OF THE CIRCLING MOON
13. TEENAGERS ARE STUPID
14. THERE IS A LOVE
15. PROBLEMS PROBLEMS (REVISITED)
all songs by jmt except Problems Problems (F & B Bryant sung by the Everly Brothers)

When I was a kid, the songs on the radio were my parents songs. Then, when I was in 7th grade, the Everly Brothers sang Bye Bye Love and the radio was talking to me. I saw them at the State Fair of California one year when I was in high school. Matching black guitars. It's still burned in my brain. My junior year I sang Everly Brothers songs with a senior named Bob Waterman. We would play their records at talent shows and sing real loud over them. We were THE JIMBOBS. It was our music. Then, my senior year I had a girlfriend named Cathy and the Everly Brothers sang a song called Cathy's Clown. It was personal. I was humiliated. The Kingston Trio sang BLOWING IN THE WIND and I discovered "Question Songs." WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE? Questions that were suggesting that there were answers. Eventually I began to formulate my own questions and I'd either find some answers in the songs I was singing or I would take my guitar for a walk and listen for some answers of my own. I came to understand what the poet meant when he said, "The unexamined song is not worth writing." jmt

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