JIM COLYER – GOD GIVEN TALENT CD

JIM COLYER BAND – GOD GIVEN TALENT CD
Aug 4, 2010
1 GOD GIVEN TALENT
2 HARD EARNED LOVE
3 I FEEL SO COUNTRY
4 ALL ROADS LEAD TO YOU
5 LOVE ME JUST A LITTLE.
6 I LOOKED TWICE!
7 PUT ME ON THE SPOT!
8 A MAN IS A MAN
9 THE TRUTH
0 JESUS PAID MY DEBT,

1 GOD GIVEN TALENT – Her lover is a country singer. Love is his talent. Billy Ray Cyrus made it into this song.

2 HARD EARNED LOVE – A hard-working lady gets out for the weekend. I like the AABA form.

3 I FEEL SO COUNTRY – I portray a country girl and put Shania Twain in it. “Country” has three meanings: USA, “out in the country” and country music.

4 ALL ROADS LEAD TO YOU – Travel images: world, globe, trip to Mars, highway, dead-end street, U-turn, green lights and traffic.

5 LOVE ME JUST A LITTLE – Love gets her through the night.

6 I LOOKED TWICE! – A girl walks into a bar, sees a singer on the stage and does a double take. She finds the love of her life.

7 PUT ME ON THE SPOT! – Begins with the chorus and the hook.

8 A MAN IS A MAN – Her man is flawed, but he delivers. I bring characters together for sex during solos.

9 THE TRUTH – I always heard the truth hurts. I also heard the truth will set you free. My song reconciles the two ideas. A hurricane of emotion!

0 JESUS PAID MY DEBT – I believe the message of the New Testament is ultimate truth.

1 CHEMISTRY
2 LIVE MY DREAMS
3 FILLING IN FOR YOU
4 PART OF ME
5 SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD
6 I NEED LOVE
7 EXTRA SMILE
8 SUMMERTIME
9 FREE
0 SOMETHING THAT’S GOT ME
1 JESUS DIED FOR YOU & ME

1 BORN TO SING!
2 TOTALLY AWESOME
3 ALWAYS THE FIRST TIME
4 HOW DID YOU DO THAT?
5 I REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE MINE
6 IF IT WASN’T LOVE
7 SWIM WITH DOLPHINS
8 I WORSHIP YOU
9 YOU TAKE ME TO ANOTHER PLACE
10 GUILTY
11 LOVE DOES LAST
12 ALL ABOUT YOU
13 GIVE YOUR HAND TO JESUS

BIO FOR TRIPLESTRAND PRODUCTIONS
Kymberly and I were both born in the 20th century. My birthday is December 29. Hers is January 31. I come from Louisville, Kentucky. She comes from Michigan, near Detroit. Music came early for Kymberly. As a little girl she pretended she was Madonna. She used the end of her jump rope as a mic, singing into it. The other end, she wrapped around a wheelbarrow in her parents’ garage. It was her amp. She got her country and gospel background from her mother. Early influences were Patsy Cline and Trisha Yearwood. I found my inspiration in the music of The Beatles and Swedish ABBA. Kymberly made her way to Nashville at the tender age of 22. Since then she has played in bands, traveled and written her own songs.

INTERVIEW FOR LOUISVILLE MUSIC MAGAZINE – Jim Colyer

1 What type of music do you write?

My music is a blend of different styles: rock, pop and country with a smattering of blues. My lyrics can be personal, drawn from my own life experiences. Recently, I worked with a number of female vocalists in Louisville and Nashville. It was a challenge to write from the female perspective and fun to go into the studio with a bevy of pretty girls. Much of the material comes off as “feminist rockabilly.” God Given Talent, Hard Earned Love, I Feel So Country, All Roads Lead To You & The Truth are doing well on the web. There is a Shania Twain influence, and I try to create Shania-esque girly images. Visuals are important in songwriting, and I strive to dress mine in upbeat melodies.

2 What made you pursue music?

It was in me from the beginning. It was a need. I felt driven to write and record. It sounds crazy, but it was like I had to pursue music to validate myself, to prove that I could succeed to some degree in this field. I wanted to go to Nashville from age 19. It took me a decade to get there because of the Army and college. Once in Nashville, I befriended a musician who had a studio in his back yard. We recorded song after song and produced an album called Rising from the Ashes. I was able to express what was in me. The result was like a catharsis.

3 Who and what are some of your inspirations?

There have been many inspirations across the years. 1950s rock & roll started everything. Elvis Presley lit a fire. From the moment I heard Hound Dog on the radio, I knew I had to own a copy of that record. An Elvis influence pervades my catalog, evident in such songs as Hard Earned Love. I was hypnotized by the rock & roll of Elvis and still perform his songs today. I have made three trips to Graceland in Memphis. In the 60s, it was The Beatles. In the 70s, it was ABBA from Sweden. I traveled to Stockholm and wrote a book about ABBA, parts of which are on my website: JimColyer.com

4 How would you describe your sound?

I place importance on good production. To me, a quality production is one which stresses the vocals. People want to hear the singer. They want to be able to understand the words. They want to sing along. Instrumental tracks need to support and augment the vocals. Lead guitars and keyboards should stay true to the melody while improvising enough to create interest. Drums and bass are the foundation. The other tracks sit on their shoulders. In the end, the record is the thing.

5 What do you feel makes you unique to other artists of today?

My uniqueness lies in that I am still doing this when people with far more talent than I have, have given up. I am still moving in the direction of a breakthrough, of giving a classic song to the world. I have 100 original mp3s at my site. People around the world are hearing my songs and giving me feedback. My environmental song, Save The Planet, is well-received in many countries. That I am not afraid to expose my material in an aggressive manner has allowed me to get independent cuts like I Looked Twice, recorded by the Illinois-based band, One Night Stand.

6 What kinds of music do you listen to outside of yourself?

I hear a wide variety of music by doing karaoke. Through the course of and evening, I hear everything from Elvis to hip hop.

7 Who are some of your favorite artists?

Burton Cummings from Winnipeg, Canada, has long been a favorite. He and Randy Bachman fronted The Guess Who. Everyone knows American Woman. I respect The Bee Gees, and it was good to see them inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

8 What motivates you to make your music?

A great motivation is just sitting around strumming the guitar. I start putting chords together. A melody line comes, and suddenly I have a hook around which to write a song. Sometimes it comes easy. Sometimes it comes hard. It is stimulating also to watch live bands. The enthusiasm of young musicians and the fans who support them is contagious.

9 How often do you create music?

1997-2004 was a Renaissance for me. I wrote 200 songs and spent a lot of time in the studio. I worked with many singers and musicians, both in Louisville and Nashville. Things slowed when my son reached college age. I was helping him more. Now that he is out of college, I want to pick up where I left off.

10 What kinds of music did you grow up listening to?

Top 40 was the big thing. As a kid, I listened to Louisville radio stations, WAKY and WKLO. I would get home from school and throw myself on the bed with my radio. I bought a lot of records. 45s and LPs, from local shops. I took an interest in sound tracks from such musicals as West Side Story and Gypsy.

11 What in life first inspired you to pursue music?

I always enjoyed singing along with the radio. As far as pursuing music myself, it may have been the way girls were reacting to singers, the screaming and swooning and all that stuff. I saw their reaction to guys like Elvis and The Beatles. I hate to admit it because it sounds shallow, but on the subconscious level, I may have gotten into music to impress girls.

12 What if any rituals do you perform before going into the studio?

I pray before going into the studio. I sit in the car in the parking lot and offer a prayer. It has a calming effect. After a few moments of silence, I say “Let’s go!” I feel that God gives me the power surge I need.

13 What is it about particular songs you’ve come up with that makes you feel like you’re in the right place?

How Did You Do That? is a song with a magician theme. I went to a lady’s house in E-Town to show songs. Her 13-year-old son came into the room doing magic tricks. Someone asked, “How did you do that?” Instantly, I had my title. Over the next couple of days, images and fragments came to me. I had lines like “You must have had an ace up your sleeve” and “Pulled a rabbit from your hat.” I was sitting in the parking lot of a Walmart and heard three songs in a row by Terri Clark on the radio. That did it. Tears streamed down my face as my melody came and my words coalesced to form the finished piece.

14 Do you make music for enjoyment, to get emotions off your chest, for others, for yourself, or for any other specific reasons at all?

Honestly, I write and record the songs I want to hear. If other people like them, that is the ideal situation. I do it because it is fun and also to give vent to my emotions. Sometimes it starts with an idea. Sometimes it starts with a kind of pigeon English. There have been times when I was challenged to write a song about a particular topic. The mother of model Niki Taylor wanted someone to write a song about her daughter that died. I rose to the occasion.

15 Where do you see yourself in music in 5 or 10 years?

I see myself having major label cuts. I am a member of ASCAP and currently do my own publishing. I can see signing with a major publisher. I would relocate to Los Angeles to work with good people. It is important to me to pass along my best songs to the next generation, those which inspire positive and constructive behavior. I am thinking of my gospel song, Jesus Paid My Debt, and my wedding song, I Promise. I Promise has been performed at weddings. One bride-to-be said she selected it from 400 wedding songs.

16 Do you perform any shows?

I have played the Bluebird Café in Nashville, also the Broken Spoke and Douglas Corner as well as lesser known venues.

17 If you do, when and where is your next one?

I mean to resume writers nights this year.

18 What are some of your fondest memories of past performances?

One of my fondest and funniest moments came while playing the Bluebird in Nashville. My guitar was grossly out of tune. I just kept playing. At the end of the set, the lady who hosted the show came to me and suggested that I purchase an electronic tuner. The very next day, I took her advice.

19 What are you shooting to achieve this year?

I am pitching my Christmas song to Justin Wilde, a Christmas music publisher in Burbank, California. I am signing a mechanical royalties license for my song, I Looked Twice. And Katrina Lynn, a 17-year-old in Pennsylvania, has recorded I Feel So Country.

20 Do you target your music to a specific audience?

No specific audience. I do what is in me. The chips fall where they will. If people like what I do, they let me know.

21 If so, who is that audience?

My only audience is people who like honest songs and the hard work which goes into them.

22 How did your family and friends perceive your ambition to make music when you first started?

My earliest songs were about breaking up with my first girl friend. They reeked of self-pity and “stream-of-consciousness.” My mother picked up on this and was horrified that my lyrics were so personal. My parents could not accept my long hair, and my father and I clashed regularly. My mother wanted me to be a chemist. I wanted to rock!

23 Where are some of your favorite music venues to visit?

In Louisville, I like Coyote’s and have been inspired by what I heard there. In Nashville, it is Exit/In and the Wildhorse on Second Avenue. I managed to pitch a song to Sara Evans at the Wildhorse.

24 What are some of your favorite music venues to perform at?

Dutch’s Tavern in Louisville has always been a favorite of mine. In Nashville, the Bluebird Café is intimate and cozy. The audience is right in your face. The Broken Spoke is a great place for songwriters and performers alike. The Spoke serves good food.

25 What are some things you find yourself doing in your spare time outside of music?

I travel. In this decade, I have made trips to Australia and Hawaii. In Australia, I attended a star party with 300 astronomers. In Hawaii, I spent time on Waikiki Beach and climbed Diamond Head Crater.

Jim Colyer

JIM COLYER SONGS – GAZATEER

Nashville – Someday Michael
Nashville – Swim With Dolphins
Nashville – Born To Sing
Nashville – Song About Angels
Nashville – Makings Of A Star
Nashville – Satisfied
Nashville – Judgment Day
Nashville – Snowflakes In a Blizzard
Nashville – Hard One To Lose
16th Avenue, Music Row – Born To Sing
Music Row – My Heart Is In Montana
Grand Ole Opry – Swim With Dolphins
Cracker Barrel – I Feel So Country
Lebanon – 20 Years Ago
Knoxville – 20 Years Ago
Tennessee – Someday Michael
Tennessee – Born To Sing
Tennessee – I Love You & You Love Me
Louisville – No Win, No Lose Situation
Louisville – Line Dancer
Crestwood, Kentucky – Line Dancer
I-65 – No Win, No Lose Situation
Red Wing – Someday Michael
Red Wing – You’ll Be Satisfied
Hollywood – Makings Of A Star
California – Long Live Rock & Roll
California – Songs About Angels
Arizona – Songs About Angels
Texas – Hard One To Lose
Las Vegas – How Did You Do That?
Las Vegas – Leaving
Las Vegas – Makings Of A Star
Las Vegas – Back To Vegas
Las Vegas – Fever Pitch
Hoover Dam – Back To Vegas
Death Valley – Back To Vegas
Montana – My Heart Is In Montana
Denver – Snowflakes In A Blizzard
Aspen, Colorado – Wintertime
St. Louis – Long Live Rock & Roll
Branson – Born To Sing
Cleveland – Long Live Rock & Roll
Woodstock – Back In The 60s
Georgia – No Win, No Lose Situation
Atlanta – Born To Sing
Daytona Beach – Summertime
Cancun – Take Me To Cancun
Yucatan – Take Me To Cancun
Hawaii – Swim With Dolphins
Hawaii – Breaking Ground
Hawaii – Hawaii
Waikiki – Swim With Dolphins
Waikiki – Hawaii
Mauna Kea – Swim With Dolphins
Mauna Kea – Hawaii
Diamond Head Crater – Hawaii
Pearl Harbor – Hawaii
Germany – Back In The 60s
Stockholm, Sweden – Title
Stockholm – Stockholm Lady
Stockholm – I’m So In Love
Arlanda – Stockholm, Sweden
Baltic Sea – Stockholm, Sweden
London – Long Live Rock & Roll
London – High Maintenance Girl
Liverpool – Long Live Rock & Roll
Paris – High Maintenance Girl
Australia – Southern Stars
Australia – I’ll Be Fine
Sydney – Southern Stars
Sydney – I’ll Be Fine
Wiruna – Southern Stars
Vietnam – Back In The 60s
Vietnam – Judgment Day
Africa – Wild Tigers
Serengeti – Wild Tigers
African plain – Save The Planet
The moon – Back In The 60s
Mars – All Roads Lead To You
Mars – Twenty-First Century Man
Mars – Southern Stars
Saturn – Southern Stars
Canopus – Southern Stars
Magellanic Clouds – Southern Stars

JIM COLYER SONGS – WHO’S WHO

Jim Colyer – Leaving
Michael Colyer – Michael B
Michael Colyer – Someday Michael
Michael Colyer – Great Believer
Michael Colyer – Ease Into The Future
Elvis Presley – I Love You
Elvis Presley – Long Live Rock & Roll
Elvis Presley – Music And Women
The Beatles – Long Live Rock & Roll
The Beatles – Back In The 60s
The Rolling Stones – Back In The 60s
Crosby, Stills & Back In The 60s
Janis Joplin – Long Live Rock & Roll
Jimi Hendrix – Long Live Rock & Roll
Jim Morrison – Long Live Rock & Roll
ABBA – Long Live Rock & Roll
Agnetha Faltskog – Agnetha
Frida Lyngstad – Darling Frida
Daisy Duke – Come Live With Me
The Bee Gees – Long Live Rock & Roll
Olivia Newton-John – 1979
John Travolta – 1979
Marie Osmond – Sweet Marie
Shania Twain – Line Dancer
Shania Twain – Looker
Shania Twain – I Feel So Country
Shania Twain – She Da Bomb
Shania Twain – Something That I Can Sing
Shania Twain – Long Live Rock & Roll
Shania Twain – 1999
Shania Twain – High Maintenance Girl
Faith Hill – Line Dancer
Chely Wright – No Win, No Lose Situation
Patty Loveless – Patty Loveless Eyes
Randy Travis – Swim With Dolphins
Garth Brooks – Something That I Can Sing
Billy Ray Cyrus – God Given Talent
Candy Heim – Back In The 60s
Katrina Lynn – Born To Sing
Liza Doolittle – I Need Love
Barbie – I Saw A Woman
Phantom – Heartbreaker
Jekyll & Hyde – Heartbreaker
Mr. Universe – I Need Love
Romeo – I Need Love
Nutty Professor – I Need Love
Santa Claus – Wintertime
Santa Claus – Merry Christmas
Humpty Dumpty – Up & Running!
Julie Newmar – Sexpot!
Jayne Mansfield – Sexpot!
Brigitte Bardot – Sexpot!
Jane Fonda – Back In The 60s
Raquel Welch – Back In The 60s
Niki Taylor – High Maintenance Girl
Krissy Taylor – Krissy
Emma Peel – You’ll Be Satisfied
John Steed – You’ll Be Satisfied
James Dean – Name, Number & Message
Leonardo DiCaprio – I Need Love
New York Yankees – 1979
Mark McGwire – 1999
Adolf Hitler – Twenty-First Century Man
Tricky Dicky – Back In The 60s
Richard Nixon – Judgment Day
Lyndon Johnson – Back In The 60s
Lyndon Johnson – Judgment Day
Jimmy Carter – 1979
Bill Clinton – 1999
Buddha – Nirvana Will Be Hell
Mohammed – Nirvana Will Be Hell
David – Jesus Died For You & Me
The Apostle Paul – What About The Changes?
Jesus Christ – Jesus Paid My Debt
Merry Christmas
Swim With Dolphins
Jesus Died For You & Me
Living Within Ourselves
What About The Changes?
Someday Michael
Give Me Life
Nirvana Will Be Hell
Enough
Prayer

JIM COLYER SONGS – CATEGORIES

LOVE SONGS – SEXUAL FULFILLMENT

..1 All About You
..2 All Roads Lead To You
..3 Always The First Time
..4 Chemistry
..5 Come Live With Me
..6 Connected
..7 Everything’s Alright
..8 Extra Smile
..9 Fever Pitch
10 Full Time Thing
11 Getting Out Of Hand
12 I Looked Twice!
13 I Love You
14 I Love You & You Love Me
15 I Promise (Wedding Song)
16 I Worship You
17 I’m Gonna Love You
18 I’m The One
19 Let Me Love You
20 Only In A Way
21 Put Me On The Spot!
22 Satisfied
23 So Much Better
24 Something That’s Got Me
25 Staying Power
26 Stockholm Lady
27 The Only Thing I’m Good At
28 Totally Awesome
29 Undeniable
30 We’ve Got To Start Meeting Like his
31 When You’re In Love
32 You Take me To Another Place

BREAKING UP – PARTING WAYS

..1 Half Crazy Half The Time
..2 Heartbreaker
..3 How Did You Do That?
..4 I Remember When You Were Mine
..5 I’ve Got To Let Her Go
..6 If It Wasn’t Love
..7 Name, Number & Message
..8 No Win, No Lose Situation
..9 Old Time Country Song
10 Rough Night
11 Snowflakes In A Blizzard
12 Things Aren’t Good At Home
13 Too Late For Love
14 20 Years Ago

RECONCILIATION

..1 A Man Is A Man
..2 Begging For Love
..3 Filling In For You
..4 Hard One To Lose
..5 I Try
..6 Long Distance Love
..7 Love Me Just A Little
..8 Make Something Happen
..9 Mostly I Love You
10 Please! Please! Somebody Love Me!
11 Rule #1
12 The Truth

COMEBACK SONGS – FREEDOM – CAUSES

..1 Back In The 60s
..2 Birds Of A Feather
..3 Breaking Ground
..4 Feed The Children
..5 Free
..6 Gimme Some Money
..7 Great Believer
..8 Hard Earned Love
..9 Hawaii
10 Judgment Day
11 Leaving
12 Merry Christmas
13 Michael B.
14 1979
15 1999
16 Part Of Me
17 Part Time Dad
18 Phoenix
19 Sailing Out
20 Save The Planet
21 Showing Signs
22 Somebody’s Taken Your Place
23 Someday Michael
24 Southern Stars
25 Spread My Wings & Fly
26 Walk Into The Future
27 Wild Tigers

PORTRAITS OF WOMEN

..1 Agnetha
..2 Bad Information
..3 Born To Sing
..4 Common Man
..5 Darling Frida
..6 God! You’re Beautiful!
..7 Guilty
..8 High Maintenance Girl
..9 I Can’t Complain
10 I Feel So Counry
11 I Need Love
12 I Saw A Woman
13 I’ll Be Fine
14 Krissy
15 Line Dancer
16 Live My Dreams
17 Makings Of A Star
18 My Heart Is In Montana
19 Nowhere But Up
20 Object Of My Desire
21 Patty Loveless Eyes
22 Sexpot
23 She Da Bomb!
24 Showgirl
25 Something That I Can Sing
26 Songs About Angels
27 Tomboy
28 Summertime
29 Swim With Dolphins
30 Take Me To Cancun
31 Sweet Marie
32 Up & Running!
33 Welcome Mat
34 When I Was A Boy
35 Wintertime

MUSIC

..1 Disco Baby
..2 God Given Talent
..3 Long Live Rock & Roll
..4 Music & Women

GOSPEL SONGS

..1 Everybody Is To Blame
..2 Jesus Died For You & Me
..3 Jesus Paid My Debt
..4 Living Within Ourselves
..5 Thank You Lord
..6 What About The Changes?