Original music written and composed by Jeffery Willis. Venue and audio provided by Connect Live in Woodstock, Ga., video services provided Pinnacle Media Group, and editing provided by JLW Studios (me). All Atlanta based work. Hope you enjoy! Feel free to get in touch for services or drop a comment.
Hey guys! As always, I’m revamping my gear and constantly working at getting super fast setup/ breakdown times. Tonight, I was able to setup comfortably in about 10 minutes. (Such a relief!) After a quick tune, I went straight into David Gray’s, “Babylon”, for a sound check. This room was almost silent when I started setting up. In this video, you can really hear how live music brings a room alive.
“Babylon” is definitely in the top of my favorite songs and was fortunate to catch a recording of my version. Video is never the best from a cell phone but the audio turned out fairly well so I wanted to post it up and share with you. If you liked my cover, sign up to follow the blog on the right or go subscribe to my youtube channel. And of course, do the Instagram thing, too!
I heard this tune the other day browsing for some new stuff on Spotify and man, I dug up a good one! I must warn you, though, this one is an emotionally powerful, beautifully written and composed piece of work by Jason Isbell and his band. Once it began, I thought, “Ooo, I like the guitar” and “the vocals are smooth, too!”. I almost didn’t want to hear what I was hearing but I couldn’t stop it. After I finished listening to it, I couldn’t even really think straight. My mind raced as I searched for all the meaningful and even neglected memories that had been tucked away between the gyri and sulci of my cerebral cortex. I felt myself somehow emotionally gripping onto these as if I were already losing them. I felt frozen as the next song played. An overwhelming sadness had consumed me. It wasn’t even the sadness of the loss as much as it was the inevitable fact of simply facing reality. The reality that one day I’ll no longer be here and losing the ones that I travel through this journey with. Then, I played it again.
How does it make you feel?? I was trying to wait and post up a ‘weekly favs’ blog but this one was too good to wait.
We all know that things get crazy sometimes and don’t get me wrong, I feel like this, too. There are always those moments when you want to be in someone else’s shoes. You might want to live a different life or even a different lifestyle. There isn’t anything wrong with change or seeking something new and exciting. The problem develops when we lose touch with our own reality as we drown in social media. I’m not knocking social media by any means but let’s face it, everyone is always trying to be one up on the other person. It’s a competition, survival of the fittest, the coolest pic, the best meme, etc.. You follow? This is all good as well. In fact, this can serve as an inspiration to drive you to create better content and live a better and a more fulfilling life. It’s the envy that I’m getting at. Jealousy can really break down an individual in many situations. Like many of you, I have been there, done that, and bought that t-shirt. Hell, I might have even unwillingly bought 3 of those shirts… haha
If there is one thing I have learned, you have to keep your head up. Be proud of who you are. Do you. Be yourself. I guarantee there is no one else in this entire world that is or will ever be exactly like you. I wanted to share this jam from my man, Allen Stone. Just the title, “Love where you’re at” says it all. If you can’t love yourself and love where you’re at, I think you’re doing it all wrong. The grass is always going to be greener where you water it.
So, I finally managed to get an Instagram page up for just my music stuff. I’m not sure what 2018 has in store for me just yet but I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one. In the wise words of Joe Dirt, “Life’s a garden, dig it!” Well, I have my garden prepared and lots of goodies planted. With that in mind, I’m hoping to get the chance to share some new stuff and some of my older jams with you guys as I get them recorded or edit clips from live performances.
If this sounds like something you’d like to keep up with, sign up to follow my blog here where I’ll be trying to post weekly with upcoming dates around Atlanta, videos, origianl music, etc while also sharing a bit more about me and growing up as a musician. If you just want the music and short video clips, then check out the live cover of Clapton’s version of “Nobody knows you” below and follow my Ig. Don’t be afraid to follow both! haha.. Seriously though, if you like this stuff or anything on my page, would like to hear me cover something, or just want to say hi, drop a comment.
Old school for me is late 80’s and early 90’s. I was an early 80’s baby that grew up in one of the weirdest times, I feel, our country has ever seen. Growing up in the 80’s with an older brother, also a musician, gave me the opportunity to be exposed to a lot of different music. Rock music in these days consisted of big hair and lots of makeup. The big crazy hair and makeup wasn’t really my thing but I definitely rocked the tapered stonewash jeans and wore some pretty funky shirts back in the day. Oh, nostalgia! However, when the 90’s came rolling around with wide-leg baggy jeans, worn-out t-shirts, grunge music blasting from strung out, loud and rebellious rockers, I knew something good was going come from this era.
This week I wanted to share a few of my favorite bands in the 90’s. Not only were these bands cranking out good tunes, they had a huge influence in my life as a person, musician, and a songwriter. Unfortunately, many of these talented artists are no longer with us but their music will live on forever. That’s one of the great things about music. It never dies! Speaking of which, I’ll get to it.
Hey Guys! I had the chance to get up with The Riot for this week’s, “Couch Jams”. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a live stream jam. This one, in particular, has excellent audio and video quality. The idea is to keep all of the mics, headphones, and cables out of the picture while maintaining an excellent quality live stream with the feel of just chilling and jamming on the couch. This week, I offered to bring my electric to jam along. We’re all live performers around Atlanta but its been a while since I’ve actually jammed along with anyone. Today was a lot of fun. They’ve been doing this on Tuesday’s around noon for a few weeks now. if you want to follow it, click here to get to The Riot’s Facebook page. I shared this as well from my personal Facebook page but not on the musician page which these posts also hit. So look up there or follow my page here.
For anyone curious I am using an old school (early 80’s) Fender Harvard Reverb II amp. My strat is a 95 Mexican strat with most american parts. It has been upgraded with Lace Sensor Hot Gold pickups so they’re geared towards an intense mid-range boost. I play a lot of blues and easy rock so for my taste, they match the amplifier quite well. The amplifier has smooth reverb and slight gain when you really dig into the strings. It blended better than I expected today actually. The audio is being streamed with only the x/y mics on a Zoom H6. This thing sounds killer! There are no effects but it has a small amount of compression that really levels out everything nicely in the mix. More than likely I’ll be jamming with these guys again so be on the lookout for that! Also am starting up a musician Ig page so I’ll be posting about the details to that soon as well.