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Photography – Railway Yards

Posted in art, black and white, Jamie McPherson, Photography, rail, railway, sepia, train with tags , , , , , , on February 22, 2014 by Jamie McPherson

Hi all,

Besides making music, one of my passions is photography. It’s not something I get to do that often these days, but when I do it gives me great joy. Not just the taking of the shot, but also in editing it into something that pleases my artistic eye. I normally work in sepia and black and white as I love the use of tone, but I will occasionally throw in an odd colour shot or two if the photo demands it.

This morning I passed the old tower at my local rail yards, and thought that I better grab the camera and finally get that photo of it, instead of thinking “next time” 🙂

So, I spent a bit of time snapping shots and then editing them when I got home. I hope you enjoy the results. It should appeal to both photography and train buffs 🙂

You can view the full size photo just by clicking on it 🙂

(All images Copyright 2014 Jamie McPherson)

Behind the Storm

Behind the Storm

Eureka

Eureka

Rust Never Sleeps

Rust Never Sleeps

Railway Yards

Railway Yards

Winged

Winged

Snails

Snails

Big Red

Big Red

Old Wall

Old Wall

Wagon

Wagon

New Song Lyrics – Moonshine’s a Running

Posted in 12 string guitar, Alternative Country, art, cowboy, folk music, guitar, Jamie McPherson, Music, Newsletter, Songwriting, Uncategorized, whisky on June 10, 2013 by Jamie McPherson

Hi folks,

I’ve just written a brand spanking new song called “Moonshine’s a Running”. Here are the lyrics and below that will be a brief explination of the song –

Moonshine’s a Running

Moonshine’s a running

From the side of the hill

I make my living

From the pot and the still
.

Moonshine’s a running

From the side of my hill

I feed my young un’s

From the pot and the still
.

I work all day toiling in the dirt

When the chillun’s cry from hunger, that’s when I hurt
.

Moonshine’s a running

Like my Pappy did before

As his Daddy did

When he washed upon this shore
.

Moonshine’s a running

It’s an honest man’s trade

The sheriff let’s me know

When it’s time for the raid
.

These hills are alive with the smell of mash

And quiet whispers at night and promises of cash
.

Moonshine’s a running

On an Appalachian night

I’ll brew my magic

By the harvest moon tonight
.

Moonshine’s a running

It’s time to move the shine

The dogs are a sniffin’

I’ve been given the sign
.

The sheriff said “I hear ya farmin’ the woods?

There’s new folks in town out lookin’ for your goods”
.

Moonshine’s a running

It’s time to move on

It’s the end of the verse

But not of my song
.

Moonshine’s a running

Little bellies full tonight

But who knows tomorrow

If their belts will be tight
.

It’s a life I never chose to be

But a man does what he does, for his family
.

Moonshine’s a Running

On the side of my hill

I made my living

On the pot and the still
.

Moonshine’s a running

Time to rest my bones

I died a moonshiner

Four miles from my home
.

The cold and wet got me in the night

Daddy won’t be home, but everything’s alright
.

Moonshine’s a running

On the side of a hill

They’ll make a new life

From the pot and the still
.

Moonshine’s a running

It’s the way it’s always been

It will always live on

In both kith and kin
.

A hundred fires in the woods tonight

A hundred souls will go on, fight the good fight
.

Written by Jamie McPherson

Sunday 10 June 2013

Words and music © 2013 Copyright Jamie McPherson

The line “moonshine’s a running” came to me while reading a Foxfire article about moonshining in the Appalachian Mountains called “The Fine Art of Moonshining”. It was a great article written in the 60’s of the dying art of Moonshining (the distilling of illegal whisky). One thing that touched me deeply was that it was accepted by all the locals, including the local law enforcement, as for many it was the only way they could feed their families. Life was tough for these folks, and they had to do whatever they could to survive. Their only real concern was the Federal law enforcement agencies, who could spell a lengthy prison sentence for them. But to feed their families, it was worth the risk. So, I hope I was able to catch the spirit of this within the song.

The song was really born out of the chords. I was noodling around with the guitar last weekend and started to play these chords. I recorded them on my mobile so I wouldn’t forget. Then, yesterday I played back the chords and wrote the music structure on a neet little program on my mobile. And this morning I sat down and wrote out the lyrics.

So, I hope you enjoy Moonshine’s a Running. Hopefully soon I’ll have a rough demo up so you can listen to it.

Beannach leibh,

Jamie

Song Lyrics – Just a Simple Cowboy

Posted in 12 string guitar, Alternative Country, Chicken Ranch, cowboy, ghost, guitar, hunter, Jamie McPherson, La Grange, Louisiana, lyrics, Mississippi, Music, New Orleans, Songwriting, vampire with tags , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2013 by Jamie McPherson

Hi folks,

Here are the lyrics to my latest song “Just a Simple Cowboy” that I wrote a couple of weeks ago, that I had the pleasure of giving a Fringe debut. After the lyrics, there is a simple explanation of the song. I hope you enjoy –

Just a Simple Cowboy

 

I was born in Louisiana

In the land of the Choupiqui

The Captain, his wife

And a troubled boy called “me”

 

In the Crescent City

Walks the souls like you and me

Whom death they tried to cheat

But it’s never meant to be

 

The Captain taught me how to kill

A hundred miles from the coast

He was a simple sailor killing

Vampires and ghosts

 

The Captain got too slow one night

And copped one in the neck

So I headed on out West

To get away from all this heck

 

I got me a horse and rope

Joined the cowboys on the range

But peace didn’t last long

Camping out beyond La Grange

 

Injun Joe came back to life

And killed us all, almost

He didn’t figure on a cowboy killing

Vampires and ghosts

 

Seven years on the land

Huntin’ vampires down

Killing thirty out on the trail

And a hundred in your town

 

If my blood looks good to you

And you want to grab a bite

You’ll answer to my Winchester

Cause I have you in my sights

 

If you die and walk the streets again

Then your ass is toast

Cause I’m a simple cowboy killing

Vampires and ghosts

 

I went on to the Chicken Ranch

To get myself a gal

I called in to the lobby and

Down came Miss Bell

 

“I heard of a dark-haired beauty

Her name is Raven Knight”

She came on up to my room

And blew out the light

 

I tore her skirts in two

And tied her to the posts

“I don’t mean no disrespect mam

Are you a vampire or a ghost?”

 

When I draw too slow

They’ll suck my cold blood dry

It’s the fate of the hunter

To wither and to die

 

Point that stake right at my heart

And pound that bad boy down

Say a prayer and bury me deep

Deep beneath the ground

 

I’ll stand in judgement for my crime

Before the Heavenly Host

He’ll ask what deeds shame a man like me

What scares me the most

 

I’ll tell him I’m not perfect

And I’m not a man to boast

I was just a simple cowboy killing

Vampires and ghosts

 

Words and Music © Copyright 2013 Jamie McPherson

Written 26 February 2013

 

This song, of all things, was inspired by a video game on my phone. Welcome to the 21st Century! With my upcoming Fringe show entitled ‘Life, Love and the Death of a Cowboy’, I thought it was time to write another song. One in which the hero dies. I couldn’t think of a better subject than a simple cowboy hunting and killing vampires and ghosts. My cross genre song 🙂

A bit like my other songs, geography plays a big role. To me, if you can set a geographical location, the song is half written. It gives a sense of place and time. We are all very visually orientated, so it makes it easier for the listener to picture the song in their head if they can relate to the places it is coming from. And, I also love the journey from one place to another. It sits in well with the characters journey. A journey of place, a journey of life.

The places I used in this song are all real. Louisiana, New Orleans and La Grange. The Crescent City is another nickname for New Orleans. I wanted the story to start down South and move West (“Go West young man!”). The Choupiqui are the Native American tribe of that area. And, being on the Mississippi, I thought his father would have to be a riverboat captain. A simple sailor living a hundred miles from the coast. The Chicken Ranch was an actual brothel just outside of La Grange. And of course there is your town. This is yours and for your imagination only 🙂

So, this young man is trained by his father to kill vampires and ghosts, but then his death prompts him to try to escape this violent world. Only to discover that there is an unatural violence everywhere, and only he is equipped to deal with it.

Of course the story ends with the death of the hunter. It’s the old saying of “he who lives by the sword, shall die by the sword”. The reality of a violent world is that the good guy will eventually die. And of course, death is not the final word. One must answer for ones life and actions.

So, I hope you enjoy my lyrics to Just a Simple Cowboy. It was fun playing it live and I look forward to recording it one day when my studio is up and running again. In the meantime, if you want to see the chords for the song, they are on my website at www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

Beannachd leat,

Jamie

Life, Love and the Death of a Cowboy

Posted in 12 string guitar, Adelaide, Adelaide Fringe, Alternative Country, folk music, guitar, harmonica, Jamie McPherson, love, Music, rock, Strathalbyn with tags , , , on February 23, 2013 by Jamie McPherson

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Love, Served Me Chilli

Posted in 12 string guitar, Alternative Country, chilli, folk music, guitar, Jamie McPherson, love, lyrics, Music, piano, Songwriting, Tikarma Vodicka, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2012 by Jamie McPherson

Hello all,

Here are the lyrics to my latest song, Love, Served Me Chilli. It is a song of love found and lost, like all good love songs. Below the lyrics, is a short little explanation on the songwriting process. If you are musically inclined, you can view the chords for the song on the Lyrics/chords section of my website www.jamiemcpherson.com.au where you can also listen to some of my other songs and catch up with all the latest news. So, here is Love, Served Me Chilli –

Love, Served Me Chilli

Chorus

Love, served me chilli, this morning

No eggs, no bacon to fry

Love, served me chilli, every morning

Since you left and didn’t say, goodbye

She served me in a diner, in Austin

She was the prettiest little thing, I’d seen

She looked me once over, gave a laugh and poured my coffee

And said “Cowboy, where the hell have you been?”

“You’re dirty and dusty and you smell kinda bad

I bet you haven’t changed or washed, for a week

So get on out back, wash that face and comb your hair

And I’ll fix you up something special to eat”

Chorus

I went out to the washroom, cleaned up and combed my hair

Checked the mirror, then went back, to the scene

She lit up when she saw me and came in real close

And whispered “Cowboy, tell me where you’ve been?”

I’ve been out, thirty days, driving longhorn

Six months, on a rig in the sea

Sellin’ snake oil in Coleman, to your mama, don’t cha know

Where you look, now that’s where, I have been

Chorus

She laughed, bit her lip, and said “Handsome, tell me more

I love a man, that knows where he’s been

Eat your eggs, chew your bacon and drink that coffee real slow

And tell me cowboy, what have you seen?”

I worked in Houston, for them boys, building rockets

I worked in Roswell cutting up, ET

And last week, in Lubbock, I serviced your car

And honey, that’s just the start, of me

Chorus

We went home, she made breakfast, every morning

While I told her tall tales, about me

But when the tales ran out, so did my love

She left a note, addressed, to me

It said “Cowboy, it’s been fun, to see where you’ve been

You really have, entertained me

But I don’t cook my breakfast, for no honest man

So get used, to eating chilli, and beans

Chorus

Written 20th April 2012

Copyright Ă“ 2012 Jamie McPherson

So, what inspired the song? Well, I had the line “Love served me chilli this morning” just pop into my head. I thought it was a good metaphor for being a single man. No married or attached man would EVER be allowed to eat chilli (chilli con carne) for breakfast. There is a sadness in a man that would 🙂

So, I sat down and started to write the story as it progressed in my head. The first thing I thought of was that it did have to centre around breakfast. You just can’t leave it at an opening line. So, what better way than have him find a woman who will cook him breakfast. But, what would compel a woman to do that? What would hold her there? That’s when the idea of having him tell her tall tales about himself every morning, that she would enjoy hearing and indulging in. As Tikarma rightly pointed out when I played it for her, a bit of One Thousand Nights and One Night. I didn’t think of it at the time, but it is quite true.

But, it is also a story of love lost. What could precipitate the ending of this relationship? I thought the logical thing would be that the tall tales ran out. After all, that’s what kept her there in the first place. No stories, no breakie 🙂

The song needed a setting, and I thought the place most synonymous with chilli, is the state of Texas. It wouldn’t make sense to have it take place in Australia. So, all the towns and cities in the song are in Texas. I like a good geographic journey in my songs. And, of course, my sense of humour always prevails with the line about cutting up ET in Roswell. I can’t help it being a cheeky bugger 🙂

So, the song is a ballad in 3/4 time. A bit of alternative country style. All up, it only took me a bit over an hour to write both lyrics, chords and melody. Just a quick flash of inspiration. Who knows when I’ll get the chance to record it, but hopefully not too far away. I picture this one with just vocals and either guitar or piano accompanying it. Well, I hoped you enjoyed the lyrics any way. 🙂

Beannachd leibh,

Jamie

A Sunny Day In New Orleans

Posted in 12 string guitar, Funeral, guitar, Jamie McPherson, Jazz, lyrics, Music, New Orleans, Songwriting, Trombone with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by Jamie McPherson

Hi all,

I just wanted to share my latest song with you all. This song is yet un-recorded due to awaiting studio upgrades, but hopefully it will make its live debut soon. Just to let you know, this song is separate from my Lester Moore project.

I was walking along the streets of Mt Barker the other day enjoying the wonderful Summer sunshine when all of a sudden, I started hearing trombones in my head. It sounded pretty cool. It sort of reminded me of a New Orleans Jazz Funeral. I quickly grabbed a pen and paper and started to write down all the lyrics that came flooding in to go with these trombones. It was quite and experience as even the melody came flooding in! By the end of it, I was quite chuffed with it all.

Then, later on today, I sat down with the twelve string guitar and worked out the chords for it, that went well with the melody I had. I plugged in, gave it a whirl and Tikarma gave me the thumbs up! So…now I have a new song. I can’t wait to record this one as it will have a nice four part harmony for the chorus and a trombone and trumpet solo. But…that will have to wait.

So, here are the lyrics for A Sunny Day In New Orleans. If you want to check out the chords, just go to the Chords/Lyrics section at www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

So, ladies and gentlemen….I present…A Sunny Day In New Orleans –

A Sunny Day In New Orleans

Chorus

I’m just a funeral procession, processing

I’m just a professional confessional, professing

 

Lazy ways in the

Summer haze

What a way to

End my days

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

I’ve moved on up from the

Second line

I may be dead but it’s a

Hell of a time

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

Chorus

The band’s in front followed

By my crew

And then some folks that I

Hardly knew

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

They’re carrying me out with my

Feet first

No need to worry about a

Big black hearse

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

Chorus

It’s awfully hot in this

New Orleans heat

Travelin’ this style just

Can’t be beat

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

They called up dead Slim on the

Slide trombone

To play some swing to

Bring me back home

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

Chorus

This casket’s nice, it is

Velvet lined

A good bed is

So hard to find

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

The road’s been long but the

Party’s been good

See all the folks come out from the

Neighbourhood

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

Chorus

When they get to the grave and they

Cut me loose

This band’s gonna swing just like a

Hangman’s noose

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

I’m in the ground but the

Band plays on

It’s my party and I’m the

First one gone

Kickin’ back just thinking about

The band

Yes, just kickin’ back

And thinkin’ about my band

 

Words & Music © Copyright 2012 Jamie McPherson

Written 12 January 2012

 

November Newsletter from The Official Jamie McPherson

Posted in 12 string guitar, Adelaide, Album, art, CD, Dail Chuinnidh, do-wop, folk music, guitar, harmonica, Jamie McPherson, Jeremy Watson, keyboards, lyrics, Meeting Place, Music, Newsletter, painting, Photography, Recording, rock, Songwriting, Strathalbyn, Tikarma Vodicka on November 1, 2011 by Jamie McPherson

November  Newsletter from The Official Jamie McPherson
Welcome to the November edition of www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

NEW LOOK WEBSITE!

The big news for the month is that the website has had a makeover! New colour scheme, new layout, new photos and new pages. The first thing you will notice is the fantastic photos from Jeremy Watson taken during the Meeting Place photo shoot for the album. Hopefully during the year I can get some more photos from the shoot to put up on the site. Jeremy is such a great talent! There is also a nice photo of me taken by Michael Buddle underneath my personal message.

There is a new Lyrics/Chords page on the site where you can see all the words for my songs, and the chords are there too if you want to try your hand at my music. I’m not precious, so feel free to print them off and wow your friends at your next party or gig. There is also the new song, The Ballad of Lester Moore. As yet, unrecorded, but it is the cornerstone of my latest project.

I have also put the Meeting Place promo video underneath by bio if you want to check it out. Just remember that you will need to pause the player at the top of the page if you want to prevent conflicting sound.

I’ve redone the Buy section of the page so it is a dropdown menu. This should make it easier to get a copy of Meeting Place. You can buy direct from the website, or choose to buy from CD Baby via the new CD Baby widget. The big news here is that there is a price drop just in time for Christmas! Read below for further details.

The Photos section is now also a drop down menu. You can see some of the stunning photos by Jeremy Watson in the CD Cover Art and Photos by Jeremy Watson as well as the wonderful ‘Meeting Place’ painting for the back cover of the album done by Tikarma Vodicka. Also, there is a Live photo section with some new live photos and a Miscellaneous section that has a few photos of me with friends and loved ones.

The Press page is also now a drop down menu. Read all the latest articles in Articles About Jamie.

Use the dropdown menu on Music to Hear Jamie’s Songs. These are the same songs on the player up top, but with accompanying lyrics.

Tune In will tell you which radio stations have Meeting Place on their playlists, so if one of these is your local, why don’t you request a song?

Finally is the Links page. Use the dropdown menu for all the links for myself, Tikarma, Jeremy and also some of my very talented friends.

While your there, don’t forget to sign the Guestbook!

Just head on ober to www.jamiemcpherson.com.au to check it all out!

NEWS JUST IN – CD PRICE DROP!

Yes, you heard right folks. Just in time for Christmas. There is a CD price drop on Meeting Place to keep you in the good books this Christmas.

MEETING PLACE NOW ONLY $10 FROM THE OFFICIAL JAMIE McPHERSON

Purchase Meeting Place from www.jamiemcpherson.com.au and pay only $10 plus $5 postage and handling worldwide. Buy two or three and recieve a further discount and only pay one lot of postage. That’s a lot of Christmas cheer!

Also, there is now a price drop at CD Baby. Pay only $12 per CD. Buy two or more and recieve a 10% discount. Just head on over to www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

Looks like Santa came early this year!

What’s been happening?

Well folks, it’s been a busy year. The big news is that Tikarma and I have relocated our Ravenwood Studios to the other side of Strath. So, it’s been a mad time for both of us, moving and settling in to our new digs. Unfortunately, my recording studio is not up and running yet, pending the arrival of a new computer and software, but in the mean time, it will leave me plenty of time for songwriting for my new project, entitled The Ballad of Lester Moore. I’ll keep you updated as it progresses.

There’s been many a great show happening throughout the year. I had a great CD launch at The Singing Gallery with some brilliant and talented friends to help me celebrate. There were captivating and touching performances by Tikarma Vodicka, Dave Clark, Bob Malloy, The Self Preservation Society and Pasquale. The highlight of the night for me was performing Folsom Prison Blues with Tristan Newsome and Girl From the North Country with Tim Inglis. The numbers were down, but we had a great day! A BIG thank you for every one who came along and to those that wowed us with their stunning performances!

There were also great shows at The Mannum Hotel, Bliss Organic Cafe, The Avoca Hotel, The Adelaide Convention Centre, Kym Maree’s Cancer Fundraiser and The Foster, Relative & Kinship Carers Family Fun Day where I also got to run the buskers corner and have a lot of fun with the kids busking for the first time.

The album has been doing well. It seems to be popping up everywhere on the net all around the world. From Japan to Norway and everywhere in between. I’ve even seen the songs for download as ringtones on the net!

Tikarma has ben keeping herself busy re-doing her website and it coming along beautifuly! Unfortunately, such is her great talent, she is a very prolific writer and it will take her some time to re-do all of her poetry archives. But, it’s been a great joy revisiting these beautiful poems as I check out her progress. Such a great talent! She has also done a wonderful painting to help raise money for the Cancer Council Australia. You can see all her wonderful work at www.tikarmavodicka.com or click on one of her links from my website.

So, that’s it for November. Wishing you all a brilliant and musical month and remember to head on over to the site to check it out.

Beannachd leibh,

Jamie

Jamie McPherson
Songwriter/balladeer/composer/live performing artist

 

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