CD's and Radio Programs
The Space Between Silence - Release Date: June 2007
James first CD, The Space Between Silence, was released in 2007 through a production company in Los Angeles. It was heavily influenced by Michael Hedges, a groundbreaking guitarist from Oklahoma and who tragically died in a car accident back 1997 at the young age of 42.
It can be found on all major music outlets such as Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc. At the time of its release, back when CD's were still being sold, nice sales were realized in Italy and Great Britain. Music is truly the universal conduit.
Please find below a short music sampler of some of the tracks on the CD. If you'd like to stream the entire CD, please click on the album cover. You can also purchase the CD at CDBaby.
New Dimensions in Sound Radio Program - Podcast Interview
When the CD was released back in 2007, James was interviewed on a radio show (podcast) that featured new upcoming artists called "New Dimensions in Guitar." The show features musical excerpts along with the host asking me questions about his approach to writing the songs and techniques he used.
collected letters by soft typewriter - Release Date: November 2018
This project was a collaborative effort between James and composer-guitarist Paul William Schmidt. They formed a duo called "soft typewriter" and released "collected letters" in 2018. Paul wrote all the songs and James produced, arranged and played the instruments on it with the exception of some guitar and acoustic piano tracks. The songs are thoughtful and well crafted. They are in the process of re-releasing this CD on all major music outlets after discontinuing a relationship with a management company in New York. There are CD's available for purchase. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please find below a short video that features some of the tracks on the CD.
This is a demo tape featuring the first commercials James worked on at his former company, ME&V. He did all the animation, shooting and graphics. Although these are nearly 30 years old, the initiatives and the innovative spirit is clearly evident. Technology has come a long way but James and the company did the most with what was available at that point in time. Video Toaster, frame by frame 3D rendering in Lightwave.
This was produced 20 years ago. It was a film produced to honor James father's life of philanthropy and his hometown's history of giving. It was shot on Super 16mm film via a french made Anton film camera. Lots of people featured in this video have now passed. The film honors their legacy as well.
Shot in 1989, this short snippet is from a video demo produced for Nikki Hassman who who is probably better known now as Nikki Anders. She has evolved into a well known artist, songwriter and producer in LA , Her list of songwriting credits is long including writing songs for hit Disney Movies but she is probably best known for her role as the music director and coach for the hit series, Glee.
If anyone is interested in what video editing looked like back in 1990 (or maybe earlier), here it is. This video snippet was produced for Deal World Records led by producer Sir Nature Alexander. The video decks were enormous while the monitors were extremely small and square. In spite of that, high quality videos were still able to be produced. Sadly, Sir Nature passed away last year. RIP.
Back in 2014, ME&V merged with another company HRB and AMPERAGE Marketing was then formed. This short little animated video was produced to show that union. A total rebrand can actually be fun and exciting.
Audio Tracks From the Past
This track features a very young John Hagen who is now touring with the famous Texas Tenors. John recorded these tracks in 1988 on a song James wrote called Live Your Dreams. The song's message is to live life to the fullest, with no regrets. Here is a short snippet.
James worked as a songwriter-producer-arranger in Minneapolis for a number of years . One of the production companies he worked employed him to write songs for the up and coming artists they were trying to groom for stardom. One was a singer called Ebony who toured with Janet Jackson. Here is a song written for her back in 1987 called "Hey Lover." James played all the instruments on this, working with what was available back in the day.