Jamie Bonk | “No Tuition”| Episode #4 – Interview With Ron Scott

Episode #4 of “No Tuition” features musician/painter Ron Scott. We chatted about Ron’s artwork, his compositional process, his love of looping and his work on TV shows such as “Corner Gas” and “Antique Roadshow”. Ron was kind enough to perform a number of examples of how he uses his looper in a live performance setting. Even though I’ve known Ron for over 20 years, this interview gave me a deeper insight into both his music and his painting.

Bob Dylan – “Chronicles (Volume One)”

Chronicles (Volume One)

Sometimes your expectations can play with you.  That certainly was the case when I started reading Bob Dylan’s Chronicles (Volume One).  I figured with the book titled Chronicles I would be reading a mostly point A to point B, story of my life biography.  Well, I figured wrong.

Chronicles certainly has its fair share of “and then and then and then”.  Most biographies have at least some degree of that sort of thing.  But Dylan also leaves significant gaps in his story line.  Gaps big and odd enough that I actually went back and looked to see if I had missed something.  Or whether there were missing pages. The book also follows a circular structure – early life/career – middle life/career – early life/career.  Couldn’t help but think of Pulp Fiction and how the film used a similar method to tell a story.  Maybe Dylan was thinking about that too.  Or maybe not.

It’s no secret that Dylan is a good songwriter and musician.  Chronicles gives us a glimpse into just how well studied he was.  He read, listened to and watched just about everything.  He learned song after song after song.  Played loads of gigs.  He worked hard.

I learned a lot from reading Chronicles.  Dylan has a brilliant way of looking at something and shifting perspective.  Quite a few times I was left thinking, “Now that’s a unique way to think about that.”

Happy I read Chronicles (Volume One) and hoping for Chronicles (Volume Two).

God’s Counting On Me, God’s Counting On You

I saw a video of Pete Seeger singing this song (“God’s Counting On Me, God’s Counting On You”) four or five years ago and it knocked my socks off. The way he was able to connect with the audience was absolutely amazing. It’s exactly what good folk music should be and should do. It’s also somewhat rare to find a positive protest song. A song that acknowledges there are huge problems in the world and still believes in hope. If you like the song, go and check out the version Seeger and Lorre Wyatt recorded with Bruce Springsteen — it’s great!

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GOD’S COUNTING ON ME, GOD’S COUNTING ON YOU
(Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt)

Verse
When we look and we see
Things are not what they should be
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

It’s time to turn things around
Trickle up, not trickle down
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

Chorus
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Me and you

Verse
And when drill, baby, drill
Leads to spill, baby, spill
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

Yes, there’s big problems to be solved
Let’s get everyone involved
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

Chorus
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Me and you

Verse
Now don’t give up, don’t give in
Workin’ together we all can win
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

What we do now, you and me
Will affect eternity
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

Chorus
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Me and you

Verse
When we sing with younger folks
We can never give up hope
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

Chorus
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Me and you

Chorus
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Me and you

Who Said It Was Easy?

Here’s another tune (“Who Said It Was Easy?”) from my upcoming album and a part of an ongoing series of videos I’m calling The Sofa Sessions. The lyrics are below…. I hope you like the tune!!

“Who Said It Was Easy?” – Words & Music by Jamie Bonk

Who said it was easy?
Cause it sure wasn’t me
Give what you can
And still you see

That’s just the way it goes for some
It can make you feel like an unlucky one

Who said it was fair?
Cause it sure wasn’t me
Back of the line
Is a tough place to be

That’s just the way it goes for some
It can make you feel like an unlucky one

Instrumental Bridge

It can be better
That’s what I know
All comes down to whether
You can let go

Sometimes you just have to trust
And know that you are a lucky one

© 2015 Bonk Productions

Late 80’s Video Shoot

In the late 80’s, after I graduated music school, I did all kinds of different music related things.  I played freely improvised music, wrote and recorded guitar based fusion and I did studio work for a number of Toronto artists.  I would generally play/record all of the instruments on a track (guitar, keys, program drums etc.) and occasionally a video would be made of a particular song.  The photos below are from one of the video shoots I was lucky enough to be involved with.  And no, I’m never growing the hair back.

Jamie with a great big lid Jamie with a great big lid (2)

Victory against Grooveshark shows music industry has upper hand on sharing sites

Good article on the shift in the digital music world. I’ve had my own music on Grooveshark and haven’t seen a penny from it.

Gigaom

The music industry has been waging a bitter campaign against song-sharing sites for years and now, for better or worse, the industry is clearly winning. The latest evidence of this came Monday when a New York court ruled that the executives behind Grooveshark, a user-driven streaming site, had violated copyright and destroyed evidence.

In a 57-page ruling (see below), U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa found that Grooveshark’s founders had ordered employees to upload thousands of unlicensed songs in order to burnish the site’s popularity. He also concluded that the executives, over the course of litigation with the music industry, had deleted records of the uploads and some of Grooveshark’s source code in an apparent effort to cover up their activities.

The tone of the ruling is harsh and concludes with a so-called judgment as a matter of law in favor of nine record labels, including [company]UMG[/company] and [company]Sony[/company]. For practical purposes, it will likely lead to [company]Grooveshark[/company] being shuttered…

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Henry’s School of Imaging — Ed Robertson Hosted Series

Henry’s School of Imaging has been gracious enough to use my music for their new Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) hosted series. Each episode in the series shows Ed learning (with one heck of a sense of humour!) how to take deeper control of his camera. Henry’s chose to use “Boundless” (featuring the one and only Jeff Oster) from my album 5 for the first episode of the series. Thanks Henry’s!