What Gives You This Hate?

January 10th, 2018 § Comments Off on What Gives You This Hate? § permalink

A song written from the perspective of a civilian caught in the bombings and wars that have inflicted our planet.

©1994-2018 JohnJonesMusic

Beat The Same Heart

December 31st, 2017 § Comments Off on Beat The Same Heart § permalink

Written and recorded in late 1995, after the outpouring of hate during the O.J. Simpson trial, which was somewhat of a precursor to 2017’s year of madness.
All instruments and vocals by John Jones. Released in 2016 on Songs of 1994-1995


Billie & Simon

December 16th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Hardly a moment goes by without me thinking about Billie Rainbird and Simon Phillips, and what they going through, after losing their home and recording studio to the Thomas Fire in Ojai, earlier this month.

I don’t think I have ever met two more beautiful people than Billie and Simon. There is a lot of love in these two!

Help them by visiting their gofundme Life Rebuilding Fund page for more information.

Billie Rainbird & Simon Phillips in 2016

Billie Rainbird & Simon Phillips in 2016

State of Mind – John Jones

June 11th, 2017 § Comments Off on State of Mind – John Jones § permalink

The State of Mind video was filmed in Toronto in June, 1997, and produced by my brother, the late Philip “Pip” Mellows, and his Players Film Company.
Neil Grieve did the final editing in Culver City.

I was filmed on the roof of the old Edge Hotel, playing a guitar I rented from Long & McQuade. The video was shot at various sites around downtown Toronto. During the editing, Neil added some snaps of Beverly Hills.

I wrote State of Mind in August 1992, during the destruction of Iraq. How can anybody live life in a war zone?

The demo was recorded in England in 1992, and in 1996 we overdubbed Richard, and Steve (recorded by Stuart), Michael (at his studio), and then Stuart mixed it at Music Grinder in Hollywood.

State of Mind, written by John Jones.
guitars keys and vocals by John Jones
drums by Steve Ferrone
percussion by Richard Martinez
slide guitar by Michael Thompson
Engineered and Mixed by Stuart Breed and John Jones.
Recorded in Hollywood California, at the treehouse in the Dell, and at the Record Plant. Mixed at the Music Grinder, Hollywood. Mastering by Stephen Marcussen

Recording in another Language

March 30th, 2017 § Comments Off on Recording in another Language § permalink

Well, we’ve both been scolded for our “foreign language” versions of these two tracks.

Ring of Fire in Spanish by Johnny Cash

State of Mind (with new lyrics by I.&.R. Bastien) in French by john jones

Here is a nice article on other musicians who have crossed the divide – From David Bowie To Charli XCX, 10 Artists Who’ve Recorded Songs In Another Language

Be True To Yourself

March 21st, 2017 § Comments Off on Be True To Yourself § permalink

In this time of uncertainty, Be true To Yourself!

Dwyer & Jones track

February 5th, 2017 § Comments Off on Dwyer & Jones track § permalink

My buddy and groove-mate, Mark Dwyer, led the production of my song, Never Let Us Go, which was recorded in Hammerwood:

Never Let Us Go – John Jones – Songs of 1992

What Happened to Do Unto Others?

July 10th, 2016 § Comments Off on What Happened to Do Unto Others? § permalink

You Make Me Want To Cry – (Godley & Creme)

Really low volume – careful! Followed by some awesome 80’s songs!

Is there a human right to sustenance?

April 23rd, 2016 § Comments Off on Is there a human right to sustenance? § permalink

Charles Jones (University of Western Ontario)

My brother Charles Jones, putting planet Earth in perspective.

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