Thousand Sleepless Nights collaboration

I have been talking about the importance of collaborations in the music industry lately a lot. It is something the YouTube world has taught me. I also had the desire to do something more with many of the songs I have written in the past three years. Now that I am helping Melosity on a more permanent basis, I am actually doing a free internship to help them out (offer value before you ask for anything, clever words from the mighty Gary Vaynerchuck) and as part of my role here is to be involved in active collaborations. So I thought it would be a bit of fun to see what we could do with one of my songs. Boy have I been blown away by the results! With the permission from everyone involved I wanted to share the track with you all as well 🙂

The experience has been nothing short of an amazing one. To see the realtime collaboration happening right in front of my eyes. To see how much heart and soul the musicians are throwing into the project just for the experience and fun of being involved. This all has made me realise that I want to do more. I want to help other musicians as well. So if any of you need a hand on a project, just drop me a line and I’d be more than happy to pass on the favour.

I had the pleasure to meet Aaron Levy (drums) and Azi Crawford (Bass, keys, electric guitar and backing vox) through the platform and look forward to collaborating with these guys more, but also with everyone else who wants to get involved. If you want to join in our next project, just click HERE.

As always have been the case with my other songs, this one is also available for a free download from my Bandcamp page HERE. Let me know what you think of our collaboration.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Dangerous Game

Sometimes in a relationship our cry for help can manifest in strange ways. We might bury our heads in work, look for thing our relationship does not full fill us with from family and friends. Most of the times all of this happens unconsciously, we are not even aware of the mistakes we make sometimes until it is too late. We test our partners in a destructive way. And as a result instead of them reassuring us, they might just shut down or even run away.

We need to accept the fact that there is a difference how men and a women’s brains are wired. We think different way. What is logical to me might not make any sense to you. So by pushing, or punishing one another, we are only doing damage. I know you want him to “understand” your needs, but he is not a mind reader. If you want your needs met, you need to start by communicating what those needs are. But also you need to find out what their needs are. If you are not willing to make every effort to full fill their needs, how do you expect them to do it for you?

Communication, love and connection, certainty, excitement, feeling significant and feeling that the relationship can grow are all basic things to fix most relationships. But to do it, we need to look at ourselves and be willing to do it.

This weeks new song “Dangerous Game” is all about how that “testing” your partner can go dreadfully wrong. Stop playing those games before it is too late.

You can download “Dangerous Game” from my Bandcamp page HERE right now, and if you feel someone you know, or even love should hear this song, feel free to share it. Maybe this song and blog post could be the trigger to get them off that self-destructive path. Or just a subtle reminder even for a healthy relationship to keep communicating. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Thousand Sleepless Nights

Thousand Sleepless Nights

This weeks new song “Thousand Sleepless Nights” touches on a subject matter that I have written about in the past, Intimacy in a relationship. It can be a heavy subject, so this time I let the song do the talking. Instead in this post I will talk about something little bit more cheerful, which is the guitar.

Some of you know I purchased a Martin 000RS1 few weeks ago. Due to my nothing short of a hectic schedule I only got to do recording with it this week. This weeks song is the first song I recorded with it. It might not be the over all best representation of this guitars capabilities, as I had a capo on it on the fifth fret, and I finger picked the song. But still I am absolutely blown away how well this guitar records!

Go check out the song on my Bandcamp page HERE. Download the song, stick on a great pair of headphones and let me know what you think of the song and the guitar tone 🙂

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Peace, an original song by J.P. Kallio

Peace

Addiction can come in many forms and most of us have come across it in some way. This weeks song “Peace” looks at the addiction from the perspective of the loved one.

Addiction by its nature makes people selfish. The addict only has one priority, and that is their next fix. They have built a defence mechanism around them that will fight against anyone who will try to intervene, or who is not enabling them.

Denial is strong, and you can be guaranteed you are to blame before they are. They have become an expert at laying the guilt. For them it is an easy way to distract from the issue at hand.

In this weeks song the loved one is finally breaking ties with the addict. As much as we might love them, there comes a point where they can have destructive effect on not only themselves but the love ones around them. In my experience, this is the point you just need to walk away. You cannot help someone, if they don’t want to help them selves. This is something I have learned the hard way over the years.

It is hard love, but it is the only thing you can do at the end of the road, otherwise you will be dragged down as well. We can only hope they will find peace some day.

As always you can grab a copy of the song from my Bandcamp page HERE. You can name your own price. If the cash is tight, just put $0.00 on the price and you are good to go. Once again absolutely massive thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings and listen to my music.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Don’t take me for a fool

So my friends, it has been a while. As I mentioned on my vlog, after releasing a new song every week for three years, I was in need of a break and decided to take the month of January off. But now I’m back with a brand new song.

“Don’t take me for a fool” is a song about a subject that has unfortunately become a regular occurrence in our society. It is a song about a family getting evicted from their home, as due to the growing interest rates the payments just had become too much to bare. From a banks perspective, they are collecting what’s owed to them. But on the other side there are people losing their home.

The real life game of monopoly, that is the property market, there are casualties everyday. It is highly regulated when it comes to paying back your loan and there is very little room for compassion. In the song the father of the family though finds it hard to accept and decides to take matters in his own hands.

Trusty old musimaLet me also geek out about guitars here for a bit.  This song was recorded on my trusty old Musima, which some of you know, is in a dire need of a good service… It has few cracks, it has more knocks and dings I’d like to admit, the frets are in bits, the nut and the saddle needs work and most of all, the pickup system on it has never been compatible with the But it still sounds phenomenal! It is the kind of guitar that you can really lean on hard and it delivers. On this track you can hear the good and the bad 😉 Due to the fact that this guitar has a cedar top, I am hoping to reduce its work load very soon and get it properly serviced. I’ll be looking into its replacement guitar, and hopefully I get to share some of the process with your guys as well.

As always, this weeks track is up on my Bandcamp page HERE, where you can download it for free 🙂 I also recorded a live video of the song, which you can check out HERE.

It feels good to be back!

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

2017

This weeks song will bring to and end the third year of songs. That is 156 songs in 156 weeks! I still remember the fear of taking on the 52 song challenge on in the first place. I kept asking my self what if I can’t do it? What if I fail? Looking back now, it seems like a silly fear, but at the time it felt real… But my desire to give it a go was stronger than the power of the fear and now we are three years later 🙂

A lot has happened in those three years. And I am sure most of us will particularly remember 2016 as a strange year… This weeks song “2017” is asking us not to lose hope, even when so many things around us might look grim at the moment. Tomorrow is another day, and 2017 is another year. As long as we as individuals don’t lose hope, we have chance.

The solution to what we see as the big problems in the world around us, rarely looks as black and white as we’d like to think. And often the big change starts from very humble beginnings, even just as a one persons thought. So don’t be scared to dream big in 2017. Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back. To fail at something can be scary, but to know that you at least gave it your best shot is something to be very proud of.

In the end, it is one of those brave attempts of “giving your best shot” at something that might just make a difference in someone’s life. It might even change the world in a small way. So if your dream is to start your own business, create something, travel the world, help others, care more, run 10km… In 2017, just go for it! I believe in you 🙂

And while you’re at it making your dreams reality, let this song be your soundtrack. Grab your self a copy from my Bandcamp page HERE. Also don’t be alone on this journey, share the song with like-minded people who might just be on a similar journey to realise their dreams. Lets make 2017 a great year!

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Innocence is a virtue

They say Innocence is a virtue, but from time to time it can be hard to believe. I am sure most of us have somewhere in our time had our heads set on doing the right thing. But by doing this we get our fingers burned, hearts broken, or left behind in our path. This can be hard to take, and it can even reshape us as people. I am sure the default setting in us as humans is a good person. It is the things  live through that ship us along the way.

In this weeks song “Innocence is a virtue,” the main character is someone who try to be a good person in a relationship. Unfortunately they only get taken for a granted and tossed a side. We all have seen this happen to some one. I said this before, but relationships need a lot of work. If you start taking your partner for granted, you can be pretty sure some day when you turn around, they are not going to be there anymore.

I still believe that what ever it is that I do, I need to be able to look at myself in the mirror. I know if I had taken the not so innocent rout few times, I probably would had an easier ride. But it is important to me how I travel my journey. The shortcuts rarely help us in the end.

So do me a favour and grab yourself a copy of this weeks song from my Bandcamp page HERE. And as always thank you for taking the time to read and listen 🙂

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

 

Stop and Listen

Stop and listen. The world we live in would probably seem like a cold and lonely place to our ancestors. The sense of belonging to a community has almost disappeared. We don’t live with our parents and grandparents in the same house anymore. We have our own apartments, privacy and closed doors. But thats just the way it is, no point in crying over the spilled milk. We made our bed, so we better learn how to sleep in it.

In this modern society our personal love relationships become even more valuable. Intimacy is the glue in these relationships, and if we don’t take care of it, the love will find it hard to survive. In this weeks news song “Stop and Listen,” a couple are struggling with it. When things get hard in the home front, it is so easy to make yourself busy socialising with your work colleagues or some other friends outside your relationship. But even the best of relationships take work, and if you are not willing to put the work in, soon enough your partner might just be calling it a day.

Taking someone you love as granted is one of the biggest mistakes I see around me. Time is a valuable commodity. I am not saying that you should spend every waking moment with your partner, no that would not be healthy. But if the only thing you have in common is the address where your mail gets delivered to, then something is not right.

So make a conscious effort. Spend regular time with your partner doing things you both enjoy doing, and yes this might require a little bit of a compromise from both of you. And if either of you feel like you are “lacking in the intimacy department,” for the love of all that is good in this world, get on the case of fixing it right now! Every day you just brush it a side you are drifting further and further apart.

I know this is a quite universal subject, so if the song hits home, please share it. The power in the song is that it can make someone going through something like this feel like they re not alone, but only if you share it 😉 Go grab your copy of the song from my Bandcamp page HERE and let me know what you think of it. Thank you for listening and don’t forget to love one another 🙂

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Lucky

Have you ever been told how lucky you are? Lucky because where you were born? Or maybe it is your health? Lets face it, we are all extremely lucky that we are alive, that we have been given this gift of life. But after that many things we perceive as luck, mostly comes down to hard work.

I would consider my self “lucky.” The funny thing is, the harder I work, more luck seems to be coming my way. I used to believe that luck was what it took to make it in the music business. That luck was a great excuse to sit around and wait for it to come along. Now I create my own luck. I work hard, and without trying to sound like I am bragging, I work very hard. Oh how lucky am I to get to travel to a different country to play music? Yes, but before I got here, I worked years on my craft. I had been practicing and playing 10 years before I got my first paid gig. My first paid trip to play abroad? It took me years of networking and building contacts. So you see, yes I am lucky, but only because I worked hard for it.

And aren’t we lucky to be living in these times? Some of us are. Not everyone gets to benefit from the modern technology or science. There still are bills and rent to pay. People are still becoming homeless every day all around the world. Are they lucky? The lucky people who managed to buy a home ten years ago are now in negative equity and the payments on their mortgage is higher than they can afford.

Lucky seems to be a word that gets thrown into a sentence to justify someones privileges and other people’s hardship. It’s a word we use as an excuse for our own failure. It is an idealistic idea of something given to us, without it requiring any work from our part. The fact is luck is a product of a lot of hard work.

So to say that we are lucky because the times we are living in, is a generalisation that will not work for many people around the world. Like the story in this weeks song, hardship is all around us. There are things in this world that are out of our hands, out of our control. To blame them on luck will not change anything. What we have been given is what we got to work with.

As always, this weeks song is up on my Bandcamp page and you can download it for free HERE. Let me know what you think of this weeks song and the subject.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

A Good Peek

With this weeks new song “A Good Peek” I continue on my theme of observing and trying to make sense of what is going on in the world right now. We have always had those who have and those who have not. As unfair as this might seem to some, that’s just the way life is. In the past when that divide between the rich and the poor gets too wide, it leads to a conflict . In other words, the pitchforks come out.

This is happening right now. Maybe the pitchforks are not physical yet, but country after country in the western world see the general public vote against the old system. They want change. If the political system fails to provide the change, sooner or later those pitchforks are going to become physical ones.

The song is a message to those with the wealth and the power, that the rest of the world is watching. We have had a good peek at whats going on behind the curtains, the cracks are starting to show. In the world we live in today, it gets harder and harder to hide information from those who want it hard enough. And when those in the position of power start to believe they can do what ever they want, that is usually when their days are numbered.

I believe an all out conflict is not going to be good for anyone. And I believe there is still hope to stop this. But the nasty old greed does not play any part in the solution.

And that’s a wrap for this weeks rant. You can get the song from my Bandcamp page HERE, just put $0.00 on the price and you are good to go 🙂 If the subject is something you believe in, please feel free to share it with the world. Stay safe and I will talk to you more soon.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a Singer-songwriter and a daily vlogger
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE