Category Archives: Folk Music

Vlog 188 I am very proud of this one!

It has been a bit heavy week of vlogs, so I decided to finish the week with something bit lighter. I have been editing a track from last Saturdays show, which I filmed in the Porterhouse and it’s taken me few days already. But I finally got it finished and I must day I am very proud of it. In fact, to get someone else to make me something as good as this would cost me a fair bit of money. I am getting hang of this video stuff eventually πŸ˜‰ Anyway let me know what you think of the video.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goΒ HERE

Vlog 132 Trilogy live

I know I have been on about this trilogy a bit his week, so here I put an end to it. This is me performing live the three songs just for you guys πŸ™‚

If you want to skip to the music here are the times:

Tell my Darling 1.35

Letter to my love 6.14

Blood on my hands 10.34

Hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goΒ HERE

Vlog 76 Temple Bar TradFest

For the past few days most of my days have been just playing sessions, as the Temple Bar TardFest is on. So todays vlog is all about music. I am extremely lucky to have a chance to play with some great players, and I hope these clips give you a flavour of it. The sound could be bit better, but I haven’t yet figure out a practical way to capture the sound during these sessions, but I will be working on it πŸ™‚ And don’t forget that we play these sessions all year around Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in The Porterhouse. If you make it to Dublin, pop in and say hello.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy it πŸ™‚

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goΒ HERE

“Northern Boy” live at the rehearsals

It is a great feeling when after weeks of rehearsing you start to hear the set come together. This week we all could hear the sounds we had been working towards for months now and we had the video camera rolling, so we decided to make the most of it. This is the first video of a quite few we filmed during the week, and I’ll be posting these as I get them edited.

Northern Boy is a track from my first solo album and you can read more about the track it self HERE. It’s been a favourite of ours for a long time, and still puts me on a good mood when I sing it πŸ™‚ This video really is starting to give you an idea what the live shows will sound like. So let us know what you think of it in the comments below, and feel free to share it with the world.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goΒ HERE

Who am I to You?

who am i to you single coverWe flow from day-to-day, more out of convenience than anything else. We are used to each other’s company, and even though what we had in the beginning is very different from what we have now, it still seems easier to just keep going. We so desperately try to please everyone else, just to be accepted. But if the only person who actually accepts us unconditionally is right beside us, why do we take them for granted? Because they are not enough? We need to please everyone, and the fact that the person next to us actually asks for some attention back just gets on the way of searching ways to please others. So we end up pushing them away.

And if we push them away, they become that inconsiderate piece of crap who broke our heart! Even though it might just have been us who kept chipping away their heart one small piece at the time. But to admit that would mean we would need to take a good deep look at our selves in the mirror, and maybe, just maybe face the fact that we are to blame…

It is never easy to face your demons from the past, but if we don’t we just end up wrecking our own life’s again and again, and in a worse case drag along with us. You need to learn to love your self to allow other to love you. Sometimes this can be harder to do than it sounds. Sometimes we have so deep-rooted baggage, that our self-defence mechanism hurried deep down somewhere we would not need to deal with it, and if we try to get close to it, every alarm bell in our body goes off. But for the sake of our loved ones, our happiness and the love it self, we need to do this.

This is what this week’s song “Who am I to You?” is all about. I hope it is a little bit of food for thought for all of us. Don’t take your loved ones for granted.

The change over from Soundcloud to Bandcamp seem to have gone much more smoothly than I expected πŸ™‚ Many of you opted to download the song and some of you actually decided to even support the song by paying for it πŸ™‚ You have no idea how much this means to me and I humbly thank you for this. So for now we are sticking with Bandcamp πŸ™‚ And again you can download the song straight away. And whether you desire to pay for it, or can’t afford to, I still want you to have the song πŸ™‚ Go to HERE and set a price for as much or as little as you want, or $0.00 if you can’t afford to pay. Thanks and let me know what you think of the song πŸ™‚

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goΒ HERE

Call off the angels rehearsal video

This is definitely one of my favourite songs to sing at the moment, but due to the quiet nature of it, it does not always work in a noisy pub. You can find the songs blog post HERE. This was recorded few weeks back in our rehearsals and I think you can hear the sounds we have been chasing starting to develop πŸ™‚

Once again I need to remind you that this is just a rehearsal video, filmed with an iPhone, nothing fancier than that. I’d love to make a little bit more professional videos, but we are missing the budget and / or a partner in crime passionate short film maker, who shares their vision with me. We’ll hopefully get there someday. But for now, this will have to do πŸ˜‰

Let me know what you think of the video, your input is always valuable to me πŸ™‚ Also I don’t say this often enough, I love what Barra and Brian do with my songs, and I can’t thank them enough to have faith in me.

Now do me a big favour and share the video far and wide πŸ™‚ It is you people who can help me to spread the word. And thanks for watching.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goΒ HERE

The Edge of the time

The Edge of timeI know you probably are starting to worry about my mental health, “not another dark song!” But here’s the thing, I like digging deep in to those dark moments in life, where we are forced to rethink our life. To rethink our life is something most of us should do, but we are too busy… So unfortunately it usually takes a real shock to the system to teach us the value of the time we have been gifted on this planet.

Today’s song “The Edge of Time” is a conversation between a mother, who knows her time has nearly come to an end, and her son. The inspiration for this song came from many stories of people’s thoughts, who were at the end of their roads. We seem to value wealth and hard work when we are younger, but the common regret usually at the end seems to be just the opposite, most people wish they had worked less and spent more time with their loved ones.

The regular readers of my blog know I am a big advocate of life and making the best of it. I know from time to time it gets tough and it can be hard to appreciate the great things we have, I know, it happens to me all the time. But what I am trying to et through is that too often we have excuses of why we can’t do this or that. But if we really break it down, those excuses are actually very easy to overcome. In fact there are very few truly debilitating things n our life, death being one of them. The only way we can beat death, is by making the best of the time we have left.

So yeah, once again not the lightest of songs πŸ˜€ But hey, I need to stay true to who I am as an artist πŸ˜‰ If you happen to like the song, please share it far and wide by hitting those buttons below. And I’d love to hear your thoughts on the song as well.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goΒ HERE

Flame

flameSometimes we get so wrapped up in building the “perfect life”, that we forget to take care of our relationships. This is a slippery slope, and once the damage is done, it can be hard to repair. I think many of us make the mistake of being so blindsided with our own dreams and desires, which by the way often are forced on us by the society, that we forget to ask if our partners have the same dreams. I think having similar ambitions and desires in life can be a key element in a successful relationship.

Too often I see one partner pushing for things in life they want, and the other just following. Ten years down the line, the partner who just followed their partners dreams find them self in a middle of a life the don’t feel in any way connected to. They might even lose interest working towards those dreams, as they are not really their dreams. This again can create more friction, where the partner whose dreams they are going after feels like the other half is not doing their part, all awhile forgetting to ask what it is they really want.

And here’s the thing, that art of asking is so important. We all say yes to things we really don’t want to every day. So sometimes you do need to read between the lines, try to truly understand what your partner wants. We get in to habits of behaving certain way in a relationship. And in time that behaviour might drift away from who we really are, but our partner asking us “why are you being like that” might just push us back to the same behavioural pattern, as we don’t want to hurt or upset them. But in reality, sometimes by pretending to be something we are not, we just end up hurting them more in the long run.

The “dating game” can be bit messed up, everybody tries too hard. We try to please another person, rather than being honestly who we are, and let them decide if that is what they want. And I think that goes for any relationship, not just romantic ones. I rather see you in all of your fuckedupness than some fake put on persona that is going to burst down the line. The sooner we get past the pretending, the sooner we can start building real relationships.

This weeks song “Flame” talks about someone who has ignored their partners needs over their own for years and now are left wondering what went wrong. Keep that “Flame” burning, once it is gone people tend to just move on…

If this weeks song hits home, please share it with the world. As you know I don’t have any record company financing my music or rambles, so you guys are my promoters πŸ™‚

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goΒ HERE

Those Days Are Gone

oldmanI think most of us have natural fear of death, it’s part of our natural survival mechanism. But even more I think every one of us is scared of dying alone. Many elderly people end up feeling isolated, and detached from the society. And those of lucky enough to have a life partner, the longest years can be when that partner passes away and leave them alone.

Until quite recently we had several generations living under the same roof. As much as the grandparents helped to bring up the kids we took care of the grandparents. Now we seem to brush them away so easily. We pay someone else to take care of them. We don’t want our children to see them getting so old that they can’t take care of themselves anymore.

In return our children are brought up in a world, where they have no real experience of death, which as much as we’d like to ignore it, is perfectly normal part of the life. The fact is we all die sooner or later. So do we want to teach our children that it is OK to push our parents in to a nursing home, by the time they start to struggle a bit? Don’t forget that you are next on the line.

So is there an elderly family member you have been meaning to visit for a while now, but you just keep putting off? Surely you don’t want your children to do that someday to you. We all live by example, it’s how we learn. So if you want your children to take care of yourself by the time you get older, I think the only thing you should be worried about is leading by example.

Heavy one again, I know… But that is often the nature of my songwriting πŸ˜‰ Hope you enjoy the song, and if you do, please share it with the world.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goΒ HERE

Read Between the Lines rehearsal video

Read Between The Lines rehearsal imageI think it’s time for another rehearsal video πŸ™‚ This time it is a video of us playing a song that was the tittle track from my second album “Read Between the Lines”. Once again, it is a work in progress, nothing fancy, just an iPhone filming us running through the track during our rehearsals last week. But it does capture little bit of that sound scape we have been working on.

For those of you following my songs and blogs for a while now, you might remember this was an important song for me talking about the experience of growing up with dyslexia. For those of you who have not heard this song before, you can read all about it HERE.

Brian and Barra have been working hard with me on the songs and I cannot thank them enough. Soon enough we are hoping to put the hard work in to good use and go out in the world to play some live shows. But more on that as things develop πŸ˜‰

And as always, I have no budgets, or record labels promoting these videos, except you guys πŸ™‚ So do me a favour and hit those shares below, post this video on your Facebook, Twitter or any other social media you prefer to use, or if you have a blog post it and send me the link and I will share it with the rest of our wonderful community πŸ™‚ You guys rock!

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goΒ HERE