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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

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

Waiting for the sunrise

This weeks new song “Waiting for the sunrise” tells a story of a someone on a journey to discover their true calling in life. I am sure many of us have have been there. Most of us have been there. Finding your true calling can be hard, but mustering up the courage to go after it often feels nearly impossible.

Of course there were those kids back in school who always had a plan. They knew from the day one that they wanted to be doctors and heal the world. But in my experience, these are the people who end up being most disappointed with the reality of their day to day life later in the life.

For most of us it is a struggle to find our true calling. In fact, many of us fail. We decide to settle for what we see most people around us in the society settle for. The job is just a means to an end. It pays the bills, feeds the family and keeps a roof over your head. And don’t get me wrong, these are important things. If this is all you want from your life, then you have find your path.

But because so many of us settle for this, we convince our selves that the alternative is too hard, or even impossible. So we try to convince anybody who are going after their dreams and their true calling, that they are wasting time. You see, if they succeed, what does this make us? A failure?

In this weeks song “Waiting for the sunrise” our hero has take the hard road. They have decided to go after their true calling. But to do this, they had to silence the doubters by leaving it all behind. Even though I’m here to tell a story and sing you guys a song, there is a lesson here as well. If some one you love is determined to go after their dream, think twice before you decide to tell them how they should not. You might run a risk of pushing them away.

The song is up on my Bandcamp page and you can download it right now HERE. I do want you guys to have the song, but even more I want the song to make you think. And if it does, hit those shares and spread the message. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, you guys rock!

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

I ain’t turning back

You guys should know by now that I am all about living your life to the fullest and going after what ever it is you are passionate about. But at the same time, I see people getting lost on the way. What so many of us forget that going after your passion always involves a lot of hard work. It is so easy to just think of the glamorous lifestyle we see in the media. Many of us try to live that, before we actually have done the hard work. The thing is, it is hard to create great art if you are dying with a massive hangover.

What people rarely tell you is that even if you are “The artistic type,” your work ethic and how you present yourself has a massive effect on your success. If people associate you as being the drunk at the bar, or someone who is always late, you can be sure they will not want to work with you for long. It’s all fun and cool for a bit. But when it comes to that big important commission job you can be sure they will go with someone they know will deliver in time.

It is hard to pretend that everything is alright when the drunken argument from the night before is still in your mind. You and only you are responsible of your own actions. And if you don’t start to take responsibility for your actions, sooner or later it might be too late.

This weeks new song “I ain’t turning back” is a song from the perspective of someone who is not scared of the hard work. Someone who know where they are heading and are not willing to let any excuses on the way.

I truly hope that some of you can find inspiration and encouragement in the song. Maybe some of you will get something completely different out of it, or even if you just enjoy the song as nothing more than just a song. Never the less, you can download the song from my Bandcamp page HERE. I said this many times before, you can name your own price. But if the cash is short, just put $0.00 as the price and you are good to go. I want you to have the song and even better, hopefully get something out of the song.

It really means a world to me that you guys check out these weekly songs 🙂 At the end of the year it is going to be three years since I started releasing song every Friday, and having you guys along the journey it really means a lot. Back for more next week 😉

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

Baby

This weeks song “Baby” is a love song with a twist. It is a love song about the times when things are not necessarily going well. Every relationship hits hard times. Some relationships survive, some don’t. And I believe how we deal with these hard times defines if our relation ship is going to stand the test of time. It is easy to love someone when things are going well, but in the middle of a heated argument it is a completely different story.

In the middle of an argument we can actually say some pretty nasty things, and to see past it all and still know we love that person and are willing to stand by their side, that is true love. And let me make it clear here, I am not giving anyone an excuse here to tell anyone else they should put up with with someones tantrums. We are all responsible of one thing, and that is our own behaviour.

Once again this weeks song is available for you to download right now from Bandcamp HERE. You know the deal, name your own price, and if you are stuck for cash, just put $0.00 as a price and you are good to go. Thank you, thank you , thank you for taking the time to listen to my music once again 🙂

J.P.

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

Vlog 108 I found my spot

Oh the pleasure of knowing you don’t need to get up first thing in the morning and start carrying stuff 😀 I actually had time to sit down and properly film something for a change. Usually Wednesday vlogs (filmed on Tuesday) are studio vlogs, but as my studio is still in the box, I thought some live music from the session would be in order 🙂 Still working on the sound though… We’ll get there.

In the beginning I talk about how I believe I fund a nice spot to film in my apartment 🙂 It is perfect, has a loads of natural light and I feels good. But in fact I already have few other alternative spots in mind as well 😉 It’s funny how you look at these things with a different view when you are vlogging.

J.P.

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