The “Rise” album is a set of songs, that I hope, capture the times in which we live.
At the heart of it all is the message to stay true and be happy amongst the chaos in the world that is often pushed at us through the propaganda lense of the media.
The songs were done in a rough do-it-yourself lo-fi Psychedelic folk-freak way because this is what I do. Some of the songs were rather improvised especially with the lyric.
“Rise Up America” was written just about the time of the G20 summit in Pittsburg in September 2009. It is meant to be a sort of wake up call for Americans and also people around the world. It has already been recorded by an artist in Italy.
Having accidentally listened to this while a rhythm track was running, I was a tiny bit disappointed that there was no crap drum track.
Then I realised that was churlish. It’s really rather a good excursion into the kind of folk music that would have been made by chainsaw wielding space travellers in 1888, had there been such folk.
It’s musically a lot more competent than I seem to be giving it credit for. The made up on the spot lyrics are better than anything that over-rehearsed Industrial Production Line Talent Shows will ever give you. Imagine the Gidds on the X-Factor. Cannot?
Then this really is the music for you. Especially if you have sense to listen to music to discover things. Such as what things sound like with an accidentally running rhythm track.
Between 1996 and 1998 I put down a few songs in a rather spur of the moment on my 4-track recorder. Lyrics were made up basically on the spot while the tape was rolling. The sounds are pretty lo-fi and the clanging of metal in some of the songs were spoons, pots and pans that made up our primitive percussion. Jim Seagroves helped out on the racket kitchen percussion sounds as well as general chanting or making a nuisance out of everything.
Back then Jim and I called ourselves “the Gidds”. Basically, it was our little gang name growing up. We listened to NWA in high school and wanted to be white thugs. We had our own language and mockerized the neighborhood. Some of the songs we speak in German.
I play the acoustic and electric guitar, sitar and sing the songs. My brother Bob Guittard played bass and guitar on a few tracks as well as beat on a hand drum. Warren Barry played the organ on Once Around the Moon as well as added to the weirdness.
I used a Dr. Groove Drum machine. I hope you like these weird songs. At the time of the recording I was listening to a lot of Beck’s Odelay. Please enjoy and make comments.
Music and art can change our World for the good. You already know how chaotic it is these days if you are awake: Swine Flu hype, G20 Riots, Vaccinations, Nuclear Standoffs, RFID chips, health care arguments, economy, Iraq War, terrorism, the New World Order, 1st amendment violations, unemployment, and the list can go on and on.
Now if we all rise up together we can push the oppressive things out of the way. I have compiled a Jamendo only playlist of artists I really like because of their honesty and musical quality. Please download at the link below and pass around. We can do this. It isn’t over and as long as we are breathing we can do something.
And here is another idea: If you can play guitar or piano, sing or write, get going and make a song about whatever you are going through. No matter what. Flood the internet with your viewpoint. Let’s not give in to the elite bullies in charge who want to manipulate, con and destroy us with their fear-mongering. These are all distractions.
if you paint or draw do that, too. Flood the internet with your world. We have more numbers behind us than those elite. They hide behind their power and wealth. Come and get going.
Make youtube videos, too and post. Do it!
Here’s the playlist:
1. Rancho Relaxo – From The Hip
2. Rancho Relaxo – Quebec
3. The Zombie Drivers – There Is No Law
4. The Zombie Drivers – Shine in the Rain
5. The Henry Chinaski’s Ashtray – A Girl Got A Car Accident
6. The Henry Chinaski’s Ashtray – One-eyed-woman’s dream
7. The Ragas – Blues Raga 2
8. The Ragas – What Ya Say
9. The Dada Weatherman – What Gandhi Said
10. The Dada Weatherman – Flying On A Cloud
11. Timado – True Blue
12. Timado – Turning
13. THE GOLDEN DAWN – Enjoy the Nature
14. The Golden Dawn – Let the Sunshine In
15. I Am Not Lefthanded – Falling
16. I Am Not Lefthanded – Long Goodbyes
17. Jamison Young – Live On A Moon
18. Jamison Young – Cold World
19. Blancheneige Bazaar Orchestra – Monkey Boy
20. Blancheneige Bazaar Orchestra – Meshugge
21. Jim Guittard – BJM-Like Song
22. Jim Guittard – The Sun Shines Today
23. Ben’s Imaginary Band – Connectiveness
24. Ben’s Imaginary Band – My Self-Centered World
25. Charline Lucie – Crimes de compagnie
26. Brad Sucks – Overreacting
27. Brad Sucks – Gasoline
28. Waterfalls – The Dandy Bell
29. Waterfalls – Get Tight And Loose
30. alterlabel -Optimystic
31. Blood Ruby – Midsummer Fires
32. Blood Ruby – Babel Babel
33. Illusion of Art – Machines
34. Illusion of Art – La Plano
35. The Heavens – Echo Serena
36. The Heavens – This Beautiful Machine
37. The Wagner Logic – Conflicting Sound
38. The Wagner Logic – So Hard
39. Glass Waves – Hey Nuclear
40. Glass Waves – Virginia Tech
41. FATHER JOHNSON – Treat Ya Kind
42. FATHER JOHNSON – Transcending
43. ARTSomerville – Are You Sleeping?
44. ARTSomerville – I know, I know
45. Chapter 9 – In the Universe
46. Chapter 9 – Small Apocalypse Song
47. The Verandas – Rescue Me
48. The Verandas – Anemone
49. Charlie Gibson – Eu Só Posso Cantar
50. Charlie Gibson – Porto ou Faxinal
So it has been six years since an eventful night in my life. I can still remember quite well. I was living in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles at the time. For three years, I was hitting the pavement in hopes of being a known musician. But something knocked me down.
What knocked me down was a robbery. It was in my Los Feliz apartment. The place was ransacked and trashed and death threats were written all over the walls in honey. Why did it happen? Because of shady contacts. Yep! Los Angeles has quite a bit. The cops were called and the chips fell.
I was not in the apartment at the time of the robbery but had been there right before and left to go to a hotel in Pasadena because of a funny feeling. I thought about taking my guitars but I didn’t and so three were stolen. My apartment was broken into and a 12 String Guild acoustic, Electric Fender B-Bender and a Fender Jazz Bass were stolen.
I was betrayed in a big way. I now forgive the people that were responsible. I never got the guitars back. They may be around Los Angeles somewhere. My Rickenbackers survived the robbery. I guess they are a bit holy.
It is good for you to be stripped of your possessions at times. What is it anyway? Property and meaningless. I picked up my guitars again after recovering back in Texas from the whole ordeal.
The door was busted open and it said something like “West Side Gangsters” written on the inside of the door. Straight into the apartment ahead was my bedroom, the door was shut but hanging on the door was a note of some kind saying something like, “We know where you are and will kill you.” My entrance was the second door on the lower level as the picture will show.
Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California
I remember rightfully being paranoid while inside and found a suspicious looking thing that I didn’t know what it was. It almost looked like a handmade bomb. I called the police out again and this was in 2003 you know and the cops came out with their dogs to see what it was. It was nothing. They taped off the whole street and I sat on a wall down the street and played like I knew nothing. It was embarrassing. Old ladies were being escorted across the street and I just said, “must be a terrorism scare or something” when people would ask what was going on.
So for a week, I stayed at the Westway Inn across from the Pasadena City College. It was a new low and I wondered what to do next. I had actually put a down payment down on a new apartment that was cheaper and in Van Nuys, California. When I got on the phone with mom, she said it was time to come home. I got a U-Haul and got out of there. I maxed out my Discover Card and lost the deposit on both apartments. I hadn’t even moved into the second one. Let’s just say I was depressed as everything.
Back in Texas, I didn’t pursue charges. It wasn’t worth it. I had been through enough and so had the person I was trying to help. God knows what happened and I let it go. I think I made the right decision.
The Pasadena Westway Inn
I wrote a song around this time about the thing I was dealing with. It’s called “Confusion, Lies, Guns, and Drugs.” The song is country-rock and I was listening to a lot of Johnny Cash at the time so it came out this way.
The lyrics are:
Confusion, Lies, Guns and Drugs
I woke up this morning half past two.
My only problem is where are you.
You ran off with another guy.
I don’t know why.
Confusion, Lies, Guns and Drugs. 2X
We’ve been through this many a time.
It’s starting to be a crime.
Give up the jerk with the gun.
Let’s have some fun.
Confusion, Lies, Guns, and Drugs 2X
I just don’t know what you see in him.
It seems like it’s just a whim.
He doesn’t like you for who you are.
It’s just a game.
Confusion, Lies, Guns, and Drugs 2X
Ya gotta clear your mind, choose the Way.
It’ll be a brand new day.
Give up the junk and soon you’ll see.
I promise you.
No more confusion, lies, guns and drugs. 2X
Feel free to download my “California Daze” album for free that I did in 2002 here: California Daze
JIM GUITTARD creates music in a documentary music style from psychedelic folk to lo-fi indie-rock. He's been putting out his brand of do it yourself little demo tapes since his college days that serve as a personal diary. Guittard has spent some time in Hollywood pounding the musical pavement. His album "Busted In Bulgaria" was recorded while he lived overseas in Bulgaria as a teacher. In 2014, Guittard has eight albums to boot that can be purchased at ITUNES.