John Jay Critoria | ~ From Out the Window ~

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~ From Out the Window ~

by John Jay Critoria

An eclectic blend of styles and world influences, at times building from a single thought to a full, sometimes powerful, collection of emotions. A unique musical experience that evokes familiar feelings. The album features masterful musical imagery
Genre: New Age: Spiritual
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Looking for a Break in the Darkness
2:57 $0.99
2. Dark Steets of the Heart
2:46 $0.99
3. Whisper of Light
2:50 $0.99
4. My Life Is a Shade of Blue Each Day Is a Different Shade of Blue
3:07 $0.99
5. Little Flower, Grow !
2:26 $0.99
6. I Just Wanna Fly Away
3:14 $0.99
7. Here in the Jungle
3:14 $0.99
8. It's a Wonderful Day (Live Piano Solo)
2:58 $0.99
9. In the Garden of the Olive Press
3:23 $0.99
10. Mexican Lullaby
3:03 $0.99
11. Emoshuns of the Iraq War
3:11 $0.99
12. Shuffle Off
2:07 $0.99
13. Water and Wind
4:15 $0.99
14. Rapcity Lullaby
3:31 $0.99
15. Lost Empires
3:04 $0.99
16. ~ From Out the Window ~
2:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
I’d already been writing poems when a friend of a friend sold me a 12 string guitar he’d bought in Tijuana, for $30. He showed me some chords from the popular songs and some time later I was writing my own songs. My father had a hamburger stand, on the beach in Santa Monica CA. From most locations on the beach, within about 100 yards, people could see the small light yellow building’s large white sign with black letters that read “Honest Johns Stand”. I always thought it was kind of poetic. When business was slow I’d sit at the side of the building and play the guitar practicing the popular songs and my songs. A woman who came to the beach heard me. Her husband was the orchestra conductor for a popular TV personality. Soon her husband was my manager. I recorded some demos at Gold Star Studios on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. He was going to shop them around. He found out he had cancer. It had been undetected, for quite a while. Soon he passed away. Bummer !

Then, a few pop artist’s released albums they recorded in studios using multi-tracks, playing all the instruments, and singing all the parts. I thought I’d like to try to do that. I saved the money, practiced, and did it. It turned out ok. Even though I didn’t have any contacts in the music business, I still wanted to do it more than, that, one time.

I got married, and moved to northern California. I ended up employed with an electric utility, working rotating shift work. While working there I enrolled in some Recording Arts courses at Los Medanos College. For about 2 years I was busy with school, school work and work. One day my wife told me, our youngest daughter said : “ I like daddy, but I really don’t know him.” I stopped the music, and became more involved with my family.

In the last few years, with the advances in computer technology, especially in music production work stations, it’s become easier to create and produce music. I had an Ensoniq ESQ1, when I was attending LMC. It froze up one day, about 2 ½ years ago, when one of the cats in our house jumped up on it, and stepped on multiple buttons causing it to attempt to do more operations than it could safely do. Bye, bye, ESQ1. After that happened, I read and article about Andrew Lloyd Weber having a similar problem. His cat once climbed into some device he had and destroyed a rock opera he was working on. Ever since then I almost feel as though we are related. People can relate through adversity.

Fortunately I’d recorded most of my songs and ideas for songs to cassette tapes. ( kind of a low-tech backup file.) Now I have a Yamaha MOTIF ES 8 music production work station. Once I got through the learning curve I started recreating some songs after listening to the cassettes.
For the most part the songs on this album, “ ~from out the window ~ “, are from the cassettes. No vocals for now, just music.

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Light reveals all things. Light has always existed. Light is equitable. Everything in light is shown upon equally. Darkness is not equitable. Darkness covers things. It begins with shadows. Shadows cover small things in seemingly harmless ways. Shadows show good as bad, and bad as good. Shadows make it harder to see clearly. Shadows, almost unnoticed, slowly become darker and darker until darkness takes hold. We dance in and out of the shadows.

Because Light shines upon all things equally and all things are free to move and choose as they will, darkness moved away and took other sons and daughters of light. Thus the struggle began. Darkness has great power but will never overthrow Light...

“ For now we see through a glass, darkly…”. 1Corinthians 13:12.

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From Out The Window
Some enjoyable songs to listen to.. !!!!!!! : ) Eli/ Stringss