"Pale Afternoon"

"Pale Afternoon" will be the name of my next record, the third full-length collection of instrumental pop tunes. The album was recorded and mixed between the spring of 2012 and the fall of 2015, though it was done in relatively…

Updates and Random Soundwaves

"Untitled No. 40 (2015)," by Brooklyn-based artist Linda Kamille Schmidt.

It's flashe and graphite on mylar. And it will appear on the front cover of my next CD, which will be called "Pale Afternoon," and which will be released this…

More Random Notes, Spring 2015

Hello again. I'm glad to say that my third full-length album (I still call them albums) is in the home stretch. The tracking is done, now it's just a matter of adding the little touches and pixie dust.

Recording is…

Mitra Sumara, Saturday, March 7, at Smithsonian Institute

Mitra Sumara, the band that plays pre-revolutionary Persian pop of the 1960s and '70s, will perform two shows on the afternoon of Saturday, March 7, at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Smithsonian Institute, Freer Gallery Meyer Auditorium


Hello Again

Hello again, if you are out there.

Yes, it has been a crazy long time. Lots of changes, new job, new schedule, made a trip out west.

I am still Jim, and I am still making music. This every evening…

Low-Tech Notes

Hi, since I'm not on any social media, and since I have never sent a text message or a Tweet or owned a cell-phone, I am on the "information dirt road." (I have also never owned a camera or taken…

Notes on Composing

Right now, a heavy snowstorm is blowing outside the window. The snow started at about 8:30 this morning, and it has kept up all day, still coming down at 11 p.m., and it is accumulating. As I look out my…

Two Events, July 12 and 13

If you feel something pulling on you, it's me pinching your sleeve to tell you that I'll be participating and making sounds in two upcoming events on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13.

On Friday, July 12, Mitra Sumara

Recent Listening

Any music is new if you never heard it before. And more good music has been recorded than one person can hear in a lifetime. So there's no reason for anyone to listen to lousy music.

By "lousy" I mean…