From Jack: "My life as a musician was born in the "coffeehouse" scene in California between 1965 and 1972. When I made "STAYING HOME" I wanted to return to acoustic music based around the meaning and power of the songs. This record was made in my garage studio with an adat machine and a few friends. I had written down something Tayo had said and stuck it on the wall: KEEP IT SIMPLE and STAY CLOSE TO THE SOURCE.
I tried to keep it simple and to stay close to the source. There is a time for chasing your dreams around the world and another time for staying in one place and building on what you have and letting your dreams come to you. This was my time for STAYING HOME.
Walking on the beach I started writing "Lovers Moon"... I was thinking about my Dad, and about being a dad, and I wrote "I'm Daddy Now"... When John went home for Christmas to visit his family, it was the first time he had gone home in the fifteen years I had known him. I wrote "Christmas Calling."
QUOTES ABOUT JACK TEMPCHIN
"He's a great songwriter. He paints pictures with simple words. He's just really good at it." -Don Henley
"Jack is a guy who doesn't get enough credit. What a great songwriter he is!" - Joe Walsh
“The first real songwriter I really saw and really got enthused about." -Tom Waits
“Jack is one of the greats.” - Steve Poltz, San Diego Union Tribune
“Nobody can match Tempchin, the greatest songwriter ever to call San Diego home.” -S.D. News
"He’s a true American master.” -Dave Mason PD 105.7 Walrus-FM
"Great songs seem to fly to some songwriters like moths to a porchlight... Jack's a searchlight!" -Madison Keith, KPRI-FM
"Jack is an amazing songwriter. An interviewer's dream." -Roz Larman, FOLKSCENE Syndicated Radio KPFK 90.7 FM
"Jack's body of work is iconic. His contribution as a world class 'muzoid' is undeniable and I remain a lifelong fan."
-ASCAP CEO Paul Williams
"Sure-footed songwriting craft. Through and through, he's a big deal." -Van Dyke Parks
“Jack is officially the nicest guy in show business.” –J.D. Souther