Jack Turner | Three's the Charm

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Three's the Charm

by Jack Turner

In that "way cool" place where Pop, Rock, Jazz and R&B all rub up against each other, Turner has created "Three's The Charm", a very musical, thoughtful, sharp, sometimes funny, exquisitely produced, collection of tunes.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Who Ruined the Radio
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3. After Ivan
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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I've been making music for years as a music for hire, writer-arranger-producer, and in the process, been fortunate to have had a couple of songs recorded by known artists, and for them to have done okay on the charts. Most of this WAP activity, I've viewed as work, as a way to make a living. It can be interesting, challenging, and sometimes enjoyable, but usually it's about helping someone else realize their musical or creative vision. The stuff I do for myself, for fun, is different. I don't know if it's "commercial", but it makes me happy to write and produce songs that I enjoy listening to. And I hope some other people might too.
My heroes are, for different reasons, and among others; Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, Billy Joel, Randy Newman, James Taylor, Mac MacAnally, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Burt Bachrach, The Beatles, all from my era. And there are some new kids on the block that I also love; Allen Stone, Jason Mraz, Foster The People, Grace Potter, Mayer Hawthorne, John Mayer, Adele, and others.
For me, these guys are where the bar is musically and lyrically. I'm trying to get over that bar with every song I write and produce. Not sure I've even come close yet, but trying is so much fun.
Hope you'll enjoy "Three's The Charm".

Lyrics for "Three's The Charm"

"Who Ruined The Radio"
Marvin Gaye was in my dream last night
At the foot of my bed dressed in white
Rubbin' his eyes like he'd been cryin'
When he spoke I could feel the weight on his mind
He said man talk to me, you got to tell me how long
The AM and the FM have been one big yawn
I came back here hopin' you might know
Brother Brother
Tell me

What happened to my funky grooves
Where did all the soul men go
The Memphis horns and the Philly strings
Who ruined the radio
What about my Motown Sound
I looked high and low, but it can't be found
Who decided to cancel that show
What happened son, who ruined the radio

Can you tell me when the lights went out
When the Brothers stopped singin' Twist and Shout
That's the kind of song that I really miss
Makes you feel so good you just can't resist
I talked to Sam, Jackie, Otis and Ray
They told me to tell you they feel the same way
So take your time, tell me blow by blow
What happened son, who ruined the radio

What happened to my funky grooves
Where did all the soul men go
The Memphis horns and the Philly strings
Who ruined the radio
What about my Motown Sound
I looked high and low, but it can't be found
Who decided to cancel that show
What happened son, who ruined the radio

A loud noise woke me up
I pulled the cover up over my head
It was the sound of a DJ's voice
And he was readin' the mornin' news
I heard him say "the number one
song is comin' next"
I reached over to the bedside table
And I hit snooze
(I want to know)

Repeat Chorus

"You Take It Too Hard"
Switch your cell to airplane mode and shut your email down
Chances are you'll hear from her tomorrow
Have another round on me
Hear me saying she's not really gone
At least not for long, no

You take it too hard
You take it too hard
She'll come back to ya if you play your cards
You take it too hard
You take it too hard my brother
You take it too hard
You take it too hard
She'll come back to ya if you play your cards

I've watched her watching you before when you were unaware
It's hard to miss the appetite in her eyes
When your heart's just one big bruise
Heads she always wins and tails you lose
If you choose

You take it too hard
You take it too hard
She'll come back to ya if you play your cards
You take it too hard
You take it too hard, and everyone can see
You take it too hard
You take it too hard
She'll come back to ya if you play your cards


Old friend
It' doesn't have to end
But do as I say not as I've done
The one I loved knowing far too well
She was the one
The only one

Guitar Solo
Chorus to fade

"After Ivan"
Ivan made the big wind blow
Ivan brought the rain
He came through in September
Leaving suffering and pain
He blew up the Caribbean
Flooded the Yucatan
Spun into the Gulf of Mexico
Like a street fightin' man
After Ivan, only one thing left to loose
After Ivan

He drifted north toward Mobile
Gettin' stronger everyday
It's like he was on a mission
And we were standin' in his way
I thought about my baby girl
I thought about my wife
I stacked sand bags past midnight
I thought about my life
After Ivan, only one thing left to loose
After Ivan

He came across the sound as the tide was risin'
Waves as big as mountains and the air was filled with glass
The I-10 bridge went down, concrete crashin'
Ninety souls are finally home at last, after Ivan

We found a sting ray in the bedroom
There was a sailboat on the lawn
My neighbor's house was in the bay
The Cherokee was gone
The sun was shinin' in the sky
It was 85 and clear
And Ivan was kickin' Atlanta's ass
Three hundred miles from here
After Ivan,
After Ivan

Repeat Chorus, guitar solo

Thanks to all the talented musicians and singers involved;
Tony Towerz, additional vocals on "Who Ruined The Radio"
Cheryl Rogers, Tanya Smith, Candi Pearson Shelton, and Alfreda Gerald BGVs
Sonny Lallerstedt and Pat Buchanan guitars
Tom Grose and Cheryl Rogers additional Keys
Joe Reda, Bass on "After Ivan"





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Mimi Thomas

Love!!
Jack Turner is the real deal. He is a true storyteller and a craftsman, and this EP is well worth your time. His voice is thought provoking, honest, and warm, like you're sharing a glass of wine with him on the back porch. Impeccably produced with top rate musicianship, "Three's The Charm" doesn't disappoint.

Jack Cortner

Anticipation
Jack is the consummate musician. His tracks are well thought out and beautifully produced and his sense
of harmony is compelling. So when he completes a new project I pull up a chair, sit down...and listen.

Kelly McCoy

Smooth Jack
This is by far some of the freshest "ear candy" I've heard in a long while. There is so much mediocre, or wannabe stuff out there, it's nice to hear really well done music. So many of Jack's lyrics connect on real levels, and the production is beyond superb. Real instruments...natural vocals...no auto-tune...what a concept! Will tell everyone I know, and look forward to more from Jack Turner.

everysandwich

This is the good stuff
There's a lot to love about Jack Turner's songs, the moods, the stories, relentless professionalism in performance and pristine production, the smoothest of grooves. Not many would bite off Steely Dan as an influence, but Jack does that magnificently, and he makes it his own with an extremely sophisticated musical sense that's still accessible, hummable and utterly enjoyable. Listen to these tunes, and you'll hear a artist and a pro at the top of his game.

Tom

Very Satisfying Effort
This is a very tasteful, satisfying effort by a very talented singer/songwriter. A great way to kick off 2013--well done !!

Larry Corbitt

He's done it again!
Jack's music is always thoughtful and fun to listen to. The words mean something and the music is just right.

mandy flowers

fresh and fun
Turner accomplishes what most don't ! combines fun, freshness with nostalgia. Great stuff!!

dozier hasty

Great words Riding on Rockin' Jazz Sound
Turner's words have been a moving and thoughtful part of his work since his early cds brought us "take Me Back" and "My First Hero"...His music becomes the horse that can canter in a sweet ballad or gallop in rock and jazzy blues. I'm glad to see an easy way to buy Turner online.

Tom Bigelow

The return of Mr. T
Having heard "Who Ruined The Radio" as a work in progress in Jack's studio last year I have to say the final production is a deep layered and rich concoction of soul, jazz and pop with that laid back vibe we've all come to expect from the man. I especially love the reference to the late, great Marvin Gaye. I can clearly hear bits of influence from his great soundtrack "Trouble Man." The album that introduced the original Mr. T to the world. Nice work, Jack.

davisgang

What makes a great song?
I suppose there are no rules to creating art, but when it comes to a good song, and by this a mean a recording of a song, what we used to call "a record", certain ingredients make a song sing. A strong groove, a satisfying chord progression, a good bridge, group vocals, horns, clever heartfelt lyrics, a strong melody in the verses, a chorus that hits it out of the park, and tasteful uncluttered production. Jack Turner has had a whole career crafting songs. By the time one of his compositions has made it through recording, mixing, and being presented to the public the final product is guaranteed to please. Do yourself a favor and start following this great artist.
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