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More Than a Dream

by Jim Blue

Jam packed with tonal treasures ranging from passionate expressions of love and heartbreak, to delicate portraits of life, gratitude and dreams, to foot stompin' rock and roll.
Genre: New Age: Adult Alternative
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2. Victory Dance
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3. On A Summer Breeze
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4. More Than A Dream
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5. Bad State Of Heartbreak
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6. Pedal To Metal
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7. Mama's Love
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8. Young Men Do
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9. Can You Feel It
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10. Amber Eve
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
If your ears, heart, and soul are hungry for a 12 course musical feast, you'll be happy to hear that the recipe for great music is alive and well, and Jim Blue's new CD has all the ingredients to satisfy. "More Than A Dream" is a tasty mélange of guitar, vocal, and songwriting virtuosity.

Jim Blue's new CD is Jam packed with tonal treasures ranging from passionate expressions of love and heartbreak, to delicate portraits of life, gratitude and dreams, to foot stompin' rock and roll. After a single listen, you'll find yourself humming Jim's unforgettable melodies and hooks throughout the day.

Jim effortlessly transitions between soft and soulful, warm and personal acoustic guitarwork to the intricate crescendos of electric crunch rock guitar solos. His sensitive orchestral arrangements, insightful instrumentation, and distinctive harmonies allow ample emotive space for Jim to work his vocal magic.

It would be impossible to squeeze such a colorful spectrum of music into a single genre. But if one had to categorize it, Eclectic Alternative Pop might come close.

Give Jim Blue's "More Than A Dream" a listen. You'll be glad you did!

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ABOUT JIM BLUE

Jim Blue, accomplished guitarist, singer, and songwriter has been a musician, singer, and songwriter since his mid teens. He wrote his first song and recorded his first record when he was only sixteen and has been committed to his love of music ever since. Jim's most recent CD release, an eclectic alternative pop CD titled "More Than A Dream," is the highly anticipated outcome of 18 intense months in the studio. The CD features 12 of his best and favorite originals. Jim recorded all instruments and vocals himself in order to have full creative and artistic direction over the project. The finished product exceeded Jim's wildest expectations. It Is literally more than a dream. Jim’s previous CD achievements include his popular new age releases titled "Crystal Blue Tranquility" and "Meditations For Tranquility."


JIM'S EARLY INFLUENCES

Jim Blue's musical experience began right around the time he was born. His mother played acoustic guitar and sang, and his father played harmonica. His favorite childhood musical memories include classical music, movie soundtracks, Broadway musicals and, of course, enjoying hearing the heart warming, happy sounds of Mom and Dad make music in the evening after Dad got home from work.

Jim's dad worked as a master mechanic and a truck driver. When Jim was a toddler, his mother worked at home taking care and raising Jim, his younger brother Steve, and his older brother Charlie. His mother eventually took on a job in order to finance the instruments and lessons for the extremely musically talented brothers three. When Jim was 12 he studied piano for several years and for a short time played clarinet. His brother Steve was also musically gifted and excelled at trumpet, guitar and singing. His brother Charlie played excellent piano and guitar and also sang. All three brothers would eventually play in their own bands. Top 40, radio pop tunes caught Jim's ear but he was most fascinated with the bands who wrote memorable melodies, chord structures, and meaningful lyrics.

When Jim was 15 he was inspired to study guitar and began to practice on the old acoustic 6 string his mother had stored in the attic. The strings were rusty and the neck was warped. It was so hard to play that Jim nearly gave up guitar.Right around that time, through a twist of fate, his brother Charlie joined the Navy, left his Fender guitar at home, and told Jim he could play it whenever he wanted to. Jim jumped at the chance and immediately began learning songs by ear. He began to jam with his friend Bob who was learning to play the drums. It wasn't long before Jim formed his first top 40 band, the Outcasts. Having near perfect pitch, Jim didn't have to wait for sheet music to become available. He learned all songs quickly just by listening to them. He studied with a guitar instructor for about 6 months and decided that he could make much faster progress by teaching himself.

At the age of 16 Jim wrote and recorded his first songs. The songs were titled "She's Mine" and "Where Have They Gone." They were recorded at Cleveland Recording Studios.The Outcasts played all the popular teen clubs as well as the popular pubs and college bars in N.E. Ohio in cities such as Kent, Cleveland, and Geneva on The Lake. Although the Outcasts split up when Jim was 18, he continued to play in various top 40 bands. It was during this time when Jim's own personal guitar style began to emerge. He was heavily influenced by legendary rock guitarists Jimi Hendrix, Richie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.During his 20's Jim played 6 to 7 nights a week as lead guitarist and singer with highly popular bands touring the United States and even Japan.

At the age of 22, Jim competed in Boston against Berkley guitarists winning the position as lead guitarist for the number one show band on the east coast.


JIM GETS VERY SERIOUS ABOUT SONGWRITING

As he approached the age of 30, Jim continued to play, but on a more part time basis so he could spend more time focusing on writing and recording his own music. Soon after, he built his own recording studio.A decade later, Jim met Scott Turner, former director of music production for Imperial / Liberty and United Artists records which lead to Jim's collaboration with writers, producers, and publishers around the world. Jim wrote and recorded the theme song for a weekly variety show from Miami called "Hello" and continued to sharpen his songwriting craft through self study and constant writing.The quality of Jim's songwriting skills qualified him for a seat in the exclusive Nashville "Song Camp" where he had the privilege of training and collaborating with songwriting legends Jon Ims, Angela Kaset, Hugh Prestwood, Rick Beresford, and James Dean Hicks.


PROFOUND MUSICAL TRANSFORMATION

In 1999 Jim was introduced to holistic activities such as meditation, massage, Reiki, yoga, polarity, and the like. Little did Jim know, his life and musical career would soon be wonderfully transformed.During this time, Jim was immersed in wonderfully relaxing music. In 2003, he was inspired to record Crystal Blue Tranquility, a brilliant collection of mood-inspiring melodies and soundscapes for use in concert with spiritual, healing, meditative, relaxing, and tension-releasing activities such as Reiki, massage, yoga, and meditation.In the summer of 2007, Jim released his guided meditations CD, Meditations for Tranquility.

As of April 6, 2008, Jim accepted the position of featured guitarist for BeatleBrunch.com, the #1 Beatles website on the internet.

In December 2008, after a year and a half in the studio, Jim released his Eclectic Alternative Pop CD.... "More Than A Dream" which includes twelve of his favorite original compositions and features his vocal and guitar virtuosity. "More Than A Dream" is a tasteful assortment of genres and styles including songs with a snappy flamenco feel, touching love songs, tender ballads, kickin' instrumentals, and high energy rock.


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Jay K. Brindo


Listening to More Than a Dream has been that distinctive musical experience I’ve long awaited. The music can gently move you into a deep state of contemplation, or rock your socks off with some gut splitting Peter Frampton style guitar work. His vocal arrangements are passionate and lyrical composition carefully crafted. Jim’s love for the guitar is apparent within each original song. I was not disappointed with my purchase. Jay K. Brindo

Tammy

Musical Treasure Chest
I've listened to a lot of music in my day, and Jim Blue's "More Than A Dream" is one of the best collections of extremely well written and produced music I've heard in quite some time. Jim's love songs moved me to tears. His kickin' tunes had me dancing in my living room! Jim's voice and musicianship are top notch. I love when a chorus is so catchy that I I'm singing it throughout the day and "Gimme Gimme" "Bad State of Heartbreak," and "Traffic Jam" are still bouncing around in my head :-) Thank you Jim Blue for sharing your wonderful music!

Mariam Kobras

Bad State Of Love
Actually, I don't have to write more than sentence to say what I think of Jim's music: I love it. End of review.
But wait, there's more.
Jim's songs cover a wide range of situations, emotions, moods. He'll take you from the serenity of a summer day to the slightly maudlin confessions of a heart-broken man to the blues of childhood memories.
JIm Blue's voice is remarkable. He tells his stories with conviction. And Jim is hell on wheels on his guitar!

Jay K, Brindo


Listening to More Than a Dream has been that distinctive musical experience I’ve long awaited. The music can gently move you into a deep state of contemplation, or rock your socks off with some gut splitting Peter Frampton style guitar work. His vocal arrangements are passionate and lyrical composition carefully crafted. Jim’s love for the guitar is apparent within each original song. I was not disappointed with my investment. Jay K. Brindo

Don E Gee

Sounds Like Jim Blue
I like Jim's music More Than Barry Manilow, More Than Neil Diamond, More Than Big and Rich, More Than, Jimi Hendrix, More Than Jim Morrison, More Than Bruce Springsteen, More Than Conan O'Brian, More Than Sinatra, Martin, Little Richard, The Beatles ... More Than A Dream is just pretty Damn great if you ask me ... can't stop playing it over and over. An excellent album of terific tunes and it ranks high up there in my collection. You should have it too.

Debbie

More than just music
The music inside lets you see more of Jim than the cover would lead you to expect. The music is a soulful insight to the heart of this multi-talented musician, composer, producer. Moving lyrics, varied melodies & tempos - something for everyone.
I highly recommend it.

Marcia

More Than You'd Expect
Jim Blue’s newest CD More Than a Dream is full of examples of “More Than…”

As a talented musician (he recorded the entire CD himself), music and lyric composer (he wrote them all), and producer (the entire CD is his work), Jim Blue has created a CD that leads the listener through range of melodies and rhythms from a quiet instrumental meditation “Amber Eve” to a rowdy rockin’ “Traffic Jam.” Achieving this CD is more than you would expect of any one person.

But more than his musical talents emerge as he reveals the inner life of a man at seventeen years old in “Mama’s Love,” to a lover “Can You Feel It?” through breaking up in “Bad State of Heartbreak” to a perceptive parent in the title song “More Than a Dream” and finally sharing the male insights as “Young Men Do.” Even “Victory Dance” reminds us that winning has a bitter side.

As a result of combining talent with insightful living, “More Than a Dream” is an intimate portrait of Jim Blue, allowing the listener a sense of discovering a new friend who is sharing both musical gifts and life stories—more than you’d expect from a CD.

Tom B

Hats off ...
The artists ability as a songwriter, musican will blow you away. This CD is a combination of grace and power. It will take you for a ride that will make you want to dance, it will make you want to jam, it will remind you of life's stories, and it will put a smile in your heart.

Linda Reiter

Wonderful and moving
"More Than a Dream" is awesome! Victory Dance is wonderful! So is Bad State of Heartbreak, Mama's Love, Gimme Gimme....Oh all the songs are wonderful. They are an eclectic assortment that really moves me, body and spirit. This is already in my "beyond favorites" pile.

Rod Allwood

More Than a Dream
This CD is one you’ll find yourself listening to several times when first playing it, and I think you’ll do this for several reasons. Jim Blue is a heartfelt storyteller, excellent songwriter, virtuoso musician and top-notch arranger. The lyrics, arrangements, chord progressions and orchestrations take unexpected turns, which is great for a person like me who can tolerate only a small degree of predictability in music. But, I think your interest in many of the cuts will result from realizing that Jim is sharing with us many of his personal hopes, loves, fears and aspirations. That makes this CD especially personal between the songwriter and the listener. Jim describes his type of music style (or genre) as “eclectic, alternative, pop.” My first reaction after learning this from his website (www.jimbluemusic.com) was to think, “What the heck is that?” After listening to this CD, I’d say he nailed it. What follows is my take on each of the creative gems Jim shares with us on this CD, MORE THAN A DREAM.

THE MIRACLE: this song begins in a delicate almost imploring manner as he likens one heartfelt moment to that of a celebration or “miracle of now.” This Broadway-style number eventually builds into a beautiful crescendo of hope and certainty, something about which we can all feel good. VICTORY DANCE: is a passionate Yanni-esque melody and arrangement complete with torrid phrases and full robust orchestration. He also provides a tempting precursor of his guitar virtuosity…something more fully utilized in cuts that follow on this CD. ON A SUMMER BREEZE: with this piece, Jim lets us know that great songs are not always about love, relationships or heartache. Picture yourself lying on the grass in the shade of a gently swaying tree on a carefree summer day…then become mesmerized by the clouds you see drifting by. Okay, close your eyes and play cut #3…you’ll see what I mean. MORE THAN A DREAM: here, Jim paints an up-tempo portrait of a beautiful girl realizing her childhood dream of dancing in the seductive moonlight of Barcelona - - the song also showcases some of his great guitar work, orchestration and arranging. BAD STATE OF HEARTACHE: leaves no doubt in our mind that this common tale of heartbreak has reached new levels of personal sorrow; he describes the loss and emptiness in very understandable and personal terms. You can feel the heartbreak expressed by Jim Blue in a very personal way. PEDAL TO THE METAL: is probably a fun reflection of the songwriter’s memory of the carefree formative years when hormones were overflowing and impulse, optimism, and laughter took center stage.This very pop-oriented instrumental was probably just something he had to get out of his system; but once again shows a tendency to become highly orchestrated with horns, strings and a freight train guitar. MAMA’S LOVE: perhaps one of the best cuts on the CD, this song has melancholy chord progressions and offers a real glimpse into the songwriter’s life story. Rarely do people share so many truths about themselves as does Jim share with us in this terrific song of insecurity and hope. YOUNG MEN DO: What a great comparison this song is of different generations of men who have the same feelings about life and love, but have an understanding of their personal limitations/capabilities. The song begins in a rather popish manner, but it concludes in a super-catchy and unexpected progression that you hate to have end. I kept saying to myself, “Come on…let me hear another 60 seconds of this ending!” CAN YOU FEEL IT: well, if you can’t “feel it” after listening to this song, you need to get your blood-pressure checked. Being a person who loves New York (and as many Broadway shows that I can cram into one visit), I am convinced that this song would be a Broadway show-stopper - - turn it up and you’ll get Goosebumps. If not, try 911. AMBER EVE: this instrumental is a real “sleeper” on the CD; it’s a wonderfully peaceful construction one could easily use in meditation or to simply brighten the day. Jim also helps us understand the importance of the voice when used as another instrument in an arrangement. GIMME GIMME: I’m not sure, but this song is probably as close as Jim will ever come to a bubble gum throwback. It’s simply fun and is a great dance tune…for those of us who can still recall the “bubblegum era.” TRAFFIC JAM: what a great “live” cut this is and what a great way to end the CD. It’s an in-your-face honky-tonk tune that is both fun and loaded with catchy heavy metal phrases. In fact, for those who live in areas where roads are too often filled with yellow barrels, you will appreciate how Jim gets a lot off his chest with this song…not to mention that he’s a great guitarist, as you undoubtedly learned from the previous 11 songs on this CD.
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