John Michael | Mi Para Ti

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Mi Para Ti

by John Michael

Easy listening, jazz, Latin jazz featuring guitar.
Genre: Easy Listening: Background Music
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1. Keep It Up
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2. Pleasant Surprise
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3. Be With It
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4. Take Me Away
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5. After the Mask
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6. All the Time in the World
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7. Shake
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8. Surrender
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9. Shine
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10. Lit
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11. Midnight Samba
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12. Sweet Grace
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13. Morning Sun
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14. Off the Ground
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15. Devotion
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16. Cruse
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Album Notes
Over the years, song ideas that came to me while jogging or doodling around on the guitar found their way onto a mini-cassette recorder. Finally, when the opportunity came and I could place making a CD as a priority, my first intention was to take the song ideas from the mini-cassette and create music for a blues/funk genre, using a computer. However, during my initial attempts, using common, inexpensive sound cards and sound modules (synthesizers), I could not create an acceptable accompaniment for my electric guitar.

Consequently, I began to develop the "other" songs I've written--songs that came to me while playing my classical guitar, songs that came out of my experiences with playing Latin-jazz. I've always had an affinity for the open sounds of the augmented 5th, the 11th (suspended) or the 6th + 7th chords, and while playing around with them, the songs on this CD dropped out of the sky.

The momentum began and over the next several months the majority of my time off (from working a regular 40-hour week schedule at Agilent Technologies) was spent creating accompaniment for these classical guitar songs. I included better-quality sound cards so I could capture the sounds of the authentic instruments, but there is still an occasional trumpet blast that sounds too much like a synthesizer. Nevertheless, the results are satisfying and faithful to the original inspiration.


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Doc McCoy, radio deejay, Northern California

one of my favorites
John Michael has done an extraordinary job with this cd. It is masterfully done, a beautiful album. This cd just never leaves me, I love putting it on and having it as a background to my day or evening activities, or just as a way to is light, easy, inspiring and energetic. I recommend it highly.

A. Gooch

Mi Para Ti establishes John Michael as an adept composer and guitarist.
John Michael’s MI PARA TI is indeed a “Pleasant Surprise” (Track 2). From the subtle Latin nuances of “Midnight Samba” (Track 11) to the good-times Hammond B3 sounds surfacing throughout the playlist, this CD makes for easy listening. But with punchy, provocative tunes like “Off the Ground” (Track 14) and “Take me Away” (Track 4), it's impossible to sit still for long.

The interplay of John’s skill as a composer and musician, and his MIDI mastery results in what I think are the freshest, most interesting picks on this CD: “Lit” (Track 10) and “Cruise” (Track 16). Another pleasant surprise: His playfulness and gift for timing make these and other numbers, including “All the Time in the World” (Track 6), quite danceable. For my part, the unaccompanied songs “After the Mask” (Track 5) and, my favorite, “Devotion” (Track 15), establish John Michael as an adept artist whose guitar playing stands on its own.