Jim of Seattle is a guy who lives in Seattle and does a lot of music. He used to write for musical theatre, and tried his hand at writing for films, both of which may again happen someday, but he was tired of keeping his freak flag rolled up in the closet, so he decided to just write the music he felt like writing.
JoS started writing songs at age 18, on a cheap cassette player on a piano in his parents' basement. He created "albums" consisting of a single cassette copy and a homemade cover drawn on cardboard. Some of those songs can be heard on the "Very Early
" album on this site. A few songs from that era are going to be re-recorded for his upcoming album, due out September 1 on Green Monkey Records.
The most popular song from that era was called "Laboratory Rat". It actually received some airplay on a local indie radio station, despite the horrible audio quality. it was suggested by the radio station that he record and release the song officially. He never followed up, which he has regretted for decades.
He went to college, U of Washington, Music school. He wrote a lot of awful "modern", 12-tone garbage. During this time he also wrote two comic book operas, "Todd Godd" and "Door Door Door Door Me". They were comic books that were sung. You listened to it while reading. Someday those may get posted here.
He then moved into musical theatre, which he stayed with for a long time, having shows produced in LA, Seattle, and Chicago. Some of that music may make it to this website as well, eventually. Musical theatre is a lot of hard work, and he found that he had to compromise his own musical style for the needs of the show too often. Life's too short. He gave up on musicals.
During his musical theatre phase, he was hired to write songs for a video game called "Nightmare Ned". Possibly the most fun he ever had writing music. Hear the Nightmare Ned songs here
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He got involved with a great online music community called Song Fight
, which allowed him to do whatever he pleased musically. Perhaps not surprisingly, his style reverted back to what he had started writing in his teens. A great deal of music came from those years, and while he no longer does much with that group, he feels a strong bond with them and hopes to return.
In late 2011 an ironic twist of fortune happened. Jim and his wife were musing about the old song "Laboratory Rat". Jim decided to look up the now defunct radio station online, found the DJ and learned it may actually be posted online at Green Monkey Records. Through that connection, he was invited to produce an album of his music, which will include a new version of "Laboratory Rat".
Jim also has a wonderful wife and daughter, works in the computer industry, and is happy continuing to do the music he feels like doing at the moment. Except for Nightmare Ned, he has earned a grand total of $0.00 dollars for his music. It's been well worth it anyway.