Half Moon Bay

John Marian No Believer

coming soon!!!

This album is the newest to be released, December, 2003. It tends to reflect my personal philosophies. I try to live an uncluttered life close enough to civilization to keep a skeptical eye on it ... removed enough not to get tangled up, ... just trying to keep it real. I am currently a politician. Isn’t that a segue-and-a-half. It is a fascinating engagement with a great many people, each perceiving the other with a unique and ever-varying take. But it does tend to kill off any faint illusion that it is innate to us to operate according to the principals we espouse.

~ Check out ‘Bittersweet.’ Robby Steininger’s in-the-moment guitar work, Brian Newcome’s oh-so-tasty bass, Rocky Vaugois’ touch on the brushes and Bill Buckingham’s production cannot be adequately described in words. And the other side of the story in ‘Cold Wind Through My Heart.’

~ A lament for “Oh Canada” my friends. She is being sorely assailed.

~ And a Christmas carol stripped of all but the spirit in the title song‘No Believer.’

~ And of course the 'Suicide' that originated in a subtly disparaging assessment from a girlfriend of my younger years which I have been trying to live down ever since.

Joni Mitchell Clouds

CD (October 25, 1990)
Original Release Date: May 1969
Label: Warner Brothers

Grammy for Best Folk Performance or Best Folk Recording.

Joni Mitchell's second album contains the first manifestations of her artistic brilliance. Where her debut, Song to a Seagull, has hints of greatness, Clouds displays the real thing. With her newfound control on melody and lyrical economy, she delivers songs that are readily accessible, instantly hummable, and virtually timeless. Her hippie excesses are still in view ("Songs to Aging Children Come" is untamed), but, for the most part, she has found her voice. "Both Sides Now" has become a lite-FM staple (thanks to Judy Collins's cover). While songs such as the incredibly idyllic "Tin Angel" (nicely covered by Tom Rush on his classic Circle Game), "Chelsea Morning," and "I Don't Know Where I Stand" have become modern folk standards. --Rob O'Connor