Exciting New TV Documentary “The James Marvell Story”


Checkout the made for television documentary on the life of James Marvell airing on Thursday September 8th at 7 PM CST on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC8vO3XZuLk&feature=youtu.be. His story moves from hits in the late 60s with the group “Mercy” that topped Billboard with Elvis, Sinatra and the Beatles to his current hit single “Summer Winds” on AirplayExpress and Colt Records written by Dennis DiChiaro and the 45 years in between. The story includes stints with the popular 70s duo The Country Cavaleers, trendsetters of the country outlaw movements and his days on the road. Marvell worked with Willie Nelson in Branson, Missouri and designed collector jewelry for Willie, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe The Father Of Bluegrass and June Carter Cash. The special also covers James Marvell’s composition “Prophecy” written over 40 years ago but very timely for today.
About the songwriter of “Summer Winds”

Dennis DiChiaro is an American Songwriter/Publisher who is delighted to have teamed up with recording artist James Marvell for the release of his new song “Summer Winds”. An additional release is coming mid-November with James who is joined by Joanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s sister. Dennis is an esteemed member of The National Music Publishers Association. He has been affiliated with BMI as a writer for 26 years and also has his publishing company Song of America, established in 1993. Dennis composes 9 to 12 songs per year and cuts them in Nashville and at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals Alabama.

Rest in Peace

 

The world lost an artistic genius and I lost a good friend on December 9, 2015. For whatever complex and difficult reasons there were, Carl Anderson Clingempeel decided to check out of this world, and hopefully, into one where he can find the spiritual peace that we all long for. I’m saddened…but I’m not angry at him. I don’t feel it was a selfish act, but one of unimaginable desperation. As brilliantly illuminating as his highs were, so must have been the darkness in his lows. I have no clue as to how much pain he was going through. And I will not pass judgement on him? Besides, how can I be angry with a man who spread so much love in his 67 years on this planet…who created such beauty, despite whatever demons haunted him.  I just wish that something or someone might have swayed him one more time…in the final hours…the way he must have been swayed before. Maybe if I would have sent him another video…another reminder of his life’s value…at the moment when he was at his lowest…maybe it would have lifted him up and above the decision to follow through with his plan. I don’t know…I guess I’ll never know. So now I have the video…now I’ll post it. Unfortunately, instead of being the third in our series of collaborations, it becomes a posthumous tribute…one clouded by what ifs and whys. But I won’t let that stop me…I can’t…I have to go forward…while I can…in memory of my friend. And though I couldn’t reach him in time down here, I have to believe that I am reaching him now, and that every time someone sees, appreciates, comments, likes, or shares this latest spiritual union between us, he is looking down, smiling, and thinking, “Hey, I did make a difference. Thanks, Mike, I’m humbled…love it, man…awesome work.” That’s just the way he was…encouraging…supportive…imaginative…and above all, inspiring. Rest in peace, AC.

Unthinkable Thoughts

Published on Oct 19, 2014

Unthinkable Thoughts, by Baluja & Small, set to the thought provoking images of Canadian artist, Tony Scherman.
Disclaimer: This is a non profit informative video designed to educate and enlighten. No copyright infringement intended.

Viewing lyrics for Unthinkable Thoughts (Baluja and Small, from Tight Connection CD) by Songs Unsung.

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Unthinkable Thoughts

Mike Baluja and M.J. Small
October 2014

Unthinkable thoughts burn through my mind
With vision a prisoner no longer confined
Conclusions deduced, all drawn for naught
Ideas unthinkable . . .
Until the moment . . .
They’re finally thought.

Unspeakable speech rolls off my tongue
The bell that was silent is finally rung
The verses are tattered, held by a thread
Words nonexistent . . .
Until the moment . . .
They’re finally said.

Musical Interlude….

Unknowable knowledge, beyond my reach
The source of the laws, I try to teach
The theory is hidden, a pilotless drone
Foundations unfounded . . .
Until the moment . . .
They’re finally known.

Musical Interlude….

Untouchable yearnings, hidden, suppressed
Fledglings forgotten, lost from the nest
Love that is squandered, hope that is crushed
My heart is sequestered . . .
Until the moment . . .
It’s finally touched.

Long musical interlude….

Unsolvable puzzle, impassable moat
The chances are slim, the odds are remote
A new set of rules, brings the black swan
The unscheduled guest . . .
Sees me but briefly
And then . . . . she is gone.

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Baluja and Small: Tight Connection

Reviews on CD Baby…

TIGHT CONNECTION

A must listen
Great songs, wonderful chords, melodies. Amazing vocals and lyrics

Steve Inglis

Persuit of happiness
We live in difficult times. All things seem full of doom and gloom. Music is a different world. If you want to release yourself from the stresses of life you have found the right album TIGHT CONNECTION by Baluja and Small have written an album of songs that will truly uplift the most downhearted of souls and inspire the rest of us. This is no mean feat. These are incredibly written. Intelligent, thoughtful observations on life. Songs that will rock your soul. Songs that are poignant and truly beautiful in verse and harmony. These are songs about life, yours and mine. This a worth every penny. Its FANTASTIC.
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Throdgie

Meanderings of an idiot…
if you’ve been searching for storytelling in the great tradition,music that paints for the imagination, with a voice soaked in truth – well,crack open a relieved smile! ‘cos here it is… Baluja & Small “Tight Connection”

Tom Hedrick

Baluja… Real songs are alive and well
In this age of sanitized radio and music as a commodity, it’s pure delight to find artists like Baluja who compose, perform and record music of such heartfelt clarity. What most impresses me about this music – beyond the profound song craft – is the unique appeal of Baluja’s voice and the spot on arrangements. In some ways, I think of him as a modern day Sixto Rodriguez. Instrumentation serves the song, humbly and effectively, while keeping the focus on the core melody. The songs are easy to relate to: you can absorb Baluja’s world and insert his lyrical images into your own experiences. The greatest singer-songwriters create this sense of listener participation, and this makes Tight Connection more than an album. It takes you on a journey all your own.
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carrie

AMAZING!!!!
These guys are simply amazing…that’s it!!! Perfection!! The lyrics are outstanding and the vocals simply blow me away…and the tunes…..just gorgeous….

Tom Hedrick

Baluja… Real songs are alive and well
In this age of sanitized radio and music as a commodity, it’s pure delight to find artists like Baluja who compose, perform and record music of such heartfelt clarity. What most impresses me about this music – beyond the profound song craft – is the unique appeal of Baluja’s voice and the spot on arrangements. In some ways, I think of him as a modern day Sixto Rodriguez. Instrumentation serves the song, humbly and effectively, while keeping the focus on the core melody. The songs are easy to relate to: you can absorb Baluja’s world and insert his lyrical images into your own experiences. The greatest singer-songwriters create this sense of listener participation, and this makes Tight Connection more than an album. It takes you on a journey all your own.
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Sharon Rachman

Like nobody else!!!
One of the most intriguing things is that “Tight Connection” album sounds authentic, doesn’t remind me of any band or song including vocals color and its delivery.

Fernando Garcin

this is the real thing
Listening to this work by Mike Baluja and Small you feel you are in your room or walking around, no matter which town or country you live. You feel the real thing. Raw powerful sounds, astonishing delivery by the great voice of Mike Maluja, words telling you what’s going on in the world, far from mainstreams, close to the ones whose lives are the hidden heart of the cities and its beating the reason we keep on keeping on. Excellent!
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“da boi” derinho

Tight!!!
“tight connection” is such a poignant song about loneliness… on par with John Prine and Dylan… a universal experience captured… by the genius observatory powers of Messrs. Baluja and Small… musically it’s like a fresh “one more cup of coffee”… a brilliant triumph… your huge fan, and humble errand boy, da boi d
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Les Boyko

Tight Connection – Baluja and Small
I know Mike Baluja although, I’ve never met him. I grew up in Tampa with Baluja. Felt the same winds, ate the same foods, listened to the same radio stations and heard the same songs played live by musical giants.
Tight Connection is an album not to be missed. This albums shines and should be a classic from Tampa’s finest citizen and musician. The stories told, music played; is raw, played well, polished, profound and as good as it gets.

Small

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Baluja

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Ybor City: The Sounds, The Sights, The Song

Digital copies of the song, Ybor City, available at Bandcamp:

Ybor City is filled with a rich history of architectural, culinary, industrial, and cultural distinction, reflective of its multi-ethnic composition. The man singing its song, Tony Garcia, has been involved with this community his entire life. Many who have known him are unaware of the talent that he’s been blessed with. I have known him for nearly 40 years, and until a year or two ago, I had no idea that he was a gifted vocalist. After seeing him live for the first time at the third annual Flavor of West Tampa, we sat down and talked about our respective passions for music. I found out that he just began singing publicly about 5 years ago. I asked if he had any recordings of his work and was surprised to find out that he did not. I suggested that we get together and lay something down…something we could share online, and perhaps archive on one of the many music sites for independent artists. We started with the Bobby Caldwell’s hit, “What You Won’t Do For Love,” because it offered Tony a chance to showcase the warmth and range of his voice. While working on that cover, Tony suggested one of my songs, Ybor City, for the follow up project. Naturally, I was very excited about the prospect of having him interpret one of my works. We got together once again, and the results surpassed my expectations. Tony was able to breathe new life into my song, and after mixing and listening countless times, I am certain that it will be well received by local and national fans of this historic community. Do yourself a favor, though. Make sure that you listen through a decent set of speakers or headphones. It’s essential. It’s the only way you can get the full effect of Tony’s dynamic rendering. Now, sit back, and enjoy the soothing sounds of Tampa native, Tony Garcia, as he pours his heart and soul into “Ybor City”.

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To Carla…

Here is the latest version of the song that was written shortly after you left us. I keep coming back to it, and it feels so natural for me to do so, because it always seems to bring me closer to you. Today, you would have been 35 years old. I knew I had to do something to mark this solemn, but very special day. So here is your new recording, baby. Happy Birthday, from all your family and friends down here. We all miss you terribly, we love you, and we will keep living life to the fullest to honor your memory.
Keep watching over us….

Love Always,
Dad

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In the Spirit of Creativity

Inspiration comes unannounced and from many sources…tragedy, love, art, God, and nature to name a few. You never know what it is that’s going to prompt you to act on something in a creative manner. My most recent inspiration came from a simple Facebook post. The combination of a photographic image and a comment made by the artist who posted the image moved me enough to write the song I am about to share. I can only hope that the creative juices that trickled down through me will find their way into the lives and actions of others, and that this cycle of inspiration continues to feed the imaginations of all who are open to the spirit of creativity. I urge you to take note of all of the images I used for this video. They represent the work of an exceptionally talented artist by the name of Anderson Clingempeel. You can enjoy more of his work by visiting his website at andersonclingempeel.com. Who knows, you may find an inspiration there waiting just for you.

Memorial Day 2015

Remember

Put a flower on the graves of all the fallen soldiers
Who have sacrificed their lives for you and me
Say a prayer for each mother who has lost her son in battle
For each father who’s been stricken bitterness and grief
From Gettysburg to Baton Rouge
From World War l to World War ll
From Germany and France to South Korea
From Vietnam to Panama, Grenada to Iraq
For all of those who went to war and never made it back
Remember
Remember

Let us celebrate the freedom we’ve been figting to preserve
Let us honor those who made that freedom real
Let us reach out to the veterans who have had to bear the scars
Let us show them all respect and the gratitude we feel
From Tripoli to Italy
To the date that lives in infamy
From Russia to Red China to Japan
From the Persian Gulf to Bosnia
The Taliban, Afghanistan
We realize now what it cost
In term of loved ones that we lost
Remember
Remember

Don’t try to make no sense of it
Cause it makes no sense at all
You just gotta try to keep your hope alive
Renew your faith, rebuild your dreams
Answer to the Spirit’s call
Too many people lost it all
Too many brave young soldiers died
Remember
Remember

From Gettysburg to Baton Rouge
From World War l to World War ll
From Germany and France to South Korea
From Vietnam to Panama, Grenada to Iraq
For all of those who went to war and never made it back
Remember
Remember…