SOUL REUNION

by Jon Strider

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This SOUL REUNION album has Jon coming full circle in his musical, and personal, life. Indeed, it is a departure from his "rhythm n' folk" and "retro-rockin' country" recordings released between 1990 and 2015. Growing up in Berkeley, California in the 1960's, Jon was exposed to many styles of music, but was particularly taken by R&B/soul, gospel and blues. He thought it was high time that he made a recording that celebrated this music, and tapped his more "soulful" side. Jon sincerely hopes you'll enjoy, and buy, his 8th solo release, SOUL REUNION, on New Sky Records

Unlike many of Strider's recordings, SOUL REUNION, is keyboard/vocals driven rather than guitar driven. This gives the record a sensuously warm and lush sonic texture. Jon's eloquent piano playing swims beautifully with Skip Edward's compositional Hammond Organ performances. Based in L.A., Skip has played on thousands of top-drawer records including the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakum, kd Lang and Ike Turner. Into this musical tapestry Jon has woven skillfully crafted female background vocal arrangements, meticulously and beautifully performed by Mariam Ucharu. It also must be noted, that SOUL REUNION finds Jon generally reaching a new level of vocalizing, producing and arranging, in his own right. All these factors, along with top-drawer musicians (see credits below) - and Emil Isaksson's record engineering prowess in both the analog and digital domains - assure that the goods are delivered! No doubt about it! And, to top it off, Indiana/Nashville based mastering whiz, Paul Mahern, makes absolutely sure that the sonic promise of SOUL REUNION is fully realized.

NOTE: Physical CDs can be ordered worldwide at Blue Desert Music - www.bluedesertmusic.com - or bought offstage at Strider shows...A vinyl LP version of SOUL REUNION will be released sometime in 2017.

JON STRIDER, and all of SOUL REUNION's creative team, would be so grateful if you could support SOUL REUNION by purchasing it, in its entirety, or as individual songs. Indeed, the survival of independent artists, and independent labels, depends on YOUR SUPPORT. There are other Strider albums and singles uploaded here (all on New Sky Records) ) for your listening pleasure, and purchasing convenience. Bandcamp is the most compassionate, artist friendly music site in the world. Thanks for coming here. Scroll Around and Enjoy!...and please spread the word...

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released November 11, 2016

Produced & Arranged by JON STRIDER
Recorded & Mixed by EMIL ISAKSSON, Associate Producer
at Studio Möllan, Malmö, Sweden
Mastered by PAUL MAHERN at Mahern Audio, Bloomfield, Indiana, USA

M U S I C I A N S
JON STRIDER - lead vocal, piano & additional keyboards* - all tracks
MACIEJ SZYMCZYNSKI - bass - all tracks
RASMUS SVENSSON - drums - all tracks
SKIP EDWARDS - Hammond organ - all tracks except 2
MARIAM UCHARU - background vocals - all tracks
MIKAEL GÖKINAN - electric guitar - tracks 1, 4 and 7
TIM CARLSTEDT - electric guitar - tracks 3, 6 and 9
EMIL ISAKSSON - percussion - all tracks except 5
Hakan Guttormsen - trumpet - track 4
Robert Nevén - tenor sax - track 4
Erik Röner - french horn - track 6
Andreas Baro - alto sax - track 9
Additional electric guitars on "Hallelujah Heartache" : Thomas Larsen & *Jon Strider (lead) recorded at Fabriken Studio, Malmö
Additional recording on tracks 3, 6 and 9 at Malmö Musikhögskolan by Emanuel Nyman and Tim Carlstedt

Cover photo by Michael Sturtevant
Cover photo digital graphic rendering by Victoria Colella
Back Cover & Bandcamp profile photo by Robin Renmark (with Patrik Renmark, art director)
Album art concept: Trooper
Album graphic design: Tony Wirén

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Jon Strider Malmö, Sweden

Performing singer-songwriter and record producer - 8 solo CD's on New Sky Records - "Rockin' CountrySoul" music - Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area - Honed his craft in L.A., Nashville and Austin. - and now in Europe. Jon loves the artistic life he leads and the talented folks he works with. He has consistently made solid, good records designed to move the heart and soul. ... more

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Track Name: Loves Me To Life
LOVES ME TO LIFE
(Jon Strider)
Have you ever been loved?
No, I mean really loved
Love that you dream of
Well I have
I really have

She Loves Me To Life
So sweet and right
She knows just what she’s doin’

And have you ever really loved?
No, I mean really loved
One pure burning love
Well I have
I really have

I love her to life
All day and night
I know just what I’m doin’

And when you feel this way
Life gets much better
I love her with all of my heart
And she loves me back

She Loves Me To Life
Gonna make her my wife
I know just what I’m doin’
She Loves Me To Life
So sweet and right
All my blues lie in ruin
Woh, she really does, give me real love

(c) 2016 Pacific Songworks BMI
NCB License secured - (p) 2016 New Sky Records
Track Name: Your Place Or Mine
YOUR PLACE OR MINE
(Jon Strider-Brenda Warren)
I think it’s time to move in together
I think we’re ready for a change
I thought it over, all the ins and outs,
and the way you make me feel
I’m letting go of all my doubt

I drive all the way from Malibu
Fight the traffic to sleep next to you
I spend more time drivin’ in my car
Than I ever do with you girl
This back and forth has gone too far

Your Place Or Mine, I’m ready
We can make it work this time
Your Place Or Mine, just trust me
Everything will work out just fine

I got the view, I got the swimming pool
Your place is in the heart of town
I don’t care what we decide to do
As long as we’re together
A cozy little place for two

Your Place Or Mine, I’m ready
We can make it work this time
Your Place Or Mine, just trust me
Everything will work out just fine
Woh___ yeah, yeah

(Instrumental solo: synthesizer)

I don’t care what we decide to do
As long as we’re together
A cozy little place for two

Your Place Or Mine, I’m ready
We can make it work this time
Your Place Or Mine, just trust me
Everything will work out just fine
Yeah, yeah

Your Place Or Mine, get ready
We can make it work this time___
Your Place Or Mine, just trust me
Everything will work out just fine
Woh, yeah, yeah

Ooo ooo, Your Place or Mine...

(c) 2016 Pacific Songworks BMI & Baby Korn Music ASCAP
NCB License secured - (p) 2016 New Sky Records
Track Name: Love Is Real
LOVE IS REAL
(Jon Strider)

If I told you that I’d give you
All the stars up in the sky
and the mountains and the oceans
All my days until I die
Oh, how would it feel
To have someone find in you
Love Is Real

And when you tell me that you love me
And you’ll never let us part
I can tell the way you say it
that it’s coming from your heart
Oh, oh how it feels
To have someone find in me
Love Is Real
Love Is Real
I can feel
Oh, yes I can!___

My friends say you better watch your step boy
We ain’t never seen you quite like this before___
People get burned,
that’s the only way they learn
Hearts on fire
And they’re burning,
burning with desire___

So I’m throwing all my logic
and my caution to the wind
I’m so happy we’re together
I’ve finally given in
Oh, oh how it feels
To shout out loud I believe!
Love Is Real
Love Is Real
I can feel
Oh, yes I can!
Yes I can ! Yes I can!
Real
Love is Real
I can feel
Oh, yes I can!
Yes I can! Woh___

Love Is Real
Love Is Real
Woh_____
Love Is Real
Love Is Real
(ad lib)
Oh pretty baby
Love Is Real
Yeah-ee-yeah___

2016 Pacific Songworks BMI
NCB License secured - (p) 2016 New Sky Records
Track Name: Hallelujah Heartache
HALLELUJAH HEARTACHE
(Jon Strider)
Hallelujah Heartache
Must I draw a picture
Show you what’s inside of me
Come up with a clue
There’s fog upon the hilltop
Shaky ground down under
I’m praying for a clearing
If the land would just stand still

Have a girl I live with
We treat each other right
But the magic ain’t quite there
And it’s in my heart to care
For the Hallelujah Heartache
The Hallelujah Heartache we feel

Must I draw a picture
Come up with a clue
Hallelujah
Hallelujah Heartache

See her crying, screaming down the stairs
I never really loved her
I never really cared
Then she let that screen door slam
Left behind a lost and lonely man
With a Hallelujah Heartache
A Hallelujah Heartache to feel
Hallelujah Heartache (repeat many x’s)

(c) 2016 Pacific Songworks BMI
NCB License secured - (p) 2016 New Sky Records
Track Name: Southern Sun
SOUTHERN SUN
(Jon Strider)
There goes my Southern Sun
The walls are up, the work is done
They stole the place where my light come
Anyway
I’ll be OK

There goes my Southern Sun
Nothing strange, the big guys won
And part of me is going numb
Anyway
Let’s call it a day

I came here for a reason
I liked the way the sun would play
On my windowpane
And while I know the sun’s out there
I won’t share
The light no more
They closed the door

< instrumental solo : piano >

I came here for a reason
I liked the way the sun would play
On my windowpane
And while I know the sun’s out there
I won’t share
The light no more
They closed the door

There goes my Southern Sun
The kingdom came, the will be done
The shade got pulled and I can’t run
Anywhere...
There goes my Southern Sun
It once was here, now it’s gone
All that’s left me’s in a song
Anyway
I’ll be OK
Now it’s done

(c) 2016 Pacific Songworks BMI
NCB License secured - (p) 2016 New Sky Records
Track Name: True To You
TRUE TO YOU
(Jon Strider)
Drop the phone and the grocery list
I need your full attention
These are words you may not wanna miss
I really need to make you understand
I’m gonna be your forever man
So with this ring
I’ve come to promise this

I will be True To You, True To You
I will be True To You, True To You

When I was lookin’ in the wishin’ well
Saw your face and then I fell
Plain to see you ring the bell for me
You stole my heart, now take my hand
We got a ticket to the promised land
Thank the stars a love like ours can be

I will be True To You, True To You
I will be True To You, True To You

(Instrumental solo: French horn)

Were we the ones they were thinkin’ of?
Way back when they wrote the book of love?
Seems to me there’s a page or three on us
I’m gonna take you to the rainbow’s end
A faithful lover, a trusted friend
It’s gonna be a happy ending...
True___
I will be True To You (4x’s)

(c) 2016 Pacific Songworks BMI
NCB License secured - (p) 2016 New Sky Records
Track Name: When Someone Throws Your Love Away
WHEN SOMEONE THROWS YOUR LOVE AWAY
Words by Jane Getz / Music by Jon Strider

When Someone Throws Your Love Away
It’s like watching your money go down the drain
Like waitin’ for the pay-off
But you never get paid
When Someone Throws Your Love Away
Someone Throws Your Love Away

Times are tough, for money and love
Ain’t no gold mines for most of us
So if you want my love, just listen to me
Keep it in a safe place, spend it carefully___

When Someone Throws Your Love Away
It’s like watching your money go down the drain
Like waitin’ for the pay-off
But you never get paid
When Someone Throws Your Love Away
Someone Throws Your Love Away

(Instrumental solo: electric guitar)

Tough times for the average man
You can sell your soul, make lots of gold
Wind up with nothin’
So give me something of value
Something to keep
Let’s earn our love the hard way
Make it honestly___

When Someone Throws Your Love Away
It’s like watching your money go down the drain
Like waitin’ for the pay-off
But you never get paid
When Someone Throws Your Love Away
Someone Throws Your Love Away___
Yeah___
Throws your love away
When Someone Throws Your Love Away (Repeat Many X’s)

(c) 2016 Pacific Songworks BMI / Janiac Music BMI
NCB License secured - (p) 2016 New Sky Records
Track Name: Distance Do Me Good
DISTANCE DO ME GOOD
(Jon Strider-Simon Overgaard Lynge)
I left our home’s confusion
10,000 miles ago
A million steps to somewhere,
and nowhere I suppose
And I long for transformation
on these planes and midnight trains
Hope these wheels and wings,
and moving things
Can heal the passing days

I find there’s comfort in this motion
Distance Do Me Good
Just let me dive inside my ocean
Distance Do Me Good___
Do Me Good

It seemed our love had wandered
from the place it had begun
A strange and scary vacuum
from which I had to run
And the further that I get away
the closer I can see
These foreign winds and languages
Speak of you and me

I find there’s comfort in this motion
Distance Do Me Good
Just let me dive inside my ocean
Distance Do Me Good___
Do Me Good_

(Musical Interlude)

So where do we go from here
Just trying to buy some time
Excuse me for wondering
I’m kind of lost inside
I’ll let you know when I’m found

I find there’s comfort in this motion
Distance Do Me Good
Just let me dive inside my ocean
Distance Do Me Good_______
Do Me Good
Distance Do Me Good___
Distance Do Me Good___

(c) 2016 Pacific Songworks BMI / Maida Vale Music KODA-BMG Chrysalis
NCB License secured - (p) 2016 New Sky Records
Track Name: Strong In Spirit
STRONG IN SPIRIT
(Jon Strider-Nanne Emelie)
I will live my strongest wish
I will break beyond my borders
Standing naked like a newborn child
Strong In Spirit, free of fear
Strong In Spirit, free of fear

I will rise on Wings of Love
To take my Spirit high
I will stand on top of your mountain
For a moment or a lifetime
Wide open to receive
Wide open to believe___

I will live my strongest wish
I will break beyond my borders
Standing naked like a newborn child
Strong in Spirit, free of fear
Strong in Spirit, free of fear

Now I dare to see what’s true
I’m finally coming to
Really believe it, this bigger point of view
Now I take this leap of faith
and trust the steps I make
Feels so fragile
Feels so new___

(Instrumental solo: alto sax)

Now I live my strongest wish
As I break beyond my borders
Standing naked like a newborn child
Strong in spirit, free of fear
Strong in spirit, free of fear

(Musical Reprise)

(c) 2016 Pacific Songworks BMI
NCB License secured - (p) 2016 New Sky Records