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FreeAudioPlayer Compilation Volume 1

Includes the Jon Solo/Kim Novak Collaboration "Beautiful Brown Eyes."

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Kim and Friends' Songs
Easy Listening

Songs

Orbit 

Kim Novak

My friend Jerell gave me a guitar chord as a present when I was feeling mistreated and stressed at work. He said it's a peaceful guitar chord and suggested I sit and play it to relieve stress. It's the first chord in "Orbit" after the spooky space noises. Thank you, Jerell. The space theme is just because I love the planets and stars.

When I Awake 

Kim Novak

I was thinking two things about dreams when I wrote this. One was what it would be like if you could pick what you dreamed. What would you dream? I'm not sure I'd know what to pick. And then I thought about those wonderful dreams where you wake up the next morning feeling disappointed that it was only a dream. Like when I dreamed I got a new bicycle as a kid and woke up knowing I didn't have a new bicycle. Would you set yourself up for that disappointment if you could choose your dreams? And then I turned it into a love song because the music begged for a love song.

The Things I Have Left 

Kim Novak

Inspired by my Dad. I've been wanting to write a song for him for nine years. I guess it needed to marinate.

In My Room 

Novak and Reeder

The first song Jim Reeder has ever recorded entirely with his dreamy falsetto voice. And he sings the heck outta those high notes. It's a fun cover of a Beach Boys song. Hear it at FreeAudioPlayer.

Brown Eyes (Jon Solo) 

Jon Solo and Kim Novak

Jon Solo took this song to the new level. He brought emotion out of it that I didn't even know was there. The strings are reminiscent of an Elton John classic, and the classical guitar bridge he added has such texture! This version has been a favorite on Ampcast Radio.

Brown Eyes (Milo Black) 

Milo Black

Milo took my little acoustic song and turned it into a grand lush rock instrumental as only he can do. He recorded this one especially for the Strange Sandwich Music Under The Covers CD. It was the first remake of Brown Eyes.

A Different Kind of Love 

Raspberry Silk

This sweet adult contemporary pop song is not a 'hearts and flowers' love song. It's a love song for a friend who you haven't treated very well, but who stuck by you all the same.

Space Needle (Rob Blaikie) 

Rob Blaikie

Rob Blaikie covered this song for the Strange Sandwich "Under The Covers" compilation CD. It's a laid back moody instrumental version of my song about a visit to Seattle.

Abdication 

Raspberry Silk

A song of powerlessness, resignation and acceptance - but not hopelessness.

Take My Hand (Phil Traynor) 

Phil Traynor

After recording this song as a big charity collaboration with the Independent Artists Coalition, Phil Traynor wanted to do his own version. He asked me to provide the lead vocal.

Long Road Home 

Rose and Blows

This is a sad song.

Cleaning House in My Head 

Eric Steffensen (aka the tarotkid)

I love singing harmony with other people. I remember recording this one. It was New Year's Day, 2001. My favorite line in this song is, "Thoughts are scattered without a clue / Varied random pictures of time with you."

A Little Bit 2.0 

Rose and Blows

An acoustic duet remake of a song I wrote.

A Place For Me 

Kim Novak and Milo Black

This is a writing collaboration between Jeremiah Gilbert and me. He sent me some lyrics, and I wrote the music to go with them. A story of unrequited love. Milo Black helped out by providing bass and lead guitar.