Life's an Adventure - Song CD contains 10 originals by Larry Jones
We Are - Song CD contains 8 originals by Larry Jones
I Just Live to Love You *
For sound bytes of the songs marked * and others, go to: The Music of Larry Jones
The first songs written by Larry Jones were done by working out the notes on the piano and writing them down on manuscript paper. After being taught some scales and chords by Nana Jones—this certainly was a form of encouragement—the songs started flowing off the piano keys. This was the procedure from 1954 until the mid 60s when he aquired his first tape recorder. Now they could all go dawn on tape. By this time the guitar was the first instrument of songwriting. Many years and many songs later came the first formal instruction in songwriting. The melodies became more vibrant and the lyrics more well crafted to the song theme. Associations with many other aspiring songwriters in NCSA (Northern California Songwriters Association), now WCS (West Coast Songwriters), provided much support, education and comparisons of work. There were many song publishers, producers, professional writers and experienced singer/songwriters available for instruction, evaluation, tips and demonstration. Larry became involved.
Fields of Salinas
When You Smile
Turn Me Loose
How You Make My Heart Feel
She Takes Care of Me
Songwriting is like writing a three minute story; the beginning, the middle, the end; the picture and the emotion. The marriage of melody and lyric; all these and more are the basic requirements of a good song.
The Mighty Gray
Number One Believer
Number One Believer
There was a lot of fun in writing and singing but just as much fun was working as a volunteer in the songwriter's projects. Managing song screenings, works in progress, open mics and assisting with the annual conference provided a great satisfaction. In addition to the fulfilment, rewards such as the volunteer of the year award were most gratifying. There may not be a number one hit among them but an average of a song a month for fifty years is enough to make quite a collection.
For lyrics to some of Larry's songs go to:
The Songs of Larry Jones
Also includes guitars, more songs and albums, and pictures.