See MP3 Index (below) to listen to and/or download all of Jim's songs.
Visit Jim's website: http://www.backfencemusic.com
(June, 2014) I've been living in Raleigh, NC, USA since around 1994; I'm originally from the Boston, MA area. I was born in 1959, and my parents noticed that I took a liking to a little toy-like "organ" they bought when I was about 7. This little "organ" had 3 octaves of keys, and chord-buttons for the left hand! From there, I took some lessons on a Lowrey Holiday Deluxe organ (1960s-era). The picture here shows me as a kid playing the Lowrey.
I started playing in "makeshift" bands in high school, doing occasional gigs with friends etc. Back then, we mostly played music from that era (1960s and 1970s). Due to the organ lessons, I also learned a lot of other styles, such as the music of the earlier part of the 20th century (Big-Band, swing, ballroom styles, etc.) and a bit of classical.
Later, I played in a bunch of "classic-rock-focused" bands in my college, doing all kind of gigs for parties, banquets, wedding receptions and the like. Most of these were 5- or 6-piece bands. In New England where I was from, this kind of band was called a "GB band" ("GB", I think, stood for "General Business"). Around college age and beyond, I took up more and more interest in more varieties of music styles, from classical to jazz to adding to the "classic rock" tunes I played. I also got more into R&B, blues and "Beach" music. I always had a love for pipe organs – both theatre and classical/liturgical types of pipe organs.
I probably discovered "Arranger" keyboard in the 1980s or so, buying my first Technics keyboard – the KN-800. Technics became the brand I liked, and I bought about "every-other" model, up to the KN-7000 (I tended to skip one new model and wait for the 2nd/next new model before buying a new keyboard). On the side, I was still playing theatre and classical organs from time to time, and I usually had an organ of some kind in the house in addition to my keyboard rig.
When Technics stopped making keyboards, I jumped over to the Tyros line purchasing a Tyros3 after selling my KN-7000. As of 2014, I use the Tyros5 as the main part of my rig. I still play with a band, which plays as a 5-piece group as well as some members and I play gigs as a duo or trio. About half of my gigs are solo, which I play on the arranger keyboard using styles etc. For the duo and trio, I also use the styles, but let the other players play the acoustic guitar and electric guitar parts live. For the full band, I'm more a "pure keyboard" player, since we have live drums and bass!
I still enjoy a really wide variety of music from classical to rock, and a lot in between. I like to find unusual "novelty" songs too, that aren't heard or played as often as the more popular tunes. We have a "custom" built (by a friend and I) Hauptwerk-based organ at home (pictured here), so I still play theatre and classical organ music, in addition to the music I play on my keyboard rig.
I love to play, and hope that I can do it until "the day I die" -- if the mind and body are willing! Although I do a few gigs a month, my favorite thing is just to gather some music-minded friends (players, singers, and those that just enjoy listening to impromptu live music) together and have a jam session, or as I call it, a "music night", at my house.
Some of my other interests are video-making (shooting, editing), photography, tennis, winter sports, science fiction (movies, books) and home theatres.
The Tyros3 songs below are demos I recorded for my duo, "Backfence". Most of the music heard is me on the Tyros3, played live (no overdubbing). There is some acoustic guitar played by Tom Devito, who also sings. I sing 'backup' harmony on a few tunes, but he does most of the singing. Everything was recorded "live", that is, keyboards, vocals, guitar, all at the same time (not done via 'multi-tracking').
(April, 2017) The songs I am adding this month were recorded by me "solo." They were all done on the Tyros5, and most have me playing the song "live", then I added 1 extra pass or layer to add one extra sound (i.e. one pass of an extra 'track' added). I recorded all of these in late 2016.
Recent songs are in the Jukebox above. All of Jim's songs are listed below alphabetically by title. Click on any song title to listen to and/or download the song. The vocals are done by Tom Devito with Jim on the Tyros3.
All By Myself (Tyros5) 4/12/2017
All I Ask Of You (Tyros5) 4/12/2017
All Of Me (vocal) (Tyros3) 7/1/2014
Boardwalk (Tyros5) 4/12/2017
Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Tyros5) 4/12/2017
Bring It On Home To Me (vocal) (Tyros3) 6/23/2014
Climb Every Mountain (Tyros5) 4/12/2017
Crazy (Tyros5) 4/27/2017
Fiddler Medley (Tyros5) 4/27/2017
From A Distance (Tyros5) 4/27/2017
Gimme Three Steps (vocal) (Tyros3) 7/1/2014
Goin' To Carolina (vocal) (Tyros3) 7/1/2014
Have I Told You Lateley (Tyros5) 4/27/2017
How Sweet It Is (vocal) (Tyros3) 6/23/2014
I Only Have Eyes For You (vocal) (Tyros3) 8/6/2014
I Saw Her Standing There (vocal) (Tyros3) 7/1/2014
I Will (vocal) (Tyros3) 7/1/2014
I Will Survive (Tyros5) 4/27/2017
I'm A Believer (vocal) (Tyros3) 8/6/2014
In My Arms (Tyros5) 5/13/2017
Joy To The World (vocal) (Tyros3) 8/6/2014
Longer (vocal) (Tyros3) 7/1/2014
Memory (Tyros5) 5/13/2017
Misty (Tyros5) 5/13/2017
Moondance (vocal) (Tyros3) 8/6/2014
My Girl (vocal) (Tyros3) 6/23/2014
My Heart Will Go On (Tyros5) 5/13/2017
My Way (Tyros5) 5/13/2017
Old Time Rock And Roll (vocal) (Tyros3) 7/1/2014
On My Own (Tyros5) 5/23/2017
Peaceful Easy Feeling (vocal) (Tyros3) 6/23/2014
Proud Mary (vocal) (Tyros3) 8/6/2014
Rhythm Of The Rain (vocal) (Tyros3) 6/23/2014
Runaway (vocal) (Tyros3) 6/23/2014
Satisfaction (vocal) (Tyros3) 8/6/2014
Spanish Eyes (Tyros5) 5/23/2017
Sunrise Sunset (Tyros5) 5/23/2017
Sweet Caroline (vocal) (Tyros3) 8/6/2014
Sweet Home Alabama (vocal) (Tyros3) 8/6/2014
Unforgettable (Tyros5) 5/23/2017
When I'm Sixty (vocal) (Tyros3) 6/23/2014
You've Got A Friend (Tyros5) 5/23/2017