Inward Outward Upward Studio Jams 1

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Album Notes

This album was created by dozens of musicians coming into stuido and saying hey listen to this tune and before auditioning giving a background on song and somehow the songs that stuck and are included on this album are for the most part the ones with the deepest most heart felt stories behind them. So when you listen go and check out the song "Bio" and realize songs are not only original but authentic stories of peoples real life experiences. 

Another different approach to our studio is that on the first album 100% proceeds of CD sales we donated to the local "Rescue Mission" here in our area to feed and assist the needy. We raised over $1000.00 which may not seem like allot of money but to a bunch of basically starving artist. So helping the less fortunate and raising the awareness of the tremendous benefits the Arts have to our society is a major goal of IOU Studio's.

Here below is a very brief description of some of the stories behind some of the songs of our 1st album.

There's a song on here about a guy who has Bi-Polar decease and during the recording of this Album he had a full blown psychological breakdown where he walked from Lansing, Michigan, to Fort Wayne, Indiana, was roaming through a neighborhood when he saw a cross on someones door then walked to the door rang the door bell and told the home owner I've arrived this is the place of my life's calling. Of course was hauled away in a paddy wagon and ended up in a padded room and actually wrote one of the songs on this Album from the padded room.

There's another song where one of the song writers during the period of the recording of this Album me and my wife went to dinner with them usually we would go in there home and play a game or two of billiards this night they decided to call it in early. However next morning the song writer calls my wife she answers the phone and he tells her that his wife my wife's best friend passed away right in front of him that morning. He was of course devastated and disappeared for around three years, then recovered and wrote loving and passionate song about the loss of his true love which is on this Album.

Another song is about a guy who one day in a hospital lost his only child in miscarriage and him and his wife were told they could never have children and wrote a song inspired from the loss and the act and power of kindness and the Holy Spirit.

Another song was written shortly after the invasion of The Iraq War while watching CNN and Secretary Rice explaining the political reasons for going to War contrasted with the heroism of our Soldiers but the darkness of our politicians who sometimes use military to benefit financially.

Another song about a seventeen year old girl who ventures to Venezuela to get and take back to the States her true love or about when she was bullied in High School and how she more than coped but amazingly grew stronger.

A song about walking into an office one morning to find out minutes later you're walking out the door jobless with kids to feed. An original blues idea of a blues song with a feel good message and beat how cool is that!!

An acoustic rock song about the endless era's of Sex Drugs and Rock n Roll and those priceless musicians we all miss Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, and many more who did not know the limits of when to have fun and when to know better, this song has a tribute video you will like for sure!!

These are a handful of the songs on this Album so how can you not purchase this Album to discover and match songs to the episodes and how they were expressed through the passion of music. Truly great songs are written from life's experiences that stain or glow our souls in such a way our feelings must be released to the audio waves we call music, but are really therapy for our hearts, body and soul.

Here below is an historical look at how studio came about and 1st album 

Hello name is Erik Mackey founder of IOU ARTS. Let me give you a quick history on how the music studio and this album came about. Graduated from MSU around mid eighties and was working in the Cable TV industry and doing photography, weddings, portraits, fine arts, the typical stuff. Was getting somewhat bored. So somehow that voice came to me. We all know the “Voice” but most times can’t or won’t put a name to it. Anyway the “Voice” said go get yourself a guitar, learn how to play, write some songs and record a cd. The next day went to Elderly Instruments in Lansing Michigan. There where what seemed like a thousand guitars hanging. Looked across the room and saw a white and red guitar that I thought looked cool. Sat down and strummed it. Of course not knowing anything about how guitars should play decided it looked cool, so let’s buy it. Put guitar up on counter gave them the couple hundred dollars asking price and walked out with antique 1964 Fender Mustang that is worth well over a thousand dollars today and has been a favorite guitar in studio ever since, in reality not the recommended manner in which to purchase a guitar. A little more research might be recommended.

Well to make a long story long ended up taking some lesson’s from a guy named Denis Bach, could not have found a better guitar teacher. Later after learning a few basic chords signed up for a song writing class at Lansing Community College, of course ended up writing a few songs for the class. Short time later ended up buying a used reel to reel recorder. Thus the very first recording session I had my brother, Stefan and his wife, Susan over. Susan went to Eastman Kodak, school of music, very renowned and graduated from MSU with Masters in music. To say the stuff we recorded was inventive would be a huge understatement. But the rush of playing music from deep within then playing it back was an absolute thrill and I was hooked.

We then started to record basically heavy metal Album were half way finished one night I ask hey where's the vocalist? "oh hey he said he couldn't make it anymore he has decided he's going door to door letting people know that our government is adding chemicals to our water system to alter our minds well that was the end of the Heavy Metal album era. Next effort more Country Rock half way done when tragically lead vocalist wife passes away from brain Tumor.

Well flash forward some twenty plus years and several different recording gizmos later and were just now finishing that album from so long ago. However I forgot to mention the “Voice” also said “You must not do this album alone. You must have others contribute and their contribution will be the real lesson” Well no truer words or should I say voices were ever spoken!

So drum roll please! Now let me introduce to you the Iconic, charismatic, epic, well I could go on and on but basically unbelievably great individuals who have made this album possible. But before I introduce them just let me say that the stories, events, crisis, joys, and laughs had by this group of musicians in the process of making this album I’m presently writing a screenplay because it warrants being seen to be believed and life lesson’s learned. I will of course not being using actual names or character’s because I do not believe in exploiting actual people’s lives.

So when I said long story long this is just how this album was started you will have to go see the movie to see the rest of the story behind the full making of the album. However you can be one of the first to buy the Album and feel the exhilaration of donating to all the struggling musicians everywhere and relieve your guilt of all the Album you have downloaded/stolen from the internet.


Musicians

Musicians in somewhat chronological order who contributed to making of –
“ Inward Outward Upward Studio Jam’s 1”

1. Stefan Mackey- My brother, my best friend and I may be biased but believe will go down in history as one of the, if not thee greatest “Master Style” oil painter’s of the twentieth century. Stefan doesn’t really technically play any instruments what so ever but when we recorded him on keys or bongo’s the Artistic passion came through stronger than 99% of fully trained musicians. (not actually on album but major impetuous to entire project)

2. Susan Mackey- The true dictionary definition of a musician. Susan is one of those people when playing say the piano there’s something within you that actually becomes part of the music, your soul is touched, the ultimate complement to any musician. (not actually on album but also major impetuous to entire project)

3. Mark Wesley- (Marko) Country/Rock musician and song writer extraordinaire. Mark’s songs come from real life experiences and it really comes through in his songs. Mark’s Song “It’s Gonna Rain” is personally one of my favorites on the Album.

4. Mark Stephen Gardner- (Face Book Mark Gardner) Now here’s one of those guys where he has so much energy and talent brewing inside him he’s constantly in a state of almost exploding. As soulful guitarist who plays guitar like a drum (also phenomenal drummer by the way) with and uncontrollable writing ability. Truly a musical genius if he puts his mind to it. Someone who when is soul was healed was with me every step of the way and truly appreciate you’re Faith and belief on this journey of ours!!!! Thanks Mark!!!!

521A0587 copy5. David Garret – (DJ Baby Boom) (BABYBOOM602@yahoo.com) Ahh yes Baby Boom the ultimate soul man, the crooner of hip, the salsa of sly. David can sing a song where you put lyrics in front of him for first time, reads it, says lets tape, and throws down first take. DJ Baby Boom is the man.

6. David Martin- (Cream Puff or Simply Drummer Dave) A human drum machine with soul. Can play drums with any style, any rhythm, any speed, any time ! Amazing. Another member who was there every step of the way and whose awesome and some would say sick sense of humor made the sometimes pressures of recording fun and enjoyable! Thanks Dave!!

7. Jake Shotrosky – The most all around musically talented of anyone involved in project. Jake can play several instruments superbly, guitar, bass, drums, trombone, trumpet, piano, just to name a few. Also an excellent song writer and back up vocalist. What can you say about Jake but keep it up you’re going places.(also bass player for QPN)

8. Quarter Past Never – Best band I’ve heard in ages. Its lead singer Bobby Jimenez (jimenezbobby@yahoo.com) - can flat out sing the lights out. Should be and most likely will behousehold name.

9. Cam (Cameronsedell@gmail.com) – young rhythm guitarist with more potential in his pinky than most guitarists has in a life time.

10. Mitch Foster – (Piano Man) I truly believe Mitch may be the only “Humble Genius” I’ve ever known. Some sort physicist by trade. Mitch is our spice, sugar coating, that little extra touch to a song that makes it complete. (web designer of IOU web site)

11. Teryn Gasper – (Face Book Teryn Gasper) What can you say without question the potential star of album!! Her vocal style is not only unique and Angel like beauty but her inner self is equal to her outward vocal stardom!!

12. Rafael – The international light to the world. If all humans on this earth could have a tenth the passion and energy of Rafael are world would be without problems, and his Sacred Grandfather’s acoustic guitar playing comes across as an outlet for his love for life and others!!


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Met these musicians via band meeting internet site. These guys get huge kudos’s because they contributed and believed in something site unseen.

13. Del Francisco – A sweet traditional blues style guitarist.

14. Pete Kittle – (Dr Bass) (backman888@yahoo.com) Nothing more can be said about Pete than best bass guitar player you’re ever going to hear thus “Dr Bass’ says it all.

15. Greg Miller (GMiller@PIRNIE.COM) – Pete’s buddy and basically a “Spiritual Guitar Player” You really have no idea how he can play soeffortlessly and creatively thus the “Spiritual Guitar Player”

16. Rich Ballard – (smoothstreet47@email.com) – Here’s a can I say a very kind man first and muti-talented musician foremost. Rich often tells how when he started in music it was as a soloist and he’s one who is rare in that he can pull off solo act or blend like a camel ion. Great vocalist and plays too many instruments to mention but drummer by nature.

17. Mindy Bradford – A Bass player and vocalist for the band Avon Bomb (http://www.myspace.com/Avon bomb) A must see band and Mindy a must see and meet person one of those musicians whose a credit to the trade and a pleasure just to meet

18. f.c.geil – (cougar@v-twin-rider.com) - The low end main man on the bass can also sing and play trombone.

19. Katy Mann – (kath2293@gmail.com) – The youngest in age but oldest in soul of our musicians a classical vocalist whose notes can make you tremble. Katy was our star actress in “Same Ol” video and her easy to work with attitude made it all possible.

20. Pat Dayton – Everyone has heard of the movie “The Natural” that’s Pat has only been playing guitar for six years let plays as if he has been playing for twenty plus years. Added to studio in all ways you need someone to add to a studio “Freakin Awesome”

21. Brent Domann – (bdomann@gmail.com) A seriously accomplished musician in all aspects of music can play bass, guitar, vocals, excellent song writer and ear for recording nuisances is superior.

22. Chad James – I guess they say “save the best for last” well certainly this is appropriate here. Chad is a straight lead vocalist extraordinaire can sing all styles and has a style completely his alone which is what separates the good vocalist from the great vocalist. On this cd we owe so much to Chad for his talents and his laid back easy to work with approach in studio is priceless.


IOU Album Song List and Artist

"Inward Outward Upward Studio Jam 1"


1. "Take Me Away"
Music By- Mark Gardner
Lyrics By- Mark Gardner
Lead Vocalist- Chad James, Guitar- Mark Gardner, Drums- Dave Martin, Bass- Mark Gardner, Lead Guitar- Mark Gardner.

After recent ugly divorce song writer is invited to go to Lake Michigan for a day he walks down the beach a ways sits under a bridgeon a rock with his guitar begins playing a nice, pretty, young lady walks by listens to him they chat and he writes this song.


2. "Adrenaline"
Music By - Teryn Gasper
Lyrics By - Teryn Gasper
Lead Vocals - Teryn Gasper, Acoustic Guitar- Ralphael Pastrano, Bass- Richard Ballard, Drums- Erik Mackey

A romantic tale of first real "Love" that we all have and all cherish but of course must let go and move on as all first loves usually do except in the movies and some very rare moments.

 


3. "Deep Dark Jungle"
Music By - Erik Mackey
Lyrics By - Erik Mackey
Lead Vocals and Harmonies - Bobby Jimenez, Rhythm Guitar- "Cam" Cameronsedell, Acoustic Guitar- Erik Mackey,
Bass- Fritz XXXX, Drums- Richard Ballard, Lead Guitar- Del Fransico, Synthesizer- Richard Ballard

Just after the invasion of Iraq while watching Secretary of Defense, Rice, explaining rational's for going to War this song was written about the heroic sacrafice of Soldiers and their struggle's after returning from War compared to politicians easy path to waging decisions based more on the simple power of the green than the morals of right vs wrong.


4. "Funk Farm"
Music By - Mark Gardner
Lyrics By - Tom Stratton
Lead Vocals and Harmonies- David Garrett, Rhythm Guitar- Jacob Shotrosky, Bass- Mark Gardner, Drums Lead and Solo- David
Martin, Kit- Erik Mackey, also Lead Ashtray- David Martin

This song was written practiced and final recording in less than half an hours time. A friend with no musical background was visiting studio and came up with lyrics of dude driving down a country road and running into a Farm of Musicians and amazement.



5. "Smooth Street
Music By - Rich Ballard
Lyrics By - Rich Ballard
Lead Vocals and Harmonies- Rich Ballard, Bass- Dr Pete Kittle, Synthesizer/Piano - Richard Ballard, Drums - Richard Ballard.

Generally it is what it is a smooth path to take instead of the crooked one


6. "Saw My Baby"
Music By - Erik Mackey
Lyrics By - Erik Mackey
Lead Vocals and Harmonies- Erik Mackey, Drums- Erik Mackey, Rhythm Guitar- Mark Gardner, Lead Guitar - Mark Gardner.

Twelve Bar Blues experiment instead of having a song about emptiness, turmoil, sadness, and loss it's a "Happy" blues tune.


7. "Gypsies Cafe"
Music By - Richard Ballard
Lyrics By - Richard Ballard
Acoustic Guitar - Richard Ballard, Synth- Richard Ballard, Drums- Richard Ballard, Violin - Jay Jong.

A smooth dinner cafe overlooking the vast caribean ocean with gentle breeze making your skin feel fresh.


8. "It's Gonna Rain"
Music By - Mark Wesley
Lyrics By - Mark Wesley
Lead Vocas- Mark Wesley, Harmonies- Mark Wesley, Rhythm Guitar- Greg Miller, Drums- David Martin, Lead Guitar- Del
Fransisco, Bass- Dr Pete Kittle

A song about where one of the song writers during the period of the recording of this Album me and my wife went to dinner with them usually we would go in there home and play a game or two of billiards this night they decided to call it in early. However next morning the song writer calls my wife she answers the phone and he tells her that his wife my wife's best friend passed away right in front of him that morning. He was of course devastated and disappeared for around three years, then recovered and wrote loving and passionate song about the loss of his true love which is on this Album.


9. "Thank God"
Music By - Teryn Gasper
Lyrics By - Teryn Gasper
Lead Vocals- Teryn Gasper, Harmonies- Teryn Gasper, Piano- Teryn Gasper, Acoustic Guitar- Ralphael Pastrano, Violen- Jay
Jong, Synthesizer- Richard Ballard, Drums- Richard Ballard, Synthesizer Bass- Richard Ballard. Master Ding- Erik Mackey

The experience of being bullied and ridiculed during those fragile High School years triggered this song of overcoming through Higher Powers and growing even better from bad experiences.


10. "Same Ol, Same Ol"
Music By- Mark Gardner
Lyrics By- Mark Gardner
Lead Vocals- Chad James, Acoustic Guitar- Mark Gardner, Drums- Dave Martin, Group Chorus- Chad James, Mark Gardner,
Dave Martin, Erik Mackey,

An acoustic rock song about the endless era's of Sex Drugs and Rock n Roll and those priceless musicians we all miss Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, and many more who did not know the limits of when to have fun and when to know better, this song has a tribute video you will like for sure!!


11. "The Doctor"
Music By - Erik Mackey
Lyrics By - Erik Mackey
Lead Vocals- Richard Ballard, Harmonies- Erik Mackey, Rhythm Guitar- Mark Gardner, Bass- Dr Pete Kittle, Sax- Sanford Watss,
Drums- David Martin, percussion- Erik Mackey

A song about walking into an office one morning to find out minutes later you're walking out the door jobless with kids to feed.


12. "Transmissions From An Empty Room"
Music By - Mark Gardner
Lyrics By - Mark Gardner
Lead Vocals- David Garrett, Rhythm Guitar- Mark Gardner, Lead Guitar- Greg Miller, Drums- David Martin, Bass- Del Fransisco

A song about a guy who has Bi-Polar decease and during the recording of this Album he had a full blown psychological breakdown where he walked from Lansing, Michigan, to Fort Wayne, Indiana, was roaming through a neighborhood when he saw a cross on someones door then walked to the door rang the door bell and told the home owner I've arrived this is the place of my life's calling. Of course was hauled away in a paddy wagon and ended up in a padded room and actually wrote one of the songs on this Album from the padded room.

 


13. "Freezin Rain"
Music By - Erik Mackey
Lyrics By - Erik Mackey
Lead Vocals - David Garrett, Harmonies- David Garrett, Rhythm Guitar- Mark Gardner, Bass- Mark Gardner, Harmonica- Mitch Foster,
Synthesizer- Mitch Foster

A view of the hungry and how the world tries to make the idea of people being cold and hungry a complex, and impossible delema when really its basically simple greed and too little actual caring

 


14. "End Of The Road"
Music By - Mark Wesley
Lyrics By - Mark Wesley
Lead Vocals- Mark Wesley, Harmonies- Mindy Bradford, Bass- Del Fransisco, Drums- Nate Vanhoorelbeke,

Where does a romance, a life a dream start and where does it begin. Is the beginning really the end or the end really the beginning

 


15. "Morning"
Music By - Erik Mackey and Mark Gardner
Lyrics By - Erik Mackey
Lead Vocals- Teryn Gasper, Harmonies- Teryn Gasper, Acoustic Guitar- Ralphael Pastrano Lead Guitar- Mark Gardner, Drums-
Erik Mackey, Piano- Mitch Foster

Another song is about a guy and his wife who one day in a hospital lost their child in miscarriage and he and his wife were told they could never have children and wrote a song inspired from the loss and the act and power of kindness and the Holy Spirit. 

 


As you can see music has history and this Album will be history and thus no choice really a truly must have Enjoy!! and Stay in tune with IOU Studio at iouarts.com