J PAUL MOORE MUSIC

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I am pleased to announce the release of a new album done in collaboration with my friend Dory Rebekah Ford. The album is a showcase of some really good music, but it is also a tribute to a very special friendship with Dory's daddy, Jimmy Ford. 

 

 

I met Jimmy Ford when I was a student at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in the early 1980s. When striking up a first conversation with Jimmy, few would have guessed he held such a distinguished rank as Chair of the University’s Foreign Language Department. He came across as a country boy from Alabama—down to earth, kind, courteous, compassionate, and very humble. As we became the best of friends, Jimmy and I shared life’s tragedies and triumphs, joys and heart breaks. We knew that rare bond where two friends are able to look into each other’s soul, see, and unconditionally accept each other exactly as they are. As a linguist, Jimmy had a deep love for words that truly meant something. He was an intellectual giant who was able to craft words that capture the essence of the human condition with all its beauty, ugliness, hope, and ambiguity.  We spent a lot of time together with our two guitars, singing songs we had written and talking about life. I never felt more seen, acknowledged, or appreciated.

 

When Jimmy’s daughter Dory was born, I went over to see her, held her in my arms, and the two of us became buddies. I watched Dory grow until it came time for me to leave Fayetteville. Dory went on to become a classically trained vocalist, teaching voice and ensemble performance at Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. As my life journey after college led me far away from Fayetteville, my special friendship with Jimmy transcended time and distance. In 2007 both Jimmy and I were diagnosed with cancer. Jimmy would pass within the next year while I remain, as Luke The Drifter put it, to finish with the scroll.

 

At Jimmy’s 70th birthday party, the last one he would have, I met Ben Hall, another of Jimmy’s close music friends and the other guitarist on the album. When I contacted Ben about playing with us, he told me, “Paul, I will move Heaven and Earth to be there.” Ben’s artful guitar licks on the album are his own tribute to songs he once thought he might never hear again.

 

Done in collaboration with Dory Rebekah Ford, this album celebrates and pays tribute to a special friendship with someone I see as truly one of the finest human beings ever to walk the earth. When I reached out to Dory for help, she confided she had been waiting for the chance to collaborate with one of her daddy’s music friends on just such a project.

 

The selections on the album are a combination of songs written by Jimmy Ford plus some of my own original work.  The songs are representative of our shared perspectives on life; most we actually sang together. Without exception, everyone who was invited to be a part of the project readily grasped the compelling significance of the undertaking and gave it their all—my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to you all.

 

J. Paul Moore 

 

My father was a simple yet complicated individual. He raised me to love and respect music, family, education and, above all, friendship. Friends meant the world to my father and any friend was considered family in his mind. He wasn’t always the easiest person, but he was always himself and spoke his truth, which is more than I can say for most people. I loved my father deeply and was lucky enough to have a very rich and meaningful relationship with him. A year before his death, I had decided to begin learning guitar so that I could sing his music and pass it on to my children. Now, Daddy always said you only needed 4 chords to write any song, but when you start playing his music you realize that was all just his humble spirit and good sense of humor. His music is layered, beautiful, profound and, sometimes, wickedly funny, just like my father. It has been a dream of mine to produce my father’s music. I am forever grateful to Paul for contacting me that day and making this dream possible. I so appreciate the passion and hard work that he has done to complete this record. I want to thank all of you who helped to bring this album to life, especially our old friend Ben Hall, and my godfather, JT Rose, my father’s best friend, bassist, confidant and chosen brother in this life. A very special thank you to my mom, who saved my father’s life and continues to support me in each and every single way I could ever dream up. Thank you to my amazing husband, Jesse, for his unwavering support and my two beautiful children, Elisabetta and Eliot, who keep me singing and making music every day.

Dory Rebekah Ford-Sibley


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                                                              October 2, 2017

  Mandolin Magic


Ten years ago (2007) I was sick with cancer, and I didn't even know if I would live long enough to play music again.
 I had always been fascinated with the jazz styling of Tiny Moore and wanted to play his type of mandolin.  I commissioned Jonathan Mann of Joelton, TN. to build a jazz mandolin similar to what Tiny  had.   He was able to finish it for me in about three months, and I was able to play it during the later stages of chemo and radiation therapies. With much prayer and good medical care I went into remission.

 As I sat in the treatment room one day hooked up to the IV,  I decided I wanted to do an album with my long time friends that would feature the Jazz Mandolin.

It is with pride and humility that we present this collection, and our sincere hope is that it will bring listening pleasure as great as the fun we all had making it.

Paul Moore




 Mandolin Magic CD Preview



  1. Twelfth Street Rag

    2. The Nearness of You

    3. Little Axe

   4. Laura

     5. Oh, Lady Be Good!

     6. Mandolin Magic

     7. It's All in the Game

     8. A Waltz for Yesterday

     9. Tangerine

     10. Canadian Sunset

     11. Paul's Boogie

     12. Old Cape Cod

     13. Jersey Bounce

     14. The Way You Look Tonight

     15. September Rain

 
 



Central Standard Time CD Preview

 
    1.  Introduction

    2.  I Can’t Give You Anything But Love 

    3.  Secret Love

   
4.  Bill Bailey

    5. Deep Purple
 
    6.   Kansas City Kitty   
     
   
7.  Tenderly

    8.  CST Blues

     9.  Moonlight In Vermont

   10.  Up A Lazy River

   11.  I'm Confessin'

   12.  I"m In The Mood For Love

   13.  Moon Glow

   14.  Charmaine
  
   15.  Autumn Leaves




  

Central Standard Time

It takes time for songs to demonstrate long term, enduring appeal.  The pieces selected for this album are among my favorites.  Listeners will recognize many of the tunes. However, since most of these songs have long since dropped off the popular music charts, this maybe a first acquaintance for some.  To be sure there will be something new for everyone, we’ve used one original blues tune.  Even as new music evolves, it is intimately connected to its roots in the essential standards of the previous era.  As you listen to this music, the recording musicians hope you will agree…it’s always a good time for a standard.

MUSICIANS

Paul Moore                       5 String Fiddle

KK Kennedy                      Piano

RJ Greenwood                  Lead Guitar

David Staples                    Rhythm Guitar

Perry Kennedy                 Bass

Noah Kee                           Drums

 

 Recorded February 3, 2001 at:

Blue Chair Recording Studio, Cabot, AR

Engineered by: Darian Stribling

Photography by:  Chuck Turner

Clocks:  Courtesy of Craig Carlson of the

Ideal Clock Shop, Jonesboro, AR


Special Thanks:  To each individual who gave of their time and talent to make this project a reality.  This includes the musicians as well as the many people who have liked my music and who encouraged me to play.  Special acknowledgement is due Mr. Harry E Smith of Fort Worth TX, the finest violin mechanic north of the equator.  Not only has Harry kept my fiddles working well for me the last 10 years, but also he has shown much kindness, support, and encouragement.  Harry introduced me to the fantastic yet not widely known talent of the late Tommy Camfield whose musical craftsmanship any aspiring bow puller would do well to study.  Thanks for everything Harry.

 

Prominent Musical Influences: Hank Thompson, Johnny Gimble, Tommy Camfield. Thanks, fellows, for your inspiration.

 

Manufactured by Raney Recording Studio, Drasco, AR 72530

(870) 668-3222    www.raneyrecordingstudio.com

Mandolin Magic


04-04-11

Words of thanks to the players:

My good friends, and I do consider each of you to be my friend, I want to thank you for your collective contributions to our recent Mandolin Magic project. You all played great and I was well pleased.

 David and I have played many a gig together, and his superb rhythm work always makes the leads sparkle. Thanks David, for being there.

Scotty played absolutely exquisite steel and yet was able to intersperse his own personality into his playing. You don't bump into this level of talent everyday. Thanks Scotty.
 
I met Darrel for the first time the night before our session.  How about that? His playing was excellent, and it provided just the right contrast in timbre and expressive approach to bring freshness and needed variation to the mix. Thanks Darrel, for jumping in your car and coming to rescue us at the midnight hour.

I've known Penny for only a couple of years, but the first time I heard her play, I liked her energy. Jazz is a relatively new style for her, but boy can she do it! Penny used this project (very appropriately I think) as a good reason to go ahead and purchase the brand new Eminence bass she played. How's that for commitment to the cause? Good job Penny!

Every time I listen to the CD, I marvel at how Mel keeps things from ever getting boring with his appropriately timed variations in rhythmic style and attack. Mel, I don't think Buddy Rich himself could have done a better job with those brushes. What a shame that your style of playing is in such short supply today.

How often is a musician privileged to do an album with a fellow musician with whom he attended first grade? Not only did Bro. Robert Huston do fine piano work on the project, but he has helped out in more ways than I have paper to mention. With his first class networking skills, he has interested at least three journalists in doing articles on our project. He was responsible for finding Darrel to play with us. His energy and excitement have been invaluable.

My friend Chuck Turner and his wife Diane traveled all the way from Arkansas to be present at the recording session. Chuck did the photography for the project, designed my web site, and lent much moral support. Thanks for the pizza Chuck and Diane.

I would be remiss if I did not thank my wonderful wife of 25 years, Louella Moore for all she has done to make the project a success. She devoted countless hours to research, typing, and general grunt work that I was not able to do. Louella has the highest level of personal integrity of any person I have ever known, and she has been a true angel in my life.

Four years ago, when I was diagnosed with cancer, I thought about foregoing the chemo and radiation and going gently into that good night. I decided not to go gently, and I found the will to fight and beat the cancer for two primary reasons: First, I wanted to spend more time with Louella. Secondly, I was not through playing music. I remain to do both, and these are my priorities.

I'm touched and I'm honored that you all saw that with me, it's always about the music; not ego, not personalities, but the music. Thank you all for getting on the same page with me and making a fine recording that we can all be proud of.

Keep Swinging,

Paul




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