After the Storm is the beginning of Creativity for J.P. Kallio

Every time singer/songwriter J.P. Kallio mentions that he has a new album out, I am always excited about it. I will explain the reasons why. First, I knew of his talent from his two bands and I know he is prolific. You have would probably agree with me that we are so damn lazy sometimes to get off our coaches and do something out there that can affect other people in a positive way. Yes we know we can do it because we have creativity but, motivation is not there. And J.P. is immuned to this creative laziness. Just look at his website and you will know what I mean.afterthestormalbumcover

He is also a blogger. That’s the second thing. In fact he is more productive than I am. I am amaze at the amount of ideas he can come up in a week. And on top of these crazy stuff, he also tours with his band. Really crazy eh? He is a staunch advocate of coffee in the morning. I guess I need to trust that coffee can make the world beautiful!

He is a musician’s friend. He is not bothered to share his craft and the tips that can go a long way. Now that his new album is out let me tell you what it is. It has twelve songs. The title is After The Storm. Which becomes clear when you finish listening to the twelve songs. These are acoustic tracks recorded with guitar and other instruments. The general feeling is that of being inside a coffee house. The songs vary from laid back, relaxing ballads to faster ones with provocative themes. For example Fool is a song about the perils of alcoholism but written in a humorous way.

If you love Dylan then you will love the title track. It has that amazing guitar playing which I haven’t heard in like ages. Still others are interesting on both the lyrical and musical aspects. Mama Was Right is heartwarming as a freshly baked muffin. So take your pick now and listen to the intelligence that flows in every song. And yes you will feel his big heart that knows how to love creativity.

You can buy the album from iTunes:

Ellie Goulding – All I Want (Kodaline Cover)


Today I got a nice surprise courtesy of my soundcloud stream. It’s this beautiful cover of Kodaline’s All I Want done by the angelic Ellie Goulding. This is a moving ballads that, coupled with her delicate voice, becomes an answer from heaven.

You might be out there somewhere with your tired body or soul. You might be starting your day feeling the pangs of loneliness brough about by a recent loss. Or you are just lost and don’t know how to find your way back. Let this song find your way back home.

It reminds me of my sweet childhood. It’s a place where it seems nothing could go wrong. I miss the kindness and sweetness all around me. And this song made me feel good today. I hope it does the same to you.

As we both drown in our black coffee, I am raising my mug to you. I hope you find your way.