Magazine Gap & Slipstream~ Expression Through Song

I was delighted to find a message from an amazing vocalist who introduced me to his band’s music; Magazine Gap who hails from the United kingdom
Every once in a while a song will take my breath the first time I hear it because the lyrics or the music or both express something maybe we have been deeply feeling. But there are feelings or circumstances even as a writer I struggle to find the accurate words to express it. 
 Magazine Gap has an empowering piece of music in this song: lyrically & musically.
James so wisely expresses with his lyrics.“caught in the slipstream of life” just exactly what I knew to be my own experience. Only now through James & Magazine Gap’ I have a word that so adequately expresses that Slipstream
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Please enjoy Magazine Gap’s signature style and sound. 
See below links to learn more about the band and their music.
 I thank you James.


a brief bio  about the band Magazine Gap

” Cookie is a veteran session player and music producer who I (James) was introduced to when looking for someone to produce my debut album, “No Coincidence” (available on iTunes etc…!!). An amazing musician and producer, he did such an incredible job and we became very close friends. up. Alex was a classically trained but highly versatile pianist who was making a name for himself on the jazz scene in London; Cookie had previously met him on a session they did together and kept his details for a future project – he thought he’d be perfect for us. How right he was! Alex made such a significant contribution to the sound that it became apparent very quickly that we were morphing into a band with a distinct sound (as opposed to that of a singer/songwriter with a backing group).

We therefore created Magazine Gap, and haven’t looked back!  ~ James


Acoustic Saturdays; with Hunter Van Larkins


by Hunter Van Larkins.

Ross Hunter and Owen Van-Larkins are Hunter Van Larkins.

“Breakthrough”, an original composition from their CD “Myriad” available at… and itunes

These two incredibly talented and gifted young musicians met while studying music at Southbank College in Brisbane and soon afterwards began writing and performing their own unique brand of Celtic, Folk and Spanish flavoured acoustic guitar music. From their early compositions it was clear an extraordinary new talent had arrived on the Australian music scene.

Visit Hunter Van Larkins at…

Guitar Tabs available at…

What Blues Really Mean by John H. ( Original )

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“What Blues Really Mean”
        by John H.
John is a vocal extraordinaire with just the right balance of range for singing the blues.
It s Barefoot Music’s pleasure to feature this independent artist & his original tune today.

Introducing: Independent Artist Nigel Brown

I ran across Nigel Brown’s music last year while browsing music video‘s and have become an ardent fan of his music. Lyrically he always leaves me impressed with how he puts together thoughts we might all have into song.

Adding his signature lead guitar solos and riffs to his voice is the melodic tone that creates such a sweet sound.

Please meet Nigel Brown from the UK.

Sunday Love Songs: Mike Masse’s “Wonderful Tonight” ( E. Clapton cover)

I apologize for this Sunday’s post coming so late into the day/night.

Wonderful tonight 
Composed by Eric Clapton ( 1976)
Covered & performed by independent artists
~ Mike Mass ~Jeff Hall ~ Tom Hall ~

Notes from Wikipedia:

Wonderful Tonight” is a ballad written by Eric Clapton. It was included on Clapton’s 1977 album Slowhand. Clapton wrote the song about Pattie Boyd, and it is mentioned in her autobiographical book Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me. The song was a modest hit upon its release, charting at #16 Billboard Hot 100 and #39 Adult Contemporary in the US and #30 in the UK.

On 7 September 1976, Clapton wrote “Wonderful Tonight” for Boyd while waiting for her to get ready to attend Paul and Linda McCartney‘s annual Buddy Holly party. Of “Wonderful Tonight”, Boyd would say: “For years it tore at me. To have inspired Eric, and George before him, to write such music was so flattering. ‘Wonderful Tonight’ was the most poignant reminder of all that was good in our relationship, and when things went wrong it was torture to hear it.”

Acoustic Saturdays with Mike Masse “Now That I Know”

Mike Masse my newest study was introduced to me by a friend from Argentina. It amazes me how music knows no borders. I love that!

This Mike Masse acoustic is an original that I will let his own words speak of: ” Thinking through what’s ahead after a trusting and loving relationship starts to die demands a nostalgic longing for what once was. So the question is…can you go back…return to the feelings that once were?” ~ Mike Masse

More of Mikes’ music will be following. He has become a favorite of Barefoot Music. Thanks to my friend who discovered him for me.




A Comparison: One Tune – Three Versions – “One” (U2 & two covers)

” One ” ( U2 w/Bono




Is it getting better?
Or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now?
You got someone to blame

You say, one love, one life
When it’s one need in the night
One love, we get to share it
Leaves you baby if you don’t care for it

Did I disappoint you?
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without

Well it’s too late tonight
To drag the past out into the light
We’re one but we’re not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other

Have you come here for forgiveness?
Have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus?
To the lepers in your head

Did I ask too much? More than a lot
You gave me nothin’ now it’s all I got
We’re one but we’re not the same
Well we hurt each other then we do it again

You say love is a temple, love a higher law
Love is a temple, love the higher law
You ask me to enter but then you make me crawl
And I can’t be holdin’ on to what you got
When all you got is hurt

One love, one blood
One life, you got to do what you should
One life, with each other
Sisters, brothers

One life but we’re not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other

By Mike Masse & Jeff Hall 

ONE ~ The Original

By Bono & U2

Sunday Love Sngs ~ “All I Want Is You” by Mike Masse & Jeff Hall

All I Want Is You 
 by Mike Masse & Jeff Hall 

From Mike Masse’s FB page

Mike performs acoustic rock covers (vocals and acoustic guitar) in Salt Lake City, UT. He usually performs with Jeff Hall (bass, backing vocals). Mike and Jeff have gained a following thanks to their performances posted on Mike’s YouTube channel. Mike and Jeff both have full-time jobs as attorneys, Mike a public defender, Jeff a prosecutor. They’ve been performing together for 20 years, since their days in a cover band (called “Twice Daily”) in college at BYU. They still perform the first Monday of every month at the Pie in SLC,

Mike’s YouTube Channel



“Portland Town” by Cara Luft

My Portland Town
My native Portland Oregon USA 
The song “Portland Town” is covered in this version by a brand new artist to me. Actually the song is new to me too. 
Having a very good friend who knows me musically, like no one else in my life knows me, sent it to me today.
I am always touched deeply when loved ones & friends share music with me that they know will be meaningful to me. I see it as a way that is very telling to me that they care. About me. 
Nothing says “I love You” to me louder than being sent a song that hits close to home. 
This song “Portland Town” by artist Cara Luft does all of that; and then some. 
Why this song is meaningful to me.
It came to me today from someone who loves me like no other. In fact just writing those words brings tears to my eyes and tugs at my heart-strings. 
I was born in Portland Oregon which like many of my native fellow Oregonians affectionately call P-Town for short.
And my youngest daughter‘s (also born in P-Town) middle name is Cara. 
Yeah.. I tend to find symbolism’s in many things when it relates to music. 
Did I say I love banjo music too? 
Of course I love it.  Does It not have strings and a fret board?
I hope you enjoy this weeks Happy Acoustic Saturday.. albeit late in coming. ~