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Thursday, April 8th, 2010
10:26 pm
[cchan8]
Howard Jones Earth Day video!


"Building Our Own Future"

National Geographic Channel Japan

includes beautiful footage of coral reefs
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
3:00 pm
[cchan8]
Anyone heard the new HoJo album?
Well, I have to lose some of my HoJo fan cred. I haven't yet bought Ordinary Heroes and it's been out for what, a month now? I decided to keep myself in suspense a while longer and put it on my Christmas list!

Anyone here had a listen yet? What do you think? I really loved Revolution of the Heart so I'm worried how he can follow that up with something just as amazing.

Another question...

If you have heard some of Howard's material from the past 10 years, the stuff that didn't get airplay on pop radio, have you ever wondered why a really good or catchy song never got wider distribution, or wish that it had?

My two favorites of this type are

"Tomorrow Is Now" (from the People album) - ironically this is about how holding on to the past prevents us from living in the moment; and

"Someone You Need" a duet with Duncan Sheik, who recently gained notoriety for the broadway musical "Spring Awakening" - this song is so romantic and beautiful. Duncan apparently did a live performance with Howard at his 25th anniversary concert and I'm looking forward to watching it on DVD.

How about you?
Thursday, April 30th, 2009
7:44 am
[cchan8]
New album in November & tour news!
According to his website, Howard Jones is going to premiere his new album in November by playing all of it live at three locations (London, Manchester, and Wales). Wish I could be there!

Also, there is a West Coast summer tour hitting San Francisco and Portland.
Saturday, May 17th, 2008
11:05 am
[cchan8]
Tour news!!
Howard is touring with his electronic setup again! He has many US and UK dates this summer:

http://www.howardjones.com/tour/index.html

He also has a 25th anniversary show in September but I can't afford to go to London. :( His DVD for the 20th anniversary concert was fantastic.
Friday, October 19th, 2007
11:35 am
[cchan8]
Howard Jones participates in Elton John fundraiser
Elton John Misses His Own Tribute

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,301064,00.html#1

Excerpt:

He also didn’t get to see Howard Jones, the '80s balladeer whose own hit was “No One Is to Blame.” Jones started playing “Tiny Dancer” on an electronic keyboard. But when a cable kept causing static, he stopped, retreated to the grand piano on stage right, and played the song the old-fashioned way. It was beautiful, and he got a standing ovation, too.

I’d like to see some of today’s pop performers react with such aplomb. Of course, they’d have to know how to play a real instrument!



While I'm posting here anyway, if you're interested in seeing "Someone You Need" as a waltz,
here's a 2-minute clip from my wedding though it takes a minute to download because it's 15MB. (Also you may need Quicktime to see it.) All my dancing friends joined in halfway through, it was beautiful.
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
4:07 pm
[cchan8]
NOITB
You can hear a new version by a female vocalist of No One Is To Blame here:

http://www.katrinacarlson.com/

A duet, with Howard on vocals and piano.

This is not really one of my most favorite songs by Howard but I just wanted to pass this along. What do you think?

Apparently it is on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart at #25.
Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
3:58 pm
[cchan8]
Not surprising
Howard Jones' "Revolution of the Heart" is very popular these days, according to Pod Music Countdown:

http://www.podmusiccountdown.com/

Not exactly sure how the votes are counted but I'm still glad to see Howard getting the attention. It's a darn catchy song so it's only surprising that it's taken this many years!!
Monday, January 15th, 2007
9:09 am
[cchan8]
Essential HoJo
Hello! I'm excited about seeing Howard Jones again next month in Annapolis. (other tour date info at his website...) So I listened to his songs on a long plane flight. And I got started thinking, some of his best known songs are not necessarily my favorites. There aren't any songs I don't like, but there are ones I like more than others.

So I pose this question to you who are in this community: what are your ten "most essential" HoJo songs? Like, if you went to a desert island and were only allowed to bring ten songs of his with you? Here's mine, in order:

1. What Is Love - my alltime favorite
2. Things Can Only Get Better - extended version, still the song that cheers me up when I'm feeling down
3. Everlasting Love - sweet and romantic
4. Hide and Seek - every time I listen to this song, I get more depth to its spirituality
5. Life in One Day - wish I had the acapella version
6. Revolution of the Heart - great electronica and powerful message
7. Tomorrow Is Now - good pop song and I always need this message to remind me to let go of the past
8. Someone You Need - duet with Duncan Sheik; I'm using this for my wedding in October!
9. Why Look for the Key - confidence building
10. Over and Above - from "Working In The Backroom" but I consider this style very similar to "In The Running."

An honorable mention from the B-sides collection: It Just Doesn't Matter. Silly yes, but a good reminder not to take things too seriously! I actually have the 45 and remember listening to this song all the time.

Has everyone else heard the MP3 for "Building Our Own Future" by the way? Pretty catchy for a peace song.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
2:44 pm
[cchan8]
From the Howard Jones Newsletter
HOWARD JONES HAS A NUMBER 1 (again!!)
Over 500,000 plays in just 4 days - "Building Our Own Future" is the No. 1 played song on podcasts globally this week ! Earlier this year, Howard re-recorded a track called "Building Our Own Future". The track was originally written for the Revolution Of The Heart album, however, it did not seem to fit within the album. We are pleased to hear that the track is currently the Number 1 most played song on Podcasts Globally. Only 2 other songs have ever debuted at #1 The track, will be re-recorded again for the next studio album, which will be released next year, but you can hear the current version right now. The track is on a number of podcasts, and has been heard by over half a million
people in just 4 days. Click over to http://getjacked.hanamas.com/
The Podcast also features an audio interview with Howard in Canada last week.

Note from cchan8: I have not heard the song yet, but apparently you can download it for 99 cents at Podsafe.
Monday, October 16th, 2006
3:54 pm
[cchan8]
Someone who speaks for all of us?
A nice essay by a fan was put onto the Howard Jones website by the request of Howard himself:

http://www.howardjones.com/articles/paraicelliottarticle.html

The website is also a good source of information about all his upcoming tour dates.
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
4:34 pm
[cchan8]
from the latest e-newsletter
**Howard Jones Newsletter 13**

The long awaited NTSC version of The 20th Anniversary DVD will be available
in North America from tomorrow (2nd May). (Cat number: KOC-DV-9621) This DVD
is a recording of Howard's spectacular 20th anniversary concert at The
Shepherds Bush Empire on September 20th 2003. The DVD is packaged in a
beautiful deluxe 2 disc digi pack. It features 29 songs, including guest
appearances from Midge Ure, Nena and Jed Hoile. The running time of the
concert is 164 mins it also includes 103 minutes of extras, packed full of
behind the scenes footage as well as a 51 minute interview with Howard,
interviews with the band and crew and interviews with members of the
audience themselves. The DVD is directed by Sadia at Chimera Arts and mixed
in 5.1 and stereo by Stephen W Tayler. We don't currently have any stock of the NTSC DVD on the webstore, however, you can get it online from www.Amazon.com

Howard has finished his latest Piano Solo's album. Currently titled Piano Solo's vol 2, it features 10 brand new non vocal tracks with Howard alone at the Piano. The album will be available in 2 formats, Stereo and a special 5.1 version mixed by Robbie Bronnimann. The album will be released before the autumn.

The Revolution Of The Heart Remix album has been completed, and the artwork is in the process of being finished. The album will also include some tracks mixed in 5.1. Both albums will be available from the dtox webstore soon. (sign up to the Newsletter to be informed of release dates)

Howard now has his own My Space Page at www.myspace.com/howardjonesmusic The page is currently a holding page, but it will be updated over the coming months, and may include some exclusive content. Join up now and get Howard added as your friend on your page and help spread the word about Howard and his music.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
2:27 pm
[cherydactyl]
The Wedding Song
I can see you
On your wedding day
With the one you love
To share the way
A life ahead of you
Youth left behind
Go out and make yourself
Some memories

Despair and pleasure
Faced at every turn
And there's children
To save from harm's way
Three thousand doorways
Reveal a thousand more
Treasure each moment
Forever more

I promise to love you and do my best for you
I need you to help me to find my strength
Walk with me all through my life
My lover my husband my wife
Share this journey with me
Write this story with me

Life comes and it will go
And there's no time to sit and watch the grass grow
When we are old and grey you know we'll say
We went and made ourselves some memories

We're starting our life
We're starting together now
I need you to help me to find my strength
Walk with me all through my life
My lover my husband my wife
Share this journey with me
Write this story with me

--The Wedding Song, Howard Jones, found on the 1998 album People

I have really strong, positive feelings about this song. My vision of what the video should be has a home movie/8mm film feel, with occasional odd angles of the movie screen, HJ singing in front of a screen alternating with his clothing being the screen, and with the same unflinching sentimentality exhibited by When Harry Met Sally. If I had infinte power, I would make that video in a hearbeat.

crossposted from my personal journal.
Friday, January 13th, 2006
8:43 pm
[cchan8]
Spread the word
**Howard Jones Newsflash**

Hello.
I have some news about one of the forthcoming acoustic shows in America:
Florence Gould Hall
at the French Institute / Alliance Française
55 East 59th Street,
New York
NYC

This gig will be an acoustic showcase for Howard. There will be a lot of US promoters there to check Howard out with a view to having him play at their venues this year.

This is where we need your support! If you can get along to the gig on the 23rd January, we would very much appreciate your support to show the promoters that Howard has a following who are willing to see him perform. Its your chance to make an impression so that Howard can play more and more gigs, not only in the USA but Canada as well.
We know you can do it!!!

The box office number is 212 355 6160

You CAN help make a difference.

Many thanks


--
Glenn Kelly
Howard Jones Information Service
www.howardjones.com
info@howardjones.com
Thursday, January 5th, 2006
10:54 pm
[cchan8]
Videos!!
You can download for free all of Howard's videos from 1983 - 1999 onto iPod Video and iPod Nano. I don't know if it also works with iTunes. My friend tried it with his iPod and I had so much fun looking at old videos and ones I had not even seen before. In particular, I loved "Lift Me Up" with all the old footage and jitterbugging and the Forrest Gump style. Also I saw the video for "Hide and Seek" for the first time.

It's in the multimedia section of http://www.howardjones.com

Also I am really psyched about going to see Howard perform in Annapolis on the 25th. Woo-hoo!
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
9:45 am
[cchan8]
More news from HoJo Info Service
For those of us in the United States...finally...

It has now been confirmed by the distribution company that the long awaited NTSC release of Howard's 20th Anniversary Concert DVD will take place in March 2006.

[The concert was recorded in 2003...the DVD has already been released in the UK but copyright issues prevented it from being released in the USA this year. Thanks to the regional DVD formats, I have not been able to import a copy. Harumph.]

Howard is currently back in the studio working on the next album, which is expected to be a less electronic album compared to the current release of Revolution Of The Heart. Howard has written around 9 songs for the album, some of which have already been performed live during his acoustic shows. The expected release is for 2006.

[This makes me very excited because it means that we'll be hearing new material on his upcoming acoustic tour!!]
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
11:59 am
[cchan8]
I'm so there!! Howard Jones Tour
Tour Dates as per the HoJo Newsletter

USA:
January 23 New York City ュ TBC ュ Watch for newsletter / website
January 25 Annapolis (Washington DC) Ram's Head
January 26 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theatre 1894
January 27 Londonderry New Hampshire Tupelo Music Hall
January 28 Bay Shore NY YMCA Boulton Centre for the (Performing Arts)
February 03 Las Vegas Boulder Station Hotel and Casino

All of the US gigs are Acoustic performances with Robin Boult

Full details of these gigs can be found at www.howardjones.com Just click news/tournews
You may find that tickets are yet to be on sale in the US. Keep watching the venues website for info.

Don't forget that there are other UK dates between now and January
including:
Windsor, Birkenhead, South Shields, Shrewsbury, Burnley,
Friday, September 9th, 2005
11:09 pm
[cchan8]
New Album!!
Greetings, Howard Jones fans...

Today, I got the new HoJo album, Revolution of the Heart, via Amazon.com. I've listened to it twice, in the car. In fact my ride was longer than usual due to traffic and I didn't mind at all. I think it sounds great in the car because of the lush layers of music.

But I'm still in the "wow!" stage. Good craftsmanship all around - vocals, lyrics, music, themes. This is one of the first albums of his in a long time where I really feel he's pouring his heart and philosophy into it. More recent ones have tried to fit the pop category, but this one is just pure Howard Jones, like he's not trying to please anyone, just be himself. which means it is a bit difficult to categorize; however when importing it into my iTunes, it was classified as "Electronica/Dance." Close enough.

Some of it is pretty new age stuff (track 8 almost pays homage to Tangerine Dream). I really like "Presence of the Other"* - much wisdom and inspiration. It's also kind of cool the way he switches from electronic to acoustic piano halfway through. Very experimental. He has more than one song with anti-war lyrics (Black and White; Another Chance.) Go Howard!! In general he seems to be saying that the world has a lot of negative energy these days, and we have to put some positive energy back in and make the change "from the inside."

Unfortunately, other than the title track, there is no song that strikes me as a mainstream hit. And that song was first released a few years ago, but you never know, it might make a comeback, what with his recent TV appearances on both sides of the Atlantic.

Feel free to add your own thoughts here.

* The liner notes say that it was inspired by Daisaku Ikeda's 2004 Peace Proposal.
Thursday, August 18th, 2005
9:24 pm
[cchan8]
Samples from HoJo's upcoming new album
I was able to listen to samples of all the songs except one (I only have the media player, and "Just Look at You Now" was in Real Player format only) at this website:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000AA4ISK/qid=1123725618/sr=1-16/ref=sr_1_16/002-7634858-4459246?v=glance&s=music

If you've listened to these, what do you think? A couple of them sound like instrumentals. I liked "Stir It Up" - very catchy! Definitely back to his electronic roots, after touring with a band for many years.

Coming out September 6th. Yay! Now if only the Dtox website would accept pre-orders. I want to order it directly instead of through Amazon.
Saturday, July 30th, 2005
6:25 pm
[smashingpumpkin]
A bit of sad news

So, I had tickets to the July 27th HJ show in Orem, and they moved the venue to a place that was 21 and over. I'm a month shy of this! So, I missed Howard. I am so bummed out! Luckily I have seen him once, but this was going to be a really great show.

So, I think Howard should come and make it up to me by giving me a private concert, what do you guys think? ;-)



Current Mood: crushed
Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
3:21 pm
[cchan8]
Excerpts from Newsletter
I am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to order both the new album and the 20th anniversary concert DVD (the one formatted for United States DVD players).

** Howard Jones Newsletter**

Revolution Of The Heart - The Album
We have confirmed released dates in certain territories around the world

UK / Scandinavia / South Africa : 5th September 2005
USA 6th September 2005
Europe / Japan / Rest Of The World: TBC

The album will be available in 2 formats.
In the shops, the CD will be in a standard jewel case.
The Dtox Webstore will be selling a very special limited edition version with deluxe packaging (with different artwork), and will be Limited Numbered Edition with Black Deluxe Packaging. This is being released ONLY on the webstore by Howard for his dedicated fans. We will be putting it up on the dtox webstore as a pre order at some point in August. Please note that we will not take any orders for the album at this moment in time. We will announce the pre order via the newsletter and website.

The artwork for both releases are now up on the website.

DVD News
The 20th Anniversary Concert DVD in NTSC is now due for release in the USA on 6th September (Subject to change)

The Ultimate Howard Jones was released on CD on the 4th July 2004.
The CD is very similar to 1993's The Very Best Of, but contains the bonus videos What Is Love and Like To Get To Know You Well (US Version)
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