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“Inhale Exhaust, Exhale Love.”

Posted in Projects, Songwriting, Spirituality, The Art of Fully Being with tags , , on September 20, 2009 by Jon Watts

Have you ever judged someone for being too judgmental?

It’s funny how the obvious irony of it doesn’t prevent me from that attitude. I have to catch myself.

In 2005, I was walking around the streets of Coimbra hating the people around me for destroying our natural world and for not caring for our animal neighbors. Cars’ exhaust, concrete, construction workers, folks in business suits…

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Bringing our Quaker family into dialogue

Posted in Christianity, FGC, Pendle Hill, Quakerism, Songwriting, Spirituality, The Art of Fully Being with tags , , , , on August 10, 2009 by Jon Watts

Six days ago I released this music video, which has been shared widely among Friends.

Some of the lyrics have provoked dialogue, specifically about the relationship between modern Quakerism and Christianity. Here are a few of my own thoughts…

Let’s start with:

“I’m not a Christian
but I’m a Quaker
I’ve got Christ’s Inner Light
But he’s not my savior.”

(the remainder of the lyrics are posted on www.JonWatts.com)

If you visited my website seeking an anti-Christian Quaker manifesto, you were probably disappointed. After a Guilford College education…

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Stories from Mixed Vice Work #2: “Faded”

Posted in Mixed Vice Work, Newsletters, Recording, Songwriting with tags , , , , on July 16, 2009 by Jon Watts

This is the second in a series of five brief essays reflecting on my process of writing my June ’09 release, Mixed Vice Work. In order to help make sense of the project and in an effort to further include listeners in my process, I’ll be sharing three more in the coming months – each in reference to a specific song from the EP.

Jon putting the finishing touches on his new EP.

Here is the story of “Faded”

(as I write on each song, I will post that song online. Please feel free to listen along at www.myspace.com/jonwattsmusic)

“I’m Great”

Back when I was a camp counselor at Shiloh Quaker Camp, we often had to get creative in order to come up with…

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Announcing the Release of Mixed Vice Work!

Posted in Mixed Vice Work, Newsletters, Recording, Songwriting with tags , , , on June 25, 2009 by Jon Watts

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Peace, Friends!

Against some unlikely odds, I have made my deadline! Today I am officially releasing my newest project: an EP called Mixed Vice Work.

Mixed Vice Work: In Stores Now!

Releasing Mixed Vice Work

Amongst much ado and hubbub, I can announce that the new EP is now available for you to hear and to own!  I have made ALL OF THE SONGS FREE FOR LISTENING at:

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Stories from Mixed Vice Work – #1: “Grab a Pen”

Posted in Mixed Vice Work, Recording, Songwriting with tags , , , , , on June 15, 2009 by Jon Watts

Greetings!

This is the first of a series of five brief essays reflecting on my process of writing the new EP, Mixed Vice Work. In order to help make sense of the project and in an effort to further include listeners in my process, I’ll be sharing four more in the coming months – each in reference to a specific song from the EP.

Jon putting the finishing touches on his new EP.
As you may know from having watched the promotional video for the new EP, Mixed Vice Work is an ambitious project… reflecting on themes previously explored and turning old ideas entirely on their heads.

Each essay will contain two sections: the 1st – a brief history of…

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This is my Birth Day.

Posted in Recording, Songwriting, Spirituality on April 15, 2008 by Jon Watts

…is not just a line from “We are lovers of the Truth”, the song that I’m releasing today. I am releasing the song as a landmark… I turn 25 today.

the song (I should warn you) is not all bells and lollipops and birthday cake. I have been in a difficult and dark place since leaving Pendle Hill, losing a relationship that was very…

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