Jon performing last Spring in PYM

Posted in Quakerism with tags , , on July 31, 2009 by Jon Watts
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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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“Friend Speaks My Mind” Study Guide

Posted in Christianity, Quakerism, The Art of Fully Being with tags , , , on June 8, 2009 by Jon Watts

A week ago I got this email from a Meeting in Pennsylvania who had some questions about the song “Friend Speaks My Mind” after I performed for them this past April. Their questions were not uncommon, and so I took the time to respond carefully and in depth and am re-posting the response here. Hope it is helpful.

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Disaster Strikes, Grace prevails

Posted in Mixed Vice Work, Newsletters, PYM, Touring with tags , , on May 30, 2009 by Jon Watts

Dear Friends,

Greetings! Another beautiful and blessed arrival of summer is upon us!

When last I wrote, it was to celebrate the success of my travels in the ministry in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in the months of March and April. Little did I know what lurked just around the corner…

Disaster!

Jon and his poor wrecked car.

Jon Watts with a smashed car in PYM

Need I say more? Sunday morning, after my final show (opening for Tribe One) in Philadelphia, I walked across the street to start packing my car for the trip home to Virginia. What I discovered – a crushed rear blinker, bent back axle, crumpled trunk and mysterious business card (“I seen everything”) – was a bit unexpected.

And that’s not all!

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PYM Tour wrap-up and announcing Mixed Vice Work, a new EP to be release June 25th!

Posted in Mixed Vice Work, PYM, Touring with tags , , on May 1, 2009 by Jon Watts

Dear Friends,

I am excited to share with you the end of my PYM trip and to bring you some very special news!

1. PYM tour wrap-up
2. Thanks yous
3. Future travel plans
4. Announcing Mixed Vice Work, to be released in June
5. Pre-order the new EP!
6. Other ways to support my music and ministry

PYM tour- Growth, Inspiration, Process

As I write this newsletter I am preparing for my final performance as an opening act for Tribe 1 on Saturday evening. What an incredible trip this has been! For an artist who is accustomed to playing once or twice a year (or whenever I release a CD), this has been a great opportunity for me to learn what it feels like to be…

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