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Latest release for download:


Previous Full Production Releases

From the album "Online":
No. Track Credits
1 'Needs To' ‘Needs To’ written by Jon Shaw and published by Ibilion Records (SAMRO) 2010/2014 | All instruments arranged and performed by Jon Shaw | Orchestra arranged and sequenced by Jon Shaw | Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jon Shaw | Recorded at Shaw Music Studios, JHB
About 'Needs To'

2 'Lift You Up' ($0.99 / R6.99) Buy now: The Chrysalis Project

‘Lift You Up’ written by Jon Shaw and published by Ibilion Records (SAMRO) 2003 | All instruments arranged and performed by Jon Shaw | Orchestra arranged and sequenced by Jon Shaw | Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jon Shaw | Recorded at Shaw Music Studios, JHB
About 'Lift You Up'

3 'Lament For Sheena' ($0.99 / R6.99) Buy now: iTunes, Nogeno, ReverbNation, SoundClick, CD Baby, Amazon, eMusic, Napster

‘Lament for Sheena’ written by Amiel Mathebula, copyright control (SAMRO) 2004 | All instruments arranged and performed by Jon Shaw | Orchestra arranged and sequenced by Jon Shaw | Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jon Shaw | Recorded at Shaw Music Studios, JHB
About 'Lament For Sheena'


Demo Releases

From the album "Demo":
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No. Track Credits
1 'Needs To (Scratch Demo)' (3.61MB) ‘Needs To’ written by Jon Shaw and published by Ibilion Records (SAMRO) 2010 | Guitar and vocals by Jon Shaw | Recorded at Shaw Music Studios, JHB
2 'Lift You Up (Scratch Demo)' (3.68MB) ‘Lift You Up’ written by Jon Shaw and published by Ibilion Records (SAMRO) 2003 | Guitar and vocals by Jon Shaw | Recorded at Shaw Music Studios, JHB
3 'Lift You Up (Strings Mix)' (7.19MB) ‘Lift You Up’ written by Jon Shaw and published by Ibilion Records (SAMRO) 2003 | Guitar and vocals by Jon Shaw | Recorded at Shaw Music Studios, JHB
4 'A Soldiers Haunted Call (Scratch Demo)' (3.73MB) ‘A Soldier's Haunted Call’ written by Jon Shaw; Justin Stouffs and published by Ibilion Records (SAMRO) 2011 | Guitar and vocals by Jon Shaw | Recorded at Shaw Music Studios, JHB
5 'I Choose You (Demo)' (4.54MB) ‘I Choose You’ written by Jon Shaw; published by Ibilion Records (SAMRO) 2012 | Guitar and vocals by Jon Shaw | Recorded at Shaw Music Studios, JHB


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About The Music a.k.a. My Music Blog

Background

The music is put together as my sheer enjoyment and I never intended to write or produce for any audience in particular. It was born out of the idea that I had something to do, better than most other artists, but on my own terms. If you like it, thank you. If you don’t, I’m not really worried about that (great that you gave me a listen anyway). It’s for me, first and foremost, and I have to like it at the end of the day – all from a commercial, artistic and technical point of view. I’d hope you’d like to take this journey with me. I think the music shapes itself and then I go looking for an audience which may like it – it’s that sincerity and belief in my music that I have always wanted to shine through. I don’t make music to become famous, I make it to satisfy my artistic temperament, and that should make it mean something to you. I simply make it available and use my “business sense” to share it with you.

About the Song ‘Needs To’

This song was written about an ex-girlfriend I was very fond of. The story of the song is exaggerated, but she indeed had problems ‘every so often’. I thought I could make a difference in her life and change it for the better by just being there. This I ultimately realised I could not do. The first part of the song was written while we were together and expressed my dismay and frustration at just having to be there for her, not having the words or actions to make things right. I wrote the last verse and chorus after our break-up. While it provided a needed character reversal and the intrinsic and introspective look at the feelings of the girl in the story, their ultimate purpose was really to show that, if the words are used by the story teller, we all just need to have words spoken to us to comfort us. After our break-up, this is what I found I needed despite anyone being able to take my pain away. I recorded the song from March to May 2010 in my spare time. I tried to make it as “representative” of the ultimate sound I was looking for. I feel that it can be a bit labouring but does deliver in being heavy, deep and, in the end, all out rocking.

About the Song ‘Lift You Up’

‘Lift You Up’ is the only song that has survived from my very first writing sessions. I wrote it sometime after my first band, Myriad, split in 2002. I did not write it about anyone in particular and can’t quite recall how I came to write it – but it was at a time when I was pedantic about scoring my music, and you can download a lead sheet for the song from Shaw Music Studios. While I feel that it may be a little immature, it was a song that always stuck with me. I felt its message was good and melodically it had something which hooked you. I keep thinking it’s a little pretentious saying “I’ll nurture you” and “can you feel the light within me”, but I hold the values of the song to be pure, nonetheless. I sometimes think it may reflect the views of a parent to a despondent child.

Danielle Edwards, a talented vocalist I worked with, recorded the song for the first time in early 2003 for her demo at my fledgling studio. She has kindly granted permission for me to use her recording of it and you can download it here for personal listening. On listening back to this early version, I was amazed to see the song has very similar string and orchestral arrangement ideas and that the core song remains. You can hear me singing the backing vocals in the choruses and bridge – whereas in my version I chose not to keep the backing vocals I had done, thinking the vocal stood well alone.

The song’s production started shortly after ‘Needs To’, but was drawn out from July to December 2010 and finally completed in January/February 2011. This period of time, I think, ultimately benefitted the recording, and I believe it has a better, cleaner and bigger sound. The mix and master came far quicker than ‘Needs To’. The orchestral arrangement came together very well and it is, sadly though, often lost in the mix on the full band production. For this reason, you can download an “orchestral, vocal and lead guitar” mix here. Enjoy!

About the Song ‘Lament For Sheena’

‘Lament For Sheena’ was written by Amiel Mathebula between early December 2003 to March 2004. He wrote the song after he came out of rehab and returned to “score” in Hillbrow (a suburb in Johannesburg) where he was informed that a “friend”, Sheena (and Amiel does not even know her full name), had died as a result of drug abuse. Days later he return to his parents’ home in Honeydew haunted by thoughts of Sheena’s short life. This was the inspiration to write the song.

Amiel recorded the original pop version with Jon Shaw (acting as his producer) in 2008. You can listen to it and find out more about Amiel here. You can view an interview featuring Jon Shaw and Amiel on YouTube. Jon Shaw recorded the song in his unique style from December 2010 and finished it in July 2011. The production of the song mirrors that of Amiel's original, with the only exceptions being the intro guitars and strings. Original violins, performed by Kristel Birkholtz, were kept for the end of the song (and simply pitch-shifted to the new key, being D).