Precious Gem (Christmas single 2010)

by Johnny J. Blair "Singer at Large"

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A single rush-released for Christmas...

“We were listening back to a song I wrote about my daughter. It’s called ‘Precious Gem.’ The lyrics are about parenthood. You don’t know what it’s like till you become one. Then someone pointed out that the lyrics mirror the story of the Christ child, and the suggestion was, why not put it out as a ‘Christmas single?’”

The song lyrics are devoted to Blair’s daughter. He said, “I wrote it when she was very little, but I never got around to recording it. Now she’s grown. Better late than never.

“Musically I was reaching for a Bruce Cockburn guitar style with an Erik Satie piano. When I finished, it made me think of ‘Groovin’ by the Young Rascals filtered through the acoustic sides of Led Zeppelin or King Crimson.”

The B-side, "Train Tracks in the Snow," is "...about the old train tracks along Pine Creek during winter. I grew up around that, and this is a spoken word piece about what I remember from that time. The train tracks seemed impervious to the cold and ice, and they reminded you there was more to life out there than just your own little world,” said Blair.


released December 16, 2010

Cassie Blair: harmony vocal
Johnny J Blair: bass, dulcimer, guitars, keyboards, percussion, lead vocal
Jeff Lloyd: synthesizers

Recorded in California and Pennsylvania. All songs produced & written by Johnny J Blair except "Train Tracks in the Snow" co-written with Jeff Lloyd. Published by Word2Soul Music BMI 2010.



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Johnny J Blair "Singer at Large" San Francisco, California

Blair's innovative brand of “pop music with a twist" is a fast-paced mix of old school soul, psychedelia, punk/new wave, classic rock, baroque pop, & world music. Brian Wilson called him "a virtuoso." Goldmine Magazine said he makes “pop music with a conscience.” Spotlight Magazine dubbed him “the Harry Houdini of rock and roll.” For many years he was sideman for Davy Jones and The Monkees. ... more

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