preview lots of already-recorded songs, mostly maritime, on the music
page, but here are some
completely different, unreleased .mp3s for fun, in their
entirety...CLICK ON THE TITLES to listen...plus, whole new set of
studio recordings underway at link on bottom of page...
Home Is Where The Heart Is
This song became the title (and soundtrack) for Jessica
starring short film Home Is Where
Heart Is, an underground
classic, featuring herself and
male lead (and first husband) Paco Grande well before she made her
Hollywood debut in a remake of King
Kong. It was directed by Danny Seymour, who later
disappeared on his sailboat in the
Caribbean, probably hijacked and murdered by pirates. You can't make
this stuff up - his boat surfaced in Guadaloupe in possession of a
stranger who said he sold it to him, without papers. Danny has never
heard from since...
This recording is the original copyright demo for
MCA, used for the soundtrack, and is all that remains of the crew,
except for Jessica, of
course...new version in link at bottom of page...
The Next Time Round
My theme song for many years, also recorded with The Apostolic Family
at the same session as "Home Is Where Heart Is."
And six more...all
from early on, some
higher fi than others, all otherwise
unrecorded except for publishing purposes. Half are salvaged from old
cassette tapes -- will be redoing them and adding others as more
listenable new projects,
see column right and at the bottom of this page, but for the moment,
worse the sound, the better the song...
My son Niall
loves these folks so much
he once renamed
himself after them...
Still looking for
that bridge over troubled waters...
Stewart, you were the best...
On My Way
Until Matthew Comes Again (JT)--
Who's Matthew, anyway? The Gospel writer,
my old roommate, the hurricane, something more...
The Beginning (JT)-
and love gets messed up the same way at every level, every time, who
you gonna call?...along with a lot of mystic Masonic symbols, it's on
the dollar bill...
New album underway!
As a result of the
re-release of The Family of Apostolic double album on Light in the Attic Records, a new set of
recordings is underway at Greene Vinyl Studios, currently in hiatus
awaiting more mixing from original (and very busy) Apostolic engineer,
double Grammy-winner John
Kilgore...you can hear the ongoing, work-in-progress couple-dozen
songs © copyright John Townley
1971-2016, various publishers including MCA, CBS, EMI, Kama-Rippa,
to a modest
little Fostex 8-track digital home recorder, here are some demos of
original songs and lesser-known traditional tunes are
in the works. The aim is to make available as many copyrighted JT
original songs in
rough but listenable form as possible, along with
some pet arrangements of
pieces. Better studio efforts underway are at link on bottom left of
original for a Polish flower...the rose and the magnolia...
Only You (JT)-- Sage advice
before you step in any deeper...
Song (Kipling/Carey) --
words by Rudyard Kipling from Puck
of Pook's Hill set to the 17th-century tune of "Salley In Our
Alley" by Henry Carey somehow sound so 1970s...
(Kipling/Trad.) -- From Rewards and Fairies, tune adapted from "Adieu, Sweet Lovely
(Errera/JT) -- 92-year-old Mary Errera wrote her first lyric, needed a
tune...recorded at Capture Sound...
The Anchor's Aweigh (JT) -- A
song about the magnetic poles, literally and figuratively...
(JT) -- a song about
where the land leaves off, with a truly mysterious story behind
it...here are both song and story...
One Thing At A Time (JT)-- Easy
does it, said mom...written for Charley Pride...
La Ley De Dios (JT) -- I spent
my 1969 solar return in then Spanish-only Vera Cruz, not at Woodstock
like everybody else. Here's the result...
Follow In Thy Footsteps (JT) --
Hymn written for friend and mentor Rev. Gary Davis...