Jeremy Shorter - ...at the Jesus Christ Super Store
Release Date: Original Cassette Demo: Late 1997
CD Reissue Demo: Late 2001
Originally just me plinking on a keyboard (because I don't actually know how to play piano), playing my clarinet, singing lead and ALL backing vocals, and beating on stuff for rhythms, this cassette only demo was just me with a basic, very old tape deck, a very old cheap Radio Shack microphone, and a bunch of cassettes which I played to the recording side adding tracks.
The background noise was horrific.
Also included were two songs recorded in a studio with a guitarist from church, and my mom backing me on the song she inspired.
No longer available, of course.
02 Jesus Christ Super Store (faux-mercial)
03 In the Fullness of Time (Studio recording with my mother, Sally Shorter, and guitarist Stewart Betz)
05 Over and Under
06 All I Wanna Do Is Sing
07 Phillipians 4:19 (Studio recording with guitarist Stewart Betz) / Know He is God
08 Proverbs 5
09 Ad America (remake of the classic Breakfast with Amy song, (C) 1991 Doll Light Publishing, ASCAP)
10 Ad America [Lloyd's Mix] (basically, my friend Lloyd tried to pull the background noise out of the song; the result was an entirely different-sounding song, so I included it)
11 Ad America [Backward] (just like it sounds...)
Jeremy Shorter - Distance & Thyme
Release Date: December 2003
After purchasing my first laptop in 2001, and Cakewalk Music Creator not long thereafter, I began experimenting with digital music tracks to try and build songs. Not having had any music theory lessons, I did the best I could with what I knew and created bass, guitar, drum, and piano tracks, blending whatever else sounded cool to me at the time (sawtooth, square, and other sounds). So, my songs began to take on an experimental electronica rock sound. This was the original basic concept at its core, whether I wanted it to sound like this or not (and I definitely did NOT!).
I always wanted a band, but since I couldn't pull one together, this was the best I could do with what I had. Not a terrible attempt, but also not what I wanted.
Not desiring to damage any of the "good" songs I'd written, I literally made up the names of the songs in one sitting and wrote the lyrics around whatever floated through my mind that rhymed. Then I built the music based loosely on how the song sounded to me in my head. Some songs pulled together nicely. Others, not so much.
There are some really great songs, but as with the latter, this album is no longer available.
01 Ring Solids
02 Walking Through Eternity
03 Gold-Star City
04 Possible, Deliberate Light
05 Please, the Future
06 Nine Seconds of Shine
07 Pull Me to Safety
08 Song Powder
09 Mist Track
10 Punch Buttons, Sting Name
11 Place Me Senseless
13 Take You Higher
14 (Listen to the Walls)
Jeremy Shorter - Recharged
Release date: April 19th, 2004
After learning about the limitations of digital music in rock format from my previous album, I tried really hard (maybe too hard) to overcome those limitations by taking the music into a studio. The Engineer, and now a good friend, Jason Watson helped me organize the individual tracks, giving me guidance as to what sounded good, and helping me flesh out some of the tracks so they sounded a little more like what they were supposed to sound like.
While I still held a ton of creative control, I think I would have been better off giving him the reins. Nevertheless, this album came out pretty well, and has some of my favorite tracks.
The artwork was completed by John Moore at www.enki3d.com. He did an outstanding job, and put up with a lot of junk from me.
Justyn Horner, who played an even bigger role on later albums, deserves enormous credit as well.
Also helping on the album were my mother, Sally Shorter, my sister S. Rebecca Shorter, and our cousins Tammy Huffman, Christen Jones, Charlene Huffman, and Daniel (D. J.) Mitchell. My very good friend, Sean Dawson, helped scream on the 2nd track, and produced "The Search for My Missing Rib".
This time, I actually paid for the rights to record "Ad America".
01 Wall of Drums
02 You and I
03 Ad America (Breakfast with Amy, (C) 1991 Doll Light Publishing, ASCAP)
04 Power O' Love
05 Light Bright
06 Jesus Christ Super-Store (faux-mercial)
07 The Search for My Missing Rib
08 Somebody Else (Today)
09 Love Circle
10 Hooked 09.06.01
11 What It's For
12 [Blank Track]
13 Firelight (Digital Christmas Gothic Rock ... yes, you read that right) / Alpha Wolf!
manna - Working for the Lord EP
Release Date: December 29th, 2003
I was once in a band. We originally called ourselves "manna" (yes, with a lower-case "m") before changing our band name to 41st & Memorial (cross-streets in Tulsa, OK where a bus we were on broke down).
01 Part of This World
02 God Bless
03 Surprises Me
04 Amazing Grace
05 On My Knees
06 Dry your Eyes
Bonus Track: Party (On the Day Before Eternity)
41st & Memorial - You Are Here
Release Date: May 27th, 2005
...And then, some really nice guy at the church where we performed (mostly) gave us a bunch of money to produce an album. So we did.
01 Part of This World
02 God Bless
03 Surprises Me
04 Blue Bird
05 On My Knees
06 Dry Your Eyes
07 Restore My Soul
08 Amazing Grace
10 Why Do...
11 There's a Reason
12 Restore My Soul (Reprise)
Jeremy Shorter - Strong Christian Overtones
Release Date: November 26th, 2006
I worked on this album for almost two full years. At the time, my computer capabilities consisted of Cakewalk Music Creator, Cakewalk Pyro, Sony Sound Forge, and PhotoStudio. All the tracks for this album were originally designed in the first three, while the entirety of the album cover was done in the latter.
I hired a friend to take pictures of me at a park in Bella Vista, AR. My engineer, Jason Watson, put me in touch with a couple of members from the local band, "Weeping Prophetic", whom I paid to do rock guitar tracks for the majority of the songs. I paid a friend from the band "ShineLikeStars", Casey Booth to play drums. On the final song, his sister Kendra, played bass and sang. Also on the last song, the lead guitarist/singer for the band I was in (Daniel Newman of 41st & Memorial), played lead guitar. Justyn Horner, the man who was mastering my albums (and later, my Mom's), played piano on the slowest track I've ever done: "Take My Breath Away". My friend, Todd "Toad" Erickson, did the rap on the first song. Another friend, Justin Lloyd, quoted his short monologue about America on the second track. Two members of my church's orchestra came in to play on "People Making Time to Love" along with my mother while I played clarinet. My mom Sally, my cousin Tammy, my engineer and his wife Jessica helped me out on backing vocals.
This is easily my favorite album. I flirted with a lot of styles here, mixing and mashing so many elements of so many styles few can tell where one begins and another ends.
02 The Eventual, Inevitable End of the World
04 ADICTA K
06 People Making Time to Love
07 Quick Buzz
08 Take My Breath Away
09 On Par
10 Word Against
11 I Want to Be Like You
Sally Shorter - A Song In My Heart
Release Date: August 8th, 2009
My mom began working on her first album some time in 2007.
While I was taking classes at a college in Phoenix, AZ, she was in Arkansas working at the studio I had introduced her to, with the same engineer. Using all live instruments, she put together thirteen beautiful songs, procuring rights to the ones she didn't write.
From Arizona, I recorded a couple of clarinet tracks and did the art work for the album based on what she wanted. During a vacation trip back to Arkansas, I had the privilege of going to the studio with her and recording a few vocal tracks as well.
She, Jason Watson and I all worked together to produce the album (well, mostly my mom).
01 Allelujah (aka The Shower Song) [by Sally Shorter]
02 Think On These [by Loretta Shields Meneley]
03 Echo (of Love) [by Sally Shorter]
04 The Lighthouse [by Ronnie Hinson]
05 Until [by Sally Shorter]
06 Beautiful Butterfly [by Loretta Shields Meneley]
07 I Belong to Him [by Sally Shorter]
08 Reflection [by Sally Shorter]
09 Do You Know My Jesus? [by William F. (Bill) Lakey & V. B. Ellis]
10 Joy Rises [by Sally Shorter]
11 Keep Me Close to Thy Heart (aka Mama's Song) [words by Elsie Mae Sharp, Music by Sally Shorter]
12 Chosen One [by Sally Shorter]
13 This Chance to Sing [by Sally Shorter]
Jeremy Shorter - Visible Force
Release Date: August 8th, 2009
My mom released her first album the same day I released this one. It was "Gravette Days" 2009. Hot. Muggy. Fun.
This is by far my most complex album, using only MIDI data from Cakewalk Music Creator from which Jason Watson utilized live instrument files to create some rather lush and beautiful tracks. A lot of extra time and energy went into this.
I had officially reached the limit of what MIDI could do in music in 2009 (other people might say I had only scratched the surface, but I'm not other people). With my rudimentary knowledge of other instruments, and trying to craft rock/pop songs from MIDI (instead of electronica/industrial), this was about as good as it was going to get with me writing all the tracks. If I do another album, it will have to be with all live instruments.
The usual suspects are on Backing Vocals duty.
01 A New Family Tree
02 T. Reaction
03 Not the Only One
04 Believe Again
07 Shock of Your Life
08 That's Alright
10 The Key to Everything
11 Deny Not
12 Peace for Now
13 Warfare (Won't Back Down)
14 Heaven-For-Eternity Services (faux-mercial)