J Kendel Johnson

J Kendel Johnson

BandFolkAcoustic

Current project: “Passing Day” compilation album inspired by a real-life Brokeback Mountain-type experience and the song I wrote about it in 1976. Sara Hickman, Ben Taylor, David Saw and Kerri Arista have committed songs so far.

Biography


When I heard Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana were working on a film version of Annie Proulx’s short story, Brokeback Mountain, I couldn’t help being fascinated. Memories of a boyfriend I had lost mysteriously and tragically on the plains of southwest Oklahoma in 1976 came flooding back – along with a song, “Passing Day”, that I wrote soon after.

A few days after seeing the film, I asked Crystal Clear Studios in Dallas to dub my original reel-to-reel demo of the song to CD, and for the first time in years, I heard the voice of the young man I had been, singing that song again – fresh from the experience, alone with a painful loss.

Suddenly, I was inspired with the idea for a compilation album that would be a sort of musical version of the flood of stories being posted at the Brokeback Mountain website and elsewhere following the debut of the movie.

On the heels of that inspiration, my friend Sara Hickman offered to contribute “Juliet & Juliet”, a previously unreleased song about being arrested for kissing a girl in high school. Then, during a serendipitous meeting with Ben Taylor, he enthusiastically agreed to contribute his forthcoming recording of David Saw’s “Boyfriend” about a guy who discovers he’s not disappointed to meet an attractive girl’s boyfriend – for unanticipated reasons.

Dallas singer-songwriter Kerri Arista is also contributing an original song, “The Secret Life of You”, and the project will include both the original recording of “Passing Day” and a new recording with very special guests. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks, and the project will be released by Cache Road Records and licensed for national and international distribution.

In the meantime, work continues on my sophomore solo CD – a follow up to 2002’s And So You Go – which will include a refreshingly rockin’ cover of Willis Alan Ramsey’s “Angel Eyes”.

Lyrics

Passing Day

Written By: J Kendel Johnson

Passing Day

A friend of times will pass away
As easily as the hours today
And though its nothing much to say
I wish that I could be with him
Just one more passing day

Im sitting here in 24th Street Les Amis Café
And watching out the windows cars are passing either way
And some will turn the corner past the sign that says One Way
And some are driving on to deaths, and some to holidays

And I remember as a child when I came to know
That the moon would follow us wherever we would go
And yet with all the stars Ive seen and all the years that I have grown
I still cant help believing theres no ending to this road

A friend of times will pass away
As easily as the hours today
And though its nothing much to say
I wish that I could be with him
Just one more passing day

We never wrote, but I remember one day he phoned twice
Bored from waiting in the station for the bus hed ride
I was out and found out later
And, yeah, I know it doesnt really matter
But I will always miss the way he out of nowhere would arrive
And we would sit up
Kindred spirits
Singing long into the night

(c) 1976, J Kendel Johnson, all rights reserved

J Kendel Johnson . vocals & guitar

Mi Camerica

Written By: J Kendel Johnson

Mi Camerica

Mi cameré, Mi Camerica
Warm lips that wish me awake
You're up making the morning
Breaking an egg for my breakfast
Mi cameré, Mi Camerica

Your nose is pressed to the kitchen pane
Saturn, you say, is the bright morning star
Mercury - "There!" - is the faintest
And like the stars in your sky
I catch a glimpse of your knowledge of why
Before the dull sun and the day come to fade it
Mi cameré, Mi Camerica
Tell me what lies in the day

Mi cameré, Mi Camerica
Eye dancing in a café
Sidewalk shade under the awnings
Sweet breeze delays all the rushing past
Mi cameré, Mi Camerica
Cool in the heat of the day

Mi cameré, Mi Camerica
Dance at the end of the day

(c) (P) 2002 Cache Road Records, all rights reserved

J Kendel Johnson . piano & vocals
Andy Timmons . acoustic guitar
John Adams . bass
Johnny Marshall . synth drum programming . percussion and orchestration

Soul to Soul

Written By: J Kendel Johnson

Soul to Soul

When you find your heart again
When you find your joy
Be sure to send some back here, now
I’m gonna miss you, boy

And when you turn the light
And you lay down your head
Simply know that you can never
Lie alone there in your bed

For love will follow you
No matter where you roam
As far as you can travel
There’s no distance, soul to soul

Oh, and though it’s hard to think
That you will love again
Or that I will find my way back
To this place where we have been

The roads we travel
Will lead us with the dawn
We gave each other comfort
And the strength to carry on

Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey
Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey

When you feel alone again
And you find someone to love
Remember to stay open, now
Let it fit you like a glove

And when the lights go down
And you lay down your head
Simply know that you can never
Lie alone there in your bed

For love will follow you
No matter where you roam
As far as you can travel
There’s no distance, soul to soul

Oh, and though it’s hard to think
That you will love again
Or that I will find my way back
To this place where we have been

The roads we travel
Will lead us with the dawn
We gave each other comfort
And the strength to carry on

Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey
Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey

© (P) 2002 Cache Road Records, all rights reserved

J Kendel Johnson . piano & vocals
Andy Timmons . guitar
John Adams . bass
Johnny Marshall . drum programming & hammond b3

Discography

And So You Go (2002 Cache Road Records)