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#1119809 - 11/23/16 01:27 PM An Evening with Jim Peterek  
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From the "I KNOW THAT GUY" category.
I guess I'm posting a bit more lately, mostly because I have a great life. But also because I'm reconnecting with relatives, cousins, friends, and all kinds of relations from the "TWO WORLDS" of my life. From my "rock era" of the 70's and 80's, into my "NASHVILLE ERA" from 88' to present. There is a lot that has happened to me and Facebook and places like this, seem to be the perfect platform to bring people up to speed. So I apologize for my lengthy posts, but scroll past if you are not interested.

I have been honored to be around so many amazing people, and a few famous ones. Part of that happened to me last night when I attended a show in Nashville's "CITY WINERY of a friend and co-writer of mine, JIM PETEREK.
All my Alabama friends will know OF Jim, because we used to play all his songs.At that time, we just didn't know it.
As I have gotten to know and write with him, I have been playing catch up on Jim;s career and I never cease to be amazed.
He started in the 60's with the band "IDES OF MARCH" that big song was "VEHICLE" (I'm the Friendly Stranger in the black sedan want you jump inside my car!!!" ( A REALLY CREEPY LYRIC TODAY.) But extrodinary song. I'm now doing that one with our horn band "DANGEROUS DAN AND THE FUNKTOWN HORNS."

When I started playing music, the hot guitar southern rock era began and there was Jim. 38 Special. ROCKING INTO THE NIGHT, HOLD ON LOOSLEY,SO CAUGHT UP IN YOU. Yep. Played em all.

As the 80's hit, he had a new band, SURVIVOR. And had "TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW" and the amazing "THE SEARCH IS OVER." And of course, for anyone with a pulse, THE SONG that hit us ALL and STILL DOES, "EYE OF THE TIGER" from the "ROCKY III soundtrack and the one that has launched a million campaigns, sporting events, and people's personal triumphs.
Yeah. That was ALL JIM.

As I sat last night and saw him onstage, redesigning all these songs in a stripped down, mostly acoustic and new sounds of songs I thought ":Wow! I know that guy!" We've written two songs together, along with our mutual friend Joie Scott, and I couldn't help but think, "HOW COOL IS THAT? He's my buddy!"

As I was thinking of that and immersing myself in all these memories, he started telling the story of writing with HIS HERO, BRIAN WILSON, of the BEACH BOYS. They wrote one that he performed called "THAT'S WHY GOD INVENTED RADIO" which went to Number 3 on Billboard charts. Everything is relative.

He brought up a new singer he is working with, who did two great songs, showing he is moving on even today. He did a Sammy Hagar song, a title track "HEAVY METAL", brought up NIGHT RANGER drummer and singer KELLY KAEGY, for that one. And then of course, ended with EYE OF THE TIGER. The new version. But it still has the power of the one we're so familiar with.
Backed by an incredible band led by my neighbor and another friend, producer Fred Mollin, featuring Jim;s son on keyboards, it was just amazing. Afterword I bought his book, "BEYOND THE EYE OF THE TIGER" and spoke for a few minutes. What a classy gentleman.
So that is my life. That is what I get to do and people I get to meet. I am amazingly fortunate and just have a great time. Being THANKSGIVING, I think it is a perfect time to talk about what I am Grateful for. That's just one of them.
I hope you all have a great thanksgiving. Here are a few pictures, and My God bless you all and this country.

#1119817 - 11/23/16 03:51 PM Re: An Evening with Jim Peterek [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Great story MAB, and thanks for sharing. You mentioned pictures...??? And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


#1119837 - 11/23/16 05:34 PM Re: An Evening with Jim Peterek [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Hey Marc,

I know I call you motormouth, but it's a compliment, really ! smile

You have passion for your craft, and always a great story to tell.

All the best to my US mates on their day of gratitude.

cheers, niteshift

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L.A. Goodbye was another hit by The Ides Of March. I saw them twice in Ashland, Ky. back in the day. Great concerts and I always loved the horns but their harmonies were stellar as well.
Cool that you got to write with him. He stayed after the show sitting on the stage telling stories and listening to fans for probably an hour. Seemed like a good guy.


#1119929 - 11/25/16 04:46 PM Re: An Evening with Jim Peterek [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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He did another song from the IDES of MARCH but I didn't know that one. I was about 9 years old in 1968 when they came out and barely remember VEHICLE. But I did get to know that one quite well as I learned to play music and now actually do it in my horn band.
I always tell him, that is a really CREEPY lyric, ("I'm the friendly stranger in the black sedan, won't you jump inside my car...") he always say's, "Yeah, it was a creepy lyric then too!"

Niteshift, you can always call me anything you want. I try to bring a sense of "personal side" of a business that can be very impersonal. We all would like to have our songs "out there" earning money, being on radio, making us stars" but that doesn't always happen. So we have to take what we can get, and be thankful for what we get.

I'm very greatful for being involved in a lot of very cool things. I often forget just how lucky I am, because I am usually just doing it. I don't take a lot of pictures, and I HATE pictures of me, so I often completely forget about some of the things I do or the people I am around unless someone reminds me or a situation like the other night's show comes along.
So I try to bring that out in my posts. Hopefully some people can enjoy it.

I got to know Jim's music later in life, as I learned "HOLD ON LOOSELY, ROCKING INTO THE NIGHT, SO CAUGHT UP IN YOU, from 38 Special, and then "THE SEARCH IS OVER and of course "EYE OF THE TIGER" from SURVIVOR. And of course, that one is EVERYWHERE.
Right now it is on a commercial (I can't even remember what the product is) but the song is in the back ground of a "boxing scene" with comedian Amy Shumer, and a very muscled female boxer. The song is in the background. Fight scene? Yep. There's EYE OF THE TIGER.

He has told me the story and repeats it in his book of getting the original call on his answering machine on "the day that changed my life." On the message was "YO, Jim, it;s Sylvester Stallone. Give me a call." he thought it was some of his friend's playing a joke on him,l but Survivor was really hot right then and anything was possible. He didn't even call back at first thinking it was probably a joke from his road manager who did all these accents.

He, and the guitar player from Survivor, called the number back and it was INDEED Sylvester Stallone. And of course he said "But call me SLY." He said he was doing this new movie, ROCKY III, and needed something "new, for the kids," as opposed to just using the "ROCKY THEME" over again.

He sent Jim a cut of the trailer, with Mr. T coming up and Rocky doing the commercials, "resting on his laurels." They wrote the original music, "Da...Da,Da, Da.....Da...Da, da da, Da da daaaa."
All to punches that were being punched by Mr. T. in that montage.

But they couldn't get the lyrics down because they didn't know the story. So they convinced Sly to send them a rough cut of the movie. In it there is a line spoken by "Mikey" Rocky's trainer, that said "Rock, you're losing the EYE OF THE TIGER." That was it. That was the key to everything. Jim wrote it down and they finished it really quickly.

They did the original demo on the song in a studio in Chicago where Jim lives. They sent that to Stallone and he loved it but wanted them to write a third verse. So they ended up taking from the first two verses and it all worked. Th original demo was the one used in the movie. Talk about making them BROADCAST READY.

So it speaks of how important it is to have the actual movie or television show to view when pitching songs for it, because it is so hard to make something fit in a random pitch.

So I am THANKFUL to be able to talk about things that I hear from people I know who actually there. That's what I try to bring here.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and have a good weekend.


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Jim, while not quite a NEIGHBOR of mine, lives just a town over from me and I see him around town every now and then. Always with the spiked hair, gold chains, and cowboy boots -- always looking the part of the rock star that he is!
We even took our guitars to the same local shop for a while and one time when I ran into him there, I got to ask him the question that I always wanted to.
I knew that he wrote "Vehicle" when he was in The Ides of March, but DID HE ALSO WRITE THAT MAGNIFICENT HORN CHART?
The answer:
He was just a kid—a teenager—when he write the song (and the chart) and admitted that he didn't really know how to write a horn chart, but... "Sometimes you just get lucky."
Nice guy and a great talent.

#1120110 - 11/28/16 06:08 PM Re: An Evening with Jim Peterek [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Todd, that is correct. He told me that story. I think he sat with the horn players and "da da'd the parts. They wrote it down.

I've done that on a few of my own songs and now am playing with an 11 piece horn band that is doing some of my R&B songs. Have to do the same thing. We stand around and I tell them notes I think they should play. Then they have to notate it and add their own touches.

Jim is always looking like a rock star. When we write I'm always trying to wear purple, cause that matches his hair:

#1120111 - 11/28/16 06:12 PM Re: An Evening with Jim Peterek [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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You ever come to town, outside of Chicago, to do any writing with him?
If so, let me know. Like I said, I just live the next town over from him; we can grab some lunch or something!

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Oh yeah, the other thing about that conversation with Jim:
I told him that I wrote songs, too. He asked me, "Are you any good?"
I said, "Yeah, I think so."
His reply to that: "Yeah, but are you any GOOD?"

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#1120113 - 11/28/16 06:25 PM Re: An Evening with Jim Peterek [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Todd, THAT sounds very Jimmish. LOL! If you are going to write with him, you better KNOW YOU ARE GOOD. And BE ON THE TOP OF YOUR GAME!

I don't really come to Chicago. Two of my best friends are from Chicago and that is how I know Jim. I write with him when he comes here. He is actually working to get more involved with NASHVILLE. He was here last week promoting his new CD, "THE SONGS", which are "re-imagined versions" of his hits, done stripped down or totally acoustically. He is produced by my neighbor and friend Fred Mollon, who also produces Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Webb and Jim.

So I don't get up there. The thing about Nashville is that EVERY ONE COMES HERE. WE don't really have to go anywhere.

I have done workshops up there and have been contacted by the NSAI group but nothing has been worked out. Maybe next year.

I'm trying to upload a couple of pictures of me and Jim but having problems getting them on here. Anyone want to see some, contact me privately. I'll send them to you. We are a pretty funny duo.


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