Shake a Leg

John Michael Hersey

An anti-fascist rock and roll dance song.

This is song to end a long hot summer with some dancing in the street. This is a rock and roll call to arms and legs for peace and love and shaking your moneymaker. With crunchy rhythm guitar, a sinewy Santana-like lead, in your face vocal and old-fashioned classic rock backbeat this is a challenge to let it all hang out while the hanging is still good.

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Piano Music

Dore Abrams

In a departure from my usual singer/songwriter métier, on this album I offer a selection of short instrumental piano pieces eloquently performed by pianist Dore Abrams.

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Casting Shadows

John Michael Hersey

An edgy roots rock excursion through the dark side with brief glimmers of light.

Singer/Songwriter John Michael Hersey revisits a dark time in his life. Calling upon the spirits of rock, blues, folk and country he plumbs the depths of anger, regret, obsession, disaffection and the search for the redeeming power of love.

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Dreamtime

John Michael Hersey

It was the early 1980’s in southern New Jersey. I was young and in a band. It was Dreamtime. It was great! We played five nights a week at Ferry’s Slip Inn, searching for an Audience. I wondered out loud: How Do You See Me? I styled myself The Heartbreak Kid. Proudly and defiantly I proclaimed: I am not ordinary, I am Off the Wall. The ways of romance and the world were A Mystery to Me. I was delusional about a relationship with an older woman, a Working Girl. How could I be so naïve? How did I not see the Ghosts in Your Bedroom? I longed for a permanent Holiday Retreat, a way off the pathway to the nine-to-five life that lay ahead. I struck out on my own. All I found was Every Reason to Fail. I was alone and pleaded with the indifferent world to Give Me a Break. I had reached The Bottom Line. Dreamtime was over. And waking up is hard to do. I almost didn’t make it to morning. But there was music. It was and is my rising sun. That’s why I Keep On Turning It Out.

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Fifteen Years

John Michael Hersey

FIFTEEN YEARS is a selection of previously unreleased recordings from 1986 to 2001. “Like a Vagabond” and “Magic, Magic” were recorded in 1986 at NYU and feature Katherine Bescherer on guitar and vocals, Kurt Gundersen on bass, Dore Abrams on piano and Adam Weber on drums. “Strange, Strange Sea,” (co-written with John Carney and Michael Vassaras) “The Color of My Skin” and “Here in the Middle” (co-written with Vassaras) were recorded at Harold Desau Recording in NYC in 1988 and feature Peter Millrose on keyboards, Al Cohen on bass and Tass Filipos on drums. “The Storm Sometimes,” “Brave New Man” and “Time’s Arrow” were recorded at Waterfront Studios in Hoboken, NJ in 1991 and feature Millrose on keyboards, Randy Gilmore on sax, Darren Solomon on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. “One Track Mind,” (co-written with David Sykes and William “Prez” Tyus) “Clowns Cry Too,” “You Don’t Care,” (both co-written with Tyus) “Another Night,” (co-written with Sykes and Tyus) “The Skin I’m In” (co-written with Jack Kolkmeyer and Tyus) and “One” (co-written with Sykes and Tyus) were recorded at DSP in NYC between 1999 and 2001 and feature David Sykes on keyboards, Bob DesJardins on bass and John DiGiulio on drums.

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Personal Belongings

John Michael Hersey

An artful array of rock, pop, blues, folk and country running the gamut: from the confessional pop/rock of “Get Through,“ and “All My Life;” the folk autobiography of “Gig in the Street,” the soulful blues of “When It Rains,” “Hole in the My Heart” and “La Dolce Blues;” the poignant doo-wop of “Trying Times;” the straight ahead rockers “Junior” and “A Little Lovin’;” the tender ballad “Lady of the Day;” the country two-step “The Beaten Path;” and the Irish folk-flavored “Reachin’.” The album was co-produced and recorded by Rich Gaglia. Bob Desjardins played bass, John DiGiulio drums and percussion, Jim Wacker keyboards and Jonathan Finkelman lead guitar.

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You Got to Me

John Michael Hersey

A joyful and poignant collection of songs about finding and losing love weaveing a tapestry of mellow soul (“You Saved My Life” and “You Got to Me”), folk-pop (“I’m So in Love with You”), doo-wop (“Never Ever”), adult alternative (“Don’t Shy Away”) and roots rock (“Every Time I See You’). The songs describe love’s arc: the life-changing excitement of falling in love, the gray areas of doubt and difficulty after infatuation is over (“In the Dark” and “It’s Not Black and White”) and anger and heartbreak at the relationship’s demise (“Curtain Call” and “Empty Love”). But love’s return is just a song away (“One on One” and “Falling”)! YOU GOT TO ME is a musical romantic novel with a happy ending (“Yes, I Love You”).

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Adirondack

John Michael Hersey

This album is short story about a long journey from darkness to light. The protagonist, the singer of the songs, finds himself in bad place. A place of stark isolation ironically set in the pastoral ADIRONDACK mountains. He's a FALLEN man, singing the blues. A decade before he was in New York City on September 11th, when THE WORLD CAME TO TOWN, which jarred his psyche. Soon, he fell prey to his inner demons, the temptations, the BAD EXAMPLES of his environment. Someone with whom he had unresolved issues, A DIFFICULT MAN, passed away. He decided not to care about right and wrong. Now removed from society, filled with remorse, addressing the people in his life he wonders, WHAT DO YOU THINK? But at this darkest of moments, came resolve to become a better man and to NEVER GIVE UP. It was morning and that dawn, THAT DAY became THIS DAY, the day of his release. It was day or joy and gratitude. He was back in New York City and SITTIN’ PRETTY. But maybe it went to his head too quickly. Maybe he didn’t release that he had be mindful; that his actions brought consequences. He made an error in judgment and was back upstate for another 100 days. What got him through this? A vision of the romance of starting over, a dream of asking someone special to ROLL AROUND THE FLOOR of a new place of love and happiness. He could glimpse the future. His long dark night was truly over and he was WALKING TO THE LIGHT. He made a promise to himself to appreciate every day, because every year is A BAR OF GOLD.

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How Am I Here?

John Michael Hersey

Lyrical and expressive roots rock with a contemporary sensibility. Blues, country, rockabilly and folk rock with a cohesive narrative thread at its core. Songs of experience, introspection, remembrance, social awareness, and, ultimately, acceptance of the fleeting beauty of life.

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