Music Video – “Dreamer” by Mark D. Jones

This is my very first music video that I made today based on my original song – “Dreamer,” along with photographs from my life up through 1979 ~ enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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Original Song – “Do You Think About Me”

Do You Think About Me is a whimsical, daydream of a song that was originally written as a single verse and chorus – but I’ve added verses two, three and four this morning while creating this post.  This song is one of my earliest works and I’ve included the music notation to try to give you a feeling for the work that’s gone into these songs of mine.  My earliest songs were written on the piano and I tried to write out the musical notation, but it proved to be too difficult for me to get the timing right.  My later songs were written on the guitar and I simply focused on noting the individual chords.  Do You Think About Me reminds me of daydreaming while watching the clouds floating by and thinking about someone far, far away…and wondering if they’re thinking about me in the same way, too…  “Do you think about me, Do you think about me at all, Do you dream about me, Do you dream about me at all…”

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I originally wrote “Do You Think About Me” as a whimsical daydream of a little song, with just a single verse and chorus on the piano in 1990 ~ and have since written three additional verses after recording this track as part of Set 16 in the mid-90s. This song was very difficult for me to sing, as it spans quite a fluctuating range, and I sang it with only the quietest guitar strumming to try to help me find the right notes. For the most part it works! Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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Earlier I posted the first take of my original song called “Do You Think About Me” from Set 16 that I recorded back in 1997. I decided to post the a cappella version as well for you ~ enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"Do You Think About Me" - Pg 1/2, "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved"Do You Think About Me" - Pg 2/2, "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Do You Think About Me

“Faces In The Crowd”, Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

Dm      Dm       F    Dm

Do you think about me

F          Dm            F       Am   C

Do you think about me at all

Am       F        F        Dm

Do you dream about me

F          Dm                G—    Dm   G   Dm

Do you dream (about me) at all—–

Chorus:

Dm G Dm            G  Dm

I just need— your lovin’

G         Dm      G       Dm

(And I) want— you to know

        G         Dm   G   Dm

(You are my) everything

Dm       G      Dm

Everything to me

     G        Dm

To me, to me

     G        Dm

To me, to me

Verse Two:

Dm      Dm      F    Dm

Do you care about me

F          Dm           F       Am   C

Do you care about me at all

Am      F     F   Dm

Do you feel for me

F          Dm       G—     Dm   G   Dm

Do you feel (for me) at all—–

Verse Three:

Dm       Dm     F   Dm

Are you sweet on me

F          Dm          F       Am   C

Are you sweet on me at all

Am       F     F    Dm

Do you wish for me

F          Dm         G—    Dm   G   Dm

Do you wish (for me) at all—–

Verse Four:

Dm     Dm F Dm

Do you love me

F          Dm  F       Am   C

Do you love me at all

Am       F   F Dm

Do you want me

F          Dm   G—   Dm   G   Dm

Do you want me at all—–

Original Song – “When Will You Begin”

When Will You Begin is a tender and heartfelt song about love, commitment and affirmation, that speaks to communicating the totality and depth of love one holds for another.  Words and actions should harmonize together within a beautiful melody, and when they don’t it creates an air of doubt and uncertainty.  The true nature of love is complementary – where thoughts, feelings, words, deeds, actions, choices, decisions, commitment, affirmation and desire all harmonize in a single message that communicates the true purity, depth and enduring nature of love… “If you could dream a thousand dreams, Would they be with me, If a dream could last forever, I’d like to spend that time with you…”

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I recorded my original song “When Will you Begin” as a demo on Set 7 in 1996, and these two takes complete the set.  The song speaks of love and commitment, “If you could dream a thousand dreams, Would they be with me, If a dream could last forever, I’d like to spend that time with you…”  Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"When Will You Begin" - "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

When Will You Begin

“Faces In The Crowd”, Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

 Chorus:     (Start)

F#m

When will you begin

F#m                           D

When will you begin to see

F#m

That my love for you

F#m                           D

That my love for you is real

E

Then you will begin

E                              F#m

Then you will begin to see

F#m     C#m               Bm

That my love for you is real

Bm        E         D       A

That our love is real…

         A                   D

If you could dream a thousand dreams

A                           D

Would they be with me

A                      D

If a dream could last forever

E            D                             A

I’d like to spend that time with you

D       A

…with you     (Go to Verse One)

Verse One:

F#m                           E

Where, do we go from here

F#m                          C#m

Where, do we go from here

D                   C#m             F#m

Where, do our lives go from here

D                      C#m            F#m

Where, does our love go from here     (Ending)

F#m            E

How am I to know

F#m            E

How am I to show

C#m                     D

You that my love is real

D                           A

You that our love is real     (To Chorus followed by Verse Two)

Verse Two:

F#m                             E

How can I show you my love

F#m                            C#m

How can I show you my love

D             C#m             F#m

How can I show you my love

D                     C#m             F#m

Where does our love go from here

F#m          E

When will I know

F#m              E

When will you show

C#m                      D

Me that your love is real

D                           A

Me that your love is real     (To Chorus followed by Verse One to End)

Original Song – “Seems Like Rain”

Seems Like Rain is an early song of mine that speaks to hope, change, opportunity and new horizons.  It’s a very short and reflective song that in a way is autobiographical in nature – reflecting the fact that I went west on my 8,000 mile bicycle adventure back in 1976 – but this song wasn’t written specifically with that event in mind.  Instead, it was written to reflect our restless, inner nature and eternal optimism, that believes a change of pace can bring sunshine into our lives and drive the rain away!  “Time to get on with my life, Looking for those sunny skies, ‘Cause that rain’s been in my life for way too long…”

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I recorded my original song “Seems Like Rain” in two takes on Set 8 in 1996, and it was a challenge for me to reach the high notes, but take two improved, “There are times in my life, When that rain keeps falling down, And that rain follows me, Wherever I go…” Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(Note: As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"Seems Like Rain" - "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Seems Like Rain

“Faces In The Crowd”, Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Intro:

Em   G   D   C     (x2)

Verse One:

              Em            G

There are times in my life

                D                      C

When that rain keeps falling down

             Em             G

And that rain follows me

D               C

Wherever I go

           Em            C

When I look to the west

             Em                  C

I get the urge for movin’ on

               G                 Am    D

‘Cause my life here isn’t goin’ anywhere     (End)

Chorus:     (Repeat twice)

    Em          C

It seems like rain

            D

Is falling down

C        D

Falling down

             G

Down on me

C                    G

Down, down on me     (Second time through)

Verse Two:

            Em           G

It’s that long, long road

          D                C

That’s calling me to go

          Em    G

I don’t have anything

D                        C

Keepin’ me ’round here

           Em                  C

Time to get on with my life

            Em                   C

Looking for those sunny skies

                 G                      Am

‘Cause that rain’s been in my life

                 D

For way too long     (Back to the top)

Original Song – “Dreamer”

Dreamer was written in 1990, but it wasn’t necessarily meant to be autobiographical – but after all these years it certainly is – all you have to do is replace ‘Johnny’ with ‘Mark’ and it’s all about me!  I’ve always been all about dreams and adventures, ever since I was first introduced to the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien by my friend Dan in the sixth grade and left home on my first bicycle adventure of 8,000 miles around the United States in 1976…and the rest is history.  I was never satisfied with the options life presented me with and I always chose to follow my dreams and find my own way through life.  The adventurous life isn’t an easy road to follow and it can often be quite difficult and unforgiving, but it was the only road that led to my hopes and dreams.  I’m still traveling that same road today and pursuing dreams I’ve had for decades, as well as new dreams that have only recently been realized, but the story’s the same, “Johnny they say you’re a dreamer, Will you ever find your way, Always lookin’ for sunshine, On a rainy day…”

As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.

"Dreamer" - "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Dreamer

“Faces In the Crowd”, Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

D                                  G

Johnny they say you’re a dreamer

       D                        G

Just dreaming your life away

D                        G

Always looking for something

      D                        G

But never finding your way

            A

Could it be that there’s no answer

          D                         G

To the questions that you ask

         A

Or do you know something we don’t

               D                          A

And you’ll find your way in the end

         G

In the end     (End)

Chorus:

      Bm                        G

The world was made for dreamers

     Bm             G

To carry on our dreams

     Bm                        A

So dream on dream on Johnny

      G               A

And live all your dreams

      Bm  A         G

And live all your dreams

              D

Live your dreams     (Verse One to Finish)

Verse Two:

D                                  G

Johnny they say you’re a dreamer

      D                       G

Just throwin’ your life away

D                       G

Will you ever find them

      D                                G

And live all your dreams one day

         A

Never mind those people talkin’

         D                             G

About how you’re livin’ your life

      A

Just keep on dreamin’ those dreams

               D                      A

And you’ll do alright in your life

           G

In your life

Verse Three:

D                                  G

Johnny they say you’re a dreamer

            D                  G

Will you ever find your way

D                       G

Always lookin’ for sunshine

D              G

On a rainy day

           A

But the odds are always against you

           D                              G

For the things you’re trying to do

         A

But if you believe in somethin’

     D                      A

I’m sure you’ll see it through

         G

See it through

Original Song – “Thousand Faces”

Thousand Faces is a mirror that captures the reflection of all of us together as a collective society and tries to illustrate how unique and special every one of us really is!  Each and every one of us has a story to tell and the lyrics ask us to take the time to look at each other, see the light in the eyes around us, reach out and touch those lives and choose to be a part of those lives – because “No one can stand alone…We all need a little love…Can you show someone you care…That you care…Touch the lives of a thousand faces here tonight!”

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I recorded my original song “Thousand Faces” on Set Seven in 1996 and it speaks to, “Can you stop and take the time, Take the time, To be part of a thousand lives here tonight, No one can stand alone, We all need a little love, Can you show someone you care, That you care, Touch the lives of a thousand faces here tonight.” Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.

"Thousand Faces" - Pg 1, "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved"Thousand Faces" - Pg 2, "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Thousand Faces

“Faces In The Crowd”, Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

Am     G     Am     G     Am     G     F     G     (Intro)

C E    G E Am     G

I look all around me

                             Am     G

There’s a thousand faces I see

                         Am       G

Look around and see the light

            F

See the light

          F            C            G             C

In the eyes of a thousand faces here tonight

   Am          G                  F

A thousand faces left and right

   C             G             F

A thousand faces here tonight

                      F               C       G

Reach out and touch them if you like

         F

If you like

               F            C            G             C

Touch the lives of a thousand faces here tonight

Chorus:

         Dm          Am        G

Every face has a story to tell

         Dm        Am        G

Every face is a separate page

          Dm           Am   G

In our lives as we carry on

         F

Carry on

        C

Here tonight

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(Ending)

C      F          F     G          G     F                    F   C G          C

Here tonight, here tonight, here tonight, as we carry on here tonight

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(Bridge leading into the next verse)

F     C     F     C     F     C

Verse Two:

C         E G    E       Am          G

There’s a thousand people we know

                         Am          G

Thousand people where we go

                        Am         G

Take the time to look and see

              F

Look and see

               F            C             G               C

Touch the lives of a thousand people here tonight

      Am      G                F

We all have faces in the night

      C         G               F

We all have faces in the light

        F               C           G

Look around you look and see

              F

Look and see

                F       C            G               C

That those faces belong to you and to me

Verse Three:

C     E G E  Am       G

Take a look around you

                       Am     G

Do you see the faces I see

                          Am        G

Can you stop and take the time

             F

Take the time

          F           C            G            C

To be part of a thousand lives here tonight

Am       G            F

No one can stand alone

      C  G              F

We all need a little love

             F       C                 G

Can you show someone you care

              F

That you care

               F            C             G             C

Touch the lives of a thousand faces here tonight

Original Song – “Ridin’ That Train”

Ridin’ That Train is a short, simple little song that reflects on the struggles we all go through in life.  Life can be difficult and unfair – and often we don’t have insight as to where we’re going, how we’ll get there, or how long the journey will take to finally reach our destination – if we ever reach it.  The singer laments his struggles, and his present situation, while drawing a parallel between the journey we call ‘life’ and a long distance trip by train.  Despite the miles of track ahead, the tediousness of the journey, the open-ended time frame, and the lack of a known destination – the singer realizes there’s value hidden in the journey that’s worth ridin’ for: “Been times I want to get off, Don’t want to ride no more, But then it seems to me there’s, Something worth ridin’ for…”

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I recorded my original song “Ridin’ That Train” in four takes as demos on Set 16 in 1997, and they complete the set. The song compares our journey through life to traveling by train, “You know I’ve been up, You know I’ve been down, And from time to time you know, That I’ve been kicked around…” Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"Ridin' That Train" - "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Ridin’ That Train

“Faces In The Crowd”, Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

      G

You know I’ve been up

      D

You know I’ve been down

C

And from time to time you know

       G                     D

That I’ve been kicked around

G

Life’s not always easy

D

Life’s not always fair

C

But it seems to me my life’s

      G      D

Not going anywhere

               G

’cause I’m riding that train

       C                    F

That train that I call life

                  G

And there’s no turning back

       C                        F

Just miles and miles of track

           Am       G

I don’t need no reservation

F                     C               G

Don’t know my destination home

F        G

Home, home

Verse Two:

        G

Been times I want to get off

         D

Don’t want to ride no more

      C

But then it seems to me there’s

                G               D

Something worth ridin’ for

        G

Can’t say how long this ride is

        D

Can’t say how long it lasts

  C

I know there’ll come a day when this

     G                      D

Old train stops in its tracks

            G

And I’m ridin’ this old train

     C                     F

I’m ridin’ down that line

           G

‘gonna ride it to the end

      C            F

Got plenty of time

           Am       G

I don’t need no reservation

F                     C              G

Don’t know my destination home

F        G

Home, home