CDs and Brief Musical biography

Socrates Thalassos
formerly Jay Dancing Bear

a brief musical history

1976 started playing guitar while a DJ at WPLT, Radio Free Plattsburgh (NY), his college radio station. Wanted to make his own music. Started on electric guitar.

1980s mostly electric guitar in alternative bands and street musician in San Francisco. The Divers, the Electrics, Railerific Blues Band, Rampage, Riot, the Chairs, Red Kryptonite, the Rattlers, the Free and Sleazy Band, etc.

1990-91 travelled as a musician in Europe.
Hamburg, Paris, Athens, Crete, Koln, Saarland, Flensburgh.
Played in bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs, concerts, parties, farmer’s markets and as a street artist.

I walked into a coffeeshop in Denmark,guitar in hand.
They said “are you going to play for us”.
Nine months later i walked into a coffeeshop in San Francisco, guitar in hand.
They said “now you know you can’t play that here”.

1990s mostly solo acoustic folk and blues. Northern California with some time in Seattle.

98-06 Lived in Monterey County. Played, taught guitar, played in Front of Doc Ricketts lab near the Aquarium when i had a little studio apartment up the hill from there 04-06

06-16 Wandering Minstrel. Never really found a place i wanted to stay. Tried a lot of different places. Almost Santa Fe but just too small. Bay Area too stressful. Omaha was nice for a while. Love Mt. Shasta and Big Sur but not practical. San Luis Obispo nice but, Santa Cruz never made money, etc etc etc

16-? Home in Eugene. Feels good

Releases
The Black Eagle Flies folk-cassette-1990-sold out
Present electric rock-casssette-1996-a few copies left
The Official Jay Dancing Bear Guide To Guitar instructional manual-1998 sold out, in process of revision now it’s called Deep Guitar. On this website

GUITAR LESSONS Jay has been teaching guitar since 1980, primarily private lessons. Taught at Haight Ashbury Music Center in 1981 when i worked there. Owners are great people. Love you Masoud, best boss i ever had.

COVER REPERTOIRE Jay knows hundreds (maybe more) of blues, R+B, rock, folk and traditional songs. Robert Johnson, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Creedence, Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Elmore James, Hank Williams, Janis Joplin, and many others Jay also plays harmonica and is learning flute and hand drum

Song Lyrics

The Black Eagle Flies

The black eagle flew/ to the top of the mountain/ from the bowels of the earth/ where he came from the black eagle flew/ through the stormy darkness/ higher and higher/ up to the sun he flies he flies he fills my eyes/ his wings stretch forever, filling the skies higher and higher/ higher and higher/ to the sun, to the sun, the black eagle flies on his back sits a rider/ in his heart is a diamond/ on his face an eye/ that sees beyond/the black eagle flew/ through the stormy darkness/ higher and higher/ up to the sun he flies he flies he fills my eyes/ his wings stretch forever, filling the skies/higher and higher/ higher and higher/ to the sun, to the sun, the black eagle flies the earth that he came from/ the sun that he flies to/ are one and the same/ one, not two/his black wings shine/ with a light that is golden/ all his feathers are turning to blue to blue/to blue/ they’re turning to blue/ the black eagle’s feathers turning to blue/the skies, the skies, the skies so blue/ the lack eagle skies/ are turning to blue the black eagle flew/ to the top of the mountain/ from the bowels of the earth/ where he/came from/the black eagle flew/ through the stormy darkness/ higher and higher/ up to the sun/filling the skies his love like a rainbow/ all that there is / under the sun/all that there is/ he has done/ all that there is/ under the sun/all that there is/ he has done/ all that there is/ under the sun copyright 2002 jay dancing bear all rights reserved

Journeys of the Spirit

Journeys of the Spirit Journeys of the heart Journeys within journeys where did the journey start? Two people met on the street one day One lost and the other found One flew to the sky and the other stayed on the ground Twas in the merry month of may the blossoms fresh on the trees I lay me down to take my rest and look up at the leaves Now the winter winds blow cold The silent snow it falls I’ve stayed inside all day and thought upon us all Journeys of the Spirit Journeys of the heart Journeys within journeys where did the journey start? Two people met on the street one day One lost and the other found One flew to the sky and the other stayed on the ground copyright 2003 Jay Dancing Bear all rights reserved

A Falling Leaf

I know a guy who gets real high Just by looking at the sky he goes out where the air is clean where the grasses speak and he knows what they mean where the grasses speak and he knows what they mean he usually gets there on his bike he’s not afraid of a nine mile hike he’s not too young and he’s not too old he care’s more about a flower than for diamonds or gold he care’s more about a flower than for diamonds or gold he’s go his problems but he knows how to forget them the trees would make us happy if we’d only let them the things which make him happy well they all are free what greater piece of art than a falling leaf? what greater piece of art than a falling leaf? I know a guy who gets real high Just by looking at the sky he goes out where the air is clean where the grasses speak and he knows what they mean where the grasses speak and he knows what they mean copyright 2003 Jay Dancing Bear all rights reserved

Insect World

(This is a song from the band I had in the 80’s)

They stream through the streets like insects/ going to gnaw a corpse army ants in the jungles of america/ they can’t find their way alone they eat each other/ they feel they must they feel despair at betraying each other’s trust follow the crowd/ to the end/ follow the crowd/ though they’re not YOUR friends I don’t care what you say/ I don’t care what you do all your dreams/ are just to make me like you but are you happy/ with the life you lead what are your values/ what are your seeds? follow me/ to my house/ my sweet house/ follow me/ to my house to my grave to the end be my slave (lead) I’m not a businessman anymore/ I can’t do that anymore why should I wear a grey suit why not a blue one it’s all the same all the same/ all that pain it’s all the same/ all that pain follow/ all you do is follow/ follow/ all you do is, all you do is all you do is/ follow copyright 2002 Jay Dancing Bear all rights reserved

One Good BullDozer

One good bulldozer is all it would take to make all the shopping malls all go away rip up the parking lots and plant them with trees make flower pots out of SUVs One good bulldozer One change of heart would keep us together come on let’s start When people pay attention to the things that matter All these problems, they’ll all scatter lying in the sun, feeling at one with the one, the one, and everyone One good bulldozer One change of heart would keep us together come on let’s start All the distractions and all of the games can’t hide the fact that inside we’re the same embodiments of the living truth you and me, me and you

CDs {currently needing to be reprinted}

2010 Transformation a new CD of songs that tell the truth.
This recording was done at Studio D in San Diego, on a very tight budget, yet the songs transcend the limitations of time and money. A live in the studio recording, just guitar and voice, and feeling.

11 eleven songs (2008)
more or less in the vein of MTV unplugged. the first 7 songs were originally going to be released as 7 songs in San Diego, which is where they were recorded. When it came time to press the CD, i decided to add 4 more songs which had been recorded when i lived in Monterey, because i really wanted them to be heard.

To an unseen listener (2008)
a 27 minute trance guitar instrumental, along with In the Garden, a song that goes along well with the mood, and could be my theme song. these were originally recorded in San Francisco in 1999. I’ve been meaning to put them out, but didn’t want this to be my first release, for fear of being pigeonholed solely as a trance guitarist. finally, at long last, it’s out. as of now the only way to get these is directly from me, when i play. sooner or later i will deal with this, but for now, you could email me and we could make some arrangements.here’s the old news, no longer true

 

 

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