Performing at places who are keen to the idea of original music is hard to find these days. Considered few and far between, when we do stumble across one, it's like finding a diamond in the rough. I've been lucky enough to find many places like this in NJ over the years. Cafe Improv is one of those places. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton, the venue is designed to hold events and showcase local artists work. From artists paintings landscapes to musical artists creating soundscapes, the building resonates beauty. It doesn't hurt to have the Princeton Public Library right across the street for foot traffic, advertising, marketing, and appreciation.
It was a late summer evening, and the weather was warm and muggy. The mosquitoes were everywhere, and the anticipation of a big event was in the air. I couldn't believe the night was here, and it was really happening. It was an idea I had been tinkering with in my mind for a little while. Something that I dreamed about doing one day. And now, it was about to actually come to fruition. I was about to sing the National Anthem at a professional sporting event...at a Columbus Crew soccer game.
This video is of me, Jim Gaven, performing an original song at local music venue and club, Katmandu, located in Trenton, NJ. Shot in 2009, it brings me back to a simpler time in life. Myspace was rampant, collecting 'friends', or as I thought of them, potential fans. I was single and was about to buy my first house. Amazing how so many things happen in 10 years. The song is called, 'The Girl Next Door' and is just about that. It's about falling in love with the girl next door...someone in your neighborhood...someone you might have went to school with. It's not about a fantasy person like a celebrity. It's about the real deal with someone in your realm of possibilities and proximity. Written in an open tuning, it is a song I used to love to play live. This is before I actually fell in love with the woman I am now married to.
Jammin' in Mr. Jim's Studio is an educational music program geared for children to learn life skills, manners, and instruments all through music. Similar to Mr. Roger's Neighborhood in that the show sets out to positively impact the younger generation in becoming the best version of themselves, Mr. Jim is fun, engaging, and informative.
This is a long video (28 minutes and change) of an interview I did back in 2018 on Princeton TV30. The TV station is a local network that goes out to those living in Mercer and southern Somerset counties. It was an honor to be considered as an interviewee for this network, because it came at a time when I just branched out on my own to start running a business on a full-time basis. It was a side project, if you will, for years, but 1 month prior to this interview, it became the main project. The interviewer, Natasha Sherman, made me feel very comfortable during our conversation, as you may be able to tell when watching. Shot from multiple angles, the interview flowed quite nicely from a production standpoint as well as a content standpoint.
Filmed at Sayen Gardens, a lovely, scenic, peaceful park in Hamilton, NJ, this is a live performance of a song I wrote called, 'My Life Juice'. Tommy Bartlett of T Productions came up with the idea for me to walk towards the camera around the path as I sang and played the song on guitar. As you can see, it was a beautiful day, and he was able to capture a rare moment where I exercised while performing. Being that this video is at least 5 years old, it shows a more immature side of me as far as singing the song goes.