My mission is to write inspirational stories that make you feel good about yourself, put a smile on your face, and think of things in a different way.
Sing for Peace
Sing for Peace is a book written by yours truly, Jim Gaven, published in October 2019. Living in today's world can be a daunting challenge. From the everyday distractions of various social media sites to all the battling news outlets, it can be hard to decipher what is good and what isn't. 'Sing For Peace' is a call to action for the human race to utilize our voices for good...all day, every day, and in every situation. With scientific research backing the physiological and psychological benefits of singing to famous saints who were for peace to popular peacemakers of our time to the various symbols and signs signifying peace, I make the case that if we were to sing to each other all-day long, there would be no need for war...ever.
Finding Your Own Tempo
Finding Your Own Tempo, written by yours truly, Jim Gaven, is about finding your own tempo in life. Leading your own life instead of following in someone else's footsteps takes faith, hope, and courage, and 'Finding Your Own Tempo' sheds some light on ways to do that, specifically through faith, music, and exercise, particularly, soccer. Designed to inspire others to take action to live the life they so desire and be more at peace with themselves, I hope to light a fire under you, the reader.
Manic Music Manifesto
"Manic Music Manifesto", a book written by Jim Gaven, takes a deeper look into the obsessed mind of musicians and why music is so important to their well-being and essence as well as non-musicians alike. With several clinical research studies bringing to light the powerful effect music has on every day life mixed with first hand experiences of musicians caught with the music 'bug', this book is poised to make waves in the industry and beyond.
Cafe Improv in Princeton
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.
Planning, Preparation, and Memories of the National Anthem
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.
Songwriter Showcase at Katmandu
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
Description: 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.
Musician with a Mission
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.
'My Life Juice' at Sayen Gardens
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.
'Make This Moment Last' by Jim Gaven
This live version of an original song, 'Make This Moment Last', was captured using an iMac in 2008 while I was living in New Hampshire for a brief period. As you can see from the footage, it is a little grainy. However, this was a brand new mainframe computer which captured the best it could at that time. Written about someone I was dating between 2005 and 2008, I thought this was the person I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with. It is a song about the feelings you might have for that special someone where you never want the time spent with them to come to an end. Have you ever felt like that? It is an amazing feeling. To me, it's nothing short of what eternity might be like--feeling at peace with everything and everyone for years and years to come. It is my belief that there is no concept of time in eternity, so one moment may actually be 1000 years.
Musical Conversation Between Two Souls
Have you ever met someone for the first time, and just knew they were special? I've been lucky enough in my life to have experienced this feeling several times, but nothing is quite like the day I met Doug. We were at a recreation event for and with those who have developmental disabilities in the county he and I both lived in (at the time). A couple months prior, I started as the Music Coordinator, the Music Man, tasked with creating and implementing a comprehensive music program spanning several different developmental disabilities and a wide range of ages for the individuals supported at this particular non-profit agency. He was wearing a cowboy hat dancing up a storm, letting loose, and cutting up a rug. It was as if nothing else mattered. He was in the zone! I absolutely loved his energy, so I felt compelled to go over and introduce myself. We hit it off cracking jokes and I knew I was in the presence of someone self-less and caring.
Locket at 'The Bitter End'
This is an intimate live performance of a song I wrote called, 'Locket' done at a singer/songwriter showcase at the Bitter End in NYC. Even though this song was written in 2008, it is still the most requested song of mine when I perform live. The premise of the song is that it is about being there for a friend in a dire situation. This friend called me out of the blue in the middle of the night and was not in a good way. After a fairly long phone call, that lead to multiple phone calls which lead to me visiting several times within a 6 month period to eventually picking up my whole life and moving it to where they were. It's hard to capture a 10 month period into a 4 minute song, so this is my best attempt at painting a picture of what was going on in and around the experience.