Jim's newest album, TABULA RASA, is now available at iTunes, Amazon Music, and everywhere online music is streamed and sold.
Jim's newest album, Tabula Rasa, is now available at all your favorite online music outlets!
With the long-anticipated arrival of his third album, Tabula Rasa, Jim resets his musical compass and shows us another side of his creativity, while still retaining his classic sonic signature. Always honest, always real, with subtle tinges of Tom Petty, Paul Simon and Mark Knopfler peeking out from behind strong melodies and creative lyrics.
When asked about the curious title for his new album Jim confides, “I just felt it was time in my career to, in a sense, wipe my music slate clean. I no longer felt compelled to try to fit into any certain genre mold – I wanted to give my writing and producing more air and space to breathe…to grow. Hence the album’s title, Tabula Rasa, which is the interesting theory that we’re all born without any built-in mental content, a blank slate so to speak, and that all our knowledge comes from our experiences and perceptions.
If the theory of tabula rasa is valid and perceptions and experiences count for everything, then experiencing Jim’s songs on Tabula Rasa should definitely be on everyone’s content list. With the exception of the drums, played brilliantly by Austin’s Brandon Storms, Jim performed all the instruments and vocals on the album, as well as producing, mixing and mastering. “Doing all the work myself definitely contributed to the album’s 11-year time-frame,” laughs Halfpenny, “but it also allowed me a level of quality-control that I’ve never had in past recording projects. Our semi-forced confinement due to the pandemic did have a small bright side for me, I guess.”
FOLKS BACK HOME VIDEO
Here’s the first video from the new album, Tabula Rasa. Footage for the FOLKS BACK HOME was shot last summer in and around our hometown of Brawley, CA (Go Wildcats!). The idea behind the video was conceived by my lovely wife, Laurie, and she and I produced and co-directed. I did the (jittery) camera work on a combination of iPhone, DSLR, FlipCam and a DJI drone that I almost crashed or lost at least five times in various fields, canals and feedlots. It was a blast to shoot though. We enlisted the support and help of a small gaggle of our high school buds who made it a fun day of filming and touring ‘The Valley’, all packed into a Jeep with the video gear - a steaming 118 degrees outside. Make sure to watch closely, those close friends make quick cameos in the video – thanks Rick, Ray and Nancy! Thanks for watching everyone, we hope you enjoy it!
Jim Halfpenny has been a professional film composer and songwriter for more than 20 years. His composing credits include the original scores for over 25 feature length films, music for a Discovery Channel series and jingles for national TV and radio ads. Jim’s film scores have been heard on big screens and small screens all around the world and his stylishly diverse songs have been placed in feature films, cable and network TV programs, and a musical production for the stage. As a songwriter, his unmistakable sound uniquely blends folk, rock, pop and country, and his albums have garnered positive press reviews domestically, and as far away as the United Kingdom. Now, with the long-anticipated arrival of his newest album Tabula Rasa, Jim resets his musical compass and shows us yet another side of his creativity.
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Work on the next Jim Halfpenny album (as yet to be titled) is well under way. Most all of the instrument tracks have been completed and vocal tracks are now being arranged and recorded. Right now were looking at a fall/winter 2023 release. Stay tuned for sneak peeks!
Jim is currently in the composition stage of a new orchestral album that he plans to release in the spring of 2024. Fans of Jim’s film music are in for a special treat. More info soon!
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