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Daydreamers by The Algorithm

The Daydreamers from The Algorithm
Written Produced and Performed
by Junie Morrison

In the days before electronic downloads had reached such a frenzied state of popularity among internet users, Junie Morrison was already doing his thing; computer programming, building his online presence, developing websites, not only for himself, but also for others. He put a lot of time into creating forums to connect with his fans and making fun interactive music devices for his visitors to play with, teaching and sharing ideas, among a ton of other projects.

Meanwhile, Morrison was also making music. And, true to his nature as an innovator and creative force in the music industry, he has built an extensive and diverse catalog, having written, produced and performed projects that venture across a range of genres, including, Afrofuturist-funk tracks like, Funky Party Time, EDM in the form of Copying Atlantis, techno-funk; an early example being, Techno-Fréqs, and experimental R&B songs such as, Loving Arms, not to mention country songs like, Pretend and many more that surpass the impeccable standards of output expected from any single professional, multi-instrumentalist in the business. As such, Morrison always stays relevant, releasing many of his projects under various pseudonyms, each one crafted to suit the style being presented to his audiences.

So, this brings us to the present.

Fresh outta Junie Morrison’s vault of previously unreleased songs, all of which are jostling for position and ready to burst onto the scene, comes The Daydreamers.

Released today on Bandcamp, under the alias, The Algorithm, The Daydreamers is Morrison’s way of letting us in on the secret; that music, complete with orchestration and live vocals, is still as relevant today as it was back in 1999 when he first crafted this smooth, jazz-funk masterpiece.

The Daydreamers is an exciting listen. It’s mostly instrumental, with creamy free-flowing acoustic guitar lead lines offering a hint of latin rhythms, accompanied by atmospheric strings and clean vocals on the choruses. The exhilarating organ solo at the bridge mashes so hard it hurts, while the energetic horn section sparkles brightly, lifting your spirits to new heights.

There is no doubt that The Daydreamers by The Algorithm is a beautiful piece of music. It takes you gently by the hand and leads you through a land of yearning, love and fulfillment. It’s a romantic journey, riding on a foot-tapping groove. It doesn’t judge you, it reaches out to you, hoping to remind you that at heart, we are all daydreamers.

– Anna B. Sheriff

More from Junie Morrison:

When The City (Album) on iTunes
Stick It In (Redux) on Bandcamp
Love Has Taken Me Over (Reloaded) on Bandcamp
Don’t Fall Fast on Bandcamp

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To Listen Is To Be Inspired…

Back in the day, I found the time to become fully immersed in listening to music. Through listening, I was influenced by the talent and human effort found in the music that I listened to.

I was not alone in that endeavor because most of my peers discovered the freedom and inspiration to create, inside of the music they listened to, as I did.

Today, however, most of the real benefits of listening to music no longer exist.

Way, way back, we had an opportunity to listen to music that played on radio. There would always be a rotation of songs, so we as listeners, would know that it may be a while before the song that caught our interest, would be played again.

Now, it would seem that the new trend is to consume any song that rears its head by downloading, uploading and sampling every song in existence, all at once. This does not give the listener the chance to become familiar with those songs because the emphasis is no longer on listening, but on acquisition.

To DJ Or Not To DJ… That Is The Question

Some of the greatest radio programmers and djs were not so much interested in pushing buttons on synthesizers, searching their profiles on social media, or in some cases, how many listeners were listening to them, but they were rather more intent on sharing the idea of the song itself, with their audiences.

The DJ helped us see the value in the music and their attitudes gave the audiences the notion that there was even more value to be acquired in becoming a part of each individual song they listened to. The value they helped to instill through enabling us to listen to specific songs, made the process of going to the record store, seeking out the songs, being knowledgeable about the recording artist, an accomplishment based on knowledge and love for the individual facets of the music itself.

Our Pods Do Not Have Ears… We do!

I propose that consuming music has lost some of the most valuable of its interactive qualities; the soul that connects us to, or I should say, the visceral aspect of acquiring music seems to no longer exist.

Over time, however, we may be forced to re-examine our value systems as they relate to consuming and acquiring music in general. Although we may have room on our pods, pads and smartphones to immediately download every song in existence, our devices do not have the ears… we do. In other words, our phones are not smart enough to learn to love the music by listening to it, as we can.

Because of today’s sterile creative environment… a relationship with music is no longer like the relationship between two people, or between you and each piece of music you fall in love with.

Instead, it might help to remember that sometimes the mistake that the bass player made would be enough to make that song you love, a classic.

Relive the process and see.

JM

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Vibrate You

 

Vibrate You by MicroNagual
feat. Junie Morrison
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