Monday, May 24, 2010

IN THIS WORLD - JoanMarie's CD

I am thrilled to finally announce the release of JoanMarie's CD, In This World!

So who is JoanMarie? She's my wife...who also happens to be my favorite songwriter!
The lyrics and music to all 12 songs were written by JoanMarie and recorded whenever she could squeeze in a few hours at the recording studio. She sang all of the vocals (except the male chanting on Name) and played a few instruments, but most of the guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums were played by some amazing local musicians. The majority of the songs even include some guitar shreddin'!

If you've read Thirteen Reasons Why, you may recognize the lyrics to Soul Alone (check out Hannah's poem beginning on page 190). In fact, if you listened all the way to the end of the 13RW audiobook, you've already heard Soul Alone as it appears on In This World.

Fun Fact:
JoanMarie's song came before the poem in the book. Her lyrics were absolutely perfect for Hannah's character, so I just had to use them...with permission, of course.

There are three ways to get your own copy of In This World:

1. Click on the icon below to view JoanMarie's page at There, you can read more about JoanMarie, order the physical CD, which includes a booklet with lyrics to all 12 songs [$12], download the CD [$12], or listen to clips from all 12 songs [totally free!].
JoanMarie: In This World

2. If you want the CD autographed (by JoanMarie and me), use the PayPal link below [$12]. If you want the CD personalized with a name, either yours or a friend's (it makes a great gift!), type that person's first name into the box. If you want it autographed but not personalized, just leave the box blank.

This c.d. should be signed to:

3. If you're near San Luis Obispo, CA, stop by Boo Boo Records or Cheap Thrills (gotta support the locals!).

When JoanMarie performs locally, she often plays with just a hand-held drum to accompany her voice, which is how most of her songs were originally conceived.

Getting the songs fully realized in the studio was an amazing experience.

Here I am, adding my part to one of the songs.

And here's the back of Engineer Tom's noggin.

If you've got a MySpace account, be sure to friend JoanMarie (you can also hear several full songs for free). ya wanna get rocked?


Aaron said...

What a team coverage - JoanMarie and you - Sound (her music) and Mind (your book[s] . . . .

Jay Asher said...

Glad you think so, Jonathon! I'm honestly just as excited about In This World being out there as my book.

And since JoanMarie had to write words and music, and somehow make everything flow together, she totally wins the creative battle in our house.

Jenna Butler said...

I cannot wait to hear the CD! I want to hear Soul Alone SO bad. :) Congratulations to both of you!

Caprica-Lex said...

Hi Jay! Great News! Can I use the PayPal-link for international orders? How much for Germany? :)

Jay Asher said...

If it won't let you order it from Germany (hopefully it will), you know how to reach me. It'd be cool if you were JoanMarie's first international order!

Naomi Canale said...

This is GREAT! I will definitely have to buy her CD. She's soooo pretty too!

Caprica-Lex said...

The PayPal button worked! First international order is out :)

Jay Asher said...

I completely agree, Naomi!

And Woo-hoo, Caprica-Lex.