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Jim has been doing music stuff since 1980, when he made "albums" on a cheap cassette recorder complete with album covers made from cardboard and felt pens. Exactly one copy exists of each. They are:
Beatless 4 Ever
Life in Cucumberville
Maple Bars on the Rampage
A Bunch of Squiggly Lines
Jim Sings the American Top 40
He then went to music school at University of Washington and learned how to write music he hated, including forgettable "modern" pieces such as "Screams for Solo Piano". Enough said there. His next non-hated output was for two comic book operas, Sweeney Todd God and Door Door Door Door Me, also cheap cassette recordings. These were way better. Jim did the drawings as well, but he can't really draw.
After college, Jim went to Japan and worked for the Japanese mafia, taking a hiatus from music. Upon his return to the US, he entered the world of musical theatre, writing a bunch of musicals that never saw the light of day. He attended the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles and among other things wrote the score to the a cappella musical 4AM Boogie Blues, which had some success in Chicago, New York and Seattle. He began work on a musical adaptation of Heidi, then in 2001 decided he'd had enough of musical theatre and abruptly dropped out of that world, never to return. Too many rules.
After a few years writing instrumental children's music as well as a gig with Disney to write songs for a video game called Nightmare Ned, Jim spent several years writing for the online songwriting competition Song Fight (songfight.org), which gave him the opportunity to get back to his own style. After twenty years dabbling in modern classical and musical theatre, his music again sounded like it did when he was in his basement with a cheap cassette recorder. A few years later he was discovered by Tom Dyer of Green Monkey Records, through a mutual acquaintance who remembered "Laboratory Rat", a song from one of those old cassette-recorded albums which had gained some improbable local radio airplay back in 1981 and was still remembered. Tom invited Jim to finally produce a real album, which became We Are All Famous, released in 2013. Famous pulled bits from his 30-odd years of music into one cohesive experience. The album made multiple top ten lists and received much critical acclaim. Jim was satisfied and thought that might be it for him.
But it turns out that wasn't it. Since then, Jim has been hard at work on his second album, Both the Planet Frank and The Chet Lambert Show, due out in October 2016.
Jim of Seattle was born, raised and still lives within the Seattle city limits. He thinks he might be the only one left. He is married to a psychotherapist, writer and occasional singer, and his only daughter is a successful painter. He has a day job doing computer stuff.