"There is no community without art."
LA-based, singer-songwriters, Tapia Corel and Jim Rhodes have been performing together as Partners since 2009. Their music chronicles the bumps, bruises. disappointments, bad decisions and joys of traveling one’s own road, and reflects a joyful approach to life’s experiences with a “been there/done that and came back for more” attitude.
Currently they are performing regularly at MacLeod’s Ale House and Brewery in Van Nuys, Ca, where they celebrate the release of their new CD “ Soundtrack of Our Lives,” June 16, 2918 from 8:00-11:00 pm. If you get a chance, come by and share a few pints (23 brews to choose).
Otherwise, come visit at tapiaandjim.com for updates.
Give it a listen and see if you don't find a smile on your face and happy feet in your shoes.
Enjoy! Laugh! Have a Margarita! Vote!
Since we began writing and recording together, our focus has been to do justice to each song. Little did we know that in some cases, like this one, the song would demand it. When we enlisted Erasmo (Sal)Salgado to help with writing a Spanglish version of the song, he turned in a full Spanish text. Our thoughts were to record it, and then edit in some English lyrics. However once we recorded that version, and listened back, the idea of a Spanglish version became a faded memory. We were so moved at the power it now had, that we decided it needed new harmonies in the Mariachi tradition.
Erasmo (Sal) graciously accepted the challenge, which required him to sing in a range he was not used to. Needless to say, he killed it, and when we listened to that playback, we knew it NOW needed Mariachi violins. Fortunately, LA based arranger and orchestrator Milton Nelson was available and agreed to join the project.
During that time, Milton had other higher-paying gigs to do, in which he sandwiched the Juntos Project. At the onset, he asked for our patience, which we gladly gave. As it turns out, (we believe) that by taking time to listen to the song and let ideas gestate, he was able to think of and add additional orchestral treats -- like cello, oboe, a few woodwinds and harp.
(of course none of this could have come together so beautifully without the skills and fine tuned ear of our of sound engineer, Mark Ryan of, Skylark Studio in Sherman Oaks).
All of the above contributed to a lush, passionate and gorgeous tribute to eternal love -- the kind we all dream of and sometimes get when we least expect it.
Juntos Siempre will be available for download August 25 on CD Baby, Amazon MP3 and Apple ITunes. Until then, we hope you enjoy this stream.
We have been so moved by the reception of this song, we are currently recording a Spanish version "Juntos Siempre" (together, forever), which we will be releasing it in the fall.
It's currently available for download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/partnersncrime26
PO Box 685 is an evocative, reflective ballad about a time when the Post Office and US Mail were the only way country mice could connect to the outside world. Its references to the Sear Catalog and ads on the back page of comic books, bring to mind a simpler life, without cel phones, emails or social media.
Collateral Damage is somber, pathos-filled ballad that reflects the sorrow, disappointment and resignation of being caught in the quicksand of living with a drug-addicted partner. It is a reflective description of a life where love has gone off the rails, with no end in sight and the only option is resignation.
“Sangron," written by Tapia Corel, and performed by Partners ‘n Crime, with Jim Rhodes, is a light-hearted, Tex-Mex, Spanglish song about a universal condition: the mooch, who always has something better to do than find a job, or do anything constructive. Written from a woman’s perspective, it is uses humor, wit with an uplifting rhythm section to create an infectious, theme, replete with a party crowd, making accessible to all no matter what language they speak.
During live performances, Sangron received such positive responses (I know that guy! Hey, that’s my uncle!), and reception from audiences, Partners ‘n Crime decided to release it as a single. In an effort to do justice to the song, they added a wide array of Latin instruments, i.e. nylon guitar, jarana, accordion, guiro and tres (Cuban guitar), as well as tight Chicano harmonies and boisterous “gritos” for full effect.
When listening to Sangron, it is impossible to close your eyes and imagine anything but the singer getting the last laugh, and final say on the direction of her life. “Sangron” is not a nice guy, but the story of how he is viewed is filled with wry humor, glee and a taste of shadenfreude that makes you want to order your own “cerveza with a lime,” and get up and dance.
I wrote My Hand in the late mid 80's as a response to Rap's denegrating and abusive attack on women. It got no traction, and I could not understand why programmers were politely declining, saying things like "We are not into promoting 'answer' songs in our broadcasts."
It was not until I became aware of how hypersentive, reactive and cruel many of these artists were, when the release of "Straight Outta Compton" spawned articles by female journalist Dee Barnes about the beat down she suffered at the hands of Dre. She had conducted an interview with his group NWA, which cast them in a bad light, and he did not like it. One. Bit. It was then that I realized why none of the other females rappers (Queen Latifah, Salt 'n Peppa,MC Lyte etc) ever responded in kind to (and with) the music that denegrated women so. Those declines may have kept me from harm, but I can't really say.
Now that we are decades away from that time, and Dre has since cleaned up his act, I think it's safe to put it out there, in the original spirit intended : fun commentary. As I write this, the MP3 is not up for sale, and just for listening. I hope you enjoy it, and smile, even if it is with a wry knowledge....
"Together, forever, "Side By Side."
Jim Rhodes & Tapia Corel of "Partners"
Tapia Corel & Jim Rhodes of "Partners 'n Crime."
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Depends on who is playing it.
3: What was the worst advice?
Don't ask questions.
4: What was your first concert?
5: What/where is the best road food?
Sharky's -- these days, our road doesn't go much beyond Southern California.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Look for the one person in the audience who is totally focused on you, and then focus on them. You will create an energy within that room that wasn't there before.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?