About Jim's Music ...

Music for the MetaQuizzical

Jim Ocean has been writing and performing for 30 years, including being a founding member and primary writer for Celtic Elvis, the Dogmatics and Placebo Domingo. His albums include "The Rise and Fall of Practically Everything" and "Hard to be Real" with Celtic Elvis, "Fear and Love" with the Dogmatics, plus two solo projects--"Pop Tunes for Mystics" and "Macro2Micro", with more on the way.

An eclectic, fresh and edgy writer, Jim writes and performs in many styles with content ranging from the humorous to the serious  to the spiritual—sometimes weaving all three seamlessly within one song.

With tunes that are thought provoking, humorous and wise, Jim's music is custom-made for those with a sense of curiosity, who appreciate perspectives that are original, surprising and sometimes quirky and irreverent.  It's especially for those who like their art to make them think, feel, laugh and reflect.  We call it "Music for the MetaQuizzical".

See Jim's discography below.
 

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Check out Jim's Satirical Songs

Check out Jim's Science Songs


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Album Summaries and Lyrics ...

Pop Tunes for Mystics (2010)
This album started in 2005 after listening to Nick Drake’s “Five Leaves Left”. It’s an album for long drives in the country, watching the sun come up, or late night meditations on the stars.
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Fear and Love (2001)
Fear and Love is a CD recorded by Jim Ocean’s former band ‘The Dogmatics’ in Nashville, TN with the Grand ‘Ole Opry house band. The Dogmatics was comprised of singer/songwriters Jim Ocean, Randy Anger and Sarah Reynolds and was accompanied by the house band for the Grand Ole Opry which included musicians Kerry Marx, John Gardner, Bob Patin and Byron House.
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Hard to be Real (1997)
Hard To Be Real is a CD by the third incarnation of my musical satire band Celtic Elvis which was recorded live at Strings—an invitation-only acoustic music salon in the East Bay near Berkeley. It features Jim Ocean (vocals, primary songwriter and lead guitarist), Randy Anger (guitar and lead vocals), Barbara Griesau (vocals), Cecelia Pierotti (violin), and Rich Wescott on (vocals and bass).
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The Rise and Fall of Practically Everything (1995)
The Rise and Fall of Practically Everything was recorded by the first incarnation of Jim Ocean’s musical satire group Celtic Elvis. The album was recorded at Emerald City studio in San Francisco in 1989 by the acclaimed engineer Gary Mankin.
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Ocean Songs Sampler

Jim & Kathy Ocean

Music for the MetaQuizzical. A sampler of satire, ballads and songs inspired by scientific discovery by thought-rockers, Jim and Kathy Ocean

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