Go For The Bargain!

April 7, 2005


So you go online to the i-Tunes Music Store and buy ten songs at a dollar apiece and each of those songs is approximately three and a half minutes long. You just got yourself thirty-five minutes of music for ten bucks. Not bad but you could do better…

Next time try using the Brother Jones Method of purchasing products. Look for the bargain! Get the really long songs! Here is a list I would suggest

(1)I Know Your Out There Somewhere (Moody Blues) 6:38
(2)Layla (the original version) (Cream / Eric Clapton) 7:05
(3)Long Time (Boston) 7:46
(4)Beginnings (Chicago) 7:52
(5)Dance With me George (Ambrosia) 7:53
(6)Major Tom (extended version) (Peter Schilling) 8:05
(7)Long Way (Little River Band) 8:46
(8)Song For America (Kansas) 9:05
(9)Grey Day (Jesse Colin Young) 11:20
(10)Free Bird (live version) (Lynyd Skynyrd) 13:41

Using the Brother Jones Method of buying music you have just purchased an hour and a half of music with the same ten dollars! You have almost tripled the amount of music you originally had by simply getting the longest songs available.

Who cares if you don’t like any of the music you just bought… YOU GOT A BARGAIN!

The Comments

Dennis Jones

May I also suggest “Bad Time” by the Jayhawks… it only runs 3:27… but I really like that song…

Doug Jones

I always liked the “Bit ‘O Honey” song by Pete Jones. “Deerslayer Blues” and “Alizarin Crimson” are also favorites. When will these be available on the podcast? Oh, and then there is the classic “Begonji Boy” and smelly pirate song…. all great tunes… Will these be downloadable on iJones?

Don Jones

Yes indeed my music lover brothers. In fact, other classics such as “Get off the stove Grandma, You’re too old to wear hot pants”, along with that old sheep herder’s love song “I’ll never find another ewe” will all be queued up and ready for download on the upcoming Brother Jones Podcast page. We are currently trying to acquire additional bandwidth for these massive downloads. Stay tuned

Don Jones

One more item – my good friend John Tesh said the best BLUES album ever was Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. I looked it up on iTunes and it fit the Brother Jones Tune purchase profile the shortest tune is 9:22 and the longest is All Blues, 11:32. A great $9.99 buy for over an hours worth of blooze.

the Lama

I thought for sure we would hear from Cheap Gene on this post.

Cheap Gene

OK, OK! No more borrowing everybody’s music and ripping off copies for myself. I’m going straight. It’s the iJones method for me now on! But, maybe Dennis would lend me……

the Lama

Cheap Gene’s automobile is so old, his car insurance policy covers theft, fire, and Indian raids.


Come December, Cheap Gene starts dreaming of a tight Christmas.

Remington J. Bradford

Gentlemen: I am counsel on retainer for the honorable Mr. Cheap Gene. We take an extremely dim view of the aforesaid slander upon his personage. The party of the first part, being myself, will continue to monitor this situation. Sincerely yours, Remington J. Bradford, Esq., LLD, PDQ, IOU

Kyle Jones

Well, my favorite song is over just over 17 minutes long. Ive listened to it probobly over 100 times. Thats a lot of my life. A lot of my life.. well spent.

Dennis Jones

OK Kyle, I’ll bite… what song is it?

Painting Process

April 18, 2005


Chris in Dallas sent an email asking me some questions. Rather than answer Chris with another email full of words, I will answer his questions here with pictures.

His first question was, why do you paint the background first and the main image last…?

If you do it the other way, the background looks like you painted up to and around the figure. That is usually not the look I am going after.

Question Two, do you use some sort of airbrush frisket to protect the main image?

Nope. I paint right over the top of the image and then wipe the paint off a little before it dries.

Question Three, any good books on the subject?

I mentioned a few books I like on DJ-ART.com Gouache is just opaque watercolor, so the techniques found in any good watercolor book are pretty much going to apply to gouache, too.

I hope this was helpful Chris. Thanks for giving me something to write about this week.

The Comments

Don Jones

Now we are getting somewhere… this even inspires me to break out the brushes and start slinging paint. Now that I think of it, I did just that this past weekend as I sealed our deck.

Dennis Jones

oh great… that reminds me that Karen want the front porch painted this summer…

Don Jones

My suggestion is to calculate how much time you think it will take… and then multiply that figure by 10.

Robert Lamm

Hey, Dennis…..when is that big “04” project hittin’ the stores? is it “25” or more like 6 to 4?

Terry Kath

I’ve noticed that you guys(Jones folk) make many Chicago references. Do you guys like them? (The group i mean) i think Chicago is the greatest group of all time. To me, no one beats them. what say you?

Dennis Jones

Hi Terry… wow… I thought you died several years ago… still Wishing You Were Here… to answer Questions 67 and 68 let me Beginnings with this Dialogue… Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?… your email Make Me Smile… do you like the Fancy Colors we use for our comments… I think I am going to spend Saturday In The Park…

Don Jones

Terry, I do indeed like Chicago… but at this point I don’t own any of their tunes go figure? I fondly recall swimming in a pond just north of our home town and Chicago’s OLD DAYS blasting from the 8-track of my VW bug.

Dennis Jones

Robert… thanks for writing most of Chicago’s really big hits…

I just got a call last week from my publisher that the new book was just about ready to go to the printer so it might be out in the next few months sometime… maybe… I really dont know anything for certain about that yet…

peter Cetera

Hey guys, this is Peter. Sorry i left the group! If i had known i would only score 2 lousey hits(theme to Karate kid part 2 & duet with Mrs. V. Gill) in 21 years of being on my own i never would have left. But hey, what can i say…I’m a skosh vain. But look, if you guys ever need me you can “Call on me”. Personally I’m “Feeling stronger every day” that i read God’s word and view your seminal “Chicken scratches” Then “Along comes a woman” and i ask her to “Stay the night” and she says to me, “baby what a big surprise” refering of course to my argosy of my Jones’ artwork laying about! All kiddin’ aside, i was born in August of 70…..the same month and year that Chicago’s first hit materialized….which was “make me smile”. Cool huh? Write back. “I’m a man” that needs another comment.

Dennis Jones

Isn’t it interesting how the transit authority of Chicago did NOT want THEIR name associated with this little nothing band in ANY way and would not let them use CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY… oops…

Danny Seraphine

Hey….it’s danny here. The erstwhile drummer for chicago. I know what you mean Dennis….regarding your last comment. Big mistake! Who do they think they are?! Did you know that Chicago is the only group to score 3 number one hits with 3 different singers? They rock!!! Hard!!!
It goes like this……JESUS, big rock! Chicago, little rock! Mountain Dew, tiny rock! Sittin’ around writing and drawing all day…….priceless!!!!

Dennis Jones

Man… if the guys that play the horns in the band start writing I’m going to be in trouble cause I dont know any of their names…

Walter Parazaider

How about that 10 letter handle. $100 dollars to anyone who ever pronounced his name right. Walt (In case you didn’t know) was the founder of the group. also he played woodwinds. most notably…the flute solo in Color my world. What other kinds of music gets you rockin and rollin’ Dennis?

Dennis Jones

hmmm… as a child of the 70’s I grew up with all the classic… well… classic rock… so I like all that stuff… I appreciate anything that is good… a band I really liked during the 80’s was Mylon LeFevere and Broken Heart… that stuff would always get me going… I am currently at the mercy of my two boys as to what I know about todays popular music… whatever they put on my computer is what I listen to… I like the way Keane sounds… I like the Elms last effort… I guess I am pretty eclectic in what I listen to…


merideth… MERIDETH… oh, Merideth, we got a bad elephant…

Dennis Jones

thats pretty funny… but really an inside joke!


Gretchen do you want to ride on top of the elephant?


Hey Dennis…..how tall are you and Don? You guys look “hugh Mongus” in your pictures.

Don Jones

Not sure how tall we are, but we sure are wide. You can find better bodies that ours in a used car lot.

Dennis Jones

Goliath, I am 6’2”… and since my summer hockey league starts in just a few weeks I am up around 200lbs right now… I like to go into the season pretty heavy because I no longer have the skills to compete against the twenty year olds I am forced to play against… this means the only thing I have to offer my team is mass… a pair of inline skates adds about 4 inches to your height… and you should see how the competition gets outa the way when they see a 6’6” 200 pound outa control disaster headed their way…

Marcelo from Brazil

hehehehe…this is exacly the kind of tip i was looking for!!!! Made a lot of things much easyer now!!!hehehehehehe…just kiding!!!
thanks Mr Jones!!!!! ABRAO!

Dennis Jones

Hey Marcelo… send me some more pictures! You are a great artist!

Gourd Week Day Seven

May 8, 2005


As the closing day fanfare plays softly in the background, it is my hope that you have enjoyed the 2005 Brother Jones GourdFest and Coffee Roast. I also hope you are making plans already to bring a tent and participate with us in person next year.

Perhaps by then we can lower the seven hundred dollar One Day All Access Festival Parking Fee, which kinda put a squelch on our attendance numbers this season.

The Comments

Doug Jones

You seem to be in the business of setting records for BrotherJones.com. First you had the record for going the longest WITHOUT changing your page… Then I think you grabbed the record for most comments on a page… Now you have the record for posting 7 days in a row! What’s next? I will be saving up for the parking fee for next year… if I had bet on the right horse this weekend, I would have the money now. Unfortunately, Stewball came in last.

Dennis Jones

the problem with old Stewball is he never drank water… he only drank wine… go figure…

Doug Jones

If he was drinkin chocolate milk we would have a winner!

Dennis Jones

Stewball is one of my favorite old Peter, Paul, and Mary songs…

Doug Jones

I probably imprinted you as a wee child with my PP&M records

Dennis Jones

yes you did… that and your A M radio tuned into WLS in Chicago every night…

Doug Jones

Art Roberts had a crazy bedtime story each night on WLS… those were the days…

Happy Easter

March 23, 2008


We got back home from Louisiana yesterday, surprisingly with no problems considering all the flooding and snowing that was taking place in the midwest… just one slight delay in Chicago… which I slept through… so no big deal.

The Comments

Don Jones

Happy Easter back at you we have a few chocolate eggs around the house today… Looking forward to a big Easter lunch and a nap.