I had a nice bit of good luck when my friend, Phil Joanou (director - U2: RATTLE AND HUM, GRIDIRON GANG), asked me to write a song for his first feature film, Universal Picture’s THREE O’CLOCK HIGH. My song SOMETHING TO REMEMBER ME BY (produced by legendary session drummer/producer Rick Marotta) was featured throughout the film.
I spent the next few years working with Marotta, writing songs and doing music for film and television. We scored the films COVER GIRL MURDERS and DEAD AIR, plus episodes of HBO’S - TALES FROM THE CRYPT and Fox’s - DOWN THE SHORE.
I also wrote the song, IN MY ARMS, for the creepy horror film, MIRROR MIRROR.
One of the first people I met here in Portland was the uber-talented musician Tim Ellis.
We started working together as the mighty acoustic power-duo, Tim & Jim.
We also opened for Crash Test Dummies, Loverboy, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Little Feat, Karla Bonoff, Boz Scaggs, Warren Zevon and many, many others.
Though the duo is now defunct, Tim and I played between 150-175 shows every year between 1994 and 2014. I’ve spent a lot of time on stage with that gentleman, and I’m very proud of the work we did together.
Tim Ellis RIP: 2.15.1956 - 3.21.2016
I’ve released over 40 cds of original music under the name JVA, including my latest album, STANLEY.