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New album

"Class Reunion completed yet another album. "No Drums Allowed" has been completed now for about a month. This album as you might guess has no drums on it at all. We took a lot of time to pick the right songs for this project. Songs to include are: "Angel Heart", "Let Me Go" and "Hero" just to name a few. If intrusted in obtaning a copy, just send an e-mail to jondemas@comcast.net and request one. It's that easy. Thanks so much! JAD

Class Reunion / America's Got Talent

America's Got Talent is holding additions here in Chicago at McCormick place on January 26-27, 2013 and Class Reunion will be auditioning our talent for them, wish us luck please!!!

Songs from "Music-Nation": "Echoes of Love"

This song is just one of 33 songs that I wrote for any one particular girl. Only for two other girls did I write, at least, 10 or more songs. The original version of this song had the lead singer echoing himself in the verses, until I decided to record it, for the first time. In the new version, the lead singer holds the note on the last word of each line and the back up singer(s) echo(es) him. Played in the C scale (I compose many of my songs in the C scale), it has a slight nostalgic sound, circa 60s (more or less). Please, enjoy. Shaggy Docious

Songs from "Music-Nation": "E to the G, Am, C"

This instrumental was written in October of 2000 during the the World Series between both New York teams, Yankees and Mets (both are my favorites). At the time I had just come from smoking a joint with my roommate. When we returned to the game I picked up my guitar, which I always kept by my bed, and started playing the E and the A strings in a old rock-n-roll style fashion with a more hard rock edge. At the time, it did not have a name, I just used to play it whenever I got bored. It was not until I showed it to Jon that I gave it a name. This is an unusual tune because it has two bass parts. Although, playing in the same scale, they are playing two different riffs. The original version is kind of sloppy, but in years to come we will master it better so that the listener can hear the two bass parts. Other than that, it is one of my favorite instrumentals that I have written. Shaggy Docious

Just Diddlin' (origins)

During the Christmas season of 2007, I was spending a lot of time at Guitar Center, in Chicago, playing guitar after guitar after guitar. After taking a couple of guitar classes a few years back, I found 3 chords on the guitar that sounded great together. I was a big fan of Buddy Holly in the way he could play chords fast and cool-sounding on the guitar. In the summer of 2008, I played these chords for Shaggy and our drummer Dave Cheesman. Shaggy helped me organize these chords a little better and helped me with the count, in terms of timing. The middle part of the song, where it sounds a little like a build up, was created by Dave on his drums. I later added the "G" chord, in the opening part of the song, and ended the same way in later recordings. Dave and Shaggy also helped me name the song, as "Just Diddlin'" was just that what I was doing when the song was being created and the song was born. The opening "1-2-3-4!" I took from The Beatles "I Saw Her Standing There" with the same manner that Paul McCartney does the opening count for that song. It just seemed to work here as well. I thought about adding lyrics, but it didn't seem like lyrics would've made the song sound any better. It's the first song that I have total credit on and I am proud of this song like it was a first-born child. Hopefully, "Just Diddlin'" will be a Lawyer or a Doctor someday and make me proud. Well, I'm already proud of my "first child" and it's a fun song to play, too. JAD

Songs from "Music-Nation": "How Does a Boy"

I have been writing songs since 1981 and most of the songs I write are love songs inspired by girls that I have met, and have been interested in. I have noticed over the years that if I write more 3-5 songs inspired by a any one particular girl, she must be very special to me or I would not have written songs for her in the first place. "How Does a Boy" is one of those songs that I have written for one of three girls who may have meant more to me than I can imagine. I wrote "How Does a Boy" in 1986 for a girl called named Beth Ellen Cash. I met her in high school, at least 3 years prior to writing "How Does a Boy." I met Beth after I saw her spying in on my art class, of which Jon (aka JAD) and I were classmates, along with Dave Cheesman who plays drums with us every once in awhile. I started checking her out and making friends with and I almost dated her, but I was a teenage alcoholic and that messed up anything that could have been between us. During the three years that I have known Beth, she moved to North Carolina and than back to Chicago. During the time that she was in North Carolina, I dropped out of school, but I often visited the old school. One day, during one of those visits, I ran into Beth. Even though, I had sobered up for Beth, I had also fallen off the wagon, but once I saw Beth again, I gave it the old college try, as they say. I wrote "How Does a Boy," along with others, "Riding" being one of them (that is another story) because I wanted to know how a boy, although I was 20 years old at the time, could win her over. Unfortunately, her mother thought I was too old for her ( I am only 3 years old than Beth), which led to another song. "How Does a Boy" is one of my favorite ballads I have written because of its dark overtones, especially on the bass part. The melody of the verses is actually what the bass plays, in its dark form; the bridge (there is no chorus) is just a slight more uptempo before it suddenly drops back into its dark ballad format. Afterwards, it ends as it begins, with the guitar playing just the notes of each chord. Look for the story behind "Riding" which was also written for Beth. Shaggy Docious

Songs from "Music-Nation" : "Day"

Before Jon (aka JAD) and I started doing music together, I was a soloist in coffeehouse venues. I have not always been a solo artist. I was in a band called Illinoise Circle before Class Reunion. The irony is that every bandmate I have ever played with was an ex-classmate from high school. For more than 20 years I was part of a collaboration team with George Getner. We started writing songs together in 1983. Our collaboration ended in 2006 due to artistic differences. During the 20plus years that George and I were together as a band we wrote some pretty good songs, even though I wrote my own as well. "Day" happens to be one of the few songs that George and I wrote. We wrote this song in 1996. It started out as an instrumental I was experiementing with. I was just playing around with the C-scale beginning with the Am chord. Going in a circle from Am to G to F to E and back to Am. The change in the song was going to C (from Am) to Dm (3 times) to G to Am back to Cto Dm (3 times) to G to E. The song was originally called "Mayra's Theme," so-named for a girl from the church I was attending at the time. I played the song for George and he started making up words as I played, which caused me to come up with words as I continued playing. The verse starts the song which states "I go down to the market" as well as the other two that state "Well, I can't find the market" and "I go home from the market" are the parts that George wrote. My parts are the change in the song that state "going to the market," "going to the playa" (beach in Spanish) and "talking to my father." In the late 1990s when I was performing in the coffeehouses this was the most popular song on my playlist along with one other that I wrote. Today, "Day" is still a very popular song amongst Class Reunion's playlist. I am grateful for the talent that God has bestowed upon and to see that "Day" is still as popular as it was 14 years ago when it was first performed to an audience. Thanks for listening, Shaggy Docious

"Say Goodbye to Me" (Demas/Sánchez)

If you have ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a suicide victim before the act, then listen to the song. It just states some of the many things that may go through one's head as they are thinking of ending it all. When Jon (aka JAD) first brought me the lyrics, I thought he was the one with the problem until he explained it to me. Afterwards, I just molded the lyrics a tad bit and added this music I was experimenting with, based on some suggestions Jon had given me. I have to admit that I like dark music such as the early sounds of Black Sabbath (with Ozzy Osbourne). What I do is use notes from the low E string on the guitar and/or bass, depending which I have on hand at the time. and play slow melodic tones. Listen songs like "How Does a Boy" where, although it is a ballad, it has a dark overtone. "Say Goodbye to Me" is just one of those fortunate songs that fits the slightly upbeat, dark overtone music that I enjoy creating every once in awhile. I hope you enjoy listening to it as I did writing it. See you at the Grammy's, Shaggy Docious

Song Say Goodbye To Me (origins)

This song, which was completed in 2009, had actually began in 1980 when I was was in grade school. I had 2 friends who ended their lives before the age of 15. I started writing down things about the loss of these close friends of mine. I put my lyrics away until Class Reunion was being formed between 2007 and 2009. I started writing again and decided to write from the perspective that this person has given up and to show the listener the complete song from where this person is in his mind on the decision to end his life. Lines like "I'm not the man you thought I'd be", "life just not worth the time to live" and "People thought I'd be who they want me to be: I'm just a shadow of what I want in this world". Meanwhile, my music partner Mark L. Sánchez was writing this dark pounding music and when I e-mailed him my lyrics, it was like this song wrote itself and we were just along for the ride. Mark can tell you more about the music aspect of this song, but make no mistake, this song does not try to influence anyone to take his or her life, as we believe in life continuing and not ending. Please, comment on this and all blogs and ask us about this or any other song we have here. Listen to the song yourself, as we have 2 different versions on our song list here. Thanks for reading! Jonathan A. Demas 10-11-2012

"MUSIC-NATION" album for sale here & Itunes

Class Reunion release at the end of July our full 18 song all original album. Songs recorded from 2009 through 2012 and we called it simply "MUSIC-NATION". The review of the album can be seen on skopemag.com as written by music reviewer Jimmy Rae. This album is also available on Itunes as well. Check it out and we hope to get our music to as much people as possible. Even if you don't buy a copy of our CD, tell a friend or a loved one about it so we can get the word out about our music. Thanks for reading this! JAD