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Hello. Welcome to my website, where everything is about me. If you get tired of hearing and seeing and reading about me, then you might want to go to your website where I’m fairly certain everything is about you. I’ve been to your website and everything really was about you……wasn’t too bad though.

There are many examples of music to listen to if you’re so inclined—just put the mouse over the “CLICK TO LISTEN” button located next to the gramaphone, choose from one of the three categories and then click on the project you want to hear music from.

We live in a world littered with websites, and I have added to the clutter. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the 90 seconds you’ll be here. JG

November 13th, 2014

SUPERNATURAL 200TH EPISODE ‘Fan Fiction’ aired on 11/11/14

A very cool milestone that not many TV series enjoy. A hysterical and wonderfully written episode by Robbie Thompson. The episode is basically ‘Supernatural:The Musical’ (a love letter to our very loyal fans). About as much fun as we’ve ever had in 10 seasons of the show.
I wrote and produced a couple of songs and also produced a simplified version of the rock classic and series fan favorite, “Carry On Wayward Son”, sung by the all female ‘high school’ cast from the episode, who did a beautiful job. It’s all downloadable on
WATER TOWER RECORDS http://www.watertower-music.com/releases_spotlight.php?search=WTM39619_super200
OR iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/digital-booklet-supernatural/id940720595?i=940720651

“The Road So Far” (stayed in the top 20 songs on ‘iTunes Soundtracks’ chart for a week, having peaked at #3)
Lyrics by Robbie Thompson & Jay Gruska
Music by Jay Gruska
Published by Warner-Olive Music, LLC (ASCAP)
Vocals performed by Alyssa Lynch
Music performed by Jay Gruska and Tim Pierce
2014 WaterTower Music

“I’ll Just Wait Here Then” (free download)
Lyrics by Robbie Thompson
Music by Jay Gruska
Published by Warner-Olive Music, LLC (ASCAP)
Vocals performed by Nina Winkler
Music performed by Jay Gruska and Tim Pierce

“Carry On Wayward Son”
Written by Kerry Livgren
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)
Vocals performed by Vivien Armour, Alyssa Lynch, Kelli Ogmundson,
Katie Sarife, Rachel Warkentin, Nina Winkler
Music performed by Jay Gruska

2014 WaterTower Music.
Supernatural and related elements ™ and © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

November 13th, 2014

Re Twitter:

Thanks Supernatural fans on Twitter—I appreciate the warm welcome I received after reclaiming my name and twitter handle following a year of an impostor tweeting as me.

September 3rd, 2014

THE BELLE BRIGADE-2ND ALBUM RELEASED ON ATO RECORDS: “JUST BECAUSE”

Very happy and proud to see their 2nd album be received so well.
The Belle Brigade will be on tour all summer 2014 opening for Ray LaMontagne AND playing in his band.
Here is their first review on iTunes and All Music Guide:

The Belle Brigade’s Barbara and Ethan Gruska harmonize like the siblings they are, all fight or flight, sweetness and blight, and with a shared vibrato that sounds like it was dialed in via a singularity, but they also possess the kind of old-school, radio-ready craftsmanship that usually takes decades to hone, and their second long-player, the wise, wicked, wild, weary, and unapologetically hook-filled Just Because — unlike their excellent if a tad over-seasoned 2011 eponymous debut — sounds like the work of a band and not a committee. Front-loaded with a pair of immaculate, open-road, Los Angeles County gems in “Ashes” and “When Everything Was What It Was,” the former a propulsive, train whistle-led paean to the eternally unfair condition of being both lovesick and heartbroken, and the latter a deceptively sweet confection that masks its underlying darkness with Rumours-era Buckingham and Nicks pop acumen, the ten-track album is trim and tidy, but never slight. Melodically, the duo still owe a great deal to the two Pauls (Simon and McCartney), but the production and arrangements suggest a steady diet of Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, and Tegan and Sara, especially on stand-out cuts like breezy, bright, and polyrhythmic “How I See It,” the unapologetically soaring and radio-ready “Everything for a Stone,” and the fleeting but highly contagious “Be Like Him.” Just Becausedoesn’t break down any walls in its bid for pop
ock superiority, but with voices this pure and earworms this painless it doesn’t have to, as the Gruskas have crafted a timeless-sounding collection of songs with contemporary tools, and most importantly, they’ve done it with finesse.
James Christopher Monger

April 2nd, 2014

SUPERNATURAL-picked up for 10th season!

Thank you worldwide Supernatural fans, Warner Brothers TV and CW network. Great project, with wonderful folk, to be a part of for now going on 10 years. Looking forward to the upcoming season. Cheers, J

February 17th, 2014

“BEING EARNEST”-NOMINATED FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSICAL by BAY AREA CRITIC’S CIRCLE AWARDS 2014

Based on the hilarious and timeless play “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, Paul Gordon and I wrote the score to this fun show. It has been transplanted to the early 1960′s with a score that sounds, for the most part, like early 1960′s pop/rock. We gratefully had our world premiere opening at THEATREWORKS PALO ALTO in April of 2013!  It was well attended, and great fun…..on to the next theater.  http://earnestmusical.com

November 24th, 2011

Re-release of my second solo album

“Which One Of Us Is Me” – my solo album for Warner Brothers Records, was re-mastered and re-released for the second time in the last decade. Warner Brothers Records has licensed it to the indie label VIVID RECORDS and it was released in Japan.  Thank you to my Japanese pals.  JG

April 28th, 2011

THE BELLLE BRIGADE INTERVIEW WITH “AMERICAN SONGWRITER”

Belle Brigade

By Evan Schlansky March 21st, 2011 at 7:00 am

The Belle Brigade are a brother-sister pop rock duo from Los Angeles, whose self-titled Reprise Records debut is destined to end up on many Best Of The Year lists. Barbara and Ethan Gruska grew up with music in their blood; their father is songwriter/composer Jay Gruska, and their grandfather is Star Wars composer John Williams. We quizzed the band about their love of Paul Simon, sharing a band, and the words they love and hate.

What is it like being in a band with your sibling? What are the best and worst parts?

There is nothing else like it. We are very close and very similar so it makes for a good creative team. We sometimes disagree and sometimes it’s hard but we both respect each other as people and songwriters so we don’t let it get to the boiling point. But overall we love working together and it feels really natural.

Did you have inkling when you were kids that you would work together musically?

No. We worked on our own for most of our lives and then about two and a half years ago we started working together.

Your father is songwriter Jay Gruska. What’s it like having a musical dad?

Our dad is our biggest musical influence. He’s always been kind of a songwriting coach for both of us without being a stage dad. He is always really helpful and insightful about our songs and his music has always been an inspiration for us. He’s a good dude!

Has he given you any advice on songwriting or your music career?

Our dad has always been like a quiet humble adviser for us. He always has helpful things to say and musically he’s very clever. He’s got a really great ear for song form…

Tells us about how your album was inspired by Simon and Garfunkel and Fleetwood Mac.

Well, we are more fans of Simon’s solo music than his earlier work but we do love it all. We were listening to a lot of these guys before and during the recording process, and somehow the sounds and ideas just work their way into your brain… I think our inspiration from them really just comes from a love for their music and their lyrics. We also like to geek out on the drum sounds and stuff too!

Tell us the story behind “Losers.”

Hopefully “Losers” explains itself through the lyrics, but it all just kind of started with the thought/lyric “there will always be someone better than you, even if you’re the best…” Once we got working on it together the process went by really fast and smoothly. It was a really exciting moment for us to finish it. The song is just about competition, ego, envy, and insecurity and it’s supposed to be a pep talk to ourselves.

Are there any words you love or hate?

We love “love” and hate “Airport.”

Do you find yourself revising a lot, or do you like to write automatically?

Well, when it comes quickly it is really exciting and fun, but that’s more unusual for us. We definitely do a lot of revising and a lot of recycling. We spend a lot of time on one song normally.

Who is an underrated songwriter, in your opinion?

In our minds he is not underrated but maybe lesser known by the public… Blake Mills — one of our dear friends and favorite songwriters.

What’s a song you wish you’d written?

“People’s Parties” by Joni Mitchell.

April 19th, 2011

Tidbit about the documentary “Troubadors”

In this warm & fuzzy film that looks at the heyday of the singer songwriter scene in L.A., my little footprint is there with my name on the Troubador marquis, about two thirds of the way into the movie.  It was my second gig ever in my home town, on my first tour for my first solo album, and was additionally cool because of the awesome folk who had played there in the prior 5 years, James Taylor, Carole King, Elton John, Randy Newman, The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and other giants and big influences of mine.  I played there for a week and will never forget two things in particular–the great Jeff Porcaro sitting in with my band (shortly before Jeff’s Steely Dan debut and about 2 or 3 years before forming Toto with David Paich)) and in the audience, my now good friend, Steve Lukather, all of 17-and brilliant even then.  Jeff forever turned my head around with the deepest meaning of groove….also in the audience (or maybe at the bar) the iconic Harry Nilsson, coming into my dressing room and not only giving me 15 minutes of his time, but actually digging what I did.  Not worthy.

March 8th, 2011

DC Comics 75th Anniversary Music Collection

My  Main Title Theme from ‘Lois and Clark:The New Adventures of Superman’ is  included on this Warner Brothers TV/Water Tower Music CD, released in September 2010.  I’m in some good company here.

DC 75

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September 10th, 2010