Daily Discovery: Jake London, “Carry You Home”


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ARTIST:  Jake London

SONG:  “Carry You Home”

BIRTHDATE: 01/15/1985

HOMETOWN: Portland, OR

CURRENT LOCATION: Lost in Tustin, CA…  but planning a relocation soon!

AMBITIONS:  I want to be a great songwriter. I want to be listenable and relatable to as many people as possible. I want to be approached after a show and hear “Man your song ________ got me through a rough time, Thank You”  – I want to share the stage with some of my musical heroes. I want to see the world. I want a family, a ranch home and tons of animals.

TURN-OFFS: Excuses. Laziness. Entitlement. Arrogance.

TURN-ONS: Passion. Drive. Wit. Humor. Adventure. Adrenaline.  Knowledge.

DREAM GIG: Red Rocks or The Gorge on a Summer Night.


“Pain throws your heart to the ground, love turns the whole thing around, fear is a friend who’s misunderstood but I know the heart of life is good.”

–     John Mayer

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW:  My best friend Brett. He fights fires. Fighting fire is crazy. – Either him or me. I’m a musician. We’re all crazy.

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Learning to Fly” – Tom Petty or “The Weight” – THE BAND

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: 1. Whiskey with Blake Shelton. 2. Paul Rudd.  3. Walter White.  4. Not Living (Hendrix or SRV) 5. Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney (4 Way Tie)

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE:  08/09/09 – A twitter post via John Mayer or his team said – “The John Mayer Trio is having a secret show tonight at the Troubador in Hollywood. Wristbands are 20 bucks and limited, so first come first serve at the box office until they are gone.” – Well I was an hour south of Hollywood and had school. Neither stopped me. I was “sick” that day.  Literally upon reading that twitter post (which mind you I am not some avid tweeter who is always tweeting… It was fate I tell you) I flipped a U-Turn and hopped on the FWY, nearly wrecked my car 8 times and screeched into Hollywood. No joke I was given the last one they had. I waiting in line a while. Ended up in the very front and noticed Rene Martinez (Who is Mayer’s guitar tech but was also Stevie Ray Vaughan’s tech who I am a big fan of) tweaking some guitars. I walked over near him, introduced myself, said I was a huge Stevie fan etc… You know that creepy annoying guy. The show was insane… and afterward we met Steve and Pino. Rene called me over near the stage, pulled the setlist off the stage floor and also gave me a guitar pick. This was the coolest thing ever for a younger guitar playin’ songwriter.

I WROTE THIS SONG:  With “Carry You Home” I had this backyard ramble vibe in mind when I came up with it. I had envisioned a driving kick throughout and some clapping as well.  When I listen back I kind of make my up own movie with the imagery. It came from an honest and positive place. I wanted to communicate a sense of reassurance. Letting someone you care about know that you are nothing like the ghosts of his/her past. Many of us have had relationships that we kept going for much longer than we should have. The message conveyed is that you want this other person to know you are different and you are truly committed to the ups and downs that may come. This is a special love or person and you want to “share this road” with them. No matter the obstacles you will be there to “carry” them home.


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