Subject & Predicate
The 'other piano playing Jim' from NE Ohio. A finalist in the Independent Music Awards for the 2006 New Age Song of the Year, Jimm Motyka's style is defined by a touch of new age, hint of pop, and underlying tone of progressive rock. An established musician within the Cleveland area, Motyka has played with Catalyst, Amon-Ra, Blue Llama Parade, and most recently the Byron Nemeth Group. With the release of 'Subject & Predicate', Motyka has finally released a solo CD, giving others a glimpse of another musical side of Motyka. 'S&P' touches on a bit of pop, jazz, and has neo-classcial undertones. In short, Motyka describes this release as something unique, but with a familiar sound. Like that other 'piano playing Jim (Brickman)', Motyka's style relies mostly on piano guided instrumentals. Though, Motyka's stylings lean more towards progressive rock and pop. Motyka explains the CD title and concept, 'We are the subject to everything in our lives. The predicate refers to the things that occur to the subject. Most may recognize these terms from their English classes, but they seem to have a crossover to every day life. How ironic is it that our sentences, and how we express ourselves, always contain a subject and an action acting upon the subject. That's how I view life. Things are always happening to us. Life is unavoidable.' With a sense of neo-classical overtones, which meld classical, pop, jazz, and progressive rock. Motyka jokes that his 'classical music' is Styx, Kansas, ELO, Alan Parsons Project, Supertramp, Elton John, and the Moody Blues. He typically tells people that he's not classically trained, but calls himself 'classic rock' trained. Half of the songs on Subject & Predicate have been tested and honed in local coffeehouses. Motyka admits that the intimacy of the coffeehouses allows him to hone his music. It is a barometer of what is or isn't working. That personal sense is what has been included in this release. So, sit back, light a few candles, have a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and enjoy the music of Jimm Motyka's Subject & Predicate.