Nov 18 2008 - One Hit Song

The One Hit Song

Every musician wants to have at least one song that has crossed the ears of everyone in America. The one you sing in the shower, or driving to work. The one that slowly eats brain cells, until you have to sing some nursery song in order to clear it out of your mind. Some great songwriters do this constantly, while some great songwriters live out their careers in relative quiet driving from show to show. I've been lucky to have some success with songs in the greater media world of TV and movies. But none of them have hit it big on radio.

The World Ain't Slowin' Down was written after the break-up of my first marriage. I wanted to write a positive song, instead of one that wallowed in loss and sadness (which I had already done over and over again, good therapy, but a bit of a rut if you want to evolve into a healthy, happier person). It became a hit at my shows and was discovered by the Farrelly brothers who placed it as a theme song in the Jim Carrey movie they directed called "Me, Myself and Irene". The film traveled around the globe and carried the song into the ears of millions of people. It is, without a doubt, the most popular song I have ever written, as seen by the thousands of hits on YouTube it's received compared to the relative lower hits of my other popular songs.

The song even bought a house for me. Well... at least a down payment.

Whereas my other songs, in their quiet way, have bought happy meals at McDonald's drive thru's... (Though, I love those songs no less).

Over the years three separate big wigs in Nashville have called us declaring they thought that the World Ain't Slowin' Down was a top ten country hit-- which was good news considering it wasn't designed to be any such a thing. The last caller finally succeeded in recording it-- a country star by the name of Jack Ingram has done a wonderful version of the song for his upcoming record in January. No news on whether it will be used as a single or not, but the song is getting great reviews from the people who have heard it in the business. And everyone here in the office loves it.

Cross your fingers and request the song if you have an ear for Country music radio-- which is starting to sound like the place where all the good songs are hiding on the radio these days!

Just a quick note regarding fundraising for my new album! The efforts are going great! We have enough to record the cd, and print it, but we are still short on marketing money, which we hope to secure by the year's end. I know these are tough times, and I am amazed by everyone's support-- even if it includes a pre-order or just coming out to the shows. I will debut the new songs in the next couple months on the road-- if you want to get financially involved with my next batch of songs, please see the fundraising levels below!

Thanks for listening and take care!
Ellis Paul

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$15 "The Street Busker Level"

  • You will be one of the first to receive the new CD
  • You will be entered into a drawing to receive the perks of the $250 level (The winner will be randomly drawn at this year's Club Passim New Years Eve show and Ellis will contact you that night!)


$100 "The Antje Duvekot Level"

  • Receive an advance copy of Ellis' new CD personally signed and numbered; including a bonus disc of demos and outtakes of the songs
  • Antje Duvekot will personally sign a copy of her recent release "Big Dream Boulevard" on Black Wolf Records
  • You and a friend will be put on Ellis' guest list for an Ellis Paul show of your choice


$250 "The James Taylor Level"

  • Receive an advance copy of Ellis' new CD personally signed and numbered; including a bonus disc of demos and outtakes of the songs
  • Antje Duvekot will personally sign a copy of her recent release "Big Dream Boulevard" on Black Wolf Records
  • You and a friend will be put on Ellis' guest list for an Ellis Paul show of your choice
  • Limited edition signed CD of Ellis performing live in the studio at Boston's WERS
  • One Year membership to Club Passim, the legendary folk room and Ellis' home venue
  • Ellis will thank you by including your name in the liner notes of the CD booklet



$500 "The Neil Young Level"

  • Receive an advance copy of Ellis' new CD personally signed and numbered; including a bonus disc of demos and outtakes of the songs
  • Antje Duvekot will personally sign a copy of her recent release "Big Dream Boulevard" on Black Wolf Records
  • You and a friend will be put on Ellis' guest list for an Ellis Paul show of your choice
  • Limited edition signed EP of Ellis performing live in the studio at Boston's WERS
  • One Year membership to Club Passim, the legendary folk room and Ellis' home venue
  • Ellis will thank you by including your name in the liner notes of the CD booklet
  • Ellis will hand write and illustrate signed lyrics to any one Ellis Paul song of your choice, which will be suitable for framing


$1000 "The Johnny Cash Level"

  • Receive an advance copy of Ellis' new CD personally signed and numbered; including a bonus disc of demos and outtakes of the songs
  • Antje Duvekot will personally sign a copy of her recent release "Big Dream Boulevard" on Black Wolf Records
  • You and a friend will be put on Ellis' guest list for an Ellis Paul show of your choice
  • Limited edition signed EP of Ellis performing live in the studio at Boston's WERS
  • One Year membership to Club Passim, the legendary folk room and Ellis' home venue
  • Ellis will thank you by including your name in the liner notes of the CD booklet
  • Ellis will handwrite and illustrate lyrics to any one Ellis Paul song of your choice, which will be suitable for framing
  • Limited Edition 11x 17 signed and numbered cover artwork from the new album which will be suitable for framing


$2500 "The Joni Mitchell Level"

  • Receive an advance copy of Ellis' new CD personally signed and numbered; including a bonus disc of demos and outtakes of the songs
  • Antje Duvekot will personally sign a copy of her recent release "Big Dream Boulevard" on Black Wolf Records
  • You and a friend will be put on Ellis' guest list for an Ellis Paul show of your choice
  • Limited edition signed EP of Ellis performing live in the studio at Boston's WERS
  • One Year membership to Club Passim, the legendary folk room and Ellis' home venue
  • Ellis will thank you by including your name in the liner notes of the CD booklet
  • Ellis will hand write and illustrate sign lyrics to any one Ellis Paul song of your choice, suitable for framing
  • Limited Edition 11X17 signed and numbered cover artwork from the new album which will be suitable for framing
  • You will be designated and credited an Executive Producer in the CD booklet liner notes
  • A signed acoustic guitar from Michael Kelly Guitars; the brand played by Ellis www.michaelkellyguitars.com


$5000 "The Bob Dylan Level"

  • Receive an advance copy of Ellis' new CD personally signed and numbered; including a bonus disc of demos and outtakes of the songs
  • Antje Duvekot will personally sign a copy of her recent release "Big Dream Boulevard" on Black Wolf Records
  • You and a friend will be put on Ellis' guest list for an Ellis Paul show of your choice
  • Limited edition signed EP of Ellis performing live in the studio at Boston's WERS
  • One Year membership to Club Passim, the legendary folk room and Ellis' home venue
  • Ellis will thank you by including your name in the liner notes of the CD booklet
  • Ellis will hand write and illustrate sign lyrics to any one Ellis Paul song of your choice, suitable for framing
  • Limited Edition 11X17 signed and numbered cover artwork from the new album which will be suitable for framing
  • You will be designated and credited an Executive Producer in the CD booklet liner notes
  • A signed acoustic guitar from Michael Kelly Guitars; The brand played by Ellis www.michaelkellyguitars.com
  • A live Ellis Paul concert in your home or designated venue for you and your friends

(Date of show will be booked through Ralph Jaccodine Management agreed upon date is based on Ellis' availability and tour schedule.)


$10,000 "The Woody Guthrie Level"

  • Receive an advance copy of Ellis' new CD personally signed and numbered; including a bonus disc of demos and outtakes of the songs
  • Antje Duvekot will personally sign a copy of her recent release "Big Dream Boulevard" on Black Wolf Records
  • You and a friend will be put on Ellis' guest list for an Ellis Paul show of your choice
  • Limited edition signed EP of Ellis performing live in the studio at Boston's WERS
  • One Year membership to Club Passim, the legendary folk room and Ellis' home venue
  • Ellis will thank you by including your name in the liner notes of the CD booklet
  • Ellis will hand write and illustrate sign lyrics to any one Ellis Paul song of your choice, suitable for framing
  • Limited Edition 11X17 signed and numbered cover artwork from the new album which will be suitable for framing
  • You will be designated and credited an Executive Producer in the CD booklet liner notes
  • A signed acoustic guitar from Michael Kelly Guitars; The brand played by Ellis www.michaelkellyguitars.com
  • A live Ellis Paul concert in your home or designated venue for you and your friends

(Date of show will be booked through Ralph Jaccodine Management agreed upon date is based on Ellis' availability and tour schedule.)

  • You can collaborate with Ellis and he will compose a personal song for you.

Ellis will record it on a CD and will hand draw the cover art.

  • Spend a day in the studio while Ellis records songs for his upcoming CD
  • A lifetime of guest list spots for you and a friend to Ellis Paul shows.

For Ellis Paul head lining shows not including private shows, house concerts and festivals,and Club Passim December 30 and 31st

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If you prefer to make your investment by check, please make payable to Back Wolf Records and mail to the following address:
Black Wolf Records
C/O Ralph Jaccodine Management
PO Box 381982
Cambridge, MA 02238

updated: 2 years ago