Songwriter A. J. Windless
Songwriter A. J. Windless 
  Rise Above the Moon  
  Clock Me Out  
  More Than Idolize   
  One More Day  
  One More Beautiful Woman   
  A Big Star  
  Sam, Sam   
  In a Cone   
  Shots Not  Heard    
  Rise Above the Moon ( with lyrics)  
New Video for "Shots Not Heard"  (Jan. 31, 2020)
I greatly simplified my video for "Shots Not Heard". I felt like watching the video and listening to the song at the same time tended toward sensory overload. I know there is a lot going on with the background vocals, so to create a more relaxing atmosphere I wanted you to listen to the song without overloading on the visuals. I simplified by replacing the mimes with photographs and by eliminating the lyrics. If you enjoyed the video and prefer to see the previous version it is still on my channel, but here on my website I have replaced it with the newer version. The lyrics are still available but will be found on my web page rather than on the video itself. You can still read the lyrics while the video is playing, all you have to do is scroll down the web page it is on (provided you haven't expanded the video to full screen.)
Help Me! I Can't Hear My Own Song!  (Jan. 19, 2020)
I was just over 30 years old when I had my ears tested and and found that I had lost 25% of my hearing for the higher frequencies. While I was working on my new release, "Clock Me Out" it occurred to me that was a long time ago and that my ears have likely gotten worse. So first I tried some online tests, and then I went to a nearby hospital and had my ears tested. My fears were well founded. Most babies can hear well from 20 hz to 20 khz, although as we get older we lose more and more of that. What I found is that I can only hear 1000 hz if it is 20 decibals or louder, and that I can't hear anything at all that is over 10,000 hz no matter how loud it is. Every frequency in between 1000 hz and 10,000 hz falls along a continuum between those two points. So what does that mean for my music? It means that I need your help! I tried having my first song mixed professionally, but it cost me $600 and took me 3 1/2 months to get the song back. Furthermore, having someone else mix my songs doesn't solve the problem. At least I know what I mix into my song, but if someone else mixes it maybe it has elements in it that I can't even hear and don't know anything about. According to my studies, if I don't use any frequencies above the 5th octave on a piano, I should be able to hear it. But there may be hisses and pops where I have spliced recordings together, or perhaps not hearing a higher frequency very well myself, I have turned that insturment up too loud. This is where you, my audience, comes in. I need  you, everyone of you! If you hear any pops or whistles, or if it sounds like one of the higher frequencies, such as the cymbals, have been turned up too loud, please let me know! Please, comment on my YouTube video, or on my Facebook, or email me at! I would really appreciate your help, thank you!
Buried Treasure  (April 5, 2019)
I sent my first song to my mixer about two weeks ago, but he was on his way out the door for a long vacation and won't be back until next week. I'm not sure how long after he returns it will take him before he gets to my song. In the mean time I have started writing my 12th song and it is going to be amazing. It came to me like a shot in the night. Okay, stumbling on a treasure of gold lying right there on the beach might be a better metaphor. I was cleaning up my computer when I found this file that I created three years ago. I listened to it to see what it was, and I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I had recorded some ideas I had, but apparently at the time was busy with all these other songs and had no intention of finishing it, just tucking it away for a future project. The trouble is, I then completely forgot all about it...for three whole years! Wow, this song should have been at the top of my list! To get this song to reach it's potential will require much more work than any of my previous songs and it might take me months, but don't worry, while you're waiting I have 11 other songs that I will send to you right here.
Update  (Mar. 3, 2019)
There are seven musicians in my first song. All the tracks are finished now except that I want to bring one musician back to touch up a few spots. At that point I will send my song to a professional who will do the mixing for me. I have also finished recording my second song and decided to mix that myself, but the more I learn about mixing, the more I realize how little I know, and I'm starting to think that maybe that is not such a good idea. I also need to put a video together for each song. Since I broke my little toe two weeks ago I might not be able to perform the videos until I can stop wearing this hospital boot, which would be another 4 weeks from now. Sorry about that, but perhaps I will finish recording a couple of more songs while I am waiting on the toe! Watch here for updates!
Finished 11th Song  (Mar 3, 2019)
Three or four months ago I wrote the melody and guitar accompaniment for my 11th song. I also had a strong concept in mind for what the song should be about.  Lately, however, my focus has been to finish recording and publishing some of the songs that I have already written. I knew that if I started writing lyrics for this song that it might take a week or more for me to finsih, which would delay the release of all the other songs. So everyday I played the song through on my guitar singing "la, la, la" and everyday it seemed such a shame that I didn't have any words to sing ( often I did try making the lyrics up as I played along, but that merely served as the ground work for my composition.) Not having these lyrics just kept eating at me until finally I proclaimed, "That's  it! I'm doing these lyrics!" Just as I suspected, it did take me four or five days to write the lyrics, but now each time I play the song I have an incredible story to tell! I can't wait to get all of these songs out to you!
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