Lyrics: “You and Me and Freedom” by Jose Bernardo

“You and Me and Freedom” I wrote “You and Me and Freedom” in the days immediately following the 9/11 tragedy. Unfortunately, I never recorded it. I feel it is finally time for me to share this with the world on the 15th anniversary of that tragedy. I remember that day very well. My sister woke […]

CD Review: “Emily’s D+Evolution” by Esperanza Spalding

Artist : Esperanza Spalding Album : Emily’s D+Evolution (2016 Concord) Tracks : 12 Artist website : OVERVIEW :  BACKGROUND Esperanza Spalding is a fantastic musician. I have been a casual fan since learning about her. She’s also a Berklee alumni like me. We also have the double bass and bass in common. We’ve probably even studied with […]

Jose’s Top 10 Films of all Time

My top 10 Films of all TimeI love watching films. It is one of my hobbies. Here are my top 10 comedy picks in no particular order:Still CrazyFour Weddings and a FuneralLord of the Rings: Return of the KingAmadeusGladiatorLock Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsPan’s LabyrinthInside ManThe Usual SuspectsThe Martian

Music: “Till I Met You” by Jose Bernardo – Demo vs. Released Version

I wrote “Till I Met You” in 1999. The original demo was recorded at my friend’s, Matt S., home studio in Boston. He programmed the percussion and I played all the guitars and fretless bass. I always liked this composition and it is sort of my signature piece of music. I printed the Z Demo cd […]

Site Update: Chords of the Day Moves to Own Site

Chords of the Day will move to its own site within 24-hours. All CotD archives will be deleted from The new site will serve as an archive site for the daily posts and can be found at Please continue to follow the CotD project on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter @chordsoftheday    

CD Review: “Metal Resistance” by BABYMETAL

Artist : BABYMETAL Album : Metal Resistance (2016 Sony) Tracks : 12 Artist website : OVERVIEW :  BACKGROUND Metal Resistance is the second studio album by Japanese metal idol group BABYMETAL. I have been a fan ever since hearing Gimme Chocolate!!. This group has a really unique sound that bridges many metal genres and some j-pop. There […]

Site Update: Posting Schedule Changes

We will be testing a new posting schedule. All posts will go live at 0600 (6am) Helsinki, Finland. Sunday: Lyrics/Music posts Monday: (TBD) Tuesday: Poetry (will return soon, on hold while working on new presentation style) Wednesday: Jose’s Top Lists Thursday: (TBD) Friday: Reviews Saturday: (TBD) Jose’s Journal entries will return soon and will be posted in the […]

Jose’s Top 12 Pop-Albums of all Time

My top 12 Pop-Albums of all Time (as of 2016)I’m a bit hesitant to share this list but here it is. In no particular order:Michael Jackson – BadDebbie Gibson – Electric YouthBritney Spears – … Baby One More TimeJanet Jackson – Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814Yumi Matsutoya – DA DI DAN*Sync – No Strings AttachedGirls’ […]

Original Poetry: Will Resume Posting Poetry Soon

Hello Dear Reader! I just wanted to quickly give an update that I’ll resume posting new poems soon. I’m planning to present my poetry a bit differently and need some time to work on the new presentation. The poems that have been published already will stay up. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them. I will […]

Lyrics: “What Dreams May Come” – Demo vs. Release

Original demo vs. Published versionI wrote “What Dreams May Come” while I was a student at Berklee, back in 2000. It was inspired by Robin Williams’ movie with the same name. The original demo was recorded at Berklee on 24-track tape and with a large ensemble. I always liked this song and reworked it for my […]