Jeffrey C. Jacobs is a composer of songs, writer of fiction, software engineer, student of science, historical researcher and futurist. The music he writes comes mainly from his teen-aged years or from his mid-life. He loves inspiring music and emotional lyrics and long to return to his keyboard to play.Read More...
Jeffrey was born in West Hartford, CT the year of the last lunar landing by mankind. He had a troubled youth and was moved around a lot which led to a very introspective element of musical taste. As a child, Jeffrey was both enchanted by British Science Fiction, such as The Tomorrow People and the music of incidental composer Dudley Simpson. He also showed an interest in the popular music of his youth, such as Michael Jackson's Off The Wall and Culture Club's Kissing To Be Clever.
By Jeffrey's teen-aged years, as his life stabilized an his social angst grew, he became more passionate about his desires, many of which consume him to this day. He was a very fond of The Bangles, especially the music and compositions of lead guitarist Vicki Peterson. Around this time, Jeffrey started singing in his school's choir, having never learned an instrument. During this period, Jeffrey also discovered the British Science Fiction series Doctor Who, with which he became quite obsessed. This was much to the chagrin of many of his peers, not the least of which was the girl about whom the song Rebecca was written.
In Jeffrey's senior year of High School, he attended the first and part of the second trimestre of lycée just outside of Paris, France in Montingy-le-Bretonneux. There he learned French and continued his studies of Italian language as well as grew to appreciate the music of cultures beyond his British and American influences. Ironically, it was also around this time that Jeffrey started voraciously devouring the entire Beatles catalogue.
When he returned from France, had decided to move beyond listening and he started to compose his first music at the age of 17. There, he teamed up with the creative and experienced talents of his friend Cobey Smith, who was probably his greatest musical influence at the time. Jeffrey was able to compose a number of tracks with the help of Cobey and his equipment, where Cobey played the instruments and Jeffrey sang. Jeffrey also composed a the song Golden, which is sometimes mistakenly misread as Folder, which gifted, heart on his sleeve, first to another girl from Hungary that he found attractive at the time. When she returned this loving composition with a polite rebuff, Jeffrey decided, knowing that he still longed for his first love, to give the cassette to Rebecca, asking her to never return it; that it would be better to throw it away. It was after this incident that Jeffrey was inspired to compose Rebecca, although this demo version was recorded without lyrics and with early, rough instrumentation, including synthesized organ.
By the time Jeffrey moved to Montréal, Québec, he was already ready to write and play his own music on equipment he bought from his friend Cobey in his college dorm and apartment. It was at that time that Jeffrey also became obsessed with the music of the Quiet Beatle, George Harrison. He found that of all The Beatles music, he could find no better song than Savoy Truffle and based on that he actively pursued collecting any and every solo LP album ever released by Harrison. He was not disappointed, and in fact, was so influenced by this music that, like his obsession with Doctor Who before, he had to make it part of his life. Thus, he had found his inspiration in the Time Lord known as the Doctor, and George Harrison, the self-titled Dark Horse. From that point forward, he took the name TimeHorse and was forever changed. And from that was spawned, in 1993, The Original George Harrison and Tomorrow People home pages, the first web page on the Internet dedicated to the artist and the British television programme.
Jeffrey gradually taught himself to play the keyboard and continued to compose well into the early 1990's but in 1991, when his Gateway computer monitor broke, he was unable to use MIDI to record more songs. He had at this time built a collection of tracks on his 386 computer and could play them back only by memorizing the series of keystrokes he knew he needed to begin song playback. After that point, Jeffrey's compositions dwindled although he still dreams of building a recording studio in his basement. However, one song he hopes to share is a ragtime he composed after being influenced by the music of Scott Joplin about the great computer crash. Despite these setbacks, Jeffrey continued his career at McGill Univesrity, first studying Physics for 3 years, and then switching to Computer Science and getting his degree in that 2 years later. Sadly, his dream of becoming a Physicist was shot at this time, but he none the less had great opportunities to expend and learn German, Russian, and even some Japanese language, as well as spend 4 months in Switzerland as an intern.