It was a couple of years ago when I was chatting online with a guy named Brian Austin Whitney. It was late in the afternoon when he mentioned that if I wasn’t busy I should go meet a couple of touring artists by the name of Amy Speace and Jenny Bruce. He wanted me to see what they were like and possibly offer them any help I could, talk to them about Los Angeles, etc… I thought what the hell, I’ll go. So off I went to an infamous little coffee shop known as Lulu’s Beehive. I introduced myself Amy and Jenny and proceeded to watch their respective sets. Both were very good. In fact they were so good that a couple of days later I decided to go see them perform at the Mint.
This song here, Running, is appropriate for me today because it seems the more I run the less I seem to accomplish and I don’t know what I’ve got to do in order to get ahead. Ever heard that its tough to be a musician? Unless you’re a full time musician you may never understand. I digress. I’m akin to the mellow driving of the beat today as I’m sitting here in the middle of a very hot summer in Los Angeles just before the American holiday of July 4th. And what am I doing? I’m getting my brain around the fact that I’m writing and recording a huge Christmas project, you can read up about it on my own personal website.
I very much enjoy Jenny’s songwriting as it’s very eclectic with a smooth pop flavor. It contains that hint of ‘hot-damn-this-should-be-mainstream-but-its-just-outside-the-box-a-little-too-far’. This is something I know all too well with my own songs. It’s a frustrating place to be. Because it’s not that Jenny isn’t good, it’s not that she couldn’t be mainstream. It’s more the fact that most people (unlike yourself right now) are very good at hunting out great music. I understand why. Its fucking hard. Fortunately with the fact that I’m kinda on the inside I get to hear a lot of music that most people never do, except for you because you’re hear listening. But then you’re exploring my filter for music, that’s not a bad thing, it’s actually very good. I’m slug in that I haven’t kept in touch with Jenny or Amy, but I have been listening to both their albums on my iPod.
If you enjoy Running, I truly think you will enjoy the rest of Jenny’s CD Soul On Fire. It’s a great set of songs from front to back.
Tune in Tomorrow.