I just discovered Spotify! Actually, Cyndi sent us a link about how to embed music in our posts, and it immediately made me think, “I should talk about Jason! And embed his music!” So that’s what I’m doing. 🙂
I like listening to music. I have well over 1400 songs on my iPod. But it’s not a “thing” for me. I don’t listen very often at all, because I’m usually listening to podcasts (ESPN Football Today, Patriots Football Weekly in Progress, or The Pause.Com entertainment podcast). Ask me about artists or songs from our youth, and there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll get a blank look from me. And even though I HATE how clichéd it is, I can’t tell most modern artists apart.
But I do have one musical passion: Jason Manns. I’m not sure how it actually became so strong. A friend sent me a link to a video on his MySpace page, where he was singing with an actor we both like. I checked to see if he had the song on iTunes, and he did. I liked it (Crazy Love) better than any other version of that song, so I sampled a couple of his other songs. I liked them, too, so I bought his whole album.
And every single song sinks right down through me and touches something no other music does. It’s partly his voice, partly his style, partly his lyrics (though he does covers, too, so they’re not all his lyrics), and mostly something intangible.
Here are some of my favorites:
“Journey” could be describing me, only as a writer, and without a guitar, and my emotional scars aren’t all that deep, but still! It’s me! I love the cello on this song, too.
“Perfect Spot” is about being content with who and where you are. That’s something I strive for, because even though I always want to do more and be better, I don’t want to reach for it at the expense of today’s happiness.
Some people think his version of “Hallelujah” is the most beautiful they’ve heard. Well, yeah!
I really prefer his acoustic versions to the produced albums. Not that the albums aren’t well done. And I did fall in love with everything on his first album right off the bat. But a couple of years after I discovered him, I had the opportunity to hear him sing live at a convention. And that did it. I got to go see him play every three months for a year, then a couple of times since then, and I’m completely spoiled. Luckily, he’s recorded most of his songs live or as acoustic tracks, as well, so I have multiple copies of everything.
I’m really, really glad some of my friends love his music as much as I do, because they drive 2-4 hours with me when he’s nearby, and hang out until 1:00 a.m. before driving the too-many hours home afterward. If I did that by myself? Well, it would just be creepy.
The last time we saw him perform, at The Bitter End in New York City, I put in an advance request because he never sang Journey live for us before. He did it, and said he was doing it for me, and I totally geeked out. 🙂 If he hadn’t already, he’d now have a fan for life!
So check him out! Music can be a very personal thing, so I’m not expecting everyone to have the same response I did. But hopefully you’ll like it and add it to your music libraries.
Your turn to gush! Are you fans of any not-yet-big-time musical talents you want to share with us? Tell us in the comments!
I’m going to give away one of Jason’s albums to one lucky commenter. We’ll work out the details after the winner is chosen. ETA: I forgot to specify a time frame. Comments can collect through Sunday, May 6 11:59 p.m. EDT, and I’ll select a winner after that!