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“If You Harden On The Inside” blends beautiful layered harmonies of disinterest (“blah, blah, blah, blah”), a confident voice with a rich timbre, and songwriting with a clear message— “if you harden on the inside, you’ll be easy to break”. Even with a direct message the meaning is left up to the listener’s interpretation. The way this song pairs a delicate production with an almost reserved delivery will leave a lasting impression.
You can purchase “If You Harden On The Inside” on Hezekiah Jones’ Bandcamp page.
Yesterday I spent my Saturday night at Underground Arts listening to the wonderful live music provided by Hezekiah Jones, Black Horse Motel, Adrien Reju, and Andy Stack. Experiencing live music in person cannot be replicated but let the following photos and videos give you a hint of what the show was like. See you at a show!
I kind of ditched the theme aspect of Songful Sundays. I’ll continue to post songs as they come to me. Some songs might be new finds while others will be past faves but all will be worth a listen. Enjoy!
In a Black Out – Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
All You Ever Wanted – The Black Keys
I Knew You When – Ike
Love Always Remains – MGMT
Spineless – Jealousy Curve
Angel Down – Lady Gaga
What Can I Do For You? – Illinois
Wake Up – The Walkmen
Change Of Scenery – Val Emmich
Don’t Follow Me – Overlook, Billy Roach
Goshen ’97 – Strand of Oaks
Last Words – Quick Step John
I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know what is going on behind the scenes and things in the works with Just Music Thoughts. As you may know, Just Music Thoughts is a music blog. We are Philly based. And by “we” I really mean me. The person behind Just Music Thoughts is only me, a music-lovin’ wallflower with the initials JMT—coincidence? No. Anyways, enough about me. Just Music Thoughts’ mission is to connect with the music world. So, being Philly based means Philly will take precedence but all music is welcome regardless of place of origin.
Ok, so what are we working on?
More Live Recaps. If you have a show and are willing to let us cover it by taking photos and videos with a short write-up to follow, then get in touch with us. Please send your show info to hello[@]justmusicthoughts[.]com.
Podcast. I have wanted to create a podcast for some time. I finally figured out the format I want. There are still A LOT of details to work out. Wish me luck. I can tell you that this podcast will feature many people of all different aspects of the music world. I’m excited.
Songful Sundays returns. Each Sunday there will be a new set of songs added to our Spotify playlist. You never know what you might hear and what new faves you might discover. Yes, there is a slight downside—I’m limited to only the songs on Spotify. They have a vast collection of music but not everything. UGH!
Album reviews. I can’t guarantee that my album (ep or single) reviews will be the best but I will try my best. I find album reviews to be the hardest piece of music critique to write. If I have something to say about an album and I collect my thoughts, then I’ll give album reviews another chance.
Feel free to contact JMT via email: hello[@]justmusicthoughts[.]com.
Last night Mondo Cozmo played for a sold-out crowd at Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA). After a few minutes of an intro song that the band (featuring some members of Illinois) was playing Mondo took to the stage as the crowd cheered. The opening song was “Plastic Souls” and in my head I was screaming “THAT’S MY JAM!” Somewhere towards the middle of the set they played “Hold On To Me” (see video below). And the last song of the night was “Shine” a positively uplifting tune that is awe-inspiring. “Shine” was performed with special guest vocals by Iris and she was great. I only wish that the set was longer but I understand a new artist doesn’t have an entire catalog of songs to perform. Oh well, I think they should have used the repeat option and played the entire set again. If we can repeat recorded music, then I say that should be a live music option too. Think about it.
Hemming was the opening act. Last night was my first time ever hearing Hemming’s music and I really liked it. I liked it enough that I bought her cd. I’m going to make sure I catch some more of her shows.
Overall, it was an excellent night of music and my ears are still smiling.