(DOUG JESSOP’S JESSOP’S JOURNAL – ABC4 NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT) To me music is “poetry set in motion.” Live music performances have not had a lot of motion lately. I’m blessed to have a nice big megaphone with Jessop’s Jukebox to provide FREE music performances from talent musicians of all different styles.
I recently did a Jessop’s Journal interview with Montana Smith, a talented full-time musician and lead singer with the alternative group “Cinders.” CLICK HERE to see the extended eighteen-minute interview with the man behind the microphone.
When I met Montana Smith and his buddies, Adrian De La Cruz on Bass and Brad Bennet on drums it was clear that these guys have some chemistry. I admit I did a little memory trick and put the first initial of each person’s name to appropriately spell “BAM.” It seemed serendipitous that these three friends, that have been performing together since 2015, do definitely give you a chemical reaction that will have you singing along with a smile on your face.
Come to find out that actor Josh Radnor, (“How I Met Your Mother”, Amazon’s “Hunter”, etc. , heard their music and put it on his social media feed. Fast forward and Cinder’s song “Afternoon” will be coming out soon and the Josh is going to direct the video. They even got actress Abigail Spencer (Mad Men, Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, etc.
I asked the guys from CINDERS to perform a three-song-set for this episode of Jessop’s Jukebox.
Here are the songs they will be performing:
Eyes Half Open is about trying to stop yourself from letting others affect you to the point of feeling lost. You turn a blind eye to the awful way they treat you and act like nothing’s wrong. Overcoming that is very freeing
Afternoon is about the knowledge that all good things come to an end. It’s hard leaving a situation that brings you happiness, but when you come to terms with that it’s still important to appreciate the good times.
Growing Up – When you’re a kid, you want to be a grown up. And when you’re an adult you want to be a kid. Growing Up is about the struggles of not being able to go back, while knowing that life will continue whether you like it or not.
Consider this your personal invitation to watch this entire episode of Jessop’s Jukebox as well as the extended Jessop’s Journal interview with Montana Smith and share it with someone that enjoys music.
I strongly feel that “stories have power”. Chances are that if you are going through something, that someone else probably has as well. The shared experiences we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us understand each other.”
You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people would take more time getting to knowing more about others and where they are coming from, we just might find out that we have more similarities than differences.
Jessop’s Journal is something special when it comes to broadcast news. I have the honor of being able to do longer in-depth interviews that you don’t normally see with people from all walks of life. A big shout out goes to my collaborator, Ed Wilets, who does a great job as my videographer/editor for all my stories. Your feedback is always welcome at DJessop@abc4.com
You can also see my positive business profiles called “Utah Success Stories” every Sunday in the ABC4 News at 10 p.m. or online at www.ABC4.com/Success . If you a business owner that may have an interesting story for me to tell please reach out.