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Jere Mendelsohn

Before there was streaming, viral media, sub-Reddits, hashtags, and a sea of cellphones at concerts, there were songs to be listened to, album covers to ponder, and liner notes to be parsed.

The first music that resonated in my young and impressionable ears burst out of 45s played on my older cousins’ monaural record player: Beatles, Stones, Monkees, Byrds, Lovin’ Spoonful, Dave Clark Five, Peter and Gordon, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Chad and Jeremy, and countless other bands and one-hit wonders. At home, I fell asleep each night to the playlists on WABC-AM, and later on to WPLJ-FM in New York, the DJs seducing me from a radio housed in a Sony cube alarm clock, listening as long as I could until I drifted off to sleep. And so, consciously and subconsciously, the melodies, rhythms, and harmonies of that music marinated my brain in pop goodness and sent me off in search of something I couldn’t put a name to.

Until I found the guitar. I took lessons, learned folk songs from my mother’s singalong book and Pete Seeger records, and tried to solve the mystery of how I might make the leap to making music like that on my cousins’ 45s.

The answer finally came in the form of an electric guitar (Univox), a coil cord (Sam Ash), and an amp (Fender Vibro-Champ).

Fortunately for me, the 70s were dominated by Guitar Gods encompassing every possible style: BB King (and all the other Kings), Harrison, Clapton, Keef, Santana, Page, Beck, Townshend, Duane Allman, John McGlaughlin, Al Dimeola, and so many more. Next, I discovered the lesser-known, but equally inspiring guitarists’ guitarists: Roy Buchanan, Clarence White, Richard Thompson, Albert Lee, and The Humbler himself- Danny Gatton. And then came Metheny, Joe Pass, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson and a migration to LA and the Musicians Institute.

So, what can a poor boy do, but play in a “rock roll” band? In fact, as many as possible.

In a lifetime of playing, singing, and writing, I’ve been intrigued and influenced by so many people, styles, and genres that it was inevitable that my own music would be eclectic as well, which brings us to my latest album, “Old Sins, Long Shadows.”

I conceived this album as an anthology of musical short stories linked by common themes including love, loss, romance, sorrow, searching, and yearning. I also set out to recapture the joy I first felt (and continue to feel) making music. I have consciously appropriated certain styles, eras, and in some cases, licks that resonated with me emotionally, and made my kid’s world come alive through sounds and lyrics. I’m an admitted Romantic and a sucker for a great melody (my 60s influence), as well as a guitar solo junkie (my 70s adolescence). Collaborating with an exceptionally talented team of friends and fellow-travelers, I’ve crafted 12 songs that hopefully capture the spirit, emotions, innocence, and vibe of a time when songs were an integral part of our lives, whether alone in our rooms, huddled together over a turntable, or blasting from a choir of transistor radios belonging to fellow-travelers stretched along a sunny strand of beach.

"Old Sins, Long Shadows" is my jingle-jangle morning; I invite you to come follow.