Joanna & Ji

The Consortium. It changes shape. It’s the nature of the business and the way we play. It’s the nature of what I can support or not. It’s like walking into an elevator full of genius that shifts, allows me to step in and then agrees to step out with me onto whatever floor I choose. It’s a floating ensemble with a brunette prow.

Tomorrow I get to fly across North America sitting next to one of my favourite people and musicians. She’s a private person and as dirty as I feel writing my own meandering “Deep Thoughts“, I wonder if she’ll mind I mention her here. I guess that what this is for, yeah? Joanna is a Jick, a Quasi, an amazing musician. She’s one of the people I turn to for honest and trustworthy feedback on tunes. In 1996 she, along with John Moen, joined me and Scott on a US tour supporting “Strand“. She’s all over “Arches and Aisles” and plays on my new album. I’m excited to drag her up and down I-95 this next week. Along with…

I met Ji Tanzer through Nate Query. I’d decided to return to Portland and record for a day, asked Nate to play bass on the track and to recommend a drummer who had a jazz and rock vocabulary. Golden. Ji’s main drum throne focus is as a member of the Blue Cranes. The only song we’ve recorded together that’s been released is for a tribute to Led Zeppelin. Four Sticks. There are a lot of reasons I’ve decided to step up my music activity, meeting Ji’s one of them. Most of the shows this week are with Blue Cranes so he’ll be doing double duty. He’s a band namer, MC, temporary actor, and amazing drummer. The “i” in his name is a long one.








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