Fresh and moving hooks from JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys
Wow. It has been a lot harder than I was anticipating finding time to write posts for my blog now that I’m working again and a single dad. I think things are settling down a little bit and I am going to try to do this more regularly. Wish me luck.
Anyway, for today I’m going to go ahead and jump on the bandwagon for the new album from Chrissie Hynde and J. P. Jones. You may well have heard the story because it’s so unusual and frankly cool. J.P. Jones is a musician who was born in 1978 (if my math is right). That was the very same year Hynde met the original members of The Pretenders. JP had been a lifelong fan of Chrissie Hynde when he saw her in a bar one night. As many of us may have done, he approached her and tried to strike up a conversation. It was perhaps too loud to talk but they exchanged numbers and continued their conversation over the phone. Conversation turned to romance and within a few months they were vacationing together in Cuba.
The pair share a love of each other and a love of music. They started writing songs to, for, and about each other and have released them as JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys on an album called “Fidelity.” I have also been a lifelong fan of Chrissie Hynde and have included some of her recent work on some of the mixes I recommend on Fridays. I have to say, though, being in love seems to suit Ms. Hynde. There is a creative edge to the music that, while still deeply rooted in her new wave rock/pop style, is fresh and appealing. There is a youthful energy in the songs that you could not expect to hear from a 60 year old.
I have never heard any previous work by J.P. Jones and to be honest I doubt he would have hit the big time by himself. That said, I like the pairing. Perhaps it is the chemistry we’re hearing. Maybe it’s sexual energy. Maybe Jones is simply a great new muse for Hynde. I’m not sure, but the songs are uplifting and they convey emotion. Give some of my favorites a listen and see if you don’t want the rest.
- If You Let Me – I love the energy of this song and the sentiment is wonderful. In this song at least, you can hear the chemistry. It’s a beautiful love song.
- Fairground Luck – Chrissie and JP give us another moving love song, this one with a heavy and deliberate pace, but an uplifting chord progression and touching lyrics.
- Australia – Wow. The verses are OK, but this one is all about the irresistible hook at the chorus. JP does a fine job with his singing but, man, Chrissie’s still got it.
- Fidelity – JP proposed that they have a child. Since Chrissie is clearly past a time when that is possible, he said their child could be an album. In performances, JP has said, “We named this song after the baby.” So here’s your title track in which Chrissie declares her love for JP and says it’s like they have a little girl, Fidelity.
You can’t help but be happy for them and a newly inspired Chrissie Hynde is a wonderful thing.