Just A Jester
Holding On To Jetsam
This seven time Glastonbury veteran has shared the stage with talents such as Stuart Copeland and Van Morrison. Based in London, where he regularly performs and writes his music, even the BBC have put him in front of their many millions. Just A Jester, or Tim Whitaker to his mates, has already put six brilliant singles out there. Holding On To Jetsam makes it an astonishing seven in a fairly short period of time. How does he do it? There must be a vein of pure talent running through this rocker, and every now and then he shows us how far it goes.
Opening with a melody, full of bluesy bounce, an electric guitar plucks out the notes to an upbeat tempo. Chords enter with the voice, projecting each line with a driving energy. Nostalgic effects make the delivery feel like it could have been remastered from many years ago. This fresh sounding yet classically relevant rock sound uses psychedelia and clever lyrics to create a great sounding motivational track. We're left thinking, why haven't I heard this guy before? Some of you may already have, as Alternative Fruit has put him on before. Described as a song about the “Brexit ballsup”, one is left wondering if it's wise to ask the plebeian public like you and I about complex international relations.
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Also, you may be interested in reading Glastonbury: The Complete History of the Festival by John Bailey
Rollin The Dice
From Eponymous Album
Arizona based Jim Pipkin has been performing on stage since the 1970s. His career has spanned many stages and a few big names have used his material too. Winning awards and staying fresh over the past four decades has been a breeze, it seems nothing can stop this Americana loving songwriter. He's glad to be able to provide great music, a lovable sense of humour, and a laid back style that makes audiences feel at home.
The song opens with an expertly played guitar phrase. Timing and chord structure come together in a strummed and plucked combo. New strings fill the spaces, two distinct rhythms combine to make one easy-going groove. The twin guitars begin playing in unique melodies, related to one another yet with distinctive angles. When the chorus comes along, the guitars join in a one tune frenzy of chords. This works a magic to focus the energy of the song on this key point. Giving a wandering dynamic, the bluesy feel allows us to think deeply while we're given the lines of a story.
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