Please may I ask about your creative process? Do you read music? So many great artists like Chris Martin from Cold Play and Paul McCartney don't. I read recently that Chris Martin said " music to me comes from somewhere that I cant really explain"... Where does music come from for you? Is song writing easier at times, or is the process quite difficult? - I'm in awe of singer songwriters. You're special people!
Aw thanks! That means the most. I have a little musical background. I know some good basic rock n roll theory - and I can read the basics of music notes. I have certain logical progressions that I know and how to replace and choose chords accordingly, that being said, I try my best to use that knowledge, and hold on to the basic sense of listening and just what feels right. Sometimes it's very easy to write and the song just comes out... and sometimes it takes more work. It really depends. Usually, when I'm emotional, which is often ;) , I reach out to my guitar, and find solace in singing the thoughts... that's where the songs come from. Thanks for asking!
Jesse thank you so much for your desert island discs recommendations; I'm spending the weekend checking them out...and reading up about baseball. This isn't a question just an observation Laura Marling...she's a wise old soul for someone so young. Did you know she's relocated to LA? Here's an old but good article about her decision to move to the west coast. http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/apr/28/laura-marling-interview-once-eagle
Thanks for sending! Please enjoy.
I friend of mine (age 28) is at home, having cancer...his last days on earth.He asked me some questions. ..which song would be the last you wish to hear? If you could travel one more time - which place?
He says: Live your dream - now!
He's right. All we have is the moment - so jump in - and keep our eyes wide open to see as much as we can all around us. It's the hardest thing to do. Much love...
I think whatever truly comes in the moment will be perfect - The expectation of what should be the last song doesn't work for me... The sound of the world will probably be music enough.
If you were stranded on a desert Island and could have only 8 records/ cd /albums to keep you company what would they be ? Disclaimer the question is based on a radio show and I've borrowed the idea because it's a great question.
Hmmm. This is gonna change but - in no particular order:
Jon Brion - Meaningless
The Beatles - Revolver
Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
Dawes - Nothing is Wrong
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Hall and Oates - Greatest Hits
Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Alternates - Ben Folds - Rocking the Suburbs
The Darkness - Permission to Land
Michael Jackson - Bad
Ok we know you love baseball - why do you think its never really got popular around the world in places like Europe ? American Football plays a couple of games in London in a season maybe baseball could do the same? - I think I just answered my own question!
That's a great question. It's well documented in a great film, KEN BURN'S BASEBALL. It's long, but if you are interested... you can watch some clips and see why. Also you can read this article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-2342590...
I think the most general answer, is that American soldiers brought the game... so countries that we're 'involved' with the US - learned the game. There is much more to it than just that, but it's one main reason.
Dead or Alive!? I'm going to assume alive...
That's a tough one... I think there are a few people I'd like to meet... but perhaps... probably Joe Girardi the manager of the New York Yankees baseball club. If I were going to grab a drink and just hang out, I'd like to not talk music and business - I'd like to talk about something that's just fun - and because I'm such a big Yankee and baseball fan, I think I'd really enjoy talking baseball, learning some other strategies I don't think about, hearing stories about the game, and telling him what I think about the team! Just a good easy light conversation.
Hey Good Evening, Jesse what did you think of the amazing review from Sarah K ( hope I got her name right) " Jesse Macht Redeems Guitar Players " on Love Is Pop. Sarah's prose was as lyrical as one of your songs. It was an amazing review in my opinion. What are your thoughts? Best Wishes on the fund raising campaign for your album. I'm banging the drum for you across the pond!
Incredible review. So grateful for it. She really found in me what I'm trying to put out there so I'm incredibly humbled and excited that people are listening. It's very tough to find an audience in today's music market, and for the people searching, I'm so so grateful!
hi Jesse, do you have any relatives/ancestors in Europe? Your name sounds like a German one... so e.g. your website's address means: Jesse makes music, so it is completely the truth! :-) And I would pronounce your name otherwise (like Germans do-I just know this language, but I live in Poland). Good luck with your singing!
My name is German, but I am not German. My family comes out of Russia and Lithuania!
Thanks! Ya stick around - you'll find me sometime. For now, look out for StageIt shows and other online shows.
I'd like to express how much I enjoyed the format of your shows. Must be an awesome experience to have people having YOU instead your name among others. Did you chose the format yourself? You know instead of performing in festivals with other artists... Wishing you the best and waiting for your Album in September. Congratulations on the your website design too. Teresa
Thanks so much! The new site is so cool and I'm so grateful for it. Shows have been fun - home concerts have been awesome. I hope to do many more - go ahead and book one!