J Burn believes that music has the power to change the world, and his newest single “Shine”, from his new EP, ” Burnt Blue”, is a pretty good start. “Burnt Blue” is a lead up to a full length album.
J Burn has the sound and soul of the Grateful Dead, and represents Americana Rock n’ Roll. He originates from the Bay Area of San Francisco, and is also a photographer, activist and gardener, as well as an independent musician, singer, guitarist and songwriter .
Louder Than War was able to find out more J Burn, just how music can change the world, and his future aspirations and intentions.
Louder Than War : I understand that you are not only a musician, but a gardener, activist and photographer…please expand on that.
Yes, happy to. I dabble with photography, you can see some of my pictures on the various J Burn social media network sites. Writing a song and taking a photo to me, capture a common creative ideal. It’s a reference in time to a place, a memory, certain perspective and or a feeling. As for gardening and activism, I am a huge proponent for organic produce and believe a lot of our planets problems can be resolved right in the soil by how we care for
it. For me, growing my vegetables is a very meditative endeavour, found in creating most things. I like to have the connection to the process, get my hands dirty and the flavor is only sweetened by the accomplishment of what
you have grown.
Did you have a favourite Grateful Dead song?
Wow, now that’s like asking, do I have a favourite snow flake… Their songs, all offer something so uniquely individual to themselves but together make up something so wonderful and great. I have been recently delving into the song, “Mission in the Rain” trying to get inside it from my own perspective.
How do you believe music can change things?
Music has a power to bring people together, gives hope, sets common ground building unity and fosters bonds between people. It opens doors, build community and sure can make people dance and have fun. Let me take a quote
from a musician I very much admire. “”Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.” –
How do you feel your music can change things, and what specifically do you wish to change?
When I sit down to write a song it’s most often for me. It can be a process derived from various emotions but generally, it makes a change in my life and for my own personal growth. For the folks who listen, I hope the
songs I share, might make them smile, make them feel alive, help them climb a hill they might be facing, that’s really all a personal journey. As for what I wish to help change, here is a 3 point plan… More Loving, Caring
and Sharing… It’s all one world and it’s really not that big after-all. Change starts with you, what you buy, is what you support and that has an impact to the planet.
Do you plan a full length album?
Yes, there is a full length album called “Randomly Banded” on the near horizon right now and the word is, some other surprises too.
Is there a song that you feel has the power to present the most change, or one that has a message that you most wish to get out there?
I will have to go with a demo of a track I put out called “Ignorance” available on SoundCloud. Just hope society
takes a look and makes a change towards the better for the whole. Stay tuned, in the near future, for the official release of this song.
If you could do anything you wanted and as much as you wanted for one day, what would it be?
Well I try to do that all the time, trick I have found is keep it simple. I guess in a waking dream reality, I would have to take a long list and shorten it. Select a few musicians, I admire most, to strum guitars with, who no longer reside on this plane of existence… That would be some very tough choices.
If you were a superhero, what powers would you choose?
Now that’s a dangerous proposition in a world where power tends to corrupts… Then of course, didn’t you know, all independent musicians today are Superheroes. Weathering the storm of today’s music industry, just trying
to keep music original, changing, growing and doing what we love to do, to hopefully entertain you.
Do you plan to tour?
Looking towards taking this music out of the studio and into the live scene in 2016 will see how the winds are blowing and where the songs carry us.
What’s next for you in 2016?
Gonna keep the train a-rolling … More writing, playing and recording are the top of the list. Looking forward to the New Year and want to wish everyone reading a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year however you
To listen to Shine:
All words by Eileen Shapiro. More of Eileen’s writing can be found in her author’s archive.