net-ti-net asked: Hi Jason, i was following you before as Wanita but I deleted my blog...I'm back now ...how is songwriting going? Do you like the new JM songs? Hey i remember you review of B&R, it was perfect! Could you explain "life ain't short but it sure is small, you get forever but nobody at all.." the way you understand it. Checked it on the net but it is not convinsing. Thank you! W
Thanks for coming back. I wanted to answer this publicly since it is a great question. I have not done a “What Paradise Valley Means To Me” review since there is so much great content and writing those types of reviews are really quite draining. Plus there is so much going on in JM world right now I can barely keep up. I can however review that song “On The Way Home” and that line. Big deep breath.. ok here we go.
First of all, there is no better way to end the CD then with that song. Wildfire starts the CD out with “Cause a little bit of summer’s what the whole years all about.” and On The Way Home brings the whole thing full circle with “The Summer’s Over. The Town Is Closing.” Just great and I am sure John had this in mind when he put the track listing together.
The popular answer is this song John wrote to himself to remind himself that he has gone full circle, but in my opinion the song is for us. You and Me. The fans. The JM Fam. I think he really remembers the true fans that have been by his side since the beginning no matter what he said in an article or who he dated. The ones who care about the music and the songwriting. He is letting us know that we were never meant to feel alone. That we’ll be fine and there is more to come. Some of us are the same age as John and can relate to his style of music changing as we, and the world, change with him.
To answer your question directly: “Life Ain’t Short But It Sure Is Small, You Get Forever But Nobody At All.” He is right. Life is not short. When you look back on his life and the things he has accomplished you would think that he has lead a long life, and he has. But his music and career and life has so much more yet to be seen. We may see this huge star but he is reminding us that he is a person, like us, that lives in a house, and has friends, and when he sits down to write a song, it is just him, in a room, on a couch, with a guitar and a pad of paper and a pencil. Life is small.
You get forever but nobody at all is a little more personal. You have choices to make when you become well known. There are two things almost every musician/songwriter would want in life. To make a difference in peoples lives though songwriting and then the dilemma of being a family man with a house and a wife and kids. Forever is living forever through his published music and art. Nobody at all is the dreams he had to sacrifice to be able to live forever in this way.
Anyway, that is my take. I really appreciate your question and wish more people would ask me my take on things. I love answering them. It forces me to really dig into the music and songs that I love.
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You know how a lot of artists followers and fans have names like Swifties and Deadheads and Bieliebers and Glamberts and Claymates and Metallicats or whatever?
It seems to me that all of their fans only want to know the artist and not each other. None of them are FAMILY like we are. Not only do we respect John, but each other as well. I am proud to be part of the family.
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