JOHN MCDONOUGH INTERVIEW
What's the first song you ever remember hearing?
The first song I have real memories of is Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat, and Tears. I was about 5 and my older sister, who was 12, was doing a dance with some of her friends to that song for a talent show, and I also learned every word and move of the dance!!
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
This is a tough one as there are so many great musical memories. A few years ago I was in the rocky mountains just outside of Aspen at a jazz festival. I was listening to Bruce Hornsby, I had my favorite drink of an iced mocha coffee, the mountains were beautiful, and I remember thinking, ‘life does not get much better than this.
Another one is several years ago I opened for a band at a bar in Illinois. I was playing solo, it was Halloween night, the bar was packed and it was a pretty crazy crowd. The gig was going fine, but I felt like I really didn’t have anyones attention. I played Desperado, and the place became silent with everyone watching and listening to me. It turned out to be a special moment.
If you have to describe your music in there of four words,what would you call it?
I would describe my music as a modern, singer-songwriter, pop sound.
How did you become involved in the type of music you play?
I have always loved the singer/songwriters the best. I was 10 or 11 when I wen to the store to buy my first album. It was Taxi by Harry Chapin! Not a typical album for a 10 or 11 year old, but I was obsessed with the song Taxi and wanted to be able to play it over and over. Then my next artists I was so into were John Denver, James Taylor, etc. and I just connected with the words and acoustic style. So at 10 and 11 I wanted to be able to play, sing, and create songs like those artists, and I feel I am still trying to achieve that.
What can people expect to see at your live performances?
People can expect a nice mix of my originals, classic hits like Fire and Rain and Cat’s in the Cradle, and fun, current hits from people like Bastille, Ed Sheeran, James Bay, etc. What people are usually surprised with at my shows is my humor and the fun I have connecting with the audience, telling stories, etc. My songs are very serious and deep, but my personality in-between the songs is a lot of fun and engaging.
Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?
My older sister, who is also a great supporter and fan, was listening to my latest CD in her car when it first came out, and she got to the last song, ‘You Don’t Know This,’ which I wrote for my niece. My Niece was about 2 at the time, and we have a very special bond. My older sister had to pull over because she was crying because she was overwhelmed by the love in the song. That made me feel good.
If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, or broke up who would it be? Why?
This is another tough one as there are several artists I have so much love and respect for. It is so hard to choose just one! I think I would have to say Harry Chapin, but man, John Denver, James Taylor, Janis Joplin, are very close seconds. But Harry Chapin was so unbelievable, I think I would have to say him. His singing, songwriting, and personality I think is why I would choose him first.
What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
This wasn’t really a show, but many years ago I was skiing in France with friends who were German, and there was a packed bar with a 3 piece acoustic band. They were nice and let me play a couple songs on my own, which went very well, and everyone cheered for a few more songs from me. That was another special moment as I felt a lot of pressure because the bar was so packed, and it was in a different country with a different language, and it was very exciting and satisfying
Just for fun…………. Please fill in the blanks,
Without music................... I would be lost and searching for my life purpose.
I write the songs because......................Music is inspiring, challenging, frustrating, satisfying, fun, necessary, a gift to receive and a gift to be given.
John McDonough - Dreams and Imagination
John McDonough is een singer songwriter uit Austin, Texas.
Voor zijn tweede album heeft John McDonough elf krachtige nummers opgenomen. John's akoestische gitaar werk en pianospel, de persoonlijke teksten en vooral gepassioneerde zang zorgen voor een erg mooi resultaat. Ook horen we het prachtige geluid van een cello en de backing vocals van Ginger Leigh. Dreams and imagination is gewoon een erg goed album geworden. Wat opvalt is dat bij elke luisterbeurt
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Mijn favoriete nummers zijn het openingsnummer 'I Wish I Could Fly' , '(I Need You Here)You're All That Matters' en het werkelijk prachtige slotstuk ' You Don't Know This' geschreven voor zijn nichtje. De muziek van John McDonough verdient het gehoord te worden.