Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Coffee in the Morning


Whenever I wake up in the morning, the first thing I reach for is my cup of coffee. It makes the day brighter, and signifies the beginning of something new much like SJ’s album of the same title which was released this past April. Coffee is a collection of songs that illustrates the beauty in all of us. Songs like “I Like You,” “Let Me Be,” and “Fresh Soul” capitalize on the chill vibe that makes this newcomer a moral imperative to listen to. “People often say that my music reminds them of the music of Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Jason Mraz and sometimes Nick Drake, but with my own unique twist (hopefully),” explains SJ. “My vision is to share my music with as many people as possible, and to be able to perform throughout the world doing so,” and one of those places happened to be the Soho Room in New York City where SJ and his band performed an intimate set for a room full of friends, family, and big wigs in the music industry. Each person in attendance received a card with a website and pin number written on it so he or she could go home and download the album (in full quality, not MP3). Now when I wake up in the morning I have two doses of coffee. The liquid kind that stains your teeth, and the audio one that cleanses your soul. My day couldn’t get any brighter.

Just weeks before he died, I asked my paternal grandfather the one main piece of advice he would give me looking back at a long life of varying experiences. He said, “give people a fair shake.” I think that’s pretty good advice, and just about as simple and wise as it gets: go out of your way to treat people with respect. He was great a man, and an amazing musician. His initials were “SJ”. It’s part of the reason why that is the name I go by.

For more info go to www.sjacoustic.com

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