Author of the middle grade novel, The Last Musician. Singer-songwriter with The Melted Coins. I like books, music, and (especially) books about music. petersonrjason [at] gmail.com
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Black Pumas interview
Really enjoyed chatting with Eric from Black Pumas for this cover story on the band and their current tour. It was my first cover, and I couldn't be happier to have it feature this band - they're so dang good.
Really enjoyed speaking with Ian Stich of StichMethod guitar lessons for this Performer Magazine piece. I've learned a ton from Stich over the past few years, and he was a humble and kind as he comes across via his YouTube lessons. Be sure to check out his stuff (especially his breakdowns of Trey's solos) here: https://stichmethod.com/
Jeff Tweedy is probably my favorite songwriter (he and Todd Snider flip flop around, depending who I'm listening to at the time) - and I also love how he pointedly dismisses a lot of the mysticism around songwriting and creativity. I really enjoyed this small but powerful book. You can check out my full review in Performer mag here: BOOK REVIEW: Jeff Tweedy ‘How to Write One Song’
Like a lot of folks locked-down during the pandemic, I found myself with a desire to do something positive with the stressful energy building up inside me. That led me back to the creative comfort food of songwriting, which has always been a way for me to get lost in the moment in a different way than other forms of writing. I also had a tremendous amount of fun messing around in GarageBand, recording new instruments and playing with the tools in the program. It was a lovely distraction from everything happening this year. The five songs on this EP are part of a larger batch I wrote and that may find themselves on other projects, but they felt of a piece and of a time - written and recorded in my home office/guestroom (dubbed the Nana and Papa suite). It's been a refuge for me, and I hope you enjoy what came out of it. Check out Home Office Suite on Bandcamp here: https://themeltedcoins.bandcamp.com/ And the Melted Coins website here: https://www.themeltedcoins.com/