Don’t Miss Music – Favorite Artists

SW Steven Wilson

I have been to hundreds of music concerts over the past 40 years and while there are more artists out there then ever before and thousands of opportunities to attend live shows the cost keeps it real. But no matter what the cost of a show might be there are a few musicians that I will never miss in concert if at all possible: Neil Finn, Maynard James Keenan, Scott Hutchison, Steven Wilson, and Jacob Moon. As solo acts or band versions these are the musicians that draw my attention. There are a number of similarities about these artists – first, and foremost, they are all extraordinary songwriters; they are masters of at least one instrument but write songs using several; they front their respective bands and help set the musical direction; they are excellent in the studio but spend a lot of time on the road playing live; and they share their lives with us through their music.

The best writers for novels, films, or music sometimes write through fictional characters that allow them to hide behind a persona but expose a stark reality about themselves that might not come out in their first person songs. They write about themselves and their experiences and perceptions that resonate with so many of us. We are human together but may not be able to express our own feelings in a meaningful way, so we use and relate to others emotional expressions. And music is probably the strongest expression of emotion that we experience.

These artists are also truthful. To their art, to their experience of life, to our shared human experience. The music and lyrics blend and complement each other in a way that strikes a strong chord in us. They mean something.

I have seen all of these musicians live within the past year. The most recent was Steven Wilson two days ago. It was another amazing night of music, expression, and emotional connection that was shared by the band with its audience. We all take a personal experience out of a live event that no one else has but it is shared by the larger connections of the music. This is social media. Not the anti-social media that has taken over people’s lives while keeping them tied to their cell phones and computers that do not reflect truthfulness or personal connection. If you share a wonderful musical event together you have at least one strong connection and basis to share your true feelings with another human – in person and in real time. This may lead to other encounters either in person or on line that will sustain a thread between you, even if years go by. How many Facebook “connections” can you say that about?

This is a site about Jacob Moon and his music, sure. But there are many things that all of these great musicians and songwriters share. Some described above and many others noticed through their music. Different genres and musical paths expressed in their individual ways but with that same truthfulness and willingness to share their experience with us. Jacob is doing that once again with the new band The Commissionaires album ‘Shelter Me’ that they are currently finishing in the studio this month. Jacob and company are going back to a theme that has reverberated across Jacob’s career – social justice. It will reflect Jacob’s truth and experience wrestling with these issue for many years and looking to find a way to spread the word and help to minimize social injustices wherever possible. Again, the music will get the message to us in a way that we can relate to and act upon even if this was an area we had no prior experience or interest in. That is one way music changes the world. I am looking forward to the new album!

TC The Commissionaires

They just reached their initial goal on Pledge Music but could still use our help to actually pay for the rest of the production of the new album. If you haven’t had a chance to support their effort yet please head over to The Commissionaires and see what great extras you can get access to while helping the new album be the best it can. Thank you!

2112 40th Anniversary Edition of RUSH ‘2112’ featuring Jacob Moon.

RUSH, Steven Wilson, and Jacob Moon
RUSH would have been on the above list, and has been for many years, but as you know they have finally retired – at least from major tours. But the connection between RUSH and Jacob Moon has continued over the years ever since Jacob’s cover of ‘Subdivisions’. Recently, he opened up for Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson at the grand opening for their new park in Toronto. Well, we have known since last April that another connection was coming this year. It was finally announced yesterday that Jacob will be featured on the 40th Anniversary edition of RUSH’s “2112” performing ‘Something for Nothing’. Also featured on the album will be Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, and Steven Wilson. Pretty good company to be in I would say. Congratulations Jacob!!!

After celebrating over 40 years together with the same trio line-up, UMe continues the celebration of the Rush catalog with the release of three 40th anniversary expanded editions of the band’s classic 1976 album 2112.

On December 16, 2016, 2112—40th will be released in three distinct variations. The 2CD/DVD edition will include a newly remastered CD of the original 2112 album by Abbey Road Studios, and an additional CD of rare, live and previously unreleased material including newly-recorded tracks from 2112 featuring Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters along with Nick Raskulinecz, Billy Talent, Steven Wilson, Jacob Moon and Alice In Chains. The set’s third disc is a DVD featuring a newly restored vintage 1976 Rush concert recorded at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, plus bonus videos of the Grohl/Hawkins/Raskulinecz track and Billy Talent track, and a new 25+ minute interview featuring Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and longtime producer & engineer Terry Brown. The new 2112 remaster originally appeared on the much-acclaimed 2015 hologram vinyl edition of the album; this marks the Abbey Road Studios master first time on CD.

Jacob Moon – RUSH releases massive deluxe edition of 2112— with a Jacob Moon song on it!

NOVEMBER 5, 2016

Back in April, Jacob was asked by the RUSH people to record an a song for the re-release of 2112, a deluxe version of the classic breakthrough album for the band. I was thrilled to record “Something for Nothing”, the last song on that album. I went into the studio with Mark McIntyre on bass and Beatdown Brown on drums and we knocked out a rocking version of this classic Rush song.

It will be the final song on a bonus disc that also features The Foo Fighters, Steven Wilson, Billy Talent, and Alice in Chains. It is a high honour to be counted among these great artists… Congratulations to Geddy, Alex and Neil on 40 years! Watch for a music video coming soon!

Rolling Stone article here