This month, we were fortunate of having two (count â€˜emâ€¦ TWO) shows!
Two show months can be slightly stressful because that means double the regular content.
But this month, no problem.
On our first show, we had potential teen heart-throb Joe Given in studio. At 17, this kid has already proven that he has keen pop sensibilities and I figure itâ€™s only a matter of time before teenage girls are crying when they see him walking down the red carpet. With one album and a handful of singles under his belt, Iâ€™d say heâ€™s already made his ambitions clear, so now his success is entirely up to him. And from my impression, he knows that and doesnâ€™t intend on letting opportunity slip away.
His songs are short, sweet, and satisfyingly predictable, reminiscent of something that would probably dominate Top 40 Pop Radio. However, unlike the sensationalized, overtly tragic squabbles in love that the latest generation of Disney teenyboppers present, Joe attacks his relationships with an unwavering realism. From the tracks off of his debut record,Â Sideways Point of View, it is apparent that Joeâ€™s expectations of life and love for a high school kid are not at their peak. Instead, he seems to acknowledge that his most important personal relationships will probably not develop until he experiences the real world a little more. In refraining from being over-dramatic, Joe becomes significantly more likeable.
Aside from that, Joe came off initially as shy, but after a couple of light questions, he opened up about the album, the tracks, and a few of the causes that he has supported with his music. In doing so, Joe has already attached a political message to his music, even if unintentional.
Already, he has surpassed most expectations one could have for a 17 year old.
Now, Iâ€™ll continue to play Joeâ€™s tracks, particularily â€œDance Til the Break of Dawnâ€ (probably my favourite off of the record, as the duet with guest voalist Ginny Dunnill is just so endearing), but if you want to get some of his music for yourself, you can find him at CD Baby and iTunes, or you can purchase it at one of his live shows. Joe said heâ€™s going to be gigging a lot, so there will be many opportunities for you to check him out locally if youâ€™re interested!
Now, on the last show, March 29th, I made a fairly large Y57 announcement.
Stay tuned, because as promised, Iâ€™ll have all about the information about this big announcement up today!
and no, this isnâ€™t an April Foolâ€™s joke.
So continue to be excited.