Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jonathan Richman

I saw Jonathan Richman a little over a week ago at the Pearl Street ballroom in Northampton.  He is one of my hero's and I think that the snippet below, written by Mr. Valania from the Philly Inquire, quickly sums him up in words better than I can.  Below is a song for you to check out and pretty much expresses the magic Jonathan Richman represents in a nutshell...innocence, sincerity, playfulness, creativity, expressive and lovely. He is a diamond in the rough. 

A charming, disarming, hope-filled minstrel

If Jonathan Richman didn't already exist, we would never have thought to invent him, which is a testament to his originality and to the shortcomings of our collective imagination. For more than 35 years, Richman has been a tireless advocate of hopeful romanticism, rugged individualism, and unyielding optimism, traveling the world like some postmodern Jimmy Stewart with a guitar, telling anyone who would listen that, despite all the hard-bitten cynicism that surrounds him, it's still a wonderful life.

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  1. Hi Kimberly, Wow, thanks for reminding me about Jonathan Richman. Man can play the guitar. Does he still work at the Government Center? I'm sure he's straight, unlike Hippie Johnny, and he wants to take his place.

  2. Haha, thanks for the wink to the lyrics of "I'm Straight". Mr. Richman is seriously one of the best songwriters out there in my humble opinion. I don't know anything about the Government Center. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

  3. Hi Kimberly, Government Center is a wink also.