Jason Morphew


Jason Morphew is a prolific singer and a song writer. He debuted in the early 1990s with lo-fi rock music (known to be his folksy style). His love for song writing began during the time when he used to attend college. It was in the year 1994 that one of his favorite songs titled ‘Losing Stars against the Moon’ was featured on Brassland Records. He initially started his career as a singer and then began to establish himself as a lead singer in a popular nightclub in New York City. He once presented a demo deal with A&R, a leading music label located in Los Angeles. This demo deal itself went on to break many records. During the same period he also recorded two albums – ‘Duke of Arkansas’ and ‘The Not for the Faint of Heart’, both of which turned out to be record breakers and Jason Morphew made a mark of his own in the music world.

What do we mean by Lo-fi rock music? Lo-fi music, also known as Low fidelity music is a type of music which has got a lower quality of sound recording as compared to the natural rock music. The quality of the music is attained by decreasing the quality of the actual music.

This kind of music genre started somewhere during the early 1970s. Those bands and musicians who did not have enough money to invest in their music usually used to opt for Lo-fi rock music, since they can get their recording done at a very reasonable price. There is different type of music to learn. Some of the main genre of music is –

Pop Music – The current generation is mostly interested in Pop music. Pop music usually attracts the attention of the listeners instantly mainly because of the high and low notes that these musicians play. Most of the times, the messages that are passed through pop music are related to the current day. The abbreviated meaning of pop music is ‘popular music’.

Country Music – Country music began in South America somewhere during the early 1920s. This kind of music is commonly called as ‘Peoples music’. This music usually uses instruments such as guitars, harmonicas, violins and banjoes.

Ballad Music – The caption ‘Ballad’ has various meanings. Ballad usually means the idea to tell a story about a person who has an emotional impact on any other person of the opposite sex. Ballad music began somewhere during the 19th century which first started in Europe and then spread across America, North Africa and Australia.

On Vaporizer by Joe Wenderoth

With the release of Vaporizer, Jason Morphew establishes himself as one of the most gifted songwriters now going. Having listened to a good bit of his previous work, I was aware of this gift of his, but with Vaporizer, everything has come together in a new and appropriate way. This may have something to do with the way this album has been produced, but it’s not just that. The songs themselves—melodically and lyrically—seem possessed of a new and unusual clarity. I think of Willie Nelson’s The IRS Tapes, not because The IRS Tapes have a similar sound (they don’t), but because that album, too, is an instance of a performer’s coming into a new and appropriate degree of clarity. It’s something like when you can’t get a radio station to come in without static, and then suddenly there it is, clear, closer to you. This sort of clarity is rare, of course, and when it occurs I always feel a strange sort of release. This is probably my being released from the habitual mode—the mode in which I am always largely critical, skeptical, of the songs I am encountering. The clarity I am talking about disallows that critical mode—it is like someone suddenly too close to you—too close for you to not see him as fully human. This kind of clarity also produces a sense that genre has been obliterated, or rendered radically less significant. The songs on Vaporizer could be called pop, country, ballad, dance, and any number of other things, but I never have the sense that there is any real danger of their being relegated to those categories. The voice and the melody are too compelling—they secure the songs in something much closer to us, which I would call simply song. In that realm—the realm I call simply song—one does not listen in order that one might hear something new, something novel, or in order to pass the time. Songs, when they achieve this degree of being songs, do not allow one to pass the time—they insist upon something contrary—something like: these songs are time, and time cannot be passed, cannot be gotten around. In this way, such songs are dangerous: they do not offer a way out—they offer a way in.

Joe Wenderoth, corruptor of youths. author of books (Letters to Wendy’s, No Real Light, and Agony: A Proposal among them) which are in the process of being translated into sound and image and excerpted to you-tube and facebook (facebook seems like it gets better resolution). Wenderoth is originally from The Land Of Pleasant Living and lives now in a large room usually referred to as California where he teaches in the Creative Writing program at UC-Davis.

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