Friday, 5 September 2008

Music Lives On The Internet - Interview #2

Here's my second 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview where I ask fellow music bloggers/lovers a set of questions and then publish their answers here to give you the reader a chance to hear about new bands, good music blogs, great venues and their views on the music business.

Name (or pseudonym for the shy): Jon Marro

Blog/Website: www.blendapparel.com

What is your blog/website about?

I have t-shirt company that’s raising consciousness through apparel. We only print on eco-friendly fabrics (bamboo and organic cotton) and the designs are iconic messages about the world we live in, designed to make people laugh, think and smile.

What started you blogging/writing?

I’ve always enjoyed posing questions. Whether through image or word. I feel like my t-shirt company is actually a wearable blog. Kinda like: “Hey, have you ever had this thought too?” Blogs to me, are people’s way of sharing their own unique experiences of the world with the world. Sharing stories or insights. That’s what I’m doing, just through images on clothes.

Types of Music you enjoy?

Mostly the Singer-Songwritery sort. Anything that has lyrics that evoke rich imagery and allow me to travel into another world through their words and sounds.

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?

Go To Sleep” by the Avett Brothers, but Han Zimmer’s “You’re So Cool” does it to me everytime.

Last gig that made you say "Wow!"?

Jason Mraz’s Music, Magic & Make Peace tour. The Montreal show was particularly wow-worthy.

Where do you find out about new music?

Friends, indy radio stations, Paste Magazine, www.pandora.com/

What would you like to see more of in the music world?

People PLAYING music. I’ve gone to a lot of gigs where you can tell they’re just out there doing their job. When the artists are loving the music they’re offering to the crowd, when you can tell they are intentionally sharing their gift, and PLAYING along in joy and love-it resonates for years. So they're not just playing music, they're playing with the magic of the universe.

Favourite Music Venue?

The Gorge in Eastern Washington. Incredible. The most epic backdrop for a music venue. Being outdoors, watching the sun go down and the stars come out on a summer night, with music you love and the energy of a crowd. It’s like nothing else.

Which blogs do you read?

This is my favorite: http://seeingmeaning.blogspot.com/ It’s Susan Waters-Eller’s, who was my art teacher in college and who I've always considered my mentor. Her images are as fascinating as what she has to say.

What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your life?

Jason Mraz’s “Spinning,” Josh Ritter’s “Come and Find Me,” “Monster Ballads,” and “Thin Blue Flame,” Dave Matthew’s “Proudest Monkey,” The Makepeace Brothers “I Can Always Do It,” Eric Hutchinson’s “Food Chain,” Paul Simon’s “Obvious Child,” Bushwalla’s “Creatures,” Brett Dennen’s “When I Go,” Andrew Bird’s “Dark Matter,” and The East Bay Church Of Religious Science’s rendition of “Set On Spirit.”

In 10 years time music will be....

understood and practiced far more often as a healing medicine. The sounds, vibrations, and frequencies will be played with intentions of love and quite literally, harmony.

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...

Paul Simon, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz.


A big thank you to Jon Marro! Check out his website, he has some great threads on sale!


Right, who's next?

If you are interested in taking part in a 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview, drop me an email at tlsreview@ gmail dot com.

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