Thursday, April 1

Unpacking Jonathan's Boston references; a travelogue of sorts

Interesting read about the geography of Boston as seen through a Jonathan Richman lens. Zachary Lamothe takes on the rather large task of spotting and explaining all Jonathan's Boston references over 50 years of activity, and bringing them to life for Bostonians and non-Bostonians alike.

https://backyardroadtrips.com/2020/10/09/im-in-love-with-massachusetts-in-the-footsteps-of-jonathan-richman/

Monday, February 8

Leroy Radcliffe has passed away, sadly. Jonathan is the only one of the four left from the Modern Lovers Live version of the band.

Here is an interview with Leroy from the jojofiles archive.

Sunday, December 6

 "Modern Lovers" written on the drum set. Asa Brebner on bass and Andy Paley drums ... def. 1985 ... the only year of that configuration of the Modern Lovers.







Monday, November 30

Beaver Cleaver

I know it's a facile comparison used by concert reviewers with weak game. But whenever I see a Leave it to Beaver episode, I am struck with some of the similar mannerisms. Does it go too far to speculate that Jerry Mathers' character was perhaps an early influence on Jonathan? Leave it to Beaver debuted when Jonathan was six years old. If so... a fine influence!
 

I hesitate to read 'Jonathan's Notebook'

I've flipped through the first few pages... then stopped. Do I really want Jonathan to 'splain everything he's doing or was trying to do? Or would I rather have eternal possession of my own mental take of what was going on, devoid of any 'splanation? My decision could be fateful. Thanks and hat-tip to Vanessa for the obviously-incredible find.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CFf1Vs5hmeh/

Zoomers desperately need to hear this message


(If you'll allow this blogger a personal aside. I once wrote an acapella song with a very similar melody and phrasing as this song years after Jonathan wrote this but years before this album was released. It was called "Now I Remember Why I Hate American Girls". It was written toward the end of my year studying abroad, upon encountering some American girls staying at a hotel I was staying at.)

Thursday, November 12

Jonathan and Dylan

Over the years, I got the impression that Jonathan was not a big Dylan fan. Yet he is, e.g., a self-proclaimed Van Morrison fan (huge). Makes a certain amount of sense if you think about it. What are your thoughts? Leave them below.