sidekick; Christine Smith who could be described as a female version of Mr. Malin and was obliviously applying the finishing touches to her make up, occasionally acknowledging the main man’s answers. Should I raise the topic of the intimate venue and the intimate nature of theacoustic guitar and piano show thatthe two haveput onin recent gigs? What is the natural conclusion to draw from this? But suddenly my bottle disappeared like originality from modern television;
“So Jesse, you have recently released a live DVD. How does your live sound differ from that on your records?”
“They are two different animals. Live; you take it to another level; undo the belt a few notches.”
We were now in the middle of the meaty topic of his music, so which of his songs sums up his current mood?
“Swinging Man; while I’m on tour and in this hot dressing room; it makes you want to get naked and swing it. Show off a clean circumcision.”
Christine and yours truly burst out laughing and Jesse in a playful schoolboy manner retorts; "don’t laugh at me”. This little episode showsNew Yorker'slively sense of humour in a bright light and simply adds to the strings on the bow of his personality.
It was time to wrap things up and there was no betterway to do it than withthe topic of hisplace of birth. Has hailing from the East Coast dictated what sort of music he plays, or would he be an alt-countryrocker no matter where he hailed from?
“You walk out of your door and your influences are there. It is a high energy place with
many different cultures, I wrote the bulk of my album The Fine Art Of Self
Destruction when I was in New York.”
For the coup de grace Jesse finished with a statement almost every politician has said at some point in their life, only he was talking about his aim in making music and he meant it;
“I want to make a connection with my audience.”