#MusicMonday...Jack White Edition

One of my guilty pleasures is my subscription to Third Man Records Vault, where about every couple of months I receive a fun little package of Jack White memorabilia. Vinyl, photos, pins, booklets, CDs... Every delivery it's something different, but this month's package includes Jack's new album Boarding House Reach.

Now I haven't listened to my vinyl yet (see my Instagram posts from Friday) but I listened to the album on Spotify and I'm still trying to wrap my head around this latest projects from one of my muses.

Jack White's done everything from punk to indie rock, to the blues and bluegrass, to retro disco, to jazz, to early Americana... and everything in between. Boarding House Reach shows Jack at his most experimental and for that reason alone I will love the album. There's spoken word, electronica, funky spasmodic insanity, and country music inspiration. His lyrics go from poking fun at our attraction to our gadgets to feelings of hopelessness and loneliness to a surprising piece like Respect Commander. This one is my current favorite as White sings about respecting a woman and giving himself over to her control for the night. Wicked. I'll be doing a much more in-depth listen on my next #VinylFriday, that is if my replacement needle shows up and I can correctly install it.

I highly encourage you to give this album, or any of his other projects a listen The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, his solo projects, his production of albums by Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn among many others. There's something for everyone, and there's inspiration to be found in White's boundary-pushing talent, and I find it quite often.

I was fortunate enough to see The Dead Weather live at the Warfield several years ago, which was awesome as it was the only project so far that Jack has been on the drums, and MAN is he phenomenal. His guitar playing and singing are amazing, but I loved watching him command the band's performance from behind the drums. I also saw him on his first solo tour where he brought along two full bands made up of all females and all males and would decide that day who he was going to play with that night...and didn't use a set list.

Then let us discuss his aesthetics and his business sense, his ingenuity in making old, inexpensive guitars sound like gold. I could keep going...

I will be taking my family to see him in August at the Bill Graham Civic, a venue that's on my bucket list, and I can't wait to see what he has in store for us! So if you haven't given Jack White's music a listen, I highly encourage you to. You can find some of his songs on my playlists on Spotify, including the one for Blossomed. Thanks for visiting the Rock 'n' Romance Blog tonight. I plan to put up more of these #MusicMonday posts from time to time, so check back!

AND STAY TUNED FOR MORE ROCK 'N' ROMANCE...

P.S. Chewbacca says hi!

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