Coloring Club Plus — 10/3/19

Oct 3

From Firetalk Records

The trick is to make a confession entertaining. A Private Picture, the debut album by Chicago’s Fran, delivers a collection of extremely personal experiences that have been distilled and abstracted to the point that you can see yourself in their imagery, find analogs to your own emotional history in their scenarios –when you hear them, it’s a conversation. It’s therapy, if therapy was allowed to turn you on and make you shake what you got. At its core, Fran’s music is about sharing a truth -–telling it, confessing it, yelling it—in the service of human connection. Or, as Jacobson puts it, “I feel that I am a songwriter for the same reason I wanted to be an actor. I want to tell the truth. I want to challenge myself to get closer and closer to the core of an experience, an emotion- I want to say it, sing it, in a way that says exactly what it is. I cry when I write songs because I am constantly making discoveries, about myself, about the world, about the best way to convey and connect and get closer.”

Company is the only song I’ve heard by her so far, but there are definite shades of Mitski here.  I just pre-ordered her CD, the song is that good, (as is the video!)


This is too fresh to have lyrics listed at a site (from what I saw) but you can probably understand enough from the video to see what’s going on.


Bonus:  NPR All Songs Considered podcast with David Byrne, talking about his new website, called Reasons to be Cheerful and how he is taking one of his shows to Broadway.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Great coloring Li. Maria Jacobson singer and songwriter for Chicago now writes songs with her alternative rock band Fran. Her latest single ‘Company’, the four-piece band explores the idea of being able to return to a scene or moment in your life that caused you discomfort, flipping the events, and changing your reactions.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ah! Thank you for finding that info. Never in a million years would have guessed she is a singer and songwriter for Chicago! I thought her name was Fran. Can’t wait to hear the rest of her album.

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  2. badfinger20 says:

    Sounds good Lisa…I didn’t know she played with Chicago either

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    1. msjadeli says:

      There is something about that song that really draws me in. I hope the rest of the album is as good.

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        She has a distintive voice. I hope the album does well.

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