“Another Plot Twist” – New Single and Lyric Video

I’m pleased to announce the launch of my latest single, a hard rocker called “Another Plot Twist.” Musically it takes its cues from Van Halen, The Who and Ozzy Osbourne. Lyrically, my wife Amy and I drew upon lessons from the Zen Thinking Podcast. We had learned to embrace the unforeseen as a “plot twist,” an adventure rather than a catastrophe.

Lyric video now on YouTube

Here’s the new lyric video. Hold onto your hat!

Single Available on Bandcamp

Just in time for #BandcampFriday, here’s the track on Bandcamp, where you can support your favorite artists and enjoy the convenience of streaming or downloads.

Track is Out on Streaming Platforms

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Lyrics: 

Another Plot Twist
Lyrics by Jason Didner and Amy Didner
Music by Jason Didner (c) 2022, All Rights Reserved

To hell and back on a roller coaster
In and out the revolving door
Up and down faster than a yo-yo
And then falling off the floor

If they tried to make a movie
Hollywood would not believe
Anyone could really have
Such a story up their sleeve

This is what we're dealing with
This is our real lives

Here comes another plot twist
Keeping us on our toes
Just when we thought we knew
How the story goes

Here comes another plot twist
Rocking us back on our heels
Just when we thought we knew
How we were gonna feel

No way any more could happen
We had our hands quite full
Then we felt a new change coming
The rug was getting pulled

In the hurricane of chaos
We found some inner peace
Angels in our souls to save us
And grant us some release

This is what we're rolling with
This is our real lives

Here comes another plot twist
Keeping us on our toes
Just when we thought we knew
How the story goes

Here comes another plot twist
Rocking us back on our heels
Just when we thought we knew
How we were gonna feel

Tell me how can this be real?

Credits:

Lyrics by Jason Didner & Amy Didner
Music by Jason Didner

Jason Didner – vocals, electric guitar, bass, drums

Produced, recorded and mixed by Jason Didner

(c) 2022, All Rights Reserved

Another Plot Twist - single by Jason Didner

New single and video “Molasses Blues”

Molasses Blues by Jason Didner - single cover

Years before Amy (my wife and songwriting partner)’s miraculous pancreas transplant cured her nearly lifelong case of Type 1 diabetes, she had penned this gem of a blues song about what it felt like to have too much sugar when this condition made everything worse.

She wrote the lyric with the sense of humor, honesty and vulnerability that makes a great blues song. She also instinctively understood blues tropes and wielded them in an original way. Take lines like “Takes longer than scraping tar off the Devil’s shoes.”

The track is out today on Bandcamp and all streaming services.

Here’s the lyric video:

My approach to recording the music was to keep everything as raw and live as possible – minimal takes or edits; minimal sound effects, and a classic blues arrangement – a lead vocal, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, organ, drums and bass. It came out with a real Chicago blues vibe.

A fun fact about the video:

That’s my daughter Holly’s hand pouring the molasses into the bowl.

Molasses doesn’t smell as sweet as I expected it to. Holly said, “it smells like Dad if he were farting all the time.” Thanks…I think????

Molasses Blues (c) 2009, Lyrics by Amy Didner; Music by Jason Didner
Lyrics: 
No sadness fades slower
Than molasses blues
No sadness fades slower
Than molasses blues
Takes longer than scraping tar
Off the devil's shoes

Her love was sweeter 
Than a steamy, sticky honey bun
Her love was sweeter 
Than a steamy, sticky honey bun
Just one taste
And all my senses come undone

I was lulled into thinking
She would never, ever cut me off
I was lulled into thinking
She would never, ever cut me off
But her sweet intoxication 
Made my candy-coated brain go soft

Oh, doctor please help me
Kick these molasses blues
Oh, doctor please help me
Kick these molasses blues
So I just say no to cane sugar
And Equal or Splenda or Stevia or even agave syrup
Is what I choose

Stand Tall, United – a 9.11 Tribute Song

New Lyric Video of a 2003 Album Track

Now that I’ve gotten adept at creating lyric videos, I felt today, 9.11.2022, was the right time to create and publish a lyric video for “Stand Tall, United,” a 9.11 remembrance song from my 2003 album “American Road.”

Here’s the video, which includes images of 9.11 memorials at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ and Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, NJ.

Stand Tall, United (for 9.11) Lyric Video by Jason Didner

Here’s a TikTok video of me performing a verse and chorus of the song.

@jasondidner A tribute song to those whose lives were lost or changed by the terrorist attacks of 09.11.2001. I wrote this a week following that tragic day when I returned to New York City for work. #911rememberance #911song ♬ original sound – Jason Didner Music

Additionally, here’s a TikTok of me telling the story behind the song.

@jasondidner The story behind the 9.11 tribute song “Stand Tall, United” which was originally on my “American Road” album from 2003. I had written the song soon after the terrorist attack. #storybehindthesong #911songs #911tribute ♬ Stand Tall United (for 9/11) – Jason Didner

The song is on my 2003 album “American Road” which is on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music and all other streaming services.

Stand Tall, United (for 9.11) by Jason Didner - lyric video thumbnail
Stand Tall, United (for 9.11) – lyric video thumbnail
Stand Tall, United
(c) 2001, Lyrics and Music by Jason Didner
All Rights Reserved

Lyrics: 

In the New York rain, I walk, uncovered
If my city's crying, I want to feel her tears 
Mingle with mine
For the freedom that I took for granted
For the loss of life
We'll never be the same again

It's gonna take time for sorrow
It's gonna take pain to feel
It's gonna take patience to come back
It's gonna take strength to heal

We gotta stand tall, united
We gotta stand tall, united
For Adonai and for Allah
For Jesus and for Brahma
We've gotta stand tall, united

When the human call is to run from danger
Just a few, the brave
Here the call to run the other way
They were the guardians of our loved ones
Now the roles are changing
Heroes leave their loved ones to us

We've gotta see them through the sorrow
It's gonna take pain to feel
It's gonna take patience to come back
It's gonna take strength to heal

We gotta stand tall, united
We gotta stand tall, united
For Adonai and for Allah
For Jesus and for Brahma
We've gotta stand tall, united

In the nation's storm, I walk, uncovered
If America's crying, I want to feel her tears
Mingle with mine

New Single and Video: Patient Portal

The new song #PatientPortal is out now- and it’s one of the funnier ones that I’d been involved in writing. Amy wrote this with me after we dealt with way too many doctors’ offices and their web sites over the past several months.

You’ll also find it on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you stream your music.

#MedicalHumor #ITHumor #TechHumor

The Official Video

Here’s the official video for #PatientPortal. Just click the embedded video below and enjoy!

The Online Concert

I’ll give an online concert to mark this new release on Friday night August 12 at 7:30 PM Eastern-US.

Hop on over to https://livestreamercafe.com and sign in a few minutes before showtime. Then I can take your requests and we can interact more fully. You can also catch a simulcast of my performance live on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.

The Lyrics

Patient Portal
(c) 2022, Lyrics by Jason Didner and Amy Didner; Music by Jason Didner - All Rights Reserved

Verse 1:
I keep typing in my password 
Still the validation fails
One more strike and 
I'll be doing time in password jail

I just want to see my doctor
Is that too much to ask?
Enough watching spinning circles
No more unfulfillable tasks

I've been proving my identity
For all eternity

Chorus:
I'm a mere mortal
Trapped forever in a patient portal
Now patient is the hardest thing to be
I'm a mere mortal
Trapped forever in a patient portal
This portal sucks the soul right out of me

Verse 2:
They said this would be easier
But they only made it hard
My browser freezes when 
I upload my insurance card

Hey - didn't I just fill out this form
Only moments ago? 
The medication list I entered
Where the hell did that go? 

I’ll be answering this questionnaire 
For all eternity

Chorus:
I'm a mere mortal
Trapped forever in a patient portal
Now patient is the hardest thing to be
I'm a mere mortal
Trapped forever in a patient portal
This portal sucks the soul right out of me

Bridge:
This confusing creation
Keeps giving me the blues
This confounding contraption
That even my doctors
Don't know how to use

Chorus:
I'm a mere mortal
Trapped forever in a patient portal
Now patient is the hardest thing to be
I'm a mere mortal
Trapped forever in a patient portal
This portal sucks the soul right out of me

I'm a mere mortal
Trapped forever in a patient portal
I'm a mere mortal
Trapped forever in a patient portal
I'm a mere mortal
Trapped forever in a patient portal

The Single Artwork

Jason Didner's new single "Patient Portal," available at BandCamp, Apple Music, Spotify and wherever you stream music.
Single artwork: Patient Portal by Jason Didner

Album “It’s a Jersey Thing” Released Online

It’s been a long time coming! I felt strongly like there was some unfinished business — that these songs, recorded over the course of 25+ years, needed to be on an album. When you buy this album on Bandcamp, you get to download the tracks or stream them in the Bandcamp mobile app. You also make a statement that independently-created music has value, especially when you socially share the album here!

You can listen to the tracks below and decide about purchasing this Jersey-riffic collection. All purchases (compact disc or download/streaming) comes with a downloadable PDF booklet containing lyrics and stories behind the songs. The CD purchase also comes with the download and streaming access.

“It’s a Jersey Thing” is also on all streaming services, like Apple Music and Spotify.

Click here to find the album on your preferred streaming and download services.

And, just for kicks, here’s “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey” – the official video on YouTube.

New lyric video: Cubicle

Back in 1995 I was 3 years into my post-college life, which meant working in cubicles – as a temp and then as a full-timer. I had graduated into a recession and considered myself lucky to be employed. I also heard the whispers of the downsizing rumors, which fueled my sense of “gallows humor.” All this experience (and a dash of imagination) made its way into my song “Cubicle.”

This is the original recording from 1996, set to a new lyric video created in July 2022.

You Can’t Get There from here in Jersey

Premiering today at 11:30 Eastern-US

Hey friends! Let’s share a laugh over my latest recording and video – a new version of my most popular song over the years – “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey!”

The official video premieres today, Tuesday 6/28 at 11:30 AM Eastern.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified when premiere starts.

P.S.: Here’s a TikTok from shooting the new official video!

@jasondidner

A clip from my upcoming track #YouCantGetThwreFromHereInJersey on my album ItsAJerseyThing. Song first aired on NPR’s Car Talk in 2001.

♬ original sound – Jason Didner Music

New Official Video: Super Clean Escape Machine

Today at noon Eastern-US is the world premier of my official video for “Super Clean Escape Machine” – my first musical collaboration with my father Bob. He had the idea for a song about cycling – his chosen mode of exercise during this pandemic. He’s a real aficionado of cinematography. My dad became fascinated with the availability of stable-motion camera tech that was only available to big-budget studios until recently. This mirrors my own fascination with the widespread availability of professional recording software that has turned basements into studios and unleashed a torrent of creativity during what would otherwise be downtime.

The song extolls the many benefits of cycling, like how “It cleans my arteries and mind.” When my dad wrote this poem, he did not know I had written “Run With My Troubles,” a song that promotes running for mental health – an amazing coincidence, which further supports the case I make for exercising on my forthcoming album “Salt and Sand: Rock Songs to Heal the Mind.”

Credits:

“Super Clean Escape Machine”
(c) 2021, Lyrics by Bob Didner & Jason Didner, Music by Jason Didner
Video directed and edited by Bob Didner, cycling footage by Bob Didner
Vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass and drums by Jason Didner
Music recorded and mixed by Jason Didner

Lyrics:

Verse 1: 
I love riding on my bike
It brings me feelings that I like 
My excellent escape machine
That helps me keep our planet clean
I love the energy it brings
And clarity, it gives me wings.
My bike's a pal I animate
We roll, I chill and concentrate.
We glide down city streets and country trails
Motion casts its spell and never fails

Chorus: 
My super clean escape machine
My super clean escape machine
I’m off the grid and on the scene
On my super clean escape machine

Verse 2:
We can go from near to far
Rolling cleaner than a car
It cleans my arteries and mind
And lets me leave my cares behind.
We squeeze through narrow passage ways.
And windy paths, on sunny  days.
We can ride by stunning sights
Or savor balmy moonlit nights
We glide down city streets and country trails
Motion casts its spell and never fails

Chorus: 
My super clean escape machine
My super clean escape machine
I’m off the grid and on the scene   
On my super clean escape machine

Bridge:
Pedaling fast or coasting slow
We’re flying low - flying low

Solo

Chorus:
My super clean escape machine
My super clean escape machine
I’m off the grid and on the scene   
On my super clean, super clean

My super clean escape machine
My super clean escape machine
I’m off the grid and on the scene   
On my super clean escape machine

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New Lyric Video: “A Complicated Miracle”

I’m pleased to announce my new anthem “A Complicated Miracle,” which is both personal and universal – both intimate and grandiose. It tells the story of my wife’s miraculous transplants, but ones that revealed the aftermath of 46 years of diabetes once the fog of that chronic illness lifted.

The stunning landscape photos by my niece Diana Richards help the story along in brilliant fashion for this lyric video.

(c) 2021, Lyrics and music by Jason Didner

All vocals and instruments by Jason Didner: guitar, bass, keyboards, drums.

Music recorded and mixed by Jason Didner. Mastered with CloudBounce.

Video produced by Jason Didner with photos by Diana Richards.

Lyrics: 

Verse 1
We were in dire need of help
We couldn’t make it by ourselves 
So we put our faith in the brightest
And we counted on the best
As we lay down on their tables
And trusted we’d be blessed

Then we awoke
Safe and sound and somehow changed

Chorus:
It's a complicated miracle
That has come true
A complicated miracle
We're living through
But miracles don't come easy 
Miracles don't come free
This miracle’s been complicating you and me

Verse 2: 
Some days we spin out of control
We lose connection with our souls
And we barely sense our bodies
And we're swimming in our heads
Let's remember why we're in this
What we hoped for when we wed

From then to now
Safe and sound and somehow changed

Chorus

Bridge
We can take the complications
Of this ever twisting plot
Let this be our meditation
To rejoice in what we’ve got
We'll rejoice in what we’ve got

Chorus

New Lyric Video for “Asking for a Friend”

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Our mental health takes constant hits when we’re in the habit of talking cruelly to ourselves. If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking “I can’t do anything right,” you know what I’m talking about. This song helps you challenge that notion. I hope it gets stuck in your head and reminds you to be kinder to yourself!

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