“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

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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

Album Launch and Online Concert Friday Feb. 4

7:30 PM Eastern-US – Online concert to mark the album launch

Join me on Live Streamer Cafe on Friday evening at 7:30 Eastern-US. I’ll perform the new album in track order. Kris Pride will open the show with her heartfelt ukulele-based folk/rock songs.

For the album launch concert: Attendees will not be on camera – only the performers will appear on screen. Attendees will be able to interact in the chat section and will be able to select animated “compliments” out of a menu. Once I complete my performance of my album, I may have time to take a few requests.

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New album “Salt and Sand: Rock Songs to Heal the Mind” available on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms

You can now listen right here and purchase your digital download of “Salt and Sand: Rock Songs to Heal the Mind” below. You’ll receive a PDF of the album’s complete lyric book with your purchase.

20% of album purchases by midnight tonight (morning of 2/5) will go to National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).

The album is on YouTube as a playlist with videos of every song on the album in order.

The record is also on Apple Music, Amazon Music and all other streaming platforms. Check your favorite streaming app for “Salt and Sand: Rock Songs to Heal the Mind.”

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 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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New Album “Salt and Sand: Rock Songs to Heal the Mind” Set for Feb 4 Release

I’m pleased to announce the release of my new album “Salt and Sand: Rock Songs to Heal the Mind,” scheduled for Friday, February 4! Album artwork was expertly created by Lora Ferrie. This artist exceeded my vision for a “split screen” of the salt and sand on an icy highway eventually giving way to salt and sand on a summer beach.

Salt and Sand: Rock Songs to Heal the Mind by Jason Didner. Album cover artwork by Lora Ferrie.

Rock Songs to Heal the Mind

“Salt and Sand” is intended to spark conversation about mental health. I want you to pay closer attention to your own emotional life and those of your loved ones. The album’s tracks make up 3 chapters:

One: Seeing the Obstacles
Two: We’re on this Road Together
Three: Caring for You

Album Launch Concert Online

On the evening of February 4, I will give a streaming concert at Live Streamer Cafe. In it, I’ll perform all the songs in album order. 20% of digital album sales and tips will go to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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I just wrote this song last Saturday 12/19 – and it’s one of my very best! I captured an acoustic performance of the new song. It will only be shared with email subscribers. So let’s get you signed up! You’ll then receive the secret link to the video in your inbox. Enjoy!

Jason Didner performs "A Complicated Miracle"

I’ve considered my kidney transplant with my wife Amy a “complicated miracle” for years. But only now has it dawned on me that it could be a song! I feel this song is one of my very best – intensely personal and universal at the same time. Get it emailed to you below!

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Jason Didner's new, unreleased song Run With My Troubles is about how running and other forms of exercise help ease anxiety.

I’m working on a music video for my new song “Run With My Troubles.” This hard rock song carries an uplifting message about the effect of exercise on anxiety and stress. I played all the instruments on it, with special attention paid to guitar solo – a tribute to the late, great Edward Van Halen.

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To learn more about my exercise endeavors for my mental health, see my feature in Kidney Donor Athletes.

Cover Song Video: The Heart of the Matter by Don Henley

I chose to add this song, “The Heart of the Matter” by Don Henley to my repertoire because I felt it carries an important message and a great big melody. Here it is, from my heart to yours.

This song is originally from Don Henley’s 1989 solo album “The End of the Innocence,” 5 years before he reunited with The Eagles. Back in 1980, Henley declared the Eagles would reunite “when Hell freezes over.” Then, in 1994, the legendary band got back together and launched the wildly successful “Hell Freezes Over” tour!

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Musically yours,

Jason

New Video and Single: Battle

I’m pleased to present you with my latest musical creation: “Battle.” This is the home studio video – actual footage of my recording this track, along with Fred E. Jam, keeper of F-Jam Online Collaboration Studios, who played the electronic drum kit.

The song shares my revelation about how mental health or living with a chronic physical condition doesn’t have to be a battle. It can be a humanitarian mission.

At the same time the video is released, so is the single on BandCamp. You can play the track below.

(c) 2020, Lyrics and Music by Jason Didner 
Produced by Jason Didner, Amy Didner and Fred E. Jam 
Engineered by Jason Didner 
Jason Didner – vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass 
Fred E. Jam – drums, sound design

Lyrics: 

Verse 1: 
I thought this was a battle 
The kind that’s won or lost 
Where raging at the rival 
Brings a victory worth all costs 

But the prize is alienation 
Now that seems a hollow win 
Standing lonely in the ruins 
Of the war I fought within 

Verse 2: 
I thought this was a battle 
With troops on high alert 
Couldn’t trace the friendly fire 
From the part of me that hurt 

Oh, the rage destroys your allies 
In the same flames as your foes 
Your own weapon takes you over 
No matter how it goes 

Verse 3: 
I thought this was a battle 
I could win and earn my peace 
Then I saw myself in terror 
As hostilities increased 

And the anger gave an order 
Show no mercy in this fight 
I asked myself the question 
Could this order not be right 

Bridge: 
It can take all that you got 
To disobey an order that’s all wrong 
To take the heat for seeming weak 
That’s a different kind of strong 

When the rage calls loved ones enemies 
And declares we’re at code red 
And orders me to take them down 
I’ll lift them up instead 

Verse 4: 
I thought this was a battle 
Now I’m learning it’s much more 
It’s a mission to compassion 
For the pain down in my core 

It’s a journey toward forgiveness 
When the rage has had its say 
And the wisdom we discover 
We can’t fight these things away 
But we can live to love another day

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