I was recently introduced to the sounds of Postmodern Jukebox, late one night while trolling through my Facebook feed.
I love a good ensemble (I still have a huge schoolgirl crush on Harry Connick Jr that’s going on close to 20 years) and simply can’t pass up great feel-good music. I also want my child to listen to music that crosses generations, mixes and mashes it up. I want her to love the music that we love. We’re an eclectic family in so many ways. Her daddy loves everything from Rush to worldbeat, French lounge music. I can listen to just about anything too. The best songs are the ones with which she can sing out her little heart (the girl can’t sing a wrong note, unlike her perpetually sharp mama). Postmodern Jukebox fits the bill…so, I immediately checked out (and subscribed to) their YouTube channel, ScottBradleeLovesYa.
Who’s going to love PMJ?
It’s not music for headbangers or fans of metal and that’s okay. This is music for those who appreciate the musical styles of their parents’ and maybe even their grandparents’ generations but still love popular music. You appreciate creative musical twists, impromptu arrangements and a damn good floor show. Have you ever heard Guns ‘n Roses with a jazz diva belting out the top notes? Then you haven’t lived. Seriously.
What makes this band special?
Scott Bradlee, the handsome guy on the piano/keyboards in the videos, creatively rearranges modern music from 80s pop/rock to today’s top 40 hits and gives them a truly vintage twist…complex, utterly gorgeous layers. He calls it “An Alternative History of Pop Music”… all on YouTube. It’s like being treated to a fabulous floor show in the craziest, coolest jazz lounge. Except in my case, I’m in my jammies in front of my computer with a cup of coffee instead of a glass of wine and a plate of tapas.
I downloaded their music via iTunes and sat here with music running in the background while working on a couple of personal projects. I think my workload efficiency may have actually picked up with the swingy, jazzy, vintage music.
Best decision ever.
P.S. PMJ Tour dates can be found here. I’m looking at my calendar to see if I can catch them somewhere here in Europe. Time for some adult fun!