What can I say about JM's musical talent? That it's developing? That what his lyrics lack in subtlety or poetry,
they make up for in sentiment? That I love him for his acting, and not his singing. There were some nice guitar
bits and some sweet-sounding singing bits, and also some really awful not-even-close-to-hitting-them-in-tune bits.
He started out acoustic, with the quieter songs, then plugged in his guitar for the rest. There were a bunch of
funny moments when he made mistakes... like counting down a song for a band, even though he had no band... he stopped
himself, and said "Look at me, I'm counting like there's a band." And looking around behind him, he said "Charlie??
Kevin??" ... and like forgetting the words to Goodbye... he said "This next song is called Goodbye," played a
couple of chords, then stopped and said "I can't remember it!"
At one point, he told us that he'd been playing music for 25 years, but that it had been on the back burner for a
long time, and that he thought he'd turned from a pretty good amateur into a horrible professional. Then he
reiterated several times that he thought performances were more personal and interesting when there were mistakes
and problems. Then he broke a string, and had to leave the room for five minutes to get it fixed. I'm thinking that
he asked for that one.
There were some nice intros -- he told us that he was tired of writing songs about how someone or other hurt him
so long ago, and now that he's "very much in love," he's writing some more optimistic songs. The whole thing was
kind of nice actually - like a Q&A, except with singing, instead of all the stupid questions and lollipop sucking...
James had the following to say about it (posted on his web page):
Hey everybody! Just back from the Detroit concert - it was great to connect with everyone there. I think my music sucked a little bit, but I tried to make up for it with a lot of conversation with everyone. It didn't help that my A string broke mid-concert - but that's live performance for you. I promise much better for future events. I'm excited about the upcoming cons - the response from you guys has been amazing. These will be the last cons I'll do for a while - I need to focus on the acting and am working on writing some new material for the next album. Keep rocking!