Welcome back to LaunchLeft! Today we are celebrating our 150th episode! This episode is a unique one, where Rain left voicemail questions for singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jonathan Richman. We then hear Jonathan’s responses in the form of voice memos, answering Rain’s inquisitive questions from how music found Jonathan, to learning his purest form of eroticism, and everything in between. Then Jonathan launches singer-songwriter, Jesse DeNatale. In this conversation, we learn how music found Jesse and about his musical career. We have the honor of hearing a snippet of Jesse’s song The Hands of Time from his latest album. Join the celebration in this great episode!


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[2:45] How did music find Jonathan Richman?

[4:31] What advice does Jonathan have for young musicians/young artists?

[5:32] Jonathan describes something he could draw to be animated.

[6:07] What are the enduring preoccupations that arise again and again, and what has stuck with Jonathan even from childhood?

[8:03] Jonathan explains his love of the song, The Wind, by Nolan Strong and Diablo.

[10:44] What is the purest form of eroticism for Jonathan?

[22:28] Jonathan introduces the artist that he wants to launch, Jesse De Natale.

[23:26] The episode switches over to a conversation between Rain and Jesse DeNatale. 

[26:30] How did music first find Jesse DeNatale?

[31:18] Tune in to hear The Hands of Time by Jesse DeNatale.


[4:39] Advice for young artists: Do what you like for you, don’t worry about what the audience is going to like. 

[28:44] Music finds you, it finds you in songwriting and song creation. The first inspirations are given from the gods, that first idea, and then it's up to you to continue to create it. 



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Links for Jonathan Richman: 

Jonathan Richman's Instagram 

Jonathan Richman's Bandcamp Link 

Jonathan Richman - Wikipedia 

Links for Jesse DeNatale

Jesse DeNatale's Website 

Jesse DeNatale's Instagram 

Jesse DeNatale's Bandcamp Link 

Jesse DeNatale's Facebook 


BIO for Jonathan Richman:

Jonathan Richman (born May 16, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. In 1970, he founded the Modern Lovers, an influential proto-punk band. Since the mid-1970s, Richman has worked either solo or with low-key acoustic and electric backing. He is known for his wide-eyed, unaffected, and childlike outlook, and music that, while rooted in rock and roll, is influenced by music from around the world.


BIO for Jesse DeNatale

Jesse DeNatale is a singer-songwriter in Northern California. He was born in San Francisco. He has released three critically acclaimed records: Shangri-La West (2000) Soul Parade (2006) and The Wilderness (2021). His next release, The Hands of Time, will be available July 14th 2023. We are excited to announce that it will also be on Blue Arrow Records.

His music has been described as evocative and hopeful, a combination of poetry and storytelling. Over the years his love of various musical genres has inspired him to expand his ideas of songwriting as he continues to find a way to reflect back the realities of being alive. Rich with imagery, intelligence and passion, his music remains timeless. Its soulful accessibility is what has garnered him praise from other artists and has kept his devoted fans listening.

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