Actuality in Process
Jon Macey is a veteran Boston singer-songwriter with a long musical history. He has always been known for incisive lyrics modeled on his influences (Bob Dylan, John Lennon, ABBA, and Hank Williams) fused with pop melodies that are played with the 2 guitar, classic Boston/New York sound. In the mid-1970s, Macey's band Fox Pass was in the forefront of the Boston New Wave scene, with a Velvet Underground-type of sound. In the early 1980s, he was living in Manhattan and performing with Tom Dickie and the Desires, with a couple of hit records on the Mercury label. The band was managed by the infamous Tommy Mottola. The Desires were a very New York Lower East Side group. When Macey returned to Boston, he developed a more folk-rock, melodic style. Throughout the 1990s, his Boston-based band, Macey's Parade, played clubs and concert halls. They released a well-received album in 1993. Macey's songs continued to be personal as well as observational. His concern for social causes is reflected in the fact that he has performed at numerous benefits throughout his career. Macey is now a producer/songwriter in the Boston area with his own recording studio. His new album is titled Actuality in Process. The music is hypnotic pop/rock with a mystical twist. The songs range from 1960s-styled rock in a Beatles/Byrds mode to more folkish/Dylan songs. The lyrics deal with transformation and transcendence on multiple levels. The CD includes a lyric book with photos of all the guest musicians. This album includes songs like 'She's the Groove' with a hypnotic repetitive beat, Revolver-like chorus, and lyrics about the longing for innocence. All in a little over 3 minutes! 'The True Lost Soul' begins with a classic Byrds 12 string riff and launches into a tale about a long lost friend. Very catchy chorus. Next is 'Junk Mail' with it's roots/blues/T Rex amalgam, and lyrics about blasting away all the crap destructive messages in the mind and in this world. For much more detail, and a little philosophical analysis, go to the Jon Macey site.