Thinking of You
Many of these songs catch Jimmi in a reflective mood - like the Brian Wilson styled 'When You're In Love,' or the McCartneyesque 'Thinking Of You.' You can see how much inspiration he takes from Burt Bacharach and Laura Nyro in his ballads 'Don't Share Your Love' and 'Baby Come Back.' And more than anything else, the chord styling and melodies in 'The Sun Never Shines Any More' demonstrate Jimmi's own unique writing style. With 'Down In New Orleans' he gets back to some good old rock and roll, with a tribute to it's roots. 'Insomnia' is a frenzied lament inspired by his late night recording habits; 'Hard Luck People' is a good country song; and 'Brain Dead World' goes into quirky rhythmic adventures that could inspire anyone to find new dance moves. Jimmi describes the song as 'an expression of frustration with everything in the world; I felt the strangeness of a twisted world and how everything is upside down and backwards, until the music itself went mad, and odd rhythms and dissonances began to come out.' 'Tuesday Woman' and 'Senorita' are romantic fantasies. With 'I'm Afraid To Love You Any More Than I Do,' Jimmi shows us once again his ability to write a heartfelt and truly moving love song. 'Morning Prayer' is a wish for change in the world. He describes 'Goodbye' as 'an attitude song, a groove. I make my guitar sound like a rubber band.' All instruments and vocals are by Jimmi. Paul August review: His newest CD, "Thinking of You," is an effortless musical synthesis of his long musical past. The CD begins with a New Orleans song reminiscent of John Fogarty. Accardi sings of "Voo Doo blues" and "Zulu King." This entire album was "written, recorded, produced and mastered by Jimmi Accardi." He played every instrument and wrote every song he sang. There's a sense of humor in his music. Just as you expect a cliché, "I'm afraid to love you ..." Accardi twists it into a surprise. "... any more than I do." His romance songs evoke a strong McCartney influence. In "Senorita," the Eaglesesque song sets us up for a Flamenco guitar then adds an unexpected electric blues guitar solo, and it works. His romance songs balance lyrics with instrumentation. "People say the sun will shine tomorrow / I know it's not true / 'cuz girl, I know / the sun ain't gonna shine without you." A laconic harmonica follows the lyrics and amplifies the tone of the entire tune. For those musical insiders, here's a seasoned songwriter who knows how to structure verses and chorus, then give it a surprise twist. At one point he goes into a bridge and then, suddenly, another bridge, rather than a verse or a chorus. And the rhyme scheme becomes unpredictable: A, B, C, A. then A, B, B, C. Accardi touches on the dark side. "Insomnia" rages: "God help me shut off this brain / Feels like I'm going insane / Up all night again / Ah, let it end." "Hard luck People" paints a bleak, but ultimately hopeful life view. Be careful of getting an "ear worm" from his music. I woke up one morning with an Accardi tune worming through my brain all day: "Morning Prayer:" "So many people on this planet. / Why can't we all just get along?" He sets up the cliché then twists it. "Take your philosophy and ram it. / It doesn't matter who is right and who is wrong." The nihilist lyrics finally surrender to the bright side: "We gotta find another way to live." And then there's "Brain Dead World" where, "Everybody's crazy except for me and my baby." John Lennon would love it. The more I listened, the more I liked it. -- Paul August.