I'm Quitting the Music Business
'I'm not really quitting the music business,' says Jonah Rank, regarding the title of his 2011 release I'm Quitting the Music Business (IQtMB). 'But the music business is changing. Also, I like the title.' IQtMB is Jonah's first solo studio CD since 2008's Your Favorite Album. Why the long wait? Other projects: producing music for Ghanaian singer/poet Osekre, recording music for film, composing music for dance (one piece even appearing on the New York Times website), teaching music, studying music, organizing salons for presenting new music, organizing an arts/music organization, and more... Throughout IQtMB, Jonah introduces the listener to whole host of vivid characters: the Surgeon General ('Meals Are the Most Important Food of the Day'), a mad lover madly in love with a hamburger ('Tú Eres Mi Especial Hamburguesita'), a disgruntled yet compassionate roommate ('The Agony of Being a Roommate'), a digi-pop musician ('Mac 'N' Keys'), an anthropomorphic pineapple ('Pineapple Part 2 [This One's Got Music and Words]'), and, among still many more figures, Jonah himself ('Rock & Roll Or the Rabbinate'). IQtMB might be (and probably is) the only contemporary pop album to do each of the following: (1) have spoken introductions to each song, (2) have spoken thank yous instead of liner notes, and (3) have an Intermedio where the mood of the album shifts from the wacky to the serious. IQtMB's intermedio is marked by two poignant compositions: 'Memories of Adventures With Spencer,' a three-movement improvisatory piano suite in memory of Spencer Maier, Jonah's first childhood friend; and 'Angels Come,' half love/loss song and half religious myth, featuring Jonah's first recorded violin trio (performed by the great Jonathan Bloomfield). At the end of the Intermedio, the album returns to silliness with 'The Complete Anthology of Words Pronounced Better By Scots Than By [Other] Brits.' IQtMB is an experimental comedy album about life, love and pineapples. Jonah's witty lyrics will have you rolling on the floor laughing, and his vibrant music will leave you dancing. Although he's not quitting it, Jonah finds the music business and digs it's grave just a little deeper. 'The banana on the cover very clearly represents the music business,' Jonah says of the album cover. 'You can tell by my facial expression that it's dying.'