We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny LaJoye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenny, why did you pursue a creative career?
I believe all human beings are inherently creative. We all make worlds for ourselves and those in our orbit. But I think that for some of us, the impulse to create haunts us. Keeps us up at night. Gets us up in the morning. So I guess I’d say that a creative career pursued me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a person who writes songs, sings them, and hopes people will be moved by said songs, I think the thing I’m most proud of is what sets me apart…and also my greatest flaw. And that is: I seem to lack the mechanism that cares about how things “should” be done. I love this about myself as an artist because it allows me to be creative in whatever way I want. I just spent a week and a half writing, recording, and releasing a concept album of demo songs inspired by a Netflix horror show. What splendid fun that was! I released it for free, which is definitely not something one “should” do. When I first moved to Denver, I recorded a studio album, rented out a church sanctuary, and invited all my friends in Denver to a release show there…and I mean *all* of them. I had just moved there, so there weren’t many. Releasing an album in a city one has just moved to is not something one “should” do. I just don’t typically think about that stuff until it’s too late. I just follow my creative excitement around like a starry-eyed puppy with an attachment disorder. I’ve learned to accept and love this whimsical and creative self…AND that it is okay for me to ask others – others who may possess the proper social and business-savvy mechanisms – to help me sometimes. That’s how I got to where I am and how I will get to wherever I’m going: trusting myself and asking for help.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were visiting Denver, and there was no pandemic, our first stop would be a Sunday afternoon at Whittier Cafe to watch an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Later that afternoon, we might go to Lady Justice Brewing for a beer. They’ve got my favorite beer, staff, mission, and mural art. On Monday, I’d convince them to go for a drive with me to hike Silver Dollar Lake (it’s my fave). Our post-hike food would be Blue Pan Pizza (obviously). On Tuesday evening, I’d bring ’em to the Syntax Songwriter’s open mic at Broadway Roxy. It’s the best open mic in town.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my parents for raising me in a household supported by two music teachers and community organizers…also for giving me a childhood full of make-believe and acting and singing and playing and and and… I’d be remiss if I didn’t also shoutout each and every one of my patrons on patreon. That community is full of my mentors, listeners, and fellow musicians. I could not create nearly as freely without the people who understand that artistic support must be active and collaborative.
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