One week ago today you got to read the first half of my exclusive studio interview with Jordan Brooker. Today, as you recover from a turkey coma, stand in line waiting for that must have Black Friday item or are already back at work I bring you the concluding part two. We kick off part two discussing my personal favorite track on the project “Dancin’ on the Boulevard”.
“Dancin’ on the Boulevard” (Brooker/Neil Medley/ Jeff Middleton)
Okay before you say anything I have to tell you, this is my favorite song on EP. I’m obsessed with it. It’s so sonically pleasing and romantic!
Jordan: See I feel like that response is very common which from a music perspective you wouldn’t expect a ballad to generate that type of reaction which is really cool for me. I love this song, I just think it’s a beautiful ballad. And it’s nothing more than a love song. Some songs I feel like you’re telling a story and others I feel like you’re just straight up painting a picture. This song is really simple, the chorus is what, two lines basically [laughs]. It’s a cool love song, and I don’t get to do that a lot. My wife is doing all the harmonies as well.
“You Are” (Brooker/Hardy/Solar)
Jordan: This was me and CJ and Hardy again. A lot more story, a lot more furniture in the song. This song is something I think everyone can relate to, the one that got away. Hopefully we did it in a way that’s a little different, a little fresh. I think it’s a really lyrically strong song. I feel it gives an accurate representation of me as an artist for my first song to put out.
“Life In Your Days” (Brooker/Turnbull)
Jordan: This one I wrote with Dave Turnbull, whom I wrote “Find Your Fire” with. I thought this idea was so cool. We spent a lot of time figuring out how to attack it and paint the picture. Whenever I write I’m always trying to include as many pieces of myself as possible. When I wrote the first verse, in my head I was walking through the Country Fair in Auburn Indiana holding hands with a girl I dated when I was 17. The second verse I wrote about this place we used to go cliff diving back when I was in college.
It was a really cool way to capture those really important moments to bolster that chorus. These moments at the time that don’t seem so important are the ones that really matter. It’s funny in doing these things you never realize that you’re going to be thinking about it five years from then. It’s easy to live in Nashville and forget that. You get in this bubble and forget there’s literally an entire world outside of here [laughs].
Every artist is influenced and inspired by dozens of other artists throughout the span of their career. With that said, if you were to pick your musical parents who would they be?
Jordan: I love this question. I want to say Dierks Bentley and Dan Layus are both of my dads. Eddie Vedder is my uncle. Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World is my oldest brother. Taylor Swift is probably a cousin or a half sister [laughs]. Oh, Hayley Williams from Paramore might be a second cousin too.
Make sure to listen to Jordan’s full EP below and comment with your favorite track!