Jason Didner to release rock album of mental health songs


originally published: 02/01/2022

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) – New Jersey-based singer-songwriter Jason didner completed a rock album of songs meant to spark conversations about mindfulness, connection, and self-care. “This extended period of the pandemic has challenged us all to pay more attention to our mental health,” Jason suggested. “I absorbed all the TED talks and podcasts I could, and found this way to express everything I learned in song.”

Jason found lyrical inspiration in what he learned in TED lectures from Dr Wendy Suzuki and Dr Stephen Hayes, as well as podcasts like “The Happiness Lab” and “Ten Percent Happier”. The songs encourage paying attention to the behavior of distorted thoughts, to recognize them for what they are. They also call for greater connection, gratitude, and kindness. The songs are also specific in encouraging scientifically proven forms of self-care like journaling, exercise, and meditation.

Musically, the album ranges from Jersey Shore sound, evoking images of E Street, to hard rock on guitar, sunny reggae, to songwriter selections tinged with folk. The artist drew on his love for the music of Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Bob Marley, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, The Smithereens, The Beatles and James Taylor.

“Van Halen’s influence has been with me the longest,” said Jason, reflecting on his origins as a lead guitarist. “I was 16 when I went to my first rock concert – Van Halen on the 5150 tour. After watching Eddie shred, I was determined to become the lead guitarist. Most recently, Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen, impressed Jason with his first fully solo album ‘Mammoth WVH’ in which Wolf himself played all instruments. “It inspired me to learn the drums and record my songs on my own like Wolf,” explained Jason. “Drums are my new budding pandemic skill.”

The album also features a few collaborations, like all of Jason’s past releases. Michigan-based drummer Fred E. Jam provided an evocative drum track on “Battle,” in which a military drumbeat crescendos to signify mounting anger and frustration. Jason’s father, Bob, wrote a poem about their common interest in cycling, which resulted in the lyrics to “Super Clean Escape Machine,” a song that touts the many benefits of riding a bike, including a boost for mental health. Acclaimed writer Nita Sweeney, author of the memoir “Depression Hates a Moving Target,” co-wrote the lyrics with Jason for “A Different Kind of Zen,” a song that urges the listener to write freely without stopping. criticize what you are. put on paper. This applies to the practice of writing as taught by Nita’s mentor Natalie Goldberg, as well as journaling, a scientifically proven tool to improve mental health.

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“Salt and Sand: Rock Songs to Heal the Mind” becomes available in digital format Friday, February 4 for streaming or download in all major streaming services and Band camp. Jason will be giving an album launch concert at Live coffee the same evening at 7:30 p.m., performing each song in album order. Entrance will be free; digital album purchases are appreciated. Jason will donate 20% of the proceeds from the evening to the National Association of Mental Health (NAMI).

Previously released singles and videos from this album include “Salt and Sand”, “Because I’m Grateful”, “Battle”, “Run With My Troubles”, “A Moment of Loving Kindness” and “Distorted”.

Jason has enjoyed success, radio waves and critical acclaim in the past with his two children’s and family albums with his band “Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam” as well as with his track “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey “. “In response to the societal shock of 9/11/2001, Jason released an album ‘American Road’ to spark conversation about the paradox of our becoming first more united, then more fearful and suspicious.” I had recorded ‘ American Road ‘in my tiny apartment and programmed the drum tracks into the recording software I was using at the time.

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