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Jay Einhorn


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"Evanston Roundtable"

Review in the Evanston RoundTable Newspaper, March 21, 2007

“Start Over”--Jay Einhorn

A CD Review By Brian Murphy

Jay Einhorn describes his album, “Start Over,” as a “folk-pop-rock-country-blues-classical-afro-fusion,” but I think his music can be best described as that of a man free to explore his thoughts through words and his acoustic guitar.

Einhorn’s introspective, minimalist approach, one of gentle guitar noodling and Burl Ives-reminiscent intonation, creates a mellow atmosphere, where crises of the past have given way to a wistful yet hardened view.

Einhorn finds inspiration in the poems of Emily Dickinson in “Market Price,” while life experience serves as a muse for “Enough to Drink” and “Start Over.” The unabashed honesty and straightforward storytelling of each track of “Start Over” elevate this artist to modern-day folk-hero status. His grasp of several musical genres makes him as accessible at a coffee house as at Bill’s Blues Bar during open-mike brunch.

Fans of former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay’s solo efforts should particularly appreciate Jay Einhorn’s “Start Over.” Though stylistically similar, the two artists differ in that Hay’s prefers simple lyrics, while Einhorn delves into the complicated poetry of a man who has spent a lifetime searching for the answers, and is finally ready to speak. - Brian Murphy

"Review by Deborah Ryel"

Jay Einhorn, in his newly released CD, revives for the new millinnium the folk traditions of Pete Seeger (complete with raspy voice) and the protest songs of the Sixties. There's no rap singer's urban violence here (though Einhorn can rhyme aptly) for the edge he invests his lyrics with is a thoroughly modern irony, especially in songs like The Appearance of Virtue and Joys of Liberty. If you can no longer relate to the plethora of country and pop love songs, listen to Start Over, a song for mature lovers. It will blow you away. His song to his father, Good Morning Dad, is clearly personal, but it is also a tribute to a generation of men from the Depression era, who set themselves against a world they only knew how to fight, not embrace. There are more gems in this collection, especially the guitar playing. Einhorn's guitar speaks eloquently in long solo interludes it is a pleasure to listen to. After savoring this first album, we can only look forward to what will come next. - Cd Baby

"Review by Carol Skinner"

Thought-provoking lyrics and brilliant guitar work shimmer through this lovely CD. The songs range from the highly personal and moving "Good Morning Dad" and the title song, "Start Over," through well-observed scenes of lonely people, young and old, who drink too much or lose themselves in a nighttime of partying. There are also the upbeat stories of an unlikely but successful relationship ("Jaime and Donna") and of a man finding new boldness as he discovers he "Ain't Dead Yet." But the CD goes beyond the personal, exploring the dysfunctions of social and political life in the cynical "Appearance of Virtue" and in the bitter "Joys of Liberty" about the failure of that appearance to cover up the blunders of a war fueled by greed. Just as the delicate opening song, based on the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson, crystallizes the personal side of the album by going deep into the soul of a poet, "Ghost Wind" pulls back and poetically summarizes the social side, bringing together key images from the national psyche to create a haunting and evocative landscape that the rest of the CD comes to inhabit. Einhorn seems equally at ease in each musical style he passes through, and the high quality engineering enhances the rich tastiness of the sounds. Thoroughly satisfying and highly recommended! - CD Baby


Start Over is on CD Baby, iTunes, etc. A previous, not very well recorded cd, My Heart is Open, is on my music website, www.guitaratlarge.com, with two tracks to hear, along with two tracks from Start Over.



Began playing guitar at age 9, became jazz musician as teenager and Jazz Director of the Exit Coffeehouse (New Haven) while still in high school, introduced to folk music there. Played in bar bands in high school and college, learned classical guitar, began writing songs. Became a psychologist in my day job, where themes of expressing and validating inner experience overlap with songwriting. Recorded tracks for first CD, “My Heart is Open” with keyboardist friend as demo, turned into CD after his death. Not a professional recording, but good material & some fine moments. Became solo performer, recorded next CD, “Start Over,” in studio over nearly two years. Now performing to support release of “Start Over,” and recording next CD.