THE SONG, "RESCUE DOG" AS FEATURED IN THE CW'S SMALLVILLE is just one of the highlights from this Mexico City and Seattle songwriter, Pianist, guitarist, Jill Cohn. She has released 8 critically acclaimed CDS, including her new CD, "every street inside of you~ Mexico City", that was released in early 2008. "Mexico City" embraces the singersâ€™ 2 years of living abroad in Mexico City, and gives the listener a heart-felt picture of the time the singer spent in the city. After suffering a year-long writersâ€™ block due to the passing of Cohnâ€™s long-time travelling companion and pet, Tosca, Jill took a leap of faith and followed a life-long dream of living abroad for the express purpose of writing music. Cohn arrived in Mexico City in late 2005 in hopes of finding new inspiration and meaning to her life and to her song.
The moment she set her hands on the lovely Kimball piano in the middle of Colonia Condesa, in the heart of the most artistic and beautiful part of Mexico City, her music began to play once again. For this prolific Female Songwriter and the songs that came to her one by one, night after night, to now be represented in the artistâ€™s most beautiful and cohesive release to date, is rare and an exceptional accomplishment for any artist, let alone a self-made woman, who has 10 years of touring under her belt, numerous concert appearances, as well as having her songs self-placed in radio, film and Television. Her now completed CD, "Every street inside of you~ Mexico City", takes the listener from that online-found sub-let where the singer dug into that grand piano, through a lush collection of pop songs that are intertwined with deep feelings of the fervor it takes to save a dream from death, on into a fresh new feeling that comes to the listener when they are treated to hearing the singersâ€™ most compelling and personal collection of songs ever. "Mexico Cityâ€ is a milestone for Jill on many levels, but especially in re-connecting the singer with her first love, the Piano. "Every Street inside of you ~ Mexico City " can be found in digital format also on ITUNES.
"Every street inside of you ~ Mexico City" features production from Los Angeles Based, producers Ethan Allen and Jim Watts. The songs span a wide-range of subjects including her love of animals that was re-inspired by the Female Singerâ€™s true tale of taking in a little dog that she found on the streets of Mexico City, who she named Freedom--the song, "Rescue Dog" has already been heard by many folks coast to coast and is fast becoming a standard in rotation on AAA stations nation-wide. With radio stations including Sonoma Countyâ€™s KRSH, New Mexicoâ€™s KATO and Coloradoâ€™s KDNK already spinning this female singer songwriterâ€™s new release, these piano driven tunes are sure to be a mainstay on commercial radio.
â€œEvery street inside of you ~ Mexico Cityâ€ sings about fathers and daughters, love and wonderment, as well as gratitude and new beginnings as heard in the pop song, "Mexico City", which is a song that Jill wrote as a sort of thank you note to the people that she met, and for all of her experiences she had while living in Mexico City. Cohn was a top-five finalist in the Lilith Fair Talent Search, and has opened concerts for several national artists, including; Jewel, Stacey Earle, Loudon Wainwright III and Dave Matthews
- "Though it's unfair to spin every sensitive female singer-songwriter around the Sarah McLachlan/Tori Amos axis, this Seattle-based performer definitely evokes those influences without succumbing to them.
Comforting music for discomforting times." -JAM MAGAZINE
--"As I write this, I’m listening to Every Street Inside of You—Mexico City, the latest CD by Seattle/Mexico City-based singer-songwriter Jill Cohn.
She also performed live on my KTAR radio show once, a cappella. Her voice, which is in the Sarah McLachlan/Lilith Fair vein, is a far-too-well-kept secret—exquisitely plaintive & plangent & melancholy, an achingly sweet instrument, especially when accompanied by her own vigorous piano playing. She sent me Every Street Inside of You, her eighth album, with the claim that it’s her favorite of her own works; I still have great affection for her earlier discs like Stories From the Blue Bus (1998) & The Absence of Moving (2000). But Every Street is certainly vintage Jill: lyrics full of stinging emotional resignation…
On this Sunday, I buy myself some candy
Wonder what it would be like to be part of your family
Would we play some games, and would she grow to love me?
Would she think I’m funny, writing words while I’m driving?
…set to gloriously wistful melodies. It’s the perfect rainy-afternoon-heartbreak-with-glimmers-of-hope-for-the-future album. My favorite cuts are the two named for places: “Mexico City” & “Israel”; I also like the sprightly, lyrically mischievous “Rescue Dog.”"--Mark Moorhead (music critic)
---" One of the best things about hearing a musiÂcian play live only once a year or so is that it makes the artistic evolution so much clearer. One such evolving player is Seattle singer-songwriter Jill Cohn, who returns to Eskeâ€™s Brew Pub Friday (Oct. 5) with her guitar, keyboard, and a new batch of outÂstanding songs. Cohn is an audience favorite with her lilting voice and intimate per formance style. Sheâ€™s been steadily making music for more than a decade, and is about to release her eighth album, â€œEvery Street Inside of You ~ Mexico City.â€
She wrote the songs in Mexico City, where she lived for the last two years. She escaped south after a year-long bout of writerâ€™s block, and itâ€™s clear the sabbatical did her good. Her musical evolution seems to be pushing her outside her com fort zone, and she has updated her sound from more standard folkie fare to something a bit more modern. Tracks like â€œIsrael,â€ for example, are pleasingly melodic, with lush production and touches of electronica that should propel them to AAA radio play lists everyÂwhere.
The new songs are, as always, polished and literate, touching on topics like relationships, both romantic and familial, the chal lenges and excitement of living in a different country, and Cohnâ€™s love for animals. Like all of her releases, this is a very personal record. Cohn lived in the heart of Mexico City and arrived there with no knowledge of the language. Because of her inability to speak with the locals she was forced to reexamine how people communicate, which caused her to reconsider her lyrical approach. She has said her songs are now more universally relatable because of it.
It was a profound experience for Cohn, and she misses Mexico City terribly. â€œItâ€™s so amazing how a place can get under your skin and just stay there like a really good song, an amazing lover, or a true spiritual teacher ... just never leaves, is kind of with you always!â€ Cohn herself writes good songs that get under your skin and stay."
- The Taos News By Deonne Kahler
Singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist Jill Cohn has traded rainy Seattle for sunny Mexico. Sheâ€™s still touring the United States, however, and will be bringing her keyboard with her tonight to the Rockslide Brewery. Cohn is soon to release her eighth CD â€” â€œMexico Cityâ€ â€” of which sheâ€™ll have advance copies Friday at the Rockslide. The CD was produced in Los Angeles with Ethan Allen and Grammy-award winning engineer Jim Watts.
Although Cohnâ€™s been compared to Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLachlan, the band sheâ€™s listening to most these days is Coldplay. She also cited Julieta Vengas, who plays the guitar, accordion and â€” like Cohn â€” piano. â€œSheâ€™s probably my favorite up-and-coming female artist,â€ Cohn said. Cohn has lived in Mexico City off and on, while coming back to the United States to tour. â€œIâ€™ve always had a curiosity about the city and wanted a change of pace, so I decided to go live abroad,â€ Cohn said. â€œI love it there. I feel really at home, really inspired. I found a place with a piano I can sublet. The neighbors donâ€™t mind if I play piano morning, noon and night.â€ Not speaking the language has taught Cohn to slow down and concentrate more on what and how she says things. â€œItâ€™s been a really awesome experience. I think its reflected in my new CD,â€ Cohn said. â€œI really consciously tried to convey my lyrics and ideas in a more simple kind of way.â€
â€œMexico Cityâ€ â€” the title cut â€” is â€œkind of a gratitude song,â€ Cohn said. She went to Mexico not knowing anyone, and found the Mexican people and culture, warm and welcoming. Sheâ€™s performed a gig there and has a couple lined up for when she returns. â€œThey seem to love all kinds of music. Its eclectic tastes is part of what makes that city great. Itâ€™s a culture of art and artists,â€ Cohn said. Cohn has opened for the Girls Room tour, was a top-five finalist in the Lilith Fair Talent Search, and has opened concerts for several national artists such as Jewel, Stacey Earle, Loudon Wainwright III and Dave Matthews. ---Grand Junction Free Press.
Editor's note: Singer-songwriter Jill Cohn
City/hometown: Mexico City and Seattle
Type of music played: pop/folk, more on the romantic side
When did you decide to pursue a career in music?
"When I was working as a receptionist, and I couldn't stop thinking about playing music full time."
Most memorable experience playing music:
"Every night when I have the opportunity to perform and share my music with others. There are so many memorable shows: my shows at Glenwood Music - it's such an intimate place to play and the owner, Larry (Gruber), always does a great job putting the night together for me. It's just always a lovely night. Folks tend to bring their entire families with them, and it really just plain feels good to be in that space and share the night with everyone, playing live on KDNK for the first time, and also playing a really fun outdoor event for KDNK a few years ago in downtown Carbondale. Performing at an anti-war rally in Volunteer Park in Seattle and on an amazing concert grand piano at a show in Winnemucca, Nev., and opening for Dave Matthews."
What message do you want to convey in your music?
"That everyone's experience, no matter how unique, can somehow be related to, empathized with, and understood, and perhaps that understanding can make us all become better people."
Ever break a noise ordinance?
"No ... kind of hard to do when you're playing solo"
Which three musicians, living or dead, would you jam with if you could?
" John Lennon, John Lennon, John Lennon"
"My spiritual teacher, my parents, and the world we live in"
If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?
"The Zocalo in Mexico City, or perhaps Red Rocks in Denver"
What's your favorite cover song to play?
""Wonderwall" by Oasis"
What's the best part about touring in Colorado?
"The Hot Springs! Oh, also the awesome folks in Colorado! They are a joy to play music for and with."
When you're on the road, what do you miss most about home?
"My bed, and being able to cook dinner in my kitchen"
Folk singer: "Joni Mitchell"
Songwriter(s): "Bono, Coldplay, Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell"
Poet or author:" Pablo Neruda"
Lilith Fair performer:" Shawn Colvin"
Cup of coffee:
"French roast, with five pumps of vanilla and too much half and half"
Spot to hang out in Seattle:
"Pho in the USA! (silly but true) - you can't find Pho in Mexico."
Place to write songs:
"In my living room here in my Mexico City sublet on the owner's fabulous grand piano"
"Singing for hours in our dining room, while the rest of the family was in the living room watching TV"
Words to live by:
"How can you know it, if you don't even try" and "You know that darkness always turns into light," from Coldplay's "What if""
Joni Mitchell song: "Amelia"