I think one thing we can all agree on is that being stuck in traffic is one of the biggest wastes of time in history. I find it frustrating because I inevitably start to think of all the things I could be accomplishing instead of staring at the same car in front of me. My mind tends to drift and I think of the laundry that needs folding at home, how I’d love to run around in my backyard with my four year old, or even how sitting at my desk and going through some emails would be time better served. With that being said, I was stuck in traffic last week, and I was actually upset when I meandered my way through road construction. I was listening to Joe Pug’s new album called “The Great Despiser” and time was running out because I was now actually getting to my destination where the car and radio would be turned off.
If you’re not familiar with Joe, some quick background info: Joe had an epiphany on the day before his senior year started at the University of North Carolina. Joe was a playwright student and right before his first cup of coffee in the morning, the thought hit him. The thought was “I am profoundly unhappy here”. With that, Joe packed his bags, dropped out of school, moved to Chicago and started to pursue music on a full time basis. (By the way…how great is THAT?!)
He’s been compared to the Dylan’s and the Springsteen’s of the world because he plays guitar and on occasion drops in some great harmonica. Comparisons aside I can only stress to you that Joe Pug is the real deal. He speaks from the heart. He gets it.
I will let you decide for yourself. You’ll be hearing tracks off his new album “The Great Despiser” in the coming weeks, and the full album is out April 24th. Maybe when you hear it, you’ll be as captivated as I was and will dread reaching your destination quickly and efficiently.
- - Jay Moberg