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  • From Dusk 'Til Dawn

    dusktildawncoverFrom Dusk ‘Til Dawn
    Artist: Sass Jordan
    Label: Rbe Music
    Reviewed: March, 2010

    From Dusk Til Dawn is the eighth solo project by Juno Award winning Sass Jordan. The disc is a tremendous collection of rock, soul, and pop treasures that, with the exception of Tom Waits’ Ol’ 55, are all written by Jordan, thus demonstrating her incredible ability to lyrically convey her feelings. When set to music with her signature weathered rasp, the songs on Dusk will create a multitude of pleasant earworms that you will never want to rid your mind of.

    The disc opens the lively What I Need. The beginning guitar riffs made me think for a moment that I was going to hear a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson. One gets the feeling when listening to this song that you’re sitting in on an intimate jam session in Sass’s living room. If you happen to ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed, the melodic structure of this song will change the tone of your day from negative to positive. See if I ain’t right!

    Fell In Love Again will, no doubt, have Jordan’s audiences dancing and swaying in the aisles of her shows. Her hologram-like voice on Fell will invoke the names of Raitt, Midler and Bramlett but don’t get sucked in to trying to pigeon-hole Sass’s voice. Just enjoy the song. Again, it has uplifting hooks and a structure that will easily embed itself into your psyche.

    The third cut, Awake, is one of my four favorites (if I had to chose a favorite – I love the whole darn album!). This soulful tune sent chills down my spine when I first heard it, causing me to hit “Repeat” on iTunes until I made myself realize that there were more songs to listen to. As she said in my interview with her, Sass is exactly right when she says that it’s as if Timothy B. Schmit was harmonizing right along with her. If I had my way in the music world, I’d mandate that this song would saturate the airwaves.

    Awake is followed by Why Did You?, which, arguably, could give Jordan another vehicle to appeal to the still profitable Country music market. Don’t panic, you die-hard rock fans. There are not any “fiddles” or steel guitars on this tune. The song merely has the right emotional rawness that would reel in those who love the more contemporary flavor of Country music. Are you listening, Nashville? This is the only free advice you’re getting from me but just remember who told ya!

    If you’re a Melissa Etheridge fan then you’re going to love Lonely. While the tune isn’t Etheridge-esque, Sass’s voice certainly is. The line, “If I wanted to be lonely my whole life thru, I’d stay right here in love with you”, will give women the world over the words they need to cause their man to take heed and start focusing on the queen in their life.

    Love n Affection is the other song that ranks in my top four songs. While it is a melodically different tune, the song conjures up Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me. I love everything about this song: Sass’s voice, the structure of the song, and the guitar work. Like Awake, I kept hitting “Repeat”, I loved this song so much! I will bet you a dollar to a donut that, when Sass sings this in concert, the men in the audience will throw their room keys and t-shirts on the stage, they’ll fall so in love with her because of this song. While not a great visual for Sass, the “Love n Affection” will be genuine, just the same.

    Nashville, if you haven’t listened to me up to this point, then Matter of Time will make give you a blinding glimpse of the obvious. The opening is reminiscent of Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz but smoothly segues into a beautiful and rich melody and chorus that only Sass can do.

    Tom Waits fans will definitely stand up and take notice of Jordan’s cover of Ol’ 55. To me, it sounds like the Eagles are backing her up on the song but I know they didn’t. Now, wouldn’t that be a pairing to pay good money to see? But I digress. Like the tunes before it, Ol’ 55 will give the listener yet another earworm and a great one, at that.

    Stronger is an inspirational song of encouragement. With Sass’s signature holographic-like voice, you’ll hear twinges of all the female vocalists who have influenced her through the years.

    The closing song is the appropriately placed Home Again. The rich lyrics, sung in Jordan’s beautiful weathered rasp against the back drop of simple acoustic guitar work, is all that is needed to close this great work by Sass Jordan.

    If Dusk Til Dawn is your first exposure to Sass Jordan, then you’ll want to pick up her earlier work as this CD will leave you wishing for more.


  • Sass Jordan

    Posted March, 2010

     

    SassJordanSass Jordan. Have you heard of her? If you’re Canadian, you more than likely have. In 2003, she served as a judge on Canadian Idol. In July of the same year, at the Rolling Stones SARS Relief Concert in Toronto, Sass shared the stage with the Stones, The Flaming Lips, The Isley Brothers, AC/DC, Rush, and a few other of her “closest and dearest friends”.

    She’s sold over a million albums world-wide and has worked with and/or toured with some of the biggest names in music including Alice Cooper, Van Halen, Joe Cocker (on the soundtrack from the hit movie, The Bodyguard, Cheap Trick and Aerosmith. State-side, she’s starred in the lead role of the Broadway production of Love, Janis. She’s also a winner of Billboard’s Best Female Rock Vocalist award.

    In what little spare time that she has, she loves spending with the love of her life (Who also happens to be her husband. That usually helps.), Derek Sharp, lead singer for The Guess Who.

    I view Ms. Jordan as one of North America’s best kept secrets that’s long overdue to be widely known. Having released seven albums since 1988, the state side release of her latest effort, From Dusk Til Dawn, will take place on March 16th.

    Having had the privilege of getting to listen to this disc in advance, it was to my immense pleasure that Sass and I chatted by phone to discuss the project.

    The conversation was literally less than 10 seconds old and I knew that I was really going to enjoy the conversation. She is a bubbly, engaging person to talk to. Her enthusiasm draws the listener in to anything that she wishes to talk about.

    We started out talking about the nuances and vagaries of technologies such as Caller ID, airport security and the like. After several minutes of discussion, we concluded that Caller ID is both a blessing and a curse and that Airport Security is klugy, at best.

    If we didn’t have an album to talk about, we would have, in all likelihood, solved world hunger. Perhaps on another day

    Before we pursued the subject of From Dusk Til Dawn, I wanted to pass along a message from someone special: Sam Andrew from Big Brother and the Holding Company and music director for the play, Love, Janis, that Jordan starred in.

    I had mentioned to Sam that I was going to be interviewing Sass. His comments echo many of those who have heard or worked with her: “Goodness! What a singer! This woman is home-fried, strong, comfortable . . . Hey! If she ever wanted to ever sing with Big Brother, well, that would be a lot of fun! All of the Love, Janis band – my band – the one I put together for the New York show at the Village Theater on Bleecker Street - they all wrote me that they all love working with Sass.”

    Sass’s response was an awed and humbled, “Wow! It’s so wonderful to hear stuff like that!”

    The reason this quote about Jordan is sincere is that her earnest, weathered, bluesy rasp has been compared none other than Joplin as well as to Melissa Ethridge and even The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson. I can’t disagree with those comparisons but I’d add Bonnie Bramlett and Bette Midler (in “Janis” mode) to the list. 

    But here’s the thing: I believe when one listens to Sass sing, and you try to pigeon-hole her voice, you’ll quickly find that it’s darn near impossible. Why? Listening to her is like listening to a vocal hologram. Listening to her, I realized that I was saying to myself, “Wow! She sounds like Melissa! No, she just sounded like Janis! Wait, no! She just sounded like Bonnie Bramlett!”

    Listen to her sing and tell me I’m lyin’! 

    When I shared this perception with Sass, she said, “Ironic! Because Bonnie Bramlett’s daughter (and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist), Bekka Bramlett, used to know each other years ago. Bonnie loved me, according to Bekka. She said, ‘My mom thinks you’re the greatest!’, which is amazing to me!

    “There’s another ‘Bonnie’ who I absolutely adore. She’s one of my all-time favorites ever. If I was to ever say that I had modeled myself after anybody – a white female singer – which I DIDN’T, by the way! – I was all about the white MALE singers from ENGLAND! – and the female singers I adored, I didn’t have a hope in hell of ever sounding like because they were all black! But, anyway, the white one that I love, and to this day adore, is Bonnie Raitt. 

    “I think Bonnie Raitt – even though she’s done INCREDIBLY well – I STILL think she’s under rated! Isn’t that a stupid thing to say? She’s had many accolades and people do adore her. But, my god! She should be bigger than she is. She should definitely, definitely be ‘up there’!

    “Then there’s another one that you might be aware of, much younger, of course. Her name is Susan Tedeschi. She’s really, really good, too! She’s married to Derek Trucks, the fabulous slide guitar player. They do stuff together. If you get a chance, definitely go check those two out!”

    When Sass mentioned Raitt, I shared that I thought one of the songs off of From Dusk Til Dawn put me in mind of Bonnie’s I Can’t Make You Love Me, but from a different part of the “hologram”, so to speak.

    She pipes in and shares some insight into the song. “It was actually an Eric Clapton song that made me want to write that song. But that’s what I do. You figured it out. I will go and listen to songs that I adored, and still adore, from the past, that put me in a frame of mind and into a ‘vibration’ and then go write my songs. “

    When I injected that it’s that song coming through her, influencing her, mixing with her thought and musical “DNA”, and producing a song that is “her”, totally and completely, she adds with her infectious laugh, “That’s right. I could NEVER ‘knock off’ anybody. I can’t. I’d love to be able to say, ‘Hey! If I could do THAT, I MIGHT be wealthier!’ I never managed to do that but you’re so EXACTLY right. I have no problem whatsoever with people – People are like, ‘Wow! What about the competition? Don’t you feel that they’re going to outshine you?’

    “I say, ‘No, I don’t! There is not another that is me!’ Just like there’s not another that is THEM. It doesn’t matter. It’s always going to have your unique footprint, fingerprint, whatever on it, because you’re a being all unto yourself. I mean, I know we’re all part of the same being but we’re different bits of it. 

    “It never expresses itself the same way twice, no matter what anyone says. You just feel it energetically. You relate to the resonance of that frequency or you don’t! I’m sorry if I’m sounding to ‘New Agey” there.”

    Speaking of her song writing process (or, “pro sess”, as they pronounce it in Canada), with the exception of Tom Wait’s Ol’ 55, Jordan wrote all the songs on Dusk. Masterfully crafted lyrics and beautiful arrangements, she’s outdone herself on this one, folks.

    With Dusk being Sass’s eighth solo project, I asked her what the similarities and differences were on this project as compared to the other seven.

    “Well, it always has a different flavor and a different energy because of who you worked with on it – played with you on it, that kind of thing. That makes a big difference. On this one, From Dusk Til Dawn, that was done with a whole bunch of people I know up here in Toronto. REALLY great players – WONDERFUl players!

    “We recorded all of the basic tracks in something like three days. It was one of those ‘get in and just focus, head down, plow, go!’ Overdubs and stuff like that were done over the next month after that. We mixed it in California with an old friend of mine.

    “I can tell you more of what’s the same rather than what’s different. It’s a different time and a different set of songs so it’s going to have a slightly different flavor. One before it, one that I also really love, which is called “Get What You Give”, I made in Nashville with these incredible players as well but a whole DIFFERENT vibration. Much more ‘southern’, just that FLAVOR, that down home grit.

    “The guy that played on the Motown stuff played bass on some of it. There were some incredible drummers and incredible guitar players. It was an AMAZING experience, too! But, it has a much more ‘we made it in a barn’ type of feeling to it. I love Nashville! It’s such a great music town, needless to say!”

    I told Sass that I had four favorite songs on Dusk – two tied for first place and then two behind those. The top two are Awake and Love and Affection. The second set of two are Ol’ 55 and Stronger. I’m telling you, folks, if the album had been in vinyl, I would have worn the grooves off of these two songs. 

    Sass shares some of the stories behind those gems.                                     

    “When I went in to make this record, I wanted to make something that had a flavor of what I started out singing back in the 70’s. When I first started singing, we would sing in the park, me and a couple of friends who played acoustic guitars. Me and my girlfriend, Vickie, we’d sit in the park, smoke pot – actually, it was hash because we lived in Montreal! We were fourteen years old – I know, it was pathetic but it’s the truth – and we would play the songs of the day that we loved and we would learn to sing in harmony with each other. That’s how I started out. 

    “Eventually, we got good enough that people would say, ‘Hey, could you come play here, play there?” Then they started to pay us! That’s how the whole thing sort of started organically for me. The songs that were big back in those days – the Eagles; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Bonnie Raitt; Jackson Browne; Linda Ronstadt; - all of that kind of stuff that has that Southern California flavor. I wanted to tap in to that energetically, even if I couldn’t pull it off sound wise, although Awake, to me, is EXACTLY that. It sounds like Timothy B. Schmit (Eagles bass player) singing harmony on it. That’s really where I wanted to go.

    “But there were also a couple of other things that I wanted to look in to on that record besides that Southern California thing. I wanted the overall flavor and then I wanted to add a little touch of that British Soul that I love so much. 

    “Somebody who is current, who’s out now, who’s a FANTASTIC soul singer in that British style, is James Morrison. I LOVE that kid! The song, Stronger, came from that line of reference. Awake came from ‘Southern California’. Ol’ 55 is obviously directly related to that.

    “With Love and Affection, it goes back to 461 Ocean Boulevard by Eric Clapton. So, there, you have the British sitting in the heart of Southern California! All that stuff from the seventies. Those were the paint boxes that I was using on my canvas. That’s really where they came from.”

    Continuing to describe From Dusk Til Dawn, Sass says, “I say the say the same thing every time (about every record). This record is really me going to back to how I started. Exploring the vibe, the feeling of where I was when I was starting.”

    Earlier in the conversation, I described to her the philosophy behind Boomerocity wherein we don’t live in the past but wish to draw from the lessons learned during, and the positive vibe from, those times. She reaches back to that part of the conversation to further describe her work.

    “It’s ironic because we were just talking about his earlier about your website, bringing what was good about the past into the present, but not living in the past, right? That’s really what it (the feeling of the album) is.

    “I get my inspiration for what I do from so many different places; from the life that I’m actually physically living; from books and films; from talking to other people; from the way the moon looked when you’re looking at the stars the other night. Inspiration comes from everywhere - the feeling on the planet right now. Of course, it’s going through my filters, talking about how I feel about it. 

    “Things on the planet have sped up to such a frenzied place, not the least because of our technology – our extreme use of technology in everyday life. I think humans are trying to keep up with their own technology. I sound like a Sci-Fi nut! Ha! Ha! But it’s SO true! I’m of the group that believes that we’re waking up. There’s a huge awakening going on. “

    I asked if there was any one or two songs that drew more reaction from the listeners than others.

    “No, not really. I’m lucky enough to have really enthusiastic audiences. The difference is always if I’m doing an acoustic set or if I’m doing a full-on rock band set. If it’s a full-on rock band set, usually the stuff that will get the biggest reaction is the stuff that people know. That’s usually the way it is.

    “I haven’t been playing a lot recently. It’s been a long time. I’m just getting back into it. Basically, that’s what I want to do this year. I just want to tour. That’s really where I’m at.”

    So, folks, stay tuned. While Sass Jordan is lining up dates in the U.S., you can catch her acoustic set if you happen to be planning on attending SXSW in Austin, Texas, (March 12th thru March 21st). She’s scheduled for 1am, March 20th. Check outwww.sxsw.com for more details. 

    Also, you will be able to buy her latest CD, From Dusk Til Dawn, on March 16th (and can order it and her other great work here at Boomerocity.com!). You can read my review of it by clicking here.

    You’re really going to fall in love with this tremendous, perennially beautiful, Canadian talent. You really are!

  • Sass Jordan Talks Blues, Booze, and Bowie

    Posted March 2020

     

    sass jordan5 CropIn the first year of Boomerocity, I had the privilege of interviewing an extremely talented artist from Canada, Sass Jordan. She was so much fun to interview, that I just knew that I would be interviewing her a lot more in the future. However, that didn’t happen.

    What the heck happened? Was it something I said?

    I recently got to interview her for the long-coveted second time and it was more fun than it was all those years ago. Incredibly talented. Vivacious. Funny. Smart. Perennially beautiful. All the things that Sass has been known for her entire career. It’s tempting to repeat what all she’s accomplished in that career. However, I do encourage you to read what I originally wrote about her in my first interview with her, here.

    One thing I will say about Sass from the git-go is that she loves to laugh and her laugh is infectious. If we all could learn to laugh as much, as hard, as heartfelt, and as often as she does, we’d all be happier and the world would be a much better and brighter place.

    Because Sass has a new album out entitled “Rebel Moon Blues” (and let me tell you: It’s un-friggin’-believable! Order it now if you haven’t already. It’s a phenomenal disc!), I scheduled a call to chat with her about it. I called Ms. Jordan at her home in a little village outside of Toronto. Her exuberance was immediately evident.

    “I'm in Toronto under five tons of snow. But the good news is in one day I'm going to Barbados and I cannot wait! Oh, my God. I can't wait. I'm like, over this! Wow! I don't exactly live in the town. I make it like a thing to not live in cities anymore. Ha! Ha!

    “I live in a village north of there. If I said the village, nobody about it. It's close enough to Toronto. You know what I mean? When I fly in and out, it's always from the Toronto airport.”

    We dove right into discussing her new album with me asking if I counted correctly that “Moon” is her eighth album to date.

    “I have no idea! Ha! Ha! I guess I need to look at my catalog and count. I'm not kidding. I don't know. Yeah. Maybe that could be right. That's it. Who cares? It doesn't even matter, does it? It doesn't even matter. It certainly means nothing to me. I don't give a crrrrap one way or the other! But, yeah, t's the most recent and for some reason, it really seems to be hitting a nerve with people are just getting the most wonderful feedback from them and making me very, very happy. I had so much fun making it. You know, we made it last June - almost a year ago!

    “It was supposed to come out in September. Then it was October. Then it was November. Then, it was like, forget about it! Maybe next year! It was one of those. So now it's finally coming out in March. And all the people that have been getting it to review or what have you - or interviews - it's just such a powerfully positive response!

    “One of the main things I'm hearing is, ‘Why didn't you do this earlier?’ To which I reply, 'I just didn't.' I didn't think of it. It never occurred to me. And then somebody asked me to do it and I told them to go sit in the field because I wasn't having any part of making a blues record. Like, what do I know about that? And then, these things happened and I - and Derrick, who produced it, said to me, 'Why would you not want to sing a song like Still Got The Blues by Gary Moore? It sounds like a song you would've sung or written anyway.’ I could not argue with that in any way shape. Not to say that I could write such a great song, but I'm just saying it's definitely not a far reach from what I really do right now.

    “Then it was like, okay, so let's get into stuff that I used to listen to. For example, Leaving Trunk by Taj Mahal. When I was 13 years old, I had that Taj Mahal record on repeat. I just played it over and over. I'd turn it over because it was vinyl. Play it over. I turned it over. That's what I did with all my favorite records, including the Bowie stuff - like Ziggy Stardust and all that. This music just found its way into my blood and into my bones and into my cellular memory. And, so, it completely makes sense that, now, 50 or 40 or how many ever years because I can't count. Now that it had this time to sink in or, you know, age like a fine wine, now I'm ready for it to come out of me as a celebration again. Everything I do now - this is my promise to me - is I don't do stuff if I don't really love it and enjoy it and have fun with it and feel uplifted by it and feel like I am expressing the highest part of me. I don't do it anymore unless that's what's happening. And it really made me feel that way. I'm so, so happy that I've had the opportunity to do this and I intend to do more of it.”

    sass jordan6That opened the door to delve into the blues and the state of the blues today. I mentioned that the genre is experiencing a good, strong resurgence wherein people are really appreciating it. I reiterated to Sass that we need people like her who know how to deliver blues. That all said, we also are seeing a deluge of blues being released that is “smooth” – which, while it, too, sounds great, it’s not what the blues was intended to sound like. So, for Sass to have an album like this come out, it’s refreshing. It has the grit and the grind in it to where you can almost smell the whiskey; you can practically hear the creak of the floors in a chitlin joint somewhere. It just the way blues should be played and that's how Sass delivers it in ‘Rebel Moon Blues’.

    When I said all of that to Ms. Jordan, I capped it all off by asking her which song from the disc she would point to as the calling card for the entire album. She replied:

    “First of all, just let me say thank you for what you just said. Because, wow! You SO hit the needle on the head. I’ve heard some stuff from an artist who is enormously well respected and excellent, by the way, at what they do. And they're a blues artist and they've won tons of awards etc., etc., etc.. I was peripherally aware of them. I didn't actually really know who it was but it was mentioned in an article with me that somebody sent and I saw this artist and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, wicked! Let me go look this up. This sounds like this must be really cool!’

    “I found it on YouTube and played it. And although it was really well done, it was exactly what you just said: too clean. It didn't sound like the blues to me, you know? Even though this is a highly respected blues artist, it was clinical, almost. It was the antithesis of what I would consider to be the blues. It's the other thing that you just mentioned that I want to say something about as well. as he was saying that it seems like the blues is having a renaissance in this time and I would say that's actually probably true because people are tired of the bullshit and sick of the complicated, lying, fake nonsense in the news, in music everywhere. And to go back to something so simple and so pure and that taps directly into an emotional state, I think that that's what the appeal of it is.

    “As far as what song on this record, I would consider to be the calling card for this record. I don't really know because each sass jordan live1song - I think you can use any of them, to be honest. But I really don't think one of them was a miss and that's the first time I've felt like that about a record I've made in a long time. Actually, ever.

    Sass Jordan: It's not predicated on image as stuff that's more contemporary now. It's not that all of it's bad. There's a lot of good stuff that's coming out now, as well, as far as I'm concerned, in a newer type of music - hybrid stuff. There's a lot of great stuff out there. It's not all bad. Under no circumstances would I say that. But there's just such a preponderance of this fake news type news. Like it's fake people, fake freak sounds, fake instruments; too paint-by-the-numbers. It's just like, oh, enough already. I was just adding on to what you said there, I guess, you know, but I also wanted to just make the point that I don't think everything is terrible at all. There's a lot of good stuff and a lot of honest, real artists, as well. Blues and non-blues. We can't paint everything with the same brush.”

    In the course of our meandering, music-themed chatter, Sass threw this little aside into the mix:

    “The person I want to work with - but I don't think - I don't even know what the heck they're doing now, and it has nothing to do with any of the kind of music we've been talking about. The person that I would really love to work is D'Angelo. I have no connection that I know of directly into that world, but I would love to do some musical stylings and stuff in that way. I just loved that music. Love, love, love, LOVE!”

    Circling back around to Sass’s new CD, I asked how long it took to make it.

    “Well, really, to record it and everything, it was like three days - four days. There was there was really no overdubbing that happened at all except maybe just one word here. Like I hadn't been close enough to the mic or something, but we just did it live so it was like, boom, boom. And it's my live band that I use, Champagne Hookers. So, we're all on the same page, basically.”

    As for a tour to support it, Sass told me:

    sass jordan4“Absolutely! The first dates that I've got coming up are in May or the beginning of June in the Netherlands. I've got a string of dates in the Netherlands. And, right now, the agents and the management peeps are working on as much as they can, trying to find a blues festival and stuff like that that we can be a part of this time, because, you know, this is gonna stretch on for a couple of years. This is like the very beginning of it all because the record isn't coming out until the 13th of March.

    “When Mike Garson asked me to do this Bowie Celebration thing, I thought, ‘What the heck? Why the heck not? You know, I love Bowie and I adore Mike.’ And you know this will get me into some markets, albeit not doing my own music, but at least showing up so that some people know I'm alive and into to some markets that I haven't been in for 20 years. So, it makes sense, you know, in every way.”

    Then, Ms. Jordan came out of left-field and hit me with this . . . well, “shot”:

    “Well, you know, I have a whiskey coming out. I'm not kidding. I got a whiskey coming out! You'll never believe what it's called: Rebel Moon Whiskey! Ha! Ha! Oh yeah. I'm super excited about that too. It just makes all the sense in the world. And it's funny how it all happened at the same time.”

    I asked Sass about her participation in the Bowie Celebration Tour.

    “It's Mike Garson's thing. Mike Garson played with Bowie for like 40 years. He was in so many of his bands. He was like the one stalwart member that remained throughout most of Bowie's bands. Bowie maybe had a couple of bands without him. His piano playing is such a signature sound on so much of my favorite Bowie stuff when I was 13 rocking out in the living room with my girlfriend, Vickie, parents’ living room. Vickie and I listening to David Live from the Tower Theater in Philadelphia. We knew every single note on that record and it was Mike Garson on keyboards. At 13 years old my first concert I ever saw in my entire life? Diamond Dogs by David Bowie! The opening band was the Edgar Winter Group. Crazy!

    "Anyways, so, what happens is, when they do this show, it's all alumni from different bands that Bowie had over the years - all people that played in them at some point or another, except for the singers, obviously, because he was the singer. The singers are the only ones that were not in Bowie's bands, per se. Some of them might have sung with him. I don't know. So, whenever they go into a new market, they'll often ask somebody who is from that market to come up and do a couple of songs with them as a guest.

    “So, when they were in Toronto. Bernard Fowler was singing with them. And it's Bernard who said to Mike, 'We should get sass jordan live0Sass to come down and do a couple of songs.' It's because of Bernard. Bernard's the one that got me in. For the past two years, when they came to Toronto, they asked me to come and sing a couple of songs with them, which I did, and that was the end of that. I never even thought about it for two more seconds. It was a big thing for me because I loved Bowie and I still do. So, getting to perform some of those songs, it never occurred to me to do any of the songs in my show. You know what I mean? Because, why? But anyways, 'Why not?' is another good question. It just never came up. So, I got to do the songs with these people and it was wonderful.

    “Then, out of the blue, about three months ago, Mike called me and said, 'Sass, we're doing this five-and-a-half-week tour in the states and Canada in March-April and I'd love you to do it with us.' I'm, like, 'What?' I said, 'I really don't know. I don't know if I can do that' You know, 5 1/2 weeks, that's a long time to commit yourself to something that isn't necessarily your thing. 'Okay. Let me see.'

    Anyway, when I found out that the record was coming out March the 13th, I didn't have any other shows booked up until then. Everything just sort of fell into place like it was meant to happen. It just flowed. I said, ‘Sure. I guess I will do it.’ And then at the very last minute, about two weeks before, Mike, calls me and goes, 'Sass, one of the guys that was supposed to be doing Europe and Israel with us has dropped out. They can't do it. Can you do it?' And I'm like are you ****ing kidding me? Like, thanks for the warning. Thanks for the notice, bro!’ But I couldn't say no. Well, I love playing in Europe and I've never been to Israel so, what the heck! Let's go! But it was, oh my god, it was a relentless, intense experience. REALLY intense.

    “But what's so spectacular for me about doing this show is the audiences freak out! (Singing a line from Bowie's 'Moonage Daydream') 'Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah!' They freak out and it is absolutely mind-blowing. It really is and it's just so overwhelmingly moving and touching and it happens every single night, which is a testament to the power of music and his music in particular.

    sass jordan live4“I tell you, it's like you see people of all ages, not just older people my age, that you would think are the ones that know his stuff. No! Like people of all ages and crying, singing every word, dancing, flipping out. It's just intense. Awesome!

    Wrapping up our chat, I asked Sass what she hoped her legacy would be and how she wants to be remembered when she steps off the tour bus of life

    “Well, there's funny saying - and thank you for asking: I don't care. I literally do not care because I won't be here! Anyone and everyone is invited to think or talk or forget about me. I absolutely, 100% just don't care! I won't be here. It's irrelevant to me in every way. It's like, you know. It's like if I manage to amass a fortune by that time, I'd like to leave it to whatever organization or charity that I choose closest to when I make that transition. But other than that, who gives a poop? I don't!

    “I thought about it. I thought about it, too, because, you know, I have been asked stuff like that before. You just think about it, as in your life, you think about it. But I think I don't believe personally much in death, which is a weird thing to say. What I'm saying is it's like you don't die. Your body does. But you go on. I've got no doubt about that. I'm more interested in the adventures I'm gonna be getting into in the future rather than what happens in the past because it's all subjective, anyway. It's somebody else's opinion.”

    Then, with that infectious laugh, she concludes: “It's me pontificating yet again. I appreciate the question.”

    Keep up with all the latest with Sass Jordan at her website, SassJordan.com.