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The ArtistShare Profile series features exclusive interviews with ArtistShare artists focusing on inspirations, current projects, and the creative process.

jon cowherd : part 2

Continued from Part 1

ArtistShare:
Describe the latest creative process update you made to your project.

Jon: The music has been recorded, mixed and mastered and we are now at the stage of planning the artwork.  A great photographer and friend of mine named Todd Chalfant took some pictures of the band in the studio and also of me in New Orleans.  We're using his photos for the layout and are working on the design for the packaging of the CD.

AS: If you could collaborate with any musician (dead or alive) and share the process with your fans, who would it be and why?

Jon: Wow, another difficult question.  There are obviously so many masters to choose from.  The first names that jump to mind are John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Hendrix or Donny Hathaway.  I have had the pleasure of playing with and spending some time with Joni Mitchell.  However, I would love to collaborate in a compositional way with her.  Her melodies, harmonies and lyrics are so incredible.  The way those elements work together with her vocal delivery has inspired me for years and will continue to do so.  I would love to just be involved in writing music for her, with her to her words.  Traditionally her lyrics are so personal and the music supports that so well.  So, it almost seems wrong to invite myself into the process but who wouldn't want to try.