Jim Johnston


I grew up listening to Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead. Later, I started to listen to Gordon Lightfoot, Leo Kottke and Gordon Bok. I also count as one of my big influences The Grateful Dead.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is how I express the inner workings of my soul. Not every song I write requires words. Songs are sometimes stories, but they are also, sometimes, snapshots, brief images, brief joys.

What is your music dream?

I have dreamed in song, laughed and cried in song for almost 60 years. My "dream" is that others can understand and maybe share in the dream. Age does not really matter--it is the desire to experience that matters.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

To change the world, begin with yourself.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

"Get Together" by The Youngbloods

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Grateful Dead Big Country Robin Trower Gordon Bok Leo Kottke Doc Watson

What inspires you to make music?

I believe we are all connected to the universe in some way; we all sharing its energy. Music simply makes it simpler to hear how that energy flows.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

All of us as a species are capable of some kind of music, even though we may not think we are. To sing (or hum), to play an instrument, to write, these are all wonderful gifts to share.