MONTCLAIR, NJ - Singer, songwriter Jill Sobule, originally from Denver Colorado, widely known for songs like the original "I Kissed a Girl" and "Supermodel" from the movie Clueless, performed at The Porchistas Home Studio Thursday evening in Montclair.
The sold-out venue hosted a house party, the second visit for the singer to Montclair in a few short weeks.
Echoing some of Pope Francis' current talking points, Sobule sang lyrics covering themes ranging from religion to addiction, including immigration and even climate change. Sobule said she won a ticket to see the Pope Friday in New York City, and would be using the proceeds from the concert to buy trinkets for all her friends.
Sobule said that she will return to the area next month. "I will be back toward the end of October and once I have my dates, I will be looking to do some house concerts. She said, “Montclair is beaming, it’s like a second home.” Then she added, referring to a trope made popular by Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in the 1930s, “It feels like -- Judy Garland – you know? Let's put on a show we’re coming to town."
Sobule, who back in the 90's had a song banned on some stations in the south, sang candidly here in Montclair "When They Say They Want America Back What the ___ do They Mean." This song had one audience member shouting, "Pitch that to Trump for his campaign song."
Alan Smith of The Porchistas said, "What an honor it was to host such an incredible songwriter and performer right in our own back yard. Sticking with the Papal theme, it felt like a blessing of the highest order. Jill was fantastic."
Local acupuncturist Aleksandra Mihajlovic was invited to attend by one of her patients. She said, “Surprisingly enough, until last night, I never heard of Jill Sobule, but was eager for a change from what my kids listen to. I feel like I went back to my early days of music exploration. I was pleasantly surprised with her lovely, crystal clear voice and engaging lyrics. When asked if she was glad she came on a school night, Mihajlovic said, “Yes. It was lovely and refreshing. Everything came together with just a guitar and a voice.”
Victor Carinha, one of the few under-thirty-year-olds in the audience said, “Today’s music is missing something I think I found sitting under a firmament of stars and a bright moon. There was a marriage of lyrics and melody and wonderful storytelling. I felt almost nostalgic for something I never had, but could tell that those around me did. She was great.” He laughed and added, “It didn’t hurt that I was ten feet from several boxes of delicious donuts from Montclair Bread Company!”
Four representatives of Outpost in the Burbs, a local non-profit outreach organization whose mission is dedicated to building community through music, community service, and cultural programs, were also in the audience.
The Porchistas were lauded for hosting many events, both musical and not. Evan from Montclair said, "I've known of Jill Sobule for years. I'm here to see her tonight live for the first time. However, I've been seeing The Porchistas for ten years. I was just at this house a few days ago where Alan Smith hosted sessions where everyone taught others a skill they knew, for free. It was awesome."
Scott Moore, local singer and guitarist, who will be playing at Asbury Park this weekend and recently co-composed and produced 2 hours of meditation music for Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey said he had known Jill’s music for many years. Sitting with Moore, Rich Tozzoli, a local Grammy-nominated award-winning producer and composer told Tap into Montclair, “I think she is a world-class talent and we were blessed to have her in a small intimate backyard setting. What a great memorable night. I already look forward to the next performance.”