2005_05_arts_jaymay.jpgThe first time we saw Jaymay performing her unique brand of folk and jazz it was at Sidewalk Cafe. It was packed, people were dropping money in the hat and we immediately signed the mailing list.
Girls with guitars are everywhere in this city, but this one - like a siren - was pulling people into this room and leaving them silent, speechless even. Shocked and lulled into a stupor. Come lose your balance and verbal skills at the Living Room this month as Jaymay starts her residency there.

(Assuming it's not your real name) How did you come up with the name Jaymay?
i get jaymay, ja me, james, J, jay, JS, but my name is Jamie Kristine Seerman. I don’t like it. i was nervous singing at my first open mic (sidewalk café) and i didnt want anybody to know my real name so I said it was jaymay. No one pronounces it or spells it right.

What is your first conscious memory of living in New York?
Paul Simon’s concert in the park. I was listening from my aunt’s roof.

What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
Warm Weather/Winter.

What is your favorite place to drink in NYC? What's the best night of the week to go out in the city?
I often drink on my rooftop in Brooklyn. I like to go out to the living room (154 Ludlow) every monday in may, 9PM.

Do you think your New York connection shows in your music? If so, how?
I am crazy about new york. I LOVE NY. It shows in all my lyrics- specially in the song On & On: “please excuse the state of mind i'm in i haven’t been myself for days on end in new york looking inside every window pane i haven’t seen you on the street or in a coffee shop or on a bench hiding behind the nytimes somewhere in central park . . .”
i think 99% of my songs are about the city or a particular person in it.

Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action

You know you've made it when...
you can fill in the blank with something better than this.

It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when...
i don’t think it will ever be that time.

I'll never forget the first time I...
got a watch.

Lets have some fun with word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following (if you've got no discernable feelings, make something up that won't embarrass you in the morning)

Yankees = dirt.
Mets = wynn walent’s passion apart from music.
Britney = do you dare?
Bridge & Tunnel = water & light
Anti Folk = folk music.
Times Square = Gordon at the guitar shop.
Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws = cartoon/good/motorcycle, barking dog, band practice.

Questions inspired by movies

If you will, a brief justification of the ontological necessity of modern man's existential dilemma (in less than 10 words). (Reality Bites)
i won't.

What came first, the music or the misery? (High Fidelity)
i like to think about which came second.

A few quickies on the music tip

Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
Bob Dylan, bruce springsteen, van Morrison, paul simon, elvis Costello, chet baker, and bjork. And the vitamen.

If you released a 7" what would you put on the cover?
A scratch n’ sniff sticker.

What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
Beck’s sea change.

Jaymay starts her residency tonight at The Living Room [154 Ludlow St (b/t Stanton and Rivington)]. It's at 9pm, every Monday in May and it's free!

Listen to her song What Happened?, here and for more mp3's check out jaymaymusic.com.