Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule, John Doe, Sara Watkins, Stuart Johnson, Don Was, Dave Way, Krish Sharma and the amazing team on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came together to write, perform and produce an original song - with drawings from TEDActive, attendees.

If you look around for background information on Jill Sobule, you'll find her singing to Al Gore on TED, blogging at the Wall Street Journal as wells as the Huffinton Post; you'll find she's played Joe's Pub and Carnegie Hall. You'll read (on Huffington) that "Jill Sobule belongs to a rare breed of artists. Her work is at once... seriously funny and derisively tragic....[tackling] such topics as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance...."

You might expect something dense and heavy, but only if you've never heard this disarming artist sing and play. Her voice smiles. She engages contradictory parts of us that need to be engaged at the same time. We profiled Jill Sobule a couple of years ago. It's time to catch up with this sharp, seductive performer.
Jill Sobule

So, what's up, Jill?

What causes are close to your heart these days?

               Well, I am an activist for sure. I am currently on the Music for Occupy record. I have been active in Jail Guitar Doors, and FAMM.

What is your favorite word?


Did you have to sacrifice anything in particular to pursue your musical career?

              Well, since I have no other marketable skills, I'm not sure there was much to sacrifice.

What are you most proud of musically?

              I guess the fact that I am still trying to diversify and get better. I just bought an upright bass. I am going to take lessons. What's the deal with no frets or dots?

What attracted you to Luna Guitars?

                Well, they are great guitars and...underdogs.

If you weren't a performer, what other career would you choose?

             I am a sports fan. If I had another job, I would be the short female sportscaster after the game that has to stand on a box and raise her mike high to interview the power forward.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

              Like I said before, sportscaster or international spy.

If you could play with any player alive or dead, who would it be and why?

               I think it would have to be with any of the Beatles, dead or alive. You can't get away from your childhood heroes. Maybe Bowie?

What does authenticity mean to you and how do you practice it in your work?

             Authenticity is accepting and coming out proudly with your foibles and deficits. They, as well as your talents, will make you a unique and interesting artist.

Your six-word memoir:

                 It's been a good life. No?