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What's Johnny Depp got to do with Roots Asylum? 

Greetings and good day!  

There have been times in my life when I was in a relationship with someone who was very difficult, starting with my father.  I went on in life to be attracted to people who were bipolar because that's what I grew up with.  I have a deep well of inspiration when it comes to writing about toxic relationships and bad friendships.  For some of us, it takes some time to understand the difference between friends and frenemies.  It took me 45 years. 

The name of Roots Asylum's new song is "Talk About You".  Susan and I wrote the lyrics together.  She had similar experiences and hers were very powerful in her life as well.  The band went into the recording studio recently to capture and release it.  

It seems the upcoming  release date coincides with Johnny Depp's trail which is appropriate.  I've been watching bits and pieces of the trial and I really feel for Johnny.  When I was in my thirties, I went through a similar experience, but on a lower budget.  Regardless, I know what it is like to be betrayed and abused by someone you cared about.   Someone who became very cruel.  And there are a lot of people in the world who have borderline and histrionic personality disorders.  

I celebrate Johnny's presumed victory in redeeming himself against the lies.  I hope everyone realizes so many lies are told behind people's backs and just not true.  Anyone should be allowed to defend themselves as Johnny finally has had the opportunity to do, once it presented itself.  

This song is one piece of our story.  I hope you enjoy and find it healing.   Congrats Johnny Depp on your presumed win.  You deserve it!  

A pre-release version of the song can be found here: 

Thank you!  

Jimmy Mac 

Roots Asylum

Handle With Care 

Roots Asylum's next release will be "Handle With Care" which is a classic folk rock song originally written by the Traveling Wilburys.  The Traveling Wilburys were a 90's super group including George Harrison (Beatles), Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra).  Having only released original music so far, this will be the first cover song in our catalog.

Now, when we play shows, it is a different story.  Approximately every third song we perform is a cover song.  It allows some space for the individuals who are new to Roots Asylum to warm up to our original songs.  And during our practice sessions, we frequently pull in new ideas for cover song and decided to try Handle With Care.  We have a gong in the practice room and will play the "Gong Show" sometimes rejecting certain songs.  Handle With Care stood out immediately and it was  genuinely fun for everyone to perform (and still is).  "Heaven" by the Talking Heads was rejected  along with "Other Side" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling.  Most of the songs do make it.

But Handle With Care was special.  We went into La Luna Recording and Sound and laid down the tracks.  We mixed and mastered the song with Mike Roche at Broadside Recording on Westnedge Avenue.  It was there during the mixing that we realized the original song had cowbell.  So Aaron came in with the cowbell and added that track.  It really brought the song to life.  We're taking the cowbell more seriously now and may use it in a couple original songs.  Finally, I contacted EasySong Licensing to get the song licensed for release. 

Handle With Care releases on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music and many other platforms on May 06, 2022.  If you love acoustic-electric classic rock, give it a listen.  We will also be dropping YouTube videos the in the weeks following.

Thanks for your interest and best wishes!

Jimmy Mac

Roots Asylum