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Rebecca Martin

Rebecca Martin

I can’t really peg a story for most of my songs,” says vocalist/guitarist Rebecca Martin about her new recording, People Behave Like Ballads (MaxJazz). “They’re really more about a sentiment or a feeling,”

Martin’s recording is an collection of urbane and literate pop songs that have a solid grounding in jazz much like Joni Mitchell’s mid-’70s classic Hejira. The title comes from a book by the renowned poet Robert Tristram Coffin. Martin, whose father is a poet, had seen Coffin’s book while perusing her father’s library. “It encapsulated an idea of mine about tempos on record-that a song does what it does; the tempo is not important,” she says. “Music doesn’t have to entertain people; it can have other effects like getting to an emotion or a sentiment.”

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