All Ragged Memories

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"All Ragged Memories is my own Jen Chapin's greatest hits CD. I had made a 'Jen' mix that I magically never tired of and was particularly good on road trips. In truth, it was not so much a compilation of greatest hits, but more a grouping of songs that I thought she had forgotten and some mixes that I found super pleasant."

This album, assembled in 2017, is a one and only Jobu Production. Jobu is the nickname that my partner in music and life Stephan has for my brother Josh. In Josh’s words:

[All Ragged Memories is] my own Jen Chapin's greatest hits CD. I had made a 'Jen' mix that I magically never tired of and was particularly good on road trips. In truth, it was not so much a compilation of greatest hits, but more a grouping of songs that I thought she had forgotten and some mixes that I found super pleasant. I added a song I always loved that she had never released, 'The River (Parts 1 & 2),' and mixed in songs that were almost twenty years old with some new classics that I found underappreciated.

In truth, I was going to make it a homemade arts and crafts project. I hoped to spend about $79 at Kinko's and teach myself to do a free mastering job with the CD. I was going to do it as a joke and deliver it to Jen as a fake Japanese Import that I had come across, hence the cultural appropriation and the design with Japanese characters. One thing led to another and my pride got in the way and I got a little grandiose with my thinking (shocking). The budget exploded, but also did the quality control. In any case, for Jen's 45th birthday I did indeed deliver her a few hundred copies of my production. The title All Ragged Memories is taken from her song 'Simple Things,' a big-time favorite and a song she wrote for my dear friend Matt Coppola's movie Fresh Cut Grass.

[The album cover shows] me with the shovel looking like a spazz, concentrating very hard on a simple task while Jen looks past, relatively unimpressed.