Every musician wishes they had Jenny Toomey's career. In addition to her solo work - which is brilliant and what we are showcasing today - she has led no less than five really cool bands - I'm going to try to list them from memory without looking them up - Tsunami, Geek, Choke, Grenadine, Liquorice.... I know I'm missing one, but no matter. AND she founded her own record label - Simple Machines - which ended up being a major player in the DC punk/indie scene, along with Dischord and Teen Beat Records.
And she walked away from musical brilliance to join the Ford Foundation, where she is a Senior Program Officer. She is sorely missed in the music world, but she is doing good work.
Here is a live performance of two of my favorite songs by her, "Baby Would It Matter" and "Artful Dodger". In addition to the coolness of the songs, I love the cowboy hat. I hope you enjoy the music.
Because I am doing this as a public service, I wanted to offer a 2nd performance, from the famed Fort Reno in Washington, DC. Again, she opens with "Baby Would It Matter." No cowboy hat this time but, in my opinion, a richer performance.
(Update: 15 May 2013) I just discovered this version of the same song from two years earlier, done by Jenny's band Liquorice. It's a more melancholy interpretation, but it still is pretty damned awesome. More organ on this version, but it fits the mood.