Writer/Musician Debuts New EP
By Sally Deering
Thereâ€™s an old saying, â€œwrite what you knowâ€ and for music writer Jim Testa of Weehawken, the words fit like an old pair of jeans. Testa writes the music column CONSTANT LISTENER for The Jersey Journal and has covered the rock and roll music scene since the 1980s, when Maxwellâ€™s was the go-to club to see new bands and local indie labels produced their records. Testa wrote about bands when they were still unknowns, offering insightful commentary about their work in his weekly column. Like Chicago-based music writer Jim DeRogotis (who is from Jersey City and worked as a reporter for several local papers) Testa continues to be an important voice covering todayâ€™s music scene.
Testaâ€™s career in music sways from writing to performing. A guitarist, Testaâ€™s played in bands since his teen years. These days, he performs locally and recently recorded a new EP at Mama Cocoâ€™s Funky Kitchen in Bushwick, five songs he wrote â€“ political songs like those of Phil Ochs, witty tunes evoking Tom Lehrer, and love songs, too. The EP, AMERICAN SPIRITS AND ARTISANAL CHEESE, can be purchased online at Jimtesta.bandcamp.com.