Freedom (is a state of mind)

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One of my favorites. I was playing drums (the only beat I know) and we started singing the chorus "freedom is a state of mind" for some reason and the song was born from that. Mike (bass) played a delicious exposed fuzz bass break and the whaling sort of banshee sound is an instrument Rusty (keys) built from scratch. We dubbed that instrument the "LaRue Box"...the only one in existence.

The lyrics were inspired by what I see walking around Chicago, specifically the folks drinking at the two bars on Division St. and Paulina Ave. at 10am. Them's are some rough folks.


As I walk I realize that freedom is a state of mind
I'm trying to stay wet, I'm trying to keep dry, trying to find God
Trying to stay high, high, high

Freedom is a state of mind

Oh do you ever stop to watch the lines?
You see all them scrowlers go scrowling by, they got their chins tucked tight into a bottle of beer
And their faces all melted into a permanent sneer

Freedom is a state of mind


from Lamplighter, released January 14, 2014
Justin Jahnke: guitars, vocals, LaRue box, songwriting
Mike Meske: bass, backing vocals
Rusty LaRue: Fender Rhodes, organ
Doug Gay: drums, percussion
Jake Westermann: percussion, knobs



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Midnite On Pearl Beach Chicago, Illinois

A 1981 El Camino rumbles down the side street, speakers busted, but still full of magic and life...Midnite On Pearl Beach emblazoned on the side.

Dark, dreamy, soulful rock-and-roll, spearheaded by Louisiana born, Chicago-resident Justin Jahnke, Midnight On Pearl Beach is Justin's take on psychedelic rock, trippy folk, and poppy rhythm and blues.
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