Every song is a gem on the six-song Joy + Pain. It has a rougher, more minimal sound than Jan's first CD, Remember Me, which included a choir, a virtual and real orchestra. On Joy + Pain, the vocals are grungier, more up front. 'Bang the Drum' is a raucous romp about the thrill of invading other countries. 'Break Free' is a danceable rocker about frustration. The rhythm on 'Joy' is based on Mississippi fife & drum rhythms; but the song also has a jig-feel to it. 'You Are My Pain' was inspired by Joseph Campbell's writings on love - that love is a pain. 'Sunrise' is an inspiring morning prayer. And last but certainly not least is a cover of Peter Gabriel's lovely 'In Your Eyes'.
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