The 14 original songs in JANIE JONES range from Ethan's raw, rock 'n' roll club performances to the sweet and soulful ballads with which Janie consoles herself. Award-winning Irish singer and songwriter Gemma Hayes created Janie's evocative music. "I didn't want the same songwriter for Janie and Ethan," says Rosenthal. "They needed to have their own voices. Gemma was my first choice to write all the songs for Janie. She has the ability to write beautiful, effortless songs that seem simple but are really complex. I knew she would to be able to find the voice of a young musician easily."
It was a rocky road getting to "Janie Jones." Let me tell you some tales out of school. (The bands involved won't care.) First, The Dismemberment Plan expressed interest in playing the song, very early in the series, but couldn't make it work with schedules. Then, Wild Flag claimed the song, 24 hours before Against Me! said they wanted it. It was painful to have to deny the Florida punk band, and nothing else on the list really interested them. Then Wild Flag had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict, and the Against Me! dudes were gracious enough to step back in and slay "Janie Jones." What a great song.
Alessandro Nivola and Abigail Breslin star in JANIE JONES, a film by David M. Rosenthal. Photo credit: Dean Williams. Picture courtesy Tribeca Film. All rights reserved.
Elisabeth Shue stars in JANIE JONES, a film by David M. Rosenthal. Photo credit: Dean Williams. Picture courtesy Tribeca Film. All rights reserved.