Album Takes Jostyn in New Direction
"On Music" by Lucky Clark
Friday, Sep 17, 1999
Central Maine Newspapers
To say that Mindy Jostyn is well-travelled musically is to make an
understatement. This young lady has played with some of the best
known names in popular music. She has toured with Billy Joel, Joe
Jackson, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker's [Steel Dan] The New York
Rock n' Soul Review, and The Hooters. In 1994, she was a member of
John Mellencamp's band. Other tour and album credits include Andreas
Vollenweider, Cyndi Lauper, Jon Bon Jovi, Pat Benetaur, Laura Nyro and
in His eyes
Top that off with three solo albums, the latest of which is the
self-released gem, "in His eyes," and you have a career that is the
envy of any musician. She also is a multi-instrumentalist, covering
acoustic guitar, violin, accordian, piano and harmonica.
Jostyn is also a popular draw at Slates in Hallowell where she'll
be appearing this Monday. In a recent telephone interview from
her home in Massachusetts, Jostyn expressed genuine exuberance about
the Hallowell eatery.
"This is my third time there," she says, "and I love it. It's been a
After her successful solo releases, "Five Miles from Hope" and "Cedar
Lane," on Palmetto Records, and now "in His eyes," on Moonboy
Records, it was hard for Jostyn to think abut giving up the "sideman"
side of her career. In fact , she was downright reluctant, especially
when she received calls from Jon Bon Jovi and Andreas Vollenweider.
"I hadn't spoken to (Vollenweider) in about two years and it was just
good to hear from him again and to hear that he was working on a new
record and wanted me to come and play on it. I couldn't refuse."
"Jon Bon Jovi usually calls me about twice a year to do something with
him, and that works out real well with having a baby because I'm not
prepared to go out and do six-month tours like I used to do!"
In fact, this will be her first time plauing in Maine since her child
Isaiah, Zaha for short, was born.
Her latest album, the aforementioned "in His eyes," which is a
decidedly spiritual release, doesn't preach but does empower the
listener with quiet faith, gentle strength and moving messages. It is
a refreshing musical tour-de-force that uplifts the soul as it
reaffirms this talented young lady's versatility. One wonders if she
will be perfoming any of the material when she hit's Slates.
"I generally manage to work in two or three songs," Jostyn says. "I
just want to be careful about people who are resistant to-- what
shall I say-- anything that they might consider religious."
The singer adds that as she and her husband, Jacob Brackman, were
writing the lyrics for this record, it was very important to them to
try and make sure that it was non-denominational and that there was
nothing in it that couldn't speak to anybody, whatever religion or
non-religion-- they were.
"I certainly hope that it has done that, but at the same time, unless
I'm being invited to do a concert where the people who are hiring me
want the emphasis on the material from that record, I'm careful not to
lean too heavily on that. It's a constant dilemma for me-- to just
kind of try and walk the line between the spiritual and the secular
and to have them work in tandem and not feel like I'm of two minds."