Her newfound confidence served her well after her alcoholic mother whisked her away to Detroit, where Jordan discovered bebop; met her musical mentor, Charlie Parker; and discovered her reason for being: jazz, through which Jordan found the strength and will to survive. She met her current husband at a party celebrating her divorce from her daughter’s father. And I signed two bands that I think are amazing: The Punch Brothers and The Lone Bellow.
In her Detroit years, while still a teenager, Jordan lived the “jazz life,” sneaking into clubs, making music, and singing for Charlie Parker whenever he was in town. She chatted with ESME about her work, being a mom, and finding joy. Oh, and I signed Giorgio Moroder for his new album. Can you recommend any resources for Solo Moms wanting to get into the music industry? It’s a three-day conference that takes place in Los Angeles in April where they have songwriting panels, master sessions, and mentoring—an amazing experience.
So I started answering questions and writing about any topic you could think of. For example, once there was a mouse in my house, and I had nobody to help me. I have so much respect for women who have to go into an office. And because I was coming out of a bad marriage, my self-esteem was at an all-time low. Whenever I felt hopeless, sad, depressed, angry, scared — I’d just go to my computer and instantly feel better. I’m working harder and [more] longer hours than I ever have. Q: Did you feel a shift in your community when you became a Solo Mom?
In the meantime, my ex got engaged, got married, my children got a stepbrother . Another time the fire alarm went off in the middle of the night. We’re independent women, but we want men to protect us if we need them. Let’s face it — the person you are divorcing isn’t generally complimentary. A: It was a combination of things: I started doing yoga and working out. In the beginning, I was making bad choices: I drank excessively; I went out partying. A: I just wrote a piece called “9 Facts About the Suburban Single Mom.” Read it!
Three years ago, I started Divorced Girl Smiling At the time, I was going through some postlitigation issues with my divorce. My parents had been married forever, so it was foreign to me. I have several sources of income, so I don’t know what I’m actually making until I do my taxes.
The Calabasas High School crew hit The Ozone for dancing, sweating and watching—i.e. There I was, in spandex and red platforms, 2 inches taller than anyone else (my height being an attribute that generally left me standing on the sidelines or dancing with a girl).With my blog, I feel like I’m helping people and changing lives. It sounds corny, but remember that Whitney Houston song where she sings, “Give me one moment in time when I’m more than I thought I could be”? It’s not always rosy, but I’m proud of how I live my life, how I raise my kids and run my household, while enjoying myself immensely. A: Three or four times a week I have a sit-down dinner with my kids. It’s something they’ll always remember, and then do with their families. Even if I get Mc Donald’s, we still sit together to eat it . When I was 10 and fancied myself a blossoming classical pianist, my parents took me to my first “rock” concert: Chicago at The Forum. The B&W photos on the left are by Sal Guitarez, the official photographer for the Country Club back in the day. At the time, those two were considered some of the best live clubs not just in LA but in the country. Thankfully, there was disco—and the Valley was the zenith of teen discothèques, where you had to show ID to prove you were under 18.Raised in Pittsburgh, Jackie Pilossoph has called Chicago her home for the past 30 years.After a successful career in sales management, and at 30 years old, Pilossoph went back to school for her master’s degree in journalism. A: I have a 13-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son.