Germantown musician works to create the ‘soundtrack of my thoughts’ [Video]

Germantown resident John Deininger does not see himself as an expert composer, instrumentalist or sound engineer, but really enjoys the learning process and the limitlessness of how much he can learn while producing music.

So for the past two and a half years, “The JD” has been doing just that in his second-floor studio on Morris Street.

When pressed for a label, Deininger defined his music as “eclectic instrumental,” but likes to think of his work as the “soundtrack for my thoughts.”

As a self-defined introvert, he said he sees what he does as transforming his emotions, moods and intellectual musings into sound.

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Deininger has played musical instruments including the guitar and bass since childhood, and performed with various bands when he was in college.

However, he drifted away from creating music after college. After quitting drinking nearly three years ago, Deininger sought to find an all consuming endeavor to fill his time and rediscovered his musical creativity.

His most recent album, Jimmy Mexico Family Jr., is available on the website bandcamp. This album is particularly special to Deininger because of the arrival of his son in the middle of recording the album.

“That was actually recorded half before and half after my son Eamonn was born,” he explained. “It’s nine songs and I was literally halfway through the fifth song when we found out about Eamonn, who is adopted. We literally got a phone call saying there is a child for you.”

In the future, Deininger would like to compose scores for films or television programs.

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