laughter carries far

laughter carries far

lyrically, this started for me on a night recently where i sat for a long period of time (tipsy perhaps), wondering if i’m stupid (moreso than i thought at least). wondering how i would even know. i could be filtering my life through completely different eyes and ears than everyone else and i wouldn’t know it. it snowballed a bit from there, but the idea got me pretty emotional, as i assume (but don’t know that) it does any number of us (humans) from time to time.

so, lyrically, i wanted to tackle a bit of that feeling, that fear, and i started thinking about fourth grade at South School in Jefferson City, Mo. and the horrible feeling of being laughed at by swarm of “pretty girls” cause i had my friend’s shawn and adam ask one of them out for me while i hung out (or hid behind) the jungle-gym. funny now, but not so funny then; and i think i’m still connected to moments like that in my life. in the same way that i’m connected to fond memories and encouraging or gratifying expereiences and relationships. it’s all building you into someone. but in this song, i focus on the fear of being stupid. 🙂


this feels like fourth grade
monkey bars and growing pains
hang’n like the three amigos
hid’n from a wolf-gang

and when i asked them to
my boys had follow through
ran upon the girls
and asked her just what i had asked them to

and laughter carries very far
when high voices know who they are

who they are to me (big C chord)

i’m at the club again
whiskey just mixes in
hang’n like that guy from bands
you like he’s got a funny grin

a conversation has
endless potential
as it gets a little later though
everyone starts to laugh again

and laughter carries very far
and i can hear it from my car

drive it out clean it up like
old (times)

time and time again
the things you know
live in a world you cannot know
and time again
swings make amends
for reckless useful thoughtful men
boys will be boys
girls will be girls
it’ll all comes out in
the wash
in the end



live instruments! guitars! bass! drums! guitar wallowing in effects! fake drums in the background that served as a click and kept in! wow!! what fun!

this one, musically, was written from the geetar. zowie! alright!


if anyone wants to volunteer to mix this one, i’d love to hear it. i had a hard time accounting for the space and volume once the vocals got in there. let me know. i’ll bake you dinner.

thanks for listening,



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7 Responses to “laughter carries far”

  1. Neil Says:

    I’ll take a stab, steiny.

  2. jon steinmeier Says:

    excellent neil! way to step up to the plate!

    what would you like for dinner?

    anyone else like to “stab?”

  3. kebabdylan Says:

    i am digging the chorus a lot. I love the stops in it. and then after two lines, the chorus, instead of ending, alters a bit and goes on.

    cool. the effects that you can hear though parts of it is pretty rad as well.

    The only thing I would change is to have a little bit more of a build up at the end when you are playing the chorus sans vocals. nothing over the top but maybe a little more distortion in the guitar or maybe some extra noise bit underneath. oh, even better, just a bit of feedback right after the stops!

    dum dum dum dumdumdum – screetch!
    dum dum dum dumdumdum – screetch!

    yeah, I dig those stops.

  4. jon steinmeier Says:

    yeah! screetch!!

    i dig the screetch, noise idea.

    glad you dig the breaks.

    i think the build idea in general is real good. i’d kinda like to re-record this dood again. which i may.

    do you think a dynamic build would work? starting softer and growing? or adding noise/feedback/something? i would hate to make a full “get quiet and then build” thing happen i guess, but it could move a little in that time.

  5. kebabdylan Says:

    i would limit it to just the ending part. the rest of it works really well. I like the subtlety of it. and I would build it gradually. don’t go all pixies on it.

  6. jon steinmeier Says:


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