in the cans

hello faithful readers/listeners. thanks for stopping by!

this weeks song, “in the cans” (mp3), centers loosely around my Christian faith, the commandments, death, and wanting to KNOW things that ultimately require FAITH because we they’re not provable. it’s an old dilemma for me, and an old one for humans in general i rekon. i don’t think i bring any fresh insight to this necessarily, but it’s been on my mind.


guitar, bass, drums, a coupla synths, and strings. the strings are new samples i’ve been working with, trying to get to sound realistic, which is tough. they’re a little fake in this one too, but i’m excited about figuring out ways to make ’em more believable. this music was written primarily from the piano, which often, for me, means that it moves around a fair amount harmonically.


i used a recording session as my backdrop or metaphor this time, which was fun. the main idea is that the process of learning how to live is similar to making music. the trial and error, the listening (through headphones in this case), copying others, and making mistakes on your way to a salvageable or even excellent take or idea. your guidance can be other stuff you’ve heard, friends who listen to your drafts, and rules for harmony, rhythm, line, etc. all the while though, there’s something you can’t explain about what you like. what sounds good or feels right.


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5 Responses to “in the cans”

  1. Nadia Says:

    hey! when did you write these lyrics? I’m getting deja vu… I like it to music too though 🙂 and this music in particular. I kinda picture a music video with someone listening to it while taking a walk around dusk and kinda absorbed in the music without noticing most of what’s going on around them, but occasionally taking notice. a sort of in-the-head, out-of-the-head, in-the-head back and forth. I dunno why.

  2. jon steinmeier Says:

    hey! thanks! yes, elements of our conversation last night showed up in this one. 🙂

  3. kebabdylan Says:

    listening right now. I like the pianos over the groovey riff. And then the grooved up groove on the second verse and then more grooving in the second chorus.

    I like the play between the really basic piano chords over top all that crazy stuff.

    nicely done.

  4. kebabdylan Says:

    ha! just heard the last chord

  5. jon steinmeier Says:

    thanks bab. yeah, groov’n grooves eh?


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