freaks of nurture

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Freaks of Nurture

“freaks of nurture” is a poppy little romp through my last few weeks, and simultaneously through years of field work in the area of relationships and human interaction.

MUSIC

this was another song written from the “guitar.” this is often a good bet for me, if i give it time and enjoy playing the instrument. as a keyboard player and drummer, the guitar is both a nice break and an environment with welcome limits. the verse section of this song is a testament to that: very simple and melody driven. the “chorus” has a “strange change” that i think helps get its’ point across, even though the “nothing new under the sun” theory still applies.

for the geeks: i go to the the four chord for the chorus, but make it it IV, IV/I, #IV. what the hell?.

also for the geeks, or anyone who feels like singing along, the melodies in the verse and chorus start exactly the same way…with the same four notes, but in different keys! yay!! this is one of those “continuity” issues that i was really happy with.

after writing the core of the song on my back porch with guitar and voice and verse one lyrics (and coffee), i went to Ableton Live and laid down the fake drums and keyboard parts. i was going for simple, synthy, and a bit funny. i then added guitar, bass, and background vocals that were vaguely in my head from early on, but as usual, came together during the recording process.

WORDS (also known as “lyrics”)

whew…ok…well. this is another song in the “serious” category, which i’m getting increasingly comfortable with for some reason. while it’s understandably vague (i think), it stems from a short list of things:

1. the maplympics (july 4th weekend of events here)

2. girls

3. human nature, social verses innate

4. a funny compound plural noun coined years ago by my friend, steve williamson: “freaks of nurture”

5. a couple of recent dates i’ve had.

woah. dates? i won’t get into it here. but let’s say that i know some lovely people. this song isn’t “about” anyone but me ultimately, but touches on some of my “romantic” relationships, and the conflict and joy therein. in this song, it’s something that reminds me of how wonderfully humans are made (creationist theory), and how interesting and tricky it can be to operate as one (inherently).

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j

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6 Responses to “freaks of nurture”

  1. Andy Says:

    Songy linky no worky. (incorrect URL)

  2. jon steinmeier Says:

    oops! try it now.

  3. Mama Steiny Says:

    Ok Jonathan, I haven’t a clue as to what you are talking about in this piece. I really enjoy the music and find it rather pleasant and catchy. If I could only understand the apparent deep meaning of the text. You remind me of your grandpa Steinmeier when you write this way. He double majored at Princeton in Philosphy and Religion. He was a rather deep thinker and I had moments in visiting with your grandpa that I experience when I visit with you. I find that I just need to listen longer and ask the right questions to know just what point is being made. I have to say I am always rewarded by my effort to listen and ask the right questions. Two brilliant thinkers that think on a different level than the rest of us.

    lots of hugs
    mom

  4. jon steinmeier Says:

    well, i’m flattered ma, thank you. but i must say that what sounds like brilliance is often just wordiness, or in my case in some songs, trying to cram seven different things into a verse. much like dreams i guess, where lots of strange things might happen, that if you sat and worked through, you could probably tie back to some reality, something you’ve been thinking about. also, in this one, i reference things that i expereienced, not necessarily things anyone else would get. stuff that’s going on in the back of my mind i guess.

    thank you though. i’m honored by that comparison. 🙂

    love,

    j

  5. steam Says:

    great track steiny, i like the serious songs, keep em coming.
    and as always songs that feature the ‘guitar’ 🙂

  6. jon steinmeier Says:

    thanks steamy! much appreciated.

    i’m serious about the ‘guitar.’

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