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freaks of nurture

July 9, 2008

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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.


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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January 31, 2008

this weeks songTHIRSTY

MAN!!! HOLY MAN! GOLLY~! hey kids!! feels like a it’s been a long time again huh? ZOWIE!!

well, this weeks “song of the week” is called “thirsty” (mp3) and is about…well, that’s a bit complicated! ha! well…let’s see. kids, have you ever had to talk about something “serious” before, and felt so nervous that you scraped your teeth against your hand until it bled all over your arm?

well, this song is about being thirsty, in a sense. thirsty not only for water, but for direction, work, motivation, love,God, Truth, etc…good things. this sort of thirst can be very exciting and very scary. at this point in MY life, i welcome this sort of the thirst with open arms when it comes. and it isn’t always there, but in certain moments for whatever reason, motivation strikes. so, this song is about welcoming that feeling of unrest that requires something of you. that feeling of partial emptiness that asks to be filled. and welcoming it in such a way that does not assume it WILL be filled, or that you can fill it. the idea is that the NEED itself provides you with motivation for good. for worthwhile pursuit.

have a good week kids!

tune in next time for a journey into the Wild Wild West!!


jonny songatron

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