Jon Nelson 7


Spain   Feb 2014

Artist Bio

Influences:   Björn & Benny, Donald & Walter, Nick Lowe, David Scott, Pops Staples.

UPDATE, Feb. 21
At the 3/4 point I'm only halfway to a win. But I've been travelling for work, making song notes, and as I head home today there are three songs almost ready to record. So I'm still holding out for my first win in 5 years. A good couple of skirmishes the last weekend could put me over the line! And I owe a lot of people a lot of listens. We live in hope.

QUOTE for 2018
“I believe that songwriting is an unconscious thing. I don't think that anybody can really concentrate on music and write music. I think it comes from a higher place in your mind. I'm almost sure of that. You can see these keys and relate to how the different chords relate to each other. But I think the real, real music being made comes from your heart.” —Brian Wilson

We can all aspire to that, anyway.

I've lived and played music in different places in the world: bluegrass in western USA, salsa in South America, funk and R&B on the South Side of Chicago; folk, country-western, and worship music in England, and contemporary gospel in Spain. And, in general, jazz-influenced pop.

I've been writing songs with @joeblomberg since high school.

By day I'm a history lecturer and explorer of manuscript archives related to the Inquisition and early modern dissident movements. I haven’t yet written a song about the Inquisition.

I'm a firm believer in the Oxford comma.

Keyboards, guitars, and other stringed instruments. My DAW is Logic X.

My son and niece are both fine songwriters active on FAWM again this year:

A couple PHOTOS to make the mystery sunglasses less mysterious...

Prepping for a Gospel Choir Concert in Pamplona, with my daughter on drums.

Singing cowboy soul music in London with my wife.


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  • @jamkar  3 days

    Thank you sir for the kind comments on Tammy's and my collab.

  • @deena  3 days

    Jon, thanks so much for your careful listening and commenting. I think you're right. Last night, as the song was bubbling up in my mind, it was the first version I heard. I've really never done anything like this before - create two versions of the same song. Now, I have to stop thinking about it and think of something new. At least I've tuned up tele-style guitar and it's ready for more action.

  • @rayboneor  5 days

    Gosh, thanks for the nice comment.

    I was playing You Can Count on Lonely for my wife...and, man, that chorus is so killer. I was singing it all afternoon yesterday. As to those disconcertingly long pauses, they are devastatingly effective. After the song was over, I sat there hoping that maybe it would start up again...knowing that it never would

  • @izaakalexander 1 week

    Thanks again for listening and providing some Spanish tips. I'm really pushing myself to learn the language and try and write in it. I sort of feel like I've cracked the door open on a whole other world and what I can see from here is both inspiring and intimidating at the same time. I appreciate the encouragement! 😀

  • @majordanby  1 week

    Thanks for listening to “Be Lucky”. I write this whist searching for chords for another song I was working on. As Dan has pointed out to me, this is my standard picking pattern, a default setting. I’m glad you liked. (Karl).

  • @majordanby  1 week

    Thanks for listening to “Be Lucky”. I write this whist searching for chords for another song I was working on. As Dan has pointed out to me, this is my standard picking pattern, a default setting. I’m glad you liked. (Karl).

  • @aaronnathans 1 week

    Thank you, Jon!

  • @middlec 1 week

    Thank you! Yes, I think "prey" is confused with "pray" as well and only heard it when I listened back. Will tweak that line. It's an image that doesn't come back anyway so the line is disposable.

  • @acousticmaddie  1 week

    Thanks ... I guess:) Funny though that I knew it was me.

  • @acousticmaddie  1 week

    Haha I knew immediately I was the vommet -girl ... SO sorry ( I commented on my phone and I fucked up:) I do love that you commented on my songs.

  • @arthurrossi 1 week

    I would like to thank you very much for your that kind and profound comment! I was very happy to read it...

  • @acousticmaddie  1 week

    Thanks for your lovely comment o When is it the right time-skirmish. I appreciate it. Thanks

  • @wobbiewobbit  1 week

    thankyou for your lovely comments on big ben and for getting it totally 😀

  • @billwhite51 2 weeks

    thankks for your comments on heavens gate, jon, ithought it was more like the stones but your right, its close to the dylan of mighty quinn than the jaggar of memo from turner.

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks

    Thanks for listening to my silly acapella track -- it's a style I love to do and where else than FAWM can I sing harmonies with myself?

  • @izaakalexander 2 weeks

    Thanks so much for your comments, Jon, especially on my first Spanish lyric. Interesting about the translation of "my time is free" ... I'm so fascinated by language lately... how there are so many ways to say one thing. I think you can sometimes tell a poet by their choice of how to say something more than by their choice of what to say. I am deliberately contrasting my Spanish and English versions for this FAWM. Fun stuff so far!

  • @middlec 2 weeks

    Thanks for the feedback on Soldier. That was my instinct as well to switch the last lyric line but I didn't want to re-do the demo. Glad it also resonated with you. I'd MUCH rather have drums but didn't have the option in my software samples. Glad to know it adds. I think it turns it into a more dynamic song, which I usually need in my live shows, so I wanted to suggest that. Cheers!

  • @billwhite51 2 weeks

    thanks jon for your comments on stories of the gen. it was a tough one for me, and after a half dozen takes i realized it wasnt going t get any better. but it needs work. i not to fluet i rish melodies,although ive done my time in the irish bars of boston. i think its maddies lyrics that carries the listener through my sometimes stumpling recitation...but i agree wi you that i hit the devil phrase right on the noggin! thanks again for listening.

  • @middlec 2 weeks

    Wow, thanks for the analysis of my tune! I created a much better demo of the tune with a little instrumental section I'm super happy with and just posted it. I look forward to hearing your songs this year. Hope it goes well for you!

  • @sjbatavia  2 weeks

    Just posted my challenge song "There's a Hole in the Ground!"
    Thanks for the motivation and inspiration.

  • @hazzard 2 weeks

    YEAH! here we go! <3

  • @billwhite51 2 weeks

    thanks for the encouraging comment on the Human Conditional Jon, Looking forwrd to hearing your song s this month

  • @alboe 3 weeks

    Hi Jon,

    Tomorrow's the big day, I hope you'll have a great FAWM.

  • @johnstaples  3 weeks

    Hey SuperSkirmish (Feb 2/3) host! I just posted my skirmish notice so if you want to use it feel free to,

    1) copy/paste its title into your new post and change all pertinent info in the title
    2) copy/paste its body into your new post and change all pertinent info in the body

  • @arthurrossi 3 weeks

    Hey! Nice to see you! Looking forward to your lovely new songs!

  • @mikeskliar  3 weeks

    welcome back!

  • @tamsnumber4 3 weeks

    Great photos Jon!! Hope to hear your creations!

  • @sherrycanary  3 weeks

    Hi Jon
    Looking forward to hearing your offerings this FAWM

  • @deena  3 weeks

    Great to see you! Thanks for saying hello! Looking forward to hearing your songs!

  • @jamkar  3 weeks

    Thanks for the listen sir! Happy FAWMing!

  • @bradbrubaker  3 weeks

    Thanks for listening to "If I Miss Your Funeral." I really dig the rhythms on "Humans." Jazzy, poppy, tasty.

  • @gemhughs 3 weeks

    I really enjoyed "Humans" and I just let your SoundCloud run while I'm working here. Good luck on FAWM this year.

  • @acousticmaddie  3 weeks

    Thank you for your kind message. I wish for you a happy fawm

  • @fearlessflight2014  4 weeks

    So good to be back!

  • @beat  4 weeks

    *]. wouldn‘t want do a FAWM without you Jon.

  • @beat  5 weeks

    Heya. Nice reading your fawm reinterpretation.
    Hear you here.
    Cheers from Vienna, Jon.

  • @beat  5 weeks

    Heya. Nice reading your fawm reinterpretation.
    Hear you here.
    Cheers from Vienna, Jon.

  • @silvermediapro 5 weeks

    heyo; just wanted to stop by here & say that i downloaded your "Humans" track earlier this week for future listening. it's a really neat track, & i kinda wish i had actually used the forums last year so i could've participated in it lol. but anyways, i wish you the best for this year's fawm; lookin' forward to whatcha put out there this time around 😉

  • @writeandwrong  5 weeks

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018!