Jon Nelson 8


Aragon Spain   Feb 2014

Artist Bio

Influences:   Staple Singers, Nick Lowe, David Scott (The Pearlfishers).

"The only wrong way to write a song is not to write it." --Billy Bragg

UPDATE - 2 March :

So many people say they hear Steely Dan in my songs that I really should add them to my influences.

I didn't expect to write anything this year because of lots of work (it's a good thing; I'm not complaining) and time with my wife (also a good thing). But somehow I found bits of time here and there --on the bus, walking around town. I only did one after-midnight session all month, honest! I tried to keep things simple --"Humans" is a typical descending chord sequence used in a thousand other songs; "600 Potholes" is Apple loops and words from a collab; "Surströmming" is a one-take voice and mandolin. I also rescued two half-done pieces from the box under the bed and finished them. Definitely "Fawmed it" more this year than ever.

I'll be around in March listening and commenting.

I love FAWM. It has made me a better songwriter, a better teacher (my day job), and a better person (according to my wife). I love interacting with people and collaborating with some great musicians and lyricists, especially when their styles are different from mine. The highlight of this year (still going on) is the FAWM Choir that's coming together on the song "Humans".

I also love that my family is getting involved in FAWM. My son-in-law Nick is a FAWMling this year. My son Nat and niece Tirzah are doing their second FAWM. They truly are all amazingly talented.

@vaticanvamps14 -- my son Nat.
@hazzard -- my niece Tirzah.
@nickhogben -- my son-in-law Nick.
@joeblomberg -- my bro-in-law and long-time writing partner Joe.

My Soundcloud pages: (Jon Nelson) -- Songs from the ongoing after-FAWM Song Skirmish on Facebook. (Blomberg-Nelson) -- Songs with my long-time collaborator. Joe Blomberg.


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  • @metalfoot  Apr 5

    Thanks for your great thoughts on Psalm 51. That style of music is also part of who I am which is why I did it! 😀

  • @tiller2  Apr 5

    Hey, Jon, thanks for your thoughtful comment on "Gone Solo." I appreciate it and am glad you like it!

  • @karlsburg25  Mar 4

    It's now Sunday march 5 . Am i too late for the Human choir ditty? Would love to send you some harmonies and call and responses if it still possible but understand i am a bit late thanks to Thai not so hot wifi

  • @metalfoot  Mar 4

    Well, you know me and my happy-go-lucky style from Song Skirmish group! 😀 Thanks for listening to In A Pickle... time for me to listen to some of your stuff!

  • @bhaile  Mar 3

    I just wanted to say a quick thanks for your encouraging comments. I remember your kindness from last year's FAWM as well. I've been pretty bummed that I let health issues keep from fawming at maximum capacity this year. Still, I've enjoyed listening to other people's songs and getting encouragement on mine. Really valued your feedback on "seize the day" & "rough patch". Much appreciated:) I will get around to listening all of yours soon!

  • @scubed  Mar 3

    I wish I had the talent and skills to make a video! Alas, I don't - but I bet someone in the FAWMverse does. 😀

  • @scubed  Mar 2

    Just sent you my "We're All Humans" clip!

  • @nancyrost  Mar 2

    My pleasure! I think I got all the responses only on the third vocal I sent you, after I was sure of the syncopation pattern. Enjoyed participating and look forward to hearing the result.

  • @deena  Mar 2

    Just sent you some vocals via email!

  • @aaronnathans Mar 1

    Thank you!

  • @spunky4455 Mar 1

    Thanks a lot for checking out our collab. Glad you dug it. Yeah, I was really envisioning a 60's Phil Spector sound, and would have loved a group of female singers instead of myself. But this is what we have.

  • @alboe Mar 1

    Hi Jon,
    I read what you said about sending me a song to contribute on.
    I would be honoured to be able to do a collab with you.
    FAWM is over for now but next year definitely.
    We know how to find each other.
    And if you might want to try something during the rest of the year, you have my e-mail address now so all you have to do is ask. If time permits I'll be happy to oblige.

  • @mattblick  Feb 28

    Thanks Jon. I'll get it back soon and then I'll see how much reloading I have to do before it's usable.

  • @beat  Feb 28

    Thx Jon, read and hear you next year, or when your Humans track is done.

  • @mctown Feb 27

    Thanks so much, Jon. Just heard our new song. Happens to lyricists this way more than you can even guess. Definitely put a smile on my face. David

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 26

    Hope you got my files. Let me know when choir is up for Humans

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 26

    Thanks for visiting my song "Reflection"!

  • @beat  Feb 26

    Thx for listening and the words Jon, always nice to read you.

  • @nine  Feb 26

    Thank you for your kind words on Swift execution - and for the extra effort to paste it on both uploaded copies!

  • @sunnymae  Feb 26

    Human is gorgeous! Now that I'm done writing I'll try to record a vocal For You. You are a total original and I'm glad I found you!

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 19

    Hi Jon
    Thank you for complimentary comments on my political sattire What a Lovely World We Live In. Lots of fun writing it

  • @boyatheart  Feb 18

    Thanks for taking a listen and commenting on "Walking in Downtown Rain" 😀

  • @donna  Feb 18

    No songs up yet for me to listen to, so I'll just say 'thank you' here for your very nice comment on 'Ghost Town'. 😀

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 16

    Was looking for something from you!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 16

    Thanks for watch listing me ..I am truly honored...

  • @mattblick  Feb 14

    Thanks for commenting on Exploding Cigars Jon. Would it be cheating if you just sang the word "thighs" once into a microphone? 😀

  • @beat  Feb 13

    ... and last but n'what, thx for the words.
    No fish'n'chips at this stand...
    ... ya, sorry. you just made me night

  • @beat  Feb 13

    Ok...? ye's not alone

  • @beat  Feb 13

    .... late come, but,,, still here
    Glad to see ya m'amigo
    Hope you had a great outer (space) FAWM time...
    greets from vienna Jon
    Stereo here is stuffed with the bonnie prince

  • @vaticanvamps14 Feb 12

    Dad, your the best thanks for your comments on Tahrir, I love you <3

  • @alboe Feb 8

    Hey Jon
    Catching up on my thankyou's.
    So... thank you for listening to Wait But Why.
    I hope you will find the time to maybe post one or two songs this year?
    I'm becoming a fan of your son's work, he's got quite a talent, I really like his songs.

  • @deena  Feb 7

    I miss you, here! I hope something changes and you are able to write perhaps at least one or two songs... meanwhile I will check out your family.

  • @vaticanvamps14 Feb 1

    Looking forward to your tunes dad!

  • @middlec Feb 1

    Can't wait to hear your tunes! Hope it goes well....Cheers

  • @alboe Jan 30

    Hoping to hear some nice ones from you again.

  • @mattblick  Jan 29

    You back this year?

  • @beat  Jan 29

    Hi Jon, hope to read ya soon. Cheers from Vienna.