Jon Nelson 14


  Feb 2014

Artist Bio

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

This is my fifth FAWM and first win! I'm super chuffed! This year has been different because I threw perfection out the window, did a lot of skirmishing, and left desiderata out of songs and left flubs in. FAWMing it. Which also means I was able to hit 200 comments with two minutes to spare before FAWM over. Yay!

I've lived and played music in different places in the world, from South America to the South Side of Chicago, from England to Aragon.

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

By day I'm a history lecturer.

I'm a firm believer in the Oxford comma.

My DAW is Logic X.

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

Just so the mystery sunglasses are less mysterious... Here are my wife and I singing cowboy soul music in London.


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  • @hummingbear Mar 6

    Thanks for listening to "Rocky Shores." Audrey did such a lovely job, including the details like the sonic skips.

  • @audrey  Mar 5

    Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. You're perceptive. I did try to build up the chorus more each time, partly to build an arc to the song, but also so it wouldn't be too boring to hear the chorus so many times. I appreciate your words. Thank you.

  • @doglatin  Mar 4

    Thanks for listening and commenting. To comment on your comment...Excellent phrase, "the mob led by platitudes instead of rigorous arguments."

  • @nancihobson1  Mar 2

    Thanks for your comment on Heroin Highway. I've had a bit of a doubt crisis in the past few days, your comment helped quite a bit. My favorite open mic closed last week and I'm left with a "what the hell am I doing this for" attitude. So....thank you.

  • @alboe Mar 1

    Regarding your question about the last line in Arizona.
    You have a point there and to be honest I'm not sure if I have a definive answer for you.
    For me writing lyrics are by far the hardest part, the rest comes so much easier so I already feel lucky if I get them done, half the time not knowing if they are correct or not. I recently had a discussion with my 16 year old daughter about time being relative and because of that I kinda saw this song as a loop where writing the song could be on forehand but also at the end of it. I also tried to express the feeling that wherever you go with your problems you're always taking yourself along, so a "change of scene" might in fact not help and would result in still writing the same song.
    I'm glad you asked by the way because this will make me think harder about what I write and why and that's always a good thing.

  • @tamsnumber4 Mar 1

    Congrats on your trophy!

  • @hazzard Mar 1

    lol, the gif/gif debate gets pretty heated in certain circles! luckily my husband and i are on the same side, so we won't be needing a divorce!

  • @majordanby  Feb 28

    Yep, Liverpool and Man Utd seem to have won the a lot back then. I could have been pretty much a song about these two teams and the Sex Pistols exclusively.

  • @majordanby  Feb 27

    Thanks for your very insightful observations on “at night I hear the river”. The Police sound was a happy accident, but very welcome. I was actually in hospital for three weeks when I wrote these lyrics, so A* for your summary; I don’t think i was fully aware of the detachment implied. Thank you again.

  • @alboe Feb 26

    Thank you so much for spending so much time listening and commenting to my songs.
    You have a good ear and most of your comments are spot on in regard of what I was trying to accomplish or sound like.

  • @kathym  Feb 25

    Thank you so much for the comment on Calico. I'm glad you understand where I was trying to go with it. It needs a lot of work but it's a song that I think is important right now.
    I also wanted to thank you for using the prompt "Through My Window". I was going to use that for the skirmish I was scheduled to host, but then I had to cancel to go help a family member who was in the hospital. I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone came up wiht.

  • @johnstaples  Feb 22

    THANK YOU for hosting a skirmish or two and helping us with this FAWM Mega Super Skirmish weekend!!

    Below is what you have signed up for,

    Super Skirmish #4 - Feb 23/24
    SKIRMISH #: SS2324-E
    HOST: jonmeta
    EST: Saturday, February 24, 2018 1am EST
    CST: Saturday, February 24, 2018 12am CST
    PST: Friday, February 23, 2018 10pm PST
    GMT: Saturday, February 24, 2018 6am GMT

    Super Skirmish #5 - Feb 24/25
    SKIRMISH #: SS2425-F
    HOST: jonmeta
    EST: Sunday, February 25, 2018 3am EST
    CST: Sunday, February 25, 2018 2am CST
    PST: Sunday, February 25, 2018 12am PST
    GMT: Sunday, February 25, 2018 8am GMT

  • @jamkar  Feb 18

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

  • @deena  Feb 18

    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  Feb 16

    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 Feb 14

    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  Feb 14

    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  Feb 14

    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 Feb 12

    Thank you, Jon!

  • @middlec Feb 10

    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  Feb 10

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

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 10

    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 Feb 10

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

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 10

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

  • @wobbiewobbit  Feb 8

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

  • @billwhite51 Feb 6

    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  Feb 6

    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 Feb 5

    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 Feb 4

    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 Feb 4

    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 Feb 3

    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  Feb 3

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

  • @hazzard Feb 1

    YEAH! here we go! <3

  • @billwhite51 Feb 1

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

  • @alboe Jan 31

    Hi Jon,

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

  • @johnstaples  Jan 31

    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 Jan 28

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

  • @mikeskliar  Jan 28

    welcome back!

  • @tamsnumber4 Jan 28

    Great photos Jon!! Hope to hear your creations!

  • @sherrycanary  Jan 26

    Hi Jon
    Looking forward to hearing your offerings this FAWM

  • @deena  Jan 26

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

  • @jamkar  Jan 25

    Thanks for the listen sir! Happy FAWMing!

  • @bradbrubaker  Jan 25

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

  • @gemhughs Jan 25

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

  • @acousticmaddie  Jan 25

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

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 21

    So good to be back!

  • @beat  Jan 19

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

  • @beat  Jan 2018

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

  • @beat  Jan 2018

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

  • @silvermediapro  Jan 2018

    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  Jan 2018

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018!