Rod Johnson 14

Artist Bio

Influences:   Laura Nyro, Mark Linkous, Marvin Gaye, Gene Clark, Doug Sahm, Grant McLennan, Randy Christopher, Ray Charles, Joe Strummer, John Cipollina, Alex Harvey, Alex Chilton, Arthur Lee, Curt Boettcher, Bill Doss, Chuck Prophet, Kimberley Rew, Chris Knox, Howe Gelb, John Strohm, Joey Burns, Julian Cope, Mitch Easter, Amy Rigby, Carla Morrison, Chris Bailey, Nick Salomon, Dale Lawrence, the Walkabouts, the Bats, Richard Edwards, Bedhead, The dBs, The Go-Betweens, the Church, the Long Ryders, Broken Social Scene, Chrissie Hynde, Carole King.

Holy imbecile, tender and mild.

Seventh FAWM, wow.

The last year has been complicated, but I'm good now! (The previous version of this seems to have alarmed people.) Let’s write songs!


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  • @nancyrost  Mar 2

    I don't think it's too obvious, and the downplaying of the subject really worked to let me experience the emotions in the song without those kinds of references getting in the way. The realization came gradually.

  • @barbara  Feb 28

    I think it's been posited that we are all FAWM cousins with a shared Auntie Sin, at least in that thread once upon a time. I'd take 'cousin' any day!

  • @barbara  Feb 28

    FAWM aunt!

  • @barbara  Feb 28

    Excuse me, but as FAWM compliance officer it is my duty to inform you that you are underreporting your years of FAWM participation up there ^ ^ presuming that you count 2011 as year number 1. You, sir, are an 8. Eight FAWMs. Now *that* is truly something to Wow about! You are using last year's Wow, which has expired.

    Congratulations, cuz it looks like you're gonna make it! So glad you decided to play again!

  • @doglatin  Feb 20

    Yeah of course I figgered you'd know the dead guy. Thanks for listening.

  • @doglatin  Feb 19

    Slapping myself silly for not getting the Matching Mole Caroline song...I know it well, it is my favorite of all Caroline songs. Uh well, it was until I heard Caroline Yes and No. We'll call it a draw for now.

  • @barbara  Feb 2018

    Relentless, hypnotic, haunting, uncompromisingly dark.... check, check, check, and check. Also, I love me some Pink Moon. I try not to come off as an imitator, per se, but yeah. It's an influence.

  • @resonut123 Feb 2018

    Thanks for the comments Rod.
    You are moving along nicely, will check out a few of your tunes soon.

  • @toms  Feb 2018

    One is.simply indestructible in one's 20s. Light swinging is no problem! πŸ˜€

  • @barbara  Feb 2018

    Settings are just on that song, but the surroundings is my typical set up, unless I'm in the car!

  • @barbara  Feb 2018

    Thanks for the feedback. Here's what I do. Bedroom studio, recorded closely on the iPhone which is nestled into a pile of pillows, two separate tracks (guitar first). 'Dry' mic setting with ~15% echo, ~25% reverb ('Large Hall' setting), with an added ~30% compression on vocal.

  • @zecoop  Feb 2018

    Yea, it was pretty creepy and had some scary possible outomes due to some complications i have in my life. But it all turned out as good as it possibly could. πŸ˜€

    Yea that "flute" sound, once I processed it through the Leslie pedal kinda sorta turned into a Mellotron kind of thing, but really sounded more like an organ. I've still got some editting to do on that one, but it was 12:30am and time for the Norco, lol. I really appreciate you listening! πŸ˜€

  • @owl  Feb 2018

    Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful comments on "Virtue Signaling." Glad it stayed with you and the ideas came through.

  • @barbara  Feb 2018

    Thanks for the comments! I'm kind of in the same camp with you on "time left on the counter" - maybe that was early dementia nounspeak, possibly short for "y'know-that-counter-thingy-with-numbers-and-arms-that-go-around-and-around"? Definitely a skirmish mishap.

  • @amusia Feb 2018

    Yes, I'm here! Happy Fawming! It looks like you're off to a good start!

  • @alboe Jan 2018

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

  • @odilongreen  Jan 2018

    I am, indeed, here, and you're here, so lets have a great and productive FAWM!

  • @dee Jan 2018

    Yoo hoo!! Yes up for a collab any time!!

  • @plainwhitetoast  Jan 2018


  • @ryako  Jan 2018

    I am back, fellow FAWM gangsta! Seems like you've been to hell and back. Keep calm and FAWM on. (Yes, I am aware I just used "FAWM" as a damn verb.)

  • @arthurrossi Jan 2018

    Hi Rod! I am sad to hear about the adversities of life you had to face... I hope this year will be a much better one... In any case, I wish you a lovely FAWM!

  • @tamsnumber4 Jan 2018

    Hi Rod! Happy FAWMing!

  • @barbara  Jan 2018

    Found it!
    The flute ends up a little loud in this live video, making it harder to enjoy the delivery, but my god that's a romantic song! The chorus keeps rolling through my thoughts.

  • @elesimo  Jan 2018

    Morning, @downburst! The license should have gone through, I just transferred everything a few minutes ago. πŸ˜€

  • @kristi  Jan 2018

    Hello! Happy FAWMing! πŸ˜€

  • @carleybaer Jan 2018

    Woooo FAWM!! Can't wait to hear what you come up with this time around πŸ˜€

  • @elesimo  Jan 2018

    Hi, @downburst! Can you create an account at and send me your email so I can transfer you the MMultiAnalyzer? You can email me at elesimomusic at gmail if you prefer. πŸ˜€

  • @klaus  Jan 2018

    Hi, thanks for the welcome. Can't wait for the "rodcast" to begin.

  • @deafsteever Jan 2018

    Howdy, Rod! Great to hear from ya. I'll be FAWMing, albeit in my usual limited capacity. I'm so lazy. Hehe

    Take care,

  • @cowex  Jan 2018

    Yayy!!! Wedding bells! Congrats!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 2018

    Hello!! Great to see you back. πŸ˜€ Yay for FAWM!!

  • @dragondreams  Jan 2018

    Hi Rod! 😊
    Good to see you here too!

  • @robs  Jan 2018

    Hey Rod, thanks, I hope you have a very fruitful Fawm!

  • @donna  Jan 2018

    Hi, Rod. πŸ˜€ In the rush of things, we've kind of hurried past each other during the last couple of Challenges, but it was good to know you were, and hanging in. πŸ˜‰

  • @kovbleu  Jan 2018

    Thank you! You too! Happy FAWMING!

  • @max  Jan 2018


  • @rayboneor  Jan 2018

    Hey, thanks for stopping by! I look forward to Ragin' Rod. Does that mean less glum schmaltz?

    As for me, I'm trying to remember what this whole thing is about. I'd love to recapture the naive swagger I had as an absolute song-writing beginner

  • @kahlo2013  Jan 2018

    Hi Rod! Sounds like it's been a rough journey... I hope there are some bright spots on the path ahead! I know hearing your music on FAWM will make my day brighter! All the best!

  • @vomvorton  Jan 2018

    Hey Rod! Thanks, that means a lot. Happy FAWMing!

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 2018

    Hi Rod - a pleasure to hear from you, as always. Bring the tone!

  • @jamkar  Jan 2018

    Hi Rod! Looking forward to your new stuff!

  • @tcelliott  Jan 2018

    Good to see you around. Here's to another great FAWM!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2018

    Hey, thanx!
    I'm really looking forward to making and listening to some great music this February!

  • @barbara  Jan 2018

    ^^ That's the first batch.

  • @airbagtester  Jan 2018

    Hey Rod! I am raising her to be a multi-instrumentalist. So far she mostly likes stuff you can bang on, like bongos, keyboards, bells, drums...

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    What gave the coffee away?? πŸ˜‹

  • @zecoop  Jan 2018

    Let's do this thing... Happy FAWM, Rod! πŸ˜€

  • @barbara  Jan 2018

    I am going to be dumping a whole crapload of invisible exclamation points on you. Just be warned.

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  • @stuartbenbow  Jan 2018

    Hi Rod, happy Fawming!

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    Hi, Rod! Best wishes to you on an awesome FAWM 2018! Hope all is well!

  • @seanbrennan  Jan 2018

    Hey there! Hope FAWM '18 is another good one for you.