Rod Johnson 6


Michigan US   Jan 2011  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Laura Nyro, Mark Linkous, Marvin Gaye, Grant McLennan, Ray Charles, Alex Chilton, Arthur Lee, Curt Boettcher, Chuck Prophet, Kimberley Rew, Sam Cooke, Chris Knox, Howe Gelb, John Strohm, Joey Burns, Julian Cope, Mitch Easter, Amy Rigby, the Beths, Carla Morrison, Chris Bailey, Nick Salomon, Dale Lawrence, the Walkabouts, the Bats, Richard Edwards, Phoebe Bridgers, Gold Star, Otis Redding, Bedhead, The dBs, Stars, The Go-Betweens, the Church, the Long Ryders, Broken Social Scene, Chrissie Hynde, Carole King, Kurt and Courtney (Vile and Barnett, that is).

Holy imbecile, tender and mild. He/him.

"Time killed dad. I killed time."

Don't have much planned this year. Write shorter songs. Write simpler songs. Don't try so hard to rhyme. Don't try so hard to make sense. Write some songs on my phone. Go for walks.

β€œWhen one looks into the darkness there is always something there.”—W. B. Yeats, The Secret Rose


2/12 update: I've been sick with a mysterious bug the last several days. I keep thinking I'm better and then... relapse. So this has slowed down my already torpid pace.

Last album on the usual places, including . New one in process, tentatively titled "Mercy of the Rain," out this summer. Oh, also, look here:

Songs (6)

#1 Spider on a Mirror 28
Feb 2
#2 Ain't Got It Easy @bithprod 6
Feb 7
#3 The Poetry Mine 10
Feb 17
#4 Maybe I Misunderstood 3
Feb 20
#5 Angelina ZONG
Mar 1
#6 The Wellington Pearls (placeholder) ZONG
Mar 1


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  • @heavyhedonist Mar 1

    Ooh, what a lovely lot of songs to hear!

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 21

    Rod, can you email your MP3 to me for the exquisite corpse? I searched my inbox and did not see it.

  • @adnama17  Feb 18

    Thanks Rod!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @kahlo2013 Feb 16

    Yea! Yes! I wi stich!

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 16

    I'm not feeling very wordy this year, no lyrics on mine.
    These are the lyrics from the snippet sent to me;
    Your mom, siblings and landlord
    Pizza delivery
    Psych Ward
    LJ & me

  • @reklov  Feb 16

    Hi! I'm so curious how you morphed my song! Did you make any progress yet?
    In case you're having too little time, maybe it's better to skip this to the next contributor?

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 13

    Hello sir, here is your 10 seconds, which is actually 19 because there is a ridiculously long tail. The main sample you hear is a free one if you want to utilize it in some shape I can get you a link. And if you don't, well then I won't.

  • @bithprod Feb 11

    Great work! Do you want me to write something for the bridge part? Perhaps something along the lines of... from the top of my head (I'll keep thinking, though):
    Life ain't as simple as ABC
    I want to be you
    You want to be me

  • @bithprod Feb 11

    Crap, sorry! I thought you wanted to repost it as a new song.

  • @blindkiwi  Feb 9

    Hi Rod, thanks for the observations, I think the last two lines could easily be left out, think I only left them in there as it was the comment going through my head at the time, not necessarily part of the song.
    On a personal level, yeah not so bad, I was hoping to have joined you in retirement and be doing some serious travelling by now but the events of the last year have posptponed both those plans for another couple of years. Other than that all good. I hope the inspiration bug bites you again soon, would love to hear some new rawk.

  • @bithprod Feb 9

    I suspected you might. πŸ˜‰ And yes, of course.

  • @reklov  Feb 9

    Fine, Rod! I didnt wrote chords, but I think It's C, G and F. Do you want the German lyrics, too? Could be funny! πŸ˜€

  • @reklov  Feb 9

    Hi Rod!

    I'm here from the Morph Challenge and want to ask you in advance if you'd like to morph my song "Immerdar".
    The problem: It has GERMAN lyrics!! But in case you like the simple melody you can use this for a new song of your own.
    It's just to get Morph5 started. If you don't like it, it's all fine with me.


  • @robs  Feb 4

    Hello! Or like they say at my place: Hoi!

  • @lisamarie777 Feb 4

    Glad it's not just me with Zoom avoidance. I finally had to cave though, due to some classes I'm in (for fun). Hahaha!

  • @auditasum  Feb 3

    Thanks for your comment on "I Like This House in Winter"! I'm glad you and your wife found something to relate to even though it was so specific. πŸ˜€

  • @izaakalexander Feb 3

    Hey there! Yea- when I started my new music teacher job in Reno, Fall of 2019, there was a harp in the closet. I sort of have this belief that instruments were built to be played, so I dusted it off, replaced a couple strings, and tuned it up. It turns out that my left hand is remarkably dumb at harp. In that song I give it the responsibility of playing the D string --- nothing but the D string --- in a steady beat for two and a half minutes. Lucky for me, right hand harp playing is not totally different from finger-style guitar. I totally recommend trying a harp, if you can find one. They're fun.

  • @wingandwaltz  Feb 2

    I like your plans for this year, and your Yeats quote!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2

    Hi Rod! Long time, no speak. I hope you and yours are well.
    Thank you for the listen and the comment. I really appreciate it. πŸ˜€

  • @lisamarie777 Feb 2

    Aww, hope you are doing well too with this strange time we are living in. We so miss everyone. I'm really bad about being on Zoom and hope to make it one day to jam on there. I'm finally accepting Zoom as a thing lol.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 1

    Hi Rod! I hope all is ok... I wish you a wonderful FAWM!

  • @donna  Jan 31

    Thank you for your lovely message, Rod. Always a pleasure to see you around each year. 😊 Perhaps we'll team up again at some point. πŸ˜‰

  • @lisamarie777 Jan 31

    Hi there, friend! Thanks for stopping by. I plan on doing this year 2021 and hope you do too. πŸ˜€

  • @philmcmill  Jan 31

    Hey! Checking in. Good luck with FAWM 2021!

  • @klaus Jan 30

    Hi Rod. Make more songs now please thank you. πŸ˜€

  • @andygetch  Jan 26

    Hey Rod!

  • @jamkar  Jan 26

    Just noticed, we share some influences. Happy 2021!

  • @barbara  Jan 26

    Wonderful to see you here! 😊
    That low-key plan sounds like a winner. A no-stress zone. I’m in!

  • @blindkiwi  Jan 26

    Hi Rod, glad to be back on the hawse. Come what may.

  • @rayboneor  Jan 26

    Hey Rod! I nearly left you a message a week ago, but then I remembered a conversation you had with a certain fawmer many years ago about not wanting to feel obligated to comment on anyone's songs--and I thought, "Well, I don't want Rod to feel like I'm fishing for listens or anything like that." Clearly I think too much. Glad to see you here, unleashed in your retirement

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 26

    Hi Rod! Let's do this!

  • @toms  Jan 26

    Yo, Rod! πŸ˜€

  • @airbagtester  Jan 24

    Yoop! Hope you're back!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 21

    Happy FAWMing Rod!!

  • @kellylog99 Jan 18

    Heyo Rod!
    I'm so excited to see what you post this FAWM!

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 12

    Hi, Rod! Hope you have a fantastic FAWM 2021 and that you are well! 🎡