Rod Johnson 10


Michigan US   Jan 2011  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Laura Nyro, Mark Linkous, Marvin Gaye, Gene Clark, Doug Sahm, Radio Birdman, Grant McLennan, Randy Christopher, Ray Charles, The Verlaines, Buddy Holly, Joe Strummer, John Cipollina, Alex Harvey, Alex Chilton, Arthur Lee, Curt Boettcher, Bill Doss, Chuck Prophet, Kimberley Rew, Shovels and Rope, 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, Otis Redding, Bedhead, The dBs, The Go-Betweens, the Church, the Long Ryders, Broken Social Scene, Chrissie Hynde, Carole King.

Holy imbecile, tender and mild. He/him.

2020: Since last year I have (a) retired, and (b) released a solo album made up partly of FAWM/5090 songs, and (c) played a lot of gigs. Now the challenge is to refocus on writing songs... somehow. I guess the plan is to make minimalist, mostly acoustic folk-pop this time.

PS: you can find my album at the Bandcamp link above. Also on Spotify and Apple Music.

PPS: Here's the album on Youtube:

And some demos by my band:

Songs (10)

#1 Kings 20
Feb 4
#2 Hitchhhiker 17
Feb 5
#3 Lafayette 17
Feb 8
#4 Think This 12
Feb 16
#5 No Not I 4
Feb 29
#6 The Best Thing We Can Hope For (lyrics-first corpse 2) @corpsecorps 3
Feb 29
#7 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (dummy vocals) 3
Feb 29
#8 Rain on the Sandhills (dummy vocals) 2
Feb 29
#9 Unfinished song (dummy vocals) 2
Feb 29
#10 Random collab (unfinished, dummy vocals) @fulanin 9
Mar 1


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  • @yam655 Mar 1

    You need to lock the placeholders so they become living Zongs when they cease being placeholders! 😀

  • @doglatin  Mar 1

    Bride of Placeholder?
    Placeholder: The Prequel?
    Placeholder Peel Sessions?

  • @resonut123 Mar 1

    10) Son of Placeholder
    11) Return of the Placeholder
    12) Revenge of the placeholder
    13) Dude, where's my place holder?
    14) Pulp Placeholder

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 29

    I don't see any music for first corpse! it says lyrics! is it just lyrics?

  • @jamkar  Feb 27

    Ready willing and able.

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 26

    you have the snippet and lyrics i sent you?

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 23

    sent you the music to be clipped and sent for LFC-2. i have already sent the lyrics

  • @brandondale72  Feb 23

    Yo, thanks for checking out my latest song, "Haunted". Yeah, I live the bourgee epicenter of Ann Arbor.

  • @barbara  Feb 21

    I come here for the subtext, don’tcha know.

  • @barbara  Feb 20

    A comment shower!!! Thank you!
    Good old ThumbJam. There’s so much waiting there to be used! I was just hanging out messing around with it one day, just freely experimenting to see what I could make it do that might be a little “off-label” and I ended up taking the flute sound down into extremely low octaves, drenched it in reverb, and played it in the non-stair-stepping pitch slider mode. Exported the audio and plopped it into GarageBand underneath my other two tracks where trimming, looping, and a bajillion automation points later, it is what it is in that song. I’m so happy you heard it; for me, that one song by itself would be enough for this year. I can’t even believe the result. Writing music is magic.

  • @doglatin  Feb 19

    Hey there, thanks for listening, and upping the comments on my one song from 6 to 9! Yeah we are doing that one on Friday, and yes I am trying to go for 60s electric Dylan style on that. The FAWM version is way too relaxed and mellow sounding. And no, that recording is the result of my low-tech situation, it will have to do for now though.

  • @elainedimasi  Feb 18

    I'm ready to hear your track with the "ducking riff" now. Quack!

  • @franniezest Feb 16

    Thanks so much for your comment on my song!!!

  • @russiasaturn Feb 16

    Hey! Sent you an email. 😀 hope you're having a great weekend.

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 13

    i sent you an email about the lyrics.

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 12

    i'm wrong about me having to do double duty on LFC-2 if i step in, assuming we can't get @lomedae. i wrote lyrics in LFC-1. so, if needed, i can sub in.
    but i hope he answers.

  • @toms Feb 12

    Utterly shameless exploitation of the psychological effect of that delayed move from I to IV. My deepest apologies. 😀

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 12

    i contacted @lomedae on soundcloud and gave him my email. i'm not sure what else to do unless we cannibalize the corpse we are currently trying to get going for a sub. i would offer to stand in and do double duty, but if i'm not mistaken, i'd be setting my own lyrics to music.....

  • @stuartbenbow Feb 6

    Hey Rod, hope you've been well. I'm off to a slow start, thanks to an extended migraine siege, but it appears to have finally lifted, so I'll be making up for lost time. 😀 Can't wait to check out your tunes!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 5

    don't fight it....
    the songs will come when they are ready..

    retirement can do a's a big life change..
    getting old...gheesh.
    no worries man...if you already have a bunch of songs..just play em
    in reverse...
    cheers and have fun

  • @barbara  Feb 5

    Thanks for the song visit!! It seems more like everything’s right with the world again (which is preposterous given what just happened an hour or two ago)....but your comment helped! And come to think of it, I guess maybe the vox do sort of serve as the backing with the uke as the melody, or at least they job-share.

  • @lisamarie777 Feb 4

    Heyy! How'd ya know? lol Waving 'hi' from my hermit, introvert cave in Ann Arbor...

  • @seanbrennan Feb 2020

    Howdy, Rod! I'm "here" in that I am not intending to go for a win, but will at least be listening, commenting, and hopefully joining forces with my pal @deadhead from time to time. My February and March are both fairly jam-packed, but please stay in touch because if I can be involved, I'd love to.

  • @fulanin Feb 2020

    It would be really nice if you could record some kind of sketch. I feel like I work better if I have a colorful canvas to work on instead of blank one, if that makes any sense. haha

  • @arthurrossi Feb 2020

    Hi Rod! I am glad to see you here again. Last year was not a productive one for me either, the more I am happy to be here back again. Looking for your new songs! Have a great time!

  • @fulanin Feb 2020

    Hey! How are you doing?
    Nice, let's work on this. If you can sing that would be really good, because I can't sing to save my life.
    Do you have any workflow preference? I was thinking about you sending me the recording and I would build the music around it, but if you would prefer something else just tell me 😀
    Tbh I don't know most of your influences, but I will give them a listen and try to make something in a similar style

  • @bandybum Jan 2020

    Solid sounds, dude.
    Nice work 😀

  • @nancyrost  Jan 2020

    Happy fawming to you -- looking forward to hearing what you do this year!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2020

    Happy tenth FAWM!

  • @izaakalexander  Jan 2020

    Yeah, it's weird how you can fall out of the habit. If there's anyplace to find help shaking the dust off, it'll be here at FAWM. Good Luck!

  • @mctown Jan 2020

    Rollllllling on into town.....fawming.

  • @russiasaturn Jan 2020

    Hey, thanks for getting in touch. Acoustic sounds great to me! It's definitely my wheelhouse. I'm not very good at harmonizing myself, even when I was in choir in middle school I couldn't get it down, even after 3 years! I took a listen to your soundcloud, you're very talented. Parakeet was great. Anyway, if you're down for whatever, we can email and work out more details!

  • @klaus  Jan 2020

    Hi Rod. I'm really glad to see you back here. You are one of my favorites. And you've made an album! I'll definitely listen to it through before Feb 1.

    May the Force of Fawm be upon you.

  • @bitshred Jan 2020

    Have a great FAWM Rod.

  • @jamkar  Jan 2020

    Gotta hear more downburst this year Rod!

  • @adnama17  Jan 2020

    Man, they let anybody in here, don't they...

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2020

    Hey, good to see you back, too!
    Have a great FAWM!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Jan 2020

    Welcome back! Hang in there!
    Let's GOOOOOO!!!!

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2020

    Hi, Rod! Congrats on the retirement and solo album! I'll have to check it out! Sounds like you've had a lot of changes recently, but you're a strong writer and I'm betting when February 1 comes around... you'll be focused and whatever you write will be awesome! Have a great FAWM 2020!

  • @sailingmagpie  Jan 2020

    Thanks for watching my music video! It's amazing what you can do with a GoPro, a friend that knows Aftereffects and many hours of your life!

  • @kellylog99 Jan 2020

    hey Rod! sooo excited to hear what youve got this febuary!

  • @andygetch  Jan 2020

    Hey Rod, thanks good to 'see' you back again too!

  • @sailingmagpie  Jan 2020

    I've just watchlisted you, as I had your other account on there but not this one. Have a great FAWM!

  • @barbara  Jan 2020

    I hope you do.

  • @barbara  Jan 2020

    Hiya pooch!
    Set those high standards and expectations down at the door and just have fun!! You can do this.

  • @dragondreams  Jan 2020

    Hi Rod! Good to see you here again! 😊

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 2020

    Congrats on the retirement! Me, I'm just er, "taking a break" from work. But - hey, more time for FAWMing, right?

  • @zecoop  Jan 2020

    Represent.... Can't wait to hear more downburst. 😀

  • @toms Jan 2020

    Hi Rod!!! My deepest apologies!!! Time to awaken the muse! 😀

  • @tsunamidaily  Jan 2020

    have the best FAWM this year!