Jon Nelson 15


Spain ES   Feb 2014

Artist Bio

Influences:   Donald & Walter, Nick Lowe, Marvin Gaye, David Scott & The Pearlfishers, Pops Staples & The Staples Singers, Jimmy Webb, folk and old-style country, Brian Wilson.

2019 is my sixth FAWM in a row. February is my only concentrated time to write songs. My regular writing partner, @joeblomberg , and I have talked about making an album for 40 years. But we're a combination of too busy and too lazy, if that's possible.

1 March. Whew, made it. 14 1/4 songs. Most were collabs. On the 27th I had 12 and had pretty much decided I wasn't going to get a win. But I felt a surge of inspiration on the 28th and got the last two up, plus a placeholder stub for one that needs time to do the vocals properly. Last year, I got a win by doing a lot of skirmishes. None this year --it seemed like I joined the many who have skirmish fatigue-- and I was able to spend quality production time on almost all the songs. Even so, this February felt more relaxed than any previous one. My wife said the same thing. On the other hand, I didn't get much sleep! Usually I get ill from lack of sleep, but not this year. May have to do with going vegan (well, a relaxed vegan-ish diet) a few months ago. Perhaps one of the unknown benefits of kale is, it lets you work til 3 AM in the studio without ruining your health!

My son and niece are talented FAWMers: check them out!
@vaticanvamps14 aka Nat Lort-Nelson

I occasionally play gigs. This is me with my American daughter, my Swedish adopted daughter, and my Brit son-in-law playing in a Spanish club (built by the Romans). With an American guitar.


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  • @tamsnumber4  Mar 13

    Thanks for commenting on my collab song "Reach For The Stars", I appreciate the listen!

  • @billwhite51 Mar 1

    to get your complementary download of the march songladder, go to and write in this code a5j5-xf39. ive enjoyed your work this year, and hope you get this message, as i have not other contact info for you.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 27

    thank you for your understanding comments on my neither am i song. throughout us history, several parties have risen and fallen. why is it that since the 20th century, voters have been so afraid to step out of the two party stalemate?

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 26 know I have been a fan of your music since i first heard you.
    Next FAWM I would love to do a duo with you. Male verse, female response. Just throwing it out there!

  • @nancyrost  Feb 25

    I hope you can acquire another four-track machine before FAWM 2020; I'm sure you'd add amazing stuff to the mix, and it would be great to have more participants on your side of the pond.

  • @porrectus  Feb 25

    Thanks for the comment on Hallowed. I really appreciate it.

  • @deena  Feb 23

    Wow... thanks for great comments and also asking about my sounds! I ran a Fender Jazz bass through a cheap virtual guitar amp called v-amp 3. I just turned the knobs and dials until I found a sound I liked. I ran the guitar through the same box. And the glock is a nice toy with only 8 notes, no I could only use a few of them... Thanks, thanks, thanks for listening and commenting!

  • @berni1954  Feb 22

    Glad you liked my Collab with Elizabeth (Love Will) - yes, it has a folk club (or even a hymn) feel to it and I would love to hear it sung by masses of people.

  • @berni1954  Feb 21

    Hi John,

    No gigs planned till May. when we have been asked to do a residency in the little town where I used to live (Capellades).

    We have relatives in Euskadi and vist quite often. Perhaps we could break the journey in Saragossa one day and have a coffee together.
    The easiest email address for me is berni@ (the little town I mention above) dot net. Drop me a line sometime.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 21

    thanks for your comments on summer of the rising stars.. you got it right on all counts, at least those are the points i tried to hit. its funny how writers are so serious about their break up songs and so flippant about their good times songs. i tried to make this a good time song that hinted at the serious undertones of those ambiguous romances that never get to a stage so serious that they have to end in heartache, i appreciate all the positive feedback you have given me on this years songs

  • @berni1954  Feb 19

    Do you ever get down BCN way?

  • @berni1954  Feb 19

    Thanks for giving my Hayley Mills song a positive review.
    I see you live in Spain. Whereabouts? I am up in Catalunya in Vilanova i la Geltru.

  • @paulhenry  Feb 15

    "But we're a combination of too busy and too lazy, if that's possible."

    Yes, it's possible, and I live it.

  • @dani312 Feb 15

    Thanks so much for your post on my page. Honestly it means a lot to hear you say that my sound has successfully moved out of the “classical zone”! I’d be lying if I told you it didn’t take years to stamp the classical out of me! It’s so hard to un-learn something! I’m pretty envious of your wife- that sounds like a fantastic experience! Definitely something I wish I could’ve had growing up, but that’s ok because at least I’m giving my own kids that experience. Thanks again for your kind words!

  • @mattblick  Feb 14

    something random coming your way...

    to email address...

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 14

    Thanks for listening and commenting – by the way that distortion/overdrive in those recordings is something that you actually add in GarageBand - For those two recordings you heard , , ,once I recorded the basic guitar track in music memos (which add bass and drums) I exported it to GarageBand on the iPhone and added the other things there

  • @dani312 Feb 13

    Thanks so much for your generous comments and feedback on Our House is Falling Down!

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 13

    Thanks for your kind comment, Jon. Phyrgian eh? I can never remember the names - for me, it's normal or Hava Nagila.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 13

    i never met Riz Rollins. He is at KEXP,right? Dont really know too many people in Seattle radio. I was a dj at WMFO at tufts university outside of boston for 8 years but never got into that scene in seattle.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 12

    thanks for your comment on ive seen everyone man, since i first heard the song ive been everywhere, ive wanted to write something like it. finally an idea came along that seemed like it might work and, to some degree, i think it did. nothing can touch the original though.

  • @mattblick  Feb 10

    awesome and very grateful - will check it out - just been having a harris hawk experience - lotsa fun.

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 10

    Thanks for listening and commenting on my song "You Are Fragile", I really appreciate it!!

  • @mattblick  Feb 9

    Thanks for the comment - first one on the board!

    We didn't want to reveal prospective children's names when we were expecting our first - so we picked a couple at random on a car journey

    Wilfrieda Beehive (f.)
    Grafton Regis (m.)

    Former a bus company, latter a town.

    Said it with a straight face and not one person ever dared say "that's a dumb name"

  • @zxcvbnm  Feb 9

    Thanks for listening and your kind words.on "Everybody's Talking"

  • @majordanby  Feb 9

    Thanks for you comments there seems to be a fun element between both our clothing songs, yours sounded like a lot of fun to create and play.

  • @mattblick  Feb 8

    Hey Jon - have a great and creative and prosperous year.

  • @mikeb Feb 3

    Thanks for commenting on my Week 1 challenge song!

  • @sherrycanary  Jan 31

    Hi John
    Good to see you here. Happy FAWming!

  • @mikeb Jan 30

    Thanks for the welcome!

  • @ghostinyourpiano Jan 29

    Thanks for the welcome! It's encouraging to see folks who keep up with it despite not 'winning' each year 😀

  • @nuj4x Jan 24

  • @hornesgiftshop  Jan 22

    Thanks for the comment Jon. We Jons have to stick together - it's a brutal world out there. Looking forward to hearing your songs.

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 2019

    I am hoping to enjoy your creativity this year...