Here's Johnny!

  • May 24, 2020

Hello chefs! Here is my wikipedia article – a list of every tonight show episode! That inspired me to look up Johnny Carson, which led me to the below article, which then inspired this song.

The wind aspect I have incorporated are mellotron flute sounds

Lyrics –

Break the dishes, one by one

you will never be enough

try to please, you won’t succeed

tough luck


Make them laugh, they’ll never know

now that I am in control

Now it’s time to start the show

Addicted to jokes

to mirrors and smoke

the loneliest man at the bar

slap on a grin

forget who you are

that’s how you make a star

Ha ha ha ha

ha ha ha ha

It’s been one long late night

What a life

Ha ha ha ha

ha ha ha ha


Looking for feedback on

anything and everything


laurawolf May 26, 2020 5:41pm

Ohhh I like how free the rhythm *feels* and how effortlessly you flow from sonic theme to theme (and vocal characters). Totally impressed. I think for many writers it would be easy for that many themes to just pile up and get muddy, but I love how you were able to have each of the elements shine through at their own moments. Like a conversation.

Ryan May 26, 2020 11:30am

This whole thing is so damn cool. All about your performance on ‘tough luck’. Definitely agree with @@daeclanon the St. Vincent nod. But also, I think you did an excellent job writing something that sounds classic yet still turns a bunch of expectations on their ear (like the descending organ part between ‘a’ and ‘star’ — way to subvert an expectation with a rad moment). I think your arrangement on this is your strongest yet. I love those super grainy-film violins that come in. I agree with @@nick on the less-is-more quality of vocal fx moments. Really great work here, Aubrey.

daeclan May 25, 2020 4:26pm

so lovely & light, but also deep & sad at the edges. i got both bowie & st. vincent vibes, too.

the ha ha ha’s hit me in my heart’s bull’s eye. elements of tragedy wrapped in comedy and lit brightly. a real nice listen.

nick May 25, 2020 4:14pm

how about that mellotron?? such a great instrument, and used really well here. I love when the strings accompany that descending line. In regards to moments when you want to highly effect a piece of your vocal, I have found that doing a little bit can go a long way. Definitely don’t want to quell your experimentation. It can be fun trying to hone a slight effect that may even end up having a stronger impact. Love this piece, and how you approached the assignment.

krismccarthy May 25, 2020 3:17pm

this is enchanting

juliapiker May 25, 2020 2:58pm

yup yup baby bring out that flute hunita<3

I fucking LOVE THIS!!!!!! you a st.vincent fan? I want you to watch Disney movies and write songs about them.

This honestly can work as a score too. I love seeing what your brain is doing during this. So many little surprises. I’m hearing some fun stereo left tricks up your sleeve. more more more!!!!!!

nick May 25, 2020 4:15pm

disney movies? looks like she’ll have a chance to heyyyyya=Once Upon A Time

Carseat May 24, 2020 9:41pm

I love the energy of this song. Slightly mocking to me, but in a very fun way. I very much resonated with it.