Jon-Tom

  • Submitted on time! May 24, 2020
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My wiki article was a poorly-written plot summary of the 1980s young adult fantasy novel “The Day of the Dissonance,” by Alan Dean Foster. It was full of deliciously silly character and place names, and I had a lot of fun incorporating them into this kid’s song.

I recorded this kind of stupidly. I received good news yesterday; I’m finally testing negative for covid, so I came out of isolation. We’re also moving this week, so not having much time to record, I decided to just do another one-take of vocals/acoustic guitar, but this time using a mic and Logic instead of my phone. Then I was like, ok, I’ll just add some synth in the bridge. And a harmony. And a round. Oh, can’t forget my wind instruments. Then before I knew it I was doing the whole thing off a live guitar/vocal base track. I’d do it differently if I could, but it was so fun to write and record this.

Big thanks to Ben for walking me through mixing the track and for engineering my first take.

Jon-Tom,
Mudge, 
Glittergeist Ocean, nice
Clothahump,
Rose-roar,
Folly, more
Jalwar,
Muddletop Moor.

Oh, when it feels like too much, child
Weeds wild
Tangly, gnarled by
The bad guy
Turn your mind to

Jon-Tom,
Mudge, 

Glittergeist Ocean, nice
Clothahump,
Rose-roar,
Folly, more
Jalwar,
Muddletop Moor.



Looking for feedback on

Guitar. Does the oom-pa-pa work, or is it a bit tired? I’d like to learn more picking patterns and such, but I tend to stick with what I know.

Discussion

  • 5 Comments
alechutson May 26, 2020 9:00pm

always a fan of your thoughtful minimal arrangements. really love your voice and lyrics in this one!

guitar works for me 🙂

congrats on your negative results!

juliapiker May 25, 2020 3:29pm

Nora again- your voice is always making me feel warm. love the flute at the start

I hope you’re feeling better

nick May 25, 2020 3:06pm

i am so glad this song exists. oh man im loling listening to this again. i think the oom-pa-pa very much belongs in this song. suppper nice flute entrance at the end. glad you’re covid-free 😺

ryan.mp3 May 25, 2020 12:27pm

Haha this is great. Oh the things you’ll find on Wikipedia, as they say. I think in the context of a fun song with some silly verses, the oom-pa-pa works nicely. And honestly, even in the more “serious” middle section it works nicely. Love the vocal arrangement and the way you get in and out of that middle section.

Carseat May 24, 2020 9:24pm

I really like the tri-tone dissonance happening with the guitar. The pa-pa’s are real groovy. I’m a fan!