Back in February of 2006, Jefferson Pitcher, J. Matthew Gerken, and I set about writing and recording the original demos for these Presidents songs as part of the February Album Writing Month challenge (www.fawm.org). We wrote and did demo recordings of 42 songs (all but G.W. Bush) in Februrary–28 days and 42 songs. Sheesh.
In any case, as part of that, we wrote little texts to accompany each new song as we got them up on the FAWM website. I like looking through them now as they seem part of a crazy, crazy time.
Burr Settles, a fine songwriter in his own right and the FAWM-lord, was kind enough to get me an html backup of all the original texts we wrote, and it includes the comments other songwriters wrote on the demos as we got them up. I’m including those as well.
17 Johnson (Was Ever Alone?)
This song imagines Andrew Johnson as the Military Governor of Tennessee milling about with his southern compadres only to take over the Vice Presidency under Lincoln. The republican party used to be the good guys in these days but this is the time when the democrats and republicans began to morph into each other with civil rights being the first driving issue.
- Josh Schramm | 2006-02-17 @ 02:28pm (EST)I really like the rhythm of this one and the chord progression. The open chords and tonality really fit your voice. I would like to hear the instruments panned off to the sides with your voice in the middle so it stood out a little more. Good tune.