Get in Touch

January 31st, 2007 |

I just added a couple of things to my Contact page. If you are a Yahoo IM or Skype user I added my usernames so you can get in touch with me if ever the need may arise.

I also added a few picture to our Flickr page that you may or may not have seen already.

Angel and Riley both have Strep Throat right now so I’ve been playing Avoid Your Family Like The Plague for the last 48 hours. Good times.

Check back tomorrow, I’ve got some more demo stuff I’m going to post. I’m too tired to mess with it (or anything else) right now.

My Extreme Diarrhea Makeover

January 30th, 2007 |

For those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while you might remember me talking about some serious intestinal problems I was having. They started back in July as soon as I got home from a vacation in Florida with my family. Those problems have only recently been remedied. In fact, I saw (yet another) G.I. doc right before the first of the year and his diagnoses and proposed remedy seem to be working quite swimmingly.

My weight loss during this whole ordeal was dramatic enough that I stopped weighing myself after having lost 25 lbs. The other morning I decided to see how much of that 25 lbs I had put back on in the last few weeks since my problems have stopped. It turns out I have actually lost another 15 lbs. I couldn’t believe it. I have actually been feeling rather fat as of late being that I’m not on the toilet for two hours a day.

Here is a picture of me and my brother Taylor from that vacation back in July. My breasts look proud and pretty in this picture. I would guess I probably weighed 235 lbs then. Dig the Maxtone Four shirt.

Drew and Taylor Johnson

This next picture was taken today. It’s all Photoshopy and stuff but that doesn’t matter. I’m at 195 lbs in this picture. Diarrhea has made me feel so good about myself. Thanks Diarrhea.

Drew Johnson

Introducing Smarty Pants

January 29th, 2007 |

Drew JohnsonSo this will actually be the third post today. Angel has officially joined the hot blogging action. From now on there will be two new categories over there at the left: By Angel and By Drew. So if you are just looking to snicker a little, click By Angel. If you’re looking for true substance, belly laughter, and timeless art, click By Drew.

For now I’m going to try putting these little pics at the beginning of each post to make it obvious who’s post it is. I don’t know if that’s a good idea or not. We’ll see. It actually says right under the title of the post who posted it but I don’t know if people pay that much attention.

Angel said “It will be easy to tell our posts apart. Mine will actually have punctuation”.

Breaking up is hard to do

January 29th, 2007 |

Angel JohnsonWe just got new insurance, so I had to choose someone in my plan to provide me with new contacts. This is NOT who I’ve been going to for the last 5 years. It was hard breaking up with Lens Crafters. *Sigh* Since I’ve gone to them for so long, and they really are nice there, I told them it was me and not them, and that I’d call sometime to say hello… but I didn’t really mean it, and I think they could tell. They told me that if I see them on the street someday, and they don’t know what to say to “look away, baby… look away”. Then we cried together. It was very touching. They wanted me to read their eye chart one last time, but I didn’t think it would be right.

Let there be Rock

January 29th, 2007 |

Drew JohnsonI was recently asked to start running the rehearsals for the worship band at my church. Of course I jumped at the opportunity since I had been chomping at the bit to take on that job for months. I’ve played in three and four-piece bands most of my life but I always thought it would be so cool to play in a gigantic group. Well my dream has finally come true. Our worship band consists of two electric guitar players, one acoustic guitar player (me), bass player, drummer, percussionist, tenor sax player, trombone player, piano player, and six singers. Yes! If I can make a three-piece rock band sound bad, just imagine the damage I can do with this behemoth.

‘Going to Memphis’ (sample)

January 27th, 2007 |

Drew JohnsonHere’s the first preview of a track from my solo album. This is a rough mix of the vocals, guitars, and keyboards for the song ‘Going to Memphis’. We’ll worry about the drums, bass, piano, mandolin, saw, and oil filter later.

These are not demo tracks. These are the tracks that will end up on the record only with a lot less instrumentation and mixing.

This is the first chorus and verse.

Going to Memphis (sample)

Liars are Fryers

January 26th, 2007 |

Angel Johnson

This is what Angel looks like when she realizes she’s going to hell for lying.

She told me she was going to start blogging here.

Splitter!!!

Today I finished recording the vocals for the first official tune from my solo album. The song is called ‘Going to Memphis’. Some of you may remember me posting a little demo for this song on my old blog. I didn’t realize at the time that this would be a solo tune. Although it would have been quite a stretch stylistically, I thought it would be a Formula Kid tune. Obviously that’s kinda out of the question now.

So I’ve got all the guitars and all the vocals recorded now. I’m excited. I’m actually doing this. Hmmm. Cool.

New Music from Johnson and Nicastro

January 25th, 2007 |

Drew JohnsonDino and I have been talking about collaborating on some soundtrack-type music for a few months now. We finally have something to show for it. I think this is the first music we’ve written together since Dog and Pony Show, which was the last Formula Kid song ever written – I think.

Two weeks ago Dino sent me a drum loop that he’d been working on. I liked it a lot. It was very tribal sounding. After noticing that he had named it ‘The Hunt’ I figured that was what he was going for. I set a goal to do three totally different work-ups from this same loop and have them sent back to Dino in less than 24 hours. I actually did it, and not a single one of them sounded tribal in the least little bit. When I started working on it I quickly realized that I had no idea how to do tribal so I stopped trying.

I sent them back to Dino named ‘the hunt louisiana’ – ‘the hunt spain’ – ‘the hunt texas’. This was just so Dino could at least get an idea of what I was trying to accomplish stylistically.

This was a lot of fun. Dino and I are going to be doing more of this in the near future. This was sort of a trial run to see how it worked and I think it worked rather well. These recordings are pretty demo-y sounding but I think they’re very cool.

The Hunt Louisiana

The Hunt Spain

The Hunt Texas

Dino has gotten the official “send us everything you have” letter from a music placement company after hearing some samples of his work. He’s flying out to California in April to meet with some more people from this industry. Pretty exciting stuff.

Drew Johnson Band Video

January 24th, 2007 |

Last night I installed Picasa. People seem to think that it’s pretty cool and now I know why. Here are few things that I had kinda forgotten about that Picasa found.

Dig how fat I am in this picture. I can’t believe the guys didn’t kick me out. That’s J. Christopher Hughes (our producer) right behind Dino. This was on the steps of The Sonic Temple the day we recorded You Devil You.

The Formula Kid

This is an old picture of my wife Angel. I’m not sure how old she was here. Eleven or twelve maybe? I know we were engaged because that’s our old apartment.

Angel Johnson

This last thing is a short video of The Drew Johnson Band recording the demo of To Mother from Her Son in my basement. The reason I’m laughing is because Dino made some mistake that I can’t even catch now.

Download the video here

Solo Album Demo

January 22nd, 2007 |

Here is one of many demos for my new album. I’m not going to release all the demos in their entirety like we did with The Formula Kid. In hindsight I think that may have been a mistake in some ways. Mostly because I often end up liking the demo better than the final recording and sometimes wish that no one had heard the demo because then they wouldn’t know any better. So here’s a small snippet from a song called Macarena Shoes.

Get the mp3 here