Listen to two interviews from 1995 – one with the band, one just with Jon – on Toazted.com.
By Joanna Horowitz
Seattle Times staff reporter
There is a giant board on the north side of the Songcraft room, one of Experience Music Project’s newest exhibits. Words haphazardly cover the surface like a blown-up version of the magnetic poetry seen on dorm-room fridges all over the country.
The mission here: Make lyrics from the jumble. Visitors have left snapshots of songs, “I got a light in a deep well/it’s about to deny me of longer soul” or “Rock away the tears.”
If these are the start of a great new song, who knows, but what’s good or bad is subjective, said Jon Auer, former frontman of The Posies. Auer, along with Seattle musicians Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger and Christy McWilson from country-rock band The Picketts, will teach part of a six-month EMP/University of Washington songwriting-certificate program, which starts in October.
Anyone who can play an instrument well enough to record a song, UW student or not, can apply for the program.
“There’s really no one correct way to do anything,” Auer said. “All I can really hope is they’ll find something in there that is of use to them.”
This time Shatner has teamed up with Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) for what he states are “…thoughts and experiences of mine that very few people have heard before.” He adds, “I wanted to share them with my loved ones.”
Recorded in Folds’ Nashville studio, Has Been features eleven tracks with select songs featuring Folds (also on piano), Henry Rollins on “I Can’t Get Behind That,” Aimee Mann, Brad Paisley, and Lemon Jelly. The band includes guitarist Jon Auer (The Posies), bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing), and drummer Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, Fiona Apple).
Click here for a tracklisting and more info.
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Arranging and Producing Your Songs
In this course, students turn their songs into more polished studio demo recordings. This will include expert insight into pre-production, basic tracks, overdubbing, vocal recording, mixing and mastering, and shopping the product in the professional world. Working in the studio with an audio recording engineer, students can expect to have several polished recordings. Students will participate in a public performance featuring the original songs. Students from the UW School of Music may be tapped to accompany songwriters in the production of CD recordings and/or live performances.
Schedule: Wednesdays, March 23-May 25, 2005; $535; 3 CEUs
Instructor: Jon Auer