Friday, February 22, 2008

The Godfather of Geek Music

My friend Strahd introduced me to Jonathan Coulton. This man was a software engineer-turned-musician. He's also a killer lyricist. I'm kinda torn between shaking this man's hand and throttling him out of envy.His songs are wry witty observations of the human condition from a decidedly geek perspective. There is a somewhat angry yet accepting tone in his music-- Despite all that he doesn't come off as defeatist.

I'd love the chance to talk with him at length, as I've been creatively constipated for months.

I'm leaving you with a sampling of song lyrics from this guy.




Skullcrusher Mountain.

...I made this half-pony half-monkey monster to please you
But I get the feeling that you don't like it
What's with all the screaming?
You like monkeys, you like ponies
Maybe you don't like monsters so much
Maybe I used too many monkeys
Isn't it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?

...Picture the two of us alone inside my golden submarine
While up above the waves my doomsday squad ignites the atmosphere
And all the fools who live their foolish lives may find it quite explosive
But it won't mean half as much to me if I don't have you here

You know it isn't easy living here on Skullcrusher Mountain
Maybe you could cut me just a little slack
Would it kill you to be civil?
I've been patient, I've been gracious
And this mountain is covered with wolves
Hear them howling, my hungry children
Maybe you should stay and have another drink and think about me and you

(Chorus)
I'm so into you

But I'm way too smart for you
Even my henchmen think I'm crazy
I'm not surprised that you agree
If you could find some way to be
A little bit less afraid of me
You'd see the voices that control me from inside my head
Say I shouldn't kill you yet...


The Future Soon

Last week I left a note on Laura's desk
It said I love you signed anonymous friend
Turns out she's smarter than I thought she was
She knows I wrote it, now the whole class does too
And I'm alone during couple skate
When she skates by with some guy on her arm
But I know that I'll forget the look of pity in her face
When I'm living in my solar dome on a platform in space

(Chorus)
Cause it's gonna be the future soon
And I won't always be this way
When the things that make me weak and strange get engineered away
It's gonna be the future soon
I've never seen it quite so clear
And when my heart is breaking I can close my eyes and it's already here


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