Johnny Setlist's new album, "Silly Songs About Swing Dancing", is fairly self-explanatory. But just in case it's not entirely obvious to everyone, or because one person wants a brief history of it's creation, here's what happened: A few years back Johnny Setlist stumbled upon a crowd of people swing dancing. He was fascinated, and at one point even got asked if he wanted to dance with someone. Rest assured, it was a woeful experience for all those involved (including those watching), but from that moment, Johnny Setlist decided he shall learn this dance and see what this "fun" thing that so many people seemed to be having was.
That experience is detailed to some extent on the opening track "I Wanna Learn To Dance," which Johnny Setlist wrote a few months after he began his dancing journey, so as to provide some entertainment to a crowd of dancers at an annual cabaret. It began an unfortunate trend where Johnny Setlist would go to events with magical names like "Viking Swing", "Swing Revolution," or "Swinging at the Seance" and, with no coaxing or request to do so, write a song based around the titular event. He would then perform it to an unsuspecting crowd (with plenty of mistakes and ad-libbed "jokes" to cover those mistakes), and chances are the song would be then gone forever; a few minutes of "music" that tickled a couple of sympathetic souls, then lost to the world as a moment of insignificant history.
Some songs did find their way into the digital world though, as you may have been unfortunate enough to hear over the past few years. This was either because some friendly soul asked for a recorded version, or because Johnny Setlist sought to redeem a song's poor live performance with a take of what was meant to be performed. Sometimes up to twelve people listened to these tracks on the internet world, a factoid which Johnny Setlist has fervently shared with his now ever-so-proud parents and all his close friend multiple times so as to feel a smidgen of self-importance and pride in this large, and largely unforgiving universe.
All that changes now, in the most logical and uneventful way possible: "Silly Songs About Swing Dancing" collects tracks from the past years onto one digestible album. Nearly all of them are freshly recorded versions (if not freshly "remastered" in one or two instances), so be dazzled at the new details and instrumentation! Some songs never got recorded after being performed, so they will be heard by some for the first time ever! How tremendously exciting! And there's even something completely new there for you, which, unless you have bugged Johnny Setlist's tiny, creaky, and poorly insulated recording room, you will have not heard before.
So enjoy this music, if you can. It's not always easy, which Johnny Setlist knows for sure; some of these songs are a few years old, so their references arrive here a little dated (Carly Rae Jepsen 4ever!), but they come with a spirited intention of bringing a smile to your face, even if it is a pitying one. And if you're not tuned up on all the swing dancing lingo, then what Johnny Setlist is singing about may go over your head. To that, Johnny Setlist implores you to either stop listening to this album altogether and partake in one of his more relatable (but much more dour) LPs, or start dancing. Both avenues produce great outcomes.
Finally, to conclude this much too long album description, Johnny Setlist asks one thing: If you, for whatever mad reason, have enjoyed listening to one, some, or all of these songs, or know of someone who would enjoy it, then do consider sharing it. Or just share it at large with all your friends on all the social media outlets. Again, both avenues produce great results. Thank you for taking the time to listen and taking an interest in these words. Your support, help, and whoops of encouragement keep Johnny Setlist making music like this, so please stop it at your earliest convenience.
released March 13, 2017
All the noise made across this album, either intentional or not, was done so by Johnny Setlist. He also did all the artwork and everything else because he's just so impossible to work with.
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