you could own a box of me. not all of me, but some of me. there ain’t a box big enough for all of me. or is there?

i think i finally know where to get boxes that i can use to make “johnnyboxes”. they’re pretty nifty, these boxes. no, not those cardboard ones up there; the boxes that i can use to make quasi-box sets with. whenever i end up playing a show, i will make sure to have some available in case anyone wants them. it’ll be good for a laugh, if nothing else—how many concerts do you go to where you can take a 15-cd box set home with you if you like?

or you’re welcome to say something here, and i’ll work on making you one right now if you want. i think the default johnnybox will probably just be a post-band, post-self-lacerating-psycho-johnny affair, from about OH YOU THIS up to the present. but i can cater the contents to include older/stranger/more psychotic things if anyone wants that. just keep in mind that none of those papa ghostface or guys with dicks cds have any proper album art/inserts to speak of, and none of my solo cds did either, up until OH YOU THIS. hence the go-to box set starting with that album. you see how it is.

i think i might number the box sets by hand—you know, scrawl “johnnybox #3” on the top, or something along those lines. it could be kind of neat to know which one you’ve got, and fun for me to keep track of how many of them i’ve put together. and i probably wouldn’t be able to resist writing a note of some sort explaining a bit about the cds inside. it wouldn’t be a polished, glossy affair, but you’d get the personal touch. so maybe the name “johnnybox” is fitting. didn’t joni mitchell write a song called “a box of you” about me, more than a decade before i was born? no?

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