I love you.


A year or two ago, my friend Adam asked me if I’d be up for recording a CJAM station ID. When he told me he wanted to build it around “I Love You” from MEDIUM-FI MUSIC — one of the more intentionally twisted tiny songs I’ve recorded in recent years — there was no way I could say no.

I don’t believe it’s ever been used on-air. I pretty much forgot it even existed until last night, when the memory of swinging by the station to record the voiceover bit came back to me. Adam was kind enough to send me the finished station ID, and I think it’s too hilarious not to share. So here! Listen and be changed in some fundamental-but-indescribable way!

Mysterious long-lost CJAM station ID

(Yes — we’re both insane. But we like it that way.)

Speaking of CJAM, it’s pledge drive time again. And you know what that means. Time to break out the banjo and open up the old heart. I’d encourage anyone who has any affection for the station at all to give to the cause, even if it’s only ten or twenty bucks. There are probably more cool pledge incentives this year than there ever have been before. I got me a gift bag, a vinyl record I was actually looking for (plucked from the thousand or so CDs and records to choose from), and an awesomable shirt.

That’s right. Awesomable. That’s what you call something that is equal parts awesome and comfortable.

Someone at the station put my 2010 pledge drive jingle up on YouTube last year, and though the bit about hoodies doesn’t apply this year I think it’s worth sharing again, just for fun.

Come to think of it, CJAM is pretty awesomable itself. Until I popped in yesterday I hadn’t been there in a while, and I’d forgotten how much I like hanging out in that atmosphere.


  1. Hey Johnny and anyone else reading this. It should be mentioned that I properly and quickly submitted ALL of the CJAM station ID’s I ever made (in collaboration with artists both local and otherwise) to the appropriate people at CJAM. Whether those ID’s were used or not is a totally different matter. I’d like to say sorry to anyone whose CJAM station ID wasn’t used after all the nonsense I put them through in the recording studio. Peace.

    1. No need to apologize to me! I had fun, and the finished product cracks me up. I think it was just too beautiful, too profound, too much a piece of poetry in sound for people to handle, and so the decision-makers decided not to play it. They held us back from a revolution, but gave us coffee and toast.

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