Smart Boy

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Smart Boy
Written by Martin Lohrmann
Performed by Buckman Page and Jonah Lohrmann
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered by Stark Naked Records
Artwork by John Williamson

BPFANS:

Matt's Favorite Lyrics:
Sings a new melody
Bout how he's gonna get me
It's a song without memory
While strumming on the toothpicks

Notes ^MC:
Once again, thanks for your willful ears and all of your support. 8 songs down; 4 to go.

This tune is another one written by Marcus' brother, Martin and sort of came to us on a whim. It definitely strays a little bit from the path of traditional BP songs in terms of content and structure, not just because none of the members of the band have any kids. This song portrays the musical stylings of his 3 year old son, Jonah, and Martin was nice enough provide us with a few of his own notes about it:
"Hilde (my 8 year old daughter) first had the idea for a song called "smart boy." She and I noticed that there are songs called "Stupid Girl" (Rolling Stones), "Stupid Boy" (Gear Daddies), "Smart Girl" (Jonathan Rundman) and "Smart Girls" (Weezer). So she said we should write a "Smart Boy" song.

Both of their birthdays are this week (Jonah was 3 on Monday, Hilde will be 8 on Saturday). So this song is good timing for them."

Despite the fact that I don't personally have any children of my own right now, the boy (Jonah) in this song demonstrates so much of the beauty of innocence we all had once when we were young.

It's a beautiful song that brings a couple of things to mind-

For one, music is something that people, in general, can enjoy at virtually every age level. I remember dancing around to Raffi's nonsensical rhymes about fruit, dinosaurs, the sun, and so forth, and I know that when I did, I was probably having the time of my life. I do the same thing now (not necessarily dancing to Raffi) and I know I'll be doing the same thing when I have grand-kids.

For another, it's easy to forget that just because a person is very young, it doesn't mean they aren't still capable of doing amazing things. A lot of potentially beautiful self-expression in this world is never created or shared due to fear of judgement. But when you're too young to understand what judgement is, it doesn't matter. You bang on pots and pans and ad-lib songs about anything and everything around you and you don't care who watches or listens when you do. Mostly, you're having fun and doing it for your own benefit.

I'd like to think we're employing the same philosophy with this project.

Keep on rockin' We'll do the same.

-BP

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There's a smart boy I know and
He's a one man show and
Plays the drums on pots and pans
With spatula drum sticks

Sings a new melody
Bout how he's gonna get me
It's a song without memory
While strumming on the toothpicks

And when he's got it down right
He'll jam on it all night
Enough to make you feel uptight
Till it blows your mind

There's a smart boy I know
He's his own live show
Comin' in stereo
Telepathic radio

There's a smart boy I know
He's his own live show
Don't need no remote control
For his telepathic radio

He's always got the best excuses
For when he's acting stupid
Somehow it's still the truth and
Keeps me laughing through the worst lies

We go out for a drive
singing through the night sky
Watch the moon begin to rise
Feels like heaven is a short ride

And when we got it down right
We'll jam on it all night
Enough to make you all tight
When it blows your mind

There's a smart boy I know
He's his own live show
Comin in stereo
Telepathic radio

There's a smart boy I know
He's his own live show
Don't need no remote control
For this telepathic radio

And when he got it down right
He'll jam on it all night
Enough to make you feel all tight
When it blows your mind

Smart boy I know
Smart boy I know
Smart boy I know

There's a smart boy I know
Smart boy I know
Smart boy I know

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from 12 Songs, 12 Weeks, track released June 1, 2012

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From belting vocal presence to passionate lyricism, from rhythmic precision and elegance to powerfully sweeping guitar solos, BP presents an engaging sound both in their recordings and live performances that is straight forward, charming, and alive. Their music is raw, clear, and full of hope. ... more

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