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Denison Witmer Sings Evie to Sleep

Denison Witmer Sings Evie to Sleep

I have been listening to Denison Witmer since I discovered his Safe Away album in 2001, which was a very lonely year for me. I was in graduate school, girlfriendless, and vocationally clueless. I soothed myself by listening to Safe Away and a few other albums I mention here in my essay, “The Flowering Dark,“...
The "Eric Campuzano Attic Tape" Bootleg: The Prayer Chain and I, Part II

The “Eric Campuzano Attic Tape” Bootleg: The Prayer Chain and I, Part II

ORIGIN OF THE BOOTLEG When I was a freshman in college at Southwest Missouri State University—now Missouri State University—I received the cassette below in the mail from Prayer Chain bassist Eric Campuzano. As I mentioned in my other post about the Prayer Chain (read it here), I was in the habit of writing the band...
New IMAGE Essay + Spotify Playlist + NIGHTMARRIAGE Pre-Order

New IMAGE Essay + Spotify Playlist + NIGHTMARRIAGE Pre-Order

NEW IMAGE JOURNAL BLOG ESSAY, “THE ARMCHAIR ASTRONAUT” + SPOTIFY PLAYLIST Read my latest IMAGE Journal essay, an adaptation from The Stained-Glass Kaleidoscope titled “The Armchair Astronaut,” here. In the meantime, I am providing you with a Spotify playlist I assembled as a companion to this essay. It is inspired by my dad, who loves...
Archival Writing: Over the Rhine Concert Review, March 27, 2001, St. Louis, MO

Archival Writing: Over the Rhine Concert Review, March 27, 2001, St. Louis, MO

OVER THE RHINE * MARCH 27, 2001, ST. LOUIS, MO BLUEBERRY HILL’S DUCK ROOM NOTE: This piece originally appeared in an online edition of John J. Thompson’s True Tunes News before it went belly-up. I just found it today, and decided it was worth posting, if nothing else, for its archival value. When the piece originally...
An Exercise in Musical Mythmaking: The Prayer Chain and I, Part 1

An Exercise in Musical Mythmaking: The Prayer Chain and I, Part 1

When I was in high school, my favorite band was a little known outfit called The Prayer Chain (see the photo above). I listened to the band’s 1993 album Shawl so obsessively that, in a feverish frenzy to hear something new from the band, I asked my church’s resident audio expert how to play my...
The Tragicomedy "La Femme": FREE Album & "Behind the Music"-esque Retrospective

The Tragicomedy “La Femme”: FREE Album & “Behind the Music”-esque Retrospective

ABOUT “LA FEMME”: Tracks 1-9 were produced by Scott Patterson. Tracks 10-12 were recorded live at the Nu Brew Coffeehouse in Springfield, MO by Bryan Carlstrom. Tracks 13-15 were recorded as demos to cheapo boombox by one Chad Thomas Johnston. All lyrics and music were written by Chad Thomas Johnston except 1) “Grace” (Lyrics/Music by...
An Open Letter to Everett True: 5 Songs from the Boy Who Listened to "Nerdvana"

An Open Letter to Everett True: 5 Songs from the Boy Who Listened to “Nerdvana”

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I originally posted this piece on January 9, 2012. On April 1, I received a tweet from Everett True regarding this piece. It said, “I reckon we should reprint that on Collapse Board. what d’ya think?” He posted the article on the evening of April 2 here. At the top of the piece,...
IMAGE Essay: "The Disrobing Trees" + The Radiohead/Plato Paper I Mention Therein

IMAGE Essay: “The Disrobing Trees” + The Radiohead/Plato Paper I Mention Therein

The Disrobing Trees Today on IMAGE Journal’s “Good Letters” blog, you can read my latest essay, “The Disrobing Trees.” In the essay, I briefly allude to a paper I wrote in graduate school while sitting in front of a window that allowed me to observe a tree undergo its annual autumnal transformation. Below—for better or...
"I Am Og" (Virtual 7" from 1991, When CTJ Was 13)

“I Am Og” (Virtual 7″ from 1991, When CTJ Was 13)

Early on in my “music career,” I was impressed with the recording techniques employed by the producers of the Chipmunks’ music. Which is to say, I recorded this song with my sister at a very slow tempo, played it back at high speed on the “high-speed dub” setting on my home stereo, and then recorded...
The Innocence Mission: IMAGE Essay + the VHS Tape We Sent the Band

The Innocence Mission: IMAGE Essay + the VHS Tape We Sent the Band

My latest essay, “The Flowering Dark,” is now available to read on IMAGE Journal’s “Good Letters” blog. Read it here.  The essay looks at Lent through the lens of the Innocence Mission’s Birds of My Neighborhood LP, or at least how this record impacted a solemn season of my own life. At the end of...
Download CTJ's Free 35-Song Anthology: "Source Materials & Sorcerer Materials"

Download CTJ’s Free 35-Song Anthology: “Source Materials & Sorcerer Materials”

DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM HERE, OR USE THE WIDGET ON THE SIDEBAR!  A hearty thanks to the following people for inspiring me to assemble this musical madness: Ben Chlapek, for making a mix of only my songs for his friends a few months back, even if it meant they might all (Gasp!) unfriend him on Facebook....
"A Light Goes On": A FREE Holiday Art + Music Compilation for the Naughty & Nice

“A Light Goes On”: A FREE Holiday Art + Music Compilation for the Naughty & Nice

My friend Sam Billen has orchestrated yet another fantastic holiday project this year. It’s called “A Light Goes On,” and it is a synthesis of art and music that pairs musicians’ Christmas songs with visuals that likewise celebrate the festive season. It features works by the ever whimsical and wonderful Half-Handed Cloud, Japan’s The Tenniscoats,...