4 – Jonathan Ferguson – Singer-Songwriter


I don’t think about whether something is Folk or Rock or Pseudo-Iranian-Dance-Pop. Whatever comes out  … comes out. - Jonathan Ferguson - Singer-Songwriter

I don’t think about whether something is Folk or Rock or Pseudo-Iranian-Dance-Pop. Whatever comes out  … comes out. - Jonathan Ferguson - Singer-Songwriter

Hi and welcome to the fourth episode of The Spark & The Art podcast. I’m your host Tucker. I’d like to say something cool like “You may know me from my website SongsTuckerWrote.com or my appearance on Breakfast Television in 2002” But I’ve seen that stats of my website. The chances of anyone having seen it without me actually showing it to them are pretty slim. Maybe one day I’ll have a better pedigree …

This episode is the one I’ve learned the most from so far. While the conversation was great and I got a lot out of it that’s not the part I meant I learned from. I learned some technical things and some interview things. 

Biggest learnings from doing this episode: 

1) Always make sure you have enough room on the memory card to record the entire conversation

2) If you are interviewing a songwriter and would like to know about their process in creating for their first album. You should ask about that.

3) Be open to when opportunities for deeper conversation arise. I feel like I missed an opportunity or two in this one. 

4) While the conversations are for me I need to not assume that when a guest says something like “My job is finding problems but I don’t have to solve them.” I should either explain myself or have the guest explain that they are a User Acceptance Tester which means they look at software and products as an advocate of the user and bring to light anything they feel will hinder the users ability to use or understand the software as it’s been designed. (hopefully that’s an apt description)

This episode is Jonathan Ferguson. Jonathan is a singer-songwriter from Calgary who recently did a series of shows in Denmark. (Copenhagen most specifically I think) and will be back there again in mid-April is there right now. We talk about writing lyrics, naming bands and his passion for the Beatles and Nirvana. Then we started to talk about Beiber and the machine stopped recording. Might be a coincidence, might me a smart recording device. Or it could be because I hand’t removed the previous recordings off the card and we ran out of space. I’ll blame it on Beiber.

What got cut off what the final bits where we give his contact info. So, you can find him at jonathanferguson.ca to read some lyrics and hear some songs from his album Sweeter After Difficulties. Or you tweet at him on the twitters at @jonlferguson