Album: Best Friends
Hoffman's debut album, "Guess I'll Have to Write My Own,"
(also available on www.cdbaby.com),
was so successful, it "went balsa," as they say in the
trade. Undaunted, Jonathan Hoffman returns with eleven new songs
on his second CD, "Best Friends." His award-winning
songwriting on the first CD brought good news and bad news. The
good news is that his song, Heartbreak Hotel (no, not that
Heartbreak Hotel), won second prize in the secular folk/country
category (sixth place overall) in the 2001 GGM Music Contest. His
song "Our Chaperone," featured on "Best Friends," just won a similar
award. It was the top finisher in the secular folk/country category,
and twelfth overall in the 2002 GGM Music Contest. The bad news
is that Hoffman has yet to meet a single person who has ever heard
of the GGM Music Contest.
wrote all the music and lyrics in "Best Friends," except
for the parts he took from other writers. He purloined the melody
of Take Me Out to the Ballgame for the opening to his song,
The Sox Finally Win the Series. Intellectual property lawyers
standing in line to sue will be disappointed to learn that Take
Me Out to the Ballgame is now in the public domain. However,
these same lawyers will be pleased to discover their own feature
role in the lyrics of another tune on this CD, Steal This Song,
his tribute to music wannabes who simply aspire to have their songs
considered worthy of being stolen on Morpheus, Audiogalaxy or any
of the other Napster clones.
Many of the same excellent backup musicians return from Hoffman's
first CD, except that the violin and piano on the first album have
been replaced with Jim Brady's mandolin, Paul Connor's dobro, and
some other outstanding guitar work by Jon Lindahl and Greg Roberts.
These fine musicians do their best to protect the innocent public
from Hoffman's voice and acoustic guitar work.
Hoffman's first CD, this one features songs about family and friends
(Best Friends; Sirota, It Must Be Love; Miss South Eugene);
satirical work about the music business (The Singer-Songwriter
Formerly Known as Me; Steal This Song); and plaintive commentary
about the failings of his baby boomer generation (Aftermath).
But this second CD takes off in several new directions as well.
It features his satirical and unrepentant response to I'm a Woman
(I'm a Man); his mocking paean to the Fenway Faithful (The
Sox Finally Win the Series); and even songs about his adopted
shelter dog (Our Chaperone; Blue Yellow Lab). The last of
these even features some blues wailing by Watson, the shelter dog
In addition to the eleven songs listed on Best Friends, the
CD contains enhanced features for fans of the Oregon Ducks. Inserting
the CD in a CD-ROM drive on a personal computer gives the listener
the option of either listening to the eleven songs and reading the
lyrics, or else hearing a twelfth bonus track, It's a Great Day
to Be a Duck, accompanied by a slide show of Hoffman and other
Delirious Duck fans celebrating the most successful season in Oregon
sports history. USC, UCLA, Washington, and Oregon State fans may
choose not to avail themselves of this option. Dweeb Ducks can even
copy the song onto their hard drives and, if they incorporate herein
by this reference thereto the WARNING to BEWARE of the aforementioned
lawyers as aforesaid, and notwithstanding the provisions of 18 United
States Code Annotated Section 2319, can burn the Duck song onto
a CD in order to have access to Duck Music in their Duckmobiles.
No animals were harmed during the making of this CD. Whether any
will be harmed by listening to it is a more complex subject requiring
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