Red Eyed, Red Light, Goodnight!

Dean Johanesen

Red Eyed, Red Light Goodnight

The closing song from the record was inspired by a Water For Elephants reference to the Character Camel being thrown out of the Circus Train in the middle of the night.

I think a more common practice was for a person to get fired and left at the station watching the red lights disappear as the train and the circus

Red Eyed, Red Light Goodnight

The closing song from the record was inspired by a Water For Elephants reference to the Character Camel being thrown out of the Circus Train in the middle of the night.

I think a more common practice was for a person to get fired and left at the station watching the red lights disappear as the train and the circus moved on without them. Being told to show up after the train had already left the station may have been another term for this and I have also heard of being thrown from the train as “Oil Spotting.”

Basically if you were of no use to the circus and were not “pulling your weight” they would ask you to leave. If you did not leave and continued to drain their space, food etc they would throw you from the train in the middle of the night.

One last thing for this song, I sort of called back to other stories from the record in this closing song. I mention the “Wizard” (Thomas Edison) and Topsy as well as Walker’s from Walker’s Pure Extract.

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Whistling In The Graveyard

Dean Johanesen

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Whistling In The Graveyard - Demo

This was a song prompt with the title "Whistling In the Graveyard." I started writing this a while back but put it away for a bit.

My recent trip to Dripping Springs inspired me to write a bit more and I had some ideas come to me to finish the song with a Bridge and 3rd spoken verse.

This song is about

Whistling In The Graveyard - Demo

This was a song prompt with the title "Whistling In the Graveyard." I started writing this a while back but put it away for a bit.

My recent trip to Dripping Springs inspired me to write a bit more and I had some ideas come to me to finish the song with a Bridge and 3rd spoken verse.

This song is about superstitions surrounding death. Whistling in the Graveyard is said to summon evil spirits or the Devil. The Bridge talks about covering mirrors and coins on the eyelids etc. All part of the superstitions that surround death and the dying.

A somewhat perfect addition for Halloween. I am still tweaking the recording but wanted to give you an advanced listen.

Happy Halloween everyone!!

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Dean Johanesen LIVE at Fogartyville

Dean Johanesen

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"Dean Johanesen LIVE at Fogartyville" captures a live performance at one of Sarasota's only listening room venues.

Johanesen's raw performance was captured during an opening set for Blair Crimmin's and The Hookers in February of 2015. The show was video recorded by Dean for some analysis of the show. In listening back a to a responsive audience

"Dean Johanesen LIVE at Fogartyville" captures a live performance at one of Sarasota's only listening room venues.

Johanesen's raw performance was captured during an opening set for Blair Crimmin's and The Hookers in February of 2015. The show was video recorded by Dean for some analysis of the show. In listening back a to a responsive audience and an at times, fast paced and excited performance, Johanesen decided to release the recordings for a snapshot of a moment in between studio releases.

  • Fogartyville is an arts and community venue that hosts an independent radio station as well, 96.5 LPFM.
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