Posts tagged "Alyssa Johns"
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...
"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...
Santa's Naughty & Nice List for Me and My Twitter Friends

Santa’s Naughty & Nice List for Me and My Twitter Friends

I wanted to give a shout-out to my Twitter friends simply because we are all involved in an ongoing effort to take over the world, to connect with infinite others, to write endlessly, to broadcast (or podcast), and to sharpen one another like so many infomercial knives that can cut through shoes. In light of...
Christmas Chrome: Audio of CTJ & His Sister Alyssa at Ages 6 and 2, Respectively

Christmas Chrome: Audio of CTJ & His Sister Alyssa at Ages 6 and 2, Respectively

If you really follow my blog (I don’t, but you might), you’ll know I ran this exactly a year ago today. But I figure a rerun is acceptable on occasions such as these, when new parenthood has left my eyes bloodshot, my brain beleaguered, my hair prematurely gray. I exaggerate: Baby Evie is a delight....
Now Playing at the (a)Musing Foodie Blog: CTJ's "Indoor Smoke Signals"

Now Playing at the (a)Musing Foodie Blog: CTJ’s “Indoor Smoke Signals”

My latest piece, “Indoor Smoke Signals,” is available for reading at the (a)Musing Foodie blog, which is hosted by the Liza Hawkins – the Interweb’s preeminent charmer where chowing down is concerned. So do yourself a favor. Read the article here and then follow Liza on Twitter here. An excerpt: My sister and I would’ve noticed...
A True Poo Story: A White Poo Sighting at My Sister's Friend Dawn's House

A True Poo Story: A White Poo Sighting at My Sister’s Friend Dawn’s House

This really did happen. And I can assure you that my sister Alyssa and I have talked about this for w-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-y too many years. Oh yeah, and if you feel like commemorating this momentous remembrance with us, buy the T-shirt (See the picture below the picture) at my Cafe Press shop.
Washer Washer, Dryer Dryer: An Inexplicable Childhood Game

Washer Washer, Dryer Dryer: An Inexplicable Childhood Game

Inspired by @WritRams’ post. Thanks for reminding me of this inexplicable game. When my sister Alyssa and I were smallish, we played a game called “Washer Washer, Dryer Dryer.” It made sense to our candy-addled kiddie brains, but as we grew up, we both realized it made no sense whatsoever. We tried to explain it...
Fantasia Forest: Free eBook by My 12-Year-Old Self (Yikes!)

Fantasia Forest: Free eBook by My 12-Year-Old Self (Yikes!)

I received a letter from a 7-year-old girl in Delacroix, Maryland last week that read as follows: “Dear Chad, When will Fantasia Forest be available as an eBook? I want to read it ever so badly. I am afraid of trashcans, as they clatter so when mother and father empty them into the dumpster in...
A Reason to Feed Your Sister Cat Food: REWORKED Etsy Giveaway & Discount

A Reason to Feed Your Sister Cat Food: REWORKED Etsy Giveaway & Discount

I got in trouble for feeding my sister Alyssa cat food when we were children. I told her it was Count Chocula cereal. Now that my sister is all grown up and pregnant with her first child (which she and her husband plan to name Count Chadcula), I can see that the cat food actually...
Snow Pas: Walking in a Winter Blunderland

Snow Pas: Walking in a Winter Blunderland

In Chapter 3 of my book, The Stained-Glass Kaleidoscope, I write about how my sister Alyssa and I built a snow toilet back in ’94 or ’95. (See above photo of Alyssa and I, taken circa January 2002 on Missouri State campus in Springfield, MO.) I was not lying. Below is an actual picture of...
Me and the Half-Pint: When We Were Young

Me and the Half-Pint: When We Were Young

Alyssa and I on our driveway in Odessa, MO.  She was my slave, and I made her pull me everywhere.  This led to the atrophy of my leg muscles, which caused me to place 4th out of 4 in my elementary school track meet. I used to dress Alyssa up in all sorts of costumes....