Week 256: “Everyone I Know” by Johanna Warren

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I think you can tell a lot about a person based on the kind of doodles they draw in their school notebooks.

As it turns out, I’m not the only who thinks so; in this article from the Daily Mail, graphologist Ruth Rostron outlines the various meanings behind our absent-minded sketches. Whether you tend to draw faces, flowers, or butterflies, Rostron can identify what those doodles tell the world about your subconscious.

If that’s true, then singer/songwriter Johanna Warren has a very complicated subconscious. Her Tumblr, playfully titled “Portraits of Imaginary Friends,” contains just about every type of doodle imaginable. Analyzing their meaning would be like trying to write a horoscope for someone born under six different zodiac signs.

Her music is just as whimsical as her drawings. Her 2013 album “Fates” is like an audio companion to her sketches, and I get the impression that when she was in school, her notebooks were probably the most intricately decorated of anyone in her class. I can almost see her sitting in the corner of her math class, quietly drawing figure eights and jotting down the lyrics to this song while the teacher’s voice fades into the background.

What makes this a beautiful song:

1. The slowly waltzing 3/4 time signature.

2. The quiet backing vocals.

3. The way she softly reaches for the high notes in the chorus.

Recommended listening activity:

Writing your name in 3-D bubble letters.

Buy it here.