Bill Johnston

Bill Johnston

BandRock

As loud as one man and an acoustic guitar can possibly be.

Biography

Bill Johnston was born in Princeton, NJ in 1974 and dwelt there for the first months of his life. His memories of this time are rather vague - he remembers a house, and very possibly a high chair, but that's about it. At the age of 10 months, the family Johnston moved to Connecticut, leaving behind only a pair of Mom's boots which had become stuck in some mud in the backyard in an incident while, while amusing, has absolutely nothing to do with this biography.

The rest of Bill's youth was spent in the Connecticut suburbs. Sometime during elementary school, he began to sing and play guitar in the church choir. This, plus a starring role in his school's production of the dubious musical "Santa's Gone Hip", was all he needed to convince him that music should be his life. In high school, he journeyed to to distant lands with the concert choir and jazz ensemble. He was also in several local garage bands, each of which managed to not quite win the school's annual Battle of the Bands.

As time went on, Bill moved to Boston for some book learnin'. While he was there, he joined up with a group called the Dear Abbeys who, despite the obvious reference to the famed columnist, probably shouldn't be relied upon for advice about anything. At all. Anyway, he toured the countryside with this band of misfits and sang acapella music at anyone who wandered into hearing range. A handful of these roving minstrels eventually become the semi-pro singing group known only as Happy Cat. They journeyed to Japan, mostly to enjoy always being the tallest people in the room, and taught the entire population of a small fishing village the Macarena.

Shortly after college, Bill picked up his belongings and moved to Maryland with the idea of starting up a band. Upon arrival, this plan promptly fell through. Thus began his illustrious career as a door-to-door salesman. After a short stint as the travelling peddler, Bill enjoyed an even shorter stint doing temp work in downtown Washington DC and making smoothies in Georgetown, and eventually wound up in the marketing department of a trade association. He somehow convinced his employers that let him be the guy that manned their booth at trade shows. Using this clever ploy, he was able to travel to exotic locations like Detroit and Anaheim. He also helped to found an a capella group which utterly failed to take the DC music scene by storm.

Ultimately, Bill moved back to Boston and began working at a research and consulting firm in Cambridge. Since then he has been through several jobs and several bands, and is now throwing himself to the masses as a solo performer. Check him out at a bar, coffeehouse, or streetcorner near you...

Lyrics

The Fool You Took Me For

Written By: Bill Johnston

Silence rings throughout the room
By your eyes, you're about to resume
Guess its high time I was leaving
You have nothing nice to say
Though you promised no fighting today
And I'm the sucker for believing

Though I've had more than my fill
I keep coming back for more
After all this time, I am still
The fool you took me for

Go ahead and cut me loose
Don't bother to make an excuse
I know you have got your reason
Try to move on but I find
I keep turning things round in my mind
Perhaps another time, another season

Though I've had more than my fill
I keep coming back for more
After all this time, I am still
The fool you took me for

You knew how it would hurt me
When you said those words again
I guess I never could see
This is how you have always been

Raise my eyes to the sky
As I reel from your latest goodbye
I followed your lead to the letter
Yes, I'm familiar with this dance
But somehow I thought there was a chance
I guess that I should have known better

Though I've had more than my fill
I keep coming back for more
After all this time, I am still
The fool you took me for

I'm still hoping that you will
come back through my door
After all this time, I am still
The fool you took me for

Infinite Moment

Written By: Music - Bill Johnston / Lyrics - Jason Florack

Sunflower fills a blue sky
Drowning a raindrop's fall
So sit back and soon we will fly
Swimming into them all

Windows in a wind will sway
Stand slow in spite of time
Infinity shines away
Her come the sounds sublime

This moment
Time doesn't need recompense
This infinite moment
Dreams of blue, surrounding you
In here it all makes sense

Fields of sunflowers weeping
Smiling a yellow dance
We slipped from uncommon sleeping
Awoke into another trance

This moment
Time doesn't need recompense
This infinite moment
Dreams of blue, surrounding you
In here it all makes sense

The years do not attempt to share
The secret to the lines we wear
I wonder what is under there
Let's play around in underwear

This moment
Time doesn't need recompense
This infinite moment
Dreams of blue, surrounding you
In here it all makes sense

Reconcile

Written By: Music - Bill Johnston / Lyrics - Jason Florack

driving
headlights blend into the sunset
eyes are squinted
trying to find the exit to home

background
grey cold water behind me
sky is tinted
with the shadow of something to come

on i drive with no determined destination
something pulls me to the source of my confusion
can’t stop thinking ‘bout the shadows in her window
tv blue danced off two bared souls

memory
pretends that time stands still
so, she’s smiling
with a hope that’s all in my mind

sunshine
always gives in to stormclouds
reconciling
is the rainbow that pleases the blind

still i drive with no determined destination
something pulls me to the source of my confusion
can’t stop thinking ‘bout the shadows in her window
tv blue danced off two

once there was a lonely man
fell in love with a lonely girl
love was betrayed by pangs of curiosity calling
so i left her, and returned to lovely lowly loneliness

wrong turn
i stepped out into midnight
to your window
saw my mistake in the eyes of your man

well i drove with no determined destination
something pulled me to the source of my confusion
can’t stop thinking ‘bout the shadows in her window
tv blue danced off two

Discography

Solo Projects:
Living Room (ongoing work-in-progress)

Past Groups:
Follow Mary (August 2000)

Single Album Tracks:
The Burren Project (April 2004): Track 2 - Infinite Moment
Prisoners of Allston (January 2000): Track 7 - Reconcile (with Jason Florack)

Set List

Here is a current list of covers and originals that I might play on any given evening:

Allman Bros - Melissa
Barenaked Ladies - The Old Apartment
Barenaked Ladies - What a Good Boy
Ben Harper - Show me a Little Shame
CSN - Southern Cross
Follow Mary - Forever and a Day
Follow Mary - Infinite Moment
Follow Mary - Reconcile
Howard Jones - No One Is to Blame
Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix - The Wind Cries Mary
Lenny Kravitz - Rosemary
Live - Lightning Crashes
Mad Season - River of Deceit
Mark Cohn - Walking in Memphis
Martin Sexton - Glorybound
Martin Sexton - Young and Beautiful
Men at Work - Overkill
Paul Simon - Late in the Evening
Pearl Jam - Black
Peter Gabriel - Blood of Eden
Peter Gabriel - Washing of the Water
Police - Every Breath You Take
Prince - Purple Rain
Prince - When Doves Cry
Radiohead - Creep
Stevie Wonder - Superstitious
Sublime - Badfish
Sublime - Doin Time
Tom Petty - You don't know how it Feels
U2 - With or Witho