Between September 2005 and September 2006, singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton produced and released one song each week, in an attempt to keep himself occupied after having quit his job as a software programmer to focus on his music career.
This lead to 52 tracks released for free on his website, which he distributed onto four albums that he released between August and December of 2006.
Each album is linked with the season it was recorded, the first one featuring fall songs, the second winter songs, the third spring songs, and the fourth summer songs.
Here are three of my favorite songs from each album:
This song features a narrator who tries to explain his feelings to their significant other, but projects his emotions onto a monkey.
The version being performed by Coulton, Paul & Storm and Molly Lewis in the video above changes the words “my monkey” into “Wil Wheaton”, a fellow geek icon in the audience.
A song about suburban angst, expressed through vacuum cleaners.
Furry Old Lobster
A musical tribute to the fictional original lobster (a type of sea otter) from the book ‘Areas of My Expertise’ written by longtime Coulton collaborator John Hodgman.
Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance
This song was based on John Hodgman’s ‘How to Lead a Double Life (or Death)’ lecture, and the NPR morning anchor Soterios Johnson.
A song about the skipper (team captain) of a Minnesotan curling club, serving as an anthem for curlers from Minnesota.
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