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February 20, 2013

“Someday” Song Sketch

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To listen, see “Someday” under the “Songs” section of my website (scroll up).

Lately I have been struggling to find a comfortable routine for writing, practicing, teaching and performing. If you subscribe to my email newsletter (which you can on Reverbnation by clicking the “Subscribe” button under “Quick Actions”) you will know that I have recently started a local teaching company called the Sklut and Weston School of Music (website currently under construction) and one of my groups Sklut and Weston (website also under construction, but check us out on our Sklut and Weston) is gearing up to release our debut E.P. This is on top of other part-time work and gigs. It’s exhausting. However, I’ve been managing to find some sort of focus and discipline – setting time aside to work solely on craft and improving my skills as a writer and player. “Someday” is a product of that focus.

I don’t know if it is because of the time and energy constraints I have been under lately (my life feels somewhat like a fragmented computer – If I total all of the small spaces of time I have between other things, I can find time for writing, but I never have one large block of free time in which to focus), or if it is that my tastes are changing (or both), but I have noticed a tendency in myself to write and appreciate very simple, open songs with few (but good) ideas and relatively small amounts of content. “Someday” is also a product of this tendency.

About six weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to perform in MER’s Music Showcase at Schubas in Chicago. I performed alongside such fantastic songwriters and performers as Marty Casey (the Lovehammers), Miles Nielsen (of Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts), Alex V, and, of course, MER. One striking thing I noticed (beside the fact that I think I was the youngest of the group) was that all of their songs were so simple, and so amazing. It wasn’t that simplicity detracted from having a unique style, or having a strong message, or a powerful performance – it added to it. My songs were not, for the most part, simple. They were complex and packed with all sorts of ideas and information. I’m not saying one was better than the other, but I liked “the other” and I wanted to try it on for size. “Someday” is a product of that, as well.

I hear a few things in this – things that are obvious inspirations for me. I hear, specifically the song Julia. I also hear a bit of The Shins. I hear early Paul Simon (Simon and Garfunkel) – but only once my dad pointed it out to me. That’s where I am coming from with this, anyway.

It’s a simple love song. A few lyrics I would change are (in the third verse) “traces fade away after awhile” I will end up changing to “traces blow away after awhile” in the next draft. I might also change the final lines from “Someday you’ll find you are on my mind” to “Someday you’ll find you were on my mind”. I’m not sure if the obvious sentimentality of this enhances or detracts from the overall theme. I’ll sleep on that one for now.

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Thanks for listening,




January 30, 2013

Fuller’s Pub – Friday, Feb. 1

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Hello Loyal Family, Friends and Fans,

I’ll be kicking off the month of February by performing at Fuller’s Pub (3203 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago) this Friday from 9:30pm – 1am. I have over a full set’s worth of new originals and covers that I am very excited to share, and, since I’ve never performed at Fuller’s before, I am excited to see what this place is all about.

I want to give a special thanks to my friend Annie Wagner for setting this up. I am very much looking forward to seeing you on Friday.

Tell your friends! Come help me make it a night to remember (or not)!

See you there.


John Charles Weston


December 19, 2012

Back to Back shows Dec 21st and 22nd

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Come out this weekend! I’m performing Friday in Libertyville @ Mickey Finn’s Brewery w/The Buzzkills and Saturday in the Lakeview area @ The Blue Bayou w/ Sklut & Weston
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Formed in early 2007 in Bloomington, Indiana, the Buzzkills barely resemble their first incarnation as an unheard of hard rock side project. Today The Buzzkills are fast becoming a staple of the mid-west music scene. With a wide array of influences from jazz to metalcore, the group manages to blend the sound of the great classics with modern rock and progressive music.

“There’s definitely an interesting mix of influences within the group”, according to drummer Matt Schory, ” the common factor is that we all sort of started in the same place; with bands like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Our music comes from that base and then we inject of our own personal musical tastes.”
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The core of the Buzzkills’ sound comes from the writing of John Weston and Kyle Gilpin. When asked about the bands writing process Weston explains, “Every song is a bit different. Sometimes Kyle or I will have a nearly finished song and everyone will add their own personal touch. More and more a song will start out as a basic idea like a melody or an idea for a cool chorus and everyone will just throw around stuff from there.”
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July 31, 2012

Band From the 1960s

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Last night a friend of mine, and expecting father, said that parents should just “tell their kids to go listen to The Beatles”. More or less, that’s what mine did. I remember sitting in the dark, listening to John Lennon’s tight, electric, drug-fueled harmonies cutting through a microphone, tape, and, decades later, the plastic playground of my cutting-edge 3-disk CD player – and it was better than drugs ever could be. I remember the first time I really listened to The Beatles and how intoxicating it was. They reminded me that it was okay for music to be exciting, or edgy, or quirky, or smart, or depressing, or frantic, or creepy, or gorgeous, or just plain weird. Or anything. Or all of them at once.

Like an addict, I couldn’t quit it. There was always more, and it was always new. It dove to depths and reached heights that I, myself, could not have conceived existed. And, at the same time, it was always strangely familiar. I learned every bit of it – it was always so wonderfully constructed that learning it seemed effortless -, and, at the same time, I was (and still am) always surprised and impressed that it was never obvious. Almost none of the ideas seemed to be recycled (I’ve since learned that many were), or forced; it never seemed insincere.

Now, for one reason or another (for many reasons, really), I feel like a lot of music is insincere, forced, and lazily recycled. It’s upsetting.

This is my ode to the sound of the 1960s (The Beatles, in particular) and the never-lonely nights sitting in the dark, listening…



July 30, 2012

John Charles

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I am excited to introduce you to my new webpage. On this site you will find information about current musical projects that I am involved in, collaborations with other musicians that I am working with, demos and full-blown recordings of songs I have written, performed on, or have been involved with creating, and contact information for music lessons.

I have no specific agenda with this site other than to provide a fun, creative outlet for sharing and exposing my daily work and ideas, and receiving feedback and comments. I hope you find it as fun and exciting as I do.