My real name is John Henry Littlejohn – the first and only. How did I end up with that name? Well, here’s my story…
My parents weren’t married when I was born, actually they were never married to each other. They basically made me, then went their separate ways. They are very different people. If you met them today, which would be a blessing because they’re both great people, you’d probably think, “How did you two ever come together long enough to make a baby?”
Well…they did, and here I am…in all my bastardness! LOL
Because they were never married, I was given my dad’s first 2 names, and my mom’s last name – John Henry Littlejohn – very diplomatic.
It’s a cool name. I’m used to it. Easy to remember – although apparently I couldn’t get it straight and called myself “John John Littlejohn” for years…but now, I’ve mastered it.
There is much meaning and power in a name, and even a name that appears to have come together without much thought can have a deep impact on one’s life.
Have you ever heard the legend of John Henry?
He was an ex-slave who worked on the railroads. According to the folk tale, he could hammer nails into a railroad track faster than anyone. [Some say that he made Thor’s hammer look like a toothpick…okay…I added that part but it’s probably true.] With the invention of the electric hammer, John Henry and his colleagues were quickly unemployed. To save their jobs, he took on the electric hammer and won!
Classic “Man vs. Machine” Story.
Who would be crazy enough to take on something CLEARY more powerful than themselves? The answer…Frodo Baggins…oh yeah, and me too.
Armed with a violin, myself, and a microphone, I’m stripping hip-hop – a music form heavily dependent on technology – back down to it’s simplest form. In an industry ruled by auto-tune, midi-samples, and beat quantization, I’m asking the question, “What happened to good old-fashioned human ability?” Is it out of style?
Don’t get me wrong, this is not some crusade against electricity, and I have nothing against the many gifted musicians who use more conventional methods to make their music. Even my first album, “Violinistik”, uses samples – and I really like that album…but I’m changing. Right now, I’m committed to making music without the use of samples. Who I am, and what I have is enough.
Truth be told, I’m fairly limited. I don’t have a big studio, I don’t have much money, I don’t have a lot of time, and I don’t have a team of coaches, song writers, choreographers, publicists, and producers pushing and pulling me along. BUT I have music rolling around in my head all day, and it’s THAT music, filtered through my limitations, that is producing creativity.
It’s an uphill battle and the quest is just beginning. Wanna join me on this adventure? I could use the company
I actually wrote a song about the journey, called “Caterpillar”. My music career is unfolding slowly, but moving forward inch-by-inch, like a caterpillar. I tried to capture what a caterpillar would sound like in beat, lyric, and melodic form. Check it out:
(link updated May 18, 2015)
If you like what you hear, you’ll like my upcoming release. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.
Thanks for taking the time to listen to me. Drop me a line and I’ll be sure to return the favor!
John “Adidam” Littlejohn