Date: December 31, 2007 at 09:55:46 (CST) Name: Muggsy Lauer City & State: St. Cloud, MN Source: Google Comments: Thanks for playing and singing for us at the Pioneer Place in St. Cloud last week. I hadn't seen you in years and you haven't lost a thing, in fact I think you were better than ever -- even with the inadvertent yodeling!
I am looking forward to next year's show!
Date: December 29, 2007 at 00:22:08 (CST) Name: Lee T. Johnson City & State: St. Cloud, MN Source: "Google" Comments: Michael- I saw you in St. Cloud tonight at the "Pioneer Place." Awesome show, as always! We are very happy to see you recovering from surgery! And we are ecstatic to hear that St. Cloud will become an annual gig!! See you next year- Happy Holidays!! Lee
Date: December 28, 2007 at 12:34:24 (CST) Name: tom mcmorrow City & State: cannon falls,mn Source: mj search Comments: michael,
Just wondering how often you get back up this way for shows.We really enjoyed zumbrota concert. Are there shows you do that are not listed on your site. Tt was great seeing you play again and look forward to seeing you soon.One day at a time.
Date: December 24, 2007 at 22:21:57 (CST) Name: Patti Petow and Roni Stonecipher City & State: Clearwater, FL Source: "Friends should stay together..." -RLJ Comments: Michael! We didn't know about your surgery. We are so very thankful that you are on the mend and EXPECT that we will see you very soon. Roni and I are both itching to make a trip to Nashville sometime after the first of the year. Will email you soon. '08 is gonna ROCK!
With lots of love,
Patti and Roni
Date: December 21, 2007 at 21:29:32 (CST) Name: Donna Hanson City & State: Rochester, MN Source: Mentioned by Michael last night in Zumbrota,MN Comments:
I want to thank you for taking the time to sign our "old" record albums last night at Crossings in Zumbrota, MN. Your music has been a big part of our lives. We first saw you at the community college in Rochester, MN when we were dating back in 1973. We have listened to your music, often, over the years, and have never had the opportunity to experience "it or you" close up, as we did last night. Thank you!! We are so sorry to hear about your heart surgery and hope all is going well with your recovery. We played your 2-disc CD on the way home and both sang along all the way! Mark likes to sing along at full voice, and he does a pretty good job, although it gets in the way of hearing your voice!! The intimate setting at Crossroads was so awesome! To be able to experience your guitar playing up so close was unbelievable!!
Thank you, again, for signing our record albums and taking the time to come back home to MinnesOOOta!!
Merry Christmas, Michael, and Happy New Year!!
Donna & Mark Hanson
Date: December 16, 2007 at 16:26:43 (CST) Name: ROBERT COX City & State: KANSAS CITY Source: Looked up the song on YOUTUBE Comments: JUST LISTENED TO BLUER THAN BLUE. CRIED MY EYES OUT. IT FEELS GOOD TO CRY WHEN YOUR BLUE. THIS SONG ACTUALLY HELPED ME GET THROUGH A ROUGH DAY. THANKS, THE WORDS STILL EFFECT ME TODAY AS THEY DID SO MANY YEARS AGO. GOD BLESS!!
Date: December 12, 2007 at 03:59:36 (CST) Name: emelina frobel City & State: germany Source: by chance Comments: my sister will come to visit me next month. we loved to sing your songs together way back home in the 70's. i'm sure we'll be doing the same gig
again soon. you've been a part of our youth. thank you for giving us such wonderful songs to hear and sing.
Date: December 07, 2007 at 07:33:28 (CST) Name: Bob Morris/Morris Concrete City & State: Eden Prairie, Mn. Source: MJ website Comments: Hi Michael---Just heard "Bluer than Blue" on the radio, and immediatly had to tell my wife how it is that I know of this super singer/guitarist. Do you remember, a long time ago, I put in an exposed aggregate sidewalk for you at your Mtka. home, and you said "now that I've watched you work for a couple days, why don't you come down and watch me work." You gave me 4 (front row) tickets to the Carlton as you were the warmup for Three Dog Night, which had just gotten back together. Well, it looks like, all these years later, we're both still doing the same thing. Sorry to hear about your health issues, but it sounds like your doing fine. I know it doesn't always seem like it, but God never gives us more than we can handle. Well, take care, and I hope to catch one of your performances in the near future. Bob
Date: November 29, 2007 at 00:41:54 (CST) Name: Doug Reid City & State: Naples, Florida Source: Google search Comments: Michael,
It was just wonderful to see you again in Hollywood, FL. You did such a great job with you voice not yet back to what I remember from the Bandersnatch coffee house at Denison University an eon ago. Had your CDs in the changer during my drive down from Canada this fall. Thanks again. Looks like you will be lucky to find time to get back to top form, what a schedule...
Date: November 26, 2007 at 19:22:54 (CST) Name: firstname.lastname@example.org City & State: carol stream Illinois Source: google Comments: spoke with michael at his rockford appearance earlier this month. i am a writer with the chicago tribune who offered to do some liner notes for his next album. i wrote notes for the latest james lee stanley album and told michael that as he and stanley are friends. michael asked me to email him the notes i did on stanley. i think his email is mjblue or something. please send me his email
Date: November 21, 2007 at 23:06:51 (CST) Name: Michael Johnson City & State: Angola, Indiana Source: Googled it Comments: Hi Mike, I see you're going to be in Ann Arbor. I'll be there!
Over the years I've had good laughs with other Michael Johnson's I've met because we seem to get into the strangest predicaments because of the name we share. I always remind them of you; and, that anyone who listened to the radio then heard your popular tunes, and so people we all respectively knew wouldn't forget us! I really enjoyed singing along with them and now hope to find them on karaoke. (I see availability on a site I look at for that...good deal!)
I was sorry that duet you did with Allison Kruase didn't take off; I enjoyed it.
OK, see you in A2.
Date: November 19, 2007 at 17:24:02 (CST) Name: Paul J. Feldman City & State: Pembroke Pines Florida Source: Google search engine Comments: Hello Again..saw you at Steve's Glades Guitars on Saturday night. I wanted to let you know what a pleasure it is to listen to such a fine singer and guitarist. Im the guy who saw you in the 80s when you opened for the Moody Blues. Looking forward to seeing you perform again. You make every song yourown even if you dint write them and I was incredibly impressed how you moved the audience and the ease at which you could make them laugh and then bring tears to their eyes. I wish you health and healing and many many more years to enjoy singing and playing.
Date: November 18, 2007 at 23:23:44 (CST) Name: deb City & State: north miami beach, florida Source: googled it man!!! Comments: saw you at glades guitar. i was so awed. thank you. you are fabulous and play so beautifully. it was amazing to be able to hear you and to meet you. i was very touched by many of the songs you performed, but as i had mentioned- the oklahoma stray song you did was very touching and unfortunately, i related all too closely to it. no wonder i was blubbering in the back of the room. in fact, it set me off for the rest of the weekend. very cathartic. :) whew....
i admit, i never knew you or your music--it was a great experience. thank you again.. and by the way--you are no worse for wear. stay healthy-- for what it's worth, you have a few more converts.
Date: November 15, 2007 at 11:04:09 (CST) Name: Diane Gonzalez City & State: Murrieta, Ca Source: searched Comments: Michael - It was great seeing you last night. Your voice is still a joy to listen to. YOu know, this is the first time I have actually seen you preform. In some respects your sense of humor reminds me of Keith!! Anyway, Carlos and I live in Murrieta and we are close to all the casinos. If you do the circuit and need a place to stay you have one. E-mail me back if you want. I forgot your e-mail address. I should have written it down when you gave it to me last night - but I didn't and as you said - no short term memory!!! Diane Shore Gonzalez
Date: November 14, 2007 at 11:14:15 (CST) Name: Nancy Pearson City & State: Tempe, AZ Source: googled Bluer Than Blue Comments: Hi Mr. Johnson - so nice to sit next to you on the Southwest flight Tues from Nashville to Phoenix. When you said you were the composer of Bluer Than Blue, I was eager to visit your website.
If you are ever in the Phoenix/Tempe area, let us know! A home-cooked meal could be just around the corner.
Nancy and Dave Pearson
Date: November 13, 2007 at 11:11:12 (CST) Name: Pete Roller City & State: Fall Creek Wisconsin Source: typed in MJ's name Comments: Heard your concert in Ft. Atk was well done. I had another engagement and could not attend. My loss. My friends were there and said you did a parody on "you make me feel so...so" and I would love to have the lyrics. would you send them to me?
Date: November 12, 2007 at 20:11:07 (CST) Name: Diane Shore Gonzalez City & State: Murrieta, Ca Source: looked it up Comments: Michael - I hope you get this and are able to respond before your Wed. night concert at Soboba Casino. I plan to go and hopefully I can get to see you, aside from your performance, for a few minutes to say hi!
I can't believe it is over 3 years since we last spoke regarding Keith. It is now over 3 years since he passed away. Time sure goes by quickly. Anyway - I hope you are well and I hope to see you Wednesday. Diane
Date: November 05, 2007 at 21:14:07 (CST) Name: Anne City & State: Minneapolis, MN Source: frequent visitor Comments: MJ-
please...come back to Minneapolis soon! I keep checking your schedule for the traditional (my tradition) day after christmas concert, but it isn't there. Please, we promise to hold off the really big blizzards until afterwards...well...maybe 15 minutes after you finish the last song, but that is still afterwards!!!!! Or we could schedule it for just after you get into town, so you can see a deep white christmas again? :-D
It just isn't Christmas when I can't see you.
Date: November 03, 2007 at 14:00:45 (CDT) Name: Liz Nolan City & State: Boston, Ma Source: google.com Comments: Hi Michael. It is a rainy and dreary Saturday here in Boston...I spent the afternoon cooking...with your CD's playing in the background...sometimes forground! I decided to go on line and see if you were going to be playing anywhere in the New England area. When I read about your by-pass, I thought I would just send some well-wishes to you. I have always been a fan of yours..I think from the first time I heard one of your songs. I went to Mankato State University; graduated in 1980. I saw you play agt Gustavis Aldolphus College in St. Peter. I recall the show very well 30 years later. Thank you for making such terrific music! And please take care of yourself. I will continue to look for your CD's - I wish the labels would re-release them. I have your Then and Now, and a few old tapes. Would love to trade them in for a CD though! Get well, stay well and as the song goes "please come to Boston in the springtime..."
Date: November 02, 2007 at 18:08:10 (CDT) Name: Abigail Smyser City & State: Shippensburg, PA Source: Was looking for the song Upon a Christmas Eve, "googled" the title and came here. Comments: Thanks for your music. Thanks for the beautiful lyrics. Just Thanks. That's all.
Date: October 26, 2007 at 00:48:18 (CDT) Name: Susy Thompson City & State: East Troy WI Source: Looking for one ofmy husband's favorite songs Comments: I am looking forward to hearing the album my husband has been telling me about for years
Date: October 20, 2007 at 02:17:50 (CDT) Name: Don Crowder City & State: Tow, TX Source: google Comments: Hello Michael. I've been a "weekend warrior" guitar picker since the late 70's and I'm something of a computer geek.
Once upon a time I was driving down the road listening to a country station out of Austin and a song came on the radio about a fellow who was my age, or thereabouts, and still falling in love with his wife (the moon still shines on her shoulder). Well, I had to pull over and have a good cry. I was truly moved. I called the radio station and asked who the artist was and I've never forgotten your name.
The only other song that every moved me like that, was a B.B. King recording, a duet with Gladys Knight, of an old song entitled "Please send me someone to love.
Date: October 19, 2007 at 19:50:09 (CDT) Name: Dan Wiljanen City & State: Grand Rapids, Michigan Source: Looked for it! Comments: Hello Michael!
Heard your songs on the radio, got to see you perform live in Grand Rapids, Michigan back some years ago, bought your tapes. Am now going to buy some of your CD's. Hope to see you in Ann Arbor in January. We will try to make that concert date.
My wife says, "He has the greatest oooohh sound on earth." I agree. If for some reason we can't get to Ann Arbor, do you have any concert dates planned in Grand Rapids, Mi. or in Mount Pleasant at the Soaring Eagle, or anywhere else in Michigan?
Dan and Judy Wiljanen
Date: October 17, 2007 at 13:19:46 (CDT) Name: Rob Long City & State: O'Fallon, MO Source: Google Comments: I interviewed you following a show in Portales, New Mexico in 1985. Has in been that long? Thanks for giving a young kid a great interview. I hope to see you in St Louis sometime soon.
Date: October 15, 2007 at 23:33:29 (CDT) Name: Mary M. Kroneberger City & State: Sacramento, Ca Source: just browsing! Comments: Hi Michael, I'm so glad to have signed your message board! I am really excited because someone saw what I wanted and they are going to send me a cd (free of charge) of your old dialogue album, I am so happy that Len Jaffe is so kind to have responded because of you! He said that he wants me to have it just for the reason of spreading the Michael Johnson famous old songs that we love soooo much!
Thanks for having this site, I appreciate it sooo much! I do hope your recovering well!
Mary M Kroneberger
Date: October 12, 2007 at 21:14:39 (CDT) Name: Bruce Miller City & State: Naperville, IL Source: been checking it for years for concert in my area! :) Comments: So thrilled you're coming back to Chicago/Milwaukee area this year! Saw you in Cedarburg, WI in the early 90's and I loved your performance--very moving. My wife and I will be there to see you again next month. Can't wait!
Date: October 11, 2007 at 07:35:59 (CDT) Name: maurizio white City & State: padova, italia Comments: information for Roberto Bianco, whiter....
Date: October 11, 2007 at 07:29:06 (CDT) Name: maurizio white City & State: padova, italia Comments: information for Roberto Bianco, whiter....
Date: October 11, 2007 at 01:26:44 (CDT) Name: GTobias City & State: Tustin, CA 92780 Source: web search Comments: Hi Michael,
I hope your doing well.I'm originally from Manila, Philippines and now lives here in Tustin,CA. I just stumbled on your website while looking where to get all your songs from your Dialogue album. I used to have it on cassette tape so many years ago. It's my favorite album of yours. Hopefully, I can find one from ebay or amazon. Thank you very much for the beautiful music and the memories that lives with each song.
Date: October 09, 2007 at 22:42:09 (CDT) Name: Dave Sappington City & State: Nashvegas Comments: Hi Michael - Glad to hear you are getting back on your feet. I played with you last year at the KRF in Bowling Green - truly an honor and a pleasure. Hope to cross paths again someday; God Bless and keep doing what you do!
Date: October 03, 2007 at 11:32:17 (CDT) Name: James Rasmussen City & State: St. Paul, Minnesota Source: google Comments: Michael,
I should have acted on my intuition earlier. I've been thinking about you and want to know (along with Dick Wilson, jut got off the phone with him and asked about you) how you are doing.
How are you?
What is new in your life since surgery?
Are coming to the north country anytime soon?
Anything we can do for you?
My friend Laurie has a family farm near Rochester, sits along Lake Zumbro and if you'd like to come and relax and walk along the tree-lined lane, spend a night or two or more, I'll make the arrangements on this end. Laurie's mom, Lois still lives there, but we go down nearly every weekend to care take and stay in the horse barn that was converted to living quarters about thirty years ago. We're riding Harley's there today with a long-time pastor friend of mine.
Been a tough summer for ol Neon Parrot, little, to no business, had all my broadcast equipment stolen when someone broke into the house while in Seattle, but I'm still on this side of the grass. And that's good. I'm really beginning to walk in the realm of abundance rather than scarcity and amazingly things are falling into place. Maybe I shouldn't be sooo amazed huh? Just signed an agreement to market a beautiful new book about the North Shore by Craig Blacklock.
Date: September 30, 2007 at 12:30:10 (CDT) Name: David Smith City & State: Franklin, TN Source: google Comments: Hi Michael;
I've been a fan of your music for years. We have a mutual friend in the music business by the name of Brad Hartman. He says you recorded at his home across the street from where you use to live in Franklin.I'm a singer/songwriter that was signed with a indie label for the past few years. My music is classified as Americana, with a taste of light rock, country, easy listening..My question to you would it possible for me to send you my debut CD. I would also love the chance to open up for you at some point. Hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.
Date: September 24, 2007 at 20:42:10 (CDT) Name: peggy Kiesel City & State: Clinton Utah Source: Micheal johnson Comments: Get Well Micheal Were Thinking about You in are Prayres
Date: September 15, 2007 at 14:39:14 (CDT) Name: PERRY BROWN City & State: BOONE IA. 50036 Source: JUST LUCKY Comments: WOW I LOVE YOUR MUSIC. HAVE SEEN YOU IN CONSERT A COUPLE OF TIMES
MANY YEAR AGO IN THE EARLY EIGHTYS. STILL LISTEN TO YOUR OLD ALBUMS
WHEN I NEED TO GET BACK TO REALLITY. SURE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR SOME NEW STUFF
Date: August 31, 2007 at 23:36:05 (CDT) Name: Tim & Laurie O'Rourke City & State: Placitas,New Mexico Source: punched in your name-search Comments: We love your music & have been listening for years. Ted Anderson intoduced us to your music over 30 years ago. Thanks for all the great music.
Date: August 26, 2007 at 00:33:44 (CDT) Name: rebecca love Source: google Comments: Michael, Rick Epting died. Please contact me. Thank you.
Date: August 25, 2007 at 01:32:50 (CDT) Name: jayzon marimon City & State: philippines Source: searching Comments: hi sir,
how can i get the tab of i cant get you from here?
and bluer than blue accustic version?
Date: August 07, 2007 at 18:20:06 (CDT) Name: Roberta Franzen City & State: Lapeer, Michigan Source: am a long-time fan Comments: Michael,
May you have lots of hands to hold and may your doctors' hands be golden. May you be surrounded with wonderfully capable, faithful people throughout your surgery, hospital stay and recovery. Stay strong. You aren't done yet! Thinking of you daily! Roberta
Date: August 07, 2007 at 15:27:04 (CDT) Name: Greg Everett City & State: Conover, WI 54519 Source: I have followed and appreciated your music for years Comments: Hello Michael,
First, I'm sorry to hear about what you will be going through and I wish you the very best. You've heard all the stories so, while any surgery has risks, it's not nearly as risky as when your uncle had the quad.
You probably won't remember me. A few years ago, I attended your show in Cedarburg, WI. We both stepped outside to have a smoke and had a couple of nice chats. I felt we had a lot in common. It was a pleasure talking with you and sharing some similar music stories and "sick" humor. I was born in July of '48 so as I recall, you were considerably older than me...or something. I told you at the time that I too am a singer/songwriter/guitarist and you were kind enough to offer to give a listen to some of my songs. I don't know how it happened, but I lost your card with your phone number and email address and I was too embarrassed to admit this to you so I didn't...and obviously, I didn't try to resume contact...until now...when you're facing heart surgery. Sheesh...what a heartless opportunistic bastard!
Anyway, that said, I have many songs that I've written and a handful of them have solid commercial potential. I have one song (Durango) that's signed with Bronson at Al Jolson Black & White Music there in Nashville.
I'm asking, when you're up to it, would you take a little time to listen to a couple of my songs to see if we might have anything in common? What's posted is intended to be more of a cross section of the styles I can work in more than showing off my most commercial songs as the site where they are posted is our advertising/marketing site and most of our business is geared toward industry. The links are as follows:
If you should have any interest in listening to more, please let me know.
Thanks in advance Michael and I wish for the very best for you with your upcoming ordeal.
Date: August 07, 2007 at 13:28:11 (CDT) Name: Shawn City & State: Minneapolis, MN Comments: Michael,
I'm praying for you. Take care.
Date: August 03, 2007 at 11:16:23 (CDT) Name: Jen Kelly City & State: Minnetonka, MN Source: I've been visiting this site for so many years now, I can't remember how I found it. Comments: Michael,
I'm an adoring fan, have all your CD's, and have attended countless performances. I just logged onto your website to confirm what time you were performing at the TPT anniversary celebration we are planning to attend tomorrow (8/4/07) in St. Paul. I was stunned by the cancelations and very bare-bones performance schedule which is usually quite extensive. Concerned, I found your monologue regarding the bypass surgery coming up. Just wanted you to know that we will be praying for you and look forward to seeing you perform again soon. Keep your sense of humor -- it will definitely help you navigate the difficult road ahead.
Jen Kelly (Minnetonka, MN)
Date: August 01, 2007 at 20:47:21 (CDT) Name: Lyn Collins City & State: Foutain Hills , AZ Comments: All the best wishes I can send. Your music has meant the world to me since 1972. And all the best to your son (you were supposed to save him for my daughter;we discussed this at the Hopkins concert in 2005). Ah well, get well.
Date: July 27, 2007 at 11:39:38 (CDT) Name: Mark Pearson City & State: Port Ludlow Comments: Dear Michael-
Add my thoughts and prayers-and my voice to the chorus of those who have been touched by your soul and music and hold you in their hearts now-
Date: July 20, 2007 at 13:21:58 (CDT) Name: mark wedekind City & State: baltimore maryland Source: google, baby, google Comments: I'm flying from Baltimore to Minneapolis to see MJ on August 4th. My daughter is a grad student at U of MN and it will be her 24th birthday on the 3rd. This is my birthday present to her.I have known and enjoyed Michael's music since the 70's and she has loved his music since she was very young. We are both very much looking forward to the show.
Thanks for decades (yikes!) of enjoyment.
Date: July 15, 2007 at 18:44:24 (CDT) Name: Stephen Kunkel City & State: Phoenix, AZ Source: Searched for it. Comments: Michael,
Short and sweet; your music has touched us for many years now. You are an outstanding talent and musician. As a former Duluthian amateur guitarist, I've attempted several of your songs over the years and have great appreciation for your musicianship. Sincere kudos, and thank you for sharing your gift with the rest of us!
Date: July 04, 2007 at 11:45:45 (CDT) Name: Chuck Fisher City & State: Bozeman, Montana 59715 Source: Google Comments: Michael, we met in Livingston at the "A Song Runs Through It" concert. Just wanted to tell you that I especially enjoyed your portion of the show. But more than that I enjoyed the chance to chat with you and tell you how much I have appreciated your music for the past, I don't know how many years. If you are ever back this way and want to sit around, have a few drinks and show an old fan a few chords, let me know, it would be my pleasure. Hope to run into you again. Chuck
503 E. Mendenhall St.
Bozeman, MT 59715
Date: June 26, 2007 at 11:36:25 (CDT) Name: Tom & Elaine (Ruby) O'Brien City & State: Colorado Springs, Colorado Source: Mike Curry HF Class of 62 Comments: Michael,
The Holy Family Class of 1962 is having a reunion! We will have a casual gathering at the Holy Family Church for Mass on Saturday, August 11th and an extended Lunch Buffet on Sunday afternoon, August 12th. All former classmates are invited.
I was looking at the Vista of 1959 and there you are on our freshman cover page. Wow, what a load of books you re holding!
Yep, it has been 49 years since that picture was taken and we have all changed. But, it is fun and worthwhile to reflect back on our roots and those classmates that influenced our development.
I saw where one time you said that you were asked to leave Holy Family, translation, kicked out , because of some infamous violation! Well, I haven t spoken to anyone that remembers such an event, but then again, I haven't spoken to everyone either. I mean, not that it didn t happen, but :0)
Certainly, most of us were sorry to have you and others depart for North High School and most of us had no idea why. Personally, I always thought you left because they had gymnastics and that was your sport!
Anyway, Cindy Persichette asked in her trivia questions, just how many professional musicians we had in our class. It is an interesting question and it is more than any of us could have imagined would come from such a relatively small group of students.
The Reunion should be a nice gathering and all of your former classmates would enjoy seeing you.
Bob DeAndrea has set up a web page with details and other items of interest at: hfclassof62.info
Everyone would love to see you, Michael.
Tom and Elaine (Ruby) O'Brien
Date: June 25, 2007 at 19:48:51 (CDT) Name: Jesse L. Sutherland City & State: Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee. Source: Google. Comments: Bluer than Blue was on the radio when I was in basic training so it will always be " in my memory". When I hear the song I take a good trip back to then and smile. I miss the good singers and songs of then and do enjoy the stations that continue to choose good songs. Thanks and keep the songs alive. Jesse.
Date: June 06, 2007 at 19:09:48 (CDT) Name: Laurie Norton City & State: Nashville TN Source: browser Comments: Hi Michael! I want to invite you to Larry (Henley's) birthday party June 29. Can y ou email me with your email info? Thanks! It would be great to see you!
Date: June 02, 2007 at 02:14:37 (CDT) Name: Mike City & State: DFW Source: I searched for MJ's website and there it was... Comments: Michael,
Half way through Bluer than Blue, when it was brand new, I knew I was hooked on that golden voice and delivery. Then I discovered your guitar mastery...
Thank you for years of gourmet listening.
Please come to Dallas.
A longtime fan,
Date: May 24, 2007 at 10:31:09 (CDT) Name: Darling Baquiran-Luerkens City & State: Germany Source: google Comments: hi;Im a pilipina and now living in Germany.I just want u to know that I am one of your biggest fan even in my high school time until now.I love all your songs!It helps me so much! So Good luck for all your plans! God bless you!!
Date: May 24, 2007 at 10:30:38 (CDT) Name: Darling Baquiran-Luerkens City & State: Germany Source: google Comments: hi;Im a pilipina and now living in Germany.I just want u to know that I am one of your biggest fan even in my high school time until now.I love all your songs!It helps me so much! So Good luck for all your plans! God bless you!!
Date: May 22, 2007 at 00:45:27 (CDT) Name: Dan N. City & State: Hibbing, MN Source: You referenced it in song-writing class Comments: Michael,
This is a long-overdue thanks for your class and concert in Hibbing. I enjoyed sharing my song, "A Little at a Time" with you. Reading "Perseverance" just reminded me that the main reason I write is because I have to, for the love the craft. I do not believe I will be one of the few that see their songs go into production (I do not have the perseverance for it). If not for the love of the music itself, the writing would therefore be very frustrating. But the music is its own reward. If others like it, it is very gratifying. But if I like it, it is wonderful, even if I am the only one holding that opinion.
Again, thanks for visiting Hibbing.
Date: May 19, 2007 at 13:20:35 (CDT) Name: Sandy MacArthur City & State: Jacksonville Florida Source: Looking for CD's Comments: When I was 21 I first heard your music from someone who was romancing me. I must say it worked. But alas I was to young and it didn't work out. We reamined friends and I am thankful for him for introducing me to your music. Sandy
Date: May 06, 2007 at 09:06:53 (CDT) Name: Jey City & State: michigan Source: i was searching for a song ( I'll always love you) by michael Johnson. Comments: I love all your songs and I'm just hoping to see or watch your concert.
Date: May 03, 2007 at 21:22:08 (CDT) Name: gene libby Source: put in your name Comments: Just like to say I've enjoyed your music for a lot of years and recently rediscovered you on cd. My old albums were sounding a little "HUSKY" if you know what I mean. You have a great voice and
do justice to anything you've ever sung as far as I am concerned.
thank you Michael for making some terrific music and allowing me to enjoy it for so long. Stick around and keep on doing what you do so very well. A Longtime Fan, Gene Libby
Date: April 30, 2007 at 21:16:59 (CDT) Name: Mon Juan City & State: Bulacan, Philippines Source: I was looking for the lyrics of Rosalee Comments:
I am a big fan of Michael. I missed his concert in the Philippines. I wonder if he would be back to do another one.
Date: April 27, 2007 at 08:29:21 (CDT) Name: Elizabeth City & State: Nashville, TN Source: pure luck Comments: Good Morning,
After many years I have rediscoverd you and am very happy to have done so. I hope, someday, you will be performing in Nashville. Take care and thank you for the pleasure of your music all these years.
Date: April 21, 2007 at 00:38:34 (CDT) Name: Gary Lynn Burt City & State: Marble, Minnesota Source: looked on the web for "mbjblue.com" Comments: Hi Michael.
I've thought of you as a friend of mine since we started talking back in the Jericho Harp days. I gave you my Cd in the spirit of that feeling I had. I am hoping now that I didn't presume too much, as i certainly didn't mean to impose myself on you. It just didn't occur to me that you and I might not still be friends when I gave you the CD.
After hearing your concert, and reading your article on "Perseverence" I think the idea I had that we're still friends is even more true now. Of course, the preceding ideas are just words. However, if you have the time and desire to listen, I'm hoping the songs on my CD will convince you that we are playing on the same team, if not quite the same ball parks, . (You might like "Small Flame Burning" and "Take My Hand." Jim Thomas was thinking of doing "Take My Hand" when he and Tom were still together. Of course, they both got "real" jobs, and I'm the one still writing. And my dad still asks me when I'm going to get a "real" job?)
I know I perservere in many of the same ways you do. I was glad i brought the song I did to the class in Hibbing, as you and some of the other class members helped me identify both the problems with the song, and the goal I was going for in the song. Getting an objective point of view is sometimes necessary for me, as I sometimes am just too close to the songs, though that is probably not as true as it used to be.
I don't know if you're familiar with the writings of Hugh Prather, but one thing he wrote seems connected to your article on perserverence. "He wrote, "Given the alternatives we (have learned to) allow ourselves, we always do what we want." When we become aware of that fact, discipline ceases to be a problem.
When I saw you perform in Hibbing, I saw a person who I thought was trying to find his way back to his path, and who was very close to succeeding. It was as if a lot of things have conspired to take you away from that direction, as you mentioned in the article on perserverence. It felt like you were going in the right direction.
I wanted to tell all these things in Hibbing, but you were preoccupied. To me, that was also what you were talking about in "perserverence." You have been "preoccupied" in the past, with things that didn't really connect with the heart and soul of who you are. Been there - done that. Still go there too many times. Survival demands a lot of me, but probably less than what I give it. Sometimes, as Bob Franke put it, we just have to tell the internal critic to shut up and go back to it's corner.
Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I was glad to touch base with you again after such a long time of not seeing or speaking with you, and very glad to know that the "seeker" is still in there seeking. I know that one very well. I can never fully rest with the seeker still affecting me. If we end up in the same nursing home, and we're not both alzheimer's patients, it could lead to interesting times. Take care... gb
Date: April 19, 2007 at 23:46:28 (CDT) Name: Zachary Hall City & State: Hibbing,MN Source: by Mrs. Giembeti Comments: Hi mike ...i just wanted to thank you for coming to hibbing to play.
I was one of the tech crew that was helping out why'll you were playing. I had a blast and I hope that you can come back and play for us again!!!!
Date: February 14, 2007 at 17:07:07 (CST) Name: T Rice City & State: Green bay WI Source: Been listening to MJ forever Comments: Hi
MJ - Do you have a DVD ?
"City of the Angels" More like this would sell -
Date: February 13, 2007 at 14:36:12 (CST) Name: MOISES DURAN BARRERA City & State: ESPAÑA Comments: cuando vas a venir a españa a darnos un concierto ??
Date: February 12, 2007 at 20:25:34 (CST) Name: Adrian Kocurek City & State: Chicago, Illinois Source: Google Comments: Wow! I'm glad you're still in the music business, Michael Johnson. I just Googled your name to see if I could find what you're doing these days. I saw you perform several times at the Earl of Old Town in Chicago back in the early '70s and really enjoyed your music. I just listened to "There Is a Breeze" for the first time in many years (maybe a few decades) tonight and it brought back pleasant memories. I may have to buy your CD set. Keep on singin'.
Date: February 09, 2007 at 01:03:24 (CST) Name: Mark Xu City & State: Beijing, China Source: Google search Comments: May I get Michael's <I can't get to you from here> guitar tab? Thank you very much indeed.
Date: January 25, 2007 at 23:23:25 (CST) Name: Andy Comments: Michael, I have had the privilege of listening to you live in Bemidji, St. Cloud, the Twin Cities. I thought taking my girlfriend to see you at BSU would win her over, but alas, it only lasted a while. But we both loved the concert. :-) Your music is timeless. My music tastes cross all genres, but your music tops it all. Thank you for so many good memories (and sometimes bittersweet songs). It is amazing how you can make me happy and sad in the same instant.
Date: January 06, 2007 at 16:42:43 (CST) Name: frank hyde ( croaky ) City & State: kent, UK Source: from google search Comments: Michael, I found your music via Alison Krauss, " whenever I call, you friend " when " CMT " was broadcast in the UK. Your guitar playing/technique is ....wow! I,ll stick my neck out here...that cd is the best sound sonically that I,ve got in my collection. I love James Taylor, but you blow him away with your production. My only greivance is the quality of the art work. It looks amaturish, but the content is top class. I,ve checked out the vids on this site and conclude you should be hailed as one of the worlds finest guitarist,s.
You are underated, that,s for sure.
PS where can i get the video for "whenever I call you friend"
Date: January 06, 2007 at 14:59:52 (CST) Name: Mistress Bawd AKA Susan Kay City & State: Edina, Minnesota Source: Yahoo search Comments: I never tired of listening to Michael, and treasure the times I have seen him in concert. He has taught me so many of life s lessons with his music and his words... He will never go out of fashion, because he is a troubadour in the truest sense of the word....
Date: December 29, 2006 at 15:09:12 (CST) Name: Beth Skwira City & State: South St. Paul, MN Source: Google Comments: My husband and I just saw you in Hopkins and loved it! We have been listening to you and going to see your shows for almost 20 years. We have a recording from Ochestra Hall (I think) that was on the radio from a long time ago. You were talking about Leo just being born a few days before, and taking about "AfterCare" and how you thought there should have been "BeforeCare". The dialogue is great and the music as wonderful as it was the other night.
Keep up the good work and keep coming to MN!
Beth and Peter Skwira
P.S. I forgot to tell you that our first dance at our wedding 10 years ago was "Whisper Your Name." Could you play it for us next year in Hopkins?
Date: December 29, 2006 at 15:05:33 (CST) Name: Beth Skwira City & State: South St. Paul, MN Source: Google Comments: My husband and I just saw you in Hopkins and loved it! We have been listening to you and going to see your shows for almost 20 years. We have a recording from Ochestra Hall (I think) that was on the radio from a long time ago. You were talking about Leo just being born a few days before, and taking about "AfterCare" and how you thought there should have been "BeforeCare". The dialogue is great and the music as wonderful as it was the other night.
Keep up the good work and keep coming to MN!
Beth and Peter Skwira
Date: December 28, 2006 at 16:42:19 (CST) Name: timothy p jahnigen City & State: berkeley, ca Source: google Comments: big fan for 30 years.
shared a few moments in Kerrville in 98 or 99.
I'm a lyricist, work with Narada Michael Walden and many of his circle.
Michael, just wanted to thank you for bringing your ideas and talent out and for making such brilliant music.
Your clarity and esthetic have been an inspiration ever since "almost like being in love"
hope to cross paths again some day,
Date: December 27, 2006 at 17:26:13 (CST) Name: Stephen Scotti City & State: Edina, MN Source: Google Comments: Was at your performance in Hopkins, MN last night, 26 December. Very enjoyable. Don't know if I enjoyed the music or the jokes more (that might be one). I guess there is a progression from singer, performer, entertainer.
Nice Web Site.
Date: December 26, 2006 at 18:37:06 (CST) Name: Steve Glos City & State: Wheeling, IL Source: Long time association (31 years by my count) Comments: Hi, Michael---
Sorry to have lost touch---hope all is well with you and yours and you're having a wonderful holiday. Will see you Feb. 3rd in Rockford.
be well. play well.
Date: December 26, 2006 at 17:00:26 (CST) Name: LYNN D. DOEHR City & State: CLEVELAND ,OHIO Source: GOOGLE !!! Comments: GREETINGS MICHAEL, I WAS JUST WONDERING IF YOU ARE THE ORIGINAL WRITER/ARTIST OF THE SONG,"I KNOW THIS NIGHT WON'T LAST FOREVER", THANKS.
Date: December 09, 2006 at 08:44:04 (CST) Name: Roger and Sharon Bakken City & State: St. Peter, MN Source: Google Comments: We enjoyed your concert very much last evening at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. It was the first time we had attended one of your concerts. We will come again. Have a great holiday season. We look forward to seeing you again.
Date: December 03, 2006 at 05:34:42 (CST) Name: Ann Martin City & State: County Cork, Ireland Source: Carl Franzen Comments: Dear Michael, Time is unfairly flattened. Reading the comments helps me appreciated how your life has unfolded. Late evenings in the St. Peter kitchen with Boise and Denver, a little time in Minneapolis have fled to the distant fringes of experience but have never been forgotten. Gifts like yours are immortal in the memories of the people you've touched. My time in the States will some day coincide with a concert and I'll welcome the chance of saying hello. I paint. The website is www.annmartin.ie. Warm regards, Ann Martin once Ahlstrom
Date: November 19, 2006 at 21:20:59 (CST) Name: Rob City & State: Australia Source: I typed in the name, Michael Johnson because I had a premunition that my friend Emma was going to marry a guy by that name Comments: You're marrying my friend Emma.
Date: November 19, 2006 at 01:32:01 (CST) Name: Dave Powers City & State: Tewksbury, MA Source: Google Search Comments: Great site. I wish you plyed in Massachusetts. Love your stuff!
"Bluer Than Blue" acoustic version blew me away, as did the original.
Date: November 15, 2006 at 17:07:31 (CST) Name: Andy Era City & State: Manila Philippines Source: by looking on lyrics of dialogue song Comments: hello Sir Michael Johnson,
I am one of your millions of fans in the Philippines. Your song never ever die and u can always hear it on radio everyday. Even people singing your song in karaoke so much. I wish someday i would see you in person. Your popularity is so much bigggg in philippines.
P.S. i wish u can revive the song titled "Both sides Now"
Date: November 10, 2006 at 20:57:02 (CST) Name: dan martinez City & State: grand island nebraska Comments: i'm a huge fan.
please come and play for us in nebraska.
Date: October 27, 2006 at 12:23:03 (CDT) Name: Rich Lundstrom City & State: Lee's Summit, MO Comments: Michael,
Thanks for a great show in Wichita last week. My clients loved it. Let me know if you have any ideas for my next years event in Wichita. Talk to you soon.
Date: October 24, 2006 at 10:08:14 (CDT) Name: Sheila Howk City & State: New Ulm, MN 56073 Source: Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Comments: We are trying to send Michael's annual invitation to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame induction celebration, which he is a member. His invitation came back with an undeliverable address, could you assist us with getting an address for Michael. Thanks. Sheila Howk
I even tried the email address and that came back undeliverable. Sheila
Date: October 10, 2006 at 15:40:42 (CDT) Name: Dan Graham City & State: East Glacier, Mt. by way of South Dakota Comments: Hey Michael, saw you several years ago in the little town of Worthing , SD. Was looking over your website. Didn't recall you were a comic also. Am glad you're still playing. My oldest daughter April is a fan of yours. I understand you know someone else with my last name. Adios
Date: October 09, 2006 at 20:30:31 (CDT) Name: Molly Irene City & State: Nashville, TN Source: google Comments: You are so super talented! I am so pleased to have been introduced to you and your music. Thank you for all you do!!
Date: October 09, 2006 at 09:46:14 (CDT) Name: Cyndi City & State: Ocala, Florida Source: heard a song, looked up artist Comments: I am 47 years old and driving home from work the other day, I tuned into "The 70's" on MyXM and heard "Bluer than Blue" for the first time in many years. Your voice melted me (this time as an adult) and I am looking forward to becoming a "returning" fan...
Date: October 05, 2006 at 10:19:19 (CDT) Name: Sandy Kastel City & State: Las Vegas, Nashville, Los Angeles Source: Search after meeting last night at Bluebird Cafe Comments: Thank you for sharing your songs last night at the Bluebird Cafe. I brought my mom (visiting from Las Vegas) to the Bluebird Cafe last night to see what it is I love about this town! I am a singer songwriter and we are recording a cd here in Nashville. It is great to work and learn from people who love what they do, just like you!
Date: October 02, 2006 at 03:56:08 (CDT) Name: Harper Michaels City & State: Vergennes, VT Source: Googlr Comments: As we set up an AM 70's night at our bar, we realised, unanimously, that BLUER THAN BLUE was, without a doubt, the finest song of the decade... really.
Customers had tears... again! Would love to have an autograghed picture for the bar.
Thank you, Mr. Johnson!
3 N. Green St.
Vergennes, VT 05491
Date: September 26, 2006 at 08:24:09 (CDT) Name: Jeff Rose City & State: Lakeshore MS & Boston MA Source: Michael told me about it Comments: Mike,
I met you at the Bluebird this past Saturday. I'm a friend of Danny OKeefe's, and was sitting at his table.
We chatted about my difficulty in tracking down one of your cuts which I heard on WUMB in Boston. I found some notes today and the title was, "Ghost In This House."
Is it available anywhere?
Date: August 27, 2006 at 00:43:05 (CDT) Name: amy City & State: Perrysburg, Ohio Source: googled your name Comments: I just finished reading Mj's monologue, and wanted to write to let you all to know that I found myself looking for the words to "whisper your name" I wanted to send them to my lover. Love your music, and glad it was so easy to find your web page and to see that your still alive.
Date: August 04, 2006 at 20:31:22 (CDT) Name: Linda Wilson City & State: yorba linda, calif. Source: put your name in Google Comments: I have 2 on your albums that I bought in the early late 70's early 80's and played them over and over....recently my husband took all his older albums and made them into CD's and when he put on your YOU CAN CALL ME BLUE album I went crazy and remembered most of the words. I love all the songs on that album and that doesn't happen very often that you find an album that all the songs are great. I also have THE MICHAEL JOHNSON ALBUM with Bluer than blue and I love that song so much too!
I just wanted to tell you how much I have always enjoyed your music and never stop singing and playing your music.
I did see you once in concert in the 80's and I believe it was at Arrowhead Pond in Anahiem, Calif.
If you ever have a concert in southern California please email and let me know.
Date: July 27, 2006 at 08:53:54 (CDT) Name: sean northern City & State: stillwater ok Source: typed in name because i have one of his cd's Comments: Hi my name is sean and i have one of his cool cd's live at the blue cafe and i would like to ask if mr michael johnson could please send me his autograph
thanks and god bless
1404 s jardot stillwater ok 74074
Date: July 13, 2006 at 18:05:05 (CDT) Name: Jack City & State: Bluffside, Indiana Source: My Own Initiative Comments: Love the guy, love his music!
Date: July 09, 2006 at 21:59:19 (CDT) Name: gail hudson mccarthy City & State: white salmon, wa Source: I plugged in michael johnson Comments: Michael, I have enjoyed your music for many moons now! I "caught up with you" when you recorded Wings with Don. He has always been my "idol", as I lived near his Music Room for years and always thought I would end up with him, as our lives had run a rather parallel course for some years, divorce, remarriage, "screwed up" years, etc. However, I now know that I was just yearning to be a musician in parallel with all of you in love with music!!! I now live in WA and love the Columbia River Gorge with such passion! Painting in my studio and watching the sunshine days pass by with great leisure!
I just wanted you to know how much your songs have meant to me throughout my 67 years of life! You brought me through my years of watching my dad die with your son Ponies! It gave me such courage to listen to the lyrics. The Wings recording was meaningful for me, as I gave Don an airplane as a Xmas present once, knowing intuitively that had needed to leave Rochester for more fertile fields. Alas, he did and met the Judds!
A history lesson in itself.
I congratulate you for living your dream, staying under the radar with your celebrity and enjoying the pleasures that God gave you. You represent the best of the best! Thanks for your serenity throughout the years. My hat is off to you, Michael.
I only wish we could have known each other, as we are on the same "page" with the meaning of life and simplicity
Date: July 04, 2006 at 20:05:51 (CDT) Name: Lara City & State: Chicago, IL Source: google Comments: Hi Michael,
You wouldn't even want to know what made me look up your site tonight. Ha! But, I hope that I someday get to tell you ... that you come back to Chicago again. And that if you do, you let me know so I can be there wherever you play.
Date: June 25, 2006 at 12:30:09 (CDT) Name: Michael Sheehan City & State: Glendale, CA Source: Can't remember? Comments: MJ..
Will you be doing the Mountain Music Festival in Manitou this August?
Unsure if I'll make it, but would make more effort if you were.
I didn't know that you knew Biff Rose!! Love his stuff and wonder where he is today. Please give me a call or drop me an eMail at your earliest? It'll be great to catch up.
Date: June 17, 2006 at 15:16:05 (CDT) Name: John P. City & State: Woodland Park CO Comments: MJ:
Would you mind updating your monologue? Running away from home was great ... and please no politics, etc.
Date: June 12, 2006 at 21:51:38 (CDT) Name: Jerry Basney City & State: Minneapolis Source: see comments below Comments: Michael - we met on a plane ride from minneapolis to memphis. Enjoyed talking to you and decided to look up your web site. Enjoyed listening to your music.
Date: June 12, 2006 at 09:43:33 (CDT) Name: Linda Davis City & State: Plymouth, MN Source: Google Comments: Michael, thank you for your fabulous entertainment at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts yesterday! You are indeed a charming and witty performer as well as talented musician. It was an honor to meet you in the "members lounge" and I thoroughly enjoyed your show. I see you'll be at the Hopkins Center for the Arts on my birthday and I can't think of a better way to celebrate! Thanks for sharing your gift.
Date: June 12, 2006 at 02:53:44 (CDT) Name: Jaimie Lindsay (was Grady) City & State: Tucson, Arizona Source: googled him! while tripping down memory lane... Comments: Hello Michael,
Will try this again after many years...
Era of your music: That's That
When: 1988/89 (hmmm???)
Where: A pokey little town north of Tucson called Catalina. In a hick bar called The Lariat (which for some reason would get fairly big names in to perform.)
Met you there, loved your music. Then met you again in Scottsdale, at another bar type situation, but you were playing solo.
Later...I moved to PA. Saw you play in Baltimore, MD (at a mall event, which you detested) and spent some time at the Inner Harbor.
Since then...took your advice and ditched the bum I was involved with, married a great guy and became the homeschooling mother of two fabulous kids. Then I moved back to said pokey town of Catalina. Who knew?
Wishing: You would make your way to Arizona as I would love to hear you perform in person again. Your voice is beautiful. Be in touch if memory serves you...
Many blessings to you and yours,
Date: June 10, 2006 at 22:03:06 (CDT) Name: Rob Kuropatwa City & State: Atlanta, GA Source: Google Comments: Hi, Michael! I hope you're doing well. I came across this on eBay tonight, and thought of the time we remastered your first three albums a few years ago...
Sonya (and our little Naomi) say hello! How are you doing?
Date: May 27, 2006 at 20:13:44 (CDT) Name: Mike King City & State: Des MOines, Iowa Source: inside of CD Comments: Just ordered and received "Then and Now" from my favorite record store (Barnes and Noble). Love it. Thanks!
Date: May 25, 2006 at 10:23:28 (CDT) Name: Zach Kaplan City & State: Fort Collins, CO Source: Google Comments: Hi Michael,
It's been a while since we "howdied" - last year at Manitou Springs, if memory serves.
You were kind enough sometime back to send me the lyrics for "You Make Me Feel So-So". I know at that time you had not recorded it. I've recently started doing a radio show, a half hour slot featuring humorous music from the "folk era". While not exactly FROM that era, I think "...So-So" would be a scream to play. Is there any way to access that song? Do you have it available on any sound files?
The show is live at 5:30 AM on Tuesdays, Mountain Time. (I'm not entirely certain that I'M alive at that hour, but......). We're calling it "Folk Era Lite", and it'll stream on the station's website, www.krfcfm.org.
If there's any shot at getting "...So-So", please let me know. It'd be perfect.
Hope to see you in Manitou again.
Date: May 24, 2006 at 17:58:49 (CDT) Name: Diane from Orlando City & State: Orlando, Florida Source: Googled it Comments: Michael, it was very nice meeting you last night. Your music is beautiful, and I'm glad that after almost 30 years, I got to hear it in person. Sorry I bored you to tears! From, the girl whose name you forgot at the Tampa venue. : )
Date: May 23, 2006 at 16:10:16 (CDT) Name: Kerry Wallingford City & State: Seattle Wa Source: Danny Rasberry Comments: Michael,
We sang Bluer Than Blue together in Biloxi. I tried the email that Danny gave me but it didn't work. I hear you are in Anachortas in August and i think in Gig Harbor as well. I want to know what date you are in Gig Harbor? Pete & I would love to have you over for dinner. Special BBQ ribs and some good Seattle hospitality. My brothers would also love to meet you. They were quite jealous that I got to sing with you. The memory of which is one of my favorites. Hope to see you in August and hear from you before that.
Date: May 13, 2006 at 14:40:55 (CDT) Name: Anthony City & State: New York City Source: Through a search engine. Comments: I would very much like to know why I can't get a hold of the sheet music,(or any guitar chords/tabs for that matter), for This Night Won't Last Forever. It's a beautiful song, and it is a shame that the world can't share in knnowing exactly how to play it. Moreover, it seems odd to me, that even if I cannot get sheet music for this song, that no one on the internet would post at least one guitar chord/tab for this beautiful song. Because I love this song so much, I would very much appreciate it if you would reply to this query. Thanks and have a good day!
Date: May 13, 2006 at 04:26:08 (CDT) Name: Alistair Macpherson City & State: Perth Scotland Comments: Dear Michael,
You emailed me back a couple of years ago when i wrote to you regarding the likeliehood of you ever touring in the UK (more particuarly Scotland). If you remember i mentioned that Dougie Maclean the well known Scottish folk musician lived nearbye (your researcher was a fan of his i believe). Although the internet means that i can buy any of your albums over here now it would be great to hear you live in the UK sometime in the future. As i mentioned a couple of years ago The Celtic Connections folk music festival is a great forum for all kinds of music from around the world (check the website)and i am sure your talent would be appreciated were you to consider coming over.If not maybe i will just have to catch you in concert over there sometime!
Date: May 05, 2006 at 00:46:55 (CDT) Name: Tassie Posthumus City & State: Eden Prairie MN Source: google Comments: Hello Michael...Been a long time. I sent a card to the PO Box in Franklin and it found it's way back to me today. Just miss you and wanted you to know how much I have been thinking about you. And a note of thanks.......for making music that continues to touch my heart and helps keep me whole. I am at the same address in Eden Prairie or can be found "in the book", if need be. I hope all is well for you. Take care, my friend.
Date: May 04, 2006 at 15:49:46 (CDT) Name: Tom Munson City & State: Cleveland, Ohio Source: Google search Comments: I am a singer with the Cleveland Athletic Club Singers. I would like to know if there is a choral arrangement (or sheet music) available for "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder".
This is a GREAT, GREAT song and should be performed in different venues.
Can You Help?
Date: April 27, 2006 at 18:08:11 (CDT) Name: Mike Lord City & State: Chicago, IL Source: Google (2002) Comments: Dear Michael & Co.,
Just received "The Early Albums" in the mail today and am reliving many musical memories - Thanks again! Mike Lord, Chicago.
Date: April 17, 2006 at 20:57:25 (CDT) Name: Lynn Arnsdorf City & State: Saint Cloud, MN 56301 Source: web search Comments: I was at the O'Shaughnessy concert in November 1977...exactly in front of you, Michael, in the front row. My date had gotten complimentary tickets from his dad, who was (and maybe still is) a big shot at the Old Log theater...name was Williams?...not sure. It was an incredible concert, a very memorable evening. My date was so tired driving home that he had to have all the windows open on the drive back to the U of M campus..we were both elementary education students. Thanks for the memories!
Date: April 08, 2006 at 14:45:55 (CDT) Name: NOrm MadDawg Siegel City & State: Elgin IL Source: Said before, devine providence! Comments: 04/08/2006
I have just read Thoughts on Perseverance and am now sitting here in tears, hoping I do not short out my keyboard! Okay, so I am how many years behind the curve? Your points hit home so hard, sort of like the kiss of a wet fist after a neatly thrown right cross. Here comes the explanation:
When last we met, it was about 1974. I was engaged to be married to a nice Jewish American Princess (herein, referred to as JAP!) From Septmeber until the end of the year, wedding was all I did! So, I was temporarily lost to the Lincoln Ave regulars with theexception of occasional sneak out nights. Performing ended after marriage except at home, which was cool. The JAP and I would occasionally sing together and even appeared as a duo for a while. What followed was the wonderlust that the musicina feels when the chains of relationship titghten around one's neck and musical life is curtailed.
When the opportunity to record with The Redhead band surfaced in 1975-76, I jumped. This immediately started the dwonhill trek into separation in 1978 and divorce in 1980, whereupon I remarried immediately. This too ended in divorce after 2 1/2 years of producing sound for concerts and wrking for Guitar Center as a salesman and manager. Never home so 2nd wife took to sleeping with her boss and screwing up HIS family as well. Next victim---Diane, aged 28 to my 40 when we met. She knew of my mucial activites and initially was okay with it. However, she wanted something more and I had to choose between not knowing when the next date was and having a permanent job and a relationship with someone I really cared about. I chose the latter.. Operative word CHOICE.
I lost Diane on 12/31/04 to a pulmonary embolism---sudden and in 95% of occurences, fatal. She was the light of my life. However, I found out that when one light extinguishes, it does not take long for another to ignite. In this case, it was an old "flame", but not really aperson. Well, maybe itwas a person---Tom Dundee, to be exact. He trekked out from Chicago in an ice storm to give me personal support at a wake that should never have taken place. HAVIng a friend like Tom there gave me added strength to get through those hours and days. He insited tha Icome to a conert he was doing that Saturday night. When I went, it was like a cathartic injection of spirit. Since then, I have been determined to rekindle my solo performance career. n the 20 years that Di and I were together, I hardly picked up my guitar. It suffered as much as I did, needing a great deal of repair AND a neck reset.
As I am sure you are aware of, we have suffered losses in the community. Steve Godman, Mike Jordan adn most recently Fred Holstein and Ray Nordstrand. Each of these deaths struck me quite heavily, but do not compare to the loss of one's life partner. Di was a "disco girl", not at all interested in the folk community. Yet she loved folks like Tom and Jim Post, Reilley and Maloney from the West Coast, and even tolerated Fred and Earl! She tried to protect me from upsetting episodes fo these types of events. I miss her terribly. But, with her passing, with he extinguishing of her light, the glow fo the music returned, my old flame.
Since February, 2005, I have been playing all kinds of music, from traditonal folk, contemporary folk, singer/songwriter products, classic country, contemporary country, even some songs from musical productions that I have appeared in. I have even gone so far as to find some pop tunes that are classics---Sittin on the Dock of the Bay, for instance. In the summer of 2005, I started hitting the open stages to get my legs back. I have done lots of that recently.
Most recent was last night at the Old Town School of FOlk (Fake) Music. If you remember what it was like, you will not recognize. (More on that another time) It was a true kick to stand on their stage and perform "On the Road" for the first time in 33 years. As I have been noticing, certain songs just seem to flow out of me---this was one of them. It was an uniquely special moment for me.
If it wasn't for the perseverance, not only of purpose, but also of spirit, I would probably have killed myself already. As you pointed out, quitting is not an option. I, too, will go out in a blaze of glory, playing my guitar as hard as I can while drawing my last breath. I have missed the muse long enough. And now, I have confirmation that I am right---so fucking unbelievably right, in the choice to come back, as it were. Agin, theoperative word here is CHOICE! Thank you for making the choice more than just obvious.
And as for Bubba, well to quote the great Chicago philospher, Earl J. J. Pionke, "Fuck 'em! Get the money!"
Much love to you, Michael, and thanks for the support!
Your old friend,
Norm "Maddawg" Siegel
Date: April 08, 2006 at 10:48:35 (CDT) Name: Norm "MadDawg" Siegel City & State: Elgin IL Source: By devine providence! Comments: You are missed in Chciago. Come back Michael!!!!
Date: April 06, 2006 at 14:32:33 (CDT) Name: Ladonna Kaye Haun City & State: Bucklin Mo Source: I was looking for him.... Comments: I met him in 1988 His dad was in a nursing home in Denver Colorado I was taking care of his dad and I thought he was a very nice guy ...just like his father....anD have always Loveed his Music....
Date: April 05, 2006 at 09:10:06 (CDT) Name: Carla King City & State: McMinnville, TN Source: friend of Michael Comments: I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed hearing Michael play at the Songwriter's night in McMinnville, TN. He has a smooth, rich, wonderful voice that seems to captivate you. When he played his guitar, it sounded like two guitars playing at one time. Not to mention his great wit ~ what a funny guy. Thanks Michael for bringing your unique talent to our town! Carla
Date: March 28, 2006 at 19:13:23 (CST) Name: john buck wilkin City & State: Lyles, TN 37098 Source: google Comments: Michael--
Nice to see you at the food store. I couldn't find the "email us" link, so here goes.
My web site is www.gto.vg and buckwilkin.com. Please say hi back. We might swap recipes.
Date: March 26, 2006 at 11:22:16 (CST) Name: Dan Ostergren City & State: Fort Collins, CO Source: Google Comments: Michael,
About 15 years ago, I spoke w/you about performing at my wedding! Your nephew, Chris, was an intern in audiology at the time here in Colorado. He put me in touch with you, but alas, you had a commitment in Switzerland (?) I believe.
At any rate, have you ever had the chance to play with keyboardist John Jarvis? He's a fellow Nashville-based artist with what seems to be a similar musical sensibility. I could imagine a great musical synergy between the two of you.
Love to know if a Colorado date is within the realm of possibility.
Date: March 23, 2006 at 20:33:37 (CST) Name: Dave Feder City & State: Florida Keys Source: on mailing list Comments: Great music Michael!
Peace and happiness!
Date: March 16, 2006 at 19:32:24 (CST) Name: Mary J. Hagel City & State: New Prague, MN Source: Because we know you very well!!! Comments: Dinner was great!!! Thanks for the memories and let's have a private concert again sometime in 2006!! As always, I love your music and I have a new friend that I would like you to meet!
Date: March 05, 2006 at 07:50:55 (CST) Name: Jim City & State: Kings Mountain, NC Source: ? Comments: I saw MJ in concert, in Nov. 1978. He was opening for Burton Cummings at James Madison University in Harrisonburg Virginia. An excellent night of music. I particularly loved MJ's playing and thought my guitar playing was similar ( yeah , right. ).
Date: February 25, 2006 at 04:59:51 (CST) Name: Dave City & State: Weston Super Mare, England, United Kindom Source: google search Comments: I have been a fan ever since hearing your Dialogue and Michael Johnson albums, given to me by a guitarist in a band I was playing with at the time (around 1979). The albums eventually wore out and I managed to replace them a few years ago. Two songs..Drops of Water and 25 Words Or Less still get played regulary as they always managed to cheer me up when I need to. My daughter who is 15 also loves 25 words, and often asks me to play it. I wish I could get these albums on CD or MP3 as I only have a vinyl and tape version. Any chance that these will be released on CD? Also, any change of you coming to England to play...now that would be something!! Recently Stephen Bishop cam to England to do two gigs and I was unable to get there. I think you know Stephen.
Anyway I'll keep playing your songs and thanks for the memories!!
Date: February 07, 2006 at 22:07:14 (CST) Name: doug lansdale City & State: Punta Gorda, Florida Source: search engine Comments: Hi Michael,
My wife and I married in 1988. "I Will Whisper Your Name" was our wedding song, (as I'm sure it has been for many others). It really touched our hearts. I noticed you toured to Homestead FL in 2005. Will you be performing in Forida in 06? If so, I will bring Valerie to your concert as a suprise. I would be honored if you would perform "our song" for Val.
Date: January 24, 2006 at 22:46:50 (CST) Name: Tom Lacko City & State: Frederick, MD Source: From amazon.com Comments: Back in the late 70s I was a DJ at a little station in the Tri-cities, Washington, at KALE, AM 960. From the first time I played "Bluer Than Blue" on the air I became an instant Michael Johnson fan. The Michael Johnson Album remains one of my favorite all time releases ever! When I eventually got a job at KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA., in their engineering department I convinced DJ Trish Beatty, who on Sundays played mellow songs, to add "When You Come Home." I loved it when the phones lit up with callers asking, "Who sings that song?!"
Michael, your voice is like a fine wine that we get to savor! Thanks for doing what you do.
Date: January 24, 2006 at 22:46:50 (CST) Name: Tom Lacko City & State: Frederick, MD Source: From amazon.com Comments: Back in the late 70s I was a DJ at a little station in the Tri-cities, Washington, at KALE, AM 960. From the first time I played "Bluer Than Blue" on the air I became an instant Michael Johnson fan. The Michael Johnson Album remains one of my favorite all time releases ever! When I eventually got a job at KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA., in their engineering department I convinced DJ Trish Beatty, who on Sundays played mellow songs, to add "When You Come Home." I loved it when the phones lit up with callers asking, "Who sings that song?!"
Michael, your voice is like a fine wine that we get to savor! Thanks for doing what you do.
Date: January 24, 2006 at 20:51:09 (CST) Name: Scott Emmons City & State: Milwaukee, WI Source: Long time fan! Comments: MJ, I really enjoyed seeing/hearing you again in Cedarburg, WI! My wife and I have been following you since the early '70s in Minnesota (of course, we were only children then).
Date: January 24, 2006 at 15:01:12 (CST) Name: Alan Zucconi City & State: Atco,New Jersey Source: surfin' Comments: Michael,if possible please play in the Philadelphia-New Jersey area. The Tin Angel in Philadelphia,the Collingswood Auditorium in Collingswood,NJ are some suggestions.I have been to over 100 concerts in my life and seeing you perform would be great.You are such and incredible musican,it would be an honor for the people of this area to see you perform live.Please reply back. Thank You,Alan Zucconi
Date: January 18, 2006 at 19:40:46 (CST) Name: Matt Smithberg City & State: Seattle, WA Source: Browsing Comments: Hi Michael, got here unexpectedly. I've been a fan for years, saw you play twice here in Washington at County Fairs (remember opening for I think it was The Gatlin Brothers??) Anyway, I'm also a fan of Jon Pousette-Dart and have been following what he's been doing recently. I noticed that he is doing some shows as a host of some songwriters and I saw Hugh Prestwood's name as one of the writers. I knew that you did several of his tunes, so looked up your site and here I am. I have your "Very Best Of..." in my truck, my 3 girls are all somewhat fans too, although as I rememeber reading an essay of yours years ago, they prefer music from bands called things like "The Snot Rockets"....! Anyway, just a hello and do you have any plans to come to the Northwest? Fishing is good up here you know (Jon has told me that he will get up here and go some day). I'll keep an eye on your schedule, would love to see you perform again sometime. Great to see you are keeping busy.
Date: January 14, 2006 at 07:15:41 (CST) Name: Sue Hartley City & State: Wichita, KS Source: I've been a fan since the early 70s Comments: I keep checking to see if you will be in concert any where near Wichita. Years ago you were scheduled for a concert here and I had my front row seats only to find out the concert was cancelled. Your music has been a part of my life since I first saw you perform at Willmar Community College, Willmar, MN back in the early 70s. I know that sooner or later I will make it to one of your concerts - even if I have to plan a vacation around the time and place. Thanks for all the years of great music!
Date: January 09, 2006 at 00:54:15 (CST) Name: Evie Johnson City & State: Vermillion/Watertown SD Source: My Dad. Comments: Hi Michael,
How you doing? This is Evie from Watertown Ken Johnson's Daughter, I'm not sure if you remember me or not, I'm the one planning a trip to Spain in May. I'm looking Forward to going to the concert at the Brickhouse on Valentine's Day. I have some questions for you about a producer I met in Minneapolis who said he may produce my work. I thought you might possibly know him. Shoot me an email and I'll let you know the details. Also, wondering what I should do with my music career, it's one hard job to make a living at. I would love to hear from you!
Date: January 04, 2006 at 20:56:02 (CST) Name: Doreene City & State: Waterbury, CT Source: MJ Comments: Haven't checked out the site in a while. Thought I'd catch up. Terry needs a breath of fresh air. Life is to short and precious to be that uptight.
As for Michael. Yes he is a gentleman. When he wants to be. Aren't we all gentle people? When we want to be. I call him one of my best friends. To call him a snob is just laughable. I've NEVER in my life met anyone who is so far from being a snob as MJ. So MJ just keep doing what you're doing my friend. You make a lot of people very happy. One of the emails even brought tears to my eyes for the memories you brought back to some soul.
Keep well and I'll talk to you soon. In the meantime everyone, have a very happy, healthy and fun new year! And when you can, get out there and see Michael perform. It's worth it's weight it gold! D
Date: January 01, 2006 at 23:53:10 (CST) Name: Jo Mapes City & State: Deerfield ,IL Source: Looking for "There Is A Breeze" Comments: Hello Michael,
I've been trying to find and download "Rooty Toot Toot" & "On The Road". (It's been what, thirty odd years since we both used to play Earls!) I love those songs now, as I did then. I have to admit that I stopped hearing you with my old Album, children, life, etc. Am now happily the Grandmother of four, and teaching them the guitar.
I hope that this note finds you well, thank you for so much pleasure that I got, and get, from your music, and I wish you and yours a bountiful 2006.
Date: December 29, 2005 at 23:13:17 (CST) Name: Sue City & State: Cedar Rapids, IA Source: Always stop here ;) Comments: Will you be meeting your fans after the Rockford concert? We've been coming to see you as often as we could since Wartburg College in the late 70's. Last saw you opening in Cedar Rapids a number of years back (maybe 6-8??) Love your music... Have your trading card!
Date: December 26, 2005 at 14:46:47 (CST) Name: Henrik Wideroe City & State: Oslo, Norway Comments: Hi Michael!
You might not remember, but I was at your release of "Allways" while I was on vacation in Nashville with my girlfriend in June. Really liked the concert and the record is played frecuently at home here in norway. It has a very nice atmosphere to it! We hung out with Richard Bailey and Jenniffer for a few nights who took real good care of us. I play the banjo myself and want to stay in touch with him, but have lost his e-mail address - I was wondering if you might have it? Keep up the great gituar picking!
Greetings from across the Atlantic..
Henrik H Wideroe
Date: December 16, 2005 at 17:57:38 (CST) Name: Michael Johnson Source: awesome Comments: OMG! WE HAVE THE SAME NAME!!! OMG!! LOL!!!
Date: December 15, 2005 at 14:55:33 (CST) Name: greg wolbers City & State: lake bluff, ill Source: search engine Comments: Mike:
Do you remember spending a week in Door County WI with the Smeeths and a bunch of rowdy 13-15 yesr old guys? Took me a while to track you down but I have always wondered what you were up to. I really enjoyed your music then. And have enjoyed the bits and pieces on the website.
How long did you 'hang' with Bill Smeeth's daughter? Pam Gaulke McDonald in Richmond says hello.
You are more than welcome just to ring me up.
Date: December 05, 2005 at 01:58:57 (CST) Name: Deb Erickson City & State: Cedar Falls, IA Source: Fan from the Twin Cities Comments: Dear Michal,
I have been divorced for 5 years from a physican. I must amit that your songs have helped alot. I have your greatest hits. But "Doors" was on my album and I miss that song. Are you happily married, I hope so. It is terrible to be alone. Friends are wonderful. But alone at night, I just can't get used to it. I hope you anwser me and tell me when you will be in the neighborhood of the midwest. I would love to invite you over for dinner or take you out. I don't cook for one, much. That sounds so dumb, but I think your are a wonderful singer.
Your friend in songs, Deb
Date: November 29, 2005 at 19:53:38 (CST) Name: Judy Juul City & State: Cheshire,Ct Source: Trying to find your song"This time of Year" Comments: Hi,Michael,
I was on my way to New York, when I heard you sing " This time of Year" on a local New York station. I was really taken by the easy way it was sung and the meaningful lyrics it contained.I've been trying to buy the album," Mistletoe and Memories" but haven't been able to do so. I Guess it was from the late 80's. I will continue to try to find a copy. It seems we all need to get back to basics this Christmas season.
Best wishes with your career.
Date: November 20, 2005 at 16:26:02 (CST) Name: Nels Tuvey City & State: Watertown MN 55388-0267 Source: same way as before Comments: So cool to see the picture of you, John Denver & DeBois- never knew that before....John with his big old GUILD guitar, you with a homemade
copy of something Sergovia gave you. So prim,trim,proper,ties and suits....
Ya know, Michael...I could go on and on but, gotta stop soon (Deer season-one left to skin) I pray for peace, happiness and success for you-you are a talented musician- real life vocals, top notch classic guitar. Hope to hear from you, meet you soon. Please tell me more about MJ's support people.
Date: November 20, 2005 at 16:05:42 (CST) Name: Nelson Elliott Tuvey ('Nels') City & State: Watertown MN 55388-0267 Source: type: 'Michael Johnson' Comments: 11/2005 Michael, we met at Audiotek Studios on W Broadway in Mpls 1974 when you came in to borrow/rent a DBX sound suppressor from Dan Holmes. You watched me play a song (from my 1st(only)record, "Love to
Make Music By"-privately released in 1975 (Helicher Bros declined),so
I beat the pavement to WCCO AM, KEEY, KARE 11, 'This Must Be the Place' chan 4. I didn't get much airplay. A nice note from Denny Long and Steve Edstrom CCO radio. I heard and saw your same-time release (For All You Mad Musicians) At a guitar shop in Wayzata, bought it, loved it. Still do. Wanted to see you at state fair a couple summers back, missed it (bout of D from my bi-polar) I've always adored your guitar. I have a similar style-little Feliciano, little Lightfoot, some Michael Monroe,etc.
I played 70's clubs like: McCarthys, Michaels, White House, Holiday Inns. Still strum it a bit, teach some Comm Ed local School beginning
kid and adult folks. Haven't played a paid job for 20+ years. Miss it.Keep wanting to go back (I'm good) Life seems to get in the way.
Anyway, wanted to say 'hi'. Hope to begin a communique' with you.
Tell you, website 'PERSERVERANCE' writing was GREAT!. Now I'm 51 and my glory 20's-30's are behind. Gotta press on to the future. By the way, for mortgage money, I make sausage,meats and sell guitars...
TUVEY'S MEATS & MUSIC 1-800-249-2118 Peace,Michael...NELS TUVEY
Date: November 19, 2005 at 18:06:58 (CST) Name: Michale Hays City & State: milwaukee wisconsin Source: msn search Comments: All of a sudden I started to hum a song I had lsitened to so much when I was younger. It was Rooty Toot Toot For The Moon. I have looked on all the music sites for it as a download to know avail. I see you have it on a 3 cd collection which is awsome and I will buy it. I even did a search on Ebay only to find that it was only available then in LP form by Sanskrit Records. I am now thinking how old I am getting, but by having your music again may, just for a momemt, bring me back to an earlier time in my life when life seemed so easy. I was 19 when There is a Breeze was released. Glad I found your site!
Date: November 19, 2005 at 10:18:47 (CST) Name: Jon Pudlitzke City & State: Vancouver, WA Source: its one of my favorites Comments: just read your story about running away.....when i was 8 we lived Bloomington MN. and i also wanted to run away. but i had to cross the creek that ran behind our property....but i wasnt allowed to cross without permission...so i had to go back home and ask if i could cross the creek and run away....mom said "not today dear" so i sat on the edge of the creek, ate my sandwich and then went home.
break a leg.
Date: November 09, 2005 at 16:44:32 (CST) Name: John Karels City & State: North Mankato ,Mn Source: PREVIOUS CONCERT Comments: MICHAEL- WILL BE GOING TO YOUR XMAS COCERT AT BJORLING HAAL IN St. P ETER CAN'T WAIT. yOU ARE THE GREATEST. jOHN kARELS
Date: October 26, 2005 at 22:12:22 (CDT) Name: Carla Jackson City & State: Little Elm, TX Source: Looking for Michael Comments: Michael, My husband and I met you at a concert in Casper, WY in the late 80's where you opened for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. We visited in the lobby with you. I always said that when we renewed our wedding vows you would sing at our wedding. Well you might not have been there in person, but you DID sing "I Will Whisper Your Name" at the wedding we had for our 20th anniversary. Thank you for all the beautiful songs over the years...you're the best, and a very nice guy to boot!!!
Date: October 24, 2005 at 19:04:29 (CDT) Name: Susan Alpert City & State: Las Vegas, Nevada Source: typed Michael Johnson into Google Comments: Just want to say that MJ is one of the most lyrical of musicians I've ever heard. Thank you for your beautiful music.
Date: October 21, 2005 at 02:11:05 (CDT) Name: Lisa Huburns City & State: Utah Source: Through a friend Comments: Michael
They say that God has his ways of working miracles.
You came to Utah and performed in Sundance and in Park City
You were sweet enough to meet a friend of mine Jill Ekstrom.
She was so touched at your music, your kindness and the man behind the music. She broke her neck earlier this year and has been through so much. She still on rough days listens to your music as her way of toughing things through.
She is an amazing lady who means alot to so many people that she has helped over the years. Thank you for meaning alot to her and by helping her still smile, laugh and by sharing your gift of music, it has a healing power.
Please come back to Utah soon. We would love to come with her and hear your music in person. Thanks to her you now have new Michael Johnson fans in Utah.
Date: October 18, 2005 at 14:14:19 (CDT) Name: Jon Lopez City & State: Austin Texas Source: Surfed Comments: WOW what a Great Singer and Song Writer.......
Been familiar with some of your songs by other Artist just discovered your Voice... Its amazing........
Date: October 13, 2005 at 10:13:15 (CDT) Name: Jim City & State: Marshfield, Wisconsin Source: your card from concert Comments: Michael,
My wife and I recently saw you in Marshfield, Wisconsin. All I can say is WOW. Hope you come back, what a show
Date: September 28, 2005 at 11:06:04 (CDT) Name: Dan Whalen & Clare Carpenter City & State: Duluth,Minnesota and Pequot Lakes,Minnesota Source: www.mjblue.com/ Comments: We cannot beleive you are coming to Pequot Lakes, Mn. When you were living in Eden Prairie Mn. we shared some meetings With BILL.w (AA).
We came to your mpls XMAS Concerts and when you came to Duluth,Mn.
We and my family and friends are fans! We still own a B&B AND Apartments along the scenic north shore- outside of Duluth,Mn.
We are working toward retirement and have built a lake home on Loon lake which is just outside of Pequot lakes. We are all looking forward to your concert in Pequot and hope for a chance to renew our fanship.
Date: September 20, 2005 at 20:21:49 (CDT) Name: Jeff & Jean Voelkel City & State: Mukwonago, Wisconsin Source: It is a bookmarked site on my browser! Comments: Michael,
As very devoted fans of yours who come to see you whenever you are in the Milwaukee or Madison Area, we want to know WHEN WILL YOU BE BACK!!!!! We are eagerly awaiting your next visit to the area. Make it real soon!
All the best,
Jeff & Jean Voelkel
Jack & Sarah Salzwedel and
a host of other fans.
Date: September 05, 2005 at 23:01:12 (CDT) Name: Judy Salazar City & State: Livingston, Montana Source: My Friend Kathey Petty Comments: Dear Michael,
Your sister Jan was married to my cousin Terry Pazosa many years ago
What a sweet lady your sister Jan is. It's been so many years ago I don't remember.
I met you once in 1968 or so when I was married to your good friend Bill Settle. You had just come back from Spain where you went to study the guitar.
Just thought I'd say Hi. I remember what a sweet lady Jan was, don't remember Terry except that he was full of himself, I wasn't very old.
My mother's name maiden was Mershon and my Aunt Rose was Terry's blood relative. Take care. Just a trip back in time, I've always wondered what happened to Jan.
Date: August 30, 2005 at 21:32:27 (CDT) Name: Kate Goode City & State: Plainview, MN 55964 Source: Search Comments: I'd like to thank you for putting your song "This Time of Year" on your website. I heard it many times one Christmas long ago and then never heard it again. It made me cry when I heard it after all these years and I listen to it now, even though it's summer! I also wanted to ask if the concert you played in Rochester, MN in June 1985 was at the Dayton's parking lot at the Apache Mall...I catered the food for that one. Thanks for your wonderful music!! Kate
Date: August 29, 2005 at 15:11:31 (CDT) Name: Michael Tamburello City & State: Highlands Ranch, Colorado Source: Through Michael Johnson Comments: Michael, it was a pleasant surprise to discover you performing in Manitou Springs, Colorado last night. Seeing you was not part of any plan that I had for the day. I was taking my daughter and a special guy she recently met on a Sunday afternoon road trip and we ended up passng by the amphitheater and saw some a musician on stage performing. I'm so glad I stopped the car to delight in a spontaneous moment. It must have been divine intervention!
I'm so glad I had the chance to be touched by your soulful music and share a part of our culture with my young daughter (20). It was a truly magical evening and I wanted to thank you. God bless!
We'll be in touch.
Date: August 24, 2005 at 18:01:45 (CDT) Name: Rod Merfeld City & State: Sioux Falls, SD Source: Google Comments: I've been a fan since I first heard "Bluer than Blue". I've not had the privledge of taking in one of his concerts and I hope to some day soon.
Date: August 08, 2005 at 04:52:24 (CDT) Name: Roger Lehmann City & State: Geneva, Switzerland Source: Google Comments: Dear Michael,
Hope this finds you well on this special day,
also, I wanted to send you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Date: August 04, 2005 at 19:31:47 (CDT) Name: Rick Beresford City & State: Twangtown, USA Source: searching for cricket porno Comments: Hi there, stranger... I'm watching you.... give me your email and phone number so's I can contact you. I got the head of Sony video, Joanne Gardner, wanting you RIGHT NOW. So... caugh it up buddy! Talk soon! Happy summer. Rick
Date: August 04, 2005 at 14:46:34 (CDT) Name: Joseph Baird City & State: Apple Valley, MN Source: known Comments: Hey MJ, been thinkin about U lately. hows the life, man? R U well??? let me know wats new. I'll write when i have more time. God bless talk soon
Date: August 03, 2005 at 17:46:53 (CDT) Name: Sue Linton City & State: Bonney Lake, WA Source: Got Michael's name from KMPC in Seattle, searched yahoo Comments: I played the tape "That'a That" a million times in '88. Lost the tape and have not been able to replace it. Am heart sick that it is out of print. Tears and more tears!!
Date: July 17, 2005 at 10:05:18 (CDT) Name: Jeff Lemke City & State: Everett Wa. ( Worthington Minn. hometown) Source: Yahoo search Comments: Wow, nice to find this site. I have been a fan since the 70's. Mankato 1980 was my lat time seeing you live. (way to long)I am now settled in Wa. state, and am looking foward to seeing you out here sometime. I remember my first concert was Worthington Minn. 1975, The girl I was with had you write the final words to love and sex on a poster she ripped off the wall. she had it framed last I saw her. Take care Michael, Jeffry
Date: July 13, 2005 at 11:28:25 (CDT) Name: Diana Spriggs City & State: Colorado Springs, Co Source: I'm a fan Comments: I would really like to request that the "greatest hits" be made available on CD. My cassette has worn out from both my husband and I playing it so much. Please, please consider this, Michael! I'm always watching for e-mails about concerts and continue to go! Thanks for your music and smiles...........
Date: July 12, 2005 at 08:44:19 (CDT) Name: Mike Wilhelm City & State: St. Louis, MO Source: ...looking for Brown's Diner Comments: Michael, I read something about Brown's burning last year but the link to the story was expired...can you fill me in on what happened and how bad it was, etc.?
Date: July 06, 2005 at 13:43:51 (CDT) Name: Tressia Wilson City & State: Colorado Springs, CO Source: Jim Adams web site Comments: Hello. I am hosting "Christian Singles Night Out" on Saturday, July 30. Would you be interested in playing during the event? I can't pay you but dinner is FREE. If so, please call 719 531-0161. You can advertise being at the event and sell your products. Thank you for your time.
Date: July 01, 2005 at 13:35:09 (CDT) Name: clyde newman City & State: west babylon, new york 11704 Source: I was looking for Michael's songs to play Comments: Michael, The only time I had ever seen you perform was at the Westbury Music fair on Long Island, and you were the warm up for Don Williams. You just blew me away!! It was at least 10 or even 15 years ago, and I remember it like it was yesterday. Being a guitarist and performer myself, I was just taken back by your work, and have decided to go back to work (after 5 years of a solo gig with my 12-string, 5 more years with a nightclub band, 5 more years of weddings, and a 15 year vacation!, but more importantly, I'm going to feature your work. Not enough people on this earth have even heard of you, and they need to feel what went into your Dedication of the love a man can have for a women in "The moon is still over her shoulders" and "Give me wings" . I just hope when I present them to a audiance, I will do them justice. I've been a romantic all of my 54 years, and your songs just hit the spot. I'm hoping that you'll perform somewhere I can get to without flying to North Dakota, but even if I had to it would be worth it. Thank you so much for your tremendous work and being an inspiration for guitar players everywhere. Clyde Newman
Date: June 22, 2005 at 15:40:06 (CDT) Name: Frank Campbell City & State: Gothenburg, Sweden Source: Reading articles about making your own album on the web. Comments: I'm sitting at home on a Wednesday night, scouring the web for even more information that can help me in the process of making my first record. My mind is packed with marketing tips, production guidelines, economic considerations etc. I am numb.
I come across your site and start reading your articles and gradually my circulation begins to return. Your humor and insight into the musicians life was uplifting!
Thank you and good luck.
Date: June 20, 2005 at 21:13:46 (CDT) Name: eric City & State: mt. airy nc Source: type in Michael Johnson on google Comments: I love your music, and I'm glad I found this site. I listened to you back in the '80s and early '90s but had lost track of you until a few months back when I saw the interview you did with Stan Hitchcock on RFD. That got me looking for you. You're great.
Date: June 20, 2005 at 19:58:44 (CDT) Name: CK City & State: Rock Springs, WY Source: surfin' safari Comments: Hey Michael, Chris Kennedy here in Rock Springs. I've listened to your music since the '70s, caught your gig in SPokane in '84 (with Reilly and Maloney), and hosted you in concert here in Rock Springs in the mid-'90s. If the highway takes you back to WY, let me know: I'd love to arrange another concert for you here. Best wishes, Chris
Date: June 17, 2005 at 07:21:23 (CDT) Name: Crow Johnson City & State: Gravette Source: just delightful Comments: Michael,
"Phone Home" when you get a chance. Love, Crow
Date: June 09, 2005 at 17:52:34 (CDT) Name: Lynn DeBuhr Johnson City & State: Swea City, Iowa Source: google search Comments: I saw Michael Johnson in 1977 when I went to Virginia Intermont College, Bristol VA. Small college - about 600 people - first year boys had been admitted. Small enough that when the concert was over, some of us went back stage to talk with him. It made me homesick when he said he was from Minnesota, as I was, too. In fact, he lived in Minnetonka not far from relatives. I bought two of his albums, which I ended up having to sell to a second-high store in 1985, to pay bills. Anyway, I was going through some things and found some information and thought I'd see if he was still around. Maybe I'll see him at SpamFest!
Date: June 03, 2005 at 14:46:47 (CDT) Name: Jackie Hauser City & State: Charleston, Arkansas Source: google Comments: I was a fan before i found the website..but I love the articles by MJ..very informative and helpful. Love MJ's music always.
Date: June 03, 2005 at 10:20:59 (CDT) Name: Shilo City & State: Indiana Comments: Hey MJ.... Shilo here. Don't know if you remember us or not, we opened a show for you a few years ago in Kendallville IN. Afterwards we went to the local pub and dicussed life, music and a million other things. You gave us a lot of advice that night. We finally wrote, recorded and released that CD. Come by and visit us and say hey..... it was a pleaseure that night to work with you, and the advice and your take on Nashville and the business has helped guide our choices since then ! We are at www.shiloband.com
Thanks Michael !
Date: May 31, 2005 at 14:58:58 (CDT) Name: Jean-Pierre HUSER City & State: Saint-Légier, Switzerland Source: par Google Comments: Dear Michael, do you remember me in Villars-sur-Ollon and afterwards in Nashville?
Today, with my woman Mica, we listen your record many times. For us you are one of the best singers from the US. I already knew that before , but with time passing by you get better & better. I understand today the quality and the deep sensitivity of your music and vocal.
Personnally I still sing & compose songs and parallell to that I paint a lot. Can see my work on my site www.moulindamour.com. I hope hearing from you and having more songs.Thank you Michael for existing!!! Jean-Pierre
Date: May 29, 2005 at 06:48:55 (CDT) Name: Anna-Maria Barrett City & State: Marietta, GA Source: Google Search Comments: We just can't get enough of Michael Johnson! We're hoping we'll be seeing him in Atlanta in the VERY near future!
Date: May 25, 2005 at 22:12:22 (CDT) Name: Lyn Collins City & State: new york, new york Source: a fan Comments: I have just read your writings on 7/04 and I am, what is the word?, amazed, stunned?? that you did not commit to a candidate. why? I know this is late to be asking you about the your column, but I am questioning your reasons for not committing. I was passionate about this past election and always pictured you a man who would speak his mind.....
Date: May 19, 2005 at 22:08:44 (CDT) Name: Marilyn Griffith City & State: La Vista, NE Source: Google Comments: I ordered, and recently received, the CD of the early albums. I have been thrilled to hear those songs again! I still have the records, but they are all but unplayable due to their age and the amount of wear I put on them over the years. Thanks so much for your music!
Date: May 18, 2005 at 15:30:25 (CDT) Name: Anne City & State: Arlington Heights, IL Source: my brother Comments: Just ordered a couple of CDs off your website -- after being re-introduced to your music last fall when I saw you were going to be in my area. I was a fan back in my college days, but had not kept up with your career. Years have passed and I thought I'd share a recent reaction I had to "Then & Now." I used to listen to "I'll Always Love You" dreaming of my current love at the time. Now, however, it's NOT romantic love I'm thinking of -- instead it's my 19 year old son, who has done just about EVERYTHING a teen can do to drive a wedge in the mother/son relationship. He's home for the summer, (after having flunked two classes out of four!), being irresponsible, drinking, etc., and I was just about ready to ship him out. And then I heard "I'll Always Love You" and realized if I gave up on him, that "I'd really miss him after all." Love is indeed a mystery! This kid who has driven me away and hurt me so deeply, has truly broken my heart. Yet......"I'll Aways Love You" actually helped change my perspective. My love for him is still there, and if he ever changes his mind about his destructive lifestyle, I'll be there with open arms. Thanks for helping me realize that. And I thought you'd get a kick out of the fact that your music reaches folks in "multi-purpose" ways!
Date: May 17, 2005 at 23:59:44 (CDT) Name: Steve Bradfield City & State: Cohutta,GA 30710 Source: Google Comments: I worked on a ranch in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming in mid 70's with a bunch of guys who became my lifelong best friends. After a hard day or anytime we wanted to mellow-out we had MJ playing in the bunkhouse. At a rough time in my life MJ's music and lyrics got me over the hump. I can still sing a mean MJ tune in the shower, especially if I want my teenage kids to leave me in peace. I thought i'd never be able to replace my early albums and I'm thrilled to have them on the way to me. MJ, keep touring. I really want to see another show before I kick the bucket.
Date: May 14, 2005 at 21:50:52 (CDT) Name: Dave Feder City & State: Islamorada Fl. Source: Main St. Cafe Comments: Hi Michael,
Missed you at the Main St. Cafe.
But checked out your site.
Laurie is a friend of mine, and I perform at the cafe sometimes.
Your articles are inspiring and the music is very cool.
Thanks for providing some refreshing reading material, tips etc. on your site.
I'll make it a point to catch the next show down here.
Peace o rama,
Date: May 14, 2005 at 04:45:43 (CDT) Name: Jim Freilinger City & State: Denver, Colorado Source: By chance Comments: Michael- Long time since St. Dominics. I found a picture of our class the other day and were standing next to each other. I had to look you up after seeing the picture. Take care.- Jim
Date: May 09, 2005 at 19:53:43 (CDT) Name: Carol Cardello City & State: Homestead, Florida Source: You've been googled :-) Comments: Thanks for a wonderful evening of stories, with and without music. I'm known for sneaking out between sets, morning person that I am, but I stayed for your encore.
Thanks also for your courtesy in allowing me to take photos during your performance. I've posted my favorite three to my Main Street Galleries. http://www.jeansandsilk.com/MAINSTREETCAFE/JOHNSON_MICHAEL/index.html
Come back again soon, please!!!
Date: May 01, 2005 at 10:43:24 (CDT) Name: John Mills City & State: Custer, SD Source: Michael mentioned it when we met Comments: Hi Michael,
Just spent a little time on your website. It was great to see the Songbird Cafe in Custer, South Dakota noted for a June 4 performance. I am thrilled you will be there for our grand opening. THANK YOU!
Unfortunately, I don't know if I'll be able to participate in the Songwriters Gallery June 2nd and 3rd in Hot Springs. Things will likely be hectic getting ready to open the Songbird. Thanks again for coming to sometimes overlooked - always remembered - South Dakota.
Date: April 24, 2005 at 19:53:11 (CDT) Name: Ardis Proulx City & State: Cochrane Ontario Canada Source: Was searching for some devine help........could this be it? Comments: Hey, my name, as seen above^^^ is ardis. I am a 19 year old singer/songwriter from canada, trying to make my dreams come true for my 20th birthday in june. What am I trying to do you might ask...thats a good question...I am trying to put out my own album. I know it probably won't go big, but just getting it done would be enough for me lol. What I was wondering is if you could help me out, not with money or anything like that, not one of those con-people from the internet...
I just need some help with the basics of making a cd, I live in a small town, and I only know bits and bites about what to do. Anyway, if you could get back to me I would be very greatful. Thank you.
Date: April 05, 2005 at 18:36:38 (CDT) Name: ALLEN WINDOM City & State: NEWNAN GA Source: DAVID AND DIANA BOISE Comments: THX FOR MEETING WITH US IN NASHVILLE ON OUR ANNIVERSERY,IT WAS GREAT TO HEAR YOU AND DAVID TALK ABOUT OLD TIMES ....TXS AGAIN!
Date: April 03, 2005 at 17:58:28 (CDT) Name: Rick Peterson City & State: Racine Wisconsin Source: search engine Comments: I've been a big fan since your album wings and I've been lookinh for a way to iorder some of your older albums with songs like bluer than blue and other early hits. Thanks for giving me a way to do this some time in the near future. You have a wonderful site. and Thanks Michael for many years of listening pleasure.
A fan Rick Peterson
Date: March 25, 2005 at 11:21:09 (CST) Name: Sandy Weisbrod City & State: North Branch, Minnesota Source: put looking for Michael Johnson on line Comments: Hi Michael, this is a personal message about my sister. I am hopping you remember meeting her and her husband (Ginene Swanson and John Strachan) on Bainbridge Island, Wa. They came and seen your concert (sometime in the 80's) when you did the concert on Bainbridge Island and they got a chance to visit with you and they invited you to their home. You went with them and sang with my sister and they had a great time with you.
At this time in her life, Ginene has reneal cell cancer. The Dr. had given her 4 months to live back in 2003, she has beat all odds against this beast, but she is still fighting. Her husband is having a benifit dinner cruise in Seattle on April 1. I know this is short notice but I have been trying to think of people she hasn't seen in along time that she would love to see and your name came to mind. I think she would love to see you again, if you can make it that would be great, if not than maybe just a note to her would cheer her too.
You can check it out on her web site at www.ginene.com or you can call her at 206-780-5181 or you can call me if you want to know more. 651-674-0348. Thanks, Ginene's sister Sandy
Date: March 24, 2005 at 16:26:13 (CST) Name: Jenny Salestrom City & State: North Platte, Nebraska Source: search on msn Comments: I writing you to tell you one of my favorite memories. My dad(Chuck), my uncle Jim, you and maybe a few others(memory getting fuzzy)were playing in Steam Boat Springs Colorado. We were all hanging out after the performance, and my mom turned around and saw us talking and she a had camera in her hand and told us to turn and face her, so you gave me a huge hug and she took the picture. My mom put the picture up on the wall next to all the music things of my dads and I think of that night everytime I see that picture. That was 11 years old. I think I was 14 or 15 years old at the time.
Thank you for the great memory,
Date: March 12, 2005 at 14:23:40 (CST) Name: Cindy & Dave Skattebo City & State: Rockwell, Iowa Comments: We see you are coming to our area again! We last saw you in Belmond, Iowa. Now we are excited to hear you sing & play guitar at Spam Jam in Austin, Minnesota on June 18th! (If you remember in Belmond...I brought all of our Michael Johnson albums & you signed them). You also were kind enough to allow us to have our photo taken with you. See you in June.
Date: March 10, 2005 at 16:20:49 (CST) Name: marvin and mauricio rojas City & State: sannjose costa rica Source: link to a link to a... Comments: we are huge country muisc fans from sanjose costa rica if i had a hat i d take it off waht an honor to finaly faind you we admire you and we love your songs you are amazing we started the first and only county music radio program here and it woudmena the world for us to seeour names by yours in autographed photos as a sign of support please emailus c=back or write to marvin and mauricio rojas 100 metros oeset de lagar san blas moravia san jose costarica centarl america
Date: March 01, 2005 at 13:51:12 (CST) Name: Kevin Mickelson MD City & State: Bismarck, ND Source: Google Comments: Michael,
Please feel free to come and stay with us. I enjoy your writings\songs and my wife and I are always looking for new friends. I am sending a few pictures to show our log home on the River. We have a separate guest cottage. I is heaven out here, very tranquil, a perfect respit in a busy world. I would like to send a couple of pictures of the place. WE are gentle souls, love a good cup of coffee or tea, conversation, a warm fire and are very discrete. Please drop me a line if you are interested...this is a genuine offer....:-)
Kevin and Colette
Date: February 25, 2005 at 15:41:07 (CST) Name: Liz Derry (formerly Liz Danzig from Chicago) City & State: Costa Mesa, CA Source: I'm an old fan Comments: Michael,
How are you? Where are you? I check your web site periodically and have written on the message board. I'd love to hear from you and find out if you ever might come to California. I miss you and hearing you. I don't remember if you ever met my husband, Jed, or if he has ever seen you play. He would remember but he's not here for me to ask him.
I would really like to get in touch with you. We are going to be in the mid west for a week over the 4th of July and we might come to Nashville. If you're there, I would really like to see you. But if I can't find you, it will be difficult to meet up.
So, if you get this message please respond.
Thanks, Your old friend, Liz
Date: February 24, 2005 at 21:08:47 (CST) Name: Steve Abbors City & State: Walnut Creek, CA Source: I "googled" Michael Johnson and voila! Comments: Michael,
I have followed your work since the mid-70's and you remain one of my very favorite performers. From the beginning I have been as interested in your guitar technique as in the songs themselves and after all this time finally get to see you perform at Jimbo's on Tuesday. My wife and I are flying in from California for the evening and will be joined by my best friend Bill, also an admirer, and his wife who will be driving across Colorado. I have no idea what your playlist will be, but it would be wonderful if "There is a Breeze" was on it...if you're up for it. However, if you're not, no worries. Whatever song you're playing, I'll be delighted. See you Tuesday - Steve
Date: February 19, 2005 at 10:49:04 (CST) Name: Kathie Kudrycki City & State: Sterling Heights, Michigan Source: WCSX Comments: I enjoyed your music, this morning, on the over-easy WCSX. Since my
husband and I were fans of John Denver, and me being a Chad Mitchell
Trio fan, I thought my husband would enjoy one of your CD's.
Thanks for the great mucic!
Date: February 19, 2005 at 10:16:14 (CST) Name: Roger Allen City & State: Pisgah, Alabama Source: Search Comments: Hey I have played all of the Michael Jonson materials on the radio over the last twenty plus years. The voice has always had that perfect and smooth sound. I really miss hearing and playing his music. What are the chances of finding original copies of that music? Also do you plan to record any new materials for radio in the future?
Date: February 12, 2005 at 19:02:19 (CST) Name: Mike Golds City & State: Incline Village, NV Source: Seach Comments: Hi Michael,
Been a long time. Hope you are doing well and enjoying life. Let me know if you are going to be anywhere near Lake Tahoe anytime in the future as it would be great to catch up with you.
Date: February 07, 2005 at 11:02:58 (CST) Name: Michael Smith City & State: Hyannis, MA Source: Yahoo search Comments: Hello Michael,
My name is Michael Smith and I am currently doing research for a book on Billboard's Hot 100 Hits of the 80's. I would be interested to learn the background story of the song "You Can Call Me Blue", as well as what it was like for you as an artist in the music industry during the 1980's.
It would be a pleasure and honor to hear back from you. Your contribution to music helped to make the 1980's my favorite decade, one that is full of wonderful memories for me. I thank you for your time and welcome your participation in this project.
And good news! I have just equipped myself with a new speakerphone and recording setup so that I can better handle phone interviews, which have been much requested by artists I have contacted thus far.
Please let me know when is a good time to schedule a phone interview or if you would rather communicate by e-mail. My contact info is as follows:
178 Walnut Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Date: February 04, 2005 at 22:55:17 (CST) Name: Julie City & State: Newark, Ca Source: yahoo search Comments: I just wanted to say that I love your music. I did't know your name
until I was looking for your song The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder
on Morpheus -cause I have looked other places and not knowing the artists name is a bit of a handicap! Anyway I found it and then searched and found this site. I'm the sort who doesn't care how "famous" someone is or isn't and I tend to forget the "stars", but their work, if it touches me stays with me. Maybe that's what its all about. Several years ago I saw you at a concert where you were playing with someone I don't remember at all, but you sang many things I loved and I tried to buy an album that night, lines were insane and my partner wasn't interested in waiting forever. After that it got pushed aside, I forgot your name ( i have a name problem anyway) and I have looked sporadically since. Like many other great country artists we no longer hear you on the radio, but I wanted you to know that there are people who remember your music although I downloaded the song, I will buy a CD as soon as I can afford one again- three months of my husband being out of work kind of limits the disposable income. Thank you for your beautiful work - regardless of airtime and spots on CMT, keep playing, keep singing we need all of the music we can get in this crazy world.
Date: January 29, 2005 at 22:08:47 (CST) Name: Anne Edenfield (Dykes) City & State: Savannah Georgia Source: Google Comments: Hi Michael,
We met in South Carolina several years ago - Bedford Combs.........
I think about you and our days there - hope you are doing well. I listen to your music often - still so soothing.
Would love to hear how you are doing. I still have my cassette tape that you autographed but have upgraded my listening to your CDs. Was glad to see your Website on Google.
Date: January 10, 2005 at 17:06:40 (CST) Name: Kevin Ward City & State: Pelham,AL Source: Lycos.com Comments: Dear Michael,"MJ-Blue",I have always loved your music and lyrics!Your songs never get old and i love to sing them whenever possible to friends and family!Thank You for the years of Blissful musical enjoyment!If you ever need a partner i know all your songs by heart!:)
Sincerely, Kevin Ward.
Date: January 06, 2005 at 14:11:44 (CST) Name: Kathy Hering City & State: Chanhassen, Minnesota Source: my brother, Dr. Michael Webster Comments: Hi Michael,
Great concert at the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 26, 2004! I especially enjoyed hearing "Bristlecone Pine".
I recently retired after teaching school in Hopkins for 35 years. One of my retirement gifts was a framed photo taken by a friend/artist of a rugged tree growing along the north shore area of Minnesota.
It now sits above our fireplace in the livingroom, with a copy of the "Bristlecone Pine" lyrics next to it.
When I saw the photo, I immediately thought of your song, and how it connected to my lifetime of teaching.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Keep singing, playing, and writing.
Sincerely, Kathy Hering
Date: January 06, 2005 at 14:04:27 (CST) Name: Aaron L. Thies City & State: Albion, NE Source: Did a google search on Michael Johnson Comments: I love your music. I was luckily able to find some out of print stuff of yours. Hope you play close by in the future. Keep up the music!
Date: January 03, 2005 at 14:05:49 (CST) Name: Jeanne Zueck City & State: Grafton WI Source: information from one of the concerts Comments: I have seen Michael Johnson in concert about 5-6 times. He was at the Door County Auditorium in Fish Creek WI, Cedarburg WI Cultural Center, Bill Camplin's Carpe Cafe in Fort Atkinson and somewhere in Chicago 100 years ago.
All were incredible performances. How do I get him back to Door County or Cedarburg? Do I need to picket or send letters to the boards that govern these venues? Any plans to appear in this area in the near future? Nothing against Fort Atkinson, just the drive.
Date: December 29, 2004 at 15:14:22 (CST) Name: Cyndy City & State: Nashville, TN Source: Surfing looking for Michael's Music Comments: Hi Michael, Wanted to say I'm so excited to hear you're going to be back in Nashville. I didn't get to come to the Christmas show and I was really looking forward to it. I'm going to try to make it to the bluebird on the 8th. Oh, one other thing, if you could I know when you play a set in the round don't always play alot of your old stuff, but if you could, I'd really like to hear, This night won't last forever. I'm going to try to get my husband to tag along and I think he'd enjoy your show although he is an avid Rock & Roller. Look forward to seeing you. I wish you all the best for the upcoming new year. Thanks again, Cyndy
Date: December 29, 2004 at 13:11:59 (CST) Name: Sara Alexander Wisnewski City & State: Apple Valley, Minnesota Source: Followed MJ's music forever... Comments: I just want to say in public..(Sort Of) that Minneapolis/St. Paul was not the same this year without a concert on December 26th! Yes, "The Holidays just wouldn't be, the same without"...you all know the rest of that song.
The South is so fortunate to have MJ's gift. I am jealous!
Don't forget old Minni-noplace. WE love you "unconditionally"Michael!
Happy 2005. Sara Alexander (Wisnewski) and Family
Date: December 22, 2004 at 20:17:07 (CST) Name: Joel Underwood City & State: Asheville, NC Source: search engine Comments: Have been reading "Perseverance I and II" as well as some of the other missives again over the last few days. Thanks for those. They're important. And true. That's a rare commodity in the music mines; someone who will speak the truth to you. Not that I'm whining, most people are probably speaking the truth as they see it.
Anyway, thanks. That's about it, really. For the music of course, but also for the spirit behind it. And for reminding the rest of us minstreling up the miles with a guitar in one hand and a weatherbeaten notebook in the other that the first thing you better decide if you're going to commit to this religion is which god you're gonna get up and pray to each day. There are, of course, several from which to choose.
There have been multiple times over the past years that I've thought about "quitting" as you put it, and more than a few of those times, it's been a quick re-read through the Book of Johnson (some printe-off and posted on the studio wall copies of your articles) that have moved me to sit my whiny ass back down at the mixer, or pick up the phone one more time to bug that club owner, or just try to work out that annoying bridge that isn't moving the song forward.
Date: December 21, 2004 at 02:43:19 (CST) Name: Bill "ORANGE" Lyons City & State: Nashville, TN Source: I've known about it for years Comments: I just wanted to send Michael and webmaster Cindy the best of holiday wishes. May you be richly blessed and have the best Holiday season of all. You have both earned it!
Yo! Yo! Yo! (the Inner City Santa Claus)
Bill "ORANGE" Lyons
Date: December 17, 2004 at 20:05:26 (CST) Name: Grant Aldonas City & State: Arlington, Virginia Source: Google Comments: I've been a fan since seeing you in concert at the University of Minnesota Whole Coffehouse back in the winter of 1973. I think I wore out my copies of your first two albums trying to figure out how to play half the tracks!
I'm sure you've heard it many times over the years, but your music is enormously evocative. Your music and your playing style was a revelation for a kid trying to figure out if there was something more to musical life than rock and roll. I really appreciate it. It broadened the horizon of what was cool for all of us wannabe guitarists working those West Bank dives.
I tracked your website down to see if I could get your early albums on compact disc. I just bought them -- thanks! I couldn't find them anywhere else. Hope all is going well and that you are heading east at some point to a venue in the DC area.
Again, thanks for the music!
Date: December 14, 2004 at 13:19:08 (CST) Name: John Karels City & State: North Mankato ,Mn Source: A ttended Dec concert at Gustavas,St. Peter, Mn Comments: Michael we just love your guitar music and your singing is wonderful.I lost my brother on dec 23 2000, so I know the pain assocaited with your loss, You are doing just great by kicking the bottle, I DID THE SAME THING AND I`VE BEEN SOBER FOR YEARS. wE HAVE BEEN TO YOUR LAST 3 CONCERTS AT Bjorling Hall and I regret not going to the porevious 30! THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL MUSIC KEEP PLAYING FOREVER. john & jaynne karels
Date: December 12, 2004 at 19:22:24 (CST) Name: Lauren Knight City & State: Eagan, Minnesota Source: google Comments: I was at you're concert the other night at Gustavus, it was my first time attending one of your shows and I absolutely loved it. I'm not exactly the same age as the rest of your fans, I am 14 years old, but my mom is a huge fan. Her name is Susan Burke (now Susan Knight) she used to work for American Airlines at the airport, and said you two have met a couple of times. I was wondering if you still remember her?....well get back to me whenever you can! Your show was awesome! I will come see you whenever I can!
Date: December 09, 2004 at 09:56:52 (CST) Name: Karen Queen Source: search stage/music Comments: Michael,
I am working on a magazine article about helping children deal with stage fright and came across your helpful advice on your site. Would you be available (sometime after the first of the year) for a short interview (either by phone or email) at your convenience on children and stage fright? Currently, I am pitching the idea to magazines. As soon as an editor agreed, I'd do the interviews then. I'd like to be able to say in the pitch who has agreed to talk to me. Thank you for any help you can provide -- I know you're very busy.
757 564 9361
Date: November 28, 2004 at 20:04:06 (CST) Name: Jeffrey A. Jacobs City & State: Syracuse, NY Source: google Comments: I first heard about Mike Johson when a friend played a tape of him with Denver and Boyce recorded live, at Denison University perhaps. I still have the tape and now I will have to find a reel to reel tape deck and see what it sounds like. it should be interesting!
Date: November 21, 2004 at 02:02:53 (CST) Name: Karyle Hanson City & State: Minneapolis, Minnesota Comments: Thanks for playing in Grand Marais this summer. It was a fantastic concert. Loved the parodies of your songs. Hope that you will be back in GM next summer or play in Minneapolis soon.
Date: November 20, 2004 at 10:24:28 (CST) Name: haeck freddy City & State: 9880 Aalter - BELGIUM Source: my daughter Comments: Dear Artist,
I m a collector of autographs of famous politicians, sportsmen, artists, and authors from around the world (I have about 1.000 authentic autographs). I got a lot of names from my daughter who is a schoolteacher.
By using this email, I would ask you, if you would be so kind to send me an autograph of you.
I will be very delighted to own your signature in my personal collection of autographs.
Anyway, thank you very much, and may God bless you and your family.
With warm greetings from Belgium, and of course I wish you all the best in your career.
Date: November 10, 2004 at 07:51:16 (CST) Name: Lisa West City & State: Eagan, MN Source: Google Comments: Michael: My brother, Rick, has been a fan of yours since the 80's when you sang at St. John's University in Collegeville. We came to your concert at Orchestra Hall last year, where he was thrilled to meet you in person. You have been an inspiration for him in his music and life for a long time, and I'm hopeful you can continue in a unique way. My 10-year-old nephew, Andrew, (Rick's son) was recently diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, and he has a long road to recovery ahead of him. Your words of advice on persistence would be welcome. There's a website for guestbook entries and daily updates, and it would make his day to see a note from you. Thanks for the consideration and your inspiration. www.caringbridge.org/mn/andrewswanson
Date: November 08, 2004 at 11:53:39 (CST) Name: joe gelarden City & State: East Boothbay Source: Once upon a galaxy, far, far away there was a .... Comments: Have retired to the great state of Maine. Found a guitar teacher-finally. He is Charles Chapman, a retired professor from Berklee in Boston. After fooling around for 40 years, He has me playing scales, finger exercises and trying to read music. I wonder what ever happened to Lee Mallory?
Let me know your schedule. Ever get uip this way?
Date: November 06, 2004 at 23:38:09 (CST) Name: jennifer griffith City & State: hornell, NY Source: typed in mjblue, been doing it for years Comments: Michael,
I would love the opportunity to harmonize (vocally) with you. If you get a minute, and you're even a little curious, e-mail me.
Date: November 04, 2004 at 16:23:10 (CST) Name: Lana Boise City & State: 4605 Jenkins Avenue, N Charleston,S.C. 29405 Source: Through David Boise Comments: Dear Michael, 11/04/04
I heard from David the other night and he played for me Denver,Boise &Johnson; on the telephone.
It was a long time ago and a great sound.
This is my first e-mail message and I am Happy it is going to You.
This is funny: I sing in the Choir at Church !
I am a GOOD GIRL NOW !
In closing, I would love to hear from You (stop laughing).
Your Friend Always,
Date: October 30, 2004 at 20:15:59 (CDT) Name: Ed Lamoureux City & State: Peoria, IL Source: Correction on last entry Comments: We were in Arlington Heights, IL. last evening at the Forest View Education Center. Sorry for the bad city reference in the last post.
Date: October 30, 2004 at 19:52:19 (CDT) Name: Ed Lamoureux City & State: Peoria, IL Source: when looking for concert dates Comments: Saw Michael last night in Highland Park, IL. First saw him in the late 70's at one of the December concerts in Minneapolis. I've seen Hendrix, Kotke, Rankin, Loggins, Messina, Feliciano, "the Great Guitars," Matheny . . . a whole host of guitarists (and singers). And none measures up to Michael Johnson's playing. What a unique treat to experience his music in a small and intimate venue. He deserves better outlets, as an artist, but the gift he gave to those of us in the audience last night was truely rare. I was with a friend who saw MJ even earlier in his career than did I; a friend who once shared a beer with him after a concernt in MN. We both hope you stay well and that the work continues to feed both your passion and contentment.
Date: October 28, 2004 at 10:42:37 (CDT) Name: scott ousley City & State: north webster in Source: my band openend for mike Comments: hi mike i hope you remember me I was the drummer for a band called shilo we opened for you we had a great time after the show we became friends i have been playin for a new band called slydawg we have had great success across the u.s.a and in the uk we have another cd coming out soon that is even better than our last cd some of the songs on this cd reminded me of songs that had the same meanings as did youre songs like send me an angel hope to here from you check us out at sly-dawg.com tell me what you think.youre friend scott ousley
Date: October 26, 2004 at 10:14:56 (CDT) Name: Brad City & State: Juneau, Alaska Source: mentioned at concert Comments: What a treat to hear you live! I've been a fan since high school (70's) and never thought we would cross paths. Like I mentioned at your CD booth- your music was the soundtrack to many steamed up car windows during highschool weekends:)
Keep up the great music and sense of humor!
Date: October 25, 2004 at 12:22:35 (CDT) Name: Cathy City & State: Juneau Alaska Source: google search Comments: funny guy with fabulous music. thanks for coming to Alaska's capital city!
Date: October 19, 2004 at 09:12:17 (CDT) Name: lynn kelly City & State: chicago, il Source: yahoo search Comments: I miss the tape I made of you at Holstiens in "84". Yellow car, lifes a bitch and all your early work. I hope that you are doing well. your voce just is inspiring. thank you for the music.
Date: October 16, 2004 at 14:26:58 (CDT) Name: Danny K. Blevins City & State: Van Lear, Kentucky Source: Google Comments:
I have often wondered what happened to you. I used to see you on TV
and hear your recordings on the radio, daily. I bought your album,
"That's That". The title song is burned into my memories. I think that
everyone who has experienced the ups and downs of life and love can
relate to the depth of this song.
I hope to see you in concert and to hear more great recorded performances in the future.
You have a GREAT talent!
Danny K. Blevins
P.O. Box 336
Van Lear, KY 41265
Date: October 07, 2004 at 03:18:11 (CDT) Name: Yoon Shin City & State: Seoul, South Korea Comments: I've just realised that kye might be a female name. Sorry if true.
Oh, you wrote "Some People's Lives" too. It was also recorded by
Date: October 07, 2004 at 02:53:28 (CDT) Name: Yoon Shick Shin City & State: Seoul, South Korea Comments: Oh, I forgot to say thanks for your work^^
Date: October 07, 2004 at 02:51:58 (CDT) Name: Yoon Shin City & State: Seoul, South Korea Comments: I was surprised at Kye Fleming's message since He is a well-known songwriter as well as producer in Nashville. He wrote a beautiful song called "Give Me Wings!"
Ronnie Milsap's "I Wouldn't Have Missed it for the World"
Sylvia's "Nobody", and many of Steve Wariner's and Barbara
Date: October 05, 2004 at 15:53:13 (CDT) Name: Colleen Panagiotou City & State: Seattle, WA 98117 Source: searching for Michael on Google Comments: Michael, long ago you were
Voicing my tears
Singing my pain
Knowing my heart
Reflecting my soul
Thank you for your gift of "song-love" - it will be a part of me forever. Since I've discovered your website, I've ensured that your music and heart continue to be loved by me, my children and grandchildren throughout the coming years. Even my grandkids like and appreciate your music!! You WILL Persevere.
Sincerely and in gratitude,
Date: September 30, 2004 at 20:49:33 (CDT) Name: dennis bradley City & State: shoreview, MN but met Michael in Grand Marais, MN Source: after unplugged for North house folkschool benefit bought cd Comments: Dear Michael, so great to hear you in person and chat--however briefly--at the reception in Betsy Bowen's gallery after the Unplugged Concert in Grand Marais, MN. I'm kind of a gab and hesitate to engage artists like yourself, Bernie Leadon, John Veznor etc in extended conversation--suspect youve heard all this and more before. Nevertheless, after listening to your "Then and now" I must reiterate what I said at Betsy's --you're not just an entertainer with a great voice and a masterful guitar. Not that those assets wouldnt be sufficient for most. Your music has something to say of importance. I suppose I should have guessed that you might be a bit more of a deeper thinker than the average bloke from your willingness to support NH folk school.
I found NH by accident in 95--I was a speaker in Grand Marais for a conference sponsored by the international joint commission. The IJC is a US Canada group that considers all sorts of matters affecting the Great Lakes which we share. I had just retired from the Forest Service as a research forester/economist/sociologist and I was talking about something called Ecological Economics. Hardly mainstream thinking but an important new perspective I believe. Regardless, I found NH walking to the meeting--and I've been caught up in their activities ever since. I volunteered at first, building the buildings, the Mackinaw boat etc and finally teaching this summer.
If I have a disappointment in your website, its the absence of the lyrics for your great humorous knockoffs like--You make me feel so, so. Any chance of finding this stuff on your site in the future.
Also, I hope you'll be coming back to Grand Marais next summer. And if you do perhaps we can chat again. If your interested, Mark Hansen, Tom Healy NH founders and other fun-loving blokes try to put our love of adventure and nature in practice by hitting the road, primarily in Canada just across the border to sail or canoe or whatever to experience nature and great conservation/food/and (perish the thought for recovering alcoholics) a great scotch. Would you like to join us?? I'm so glad to have met and listened to you.
My wife Linda and I sing a few songs for friends in harmony--0ld time stuff like "tell me why". Bluer than Blue or the Beatles' Michelle force me to sing over the top in harmony every time I hear them--not a pretty sight perhaps but what can I say....
Date: September 23, 2004 at 22:49:44 (CDT) Name: george kojis City & State: Wanganui, New Zealand Source: searched Comments: Michael, 30 some years ago living on Niagara street in Eau Claire.. since then,living in New Zealand & many fond memories remain. I hear your music from time to time..recently on public radio regarding your concert coming soon to the north house. This summer I've been visiting and caring for my elderly mother in Rhinelander. I return to NZ late Oct. Perhaps next year our paths may cross.
Regards George Kojis
Date: September 22, 2004 at 19:56:52 (CDT) Name: Lowell Stortz City & State: Minneapolis, MN Comments: I was at the Buck 50th party and heard you perform. What great memories!!! I am wondering if you would be available for hire for a similar type event (a small college alumni gathering) in downtown Minneapolis any time in November, 2004?
Date: September 22, 2004 at 14:52:20 (CDT) Name: Diane City & State: Green Bay WI Source: surfing Comments: Michael, just by a stroke of luck I remembered some of your music today. I had forgotten how wonderful your music made and makes me feel even to this day. A friend of mine in San Antonio, Texas and I used to perform your songs together. Give me Wings was always a show stopper, but, no one could compare to your performance. Hope someday you make it to this area. Thanks for the memories and the music, Diane
Date: September 19, 2004 at 13:29:08 (CDT) Name: esteban City & State: santiago Source: the google Comments: hello i'm chilean i think that your best song is rosalee and nothing more i like that you send me this song please .thank bye
Date: September 07, 2004 at 09:53:58 (CDT) Name: Pat Schultz City & State: Marshall MN 56258 Source: googled it Comments: As chairperson of the Performance Series Committee, I am interested in receving information on booking Michael for a concert. Please send me information at 602 Elaine AVenue Marshall MN 56258 or call at 507;537-9234 or 507/532-3064.
Date: September 06, 2004 at 05:25:25 (CDT) Name: evlyn moris City & State: morro bay, ca Source: searched "musician michael johnson" Comments: First, for your information, several weeks ago I found you on the website: www.michaeljohnson.com and now that site has been suspended. Luckily, I did not give up, and found this site. Such a wealth of information (and sources for CDs)
Years ago I wrote Michael when he was located in Nashville (I think someone by the name of Bowles was manager?) and asked about the song Sailing w/o a Sail, and it was unavailable at that time, but Michael was so kind and sent me a cassette with that song on it (this was pre-CD time). I was so impressed with this act of kindness and I have and play that cassette (and another cassette where I recorded just that song over and over) to this day. I still think it is one of the most romantic songs written. I am so happy to have found this website. Thanks.
Date: September 03, 2004 at 08:46:27 (CDT) Name: Alistair Macpherson City & State: Perth Scotland Great Britain Comments: Dear Michael,
To say I was surprised to receive an E Mail back from you is the understatement of the year!
I have been reading your website information and it has confirmed what I already thought. That you are a regular guy who just happens to be a musical genius (in my opinion at least). I have just purchased your albums "Aint dis da Life" and "For all you mad musicians". I was not aware that you had covered the John Martyn song "may you never" (John is also Scottish by the way).He wrote it as a lullaby for his kids I believe. It has wonderful sentiment for me being the dad to a nine year old boy. As you say on your website covers are a good thing provided they are done with style. I don't know if you know much about John but there was a recent television documentary on over here about his musical life and it has been a colourful one to say the least! He lives in Ireland now and has been very ill recently with the result that he has had to have a leg amputated. He has vowed to keep touring while he still can.Whilst on the subject of other artists my big influencers over the years have been: Michael Macdonald, John Martyn, You, Alfie Zappacosta, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Celine Dion, Elton John, Art Garfunkell, Enya, Bread, Etc Etc and of course The Beatles.
I hope you don't mind but I have forwarded your E Mail to Dougie Maclean (Dougies website details attached) as he is a "big hitter" over here on the folk music scene. As you possibly know he is a big pal of Cathy Mattea (sorry about the spelling) and has collaborated with her on many occasions.
Have you ever heard of Celtic connections? I enclose the web details as this might be a perfect excuse for you to visit Scotland in the future. Many of your peers have visited this music festival over the years and have returned again and again.
PS: the bonus has still not come through!
Alistair R Macpherson.
Date: September 01, 2004 at 19:22:57 (CDT) Name: Jennie City & State: Ogden, UT Source: Rhapsody music Comments: I love your song Give Me Wings, I first heard it when I was a teenager and never forgot it even though it's not played on the radio very often anymore. It's a beautiful song and your voice is perfect.
Date: September 01, 2004 at 15:02:52 (CDT) Name: Ron Krueger City & State: Saginaw, Minnesota Source: looking for words to old michael johnson songs Comments: I was playing "opening farewell" on a guitar I was looking at at Northwest Music in Duluth.........The salesman asked me "what is that you are playing?" I told him it was a Michael Johnson song and he said, what a cool song....... I lost my origional Michael Johnson albums of from long ago, so I was delighted to find I could get them now in CD.....Keep on playing!! Thanks
Date: August 30, 2004 at 11:09:58 (CDT) Name: kye fleming City & State: nashville Source: randy sharp Comments: where are you what are you doing email me ! oxoxkye
Date: August 30, 2004 at 02:38:20 (CDT) Name: Erin Ford City & State: Manitou Springs CO Source: You told me about it :?) Comments: Michael you cutie,
I'm so glad I met you. Thank you so much for playing at our festival. You just sparkle. Hope we keep in touch.
Date: August 29, 2004 at 00:01:42 (CDT) Name: Mike City & State: Fairmont, Minnesota Source: a search for your song lyrics Comments: Your song,"This night won`t last forever" will forever be in-bedded
in my mind as a classic 70`s love song.I know Sawyer Brown did a
remake of it in wich is good but your voice gave the song that
"sound" of you actually being there with the distress of a "play-
by-play" account of the relationship. I know that sounds weird but
if you close youe eyes and listen it`s like actually being there.
THAK YOU MICHAEL!!
Date: August 22, 2004 at 10:52:21 (CDT) Name: Jim Brown City & State: Albemarle NC 28001 Source: Typed in Michael Johnson Comments: I have simply loved his two recordings of "Ponies" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder" for years, and have just recently purchased
three of the same tape with these two. ..play 'em ALL the time.
I wanted to say thanks for these, especially. I'm a 'used to be' musician, 70 yrs old and have owned my own music store since, 'Lord',
50 ago....I know good stuff when I hear it...lyrics, special effects of his group, special rythmns and most of all, his way of delivering
Thanks again for enjoying your stuff.
Best regards and respect,
Date: August 20, 2004 at 03:04:11 (CDT) Name: Yoonshick Shin City & State: Seoul, South Korea Comments: It was "Music City Tonight" in 1993, around Christmas time. MJ sang hits medley also, with a guitarist. I checked out video tapes I have last night^^ Great performance.
Date: August 17, 2004 at 16:27:46 (CDT) Name: Alistair Macpherson City & State: Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom Source: Google Comments: Dear Michael,
I and an ever increasing number of my freinds and family have enjoyed your music since 1978 when by chance one of your records was played on BBC Radio 2.
Throughout the years since i have often turned to your songs and have found new meanings for me depending on the challenges at the time, Deaths of parents, lost loves etc,etc.
Thanks to the internet i have now bought almost all of your albums on CD mostly from the USA and Japan. For some reason not many people in Britain know about you or your majestic songs. (I have managed to get your records played a couple of times on the BBC and local radio but not nearly enough is heard of you over here. Will you ever concider touring here (Particuarly Scotland). We have a great history of folk music (Dougie Mclean lives near here and owns a great pub where improvisation and spontaneus instrumental playing is encouraged).
If you don't come here i may have to visit the USA to see one of your concerts sometime. I am 44 years old and work in Sales management so hopefully a bonus will come at the right time.
Alistair From Scotland!
Date: August 16, 2004 at 03:43:05 (CDT) Name: Yoonshick Shin City & State: Seoul, South Korea Source: Yahoo! Comments: Hi. I'm a big fan of yours from South Korea. Don't say "It's amazing that there are Michale Johnson's Fans in Korea!"
I have really enjoy your music since 1986 after listening to "Give Me Wings." You have very fine voice and guitar sounds.
Thanks for the "Upon a Christmas Eve" file. I first listened to the song on "Nashville Now" in 1994. Surely, I was amazed by your performance!
Date: August 12, 2004 at 13:32:17 (CDT) Name: Cyndy City & State: Nashville, TN Source: Searching the net Comments: Hey there Michael! It's been so many years, 24 give or take a few, I think. I've thought about you from time to time over the years and really couldn't find any info on you until recently. In the early eighties maybe late 70's you stayed at the hotel I worked for when you were recording in Nashville I think. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed our conversations and I wanted to thank you for being such a great friend at the time. I have listened to the album you gave me (dialogue) over and over (It's scratched a bit but I still have it in my collection). I have been looking for the cd but seems I can't buy it in the stores so I'm gonna try the internet. Sorry for the lengthy email I really just wanted to say thanks. I know you probably don't remember me at all but just so you know your music will always have a place in my heart and I really enjoy your music. Sincerely, Cyndy
Date: August 09, 2004 at 13:42:30 (CDT) Name: Mark Williams City & State: Afton,Iowa 50830 Source: Michael's website Comments: Michael, MY wife Cindy and I were very pleased to meet you in Crested Butte, Co. We visited with you while we were doing laundry. I was very fascinated with your life long work in music. We would like to see you perform if you have any engagements near us. We wish you much success in the future and hope to visit with you again. I would like to send a CD for an autograph. E-mail me if this is possible. Sincerely, Mark and Cindy Williams
Date: August 09, 2004 at 08:58:07 (CDT) Name: Pat City & State: Marshall MN 56258 Source: Looked for it! Comments: I chair our performance series committee and we are interested in showcasing you in our next year's performances. Please send boooking information to me.
Date: August 07, 2004 at 17:09:28 (CDT) Name: orleen simbillo City & State: lucca (LU) italy Source: by searching your albums Comments: will kindly give me the opportunity to have a compilement of your records even in mp3 files.
thank you and more power to you
Date: August 05, 2004 at 10:17:23 (CDT) Name: Laura City & State: Wisconsin Source: Surfed In Comments: Very cool site! I have a big admiration for songwriters, especially since visiting the famous Bluebird Cafe. I have found out about the Bluebird cafe scrapbook and have read your stories. Enjoyed reading the book!
- www.geocities.com/rusty_ellis2000/index.html (Rusty Ellis' Official Website, country music artist)
Date: July 28, 2004 at 14:36:43 (CDT) Name: Shirley Comments: In the late 80's I bought the album "Wings". It was a favourite. The song "Ponies" is one of those songs which I could and did listen to non-stop. Recently, when going through my old albums I rediscovered "Wings" and especially "Ponies". It is as beautiful as I remember. Each day when I come to my studio to make art, I listen to that song. I float to another place. Thank you for the wonderful music.
Date: July 25, 2004 at 23:31:09 (CDT) Name: denise hamner City & State: atlanta ga. Comments: michael i met you 10 years ago i am mearl&dickey; gonsoulins niece.we will be in franklin on the 22 and hope to hear you play! i have been looking forwaed to seeing you for a long time. your fan denise hamner
Date: July 02, 2004 at 09:36:39 (CDT) Name: beth ann greenwell City & State: louisville ky Comments: hi my name is beth ann greenwell am in the special olympecs i never get to go to concters ever ok my one wish is to get a cd from you ok singed by you ok i never get nothing in the mail at all ok
Date: June 30, 2004 at 15:33:05 (CDT) Name: AudioGuy5000 Comments: What do you think about SACDs versus DVD Audio, from an audiophile perspective.
Date: June 25, 2004 at 05:50:34 (CDT) Name: alwyn flores City & State: negros occidental,philippines Source: yahoo Comments: hi der,im ur fan.just like to ask you a question,was the song ill always love you was capod at second fret?tnx
Date: June 14, 2004 at 22:27:52 (CDT) Name: Terry Day City & State: Denver CO Source: Google Comments: Michael-
30 years have passed. Sorry about Steve. Haven't heard about Paul or Widge. Hope your career is doing well.
Last time I saw you was in Chicago. Best Wishes
Terry - The Michael J Trio
Date: June 11, 2004 at 00:14:26 (CDT) Name: mIKE jOHNSON City & State: ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA Source: BROWSING Comments: DO YOU REMEMBER ME? 1960S, S.E. WASH. DC. ST. PETERS SCHOOL.
Date: June 09, 2004 at 08:51:11 (CDT) Name: Patrick Rogers City & State: Bemidji, Mn. Source: google Comments: Ijust want you to know how much myself and my 12 kids and wife have enjoyed you're music these many years. The family all went to the concert at the Chief here in Bemidji on several ocassions. The young boy in the front who got some personal attention from you still remembers. We have missed you here. I can understand our town doesn't probably net much but we are appreciative. You will allways be a favorite singer/performer. Thanks You have tons more talent than most out there today Michael. Keep making music. The Rogers family
Date: June 08, 2004 at 15:23:22 (CDT) Name: Scott Hogenson City & State: Washington, D.C. Source: By chance Comments: After spending years searching for 'There is a Breeze' and 'Mad Musicians,' I have finally found and placed my order for the set. I understand they will arrive within days and I am pleased in no small measure.
Michael, I don't know if you read these things, and I'm certain you don't recall this episode, but I interviewed you about 30 years ago as a young radio news hound after a concert you gave at the University of Minnesota/Morris - I was working at a little radio station in Montevideo at the time. You were gracious and accomodating, and even autographed my 'Breeze' album, which I still have, albeit absent a needle for my long-retired turntable. The fate of my 'Mad Musicians' LP is unknown - it was swipted by a DJ at a radio station in Richmond, Virginia back in the mid-80s.
The chance to hear those songs again after so many years - Happier Days, Cain's Blood, Love and Sex, Old Folks (which chokes me up just thinking about it), On the Road, Gypsey in the Photograph, I could go on and on - is simply smashing and I feel like a kid waiting for the mailman to bring me the thing I ordered from the back of a comic book. But there's another, more important reason I'm greatly anticipating the arrival of these albums.
I went to high school during the early and mid-1970s in Minnetonka (Go Skippers!) and your music played a part during my formative years. In a small way, these two albums and the messages in your music helped guide me toward adulthood. Some would say I turned out okay.
Today, I have two teenaged daughters of my own - 16 and 19 - and I want them to hear Michael Johnson the way I did. In my mind, it's valuable for them - dare I say important - to hear the music and, God willing, absorb some of the messages contained in that music.
I am unable to imagine the musician's life, but I cannot believe there have not been one or two moments in which you worried your performances were little more than some gig in some tavern or beer joint between Duluth and Chicago. Please know your performances meant so much more, and made a difference, to this now slightly overweight, middle-aged guy. You and your music matter.
I hope this finds you as well and happy and content as I.
With very best wishes and warmest regards,
Date: June 01, 2004 at 10:11:46 (CDT) Name: Ann Moeller. City & State: tipton, Iowa Comments: I like your songs.
Date: May 26, 2004 at 22:41:16 (CDT) Name: Mary Booth City & State: Minneapolis, MN Source: By being a fan.... & browsing. Comments: Hi Michael.
What a thrill for me on May 19, 2004 at Mickey's Diner in St. Paul, Minnesota. To see you having lunch there at the same time my boyfriend and I were.
I kept looking over at your booth, wondering "who is he?" I work with the public and recognize MANY people about town. I live in Minneapolis, but go to St Paul now and then. After a few minutes, I had said to my boyfriend, "That's Michael Johnson!" Didn't know (or care, ha) who the lady was. I silently freaked out!!
I'm so glad I had enough nerve to go over and say hello to you. I had no choice but to walk right by you, anyway, so I got up the nerve. I have most of your albums and some on CD. You once signed all of them for me at the Minnesota State Fair, too.
Thanks for being so friendly when I was just a stranger to you, but you not to me.
Made my year!!
Date: May 14, 2004 at 23:59:15 (CDT) Name: Vickie City & State: Springfield IL Source: Looking for Raun Mackinnon Comments: How in the h*** did I make it through the 70's and 80's without knowing about you????? I've spent 2 hours listening to clips and watching the videos!!!!! Occasional musician myself (more back in those days) yours is exactly the type of music I love!!! I'm also a Kenny Rankin fan, some of your styling & phrasing remind me of him also.
Kudos, I love you!
I'll be back to buy some cds when I can decide which ones!
Date: May 13, 2004 at 13:00:29 (CDT) Name: Scott Sperry City & State: Dillon, CO Source: Excite Search Comments: Michael,
I met you a few years back when you would play with Jim Salestrom in Breckenridge. Just wondering if you'll be playing out this way again any time in the future. Its been awhile. You do put on an awesome live show.
Date: May 12, 2004 at 12:03:58 (CDT) Name: Terri Hunt City & State: Albia, Iowa, formerly Rockford, Illinois Source: MSN search for song lyrics to "The Old Folks" Comments: Hey Michael, love your voice. I used to frequent Charlotte's Web in Rockford, Illinois in the 70's to hear you play. My boyfriend at that time was George Corwin, he used to play on Amateur night. Anyway, nice to know you're still playing. I've never heard a better acoustic guitarist. I still have your first two LP's! I plan on purchasing your CD's so I can listen to you again! Thanks for the memories...Terri Hunt
Date: May 09, 2004 at 11:38:56 (CDT) Name: Jack Brangan City & State: Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003 Source: Google Comments: The weidest thng ... I was walking down the aisle at my local grocery store ... my mind sort of unfocused and wandering .. when out of the crappy little 4" speaker overhead came 'The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder' .... it stopped me in my trackes .. so I pretended to read a label on a can of beans while I soaked up every lyric and every note.
So now I am back looking buy some of Michael's cds and to see how Micheal (and all of us) is doing ... and glad you have not quit ... the world needs as many gifts as it can muster up .. and Michael, you are one of them ... stay with it ..
Date: April 28, 2004 at 13:42:55 (CDT) Name: mark johnshoy City & State: aurora, CO Source: surfing the web looking for "Carefully Taught" Comments: In the mid 70s, I and lots of college friends, attended many Michel Johnson concerts in eastern South Dakota, at South Dakota State University in Brookings, in Madison SD, and other locations that were close. I drove vigorously to attend as many as I could. Great guitar playing and singing. I prefer the early stuff. Glad to find the CDs of the early stuff available.
Date: April 16, 2004 at 16:18:33 (CDT) Name: joe szeliga City & State: garden city, midhigan Source: been here before! Comments: Hey Michael!
I was doing a google search for a relative of mine and up popped a reference to my entry in your guestbook. March 15th of '98! Can it have been that long ago? Things have changed a lot since then including my views on the Then and Now album. At the time I was disappointed with the newer versions of the old songs, but since then have come to enjoy them too. No sooner had I gotten to the site then I remembered I had just bought the Classic Masters CD yesterday and hadn't opened it yet. So now I've got the old songs in their original versions playing, and though I can never go back to being younger and more hopeful, go back to a time when skies were bluer and the air smelled sweeter and it seemed like I had all the time in the world, I can at least go back in my mind and remember it a little clearer than I did yesterday.
I've always played a game with myself, making up mental lists of those precious things I'd want with me if I were stuck on a deserted island for the rest of my life. It would of course be an island with some power and a stereo system, and in the old days i could only take one album or ten songs, each by a different artist, nowadays it's a CD of 20. LOL In either case, one of those songs was always the original version of This Night Won't Last Forever. Well, it's playing now and reminding me of lost loves and lost opportunities and the hope for a brighter tomorrow I needed back then.
Thanks for all the memories and all the great songs from long ago!
Date: April 12, 2004 at 16:26:58 (CDT) Name: JAMIE MISSELT City & State: OSCEOLA ,WISCONSIN Source: LOOKED ON THE INTERNET Comments: MICHEAL,
IF YOU GOT MY LETTER EALRY(JAMIE MISSELT) AND CAN WRITE TO JOSH I WOULD LOVE YOU FOREVER.
Date: April 12, 2004 at 16:21:18 (CDT) Name: Jamie Misselt Comments: Dear Micheal,
I UNDERSTAND IF YOU DON'T GET THIS LETTER BUT I REALLY HOPE THAT YOU DO. MY HUBAND, JOSHUA MISSELT, HAS ADMIRED YOU FOR THE LONGEST TIME. HE LOVES TRACK AND FIELD MORE THAN ANYONE I KNOW. HE ALWAYS SAYS THAT ONE DAY HE COULD MEET YOU IN PERSON OR MAYBE RACE YOU. ANYWAYS THE REASON THAT I'M WRITING YOU TODAY IS BEACUSE MY HUSBANDS DREAM CAM NO LONGER BECOME REALITY. JOSH HURT HIS LEG IN AIR FORCE TRAINGING AND NOW CAN'T RUN AS FAST HE USE TO. TRACK IS HIS LIFE AND NOW THERE MIGHT NOT BE A CHANCE FOR HIM. THE ONLY THING HE HAS EVER DREAMED ABOUT DOING IS MEETING YOU UP CLOSE. I'VE BEEN TRYING MANY WAYS TO GET IN CONTACT WITH YOU AND I HOPE YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER. IF NOT AT LEASE I TRIED FOR MY HUSBAND.
P.S. PLEASE READ THIS LETTER IF IT HAPPENS TO CROSS YOUR PATH. IT WOULD MEAN A LOT TO MY HUSBAND.
Date: April 05, 2004 at 17:21:38 (CDT) Name: Robert Frye City & State: Nashville, TN Comments: Michael,
I hope all is well with you. Was checking to see if you had any Nashville plays coming up. I missed the March show that Jack sent me a note about. I was on the road doing George Jones Shows as a concert promoter representative.
Date: April 02, 2004 at 13:33:59 (CST) Name: Tom Vogel City & State: Round lake, Illinois Source: Google Comments: I remember jammin' with you back stage at "It's Here" in the late '60s.
You were very nice and supportive of a kid without a whole lot of talent. I became a much better electrical engineer than I would ever have been as a folk singer. I still hack away on the guitar. Thanks for the memories.
Date: April 02, 2004 at 01:57:57 (CST) Name: Larry Heldenbrand City & State: Waco,TX. Source: LUCK Comments: COOOOOL!!!!!!
Date: March 31, 2004 at 19:14:06 (CST) Name: Ron Sweet City & State: Lexington, MA Source: a web search for "michael johnson music" Comments: Michael,
I've been deeply touched by your music since 1975, when I instrumental in getting our concert organizer at the University of Maine Orono to get you out there. The auditorium had a capacity of 800, and about 30 people showed up for the concert, but your music sparked enough feeling in those 30 people to saturate that big space. Very memorable.
And thank you for re-releasing your early works on CD.
What would it take to get you to the Boston area?
Date: March 29, 2004 at 22:06:59 (CST) Name: Fran Uditsky Comments: Hi Michael - Long time since Brel and Chicago! Would love to "talk" to you via email. Warm Regards, Fran
Date: March 28, 2004 at 00:46:41 (CST) Name: Rand Traverse City & State: Ventura, Ca Source: search engine Comments: Your work from the 70s has always been some of my favorite, helped me get through all of my teen angst. Such a great voice, and so insiteful. Best of luck, and I hope to enjoy your songs for many years to come.
Date: March 26, 2004 at 12:36:55 (CST) Name: Steve Rosser City & State: Alexandria VA Source: Search Engine Comments: Michael,
Love your music, come to the Washington DC area!
Date: March 20, 2004 at 20:51:24 (CST) Name: TJ Wilson City & State: Ketchikan, AK Source: Google, search criteria "singer michael johnson" Comments: I love you. Your music has always struck a chord, and the best one you've ever done was "Give Me Wings." It says it all. I've seen you perform here in Ketchikan twice, once with Jim Stafford (I wish you had gotten back up there, he was an embarrassment, you were the true king that night). If you get back here again, just let me know. I'm probably your biggest fan in Ketchikan!
Date: March 20, 2004 at 13:50:01 (CST) Name: Jon Pousette-Dart City & State: NY NY Comments: Michael, It has been a piece of time. I keep running into people who know you. Still have alot of memories from Quad those years back. Nice site. I'm still active as ever though not in Nashville as much as I was . I moved there for awhile but couldn't get my wife to follow the lead. Too many years in this town. Working with Vince Melamed, and Erin Morris who you might know is doing manangement for me now. Bumped into Kyle awhile back. If you're ever up here (NYC) give me a shout. Love your site. might be fun to write one together sometime.
Date: March 13, 2004 at 21:26:10 (CST) Name: Marta Eidem City & State: McGregor, MN Source: From your card at the show in Brainard, MN Comments: Thanks so much for the great music, great songs and great laughs at your concert in Brainard. I was there with my sister and we had seen you once before at North Hennepin Communuity College in 1979 or 1980. We loved your music and voice then and still do. When we were driving home after the concert I told my sister that my face hurt from smiling and laughing for 2 hours straight. I can't remember the last time that happened. Thank you so very much. We'll see you again next year when you come back.
Date: March 12, 2004 at 14:55:53 (CST) Name: Pete Tierney City & State: Everett, MA Source: Nanette Tierney Comments: Michael,
My cousins wife Nanette met you in Minnesota this past month. I was wondering if you plan to be back in Minnesota in 05'. My family, which is many, is having a family reunion and would love to see you preform. We can schedule the reunion to fit your schedule.
Date: March 09, 2004 at 09:59:16 (CST) Name: Jill Ekstrom City & State: Ogden,Utah Source: Searched the internet for it Comments: Michael ~
Just wanted to say as a fellow musician ( classical pianist)
I admire and respect your work. Your voice touches my heart and soul.
And the emotion, and soul you give your work is to be commended.
I would love to see you come to Utah or somewhere close to her.
I have all your music and when I feel as if the world has gotten to me its your voice that calms my soul.
Thank you for touching this Utah gals heart.
Date: March 06, 2004 at 14:21:52 (CST) Name: Scott Bloom's daughter City & State: Plymouth, MN Source: Went to your MN concert Comments: I went to your concert in February. Loved your music and jokes :-) Here's one for you: Before you criticize someone walk a mile in their shoes so that when you criticize them you'll be a mile away and have their shoes. . .
My dad used to play guitar with you in '74. I used to listen to my dad when i was little play "Rooty Toot Toot For The Moon" on the guitar and I loved it. So when I was a bit older I started listening in dept to your music and I love it.
Date: March 05, 2004 at 12:06:44 (CST) Name: Scott Bloom City & State: Plymouth, minnesota Source: mj mentioned it at orchestra hall Comments: For my daughter's 17th birthday, she took her best friend to see your performance at Orchestra Hall. They loved it . I had sung "Rooty Toot Toot", "On the Road" and "You've Got to be Taught" to her as she grew up. When vinyl became vogue, she dug through my records and found "There is a Breeze". She taught herself guitar to learn the songs on that LP. She turned all her girlfriends on to it. So, now once again, you have a teenage fan base at Wayzata High school. Just what you needed, right? We didn't know about your site and could only find a copy of "There is a Breeze" on CD as an import from Japan. Thanks for referencing mjblue at your concert. Purchased "The Early Albums" and now these girls think the songs from "Mad Musicians" are way cool. Thanks for the music. I don't know if you recognize the name. I was a friend of Tab Laven's and used to teach guitar at the Guitar Store in Wayzata in '73 and'74. By the way, the Orchestra Hall performance was great. Thanks.
Date: February 06, 2004 at 13:09:09 (CST) Name: Carol & Jim City & State: lansing michigan Source: friend Comments: You are playing in Ann Arbor MI in March. Do you need tickets? If so, How do you go about getting them?
Date: February 05, 2004 at 20:03:35 (CST) Name: Kate City & State: St. Clair,MN Source: MJ's business card Comments: Hello, Your music has been a part of my life for 20+ years. I've introduced my husband to your music and he's a bigger fan than I am.(And that's something!)He drives semi for a living and listens to your cds on his drives.He's memorized quite a few and can sing almost as well as you.(Don't tell him that, he'll be jealous) He impressed his friends last year in the BWCA. They asked Stace to sing and he played guitar and sang Cain's Blood and On the Road and others. It was a calm evening, and sound carries across water a long way. After he was done singing, they could hear applause across the lake from another campsite. It was awesome! I have the best of both. My husband singing your songs to me. Only one problem, no sheet music. Where can I get the music for your songs? Right now, he's trying to guess at the chords in the songs. Please help! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Kate
Date: January 30, 2004 at 10:59:35 (CST) Name: cheryl anthony City & State: springfield, IL Source: from concert Comments: My husband and I really enjoyed your singing at CAFE CARPE this past Dec.
My husband has a special 50th birthday this year and would love to have you sing for a small group of friends and family. Would you be in the WI area, during summer or fall at Cafe Carpe? What would your charge be for a private party? Maybe it could coincide with a booked date there which we could add on another day?
This is a surprise, please email when you have the opportunity.
Sincerely, Cheryl Anthony
Date: January 30, 2004 at 10:59:15 (CST) Name: cheryl anthony City & State: springfield, IL Source: from concert Comments: My husband and I really enjoyed your singing at CAFE CARPE this past Dec.
My husband has a special 50th birthday this year and would love to have you sing for a small group of friends and family. Would you be in the WI area, during summer or fall at Cafe Carpe? What would your charge be for a private party? Maybe it could coincide with a booked date there which we could add on another day?
This is a surprise, please email when you have the opportunity.
Sincerely, Cheryl Anthony
Date: January 22, 2004 at 23:25:45 (CST) Name: Bruce M. Scheiner City & State: Levittown, NY Source: Search engine. Comments: Please tell me you intend to have "There Is A Breeze" released on CD domestically. This is an essential recording, a beautiful one, a favorite of mine (and of many) and its conspicuous absence on CD or hybrid SACD from the U.S. catalog is a shame.
Date: January 14, 2004 at 13:55:36 (CST) Name: Scott Russell City & State: Tulsa, Ok., Source: google search Comments: Just a note to say that you have literally kept my personal and musical indeavors afloat. From your first album "There is a breeze" to those that followed, I am constantly amazed and blessed that you are giving real meaning to life as we know it. On a final note - it has been years since you have graced the stages here in Tulsa. "Please book a show here in Tulsa. I am covinced it will be a sell-out!!!! All the Best, Scott Russell
Date: January 04, 2004 at 13:24:09 (CST) Name: Buster T City & State: Oxford, United Kingdom Source: My mate Chris Read told me 'bout it! Comments: Hey everyone,
I checked out A friend of mine because one of my best mates in the world is John Read's son and yeah, it's nice to hear good songs being performed and recorded in the way the were intended to be done!
Chris (John's son) and I, record "Good Living" some years ago, it was a milestone in my progression and I'm thrilled others think so too.
Thanks for the reminder!
Date: January 01, 2004 at 18:28:37 (CST) Name: Rhonda Christopher City & State: Ohatchee, Alabama Source: Met Michael at Brown's Diner Comments: Dear Michael,
It was certainly a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet you and listen to you play. WOW! Our Brown's experience was very positive. From now on we will make it a must destination when we are in Nashville. I took some photos that even and thought that perhaps you might like to look at them. You can find them at http://community.webshots.com/album/107196863dYEtKR. Again, it was a real priveledge to meet you.