Fools Banquet 2010
2010 Fools Banquet saw several repeat guests, from "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009) to Carrick Moore Gerety (also 2009) to Pedro Yanowitz (2007). I haven't caught wind of any songs floating around to listen to yet. In past years either songs have leaked out, like 2007, or they get put on records. Go, Running Man, and Watch Over Me (all on The Walk) were products of Fools Banquet, co-written by songster Bleu.
The songwriting camp took place at Hanson's "ranch", or so Har Mar Superstar labeled it, a large piece of land in rural Tulsa featuring Hanson's studio/house, with two studios. Studio two is more living room/live studio, and studio one is of more traditional design.
I do have a few logistical questions about Fools Banquet. There seem to be at least 14 songwriters present for the week of camp. Where do they sleep? Is there a shower schedule? Do they eat camp-like group lunches or order in on occasion? There are so many little details I'd never considered.
On a side note, can you see the text "Fools Banquet 2010" in the picture to the right? It took me a moment to figure it out (photo from hanson.net).
The Songs (some of them)
Zac mentioned that 20 songs were written for Fools Banquet 2010. Here are the song titles he gave, since I haven't heard of any more yet:
- Battle Cry (Z. Hanson/?)
- It's Magic
- Bring Up The Sunshine
- You're Not The Only One
- Marshmallow Lovers
Zac says Marshmallow Lovers was written on a dare. I'm starting to wonder about the details. Was Zac's group the only participant, or did other groups get dare song titles as well? How did they turn out? You can catch Zac and Isaac singing a bit of this song during their 2010 Christmas Special.
When it's cold outside, when it's raining I don't mind if it's nice and fine. I'll melt a few and spread 'em on my bagel, and use the knife to stir my coffee cup. What will it take to show you, you've got to open up and tell me what you're waiting for. I wanna see the marshmallow lover in you. 'Cause marshmallows are my favorite kind of food (Oh oh oh). The one kind of thing that gets me all wrapped up in feeling good. 'Cause marshmallows are my favorite kind of food (Oh oh oh). Tell me what you're waiting for. I wanna see the marshmallow lover in you. PB & J is old news. Replace it daily with marshmallow fluff instead. It's blowing out your headphones, don't even hesitate. Eventually you'll lose the weight. And if you wanna hold me close, And if you wanna love me so, Tell me what you're waiting for. I wanna see the marshmallow lover in you. 'Cause marshmallows are my favorite kind of food (Oh oh oh). The one kind of thing that gets me all wrapped up in feeling good. 'Cause marshmallows are my favorite kind of food (Oh oh oh). Tell me what you're waiting for. I wanna see the marshmallow lover in you. And it may help you to know I could love you even though you could tell me they're delicious. Even though they're not nutritious, it would fill my heart. I'd scream out loud and tell the world I love you! 'Cause marshmallows are my favorite kind of food (Oh oh oh). The one kind of thing that gets me all wrapped up in feeling good. 'Cause marshmallows are my favorite kind of food (Oh oh oh). Tell me what you're waiting for, I wanna see the marshmallow lover. Tell me what you're waiting for, I wanna see the marshmallow lover in you! (lyrics from hansonstage.com)
Who Showed Up
Imani is an New York singer-songwriter and violinist. She signed on to S-Curve Records in 2007 as part of the band Little Jackie - the same label that signed Tinted Windows. Hello, Hanson connection. I haven't gotten around to checking out her music yet, but it seems like something I could dig.
Check out her site: imanicoppola.net
Hanson has been buddies with Carrick for awhile now. Everybody Else (the band Carrick fronts) opened for Hanson in '07 and '08, and Zac sported several Everybody Else t-shirts in 2006. As a side note, I love their sound - Everybody Else definitely ranks in my top 5 favorite bands. I had problems finding a good picture of him so I ended up using one of mine from a show (left).
Check them out: everybody-else.com
Jarrod is a brooklyn-based singer/songwriter who opened for Hanson on their 2010 Shout It Out tour. He performed as a solo act, though he's a part of the band Honorary Title. He's buddies with Steel Train, who have made Fools Banquet appearances in previous years.
You can check out his music at jarrodgorbelmusic.com
Ryan Lindsey is does keyboards and guitar for Norman, Oklahoma band Starlight Mints. It looks like he and Allan Vest carpooled to Fools Banquet, being in the same band and all.
Check out his myspace: ryanlindsey
Guster is a band that's been around since 1994. They're famous for having great live shows, lots of humor, and a liberal fan-taping policy. Ryan Miller does mainly vocals and guitar for Guster, and lives in NYC. Maybe he met Hanson there?
Regardless, you can check out his music at guster.com
Har Mar Superstar talks about Fools Banquet in this video (starting at 4:35). He sounds really positive about his Fools Banquet experience, and called Hanson 'awesome dudes'. Go Hanson! He says he came back with 11 new songs. That's pretty good for 1 weeks' worth of work. Be warned: his music sounds pretty good, but his website and photos are pretty creepy. Seriously.
See his site at harmarsuperstar.com
Starlight Mints is an experimental power pop rock group that's been around since 1997, a la Middle of Nowhere. Allan Vest does the lead vocals and guitars. Since the band is from Norman, OK (just south of Oklahoma city), I'm guessing that he and Hanson met up through local ties. Starlight Mints and Hanson both had songs on the soundtrack 'Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj'.
Check the band out at starlightmints.com
Weird Al is pretty famous for his spot-on parodies of popular songs (think White and Nerdy), and has been doing this since the 1980s. Hanson 'acted' (badly, I must admit - not their strong suit) and performed Where's The Love on the Weird Al Show in 1998. Every so often you hear of Hanson and Weird Al together. The most notable recent moment was Weird Al's performance as a tambourine player on Hanson's 2010 music video, Thinkin' 'bout Somethin'.
Check him out at weirdal.com
Pedro does backup vocals and bass for Morningwood, a New York band on Capitol Records. Before that he was drummer for the Wallflowers, a band whose albums I still dust off every once in awhile. He came to Fools Banquet in 2007, and must have liked it enough for a repeat. Vote for Pedro!
Check his band out at morningwoodrocks.com
Miles Suniga co-founded the band Fastball in 1994, and does vocals and guitar. He laid down a few guitar solos on Hanson's 2007 album, The Walk. I don't think he has an official site.
You can check out his blog at mileszunigalovesyou.blogspot.com