I had never heard of Jonathan Richman before this song about not being able to walk outside at night because of dryer sheets, fabric softener, air “fresheners”, and having to close doors and windows because of them, so I looked him up and found he had done a song about cell phones too. Here they are:
“I’m a prisoner because of fabric softener”
“You can have a cell phone that’s okay but not me”
These really make me think he too has MCS/ES.
I looked for information about him (especially his views and experiences about the environment) but couldn’t find anything to learn if his dislike of technology was due to health effects he experiences, or if the fabric softener song was his story or someone else’s.
I was told he often improvises and makes up stuff on the spot that never gets heard again (unless someone tapes it and posts it to you tube), so thanks to whoever recorded and posted it!
I did find this article about his early days in the music scene, if you want to learn more general stuff about him:
Jonathan Richman: In Love with the Modern World
We Tried to Chat With Pop-Rock God Jonathan Richman, But He Sent Us a Letter Instead
“Before long, we got word that our interview request had been forwarded to the singer by priority mail, Richman’s connection to the outside world runs through the United States Postal Service. He does not do phone interviews; he does not own a computer.”
and this from the Guardian
10 of the best: Jonathan Richman
From the Modern Lovers to acoustic whimsy, it’s time to look at the best moments in the career of Jonathan Richman
Here’s some recent music of his that I really like when I am up to listening to music, from his record label (there’s more there too):