Another addition to this category is of the young singer/songwriter Jon Ringstrøm Andersen, or rather John Made Jon – the alias he usually uses and under which I first got to know him during a lovely, intimate songwriter-evening in his hometown Kolding. Especially because of its lyrics “This City (doesn’t fit your shoes)” stuck in my head for quite some time afterwards.
“The song started as a melody that I kept for almost a year, before I started writing the lyrics. Every time I thought I had something – I threw the paper away again. The writer’s block kept me starting over and over again,” – Jon pictures the difficult time he had with those words and tells about the solution for it – “I had a good talk with a buddy of mine, who is always great at giving me advice, ideas or the final judgment for a new song. He told me, “write something about what’s on your mind and get it out through your heart. At that time he was moving to Copenhagen without any plans – and I thought he was a hell of a cool kid, having the guts to take a step right into nothing.”
Meanwhile Jon – who also has a graphical talent – worked on a drawing of a women’s shoe with a city inside and named it “This city doesn’t fit your shoes” – “That was the final inspiration to the song, which I then wrote in about 15 minutes…!”