by Isaac Balson

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A tune written for a font.

There's a documentary made about the invention of the font "Helvetica.". A full-length documentary about how this font has shaped the way we access information. Naturally, I saw this was available and jumped at the opportunity to be lulled to sleep by the most boring thing I could find.

I did not sleep that night, however. There was some stuff in there that really messed me up. The man who invented Helvetica was speaking on it's merit and seemed to have a bit of a breakdown. He blushed and became red in the face as he explained that he tried to make the clearest font he's ever seen. He marvelled at the fact that you can write a death threat and a love letter in the same font.

Here's to the people doing what they can to help people communicate more clearly.

I really hope you enjoy this one.



Take a word, as long as you'd like,
and you can spell it any way you try
and I'll learn to read between the lines
because you won't spell anything twice

the thing we call a dog that barks and bites
is a chien by any other name tonight
and I can teach you what your name might be, in Japanese
so you can write it all over me

I can write in Helvetica
the swoops and pulls and pauses dance around you
I can sing in Helvetica
so let me try to write you something nice

it's funny how we'd borrow from nearly anyone
sentiments and faces, whistling, kids know how to run but
all we know comes from a pen rested on a thumb
so, write me anything you'd like

but when you're gone just know
that when the words you hear don't mean anything at all
just listen to the faces
and let all those wretched thoughts, all those wretched thoughts go

because you don't need a pep talk you can stand up on your own
you're not alone


released December 19, 2016
Written and performed by Isaac Balson



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Isaac Balson Kelowna, British Columbia

A musician and songwriter from Kelowna BC. Most known for playing with My Kind of Karma, but also enjoys doing ukulele experiments in his room. Debut album "Mild Card" coming soon.

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