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Composer Jonathon Roberts' work I Am a Fool is a setting of Paul's vivid writings in 2 Corinthians in which the apostle "boasts" of his sufferings and waxes on foolishness.

2 Corinthians 11:16-29

I Am a Fool


Jonathon Roberts


Musicians: Jonathon Roberts: voice, piano, FX; Emily Clare Zempel: voice, clarinet, bassoon
Artist Location: New York City

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Image by Giorgio Trovato

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This song and sound design sets our adaptation of some of the Apostle Paul's dynamic writings to the Corinthians. Paul is all over the place using sarcasm, graphic imagery, humor and frustration to get his point across. I love it. Here is an excerpt from the original text:

Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then receive me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting. In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool. Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast. You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face. To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that!

Credits: The “Train Whistle” sound was made by combining and manipulating Truck and Train samples from by users euroblues and daveincamas.

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The Artist's Reflection

Jonathon Roberts is a composer and sound designer for games, film, theatre, and ensembles. His style grew out of classical and jazz training, and evolved through quality life adventures: touring the country in an RV with a one person theater piece on the Apostle Paul, living in Brooklyn with an improv music ensemble, performing in a downtown NYC absurdist comedy band, and a long stint writing music for the renowned slot machine company, High 5 Games. He has released four albums including the latest, Cities a song cycle personifying biblical cities. He created the popular podcast/web series ComposerDad Vs. Bible, in which ComposerDad accepts intense compositional challenges from a mysterious Bible while out with his kids. He frequently collaborates on music and theater projects with his wife, actor Emily Clare Zempel. They live in Beacon, NY, with their two boys and a tangled box of electrical cords.

Jonathon Roberts

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