mike skliar 27


New York USA   Feb 2006


Artist Bio

Influences:   bob dylan, loudon wainwright, lennon & mccartney, george harrison, richard thompson, grateful dead/jerry garcia, frank sinatra (& all the jazz standards he sang by gershwin, cole porter, rogers & hart, harold arlen, etc etc), john prine, dan bern, hank williams, tom lehrer, allen sherman, various classical composers, today's headlines, yesterday's obituaries, & lots more I guess..

I've in New York City , been doing FAWM since 2006, so this'll be my 12th year. I play acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, bass, harmonica,and a bit of banjo and dobro. I tend to write a mix of the serious and comic, and sometimes with topical or political songs.

I have two older cds on CD Baby -"mike skliar" released about 12 years ago, at cd baby here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/skliar
and "Ship of State" from 2009 (featuring many other fawmers singing on the title track and contributing to other tracks too) http://cdbaby.com/cd/skliar2

More recent projects are on bandcamp (mostly all free or pay-what-you-want (and free is fine!)-

2012- "February Singing"
2013 "My Kingdom for a song"
2014 "Singing the obvious to the oblivious"
2014 'Summer of Ice"
2015 "You're fine, how am i"
2016- "How low do we have to go"
2016- "Need you in November"
2016- "Love trumps hate"
2016- "Chill on Chill"

These albums are sometimes drawn from the various FAWM and 50/90 (50 songs in 90 days) songs I wrote and recorded, with a little bit of polishing and re-recording added. Link to the whole bandcamp collection (click on the right side links for the older ones) is at : http://mikeskliar.bandcamp.com/

And yes, last year (2016) was a busy musical year! Between all the politics , etc, there was alot to write about, both pre-and post-election. My last two projects, both done post-election in November, were 'love trumps hate' (mini-album acoustic EP of political songs) and an electronica-flavored virtual instrument album called 'chill on chill' which was a huge departure for me- an all-instrumental groovefest, and alot of fun. (check it out if you're curious, it sounds nothing like the rest of my material).

Finally, the last year or two I've been part of a collaborative musical project, "Seth & Skliar" with a good friend of mine who is a NYC Cabdriver- the album is a combination of spoken word, songs, poems & stories about NYC, cab driving, etc.. it's called "The Bards of Gridlock" - its great fun and a real trip!


the 'seth and skliar' project will hopefully also be active this FAWM and posting brand new songs here at http://fawm.org/fawmers/sethandskliar/

END of FAWM 2017 edit- and-- the new album is done! https://mikeskliar.bandcamp.com/album...

Songs (27)

#1 Fake news is the opiate of the asses 35
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#2 Long Four Years 26
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#3 User's guide to reach the unreachable 17
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#4 57 years (pretty lucky guy) 26
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#5 The Little Misunderstanding Waltz 15
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#6 Eccentric (skirmish) (now with music by sapient) @sapient  10
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#7 To dance with you (skirmish) 11
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#8 Vegetable Domination (skirmish) 10
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#9 This is what democracy sounds like (live video) 24
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#10 Betsy DeVos 13
6 weeks
#11 Goodbye Hoops @hoopshank  19
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#12 Nineteen Eighty Four 14
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#13 Reflections (skirmish) 12
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#14 The Man @wille  11
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#15 Truly Odd Time (6th extinction in 5/4) 16
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#16 Living with Keith in the jungle room (also with Nancy Rost) @hoopshank  7
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#17 The smell since January 9
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#18 Strawberry jam on Mars 14
4 weeks
#19 One day you'll understand (skirmish) 16
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#20 Insects (for dinner) 14
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#21 The Warning Signs of Fascism 14
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#22 We are talking @sethandskliar 4
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#23 Sitting in the dark @hoopshank  7
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#24 Hypocrisy 6
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#25 thoughts on that damn speech (NSFW) 3
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#26 End of the journey 4
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#27 We are talking (tiny minds) (Seth version) @sethandskliar 3
3 weeks


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  • @chrishope  2 weeks

    hey, thanks for your comment , i hope i stick with fawm so long, impressive and inspiring

  • @kathym  3 weeks

    πŸ˜€ on Starbird. I'm not big on fantasy writing, so it was fun to give it a shot.

  • @kathym  3 weeks

    Thanks for the feedback on We Are All People. It wasn't my intention to head into the anthemic, political, etc. arena but it has been pretty unavoidable. I don't do as good a job as you and some of the others, but I'm getting some experience lately for sure. You did well with 27 songs. Talk about a fertile fawmer!

  • @fourestfire 3 weeks

    thanks for the welcome - didn't have a chance to do anything this year but i'm glad you're staying as prolific as you usually are! πŸ˜€

  • @elainedimasi  3 weeks

    Thanks for your comments on "Trucker" - I *want* to speak up next time! I think writing the song prepared me better for doing so.

  • @famouspatrick  4 weeks

    Thanks for the kind comment on my "Caterpillar" song.

  • @tiller2  4 weeks

    thanks Michael, I had a boss in 1987 who used that constellation of compromises phrase, and I've held it since then. Finally used it. I appreciate your comment.

  • @kathym  4 weeks

    Thanks, Michael, for the support on the skirmish. I hoped to take the title in a direction of love and life rather than love and loss.

  • @scubed  4 weeks

    Thank you very much for your generous words on my "Strawberry Jam"! I was really surprised when the skirmish prompt took me there, but no time to argue with myself, so....

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  4 weeks

    Yeah, no matter how I try, it's coming up political at least 75% of the time this year. Which is weird, I don't think of myself as that kind of songwriter, really, but I think it's felt good to refine my reactions down into the tight confines of a lyric. On the flip side, I've had a little too much time between writing and recording my songs this year, so creeping perfectionism has reared its ugly head. I'm trying to get back to just flinging them into the DAW as soon as they're done, but once you stop to "produce" one or two, that gets harder and harder...

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  4 weeks

    Dang, you've been busy!! I can't believe I'm just making it over here. Lots to catch up on. Congrats on the early win!

    Guitar tone: I can finally record live guitars instead of the usual amp simulation plugins. So (nerd alert!) it's a small-body semi-hollow Gibson (390, I think it's called?) into a blackface Deluxe by way of an AC Boost pedal, then doctored with a couple Valhalla reverb plugins and the tape delay plugin from Native Instruments' Guitar Rig.

  • @angelinapowersuit 4 weeks

    WOW back! Thanks so much for your feedback on "Let Him Live!" I'm actually surprised to hear you like it so much, I was thinking as I wrote the melody that it was rather dull. . . which is why I added all the harmonies, haha. Maybe this is a good lesson about keeping things simple. Thanks again!

  • @drozen 4 weeks

    Thanks for your comments. 😁
    Nice Music.

  • @sherrycanary  4 weeks

    Hey Mike,
    Thanks for listening to my jazz songs, and for all your flattering comments. They are my favorite, and I am glad you liked them. Means a lot.

  • @sunnymae  5 weeks

    Wow...thanks Mike for your comments on Rag and Bone. You're a tough act to follow so I'm very flattered that you enjoyed it!

  • @squeakmouse73 5 weeks

    Thank you muchly for your encouragement.

  • @kathym  5 weeks

    Thanks for the comments on Alternate Facts. I swore I was going to avoid the political stuff but my sadness and frustration have been so profound that there is no getting around it, even for fawm, so may as well plow through it. I've been working a lot of extra hours and had extra time with my granddaughter, so I've been so tired at the end of the day with little energy left.
    Wow!!! You're past the finish line and beyond! I've got some serious catching up to do.

  • @fearlessflight2014  5 weeks

    Wow, congrats on the win +!! I was just congratulating myself on being roughly on schedule. Thanks for visiting Lie Down. When I write things like that I am petrified of being preachy or self important, so your comments were reassuring.

  • @robs  6 weeks

    Congrats on the win! Amazing how you do it (I'm still contemplating how to start). Good to see you're not imprisoned yet by the T-man πŸ˜€.

  • @famouspatrick  6 weeks

    Thanks for the nice comment on my "Reflections" skirmish song. I felt like the talking verse felt right in that type of hurtin' song; like "He Stopped Lovin' Her Today" or some of "Whispering" Bill Anderson's old songs.

  • @chocolatechipsmusic 6 weeks

    Keep up the good work. Maybe this will be another golden age of protest songs? We need 'em these days.

  • @monty  6 weeks

    Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment on Try Alternative Facts. Appreciate the kind words.

  • @zecoop  6 weeks

    Even more so... My stupid phone. Lol

  • @zecoop  6 weeks

    I did! How exciting and even more sincere you really didn't know what would happen. Definitely a high point, eh? I'm feeling especially behind on listening and comments but it is because the ideas are flying out which is good. I'll catch up and look forward to digging into your music this year.

  • @zecoop  6 weeks

    I was reading your comments on my bro's page and came over to comment (and saw he already did)... In my case, as someone who has done a ton of collaborations, as well as a pretty good number of songs my first year where I sang and made up the melody... my preference is definitely in the "I'll write the music and let you do whatever comes to mind for the vocals" method. My favorite part of collaborating is seeing how differently the other person saw the music. Their melodies are almost never what I would have come up with and are ALWAYS better than what I would have been capable of imagining. My forte is music and I am happy that way, but obviously everyone has different ways in which they compose, and that is awesome.
    (I just read his response - can you tell we are brothers? LOL)

  • @guatecoop  6 weeks

    That completely makes sense. The only thing is that I don't want to be controlling with the vocal part, as I don't do that. I am good with melody and harmony, but I am just too obvious to be a lyricist. Those who do vocals well are so coy and cunning. I appreciate that and want to give them all of the control in that realm. I get that it is hard to write lyrics to songs that are complete, but I am always willing to edit and morph into what the singer needs. I just love how transformative an effective vocal can be. It can completely negate the details that I thought were so important and change the vibe of a song completely. Great skill. I really am happy being a songwriter in the musical sense. I don't pine for doing that, too.

  • @guatecoop  6 weeks

    Hey, thanks for your comment! I just don't do lyrics. I also try to roll out the red carpet for singers, which is why I don't impose my ideas of melody or rhythm of vocals. I LOVE what singers do, so I try to let them have space to do it....although I tend to fill space more than I probably should. Thank you!

  • @jensscholz  6 weeks

    Thank you for the comment and the heads up to sing. So yes, i have added the vocals now.

  • @angelinapowersuit 6 weeks

    Mike! OMG you've made it to TEN! Wait, how can I be surprised by this, haha? Slow start to FAWM for me 😞 But thanks for feedback on both of my songs, always means so much, and thanks also for EQ suggestions on "Embarrassing Thing." Mark recorded with real bass and electric guitar, but knows even less than I do about Garageband, so neither of us did anything with EQ. Ha, just seeing the title of your Song #10. . . can't wait to hear it! xo,a

  • @brrrse  6 weeks

    Your comment was just fine πŸ˜€ Sometimes I like to share how the music made me feel if I am unsure speaking about technical details. I think you're rocking FAWM dude, and I don't know anyone who can top your 500 collab video! Keep it goin, man!

  • @yam655  6 weeks

    Congratulations on hitting Century Club! πŸ˜€

  • @ladyred 6 weeks

    Thanks for your feedback on "Perfect" πŸ˜€

  • @wen  6 weeks

    Thanks for the warm welcome! I am indeed in NYC- upper east side, to be precise!

  • @tsunamidaily 6 weeks

    thanks for commenting on "hits and missus." it seems clever is a thing for me, whether i wish it to be there or not. not that i'm complaining-- i just love direct and heartfelt, and covet those for my lyrics. hope you are enjoying yourself this year.

  • @erikdidriksen  7 weeks

    Happy birthday, Mike!! Hope it's been wonderful!

  • @toms  7 weeks

    Thank you for the kind comment, and happy birthday! πŸ˜€

  • @lurspetka 7 weeks

    Thanks for the comment, Mike. To be honest, making that song was pretty exhausting and I struggled getting the lyrics just right. I'm glad it paid off!

  • @elainedimasi  7 weeks

    Thanks Mike! I took a picture of one that I'm trying to find, so I can put it in the liner notes!

    Anyway - the echo chambers - commercial in origin, no viable ecology

    Struggling wrecked remains of our public sphere replaced by that

  • @metalfoot  7 weeks

    Mike, thanks for the listen. Beneficial was a ton of fun to write and record.

  • @seanbrennan  7 weeks

    Thanks for the thoughts, Mike! As for the lyrics, I thought about putting in a bridge. I had no shortage of possible lines to lead with, but I was in a rut as far as a possible chord progression. I didn't want to fully change keys, having already done that for the interlude, but it also felt like it was getting homogeneous, so I decided to lop it off and keep it simple.

  • @cheriehu42 7 weeks

    Hi Mike! Thanks so much for your kind words on my first song πŸ˜€ Congrats to you as well on an already-prolific start!

  • @michaelepic 7 weeks

    Hey Mike, its that time again. Isn't it effing wonderful? w00t! 😁 good to see you man

  • @jacobeverettwallace  7 weeks

    Thanks for the comments on "The Great Divide"-- your feedback was spot on. That last line did feel a little week and naked. I'm now wondering if what was my tag should be included in the chorus to complete the thought there. Thanks! I always appreciate constructive critique.

  • @tootoobee  7 weeks

    Wish you a wonderful FAWM!

  • @mistermann 7 weeks

    Judging by your song titles alone I think I'm reeeeally going to look forward to watching your page this year πŸ˜€

  • @dragondreams  7 weeks

    Thank you so much, Mike. Your comments mean a lot to me. 😊

  • @billwhite51 7 weeks

    Thanks for listening Mike and for your reassuring commets. Im trying to make my songs more visual, so your comment assures me that im going in the right direction.

  • @cindyrella  7 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on my Trump song. I think my song could possibly go on forever. He's nuts.

  • @andygetch  7 weeks

    Hi Mike!

  • @spinhead  7 weeks

    I wonder how many of us 12ers there are?

    Here's my challenge, Mike: do something a capella this year. Your voice has grown so much since we started FAWMing, I'd love to hear you completely focus on it just once.

  • @benschiem  7 weeks

    Thanks for the welcome mike! Your musical profile sounds exiting!

  • @rickamorphis  7 weeks

    Hi Mike! Shit, man, not too much happening in the world...what will we write about? Oh well, we'll muddle through somehow.

  • @kahlo2013  7 weeks

    Hey Mike, so appreciated your music in 5090 pre- election..... I wish more people would have listened! Looking forward to your work on FAWM!

  • @billysea  7 weeks

    Not sure I'm over this election yet though I'm going to try to abstain from writing about it (afraid there will be too much profanity in the lyrics) lol. But I trust I'll be able to do a little venting via your wonderful political songs πŸ˜€ Keep doing what you do so well.

  • @mosley  7 weeks


  • @marklberry 7 weeks

    Mike, Even when i don't agree with your politics, I love the way you express your views. Tuned in for 2017. Cheers.

  • @mattlitzinger  8 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on Time Turner!

  • @rickatfulcrum  8 weeks

    A productive February on ya!

  • @seanbrennan  8 weeks

    Thanks much! It'll feel good to dive back in. Looks like you've had a heckuva year!! Hope the momentum continues through February!

  • @helene  8 weeks

    Welcome back! Happy FAWMing!

  • @pcob1993  8 weeks

    Nice one Mike, lovely to see you on board again..
    way to go bro

  • @orinoco  8 weeks

    Good luck Mike, have a good FAWM πŸ˜€

  • @wille  8 weeks

    Happy to be here, and likewise πŸ˜€ Still want to do a day-in-a-life-style middle section to one of my songs?

  • @markvee 8 weeks

    Good to see you back! ++++!#%^&& !

  • @boyatheart  8 weeks

    Have a good FAWM Mike. Best wishes.

  • @mikegtz  8 weeks

    Hi Mike and good to see you again.

  • @tcelliott  8 weeks

    Heya, Mike. Good to see you around.

  • @nancyrost  8 weeks

    Here we go, FAWM number twelve!!!!