Influences: Led Zepp, Santana, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Leonard Coen, Neil Young, Adele, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Elvis & all rock & roll, 1960s music in general, BB King & all blues, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Irish Trad, Gary Allen, Black Keys etc - and much more, very varied
Hello, I'm Amanda and I write lyrics and shoot arrows.
I'm lucky enough to be at it full-time. I love to write and to create. I write songs mainly for film & tv use, although I also have lyrics on artist's albums too. Sometimes I write melody, if I have a strong idea in my head, but I have no way of playing it well as yet. I end up writing it on sheet music !
So naturally I also love collaborating with like minded composers and musicians. For me, co-writing with someone you are in tune with, is the icing on the chocolate fudge cake.
I'm also a long time member of GYAWS, Get Your Ass Writing Songs. It's a facebook based private group of folks who support each other to write weekly or so 😀 the themes are chosen by democratic poll 😀 If you are interested in joining, please just ask me anything and I'll help you on your way 😀
I try to thank folks who leave comments on my songs, by listening to their songs and leaving a comment in return, rather than leaving a ty on their soundboard 😀
2018 Collab Commitments:
(let me know if you want to be added to this list of folks who would like lyrics written especially for them <3)
All lyrics here on FAWM are first drafts - I often edit endlessly.
I play the bodhran (Irish drum), and I also play the whistle and recorder a bit (haven't played them much in years). I play basic keyboard, am now learning to play guitar, and have a full drum set - not sure how long it's going to take !
I live on the west coast of Ireland, was born in Somerset, England, love cats, chickens and donkeys 😉
Technical bit 😞
The next bit sounds harsher than it is - it's mainly just to ensure that we discuss the collaboration before we start, and that we are on the same playing field.
Please ask me first if you would like to use my lyrics, just in case someone else has already asked and has started working with them.
If you wish to collaborate with a view to the finished song being used outside of FAWM, please check with me before we start 😀 I often have co-writers outside of FAWM, and may wish to use my FAWM lyrics with them. However, I am still happy for FAWM only collabs to also use them 😀
If you wish to change my lyrics, please check with me first to ensure I'm happy with the changes. I am usually open to discussion, as that is how collaboration works !
The above isn't meant to sound difficult, it's just a matter of sorting what we are doing before we start - communication !
Please note: For FAWM, all work belongs separately to its originator, author, creator, unless otherwise agreed between the co-writers.
|#1||Stay With Me @stevenwesleyguiles||
|#2||Can't Feel Your Lonely Words @songwritingzen||
|#3||Watch Me Bleed @kraftec||
|#4||True To Myself @songwritingzen||
|#5||Can't Remember When We Last Kissed @stevenwesleyguiles||
|#6||The Parts of One @stevenwesleyguiles||
|#7||A is for Annoying||
|#8||Murder at the Opera (Watching Him Die)||
|#9||Kitten Poop Song||
|#10||Yet Another Sloppy Love Song (Kinda)||
|#11||I'm So Cold @metalfoot||
|#12||You Gave Me Rage @songwritingzen||
|#13||Can't Breathe In Silence @moonraccoon||
|#14||Love In The Shadows @jenfoss||
|#15||Sing It Loud (Song For Myself) @oddbod||
|#16||She's The Bomb||
|#17||Hold My Hand @vegansongs||
|#18||I Ain't Gonna Fail||
|#19||Beep Beep Toot Toot||
|#20||Sing It Loud @oddbod||
|#21||Pills Pills Pills or How to Cure a Headache @man||
|#22||Empty As The Summer Wind @tjeff||
Thanks for the listens and comments on my songs. It's been a great FAWM and hope you had a wonderful time with it too.
Replied to your email a few days ago. Figure you're busy, but thought I'd mention it, in case an algorithm mistook it for junk 😀
Black Toast is up. 😉
Hi Amanda - FYI, I posted audio track for Empty as the Summer Wind.
Congrats on the win. So uh...did you ever get that file from me?
Hi there. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Adulterated. 😀
Your comments about my song “an arm full of pillows “made my day 😀 and wow, you are doing so well with the song writing challenge!
BTW, sorry I got all mixed up with the title. I never meant to suggest "Sing It Out" as a title - I meant to say Sing It Loud of course. I think my brain was a bit frazzled. And then I went and called the other post "Shout It Loud" which was also wrong!
I've finally amended it to the correct title. Sorry for the confusion
Hi Amanda- I just sent an email with private link to the demo I made. If you like the demo/music I came up with I think you can download it now. I am not sure how the techie stuff works in posting collab songs? It is on Soundcloud on my account marked private but you have the link in the email I sent- I made it available to download.Will you post our collaboration on FAWM? It was a Beautiful lyric to work with- I hope I did it some justice!
I'm glad you liked the collab! I've got at least one more Johnny Cash-flavored tune coming up in the next day or so... stay tuned! 😀
No problem -- I had just hoped that you allowed multiple versions, like some FAWMers do. I'll find a way to re-purpose the hook I have in mind 😀
You're very welcome Amanda, the pleasure was all mine. We should collaborate again sometime 😀
Hey Amanda! Just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know I found someone to help me with those lyrics, but thank you so much for being willing to help out! 😀
Ok, song arrangements for both "You Gave Me Rage" and "True To Myself" are now finished and uploaded to the FAWM site. I'm really happy with how they've turned out. Pleasure working with you, love to do more 😀
Hi Amanda, just letting you know that the full band arrangement of "Can't Feel Your Lonely Words" is online. Now to finish off the arrangements for "True To Myself" and "You Gave Me Rage." I'll let you know when they are done 😀
Hi Amanda, you're welcome, the song was really nice! I've fixed the link too...
Thanks for listening to "Where I'm Going." I'm pretty sure it's going to be one of those that I hear in a month or two and think, "_I_ did that?!?!?!"
dropped you an email
Sure, love to try a collab with you ...maybe you could put a spin on Touch And Go?? or another verse?? I'm wide open... xx
Thank you for your comment on “FAWMers Almanac”. I probably won’t do a demo for it. But if someone else wanted to I’d be open for sure.
Thank you Amanda, wonderful to hear from you and your greatly appreciated comments. I hope to finish the songs properly in March... I'll email you next week and we'll catch up... xo Pearse
Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Hi Amanda I’m fairly busy so I don’t want to promise anything. I don’t like to let people down.
I see most of your lyrics already have collabs. Any others coming soon?
And really I have to give credit to the ghost in my basement on the harmonica work.
I just really wish he would stop leaving his towel on the floor after a shower.
Awesome, thanks 😁
Yes please, I was only asking because I didn't want to get in the way of any other FAWMer who may have wanted to have a go at those songs 😀
Thanks for swinging by and checking out my song. A Low tuned harmonica is like instant sadness 😀
Glad you enjoyed
Thank you also for your comments on "We Are Waiting." Yes, I'm proud of the V5 lyrics... The muse did tap me on the shoulder that time 😀
I've got some music ideas for both "True To Myself" and "You Gave Me Rage" just by scanning your lyrics. I love the way you pay attention to rhythm and meter when you write as that is exactly what I try to uphold in my lyrical content
I've put up the acoustic guitar/vocal version of "Can't Feel Your Lonely Word" for you to check out. If you want me to expand on that and do a full arrangement just let me know. It was an absolute pleasure putting an arrangement to your words, love to do another one if you're willing 😀
Thanks for your kind words, Amanda!
Thanks for the lovely comment on my skirmish song!
Lyrics are up on my "Here I go again" song. 😀 Google helps with the first pass at the lyrics, but unfortunately not for my actually-an-album tracks.
lol thank you for the comment, yes I figured that was one little problem with the lyric but I'm not much for editing post fact!
Hi, thanks for the nice words about "Jones For The Highway." I appreciate the praise from someone who does this full time. 😁
As for what is a "jones," it's American street slang for addiction. I first heard it many years ago in a Cheech & Chong song called Basketball Jones. It's probably forty years out of date and marking me as an old guy; well, so be it because that's pretty much what I am, lol
EDIT: I went and looked up the proper definition and Urban Dictionary defines it as "strong desire or attraction, often of a sexual nature." Well, that works too; 😁
If you need low register, grouchy type stuff, check out “Never Saw Me Coming” and/or “Don’t Touch My Hairspray” to see if that is getting close.
I’m not much in the alto range, but I can growl for the biker crowd.
Just don’t ask for too many notes like the hook in “Hairspraaaaaaaaaay”, LOL...
thanks for the comment on STFU.... yes venting complete... not skirmishing with a but of luck
Hi Amanda, glad you enjoyed So Glad You're Mine, and thanks so much! We definitely need to do more cowriting. Let me know if you have lyrics in my wheelhouse. 😀
Hi Amanda, I've finally come back to the land of the living and finished an acoustic guitar/vocal version of "Can't Feel Your Lonely Words." Your lyrics were absolutely perfect for the melody and accompaniment. Are you happy for me to upload it or do you want to check it out privately first?
Anytime you're ready...I'm gearing up for an Open Mic at the Jelly Factory segment. 😀
Happy FAWMing to you as well! Hope things are treating you kindly over in Ireland!
Sent you a message on Slack! You don't seem to be there as much this year.
@ajna1960 so like this...and...here on your soundboard instead of where the person originally commented? Thanks for setting me straight!
As far as my name, I just blurted it out randomly trying to make my cousin laugh about 9 years ago. It was my name when I went bowling, its been my gamer tag since I've had one, and i decided to use it as my artist name...why not!
I am all for you putting lyrics to whatever I post whenever! If somebody wants to sing them, sweet!
And lastly, thank your for the comments on I Can't Do That Dave...its encouraging to hear that it was fun for listeners, as I had fun making it.
Sure! You can write lyrics to my instrumentals. Wanna find an electronica singer person who can sing over it?
I'm open to anything.
Hey Amanda!! Sorry I haven't written you back. Been sick and all that jazz...gross. Anyway, yes! I'd love to work on something together. I've had a lot of success when lyricists take a look at my style and come up with something they think might feel like something I'd do. Something hopeful maybe. Email is on my profile. Hit me up if you get something!
Hi Amanda, good to see you back again as well. Thanks so much for commenting on my songs. I'm really not a sad person, my songs just pop out like that 😀
Thank you for adding me as a co-writer for "Can't Feel Your Lonely Words" I'll be uploading something as soon as my voice clears up. Got myself a bit of a head cold at the moment and have lost my voice 😞
Hi Amanda, just wondering if I can still put my hand up for "Can't Feel Your Lonely Words" I've got something in mind that I'd like to run past you 😀
You Know FAWM..hustle I tried it myself and it turned into a war protest song see ..Lets Throw down our guns and go home...but I still think it would be better as a folk song. The melody is too sweet for a war song..
If you listen to it on my Fawm page you can get an idea.
I have a melody that I would like an Irish or Scotish country song theme..
Are you interested in a collab.
I just have a "mumble " track at this point.
Will divide rights 50/50
This site is safe..
Listen to 'Irish or Scottish folk song..(open)' on Songspace http://song.space/2d59yp
Hey Amanda! Thanks for the invite & welcome!
I'm trying to make GYAWS & FAWM collide. 😜
Thanks for your nice comments.
No prob, Amanda. Just you know me and math songs! That's why I asked. LOL
re Watch Me Bleed, I think it should be a bluesy, psychedelic rock song, with odd time signatures and such. What do you think?
Thanks for taking the time to read my lyrics and your lovely comments!
Thank you so much Amanda, for stopping by my song Seasons and leaving that kind comment.
I got overwhelmed and ran out of time today but I will be back to check out your 0203-A skirmish song!!
Hello! I'm pleased that my song created an evocative scene for you, and that it was a relaxing and peaceful one 😀
Taking the leap to join Taxi last year was like giving myself permission to take writing music seriously. I've begun reading the books - Robin Frederick, Dean Krippaehne, and a music business book by Bobby Borg (which so far remains unopened), so it feels like I'm in the wading pool, wearing those bright plastic water wings, so I really appreciate the offer of help. Thank you! 😀
Thank you for your kind words on "This Thing Called Love" and hopefully it gives you a little bit more of an idea of what kind of collaborator I might be for your lyrics 😀
Hi Amanda, I appreciate your constructive suggestions on Never Saw You Coming. Much appreciated 😉
No worries re: Stay With Me lyric. By all means, put me on your future collaborations list 😀
I'd love to collab again. I'm planning on going all out with guest vocalists this year so I need all the lyrics I can get 😀
Hi Amanda, I would love to be added as a collaborator. I love your "Stay With Me" lyric 😀
Amanda, please add me as a collaborator. Always love your lyrics.
Hey girl, fabbo.. I'm dying to hear my Fawmers again. Happy fawmingb to you too..
Actually, you responded back to my email with the link to the song on Jan 14th. I'll send it again! 😀
🤔 well, shoot! Alright - let me check that again. You don’t suppose it went in your spam box?
Hi Amanda and good to see you here once again.
Hi Amanda, collab would be good but I’ll have to see how things pan out. We’re not even off the mark and I seem to already be committed to about 5 😳
I added you to my list, friend! 😀
Hi Amanda. Just a few hours now. Have a great FAWM.
Hi there! As I don't hang around GYAWS any more, I'm delighted that we're both here, so I can continue to follow your lyrics and collaborations... have a wonderful FAWM!
Hey Amanda! Did you get that track I sent you?
Welcome back for FAWM 2018 - thanks for your kind comments last year too!
Welcome back for another year of FAWMing! All the best. 😀
Hey, hope you're back for 2018!
Welcome back, and may the muse be with you!
Hope FAWM 2018 is good to you. Best of luck with your emdebors.
Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018!