Influences: Our Lady Peace, Imogen Heap/Frou Frou, Radiohead, Collective Soul (Dosage), Jump Little Children, Beck ("Lost Cause"), Coldplay, Zoo Story, Travis, Rufus Wainwright, John Mayer, Michael Bublé, Matchbox Twenty, Nine Days(The Madding Crowd), Vertical Horizon (Everything You Want), Queen ("Bohemian Rhapsody"), Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Aqualung, Snow Patrol, Keane, Oasis ("Wonderwall"), Brooke Fraser, Phil Wickham, Evan Wickham, Sufjan Stevens, NEEDTOBREATHE, Nickel Creek, Switchfoot, LaRue (Reaching), Seven Places, Contemporary Christian Worship. Anything beautiful or with a great groove (and tasteful). I'm open to all genres...except maybe metal and hard rap. :)
Instruments: Voice, piano, acoustic guitar, alto sax, ukulele, bass (a bit) cajon, and a very basic drum set. I also play a number of other instruments through teaching (trumpet, flute). Good tone, but not a lot of facility.
For creation, I work in Logic Pro X with an Edirol PCR-M80 MIDI controller and a Rode NT-1A with an sE RFX vocal booth.
I'm a native Californian, living on Cape Cod for about 8 years. Married nearly 6.5 years, my lovely (Ukrainian) wife and I facilitate a joint youth group between two churches. I serve as the Fine Arts coordinator, primarily. I came to the Cape to teach Music & Computers at a K12 school, and since starting there my duties have expanded to include Band (for which I compose or arrange), Yearbook (providing exposure to design, photography, & videography), and IT Help Desk services.
I've always loved music, and, despite being very shy, dreamed of performing (not unlike the countless unqualified individuals auditioning on American Idol!). Going off to college as a music composition major, I had delusions of grandeur (or naïveté) that I would become a film composer, famous and wealthy. I soon found out that while I was gifted musically, I was far less developed in compositional skill than most of my peers in the program. This made a career in more classical/"high art" music highly unlikely. So, my last semester there, I decided to focus solely on pop music composition – on songwriting. I'd only written one song prior winning an award for a humanities competition at my community college and performing it with a number of friends on stage. Despite only one song under my belt, and a very heavy dose of perfectionism, I experienced substantial success in those composition lessons, creating five songs. Most of the demos lie pretty unpolished, to say the least. My favorite from that time is "Paper Bag," which I revived last year.
In the 8 years since university, I've written only 4 songs. That's one song every other YEAR (compared to FAWM's quota of every other day)! I've done a lot of researching, adding knowledge with respect to things like recording & mixing (thank you, Recording Revolution), but frequently fell victim to the paralysis of self-doubt, thinking I'm "too old" (32) or "not good enough."
Recently that started to change. I found a blog post on BrainPickings regarding John Steinbeck's journal (Working Days) which he used to accompany his creative process while writing his pulitzer-prize-winning, nobel-peace-prize-meriting novel, The Grapes of Wrath. That was huge for me. I sat down the next day, wrote down a little journal entry on a bit of steno paper, flipped it over, queued up Logic Pro, my audio interface, and my MIDI controller with some piano samples and just starting playing around. Within 30 minutes I had the chords and melody for an entire song, and much of the lyrical foundation (usually I only have a single cheesy phrase to start).
It seems I've been led to this group just in time, like everything has been working together for my participation here, to finally move beyond "information hoarding" into applying what I know, just trusting the process, trusting God that my best will be good enough and His power will be made visible despite and/or through my weakness.
Thanks for reading!
Thanks for your positive comments - they are much appreciated.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes! You have put together some high quality songs this month...great work!
I think of myself as a storyteller more than a musician and I think that perfection kills creativity. I love FAWM because the tight deadlines, games, challenges, collaborations and feedback give a caffeine jolt to creative song writing, whether you write 4 songs or 40....
Heyy, thanks so much for your kind comments on my songs and board!
You're definitely right in your assumption, I just perform live a lot and haven't really looked into making polished productions on my own. Most of the stuff on my soundcloud is written in a frenzy like this one, more like a sketchpad for collecting song material. Really nice to hear that you enjoyed them!
Andrew, just now I found the time to go through your music and I must say I am very impressed. Those are three great tracks! I really like your productions, and can't wait to hear more of that. Hopefully you can make an album out of this, I want it.
Thank you for your comment! Only now I realized that my signature really sounds like an exercise 😀
Hello!, thank you for the feedback comments! 😀
" I though that if I referenced their username with the @ they would see it. "
That works everywhere, except in song comments! But volunteers run the site so we live with whatever they can give us!! Thanks for the comment on super wall!
thanks for your kind comment on my song!
Please, please tell me you'll come to the Massachusetts FAWM-over party in March!? I want to hear you sing live. I love your music!
Hello!, happy FAWM new year! 😀
Remember, the greater the attack, goes to the greater threat of effective "talent". And, "lost years" may be replaced, many multiples, x1.
You may not like "Seasick Steve", I do, he finally did his wake up push in his 70's. if he lives well to his 90's... he "goes out" with a bang.
You too!? 😉
Write, rite, right 😀 hahhh!
Hey Andrew - I was a music comp major too - and had a very similar experience. (Not good enough... too old... etc...) FAWM has really helped me! We're all in this together - To me, FAWM allows you to practice the art of writing without worrying about the details. A carpenter doesn't build a perfect chair the first time he starts - it takes repetition and practice - but each chair is unique and valuable in itself, as well as teaching him about the process. <hops off soapbox... sorry... I get carried away sometimes.>
I'm super excited to see what you create this month!
Andrew. Godspeed! Don't wait for inspiration. Go after it with a club. Welcome to FAWM.
Happy Fawming! Excited for your work mate!
Hi Andrew, I like the mood that your song Paper Back gives me. That's a great song.
Welcome Andrew from another of the Mass FAWM crew. Definitely jump in feet first
I hope you enjoy FAWM!
Welcome to FAWM! I just updated and saw that you were relatively local. I'm in Plymouth. This is only my second time, but I was really surprised by the growth I experienced with my last FAWM. Nice to meet you, I'm sure you'll like it here!
Welcome to FAWM! We all have to start somewhere!
Hi Andrew! Welcome to FAWM!