Influences: Vocally: Jump Little Children (Jay Clifford's resonance is amazing), Radiohead (ethereal, evocative, great use of headvoice), & Brendan James (resonance), Michael Bublé (fantastic use of the lower register and beautiful resonance), Zoo Story (powerful but gorgeous, great use of headvoice). Musically: Imogen Heap/Frou Frou, Our Lady Peace, Travis, Rufus Wainwright, John Mayer, Collective Soul (Dosage), Beck ("Lost Cause"), Coldplay, Matchbox Twenty, Nine Days(The Madding Crowd), Vertical Horizon (Everything You Want), Queen ("Bohemian Rhapsody"), Sufjan Stevens, Contemporary Christian Worship. Anything beautiful or with a great groove (and tasteful). I'm open to all genres...except maybe metal and hard rap. I'm all for a good rap with sung chorus, song with rapped bridge, or a pop song with a guitar solo'd bridge. :)
FAWM #2 this year (2018)!
I'm very thankful for last year's FAWM for getting the music-making ball rolling again, completing 7 songs last February. Looking forward to another productive session, but I'm also planning on keeping a more balanced lifestyle - even if that means producing the same or less than last year. While FAWM did kickstart my confidence and creativity, I only ended up completing 4 songs since ("Sidewalks," "Walk the Line," "The Turnaround," & "Delusions Grande(u)r"), getting stuck largely on lyrics. I love that FAWM requires that one pushes a single song through to completion, pushing aside self-doubt and the preciousness that might lead one to cop-out and move on to another song seed.
Instruments: Voice, piano, acoustic guitar, alto sax, ukulele, bass (a bit), cajon. I also play a number of other instruments through teaching (trumpet, flute). Decent tone, but not a lot of facility.
I work in Logic Pro X on my desktop rig with an Edirol PCR-M80 61-key MIDI controller and a Rode NT-1A LDC mic mounted in an sE RFX portable vocal booth in the living room of our 1-bedroom condo.
I'd like to collaborate this year, in case anyone thinks our sounds would jibe well.
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, guiding students as they improve in all manner of artistic endeavors.
I came 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 – songwriting. I'd only written one song prior, though I won an award for a humanities competition at my community college and performing it with a number of friends twice on stage. Despite only one song under my belt and a very heavy dose of perfectionism, I experienced substantial success in those composition lessons, producing five pieces. Most of the demos lie pretty unpolished, to say the least. My favorite from that time is "Paper Bag," which I revived last year with a fuller production that gave me the bug for that process.
Prior to last year's FAWM, in the 8 years since university, I'd 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."
I found a blog post on BrainPickings regarding John Steinbeck's journal (Working Days) which he used to accompany his creative process (in brutal honesty with respect to his waves of self-doubt) 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 started 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).
Shoutout to @joshlevitre for this idea [:)]
Myers-Briggs Personality Profile: INFP
|#3||I Will Be Still @markvanmusic||
|#4||'Uke it Out||
|#5||Turning the Other Cheek||
|#6||You Would Take All of Me||
|#7||The Descent (Out of Time)||
|#8||My Shadow @aprilm||
|#9||All the Things We Said||
|#10||They Say Love||
|#11||The Lies We Keep||
|#12||People Can Change @s7even||
|#13||Pick a Fight||
|#14||Waiting For the Day||
|#15||On the Fence @coolparadiso||
Please express to your wife how deeply, deeply grateful I am that she took the time to look over my Russian lyrics. That means so much to me. There were some really excellent notes there that’ll help me continue to tweak the words. What a wonderful surprise! ❤️ And it was indeed a male speaking to a female, since it’s based on a story, I was a bit concerned doin that with a foreign language but I’m glad there was some consistent to convey that it was my meaning! Again, thank you both for that. Спасибо!
No problem. I'm trying to get through the 70 odd people on my watchlist now that I've actually got time to listen, so I'll be back to listen to some more soon. Congrats on surpassing the magic number this year!
Thanks for clarifying! What you are suggesting makes perfect sense. Very insightful. Thank you for the help and suggestions- I really appreciate it! 😀
Hey! Thanks for the lovely feedback on Deep Waters, I'll try to quickly mix the songs I have left. They might not be as "ready" as Deep waters but why not share them with the world 😀
Yeah, I went and found that song last night too and listened two or three times. My wife enjoyed it too. He's a good songwriter. I told my wife I wanta be like him. 😀
I should go listen to some Chris Rice.
Sounds good! Find me on FB or email me or something. Let's keep in touch. 😀
Thanks so much for your comments on "Splinters."
Those are mighty fine complementary associations. 😀
I will certainly go listen to the Bebo Norman. I don't think I've heard it.
As far as Christian singer/songwriters, I grew up listening to Randy Stonehill and others of his ilk. Also Rich Mullins, and so many other greats. 😀
Will you be around for 50/90 or any other stuff?
We should try something together. 😀
Thank you for giving such comprehensive feedback! I do love Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings! I just wanted to clarify - Were you suggesting to try ‘Maybe it could be better’ as an instrumental piece with the same layered harmonies or were you suggesting to keep the main vocal line and layer the harmonies as an accompaniment, as opposed to having them as vocal harmonies?
Thanks so much for the thoughtful comments on 'have to be a fool' Andrew. You're right I was kind of holding back my inclination to overplay the instruments cos I was not sure what the melody would be - so it does feel like a 'beat', for now at least...!
Wish I had followed you earlier in FAWM! Congrats on a successful one and looking forward to the next!
thx Andrew - great voice and music to bring my lyric On the fence to life
I have added the song with you as collaborator at about 55 on my list. I am very happy to let you just add it there when you are happy. If you want me to hear it first Email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Thx mate
Thanks for the info on the harmony in parallel 5ths. Definitely a topic I could learn more about! Looks like you've had a successful FAWM. Congrats. I'll watchlist you for the future. Cheers!
Check up the thread on the Massachusetts forum. It's my username at mac dot com.
Congrats on a fawm win, and great job on so many new songs this year. I've only listened to a handful, but you're operating at another level, musically and production-wise, and I'll be back for more. Fantastic fawm, man!
man all your stuff is good!
pick a fight is an outstanding song. one of the best i have heard.
I enjoyed it so much that I just stuck it on the recommended songs thread. It just took me back to that feeling I had with EVERY approaching fight...
I am so happy I discovered your music. And I am so honoured to have worked with you on a song. I wish I had had some of that training! Everything I do musically is pure instinct! And a very limited amount of training and self-instruction
I see you’re a Christian. Are you interested in collaborating on “people can change”? if not, that’s ok. Thought I’d ask. Be blessed.
Thanks for the comments on Future Love. That was basically a skirmish, did it all in about an hour. Pretty rough, but glad you liked it. The bridge was a disaster, didn't play like I wanted. The key change was from G to D so not really a big one, esp with the open chords as you mentioned. My voice is going out today so that didn't help either. Ha. The pause before the bridge was because my guitar was slipping down. Haha. I need to play it to a met and record with some backing instruments. Thanks again for the listen.
Appreciate the comment, thank you! I actually cheated with the cams though, I only have one..Just did some extra shots afterward and some clever editing! Ssshh!
I visited Boston awhile back and I didn't really experience as bad of a time with the Masshole drivers that everyone warned me about. I had a worse experience living in DC for two months and dealing with their drivers. So maybe I happened on Boston's good week. Haha.
Come on only a few days left. You are awesome. Your songs are superbeautiful
Thank you Andrew for your kind comments on our Sitar-Fiddle collaboration!
Thank you for your kind words and advice on "Start Again". Constructive criticism is always welcome, I listened to the song again after reading your comment and see what you mean. I will give that shot when I record it post FAWM.
Thanks so much for your comments on 9000 miles. I actually really love Imogen heap. And basically anything with the thick gorgeous harmonies!
Thanks for the kind comment on "Another light ... " I just dedicate this month entirely and do only quick writes so I can use some later and produce them well
Hey! Thanks so much for the comment on "Song of the Sirens". The first two Collective Soul albums were the best!
No worries, I just appreciate that you took the time and ear/brainspace to give a well-informed bit of feedback!
Hey @andrewjtaylor, thanks for your thoughtful comments on my song, "Don't Believe Them...". I said in my liner note maybe it was 2/3 of a song, so I have this vague feeling maybe something is missing and it wasn't just the dissatisfaction with some of the vocals. You hit on the same thing, so maybe there's something to it. There's room to go further with the "story" to give it a little more depth. I appreciate the suggestion and the listen!
I am loving the Spire app..I used it my first Fawm and then my iPad got too old and it didn't work on it anymore..
the new one is brillant with eight tracks and more!
until I learn how to use garageband on my pad this is going great..
keep in touch. c
Happy FAWMing! 🤗
Are you back for Round Two? I loved your work last year and hope to hear more!!!