aprilm 20

@aprilm

Kingston Canada   Feb 2016


Artist Bio

Influences:   Blues, Bessie Smith, Tom Waits, Stevie Nicks

2017
21 Fevrier - my first song I have ever done in French. Collaborated with a lyricist from France and I hope i did the beautiful words justice.

February 15 - working on a song on the piano. Got a basic melody, a baseline, some interesting chords, and the beginnings of some lyrics. Hope to put it all together tomorrow and post a demo!

Proud to have made it to the Century Club and have done 14 songs and it's only February 12th!

Ended up writing a blues song and no piano or electric guitar lol

Going to try another collaboration. Want to try to use either the piano or my electric guitar this time.

I am always so amazed at the positive comments, the helpful suggestions and the appreciation for my music and my voice. I struggle with being self-conscious and have terrible stage fright (only with singing though) so your encouragement has helped me build my confidence.

I am also so humbled that some have decided to put me on their watch list. What a lovely compliment.

You all drive me to keep going and to improve my skills.

Thank you!

Ready for another go!

Have learned a lot since last year and 2016 FAWM gave me so much confidence as a song writer.

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FAWM 2016

I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this awesome experience! I love the camaraderie and the acceptance here! So much talent and so much genuine generosity!

February 25th - reached the 14 song threshold! #14 still needs work, of course, and truthfully, all these songs need development, but I have to say, I am proud of my creative endeavours this month!

February 23 - getting close to the end of the month - two more songs to go! Might try something on a keyboard next....hmmm...

Challenging myself by trying out the mandolin for a fun little song. I am truly enjoying this FAWM! I can't believe I have been inspired to write at least the beginnings of 10 songs in 19 days! Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me along the way so far.

Added some rough scratch recordings to allow people to hear the songs!

After being sick for almost 2 weeks, laryngitis and doctor's orders to take a break from singing, I am back!

Hope to record in the next week, a least some scratch tracks to share here!

Returning to music a few years ago after a very prolonged hiatus, I am back to writing songs, relearning guitar, working on my voice, dabbling with keyboards, mandolin and whatever else strikes my fancy.

I am currently into blues and am inspired by the old school blues artists of the 1920s and 30s. Wrote my first 12 bar blues song this week!

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  • @kathym  Mar 6

    😀 for your comments on Honey in the Cup. I'm running late on thank you's and will be listening during March. I'm glad you recognized the metaphor. I don't do well with metaphors at all, so that is a big win for me!

  • @sueawesome Mar 1

    oh my goodness!!!! a fellow fawmer did a demo of the one lyric I wrote (that you commented and said you longed to find)

    It's posted!! Get tissues!!!!!!

  • @kingwoodkowboy  Feb 27

    April, thanks M'am, for reviewing "My Wasted Years". At least it wasn't a waste of time.

  • @sueawesome Feb 26

    So now two people are looking for the impossible?!! 😭😭😭

    Thanks for the comment : )

  • @fawmdour Feb 26

    Thanks for your positive comments on "Craving" 😎

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 26

    Thanks for visiting my song "Reflection"!

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 26

    You are very welcome. Always a pleasure listening and commenting. Your songs are very special. Thank you for your support. Yes February is almost gone but this shouldn't stop us, there are always other months. I know though it is very inspiring to create when we know people do listen and care.
    Have a nice Sunday,
    Nadia

  • @ladyred Feb 24

    Thanks for your feedback on "Connected" <3

  • @lia404 Feb 21

    It's totally fine, don't worry about it, it's important that you get to rest first 😀 Remember that FAWM is for having fun so there's no pressure. Do your best and enjoy, that's the most important! (And do take care!)

  • @jessica14  Feb 19

    Just read that ou crossed the finish line! Congrats!

  • @benbarden  Feb 18

    Congrats on hitting 14 songs!

  • @lia404 Feb 17

    Sent you an email 😀 Sadly this won't bring back your bilingualism but I hope it can make you a little nostalgic of hearing and speaking French 😀
    Take care!

  • @lia404 Feb 16

    Thank you for your feedback on my song about The Hermit. Please be my guest if you find a melody to match the lyrics, nothing would make me happier 😀
    Do tell me if you struggle with pronunciation; I can try and record myself reading them if you want, so you have a base for work.
    I'm glad my choosing French makes sense, I was really unsure about it.
    Take care and happy FAWMing 😀

  • @tabulhas07 Feb 12

    thanks for your comment on my song I still want the girl that bad, but its not what she wants sadly but im glad she can be my muse to make heartfelt music with I'll be adoring her for awhile

  • @yam655  Feb 12

    Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀

  • @timfatchen  Feb 11

    "Mystery"... violin played longingly would work, keep it high but not too kitsch. Mandolin, years, a sharpenss would guard against too much kitsch from the violin. Beware of wind chimes, use sparingly (!)

  • @kristi  Feb 11

    It's always fun to hear what people "hear" from a lyric! Thank you again for your great work! 😀

  • @colgoo  Feb 10

    Thanks for commenting on "Forgotten Women".

  • @brownium  Feb 10

    Thanks for the comment on "Random Road" (http://fawm.org/songs/69558/). I accidentally bounced a small chunk of it, but discovered the error of my ways. The whole song is there now!

  • @jessica14  Feb 9

    Thank you for listening. I thought the same, I think I have done a good job growing into myself and I am excited about the road ahead of me 😀

  • @kristi  Feb 9

    Just to let you know, I sent an email re: Money Man.

  • @rainchaser  Feb 9

    Thanks for your comments on "And So I Joined". I tried not to spend too much time on the recording, by one hour, I'm already rushing it by limiting takes/arrangements. But it appears to be that for the song, I didn't spend enough time in the writing process of balancing the music with the length of the lyrics, so I did it in the recording process. That's why it took longer for me to record the song but another issue was getting one take of guitar playing that plays all the chords correctly despite the strumming at certain points being sloppy. The strumming pattern along with the bpm made the recording process difficult, and also at times the pick would slip out of my hands due to humidity. If I weren't able to recorded a decent take that was heard in the song, I would have simplified the strumming patterns. As for the mixing process, I usually spend no longer than 30 minutes for it, but sometimes I would go over 10 minutes on tweaking one plugin, and I'm trying to fix that issue.

  • @jessica14  Feb 9

    Hey April! Just came over to say "Hi". I am glad to see you are having a ball at FAWM 😀 I ' ve got the flu, so things have been slow for me. This way I get to listen to all of you creative people 😀

  • @unkept Feb 9

    Greetings fellow Facebook FAWMer!

  • @kristi  Feb 9

    LOL. Okay, sure. See what happens! (Btw, if some lines have troubling metering/singing feel free to fix or let me know and I can try to. I had trouble with a few of them while writing and that was w/out a melody!).

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 7

    Thanks for listening to my song "Underneath The Tree", I appreciate it.

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 7

    Thanks for liking my song "Nightmare of my Dream" so much, If I get well and rock this FAWM, it will be because of the encouragement you gave me. HUGS!

  • @klaus  Feb 7

    Hi April. Just wanted to say hello and that you do have a wonderful voice.

  • @vegansongs Feb 5

    Hi and thank you for listening and commenting on my Fawm songs. I really appreciate the encouragement!

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 5

    You are very welcome, it was a pleasure to comment. Thank you for all your support!
    Nadia

  • @vikkiflawith  Feb 5

    Thanks for your lovely comment on Cailleach Na Mointeach, much appreciated!

  • @scubed  Feb 4

    Thanks for your kind words on "When In Doubt Choose Love"!

  • @unpronounceable Feb 4

    Thanks for your comment on my space song! Really appreciate it/means a lot.

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 4

    Ha! I understand all too well! lol Thanks for your comments as well 😆

  • @aprilm Feb 4

    Ha! My "normal" life is eccentric and have met many a man I have dated who was a little intimidated by it! Thanks for the comments

  • @kristi  Feb 4

    I think sometimes the instincts take over and you just know what to do/write, etc...I say that in relation to "What We Love" and thank you again for your collaboration! I hope we find more songs to do too! 😀

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 3

    Hi April, you are very welcome. It was a pleasure to comment on your beautiful collaboration with Kristi.
    Nadia

  • @kristi  Feb 3

    Hi April! I just listened to the demo for "What We Love" and it's so lovely! 😀 It's a tender and moving interpretation....delivered so sincerely. I'm really enjoying all the nuances as I listen again! Love your voice. Btw, I added the lyrics to your new posting and put that link inside the lyric only post. Thank you so much!! Great job!!

  • @kristi  Feb 3

    Oh! Okay! I look forward to hearing it!

  • @ustaknow Feb 2

    Hey, --thank you for the song feedback! 😀

  • @kristi  Feb 2

    Okay! I'll add your name to the Liner Notes and when it's ready, I can put your name in the collab box so it'll be "new" on your list when your demo is there!

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 2

    HI APRIL!!! LOL!!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2

    🙂

  • @kristi  Feb 2

    Hi! Thank you for your kind comment on my lyric, "What We Love". You are the first to ask about the music and I'd love for you to give it a go!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2

    I'd very much be game but a different FAWMer asked earlier. If he doesn't follow up in a few days I'll let you know! I would really love to have a collab with you! Love your style!

  • @ustaknow Feb 2

    20s, 30s R&B is a great place to be. Congratulations on the 12b. Learn the Pentatonic positions and you'll own it, call and response. All the best this year! 😀