Influences: Ed Sheeran, Jann Arden, Van Morrison, Joan Armatrading, Paul Simon, Mozart.
I discovered the joy of songwriting at a Ladies' Rock Camp some years ago. I play a little piano, and I've sung in various community choirs over the years. My recording skills are limited, so I let Sibelius (my notation software) 'play' the piano for me on my tracks, but I love writing songs.
This past year, I focused solely on writing choral pieces. I've written three now. The choir I sing in performed my Christmas song in December. I can't describe how great that felt, and I'm so grateful to my choir director, Irene Percival, for asking me to write it. She mentored me in the beginning, until I took the online Coursera course "Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition". It took me 18 months to write that Christmas song, so I'm very slow. This is my third FAWM, and I'll be happy to end up with 4 or 5 new songs to flesh out over the next year.
Thanks for all the comments! Looking forward to listening to some of yours.
Thanks for listening to "No Wonder". Glad you liked it.
Hi Audrey. Thank you so much for listening and giving comments on Pink Turns to Red. I like Roxy Music too. 😀
Thank you for all the listens and fantastic comments.
Wow thank you for the recommended song thread shout out!
Hey thanks for listening to my stuff! Wasn’t sure people were still listening here but alas! ... is it February 2019 yet?
Thanks so much for your kind words re: China Beach!
Thanks for the really nice comments! I've got to listen to your stuff now too 😀
Wow! I thought the chord progression you were using was I-vi-IV-V!! That's why I called it the ice cream chord progression. Glad I was wrong! Anyways I'm a fan of delaying one of the big three (I, IV, V) in a chord progression. It makes it sound interesting and new to my ears! Pop punk bands or Ramonescore bands would use the ice cream chord progression some times in their songs as those bands were influenced by 60s garage rock, doo wop, and rock and roll. Yeah that chord you used was definitely associated in jazz music.
Thanks for the comments on "snowy gran prix" (and "never saw it coming") That is a ukulele in snowy gran prix with no pick, just fingers. When I get though the "who's still here" list I will try and come back for another song of yours.
Thanks for your comment on my "All Modern Cons." I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Thanks for listening and the nice things you said about my songs, Audrey.
Ah man! You took so much time to listen to my songs. You're adorable! Thank you and much appreciated 😁
Whatdayawantamedal? Well you’re getting one! You are SUPERB Tripletime Trooper! You took the time to write 300 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 300 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Blueberry Island would be wonderful as SATB. And you've heard so many voices here, probably could do a demo with other FAWMers.
Thanks for looking at the Martha song and your kind comments. What I have seen in our legal system is that in the end it often works but it takes far too long.
It's been a good FAWM for me too, even if I can late to the party. I'm really enjoying the after party too - there's so much to explore.
Thanks Audrey, yup I did the lyrics but your music brought all the ears! Never have I received so many comments - that recommended thread really works. Pretty happy about it. BTW, have you listened to phoenixash? Big, operatic voice, I've listened to a couple of his.
Thanks Audrey, Yo have been a very busy lady commenting on all my songs. 😀 With me I find it strange how songs develop, I often start off in one direction and finish in a totally different one. She Devil was like that, my original intention was a more spiitual theme. 😀
You are so kind to comment on Lucky, The Worker, and Hangin It Up. When you have known a wonderful lady since the 8th grade and been married for more than 60 years, the love songs come easily.
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on a selection of my songs! The Time to go one is one of two that I wrote that I’m least fond of, so it’s especially valued to get such a positive comment on that one. Thanks!
Thanks for commenting on all those lyrics, I really appreciate the feedback. Hope you are basking in the good comments about your music for "Rocky Shores." Few days off, then busting some zongs, then on to more listening.
Thank you so much for taking the time to listen and for that extremely nice comment... We appreciate it so much. 😀 ❤️ 😀
Thanks for your extended visit today! I’ll jump in to your offerings tomorrow.
Thank you so much... It's always fun getting a little loud, and it's always fun writing with Karl. I really appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment. 😀
Thanks for all your comments, Aubrey! To answer your questions about 'The Road West' --- I felt it a 5/4 with the metronome at quarter = 180bpm and the mandolin breaks break it down as a fast 10/8 --- 6 + 4 ... The 'drum' is actually just mandolin chopping on beats 2, 3 and 5, with some weird equalizer settings to sound like a snare drum and a MIDI bass drum on beats 1 and 5. I love #odd-time-signature songs, glad you liked it!!
Audrey! Thanks so much for all of the kind comments! Much appreciated!
Thanks for all your comments! I'll be by later to listen to some of your music!
Thanks for all your kind comments on my songs!
I love “The Only Way Out Is Through “. Very real to me. It’s a rough, out of tune demo, but something I’ll revisit and rework.
I had the idea and the chorus for “The World Is Bigger” and tried to write a song around it. I don’t think I got it yet.
It’s amazing to me that FAWM gives us the opportunity to come together around the miter are creating.
Thanks for listening and your great comments. I’ll check out your songs. By the way, my daughter’s name is Audrey. Great name.
Thanks for checking out my tracks this year. I appreciate any feedback I can get. Can you tell I was pretty single minded this year?
Wow! Thank you for all your great comments Audrey! I'm glad you enjoyed our songs!
Thank you so much for your comments on my songs !
It means a lot to me - as I was very nervous about posting anything
at all 😀
I'm happy to say that FAWM has been nothing but inspirational !
Thank you for the kind words, Audrey. Always a pleasure to be here in FAWM and be introduced to so many other talented artists, such as yourself.
It may take you a long time to write something; but the results are always worth it, and your work here is clear evidence that you know what you are doing, regardless of how long it takes to do it.
Carry on and be amazing, I would like to say!
Thanks for the comments! I definitely enjoyed my first FAWM, and look forward to the coming FAWMtastic years. Side note: your profile image reminds me a bit of the album cover of Volcano Crowe by Halfnoise. The landscape look peaceful and inviting through the haze.
Thanks for the nice comment on my song "Why is there so much hate". I am appalled at the exponential explosion of pure hate to the point one group can't even hear another, let alone compromise.
Thank you so much for your kind words on my songs! 😀
Thank you for all the lovely comments on my songs, being compared to Gordon Lightfoot is a new one but quite a compliment.
I have a much easier time coming up with music on the guitar than I do lyrics, I consider myself lucky that it is something that comes pretty natural to me. Though I have studied a little music theory which helped greatly.
Thank you for your kind words regarding New Kid.
That would be great on everything good!
Just posted it to the new demo thread.
Oh Audrey, it's gorgeous. Brings tears to my eyes. Thank you so much. You are so talented and I'm grateful you chose my lyrics to work with.
BTW, there's a download button but I can't download it. Maybe you could email me an .mp3?
Thank you Audrey for your kind, kind comments on Darkness and Shadows. Glad you liked it, much appreciated.
I'm excited to hear it - you've done an exceptional job and put in lots of hard work. The earlier mp3 was lovely but your voice will make it so much better.
Thank you for your kind feedback on my song "hornby island". peace!
Thanks so much for your kind and generous words on my song 'same way the river flows '. It's so gratifying (and mind blowing ) to know that something I created in my own little world can then be uploaded and heard, acknowledged & appreciated by fellow musicians /artists around the world . It's beautiful ! Thankyou 🙏
Thank you so much for your kind words, means a lot to me
Ah, OK, thanks for the explanation. The music sounds classically inspired and I'm unfamiliar with Sibelius music notation software. I'm glad you liked the lyric enough to write music for it.
Thanks Audrey for listening and kind comments on my song 'it's starting to get interesting now '. I sure do appreciate it ! 😊🙏
Thanks for the kind words for my Another Singer Songwriter. The First verse has been in my head for years, but could never do anything with it. Crazy stuff this Songwriting.
Thanks for your feedback on my songs, Audrey. i appreciate you stopping by and listening. be sure I will return the favor. When things quiet down a bit I'll have sooooo many cool songs to soak in!
Hi Audrey! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments. Hope you have a good FAWM.
Thanks so much Audrey for all your lovely comments!
Welcome to FAWM ! Good luck with it all !
Very kind words.. if you need any help let me know..
Hi Audrey, thank you for your kind comments on my first song - have a great FAWM 2018
Hi..thanks for listening to Full Moon NY eve. Glad you liked it.
Have a great FAWM
Thanks for your comments! 😀
Thanks for your kind comments, hope you have a good fawm!
Thanks for your comments on Evening Echo, Audrey. Happy FAWMing!
Hi Audrey, thanks for stopping by and leaving such positive feedback. Hope you have a good FAWM 2018
Thanks for your kind words! 😀
How cool that you do choral arrangements! That is DEFINITELY some serious musical challenge!
Thanks for saying hi! what part of BC are you in? I love BC and traveled pretty extensively as a nurse to remote villages. Your adventures in songwriting sound very fulfilling already, very inspiring!
Thank you for listening! I'm definitely excited to see what you come out with too haha 😉
Thank you for the kind words and listen! Will check back to see what you come up with as well! 😀
Hi Audrey, thanks for the message, great to see you here again. It will be even better when I hear you again. Enjoy FAWM 2018
HI Audrey, great to see you! Have a wonderful FAWM 😀
Hi Audrey! I hope to work with you too!
Thanks for your comment.
I just noticed, that I forgot to mention about the piece being for solo piano. Whoops. 😀