Influences: Ed Sheeran, Jann Arden, Van Morrison, Joan Armatrading, Colin James, The Tragically Hip, Johnny Clegg, UB40, Mozart, One Republic, 21 Pilots
I discovered the joy of songwriting a few years ago at a Ladies' Rock Camp (requires no previous experience). Took piano lessons as a child, but had dropped it. Picked the piano up again few years back, but I'm still very amateur. Took a few songwriting and music courses online (Coursera and FutureLearn). I'm still trying to learn all I can about songwriting. I sang in community choirs while my son was growing up - mostly pop, traditional, and classical, but my favourite genre is singer/songwriter in the vein of Ed Sheeran and Jann Arden.
2017: I'm back for my 2nd year of FAWMing, and my plan is to try collaborating this year, although my technical skills are sorely lacking, but I'll see what I can do with Audacity, my mic for vocals and Sibelius.
I've yet to try a skirmish, and don't really know how they work, though willing to learn, but mostly this year, since I'm so slow, I'm hoping to cut my job in half by finding a few sets of lyrics to inspire me, so if you're a lyricist. . . .
Oh, and BTW, if you can get in on the skirmishes, do. Most of the songs I wrote on here were a result of those, and that's where the biggest writing muscle stretching happened for me.
Thank you a million, Audrey, for all your encouragement. This has been an interesting experience, writing songs about things I usually don't write about. However, it's been so fun. I especially appreciate your encouragement on "Beautiful Distraction," as that's among my very favorites, because no matter what genre I find myself working in, R&B is always going to be my favorite flave.
Thanks for listening to my songs.
Hi again! I'm very glad you made some particular youtube song suggestions. I listened to them all, and enjoyed them all, but I was truly blown away by "Time for Mercy" and might not have found it on my own. There is extraordinary beauty of many kinds encapsulated in that song. Thank you for pointing me in her direction!
Hi Audrey, thank you so much for all of your comments on my songs, I really appreciate it. I'm very pleased you enjoyed listening. I really like your Christmas choral piece - congratulations on finishing this, and on developing your harmony skills - very tricky to get right, but it sounds very good, especially the variations to the end. Good luck with the performance this year!
Hi Audrey! Thank you very much for your recent comments. I appreciate you helping to keep the end of FAWM lively! Right now, I am listening to some Jann Arden on youtube, in order to be familiar with both of the influences you highlighted in your bio. Loving her! (I also really dig Joan Armatrading!) It might be tomorrow before I get back around to listen to your FAWM work, but I will definitely be back and didn't want to delay thanking you for your comments. - Cheers!
I love your honesty in yoru approach to songwriting. I wobbled around for years writing bits and pieces, playing flute. clarinet, various types of guitar, (slide, blues, jazz, classical, folk etc.,) once tried singing tenor in a choir, various harmonicas and even violin and viola but the bus hit the wall at ninety-five mph when I picked up the bass clarinet. Something in my head told me to reverse and get back to where the road began and I found out that it was always voice and words, from the Beatles, Hank Williams, the Kinks, the Stones. Dylan, Frank Sinatra, it was always the song that got me. S I stripped it all down to voice and guitar. Btw, when I say I played all those instruments I mean I TRIED them, I still love clarinet and viola but I'm not iany way proficient enough to accompany someone.--
Anyway, I'm so glad to give you encouragement: FAWM is such a generous community that it really is true - the more you give, the more you get. I love these guys.
To your music.
Oh my goodness, thank you so much for your remarks on Civil War Blue, you've made my day/weekend/month. And yes, I would love to collaborate with you in any way. I am working in Holland right now but I usually live in New England and I'll be back there in mid-April to set up my recording gear and write songs, however bare the larder gets. I'm in this for keeps, largely thanks to Fawm and esp. people like Barbara and John Staples and Heather Kropf.. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org ...if you would like to hear my first (and only) film score from two years ago I can send it via email. I want to try 50/90 this year too... And you?
Take care and thank you again.
Thank you so much for your extensive and very kind comments on my songs, Audrey. Sorry, I've been very busy last week, I'll come back to it next week.
Thank you Audrey for all your generous and kind comments. 😀
Thanks for checking out How does the cat know. The demo is half finished, some problems getting the found sounds to fit. I'll let you know if it gets finished.
Love the 4 pieces you put up. Hope to hear some more songs next year.
Thanks for listening to "Busted". This was a lyric fitted to the music type of song. It has flaws, but stands up ok I think.
Thanks for your lovely comments! 😀
UPDATE: You are really far too kind! I don't currently teach math, though I used to tutor, back in the day... I do have 3 young kids (@metalfootlings) and they love daddy's music. They're my favourite target audience for most of my songs, and certainly all the alphabet-adjective ones.
Hi Audrey! Thanks so much for listening to some of my songs and for your comments as well. Very much appreciated!!
I should add that if you feel the need to 'tweak' the lyrics a bit to suit the melody, feel free!
Thanks for your feedback on my lyrics. Greatly appreciated
I totally understand. I hope to get some more listening in as well....whenever you have the time and inclination. This site will be up for most of the year. 😀
Audrey, would you be interested (no pressure) in setting some music to 'To Dance With You'? I think a piano would be the prefect accompaniment. You can have free rein. 😀 If you are not interested, no worries.
Audrey, I sincerely thank you for your heartfelt feedback on many of my songs. You have a genuine knack for hearing the essence of a song and interpreting the songwriter's inspiration (at least for mine). I want to share with you that my inspiration for 'Time to Let Go' wasn't suicide but someone knowingly nearing the end of their life (for some reason maybe age, maybe medical) but it is all in what the listener chooses to take away, isn't it.. I was happy to see another Canuck in the FAWM community. Vancouver is so beautiful. Love it there. I love Coursera courses and have taken a few. I will venture to your page in the next few days and enjoy some of your songs. Thank you once again!
Glad you like my fishy song 😀
Hi, thanks for your nice comment on Wrap up. Much appreciated!
Thank you so much for your generous comments on my music and my collaborations. Looking forward to hearing more of your songs.
Obviously you did a lot of listening over the weekend, and many people showed their immense thanks, but I want to throw my hat in that ring too! It is such a wonderful thing to have someone not only comment, but to listen through many songs and comment on those as well.
Thank you so much -- as others said as well, but it's true, you made my weekend!
Re: my Errol collab. There's now a link to the same music file on a Dropbox. The Kiwi6 link is nicer when it works because it can play in the browser, and the Dropbox link will only play/download from the Dropbox site later this month.
Wow, thank you for all the incredible comments. Re: Tabula Rasa, I am especially thankful for the comment on the lyric. I was going to put a long story in the liner notes, but I felt the song told its own story and decided to leave it off. No one had commented on the meaning of the song so I was beginning to think I had missed the mark. I also got a quick chuckle thinking your repost was a joke on dementia. Hey if we can't laugh as well as cry...
Hey, thanks also for your lovely comments on my lyrics! Very kind of you!! I look forward to seeing what you come up with for Dream Baby Dream. Take all the time you need.
Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀
Wow, thank you for all the lovely comments! You are way to kind but you made my day! I appreciate your words!
Hi Audrey. Thanks for your nice words on my collabs! As far as "Dream Baby Dream", sure, FAWM may be over, but writers write whenever the feeling strikes! If the lyrics resonate with you, then I'm sure the outcome will be very inspired. Feel free to add music to those lyrics. Thank you! I'll be around these parts for a bit, but my email is also posted on my profile page. 😀
Hi, thanks for listening to our collab. Yeah, I did some new vox and I think they're better. I really appreciate your compliments.
Merci pour tous vos merveilleux commentaires .
Aussi plus de français pour apprendre
I have company, but will come back to listen. Really appreciate your support!
Thanks Audrey for your many comments on my songs. You make me smile!
Thanks for you comments - I think when it comes to instrumental music, most of us hear it mainly in association with film and TV, so we always make that visual link. It was interesting to hear how your interpretation compared with others who also made visual associations with the music.
WOW! Thanks for taking the time to listen to my songs and comment! I appreciate it!
Thanks for all the comments! 😀
Thanks for your interest in my song 'lift me up' if you want, i can send you a demo and lyrics for it. I'd like to hear you perform it 😀
Thanks for all your great comments! You are so kind. I wish I could have kd lang sing Black and White!
Thanks for your kind words. Really liked your "Mozart" piece.
Thank you Audrey for checking out some of my songs and leaving such nice comments! I am especially appreciative of the comments that give good vibes to my wonderful collaborators!
Thank you for your comment on I think I finally see. This next year I need to get to be a bit for proficient on the guitar, it's a race between learning and arthritis. Hope to see you here next year.
Thanks for the wonderful comments, Audrey.
Thanks Audrey for your comments and coming from a real musician like yourself they are doubly welcome. I I hope you have enjoyed FAWM as much as I have and hope to "see" you a bit more often on the board this year.
Thank you for your nice comments! We had never done a band collab before, so this was fun....they tried to get me by making me, the drummer, start off the collab. So, I ended up only playing guitars and bass. Haha! Thanks, again.
PS I am an LRCamper too!
Thank you for your nice comments on my songs! I appreciate your thoughtfulness!
Thanks. And you can send it to my email if you want. email@example.com
Thanks you so much for commenting on Another Bar. These are the kind of songs that I SO like to do.
Thanks for the nice comments on my music.
Thanks for your comments on Choose your own fate.
Thanks for your feedback on "Not Your Own" 😀
Thanks Audrey for your comments. I think a lot of people , including myself, in the Western world are protesting against politics, hence the rise of nationalism, Brexit, and Trump. It is putting into a dangerous position though.
Thanks for the comment on my sax song. My first instrumental!
Hey Audrey thank you for comments on my political satire song What a Lovely World We Live In. It's scary as hell out there, but we gotta make art!
Thanks so much for your great comments!
Sure Audrey! I would love that. If you need anything else, let me know.
Thank you for your comment on "It's Not Me" - I really appreciate the listen!! 😀
Hellooooooo Audrey! Have a great FAWM.... here we goooooooooo...
Hi Audrey, happy FAWMing!! 😀 Great to see you here. 😀
(... no such thing as too many smileys?! Good news 😉)
Have a wonderful FAWM!