It's 2017, and this will be my 8th FAWM. I honestly don't know what direction I'm headed; feeling quiet, mostly. Will take it as it comes. But I am so incredibly glad this community is still flowing along in its most encouraging and accepting and loving way. Cheers to all! <3 <3 <3
|#1||The Power of Awyrenyss||
|#2||In Honor of 'World Play Your Ukelele Day'||
|#3||hold on to love||
|#4||To Dance With You||
|#6||Root of the Problem||
|#7||In The Wild||
|#10||Love of Your Life||
|#11||There's Just Today @adnama17||
|#12||Dialogue / Dial-A-Bog||
|#17||Act of Love||
|#20||My Snow Moon||
|#21||Surrender (NOW UNLOCKED)||
Ahh! Treading slow! Well hey, thanks 😀
I don't know if I can even express my gratitude for your feedback. Thank you so much for listening so closely and your extremely kind and beautiful observations. I'm keeping my eye on you 😀
Actually, Tim plays the harp. He plays many other instruments as well. He's on SoundCloud as Celtic Starise if you like his sound. I'm so very glad you mentioned the name, Lorena McKennitt. I hadn't heard of her before, but searched her on YouTube to listen and found her music to be quite pleasing to listen to. Thanks! And thank you so much for your comments as well!
Thank you so very much for the listen and for the wonderful comment. I really appreciate it... I was so glad to see piney have such an incredible musical FAWM - she always amazes me and I was thrilled to be able to contribute to this gorgeous song of hers. 😀
thank you very much for your comment on "Dust off your Riveters", I will definitely consider adding a little more a musical break between the verses.
Wow, being compared to Chrissie Hynde is super flattering, thank you very much!
Thank you so much Barbara for all your kind words about my music (and Cindy's words too, of course, in "Silver Anniversary"). I truly appreciate your taking the time to listen to it all. I'm currently working on music and melody for hummingbear's lyrics in "Rocky Shores". I'm having some issues, and I'm so slow, but I hope to post it soon. I was drawn to her lyric because of how they took me back to watching my two older brothers compete at skipping stones across the water up at the cottage on hot lazy summer days.
Hey Barbara, lovely note you wrote me. If you're checking out Jann Arden, don't leave out "Ode to a Friend", "Unloved", and "Time for Mercy". My favourite Ed Sheeran song is "Sunburn", which is a little obscure since he did it when he was really young.
Hahaha , you just made me laugh out loud...... I sometimes wonder whether people are amused at my wackier run-ons or if they think I've wobbled way too far down the lost highway........
The Roches song I loved had the line, "if you go down to Hammond. you'll never come back..." amazing harmonies, I always smiled...
Tonight I listen to more songs and comment...
See you oh fabulous friend ..
Wow, I was surprised and delighted to read your comments on "The Thrill of Memory", Thank you so much for sticking around to listen Barbara! I would love to collab again with you when you feel like it. Always enjoy hearing your signature vocals!
Don't beat yourself up about it! Things are created how they are supposed to be created. We've no control of such things. Forget about it! she said in her most awful New York accent!
Hey! If you're online, let's chat on Slack!
Thanks for commenting on "It Isn't Over Yet". That song and the preceding one were both posted as locked and title only - I didn't know whether I'd complete them before the gate closed.
It's been interesting to try to create an album (2 actually, I went back and did 50/90 2016 as well) - balancing the different song levels and trying to get a reasonable order for my genre-inconsistent approach to songs was a different kind of challenge from handling individual tracks.
Thanks for visiting Unfinished Songs. I really like that one but I know not everyone will get it. Your lovely comment is appreciated.
Thanks for the comment on How does the cat know. The demo is half finished and is on my to do list. The found sounds are not as good as I hoped they would be. Still a little more work should fix it I hope.
Hi Barbara, thank you for thinking i have a nice voice, i always struggle with that, in fact i hate when i record my voice and produce it because i think is not good enough
Ah, you were close on 2 of your guesses. I used cowbell samples, plural. 3 of them that I found in FL Studio's sample library. So yes - multiple cowbells *and* samples. 😀
Well you are a wonderful writer who has a keen sense of language nuances .... so while it may not be your area of past study or your current profession I hope it is always something that you enjoy pursuing and sharing. One of my dear friends just submitted her first novel for publication at the age of 63. I am delighted to be the beneficiary of your many thoughtful and kind comments yesterday. Thank you for taking the time to listen to so many of the lovely songs that collaborators made with my lyrics. So appreciated!
Thank you for your kind words on my collab with Liz! My whistle instrumental was fun!
Thanks for asking.... really any with collaborators as I want them to feel the love! Especially some of the more recent posts like Enough (cement shoes) - two different versions, Letting Go and Space Travel by Marthie, Super by Darci, Edge by Colleen - or anything else... for quick reads any of the lyrics I posted the last 4 days of FAWM. Dance with You was done by JW and by Val and their versions make the lyrics feel so different. Any couple you have time for would be lovely! I always value your opinions and insightful comments! Are you a writer by profession?
Thank you for always giving in depth comments and support for my songs. I appreciate when someone really listens and gets what it is I do, or try to do, and you always do that for me. 😀
Thanks for commenting on 'Human' - your comment makes things sound far more clever than the series of happy accidents that lead to that ending (I was originally using an autotune type effect before switching to the vocoder)
Hey, Thanx for the Comments and the support! I hope to see you at 50/90!
Thanks for commenting on my song, "No Choice"... Also, congratulations on reaching 20!!! I'll be lucky to reach 10 this year!
Writing your own synthesizer in VB must be really fun - all I ever did was writing a sine generator in actionscript, so I can't quite compare 😀
I've seen youtube videos of people using e.g. Haskell code as a sequencer and such, and it's super cool!
Yeah, the computer bug definitely bit me ages ago haha^^
Nice to have met you too!
Thanks for the nice comments on my ambient tunes. Just got home from the hospital after 5 days. Will check out some of your tunes later. Thanks.
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on "Cailleach Beara"! I really appreciate it. 😀
I'll be stopping back by in the coming days to listen to more of your music. I'm looking forward to that!
Thanks for visiting "Reflection", I'm glad you saw the idea I wanted to convey, the thought of a beautiful mermaid falling in love with the reflection of the land on the water...somehow that is very dreamy to me. No one usually downloads my songs, but if you would like it I can make that happen, I just don't imagine folks wanting them. I am struggling this year with illness, then had an accident and now some huge stressful events with my children, it has been a FEB. from hell and all I wanted to do was write music...sigh, I'm trying to get up a few more, but am feeling a bit overwhelmed. Always glad when you stop in for a visit, I love having a moment with your heart.
[oops the comment was interrupted there] I'm drawing quantized MIDI notes on a grid, and I'm using synthesizers to play them back after that. (I'm not working with tracker software, since I'm really slow writing music there.)
This is my common approach, no matter if I write chiptune or another genre of electronic music. Me playing notes "live" on my keyboard is really, really rare.
Sorry for the wall of text, I didn't quite know how to say everything quicker ^^
Thank you so much for your nice comments on my tracks 😀
As for whether or not I play the clarinet professionally - I would never call myself a professional. It's a hobby I enjoy a lot since almost 2 decades - I think it's most fun to play it in a group, so I'm exposed to a lot of music you can play in an orchestra (we actually had a project last year, where a few of our people got together and created arrangements for bass/guitar/drums + orchestra + choir, which used to be pop songs. That was really fun 😀 )
Yeah, I do record some clari for my tracks every now and then -
One example would be a collaboration with my friend Gerson for our virtual band Void² ( https://voidsquared.bandcamp.com/trac... ), the clari section starts about halfway into that one track.
I also recorded a few times for 2HTS, but usually for albums only, since I suck at improv and need to write the notes down, before playing them :blush:
Since you asked me about programming my sounds
Thanks for your comments on money won't by you love.
Dearest Barbara, you always have the greatest uplifting comments to give.
If there an award for uplifting and insightful comments, you would get it. Like the Miss Congeniality award for FAWM 😀
I wish I had your production skills.
What you are doing with Garage Band and whatever apps you are using is so exciting.
Lately I have been thinking that I need some of these skill sets to do good happening demos like you are doing to make FAWM more interesting.
So sorry summer plans didn't work out.
Maybe this summer!
I've always got something cooking! Better keep an eye on me. I'm trouble! Ha!
Thanks for the kind words for my "Caterpillar" song. I enjoy writing kids' tunes, and sometimes they turn out good enough.
Thanks Barbara for always appreciating my guitar playing. You may like "Anoushka" that I wrote with Arthur Rossi. I actually played 2 guitar parts, and wasn't lazy and didn't totally rely on Garageband 😀
Indeed it (skirmish) does work as a stand-alone. I automatically think of the soul setting off post-death int ehse sorts of terms. Probably read too much Terry Pratchett...
Sure, It is a very touching song. I was in a rush to comment for all of the other skirmish songs or else you'll get a much more explained comment. I really think it's amazing how you shared your story like that.. I also do it sometime and I know it feels good but it also is hard...... thanks for the sharing and it is my pleasure to make a comment, the least I can do!
GarageBand - one of the solo kick drum tracks. Sadly they do not have any native drums!
Aha, just got your note now thank you.. I bashed out a version on piano today but the sound quality is awful so tomorrow I'll send you a guitar and voice version .... you are so sweet too Barb, thank you. I owe you big time...
Thanks Barbara for the info..
I am going to try to learn to record with GB but I agree..
Nothing like actually knowing how to play..!!
It's a great tool though ..
Congrats on reaching 14 and then some.
Have a fun Fawm weekend..our last!! Boo hoo
Hey there beautiful lady!
Thank you Barbara for the super kind comments on "Today." I have been bad at keeping track of others' songs, but I'll be back today to dive into your FAWM. 😀
Thanks for commenting on my two-part song. The insults being thrown in the middle section were pretty mild - definitely nothing NSFW. From the right - snowflake, leftist, commie and from the left - bigot, racist and facist. The words together with the hard-panning was just something to represent the high degree of polarisation and antagonism. Possibly some EQ work could make the words stand out better.
You got it!!! Anything I can do for you like that..no worries. There was little space fr me to do a whole bunch, and that is fine. If there were four or eight bars of guitar without voice, I would have put a lead in there.. I would have put drums in there too, but, that is such a beautiful song and your voice so perfect for it, that I wanted you to be heard. If you wish to send further tracks and stuff that are not here, firstname.lastname@example.org is my email. I am in Wash state. have a good evening and I am happy you liked it.
Thanx for your comment on "Barfight". I've done a few of that kind of storytelling thing over the years - I really enjoy it and glad you did too.
Thanks for the nice comment on Flipp and Reno.
Thank you for Barbara for busting my song on Sugar Sugar. I'm glad you enjoyed the last verse and the Foucault deliveries. You're very kind. Continued happy FAWMING!
Thanks for your great comment on my song with the masterful Tammy!
Thank you so much for your very kind words about "I See Your Face"! 😀
I see you're having a very productive FAWM! I'll be stopping back by soon to hear some more of your lovely songs.
Thanks for listening and commenting on "Dialogue". Glad you liked it. I grew up in Pasadena, CA home of JPL and Cal Tech so the space race was all around us.
It was fun hangin' out at the superskirmish with you and other FAWMers. Have a great week.
Sweet! Yes, the mp3 will likely work well. I am thinking bass, keys and some guitar..maybe mandolin. I have to listen to it in the studio to hear exactly how it speaks to me. Thank you..
Barbara, thanks for the feedback!!!!
Thanks for your comment - Here's to hooky hooks! 😀
Once I did the sustained organ chords under the chorus it just felt a bit gospel-y which was what led to the build and heavily layered vocals at the end. Definitely one of my more successful songs from this year's FAWM
Thank you muchly, Barbara, for your encouragement.
ooh, and...clarity. The closer one approaches to light speed, the more time slows for the moving. Hence years and centuries can pass in the outside world, in a single night for those moving in teh relativistic speed capsule. It's truly mindbending.
19thC migrants? most of the 32 of my great-great-grandparents--the rest were born here--plus a slab of the 64 great-great-great-grandparents. The migration path England-Australia was, still is, the longest in the world. 3-4 months+ before clipper ships started appearing in the 1850s. Assisted (indentured) passages. Any return home would not be for decades, if then, and the old world would no longer be recognisable. Ref: the fortunes of richard mahoney, Henry Handel Richardson (a fem) And the analogy between interstellar and early 18hC travel to the ends of the earth --in tiny, tiny vessels crammed with people--with the time and space separation, relativistic or ordinary, ensuring that "home" would be unrecognisably alien if ever you returned...: Watch the Hornblower TV series for a good handle on the crowding--warships were only marginally more crowded than immigrant ships. It's not surprising that Niven & Pournelle used a wind navy homology in their science fiction univers
Thank you for your comment on my skirmish song "moon." You are entirely too kind.
Gosh Barbara, your comments are always so lovely. Thank you!
Yes Please, do go ahead with "Reverie"
Not unlike "Clair De Lune," it is hauntingly Beautiful and a 3/4 beat, although you couldn't call it a Waltz, really.
Oh and by the way, Claude didn't really like "Reverie." He thought it was too simple.
I can't tell you Barb what a joy it is to have a mind and heart such as yours in league.....thank you soo much., I won't ever forget you.
I'm in a rough space at the moment because of family issues and other things and I'm being pulled all over the place but lovely feelings are surfacing all over my skin about other days and I still give thanks to the Great Spirit every night, lying in bed listening to the amazing and sometimes gobsmacking songs of fellow Fawmers, for allowng me to stay alive and be part of this truly generous and classless community of Fawmsters.
Way to go sister, I love you.
Glad it was just temporary! Thanks so much for your thoughtful listen and comment.
I feel the pain of technological barriers--glad you're able to do your recordings still! I'll be back to listen more later 😀
Yes, the music to "A Master you'll be" surprised me as much as you. It's a little...Barbaresque...in retrospect.
Au contraire! I would be pleased to go to McDonald's with you any time.
Hi - re: memories on Alchemy, my mother loved Joan Baez - and this immediately brought Diamonds and Rust to mind...and very early memories of my mother. They were happy memories. nostalgic...maybe. But very plesant 😀 Thank you for reminding me 😀
I *never* slurp my coffee. While record is on, I mean. Unless I'm doing sound art.
Funny how we can be lulled by repeating patterns, no matter how unfamiliar. Thanks for the comment.
Hi! I think you're thinking of my song "Lights Are Kennywood". That has been renamed to "Winter Sun" and is on an album I'm releasing in May. Look for it then! I think the song turned out great!
Thank you very much for your comment, very much appreciated.
Hi Barbara! Thanks for the comment and the advice! FAWM has become my new Facebook, so I guess I expect it to work the same way. I'll be sure to copy and paste my thank yous and replies onto other's soundboards and to start using the site a bit better. 😀
You burst out laughing while listening to Knock Knock? You my friend just got yourself a free drink on me *tips hat*.
Thank you for your wonderfully expressed feedback, Barbara!
Hi Barb, I was so embarrassed to listen to it the next day, I was singing flat without any real energy because I was exhausted from work so I'll redo it with a mic as soon as I can ... thank you so much for your solicitude.
Thanks for your comment - not sure what I'd do with an orchestra - I mean, where would I store them? 😀
Barbara, thank you again. It wo'would be so simple to email you an mp3 from this app I use Voice Record Pro but just now I've been fooling around with GarageBand on my iPhone and it's incredible fidelity even without an external mic. I think I'll just plunge for a new top of the line iPad next week. It's high time to move on... my email is email@example.com if you want to send me yours.... thank you thank you thank you
Hi Barbara, still can't figure out how to upload to FAWM from my iPad, it's six years old..... This is now up on Soundcloud but I don't see the title, Now And Then. Could you put it over onto the FAWM site again please?? I have a web-thing savvy friend coming over next week to straighten me out....
I was agonizing over a longer, more contrived song all week but just sat down ten minutes ago, picked a simple jazz 1-6-2-5 progression and winged it.... Sometimes profundity is a just a pain in the head.
See you and thanks... --One of these days I'll start taking all my FAWM esongs apart to fix them properly, one by one.....
See you and thank you..
You come into my life like a comet
I never know where or when
You see a heart and you bomb it
Said you prefer handsome men. ---( line from L.C)
The last time you wrote was from Dallas
Said you missed my laughing eyes
You lived in some kind of palace
You must have been in disguise.
Everyone says you're
Barbara I DID get Izaak to contribute trumpet to "Give Us This Night". Hope you can check it out!
Thank you Miss Barbara for your comments on "Snow Moon"
BTW - Just noticed you live in Decatur. My best friend moved to Atlanta some years ago - and we still keep in touch and see each other occasionally. Did you ever play at Eddie's Attic or the Crimson Moon Cafe in Dahlonega? Both great places. She and I did Open Mics there a few times.
Always a pleasure to hear your stuff. Happy fawmalawmadingdong.
I really appreciate your lovely and thoughtful comments a lot... Thank you sooo much!
Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀
Thanks for the kind words, Barbara. I was actually thinking of your 'leader' (and his supporters) while writing that song, so I'm glad that came through.
Oh man, "sexy peaceful feeling" kind of sums up all my aims with music but I never realized until you commented. Thank you! And thank you for the rest of the feedback as well.
I have barely had time to be here yet--work's just awful. Sorry!
Hi Barbara. Trying some different stuff this year in the hope of teasing out some new ideas. Looks like you're racing ahead via participation in skirmishes.
Hi Barbara. Looks like you're having a good FAWM. Thanks for your thoughtful comment on Roots. Really glad you liked it.
Thanks for the very kind comments on my "Wild" skirmish. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I DO try to put something a little "sideways" in all of my songs.
Thank you Barbara, you're the best friend ever....
Barbara, I'm very touched that you recommended me, thank you so much. I just saw it last night and I went asleep so delighted, You're an angel.
I have my notes for two more songs but a heavyv work schedule so I hope to be able to sit down on Sat and Sun and nail them. In the meantime I'll
listen and give praise. Isn't this the best community EVER??
Love you absolutely and forever.
Thank you so much for commenting on "Why Are You Lonely." So cool that you hear it on the FAWM cast and came to leave us those kind words. I really appreciate it!
Hi Barbara, thanks for your valuable observation on Born in the Wild. In developing this song, I might add a parent/child element to the second verse, for continuity. cheers.
Merci beaucoup Barbara. I've got a lot of nerve writing a chanson in French, but..I've got a lot of nerve 😀
I think I'll use il n'y en a plus for every song. Goes well with anything 😀
I always know that there is love and support when you are around and I thank you for that. I am not enjoying being unwell, but I'm trying hard to get mundane things out of the way. I always appreciate you stopping in on my songs, thanks for listening to "Nightmare of my Dream". When I'm looking for a more ethereal sound, I do think of you....
I don't remember what happens when you pitch shift a Melodica down two octaves, although I'm sure I have tried it. If I recall correctly, it ends up sounding like mud.
Jeez, now I'll have to record some Melodica and find out.
Thanx for the great comment on "Sanguma". I actually pitch shifted the Melodica down an octave. It really mellows it out I find.
Thanks for the nice comment on my "Dance With You" skirmish song. I apologize for the double ouch, but that was where the song wanted to go, and who am I to say, "Nay?"
Wow Barbara your comment has me In tears, I'm so delighted you got it and it meant something to you. You have galvanized me to write every minute I can grab in every day .. --and I downloaded GarageBand on my iPhone last night.. yayyyyy...
Thank you so much for all the support.