berni1954 18


08800 Vilanova i la Geltrú Spain   Jan 2018  

Artist Bio

Been writing songs since I was fifteen.... Some 49 years ago.

Songs (18)

#1 Old Man Walking an Old Dog 19
Feb 2018
#2 Into Exile 8
Feb 2018
#3 One Look in her Eyes 11
Feb 2018
#4 You Know Where to Find Me 6
Feb 2018
#5 My Way or the Highway 10
Feb 2018
#6 Strolling Along the Prom 6
Feb 2018
#7 I'm a Songwriter 14
Feb 15
#8 Seven Theories 9
Feb 16
#9 A Gust of Wind @pabrizzer 6
Feb 18
#10 You Deserve an Oscar 6
Feb 18
#11 The Nobility of Pain 8
Feb 19
#12 Born Dead @kraftec 4
Feb 21
#13 The Climb @wistah  11
Feb 22
#14 Follow My Footsteps @sheilerk  17
Feb 25
#15 The Puppeteer 13
Feb 25
#16 No one Expects the Spanish Inquisition 14
Feb 25
#17 Earth Mother @sheilerk  18
Feb 25
#18 Love in the Twilight Years @monty  5
Feb 26


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  • @jcooper  Apr 20

    Thanks berni.

  • @tunecat  Apr 8

    Aw.. I followed your link to Facade by Edith Sitwell: and didn't come up, but I have actually heard it/seen it at some point, and its a really useful thing to be reminded about. Thanks..

  • @jcooper  Mar 5

    No rush at all Berni

  • @jcooper  Mar 1

    Hi berni. Thanks for the comments on nothing stays the same. I would LOVE you to try some vocals. Have a listen to wicked game by C I. My email is

  • @kahlo2013  Mar 1

    Cool and thank you!

  • @cynthiawolff  Mar 1

    One of my new faves this year.
    You are one heck of a amazing songwriter.
    You have an easy relaxed way of performing too

  • @quork  Mar 1

    Thanks for the link. I'll check it out. Yes, I love the approach of a historical moment through the eyes of an average person. My 9 year old wants me to write a song about the five men who were left behind when Franklin's ships reprovisioned in Greenland...the only five who survived. It'll take some research and thinking about approach, but I think it would make a great song. I look forward to hearing more of your stuff once this month is over.

  • @harmonicdirt  Feb 28

    Music is up for the song you were curious about!

  • @loveonamixtape  Feb 28

    Thanks again for your kind words on La Douleur Exquise! Though I hope the main takeaway is less about the "pretty one" and more about the state of mind of the narrator and the men themselves, as you observe in the first part of your comment (at least, that was my intention.) The pretty one in my case, at least, was a brilliant and amazing human being who couldn't help how gorgeous she was. Sometimes, even us women can wryly observe something, or feel insecure, without it being a competition. 😉

  • @sheilerk  Feb 27

    I posted the demo for Follow My Footsteps. 😀 If you send the music file for Earth Mother I should be able to record that one later today. 😀

  • @barrygoldman  Feb 27

    Crazy stuff for sure. I don't hear about any of that stuff, with Catalonia all I heard was stuff putting the movement down, I figured it was like the Quebec nonsense or something. Spain interests me, Queen Isabella is one the most fascinating historical figures I think, but I know nothing of how it is now. You just don't hear much on this side of the world.

  • @johncrossman  Feb 27

    Hiya @berni1954, congrats on a first year fawm win!

    I demoed a tune you commented on if you're interested in coming back.
    Have a great final couple days!

  • @tuneslayer2018  Feb 26

    Thank you so much for commenting on "Jones For The Highway"! I have a country-rock feel in mind for it. Something that will make you feel like getting in your car and just driving.

    The word "jones" is American street slang. It means an attraction bordering on addiction. Something that gets a hold on you and you can't let it go.

  • @monty  Feb 26

    One of my local musician friends is working on tweaking my lyric for A Better Place but if that doesn't pan out I'll let you know.

  • @harmonicdirt  Feb 26

    Music is coming to my lyrics very soon! Thank you for being encouraging.

  • @wacha  Feb 26

    Thank you for your kind words on "New Kid".

  • @kevinmason  Feb 26

    I like the song even better knowing it's based off of a real puppeteer! "Inanimate anthropomorphic representation manipulator" is a great phrase.

  • @tunecat  Feb 25

    Thanks for your comment on my round up song.. That Edith Sitwell reference is really useful. I did read a lot of her stuff in the past: and Ill dig out the anthology now.

  • @sheilerk  Feb 25

    My email is I'll look forward to hearing it!

  • @majordanby  Feb 25

    I agree, Harrison was always my favourite Beatle. I also love Blue Red and Grey by the Who, another great ukulele song.

    I have just started catching up and will listen and comment on other songs of yours. I did listen to Into Exile but didn’t know how to fully express myself; great story telling. I’ll need a few more listens.

  • @haim  Feb 25

    Hi! My parents are... means I am... Are you from there?

  • @rustyp  Feb 25

    Hey Berni,
    Thanks for your complements on my song "Sidelines." 😀 It was fun to write and produce.
    Now I see some little things I'll fix, but I'm certainly keeping the couplet you admired. 😀

  • @sheilerk  Feb 25

    Hi Berni! Nice to meet you! I would purely love if you would put your music behind Follow My Footsteps. Thank you! No hurry. In the meantime I'm going to be enjoying listening to more of your songs on your board here. The only thing that I ask is that I get an instrumental file, as well as one with vocals if you sing it, sent to my email address.

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 25

    Skirmishes are pretty fun for sure..
    Wish I knew how to get such an awesome sound out of a uke..
    I record straight into my iPad and can’t do much with the sound

  • @marijequerida Feb 24

    Thanks a lot for your interesting comment on Potato famine! I listened to the track you listed and it sounds great! I feel like you really capture the essence of emigrating and I like how you covered the same topic.

  • @gemhughs Feb 24

    Thanks for your comments on (Digging Up Dirt),,, Thank goodness Windows Movie Maker still works for me... It makes making simple YouTube videos easy... so what video editor were you forced into using?...

  • @monty  Feb 24

    Thanks for the feedback on Potato Famine. I enjoyed your song about the Highland Clearances. I was joking about phrenology in my earlier comment 😀

  • @srcoops Feb 24

    Your comments on New Kid were familiar. I am sorry you have this memory. I, too, had a bad experience. I came out on top,though. I got the best girl. A song is scheduled to come out this weekend.

  • @pabrizzer Feb 23

    Skirmish? Surely you didn't fall asleep.....

  • @mom23gals  Feb 23

    Just wanted to stop by and thank you for your comments on my songs, especially The Weapon Was Words. It's reassuring (though sad) to know that so many others have, and are, experiencing the fallout from our current political and social polarization. Writing songs and sharing music helps bridge the divide sometimes!

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 23

    Thank you so much for the comment on my collab track with Colleen! Glad you liked it!

  • @ohkshea Feb 23

    Thank you for listening and for your insightful comments! You definitely pinpointed the lack of self awareness of the subject of "Safety Net." I got a kick out of that, glad it showed through. Looking forward to checking out your songs as well!!

  • @yarimurray  Feb 23

    Thank you for listening and commenting on Crucial Conversations. My hope is that music can somehow bridge the current polarization and we can find common ground. I'm enjoying listening to your songs very much, especially the ukulele stuff.

  • @dani312 Feb 23

    First I’ll be in Sydney for a year, then Melbourne after that. I will def check that out! Thanks for the rec. I’ve got a few fiddling friends in Melbourne so I’m looking forward to playing some great music over there!

  • @dani312 Feb 23

    I haven’t been to one of Natalie’s fiddle camps but its something I definitely want to do in the future when my kids are a bit older. I’ll bet it really is an amazing experience...

  • @monty  Feb 23

    Thank you so much for your interesting comments on Downstreaming. If. You wanna take a stab at a lyric and melody, let me know.

  • @markg  Feb 23

    Nice to hear your insights on your song The Climb. Of course in all songs we want to leave room for the listener's imagination and experience to to paint a picture and fill in the spaces. (Except those interminable folk story/songs that go on forever!) And the description of the characters you used in your note to me parallel the way I imagined their relationship.
    Your songs are very thoughtful and richly textured and this one is certainly such. Would you indulge me to share a few of my reactions? I love to go with the "show don't tell" axiom of writing, so I try to sprinkle in a few details like "what's in his pocket?" or "what kind of sandwich is that." For me, it makes a song grounded in the world and paints an image in a few words. Not everyone writes this way, I know. So when I commented that I wondered what was the compelling attraction between these two, I guess I would have been happy to find a line like "she needs me to dry her tears" or "she likes the way I paint." Because, frankly, I'm an older man and, as much as I may hope, much younger women aren't particularly attracted to me. I'd like to know your male character's secret. Thanks for the conversation!

  • @hazzard Feb 20

    thank you so much for your comments! i've got to listen to more of your songs, i think i have lots i could learn from you! your encouragement on my songs is giving me just what i need today to soldier on through a slump! thanks!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 19

    Thank youm yes everything written this month of course. I guess its easier when I stick to acoustics and onetakes than if I would do big productions like sone are.

  • @wistah  Feb 19

    sounds like a plan. If you click the little mail icon under my name on my page, you can send me a private email.

  • @wistah  Feb 19

    Hi @berni1954 , please feel free to try some lyrics out on "Shining Redux", but don't release out into the world outside of FAWM without discussing with me first, as I will likely try to include some version or another of this song on the album I release this summer. Also, please take a listen to my original version of that song, including lyrics. Happy FAWMing!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 19

    WOW that comment is awesome (On behind silent doors) THANK you Edit Piaf is one of my absolute favourites.

  • @frey Feb 18

    Thanks for suggesting the seasons of the ukelele thing, I just registered!

  • @srcoops Feb 17

    Thanks for yor kind words regarding New Kid.. High school was not a favorite time for me. I came out on top, though, I got the best girl.,

  • @keithcuts Feb 17

    Hi Berni thanks for the seasons of ukulele tip. I’ll take a look

  • @berni1954  Feb 16

    Thanks for checking out my song "Into Exile".
    I have been away for a few days and I see you have been a busy lad. I must check out some of your new stuff too.

  • @jenniferlevenhagen  Feb 16

    Also... Not to argue about when the uke's heyday is/was....but.... Have you heard of Jake Shimabukuro?

  • @jenniferlevenhagen  Feb 16

    Thanks so much for your comment on the chariot skirmish song. I appreciate that you took the time to listen and give me feedback. Looking forward to hearing your songs too!

  • @sbs2018 Feb 15

    Thank you for the appreciation of “Heart Ache and Palm Fever.”

  • @thefuneralcrasher  Feb 15

    Thanks, Berni...I checked out your video...put a big smile on my face! You make some very good and totally valid points too. And make it fun. A great way to encourage thought and conversation over it all. Ta! Ps Perhaps it is...

  • @williamhaight Feb 2018

    Thanks for the kind words on Mike Pence. Woody would be good to emulate.

  • @pabrizzer Feb 2018

    Just read your post about your tooth. They can be horrid.
    Travel safe!

  • @pabrizzer Feb 2018

    Are you going to have a go at a Skirmish?
    One starts in 4 and a half hours.
    A song theme is given and you have an hour to post a song.

  • @jyllian Feb 2018

    Thank you for your comment on my song - I have now gotten around to typing up lyrics. Feel free to revisit Me.

  • @pabrizzer Feb 2018

    Thanks for the visit to Is This What You Came For? Agree with your comment. You see part of me WANTS there to be an accounting.
    I want there to be a hell. The fact that I'd most likely end up there dampens my entusiasm for the concept though. Cheers Berni.

  • @pabrizzer Feb 2018

    A Gust of Wind - happy for you to have a go at some lyrics for this one Berni. No need to stick with the title idea.

  • @pabrizzer Feb 2018

    Sail Your Sturdy Vessel - thanks for the listen Berni!
    13 years of school is a pretty daunting voyage.

  • @pabrizzer Feb 2018

    Sittin' by the Harbour - cheers Berni.
    That noise was some cicadas in the tree above me. When there are many of them the noise can be deafening.
    Not a rework as far as I know...but just basically a 12 bar blues variation.

  • @pabrizzer Feb 2018

    Sittin' by the Harbour - cheers Berni.
    That hoise was some cicadas in the tree above me. When there are many of them the noise can be deafening.
    Not a rework as far as I know...

  • @pabrizzer Feb 2018

    Cheers Berni (The Way it Goes).
    Thanks for the heads up on this place.
    Will try and get 14 done...

  • @tinattd  Feb 2018

    Thanks for your comment on my song These four strings! You're right, the "play it on the daily" line is awkward - was trying to fit a verb on the stressed note. I like your amendment - will change it if I re-record.

  • @izaakalexander Feb 2018

    ' ... no matter how good your Spanish gets, they will still say: "That song still doesn't sound very Spanish" ' Ha! I believe it! Trying to learn the language has opened my mind to all sorts of deep cultural differences I had no knowledge of. The diversity is beautiful and fascinating. How is your catalan language after 30 some years?? I'm endlessly frustrated by it because in dinner conversations my friends will drift into speaking catalan and my wife will answer their questions in castillano and I will completely lose track of the conversation. 😀 It requires such flexibility! Thanks for the language tips... I have some more songs in the works and I fear they will have even more grammatical errors. 😀 I'll be grateful for any edits you can spot for me in the near future!

  • @kraftec Feb 2018

    Hey, thanks for the collab offer on my song Born Dead, but I already have a collaborater. I'd stil love to hear your version though. There is a chance my other collaborater might pull out though, I'll let you know. If you want me to mix your vocals with the track and send it to you so you can post it as your own (giving me some credit of course 😀 ) , I can do that.

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 2018

    Thanks a lot for the nice comments on my tracks! Wow that's some nice comparisons right there!

  • @asladders Feb 2018

    RE: Multi-track overdub . Thanks! I'll look into that portable gear (Boss BR-80). I like the simplicity as you described it, and an added drum-machine would be a nice feature for tracking. The vocal effect is really cool! Rock n' roll to my ears.

  • @williamhaight Feb 2018

    Thanks for the kind words on Mike Pence.

  • @wacha  Feb 2018

    Thank you for your feedback on "Adrift", glad you liked it.

  • @jessicagraae  Feb 2018

    Thanks for your comments on I can't get to you. I appreciate them!

  • @asladders Feb 2018

    Checked out Michael Chapman and I certainly hear the similarities in reference to my tune, Careless Wave. I gotta say he's certainly keen with his approach to playing and style. It's deliberate and unique. Reminds me of Neil Diamond a little bit. I used an open tuning by the way, drop D on my song. Do you double track vocals? Is that tracking one octave above or below when you record?

  • @aprilm  Feb 2018

    That is very interesting! I have some very vague superficial knowledge of Catalonia (just part of my general accumulated knowledge from reading etc), so my apologies to any offence 😉 And how does an Irishman find himself in Catalonia (aka NOT Spain)?

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 2018

    Thanks for commenting on Mary Celest. very appreciated.

  • @aprilm  Feb 2018

    Thanks for checking out Temporary. Cool idea on the lyric at the end. I may consider making that change, if the mood strikes!

  • @aprilm  Feb 2018

    Yes, I have actually written 9, but one is a "double posting". You write as many as you feel inspired to write. 😀 There are really no rules. And if there were, I would likely break them anyway lol

  • @aprilm  Feb 2018

    Sorry for multiple messages - I added the lyrics that were written by @kahlo2013

  • @aprilm  Feb 2018

    My, oh my, dear Spanish gentleman, so pleased I've got you in my spell. That's a helluva compliment

    There are lyrics but I didn't totally stick to them - yes, singing the blues means not always following the lyrics lol

  • @soulbird Feb 2018

    hi, no just i like the idea of more slide but i'd need someone who can play....

  • @soulbird Feb 2018

    thank you for comments on my song - and of course i'd be delighted to have you play guitar on it! it was ging to be mandolin, but I hadn't tuned the guitar

  • @eli666 Feb 2018

    Thank you very much Berni1954!!

  • @moonshadow Feb 2018

    Thanks for your comment on my Song,
    Have a good Fawm!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 2018

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on Blacksheep. Very appreciated.

  • @alonetogether  Feb 2018

    thank you for the comment it means a lot to me
    i hope you have a great fawm

  • @benjo  Feb 2018

    thank you so much for those kind words on my lyric they broke the mould it means a lot to me

  • @scottlake  Feb 2018

    Thank you for your helpful review. I like your ideas and will probably circle back around to my song and follow your advice.

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 2018

    Thank you for your kind comment on Blacksheep. Yes teenagers can be tough 😀 I am full of fear when my little one trn into it.