bethdesombre 14


Wellesley USA   Jan 2012  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Dave Carter, Richard Shindell, Antje Duvekot, Peter Mulvey

This is my sixth FAWM. Not prepared -- no notes of song ideas, no idea how I'm going to carve out the time (and I've been feeling a little bleak since early November) . . . but it's February, so it's time to write 14 songs. Can't imagine a February anymore without FAWM.

Also, for me it's about the songwriting and not about the production, so all my song posts are one-take iPhone recordings. Isn't it a miracle that we carry little recording studios in our pockets in this day and age? Meanwhile, my 3rd for-real album, I Was Here, came out this past fall -- 8 of the songs on it were written during recent FAWMs.

I write folk-ish songs. Sing Out! Magazine described my songs as โ€œsmart and uplifting . . . focusing on the quiet meaning to be found in ordinary life,โ€ which I think describes my music just fine. I have three CDs. I'm happy for any kind of feedback -- I actually love criticism when the song is new enough that I'm not attached to it.

February: bring it!


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  • @wacha Mar 28

    Thank you very much for the comments on my songs. I really appreciate the suggestion on "Land of the Free". I tend to keep my songs super simple just to get them during FAWM but will polish the chords and lyrics after the month is over. I will definitely keep you suggestion in mind when I work on the song some more.

  • @reggiestyte Mar 7

    Thanks for popping some coins in my jukebox & for all the thoughtful comments. It's reassuring that not all words are lost. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @kovbleu  Mar 2

    Thank you so much for your kind words on "Faceless Games." I really appreciate your comments. You're a folk goddess on FAWM, so coming from you it meant a lot! I look forward to catching up on more of your tunes this week! I always love your music. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @kimbeggs  Mar 2

    Yah Beth congrats!

  • @jyllian Mar 1

    Haha - I had it stuck in my head today too! I sang it through my four mile run. So I guess I'll have to share it at open mic. Congrats on success. Looking forward to hearing your songs again at some after gathering.

  • @driftwood1  Mar 1

    Thank you for all your great comments. Congratulations on another great year!

  • @barbara  Mar 1

    Hi Beth, I'm helping Pearse get his songs posted lately and just wanted to tell you the demo is now up for "Of Salt And Wine" if you would like to hear it at some point. (You won't be sorry..., it's gorgeous.) Congratulations on your 14!

    [Sorry for the confusion; I first posted this comment while I was still logged into Pearse's account, and that made no sense at all!]

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  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 28

    Aw, thanks so much! I always look forward to hearing what you've got to say, both musically and critically, during February. And you're top of the list for my March listening!

    As luck would have it, there *is* one more song on my page, since I couldn't help squeezing in one more before the month ends. Looking forward to hearing more of what you've been doing!

  • @pcob1993  Feb 28

    Thank you sooo much Beth, I really appreciate your kind words. I'm in a jam taking care of my Mum the last few months so I just could't get any time to sit with a guitar and a pad..... But I'll be in touch with you again very soon.....
    See you

  • @sunnymae  Feb 28

    Finally getting around to some serious listening. Glad I've heard a few more of yours today ๐Ÿ˜ฎ) Great work Beth!

  • @downfallroad  Feb 28

    Congratulations on making it to 14 songs and thanks for listening!

  • @sunnymae  Feb 28

    Congrats on your 14 Tunes Beth. I'm looking forward to catching up on a lot of listening over the next few days. I'm looking forward to hearing more of yoursโ™กโ™ก

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 27

    Ha! Yes. Let me know if you need a bridge...:-)

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 27

    Thanks Beth! I hate to go out on a goofy note, but I got the heavy ones out early I guess...Maybe I'll crank out one more just to see if I can, or...get started on all that listening ๐Ÿ˜€.

  • @wistah  Feb 27

    Hey thanks! That was the line I most hated! It cost me an hour of my life before I said screw it... I can't tell you how many different lines I tried there before I gave up... Hopefully inspiration will come before I try to record this for realz.

  • @wistah  Feb 26

    Hey thanks for listening Beth... I've been absent for pretty much all of FAWM and just not working my way back into it. Thanks so much for the feedback and support ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @mikedelaney Feb 26

    Hi Beth. Thank you for noticing I finally posted some lyrics. It's been real busy at work and very difficult to get time, quiet and energy, to do some recording. But I hope to make some progress as time allows.

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 24

    Oh, good ๐Ÿ˜€. And if I sounded pedantic, let me just repeat what we used to say in college: "Oh, come on. I would never be condescending to a person like *you*."

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 24

    Thanks! Despite my kids' getting on me for explaining far too much about every classic rock song coming on the radio at dinner last night, I will go ahead and detail that Hank Mobley, jazz tenor saxophonist from the 1950s-1970s, appeared on early Art Blakey and Horace Silver records before making a bunch of his own and playing with lots of other people, including a very short stint with Miles Davis around 1961. He was famously (for jazz) once described as "The Middleweight Champion of the Tenor Saxophone" - not as intense as John Coltrane, not as breathy and romantic as Stan Getz. But thoroughly badass nonetheless.

    Whew. End of liner note recitation. I have a lot of listening to catch up to on your page!!

  • @hoppiern  Feb 22

    Thanks for your kind comments on my song. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @kathym  Feb 20

    ๐Ÿ˜€ hanging in the loteria sky - that must make us celestial sisters!

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 20

    Thanks for listening to "Gloria", I am glad you saw it for what it was.

  • @rickamorphis  Feb 15

    Beth, thank you so much for the supportive words on my song page and the forum! It can get a little lonely mixing politics and music around here, and I can understand people needing a break from it. But I'm certainly glad to have a point of view like yours here because sadly, these are not normal times. I'll be back to listen when I have some time tonight but in the meantime thanks again, it means a lot coming from you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @yam655  Feb 15

    Congratulations on hitting Century Club! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 15

    Man, you've been busy! I've got a lot of catching up to do ๐Ÿ˜€. Glad you liked the Bach piece; I never learned to play piano or I would have played it too! It's sitting on the upright next to my daughter's piano books and I take a crack at the first few measures every week or two ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @colgoo  Feb 14

    Thanks for your comment on "Forgotten Women". Actually, some of the first Africans that arrived in Virginia sued for their freedom and won...there were laws that you couldn't enslave Christians. Many of the slaves converted to Christianity only to have the laws undone within a few years. But, I do get your point. Laws and constitutional amendments around gender and race designed to provide equality and freedom have been manipulated over and over through the years to deny freedoms they were supposed to protect (ex.- 13th Amendment).

    Thanks for listening to my songs!!!

  • @colgoo  Feb 13

    Thanks for that comment on "Take That Chance". Yes! You totally got the message I was making about writing. One of my favorite quotes that I have had as my mantra for 25 years is:

    "Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did."

    And it is a hard thing to do: to write something and then put it out in the world, knowing that others may judge it unworthy. But that bravery of vulnerability, of writing things out in pen, or letting your voice be heard is especially important in a climate of fear. Even if no one else appreciates it, it helps you to grow.

  • @toddchappelle  Feb 13

    Oh my god @bethdesombre I DIDN'T post the right link! I posted the same link from the song I posted earlier today! Thanks so much for pointing that out.

  • @colgoo  Feb 10

    Thanks for listening to my songs! I am thrilled you liked "Spider Woman". It's one of my favorite new songs to play.

  • @pcob1993  Feb 9

    Thank you so much Beth, I feel very honored to hear from you. You're on my listening list for tonight after work .... ciao

  • @dudachris Feb 6

    Thanks for the comment. After a slow start I'm on the board twice in the last few hours. The second one is very political like yours so hopefully it strikes a chord ๐Ÿ˜

  • @sailingtowardsthesun Feb 2

    Thanks for your comment on "Driving". ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @katherinerondeau  Feb 1

    Hi Beth! Thanks so much for your feedback on my song -- I feel like people really want to sing right now, and a lot of the sing-a-longs I've been hearing folks do are impossible to sing along to (too wordy or fast) so I went with a very simple style. And yes, we definitely did have Erik Balkey working for us this year!!!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 31

    Hiya Beth! I'm with you on the bio, no prep, not mentally here yet, but I think it will work. I think. Yes, yes it will. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 30

    Always glad to have a chance to hear your music! Looking forward to it!

  • @kovbleu  Jan 29

    Hello! I hope you're back this year! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @wistah  Jan 28

    Hi @bethdesombre ! Welcome back!