Influences: all y'all
hi! i run FAWM (mostly). i'm a science nerd and pop music junkie who grew up in the bluegrass, went to school in the tundra, and now i work in steeltown. i've been in bands in all of those places. for the 9-to-5 thing, I direct the research group at duolingo (https://www.duolingo.com).
for 2018, i'm using the following frameworks/constraints to help me ease back into FAWM (even though i maintain the website, i haven't properly "fawmed" since 2015, and haven't hit the 14-song goal since 2010!)...
1) i'm going to try and write a song for each of the "12 spiritual disciplines" (http://amzn.to/2aQ3d3w). if successful, then i'll already have the topic for all but 2 of my FAWM songs covered! 😀
2) i started collecting guitar pedals 3-4 years ago, including designing and building them myself (http://bffx.us). i'll be banning all effects on my regular pedalboard, to force me out of my sonic ruts and put all the other ones to good use!
3) i'll try to simplify the recording process. for songs tagged #daw, i used a computer for multi-tracking, but #zoom means i used a digital 6-track, and #fourtrack means i used a cassette 4-track!
check out my bandmates: @deliciouspastries!
check out my former bandmates: @briansmith, @wynia!
Hi there. As a FAWMer, you're of particular interest to me because you founded this site after all.
I promise I'll listen to your stuff more often on here, either this year or next year.
I have done FAWM since 2009 and I didn't know you were an active FAWMER until now!
I always thought of you as some god on high who started it and scoops in to moderate when things get squirrelly.
( I grew up in Squirrel Hill, BTW, and know how to conjugate yinz)
I am not kidding you.
I had no idea you listened to and commented on songs.
Anyway, because of FAWM, last year I got a song I wrote during a skirmish accepted in the Philadelphia Real Book for jazz composers.
I will be back for serious listening when my guests leave in a few days.
Thank you for all you do!
Oh...and I do Duolingo en français
Just an FYI...We're having a local FAWM showcase in Appleton, WI, USA!
The forum about it is here: http://fawm.org/forums/topic/8276/
The Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/16120... (I hope it's ok I used the FAWM logo?.....I should have asked about that first....)
The most tapes ever too with 19. Last year was our first 4-track 'win'. This year we have them going to/from USA, UK, Netherlands, Finland, and Japan. Japan to UK to US was the farthest, but we had at least three I think that crossed the Atlantic US/UK or UK/US. That's dedication and is pretty cool. Of course 'cool' is what FAWM is, in my 8th year opinion! Please join us again next year - your contributions were outstanding. 😀
Those.... Were.... Awesome! Thanks for being a part of it. You really made some stand out additions! Two great songs. 😀
Thanks so much for commenting on my song "Let Me Out" - I really appreciate you taking time to listen and for your kind words. Thanks for providing such an awesome place for songwriters and musicians to come together!
I was going to improve my track, but haven't. It's pretty good and I just didn't get to it. I brought it to work with me to send today. Should be a couple of days.
Hey there. I've just sent some ideas re creating harmonies from guitar parts. I've come to your page from that. But firstly thanks for setting up FAWM - its been incredibly powerful for me and really helped me develop, come out of my closet, get confidence, and feel connected.
On another note, if you ever want guinea pigs for Duolingua that's my other field - I'm v interested in adult language learning.
I finally got around to Duolingoing. I finished the Spanish course. It was fun. Adios!
Hi Burr. Thanks for comments on Body and Ghost. A comment from you feels somehow special, you know, the Boss of FAWM likes MY song! 😀
Hi, thanks for checking out Can't Help Yourself. Glad you liked it. I hadn't made the connection between the percussive guitar sound and Genesis, but yeah, it kinda does. Cool. 😀
Hey! I'm going to work on tape 12 tonight. I do think that I will do drums on it and hopefully send it out tomorrow. It's sounding cool so far.
Got it and dropped it off at The Post yesterday. I'm hoping to have more success than I did getting #7 to Elesimo 😞
Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. Much appreciated.
Hi Burr, thanks for stopping by. The basement flood took out a few $29 Ikea rugs, some basement junk, nothing too dear. All studio gear survived except a subwoofer I got used off craigslist years ago, it was actually in the water on the floor. Could have been far, far worse!
Hey guy - can I get an address from you?
Glad you liked our violent song 😁 Thanks for the comment ! Merci pour la visite !
Thank you very much for the nice comments on my collab with Colleen! Glad you liked the track, and that my production ideas translated well. Got a great vibe off of her ideas.
Hey Burr thanks for the thoughtful comment on 'Stay' - I've always preferred to jam stuff out but it can be hard to get that 'feel' on your own so really appreciate that comment! I see that you run this town so can I just say THANKS! I am new here and have just been blown away by the crazy talent and creativity and positivity here, it's really great.
Thanks for the comment on "Winter River!" Lemme know if you ever need a volunteer backend dev for FAWM - happy to pass on my credentials out of band.
Thanks so much for the comment on Comfortable Disconnect. And thank you for creating this incredible space for experimentation!
Cheers for your comments Burr. I assumed let it be could be used, and even though i am a rather large Beatles fan, i thought i'd better stick to occasionally borrowing their music rather than their actual titles 😉
Thank you so much for making FAWM a reality! This is my 3rd year and February has become an incredibly productive month for me.
#15 here we come! 😀
Hello again, Burr. I added the Sunbabe song from Delicious Pastries to the FAWM Spotify playlist I'm doing. Have a great month!
Glad to see you back, Burr, thank you so much for keeping this thing running all these many years. Looking forward to whatever you cook up!
came here to thank you for doing/making TWO of the most amazing web-things in my life. hope you have a great FAWM, Mr. Settles! thanks, obrigada, gracias, gràcies, merci, tack!
Welcome back, and thank you!
Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018! Can't imagine it will be anything short of awesome! Thanks so much for all you do to make this happen every February! Much gratitude!
Annual e-handshake for you sir
Don't call it a comeback, he was never gone! Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your pared-down 2018 plans, O Captain My Captain! Humble suggestion, in your Influences, change "youze" to "yinz?" 😁