cleanshoes 15


Ohio USA   6 weeks

Artist Bio

Influences:   Far too many to name, but some artists I admire from a songwriting perspective are Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine, Tori Amos, Patty Griffin, Fiona Apple, Neko Case, Bob Dylan, Ani DiFranco, Sufjan Stevens, Alela Diane, Hozier, Kate Bush, John Prine, My Brightest Diamond, Lisa Hannigan, Jesca Hoop, J. Tillman/Father John Misty, Joanna Newsom, Damien Rice, Laura Marling, Jason Isbell, Joe Purdy, Anais Mitchell, The Decemberists, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst, Laura Veirs, Roger Miller, Arcade Fire, Milk Carton Kids, and Kathleen Edwards.

UPDATE (March 11): Starting to slow down with listening but will absolutely get around to all of you who have so kindly left comments post-FAWM!

2018 has been a rough year for me so far, and my last minute decision to participate in FAWM was literally the best thing I could have done. Thank you, thank you everyone, from the bottom of my heart.

Please look for me during 50/90! I may not aim for all fifty, but I'm hoping to use that time to experiment and collaborate more.

Speaking of collaboration, I did one post-FAWM collab with lyrics by @crisp1! Listen to it on my Soundcloud:

Best wishes to all and don't hesitate to stay in touch!


I mainly play slow, sad folk songs. Make 'em cry, that's what I always say.

I started writing songs in high school, and did the local coffee house open mic circuit for awhile as well as lent vocals to a couple different projects for friends. After college, I didn't have as much time or opportunity to devote to music, and as a perennial self-critic and procrastinator, I let it fall by the wayside. One of my goals when I turned thirty was to finally finish some songs and record an album, so here I am.

This is my first year participating and I'm not sure how everything works yet, but I'm not looking for a whole lot of critique--I'm mainly here because historically, I've been a great song starter and a terrible song finisher, and I just want to see if I can do it.


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  • @danvaillancourt  5 days

    Congrats on finishing your first FAWM! 😉

  • @crisp1  2 weeks

    Winter is yours. You just have to email it to me when you're done! 😀 No rush!

  • @audrey  2 weeks

    Thank you for stopping by to listen, and thank you for all your kind words on my songs. I truly appreciate it.

  • @adforperu  2 weeks

    And to you! @degausser told me I had to listen 😀 I'll be listening to the rest in the next few weeks I reckon!

  • @kovbleu  2 weeks

    Look at all these songs you FINISHED!! I can't wait to hear them. Your duet was divine. 😀

  • @pcob1993  3 weeks

    Goodness, thank you. Your bio sounds exactly like me.. I used to write songs longer than the bible, including, but not limited to, imaginary ex-galactic planets. When someone kindly pointed out that she didn't know what the songs were about I realised with a shock that I didn't have much idea either. So lately I've been trying to strip it all back to direct true feelings, feet firmly on our wonderful Mother Earth. I'll be commenting a lot all March so I'll defo get back to you.
    Thank you again. Pearse

  • @wistah  3 weeks

    More to the point, I hope you keep it going music-wise post FAWM. You've got the songs and the talent. As long as you are having fun. I too gave up music for a while, which turned into an almost 15 year hiatus. I regret it.

  • @wistah  3 weeks

    Perfect, thank you. I've already followed you on Soundcloud, so I'll look for your music there. Hope you had / are having a wonderful FAWM, it's my favorite time of the year. I love all of the inspiration and networking with other songwriters / musicians. If you ever find yourself in central MA, look me up, I'll help you get a feature somewhere.

  • @s7even 3 weeks

    Sounds good! Thank you again.

  • @wistah  3 weeks

    You songs and your voice are amazing. I'd love to collaborate sometime, but work travel is going to limit my FAWMing for the rest of this February. Seriously though, you'll have to let me know where I can listen to your music outside of FAWM. And consider me on the list for a pre-order of that album... Got a website, or social media, etc.?

  • @s7even 3 weeks

    Seriously, I couldn’t be happier with the way “ when the new runs out” came out. Are you at all interested in doing another? I just got don’t with “when forever turns into goodbye”. Seems like it might be a good fit. If not that’s ok too. Figured I’d ask anyway. Thanks again!!!

  • @s7even 3 weeks

    Will you marry me?

  • @s7even 3 weeks

    Just got your email. Sorry bout that. Go ahead and post it. I totally trust you.

  • @wistah  4 weeks

    You are most welcome. Happy FAWMing 😀

  • @s7even 4 weeks

    Yes!!!! Super excited. You might have to mess around with the gray sweatshirt line to make it from a woman’s perspective. Do what you feel is right. Thank you so much.

  • @wistah  4 weeks

    Wow, welcome to FAWM. Watchlist added. I can't wait to hear more!

  • @ayehahmur  4 weeks

    Thanks so much for taking the time to listen and comment.

  • @dani312 4 weeks

    Thanks so much for your comment on Wakeful Night!

  • @scubed  4 weeks

    Thanks so much for your generous comment on my skirmish song!

  • @johncrossman  4 weeks

    Thanks for the thoughtful comments on my non-skirmish skirmish. 😀

  • @degausser  4 weeks

    Also, two more things... I love your list of influences. So many artists on there that I’ve been obsessed with over the years!

    And.... Would you be up for a Collab? 😀

  • @degausser  5 weeks

    Thankyou so much for listening to my music. I feel incredibly honoured!

  • @s7even 5 weeks

    Awesome. thank you!

  • @s7even 5 weeks

    I love your music! I would LOVE for you to put music and vocals to one of my songs. I’m very flexible on the structure of them. Let me know if you’re interested. Be blessed.

  • @haim  5 weeks

    Hi clean shoes.. thank you for the comment on my song "River". Seems like you have good progress on your songs this year, have fun from the rest of your songs.

  • @musicsongwriter 5 weeks

    Thank you for your kind comment. I'll be back soon.

  • @johncrossman  5 weeks

    Howdy, I'm back listening to Winter Rivers now that I put up a rough demo of my thing. Check it out if you have a chance, I'd be interested in your opinion based on some of the excellent songs you're posting in a folky vein. It's here:

    Fawm on, you're doing great! And thanks for all the very awfully kind comments!!

  • @aprilm  5 weeks

    Thanks for checking out Winter River! I will get music up as soon as I am able!

  • @djevans53 5 weeks

    Thanks CleanShoes. Your genre is mainly mine also. I love the folky country story songs. Hope you finally do your album, you have a nice voice. I've recorded a few professionally, but it is my dream to finally do an album also. I didn't get started until about six years ago songwriting, but I've written about 270 songs so far. I've a little weaker on the music composition, better on the lyrics, so trying to catch up and learn more of what I need musically.

  • @colgoo  5 weeks

    Wow! It seems that this new crop of FAWMers come from super awesome musical roots. I love what you have shown us so far. Keep writing! Love your voice and guitar skills.

  • @brrrse  5 weeks

    Welcome to FAWM. I hope you've been well welcomed. Welcome home! 😀

  • @andygetch  6 weeks

    Hi and welcome to FAWM, aka, paradise for a song starter not looking for critique (which BTW is also me). The key for me is keeping up the pace, making quick choices, and embracing limitations 😀

  • @brendaberezan 6 weeks

    Thank you so much for your feedback on my songs. I appreciate it.

  • @kovbleu  6 weeks

    Welcome to FAWM!! Glad you decided to be a part of it this year and I hope that it'll be a great vehicle for you to get some great songs on the finishing side of the line! 😀