Influences: The Beatles, The British Invasion, Motown, Soul, 60s psychedelic, anything with a Vox Continental organ, Farfisa, or Rickenbacker guitar, Stone Roses, The Smiths, Bob Dylan, Noel Gallagher,Tom Petty. Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, John Prine, John Hiatt, Iris Dement, Lucinda Williams, Blaze Foley, Pat MacDonald, Casey Chambers, Finn Brothers, Paul Simon The Pretenders Rickie Lee Jones, Cage the Elephant Electric Guest The Black Keys The Eels and many many more...plus all of you guys xxc
2018!!! My third FAWM experience..
This is pretty much where it all began for me...
I come with an openness to what lies ahead and hope that I can kick my inner critic in the backside and tell her to clear off...
My recording process..
Bare Bones baby!!
Recorded on my brand new iPad using the Spire app...now with 8 tracks..woo hoo getting fancy!!
My beloved gear:
Kala tenor uke
1930s? Vintage baritone uke
Kala concert uke
Tahitian 8 string uke
Gibson songwriter acoustic
Bruce Lee Rose Cigarbox bass
1982 Casio PT-1 keyboard
Shakers, scissors, rattles,brushes
banging on the table.
Also taking part in the 4-track challenge..my third year..moving a real cassette along the country and across the pond via snail mail.
Find those analog and amazing four track cassettes recordings here
I just love you all...thank you FAWM!!!
Best damn month of the year...
Have fun y'all ...looking forward to listening as much as I can..xxc
|#2||This is never going to be a SoNg..||
|#3||A Face Only A Mother Could Love @jamkar||
|#4||Desperate Woman Blues||
|#5||Shut up you're driving me crazy!||
|#7||Whisper my Name||
|#8||Hop Aboard my Chariot Baby!||
|#9||Wanna Thrive! (not just survive)||
|#10||Whiskey Valentine @acousticmaddie||
|#12||Who Saved Who||
|#13||Drive! Drive! Drive! (down the Coast Hi-Way)||
|#14||If it wasn't so scary (it would be laughable)||
|#15||Down Low Real Slow||
|#16||Enough (is never enough)||
|#17||In The Silent Nothingness (Extreme Unction)||
|#18||Baby Baby @rustyp||
|#19||San Luis Obisbo||
Just wanted to say I really appreciate your encouraging comments...and I'm so sorry for not reciprocating yet! will catch up after I bang out these last few songs.
Thanks for your comments and encouragement, Cynthia.
Cynthia, you are my favorite commentator, so no problem! I often worry over lyrics after I post them; it's my process! 😀
Thanks for explaining; your perspective is very helpful. Yes, they should have known. People often don't live as smart as they know, myself included. I still want the lyric to have compassion; maybe I need to add more of that somehow. Thank you!
In your comment on Never Saw It Coming, do you mean the premise of the song isn't plausible?
I do think many in high-level sports, especially football, have been ignorant or in denial about the dangers. Thanks for reading and commenting!
EPIC achievement Quintessential Hero!! You are the unsung hero of FAWM and we LOVE YOU. You took the time to write 500 comments (500!!!!!!) and listen to all those songs (how are your ears btw?)! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 500 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Thanks so much for your notes on my tracks. Yeah, you know we don't live so so far away. Not impossible to hang out. I was in SLO this past Xmas.
Thank you Cynthia! 😀
Thank you so much for the comment on the latest track, and I know you're not really a fan of metal either so thanks for taking the time to listen and comment!
You are most kind in your comments about my lyrics. As for me doing anything musical, I gave that up in the 5th grade. My sister, ten years older than I and a music major, took the familly's baritone horn to college to learn brass ( she was a piano player). Time had come for me to start band so she brought the horn home. In class, I could not get a sound out of the horn. The teacher examined the horn and reached down in the bell and pulled out a pair of my sister's pink panties. I hit the door and never went back.
You are one of the most supportive, wonderful people around here... Thanks for all the love. 😀
thanks for your sweet and supportive comment 🙏💓
Hey Cynthia, I just sent you the email I meant to send last Friday! for some reason it didn't go.
It contains the chords. 😀 Let me know if you don't get it and I'll post them here. 😀
It's amazing to get to work with zecoop. Thanks for listening!
hey thanks for your comment on my cheesy little ukulele song! As far as the glockenspiel goes, I don't use many software instruments, but that was just the glockenspiel that comes standard with Garageband! I'm certain that you already have a midi keyboard, but just in case they have a solid one going for cheap right now here: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/keyboa...
Hi Cynthia -- that uke bass is a fairly cheap one, "Hadean" brand (as if from Hades?) sold by Rondo Music. It was cheap, but plays well and sounds good. Very quiet acoustic sound, it really wants to be plugged in, but has a huge sound plugged in. I play it a lot because it's hanging on the wall right next to my desk, and is fun to play.
For that track it was plugged straight into the computer, and I added compression, distortion, and an octave lower note because I was playing on the D string and wanted it lower.
Here's a link:
Thanks for the listen & the kind comments on "Me Too".
Hi Cynthia, thanks so much for your comments on my songs. 😀 I'm having a lot of fun doing them. I wish I had more time to devote. 😀
As far as doing an open mic, well, interest is there, but time and availability is another thing entirely. 😀
I have a pretty flexible day job, but also, I don't drive. I happen to be blind, so my wife would have to drive, and her day job is much more restrictive. So hauling ourselves out there after work on a week night would be pretty difficult.
But, we'll see, maybe a weekend at some point.
I'm in Corona, so it might be possible to play music in real life. 😀 I'm certainly planning on being at the after FAWM gathering.
Thanks for giving my "You deserve an Oscar" a spin and commenting on it. I am humbled by your praise 😀
Thanks so much for your comment on Nothing Can Compare. I’m gonna keep working on it. 😉 I look forward to listening to your songs very soon!
Thank you very much for the comment on "Tattoos & Lollipops". I realize that ones probably not for everyone, but I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment still. I'm kinda proud to have some variety in the material and not just all in "one genre", it depends what instrument I write on and the initial idea for arrangement.
Thanks for the listen to For Helen.
Recorder was added as a second track in GarageBand.
Thanks for listening (and enjoying) "love letter...", Cynthia!
Hi Cynthia, I sent you an email with a demo of the melody I composed for the lyrics you sent me. Would you like me to post it here? 😀
Thanks for the lovely comment on "Better Angels"! I will be back soon to listen to more of your songs. 😀
Thx a lot for comments on "1986" Sure appreciated the first line you wrote 😀
Thanks for giving "A Gust of Wind" a spin.
I live in Catalonia and I can't count the number of people here who say I sound like Ian Anderson. Still, I shouldn't complain, the guy is a true star. 😉
PS I am also a big fan of Brian (Pabrizzer)'s.
Thx a lot for comments on "Windswept Clouds" ! Very kind.
Thank you for your nice comment on Peaceful.
Rob has a pianoragan too. Both of ours are made by Farfisa, but his is from the 50's and mine is from the 60's or 70's. They are noisy, but certainly make a great sound. And mine was mint in someone's basement for $20. I love Craigslist. 😀
WHA…? You are just too cool for school Quadracool Champion!! You took the time to write 400 comments (400!!) and listen to all those songs (ears doin’ ok there?)! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 400 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Hey girl...i had the wrong link on my Addiction song. If you want to listen it is *83715
I have an accordion... but I suuuccccccckkkkkkkkkkk at it. 😁
p.s. Mine is HUGE too. Really heavy and kind of musty, lol. But pretty... I did play it on a song last year and will this year too, I hope.
Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my song "Instead", I really appreciate it!
I'm usually not able to record in one go, I had to make some adjustments on the vocals when I first did it, just going back and fixing some missed timings. I usually have to do 2 or 3 guitar takes. Thanks for asking!
Sorry about that -- hit "enter" while trying to fill out tags and it posted the song. It's done now!
You've got some cool gear would like to have some of that! I tried recording on Ipad very briefly but ended up selling it so went back to PC.
Thank you so much Cynthia, for your kind comments on Pinhole Through the Veil. And may I be the first one to Congratulate you on your Win and Trophy? Looks like it. 😀
And that thing you wrote, that was spot on and correct Finnish.Your rock, Cynthia! 😀
Hey Cynthia! Thanks for listening and taking time to comment 😀 If you want to try vocal zone pastilles.. https://www.amazon.com/Vocalzone-Thro... They absolute open up the old vocal chords! Ah I dunno, sometimes when I listen back I cringe and other times I think 'hey I'm hitting the right note there!' Think it depends on how self-defeatist a mood I am in! Having lots of fun so far though. Hope you are too 😀
thanks! the guitar on "In Search of a Second Chance" is a Blueridge BR-140A, and I just ran the pickup directly into my recording interface, so no mic involved whatsoever... nice and easy! just a little EQ, compression and reverb added in Logic
Hey! Thanks for stopping by. Heck, thanks for finding me! I've been doing this 8 years now and people still stumble across me. Thanks again 😀
No I dont mind I appreciate all of your comments! I'm just using a shure beta type mic into a roland usb preamp, and guitars are straight in also...I try not to put too much effects on anything.
Thanks for your comment on SLOW. T shirt was just happenstance but kinda funny.
Playing baritone ukulele.
Thank you for your comments today they are appreciated!
Music is up!
How nice of you to say such lovely things about My Name is Dad and my sons. Actually, we have three sons and a daughter and they all turned out fine. Our daughter was a music major grad but not a fawmer.
Thanks for your comment on HER NAME CARVED ON MY HEART. I used Celemony's Melodyne to do the harmony vocal on that song.
(writes down idea for TV show... Danish... Detectives...) 😁
Thanks for all of your wonderful comments. I really appreciate that you listen...and listen well.
Winter River IS about ice fishing. But I wrote it with the idea of obscuring that on purpose ... because it seems spookier and more mysterious. You're still welcome to try your hand at a tune.
Thanks for all of your wonderful comments. I really appreciate that you listen.
Thank you for your kind words on "Son Of Wands", there is definitely more I want to do with this one but I was pretty happy with the results of my demo.
Hi there. Thanks for listening! The words are there now.
Sheets of "tat flash" not "flesh" Are you playing with me?
Sure, write away.
Hey Cynthia. My name is Eric. Carley is indeed my daughter. She got me here, too.
Thanks for the thoughtful comments on "It's Time For Him To Go" and " Winter River". Regarding collabs... it's something I'm always open for trying. I had a rough idea for the music on Winter River, but you are more than welcome to take a swing at it.
Thanks for commenting on Make A Wish. I’m not sure about the mix in terms of the guitar effect. The lyrics were initially referred to John Lennon (madmen on the rampage, shooting stars), then the Stones and technology; a little muddled. (Karl).
Thanks so much for your encouragement on my song Cynthia! 😀
My wife did like it, but she wished I went to bed earlier. 😀
Thanks you so much for your comments on my latest too songs, really appreciate them!
Hey. Well, the chord I probably use most distinctively is the dim5 chord. It's a very easy fingering and works really well with a related minor.
Wow, thank you so much for your encouragement on "Lady Jane", I was not super confident in that song. I feel like I nailed the chorus but verses need some work. I plan on doing some research (I LOVE researching things) and putting a few more references in the second and third verses.
This one will definitely has more a full band thing going on when I record it.
Thank you for your kind words on "Start Again" I have some ideas for a more full studio version. I have a friend who play fiddle and I think this song is just calling for him to join me on it.
Thanks for listening and for your comments.
I love the sound you get in your recordings, I'll keep following you
Hi Cynthia, thank you for your kind words. They're much appreciated.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments! Very warming indeed x
Cynthia I am so glad you are not a heavy hitting suit type as you wouldn't have that beautiful soul full of creativity and goodness. Thanks you so much once again. You have made my day again!! x
thank you for your lovely comments on 'pirate blues' - proof yet again that it's always the throwaway comedy ones that really connect with people
thanks for your comments on 'Blue valentine' (or whatever it's called
thank you for your comments on 'better in the rain'
Whatdayawantamedal? Well you’re getting one! You are SUPERB Tripletime Trooper! You took the time to write 300 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 300 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Thanks for listening to “Be Lucky”. I write this whist searching for chords for another song I was working on. As Dan has pointed out to me, this is my standard picking pattern, a default setting. I’m glad you liked. (Karl).
Hey there! Thanks for the nice comments. You are always the most supportive person that I can think of. How'd you get on with that cassette? I hope that my drum track was pretty easy to work with. I tried to make it pretty easy, but that is such a matter of perception....
You crack me up so good woman. Thanks so much for dropping by and listening to my stuff. I love the heck outta you⚘
Glad you enjoyed my Fingertips Challenge song. You asked, "what do people send you links? how does this work?" Not sure what you are asking by the links thing. These are all my compositions and other people doing the challenge simply tag it #fingertips and #10x10. For Fingertips, you just record a bunch of orphan song snippets. For 10x10, you record ten 10-second songs.
Love love your comments on Tenuous #2. I have steadfastly refused to think of myself as a guitar player but this Blueridge tenor is slowly changing my mind.
Thanks for the kind words on "sweet pea"! My wife actually hasn't heard this one yet. Later maybe.
Yay! Thanks Cynthia! 😀
Thanks so much for your lovely comment. We aspire to your greatness 😀
Thanks for your kind comments on my songs, I really needed that today! x the bari chords are actually very easy, I just shifted a 3-2-1 shape around.
Thank you so much for the kind comments on my songs!! You made my day 😄
De nada, senõrita. 😀
Thank you Cynthia for your kind comments on Darkness and Shadows. I'm behind with everything, like commenting and listening. Glad to see you've been busy. Keep on rocking!
Cynthia, thank you. I'm sorry I've been somewhat slow on listening and commenting but will get to the rest of yours soon.
Same here-she's just an old hippie. Thanks for your comments!
Cynthia, i am failed for words to express enough gratitude for your comments. Think i may have damaged my sense of any responsibility by FAWMING all weekend but i love it so much. I gotta try get most done before next week as last two weeks of feb will be almost impossible. Anyway, Thank you again and you are an utter superstar xx
Your comment is so nice, thanks a lot. And yes, you should dust of your melodica!
Cynthia, you are too kind! but thank you. I love you for it! 😉 <3
Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Thanks for the comment on "Minister Of Loneliness" It was very timely. Today was a bit of a struggle and your kind words managed to smooth everything over.
thank you for your big ben comment.. i realise now your comment " the coolest clock in the world..." should be a lyric in it,
thank you soooo much for you comment on my uncomfortable skirmish. really meant a lot, was interested in your experience along those lines. and such kind words on a raw skirmish. thank you x
Cynthia you are the absolute best. Thank you so much for your "black shadow" comments. I really hope i can push on with some more over the weekend before next week kicks in. Big hugs to you x
Thanks for the comment No the sound is added huge reverb
I sent you a FB pm regarding 4-track, if you're interested!
Thank you very much for the compliments!
There's no magic or expensive gear, that's kinda the thing. If you've got a laptop and a 100 euro interface you're good to go. You already have instruments, so then a dynamic mic (maybe you have a sm57 already too?) and it's all you need. I've tracked 2 songs on here with the 57 for vocals to move fast when writing, sounds great i think. No need to spend a lot of money, just use what you've got and keep making awesome music 😀
Some sound cards can hook up to your iPad too, if you wanna keep making music with it.
Hey, thank you so much for all the comments on my tracks. I'm humbled! I'm glad you like them.
You were asking a bit how I track. It's just my home studio (living room with some acoustic treatment, but only a bit). SM57 for everything but vocals, WA87 for vocals. Cheapo Focusrite Scarlett interface. For electric guitars it's just DI signal and amp sims. All keys are vst:s, a lot of Omnisphere and some orchestral libraries. Superior Drummer for drums (so programmed with midi).
Actually posted a picture in the Facebook group of my little home setup 😀 hope this was useful, haha. Just ask if there's anything specific.
You've got some great stuff on here too!