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..
Wow what a ride it’s been this year!!!
popping in and out and polishing and cleaning up the mess I left ...rework8ng lyrics, talk8mg into consideration the comments you left and of course listening to quite a few of your songS
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||
|#11||My Charity Shop Overcoat||
|#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||
|#21||You were there for me||
|#22||No Wonder ( I found Forbidden Love)||
|#23||Get Bold (be daring)||
|#24||Secret to my Success||
|#26||Mamma's Last Ride||
|#27||Jam of Four||
|#28||My Personal Angel||
|#29||Some Feel the Rain (others just get wet) @brandondale72||
|#30||We Are Done (this time I really mean it)||
|#31||You Don't Impress Me!||
Clarifying my feedback: In v2 of "Mama's Last Ride," after "mama was prone to hit the bottle," my ear wanted to hear the next line use or tie in the word "hit." Maybe something like, "daddy hit the road?"
Thank you for your feedback on "I'm Okay With That" and "Such A Sin". I'm looking forward to having the time to work on the arrangements of a lot of these songs.
Hey there...We never got around to streaming the show from Friday night. Sorry. I just didn't want you to think that I didn't let you know. It just didn't happen. If we do another live thing on the web, I will let you know. I am thinking that we will do some sort of short thing at some point....maybe from the studio or something.
Thank you so much, Cynthia. You are so kind and supportive. BTW, we (Treading Bleu) are playing a show on Friday and I am going to try to get it worked out to broadcast live. I'm not sure if we can work it out, but that is my plan. We have some new things that we will be playing, but that will all be pretty new to those in the internet audience....Thanks again.
Thank you for the revisit! And for your kind comment.
Thank you for your kind words on "Quilted Heart", I'm not sure why I felt compelled to write such long and personal liner notes but I appreciate you reading them and listening to the song.
I'm cautiously optimistic for a better 2018.
Well, we'll really miss getting to meet you.
If you do come, bring your lyrics for Baby Baby and maybe we can pull it together. 😀
You will be missed if you can't make it! 😞
But we'll still love you anyway! 😀
Hey not sure if you’re still on here? Just saw your message re joining the SongWrite Inn. We’d love to have you. I think I tried to add you as my Facebook friend - not sure if we are or not as then I could add you to the group. Otherwise just search up the Facebook group and ask to join. Hope to see you there!
What is there left to say? You are the greatest listener of them all. Your ears are made of gold and your heart is a giant cavernous entity that keeps giving and giving and giving!!! With this badge you are promoted to Major in the FAWM Army of commenters. You have 800 thank yous from your fellow FAWMers and from me! You broke the mold!!
Thanks for posting "Rocky Shores" on the recommended thread! Never had so many people comment before. Audrey's music is lovely, isn't it? I have mostly lyrics and have been lucky enough to have collabs but rarely get many comments and usually have zongs hanging around a long time. It was a different experience getting noticed! I'm still returning comments. Thank you!
Thanks for your comment on my slide playing on "The Nobility of Pain"
I sure hope you are right about that! 😀
I'm probably headed off fawm until next year, just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks for your comments I appreciated all of them! Thanks for helping make fawm a worthwhile experience!
Thank you so much for taking the time to listen... We really appreciated it. 😀❤️😀
Thank you for being a part of FAWM. Hugs.
Loved that comment, but now step back outside and wipe your boots!
I don't even know how to do the love emoji, that's how old I am. Thanks for your encouragement - let's keep doing this!
Cool - glad you are keeping the four track. I've had a hard time overall this FAWM - struggling with creativity and self-expression. I gave up a few times, but I keep coming back to it - so I feel like there must be something here for me to work on. Dang, you have 31 - that is awesome!
You aren't really selling your four track are you??? I've had so much fun doing the four track collabs - i would feel sad to lose you as a collaborator on those. But if it makes sense for you to get rid of it, I understand.
Cynthia, my cup runneth over, filled with happiness that you are enjoying my songs so much. Thank you for all that positivity! You bring so much community minded energy to FAWM, I'm very glad you're here!
And while I'm here, here is one other more roundabout way that I feel some special appreciation for you. I noticed somewhere that you provided someone a link to the song "Windy" by The Association. I went to go listen to it to see if it was the one that I thought it was, because I never knew the name of the band who did it during its actual era, but that's a song I learned on the piano when I was in sixth grade. From there I noticed a video of their Smothers Brothers appearance with a rather avante garde presentation of "Along Comes Mary." Watching that live performance and listening carefully to the words really kind of blew my mind about their songwriting chops, which I had not really noticed as a pre-teen. The next thing to come up was this one by Melanie, "Lay Down" with The E
Thank you. Been good catching up as well. Been such a fun first Fawn
Thanks so much for your kind comment! Means a lot coming from you! And the flutes were played electronically via keyboard as I had the flu and could not blow enough to make music!
Thanks for listening again! I really like “What The Band Saw” and “Things They Don’t Tell You In the Bible “. Things was some late night inspiration singing with my lips on the mic. The drum is a track from the Soft Drummer app, which can be used on iPhone and iPad.
I’m playing at Stone Church Brewery in Corona from 7:30-10:30pm. Totally open to the public.
...harp in your band if we’re ever in the same town. Failing that let me know if you need harp on a song this year or next.
Thanks for listening and your great comments. I’ll return the favour. Re. recording setup, over the past couple of years I’ve really enjoyed setting up my basement studio and learning about recording, mixing and mastering. I’m still an amateur, but if I can produce good quality demos I’m happy.
I use Auria Pro and its various plug ins, including guitar amp modeling, as my DAW. I’ve used a few audio interfaces - to get the vocals or instruments into the iPad. My home setup is iConnectivity’s Audio4+, but I have an Apogee One which is more portable and gives great colour to vocals.
My main mic is an AKG C535 EB large condenser, which retails for a few hundred dollars, but I think it records clearly and cleanly.
Stepping up from your internal mic, I’d say a one or two input audio interface and a mic like a Shure SM58, along with a mic stand and cable, would be a good start. Probably $200 would do it (or a little cheaper if you bought used). And yes, I’d love to play har
Oh that song! I didn’t know the name of it,
I love it! That’s a super huge compliment thanks!
Hey thanks! What’s “Windy”? Now I wanna hear it!
You are a total sweetheart for commenting on "Unravelling." I was so pleased with that song and it was so lonely out there. I'll be floating around here getting caught up on listening and commenting so I can't wait to hear some more of your songs. You are just the kindest!
Thanks so much for your comments and support. 31 songs?!?! Wow! That’s amazing. ❤️
Yes! DADGAD will spoil you! You may never come back. Thank you for your super kind words, and I'm equally glad to tap into your musical flowing stream!
hey there! love your gear list! especially the last few...
Stop listening to all my songs, you're making me nervous and self conscious. haha
Might you have any suggested lyrics that I could attempt to write music to? Fawm is over but the writing doesn't end!
Thanks for your comment on "Love in th4e Twilight Years". It was probably my most ignored song. Which was a pity, because ti was outside my comfort zone 😀
Cynthia! Your thoughts on my rendition of "Some Feel the Rain" were remarkably kind and thoughtful. You are owed all the credit for such a beautifully written song. It was an ease writing the music. I can't wait to collab with you again next year!
You are awesome Cynthia! Great job on everything and I can't wait to catch up on your music too, now that the madness is done. <sadness>
Thank you for all your reviews. You made my first FAWM memorable. I look forward to next year and hope to be brave enough to record. You are a wonderful writer...you have inspired me.
Thanks for your praise on my song "Just one Look in her Eyes" - I really appreciate it.
I was happy to learn, today, that we can still listen to the songs posted here after tomorrow. Becase I intend to check out more by people whose potential I sensed after only hearing a fraction of their output. You are on that list 😀
Hey! I've been in desperation mode to get these 14 tunes done...which I'm about to do! That's so cool that you also live in Southern CA! Who knows, maybe we could jam sometime! You should definitely invest in a midi keyboard which will open up a new world to you. I honestly try not to use it too much since I try to keep my tunes usually organic sounding (usually...) haha But it's a fun and useful tool! Oh and four on the floor is when the bass drum plays the 4 quarter notes of the measure of music. You know what it is, just maybe didn't know what it's called 😀 Hoping to catch up on some listening soon! Be back soon! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_on...(music)
Join us...not sure what the wolf alliance does exactly. It's almost as it was a completely random phrase...
Thanks so much for listening to wolf alliance and your kind comment. Your name suggests you could actually be part of the alliance...?!
Thanks for the listen to Michael.
I put the chords in with the lyrics.
Buying a Strat was good use of midlife crisis! You've got a nice Strat sound on No Wonder. Try some soloing next! I put together my first Strat from parts. Then I saw a John Mayer signature model on sale just when he broke up with Fender, and made an impulse purchase. I love 'em both. Wish I could play 'em better. 😀
Hey, I found it hard to keep on to 14 this year, and now that it's done I'm longing to just play electric guitar, without the labor of writing. I see you have a Strat, one of my favorite types of guitar. Did yours make it onto any recordings this year? I'd love to hear you play it.
Hi Cynthia! Thanks for the kind words on "I Will Not Self Destruct".
Also, I sent you an email with my collab ofference on "Some Feel the Rain". Hope you like it!
Yes, I saw that. I told my wife "told" 😀 that we'd be going. It seems to fit in to our schedule. 😀 It's not too far either. 😀
Hey! You bet! Just need to get through some work and personal stuff. 😀
thank you, Cynthia, for your thoughts on the lyric, Stay Awhile. In my scheme, each line has the same duration, but some are filled with more words than others; the final line of each verse "stays awhile" 😀 Music t.k. in March.
As I mentioned your comments on so many of my songs or lyrics this year have been a real gift. I will do better at giving back once I get a final song done (my count is off by one, due to a double post). Thank you!
Oh thanks so much for your comments and listens Cynthia! I try to have confidence but sometimes it escapes me! Bahhhhh
Oh yes, living like you don’t know how is 100% raw demo; I do not sing. Lack of time and for novelty value, this is what you get.
Oops! double posted.
Seriously though, they are all the best. Awesome friends and terrific talents. Amazing humans. I am truly grateful!!! ❤
Thank you! I will be back to do some listening. Work is demanding and FAWM is so all-consuming!
“A special badge made just for you
There’s nothing left for you to prove
You’re awesome sauce with cherries on top
At 700 comments and listens to songs
Now go and rest those tired ears
You have permission from me and your peers!”
😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁
Custom made walnut tenor uke.
Thank you Cynthia! Ya gave me a big smile!!
Thanks for listening and commenting. You have a wildly diverse body of work here!
Remembered pain. I live on 11 acres.
OK, so that was Kenny Rogers! Hilarious, I just recalled a snippet of lyrics. Maybe he was a hipster at one time in his life...
I knew a guy in Georgia who was a security guard at his estate. But I don't think Rogers was much of a hipster at that time....
Yep yep I was using two guitars on that tune.Good ears!
I had such a great time hanging out with you this month.Congrats on an amazing volume of work you've created! Let's keep the party going on the facebook page🤗💜💛
Thank you Cynthia!
Thanks for the listen to More is the Solution.
Of course you may cover.
I got a reply from a guy in the US on YouTube on this song saying he had covered another of my songs on community radio in the states.
Hi Cynthia, the toy synth is called a Rapmaster. It's really tiny and old and I got it at a garage sale several years ago. I'm at work right now; I can tell you more details when I look at it at home if you're interested.
Thanks for the comments 😀
How Low ... - OMG the Voicelive Touch 2 is the BEST thing I've ever bought for music! Get one! You won't regret it. But you will spend hours and hours fiddling with all the pre-sets. And it does looping too!
In My Head - yeah, I've not been diagnosed with migraines but other people have said it sounds like it. Grim stuff, but good inspiration for the prompt
Thank you thank you...You are the kindest person on FAWM....goodness.
on the song "U turn" , since you asked, playing the uke equivelent of a G, C, C minor, G, A, D, more or less----- As for 'what mic'- that was recorded on my voice recorder on my iPhone! (with a little cleaning up in the pc program audacity later, adding a bit of echo, lowering the bass frequencies a little bit, a bit of compressing and trimming the beginning and end of the recording)
Mic plugs into an acoustic amp. The uke is hooked up with an iRig Acoustic Stage pickup/preamp which is also connected to the acoustic amp. Audio is recorded through my camera's tiny built in mic. Very low-fi really 😀
Actually Eric and Patti just put up one too, so just take off the collab on yours, I guess, since it's pointing to the one on this page. 😀
Hey there... You can collaborate with one of the other players, since elesimo collaborated with fourtrack. The song is showing up twice, so maybe collaborate with standup or pfoo for yours? 😀
“You’re too sexty for your shirt, too sexty for your shirt..” AMAZING job Sexty Rockstar. You went above and BEYOND!! You took the time to write 600 comments (600!!!!!!) and listen to all those songs (we applaud your ears!)! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 600 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Allo! Thanks for your kind words on sunlight through trees! Congratulations on making so many songs!!! Looking forward to listening soon 🙏🎈
cynthia, i always usually "reply" to comments with a reciprocal comment. but just wanted to say a special thankyou at how absolutely lovely and encouraging your comments always are on my songs. thank you x
Thanks for your lovely comments! It’s been such a frustrating Fawm with almost zero time to record any audio, so it’s doubly nice to get some encouragement for what I have managed to scrape together and put out there. I’m in bed without headphones right now, but I’ve watchlisted you now to come back and listen!
Loved your comment on "The Climb" - I am indeed a thespian (or at least I used to be) - but do we ever really give it up, darling! 😉
I think my reply below covers your question in another song about the "ukulele" 😉
I really recommend you getting yourself a handy recorder like the Zoom H1 - they are not expensive (see link below). The battery lasts for ages and the quality can be mp3 or wave. You'll notice a jump in quality over stuff recorded on PCs or Mobile devices. Your songs deserve the best you can afford!
Thanks for listening to (and commenting on) The Puppeteer.
It is the middle of the night here so that was recorded at a barely audible level to not disturb the neighbours (on my 4 string mandola / tenor guitar). Then the volume was boosted in Audacity and the song posted - 40 mins from start to finish. I am so glad I finally caught a skirmish!
I compensate for my guitar playing skills with ferocious strumming and artfully placed capos. 😀 Thanks for the kind words.
Thx for your comments. No problems on bold here 😀. Performer, teacher and all new in my dotage!
Thanks so much for your comments on my recent skirmish.. : )
Hi. Thanks for your great and helpful comments re: "On the Sidelines." In return, here's where I learned that drop-D trick yesterday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDHwo... Okay.... now I see that FAWM doesn't like links to YT in feed comments...I've emailed you the link to Sinead Burgess demonstrating a song with this lick on the Norm's Rare Guitars YT channel. Let me know if you have any questions....
Thanks for boost of my spirits! Definitely want to give Desert of Your Heart some attention after FAWM. I'll be back to listen later this weekend
You're so sweet. Thanks so much for your support!!!
This year being my first Fawm venture outside of collaborating with my son, your kind words and encouragement were greatly appreciated. Hope I can do it again next year.
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.