Influences: Lots of Johnny's-- Cash, Hiatt, Horton, Clegg. Folk, singer-songwriter, pop-folk, Elvii whether mythical, Presley or Costello.
On January 31, 2013, on a whim and in response to a facebook acquaintance, Tom Slatter’s post about February Album Writing Month, I signed up on FAWM.org. It is no understatement to say that FAWM transformed me as a musician and songwriter. In 2013, I finished my first FAWM with 21 songs. Each year since, I have completed FAWM with at least 16 songs.
FAWM 2018 GOALS
1. Continue to up my production game.
2. Fuller arrangements with robot band using my Trio Pedal or iRealPro and Band in a Box arrangements.
3. TIme for this old Folkie to plug in. I have a Zoom G1xOn multi-effects pedal and a Strat Like Electric.
4. MoreSurf Ukulele.
5. Collab, collab, collab. Who wants to co-write? How should we go about it?
6. Help @sebscorner navigate around FAWM and Reaper as he sets out to write and record a uke album before his 18th birthday in June.
2017 recap and onwards to my 6th FAWM
In 2016, I told my family that I wanted my 50th birthday party (November 2017) to be a CD release. In the 18 months leading up to my 50th birthday, I joined Yousician.com and started practicing regularly for the first time in my adult life on ukulele, guitar and bass. In November 2016 I picked up a $25 casio midi keyboard at a thrift store and added keyboard to that mix.
Entering FAWM 2017, I had CHOPS and I gave myself carte blanche to experiment.musically and with production. One of my key 2017 FAWM goals was to up my multi-track production skills, in preparation for the 50th birthday album now only 7 months away. I was satisfied enough with my FAWM output that on February 28, I released my demos as an album on bandcamp: Guitars, Ukuleles, etc…
Through a busy spring and summer, I kept practicing and polishing my songs, while preparing a family reunion to celebrate my parent’s 50th anniversary. I was planning to spend the balance of the summer recording my Album, but family and a bathroom renovation intervened. I started recording in earnest in September and made the decision to cut the 14 track album down to a 7 track EP. Thanks to the able co-production and mixing skills of my friend, Nick Howell, I was able to release my EP, Life's Lessons I'll Never Learn at my 50th birthday party. I am very pleased with how the album turned out. It sounds like a “real” record.
After the album was finished I realized that I needed to know more about the technical details of production & mixing and mastering. I closed the year out auditing a free Berklee course offered through EdX.org, Vocal Recording Technology.
Also this year, a song I co-wrote with Kim Beggs during FAWM 2015, Winter in the Prairies was released on her new album Said Little Sparrow.
Once again, I'm trying to bring friends along with a local songwriter's group at the Midland Cultural Centre. I'm still hoping a few local songwriters hop on the FAWM bandwagon. We usually meet the third Saturday morning of the month at 11am at the Midland Cultural Centre but in February, we are there most Saturdays. More info at https://www.facebook.com/groups/16626...
So far I know of at least 3 Midland area songwriters are participating in writing songs during February Album Writing Month (FAWM), Myself: @ductapeguy @visiblydistorted @bjr and @sebscorner , and John Vella. We are pestering others. 😀
|#2||Goofin on Rhythm||
|#4||Bob and Phyllis||
|#5||Homophonebia the Musical @stephenwordsmith||
|#6||Bob's Lament (Somebody)||
|#7||Sensuous Rumination (Rock Mix) @visiblydistorted||
|#8||I'll Never Put this Broken Heart Together Again||
|#9||So I Wrote This Song @joefahey||
|#12||Weird and Unreproduceable||
|#13||The Duct Tape Arpeggios @moonraccoon||
|#14||Weird and Unreproducable "Bog Resurrection" @lenigmusx1||
|#15||Darker Messiah @dudachris||
|#16||All Day Breakfast (Bob and Phyllis #4)||
|#17||Time to Move On (Bob and Phyllis #5)||
|#19||(protest song, needs a title) @moonraccoon||
Thank you for the kind words about “Tape Two Song 1” 😀
Thank you for listening to my song "Boxes and Bags" and for your comments.
Hey Ductapeguy, thanks for the comment on the songs I appreciate it. Your friend Jimmy
I just saw your comment on Tally -- thanks! I didn't play it the other night, though. Pretty sure you two left, and were spared my butchering of Things Pile Up.
I’ll watch out for it!
Thank you though, for what you wrote aboug getting to know me and my family! It’s been lovely to share it, and to know that people are listening and care, so appreciate that!
Just read your comment on 10x10! I think you may be right, it does rather flow from one to the next too much... not sure I have it in me to do anything other?... (they’re not all 10 seconds either!)
Thanks Sean! Your school sounds like a great place to work, you’re an inspiration there I bet. I hope they value you!
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!!
Thx a lot for comments on my "norwegian" song "1986" Much appreciated.
Thanks for the kind words on A Strange Encounter. 😀 I might have been a little too hard on myself there.
Ha! Glad I got you with the ending of This Great Adventure.
Thanks so very much for the mention on song thread. I didn't know what that was. I had to click the link. Over the several years I've been doing FAWM, some emergency comes up and I never get started until later into the month, so I'm trying to get stuff written, posted, and listen to other FAWMers. As a consequence I miss far too much. I'm deeply grateful as well as humbled for your appreciation of this song.
Thanks for your kind comments on "Most Any Kind of Gun" Truly appreciated.
Heh - technically I'm still at 13. Three of those are lyricists who added my name as composer, but I either haven't uploaded yet, or I posted as a new piece. Oh... so I just realized that maybe I should check to see if I can upload audio into a lyrics post if the lyricist added me to it.
"Bog Resurrection" not big ... lol
My version is called "Big Resurrection"if it's too weird I get it but I'll post it and let me know your thoughts. I added didgeridoo and played around with the track. I hope you like it.
Thanks for your comment on Brotherly Love - I was quite interested in how similar a sound the uke and harp sometimes had, especially towards the end of the track!
Thanks for the great comment on "Hey (I Think I Love You)"! Any likening I get to the Beatles is fine by me! Cheers!
I totally agree with your analysis of Leaving the Curse. Would love to metal that up hardcore to share with my friends 😁
Looking forward to collabbbing tonight!!!
Is the Roxy every Saturday?
You've interpreted that exactly correctly... I asked Jay what the lyrics were about, because I was getting slight ideas of skateboarding... or cross-stitching, lol. He said he had no idea where Can't You Sew came from and he just goes with the groove and has no idea what the lyrics mean. Just rock. That's all. Thanks for listening!! 😀
Thanks so much for listening and your kind and generous comments on my song 'Slow Synchronicity ' .i appreciate it . Thankyou kindly
I’ll watch out for it 🙂
What a beautiful way to start your day! Thanks for commenting on Story Time Waltz; might you be doing any more on Bob or Phyllis?
Thank you thank you thank you Sean!
Thanks for all the nice comments 😁 that washboard you hear on Reheating Tea is actually a foot tambourine ^^
Hi there. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such nice comments on a couple of my songs. Much appreciated.
Hey, thanks for the comment! I wish I had a ukulele, it would have been a great addition to the song!
Thanks for checking out “Trash Man” and for the kind words! I was definitely going for that cinematic film-score type approach with it
thank you for your kind words for "water"
i was playing a turkish baglama long necked saz on it.
Thank you very much for the nice comments on my collab track with Colleen!
Added: and for the comment you just left on my Swedish ballad "Svårt Att Nå Dig"! Very glad you liked the songs!
I am exceedingly glad if the "Disco Daddy" tag is removed from my name.
Thanks for the Elephant comment. Regarding the first graders, mind the "fill in the emptiness of my soul" line 😀
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!!
Nope, no vocoder, but I'm starting to get a cold, very sneezy and sniffley here today. hahaha. Thanks for all your comments, much appreciated that you have been taking the time.
No, I didn't pan any vocals, but that's awesome! I wonder how that happened!
Oh wow, just seen you put my song on the recommended thread! Thank you so much, that feels like a huge honour!
Thank you for your comment on Laugh On! You highlighted all the parts I’m happy with on it, which is ace!
Thanks for giving a listen to Blessings and Promises!
Thanks for checking out Spilt beer and busting it’s Zong status. Glad you think it delivered.
Sounds great, I'm excited to hear it.
I'm real happy with Tenuous #2. Thanks.
I don't know if I want to be a disco kinda guy... 😉 Thanks for listening! I gotta catch up on your stuff.
Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Ah, glad you liked Water and 100. It's entirely possible I'll stop by and comment on some of your songs before I die . . .
You are correct, I am also married to Joy. 😀
Thanks for the comment, much appreciated! Have a good time with the guitars.
P.S. thanks 😀
Wellll, I guess I could be more clear about that.... The "clapping" and the "kick drums" are electronic. but everything else I recorded in little snippets and loaded into a drum machine with those things. Was actually considering uploading the track where I just hit record and then used every instrument in turn, picked it up, shook it, hit it, put it down, and didn't stop recording until they were all done. But I'm not sure how to make something THAT ambient work.
Awesome! I dig it. I dig it a lot. Feel free to post it as a new song. Thanks for thinking of me!
Thanks again, Sean! I'm loving @arthurrossi's storytelling style and his way with words (especially the darker tales, like Keep Away from Strangers). A big part of my musical education was 80s glam, so I'm not surprised it leaks through from time to time, like on Wanted (I promise to leave my spandex packed away 😉 ).
Hey! Thanks so much for your gorgeous and thoughtful comments! I was very happy to read them...
Nice work on the guitar. If anything seems amiss, I’ll bring tools to our next mutual event.
And BTW, don’t worry about one person’s stupid comment. Everything he does is like that... it’s so consistent, it’s funny.
Although I shouldn’t laugh. I put up with my share of “undeveloped consideration for others” for too long... and trying to take a stand and correct it, is like asking a seagull to play chess.
The brain just never got past the “me first” stage.
You did the right thing in getting that axe. My Squire Tele has dual humbuckers... because, crunchy-time 😀
Thanks for your kind comments. Hope you are enjoying FAWM thus year
Thanks for commenting on my songs. BTW The Ones Who,Walk,Away From Omelas is a short story you can read free online.
FWIW, my middle name does start with 'K'. 😀
Thanks for the kind words, Sean! Good to see you again.
I think if I do that particular wrong-mic trick again I'm tagging it acoustic punk because that's basically the sonic effect! Thanks for listening. 😀
Thanks for listening to Wander. I love some reverb, that's for sure, trying to create open soundscapes is a constant struggle for me.
Hi, Sean. Good to see you around.
Well, FAWM is nigh, remember to have FUN! I am sure you will outdo yourself!
I've starting playing around with ideas while I pack to be away from home and studio for 10 days. This may be a slow start for me!
Hello! Happy FAWMing!
Thanks for the welcome! And thanks for recommending FAWM (as intimidating as it is to call on the unfriendly Muses 😉 ). This afternoon, I'm reaching out to the FAWMers you advised. Much appreciated.
Hey! Nice to see you! Have a great FAWM 2018!
Hey Sean! Great to see you back again! Have a great FAWM!
Have a great FAWM!
I really like his two newer albums a lot. Wow to the Deadness is Steve and Daniel Smith (Danielson Famile) sharing songwriting and vocals. Different, for sure!
I saw your invocation of Steve Taylor's stuff replying to Barry.
Thanks for your kind words! Have you heard Steve Taylor's recent albums Goliath and Wow to the Deadness.
Hello! Welcome back! 😀 Yay for FAWM. Thanks for your comments on my silly song.
How do? FAWM is calling u - will u answer?
Go Sebastian! Awesome...
FAWMing this season?
I already have my Emlenton Mill shirt on... and I’m not taking it off until the 2nd!
Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018 and congrats on the album!