francessmith 7


United Kingdom   Feb 2015

Artist Bio

Influences:   Not sure. I've listened a lot to music by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, but I tend to be more drawn to a specific song, rather than specific artists, if I like a song I really don't mind who wrote it or performs it.

Live in UK. This my second FAWM. I think I'm going to try it again this time. But since last year I've been on quite a long journey, metaphorical not real, so I don't quite know how I'm going to do it........But I spent a lot of this last year practising recording songs, and have created a template of midi loops to enable fast accompaniment creation, so all accompaniments will be a bit electronic this year, unless I get bored.

Ok, I got bored. From now on all songs will be an attempt to improve my audio recording skills, particularly with reference to guitars. Until further notice...............

Songs (7)

#1 Change 12
Feb 3
#2 Break 9
Feb 4
#3 Night 5
Feb 6
#4 Fire 6
Feb 8
#5 Fields of hay 5
Feb 10
#6 And Brave 7
Feb 12
#7 Through the winter nights 6
Feb 22


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  • @billwhite51 Mar 1

    Frances. Yes, Please send me the link to the album when it it up on bandcamp. I am very ear to hear how everything comes out and what the listening experience will be like to hear everything from start to finish. My email is I will also send you a link if I am able to get a proper recording of my album. It has been very fulfilling to trade comments with you this year.I hope I have helped you as much as you have helped me.

  • @ttg105  Feb 28

    Frances, thank you for all the support this FAWM. It was great to know that at least one person would comment on each song! Hope to see you at 50/90 ... in the meantime, keep in touch on Facebook!

  • @nancyrost  Feb 28

    Thank you too, Frances. I look forward to catching up more in March ....

  • @adforperu  Feb 28

    Thanks for the comments - and it's not about reciprocation, don't worry - I like to try and give 2 or 3 tracks a go with people who weren't on my radar previously.. and after the decent debate on the forums, I thought I'd come and have a listen! Was stuck for time during lunch so only got 1 in though but we'll be back 😀

  • @billwhite51 Feb 27

    By limiting my songwriting to one month per year, i find I end up with a more cohesive group of song, rather than the random things I used to write throughout the year when the inspiration hit me. As I said earlier, I dont receive a lot of feedback, but what I do get is of great value to me, as it generally tells me that I am not delusional in thinking my work has value. Here in Peru I have no opportunity to present my work to the public, so your encouragement been invaluable. Best wishes for the rest of the year, and I look forward to joining you on your new musical adventures next February.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 27

    Frances, I have enjoyed your work this year. I can understand why you are hesitant to post some of it, because you are in a period of stylistic transition. But the most important thing is the song, and your writing just continues to get better and better. I understand the vlue of working within limitations, and how long it can take to open up the possibilities. In 1998, after an aborted album with some people associated with soundgarden, I moved to North Carolina, where I became friends with the great blues and jazz guitar innovator James Blood Ulmer, who tunned four of his strings to A and two to E. I worked within these confines for two years before I was able to freely create new work without imitating what Ulmer was doing. anyway, it has been a pleasure going along on this journey with you and your new sounds. I am not at all into the social aspect of FAWM. Outsife of ourself and a few other writers I admire, I dont receive much feedback I do it for the disclipline.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 26

    Hey Frances. How is everything going with you? I usually add one or teo songs after I am finished. Ive had ideas for several songs but was able to let go of all of them but this one. Thanks for listening to everything, making such astute comments, and giving me the encouragement to go on. But most of all, thank you for writing songs that are so good.

  • @owl  Feb 24

    Thanks for listening and commenting. Yeah I was definitely not suggesting you should change anything in the way you write! Just expressing my personal preferences. 😀

  • @davewermers  Feb 23

    Thanks for your comments on "We're Not Sleeping Together". You are right after looking at the lyrics again. I do need to clear up the conversation to make it more clear. I will work on that after FAWM is over and before I put it on an album. Thanks again!

  • @furiante Feb 23

    Hi, thank you for your comment Frances – a stream of images was pretty much what I was going after. Always glad to hear people getting the feeling I meant the song to give!

  • @enigma4711  Feb 22

    Hi Frances!

    Thank you for your comment on my song "There's Something Else". Even though it was supposed to be about nothing, I must admit a bit of meaning might have appeared. Actually some of the last lines you mentioned was inspired by real life events. But don't tell anybody! 😉

    - Rasmus

  • @ttg105  Feb 22

    Glad you're back! I'm sure you can pop out another tune or two in the next seven days ...

  • @scubed  Feb 22

    Frances, thank you so much for your comments on "River"! I wrote the verses in a workshop exercise similar to a live-action skirmish, with a ten-minute writing period. No time for the inner editor to kick in - this came bubbling up straight from my subconscious. (It must be a real mess in there. 😄)

  • @ttg105  Feb 21

    Hi, Frances. It's too early to say goodbye! Come back ...

  • @yam655  Feb 14

    I also wanted to, belatedly, congratulate you on hitting Century Club!

  • @yam655  Feb 14

    I'm so sorry I forgot to add you to the Century Club list! 😞

    I saw your name and knew I needed to put you there, but somehow during the edit I missed it. 😕

    Again, I am very sorry.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 13

    Im happy you think so, or I would have to write yet another song, and my fields are now ready for plowing under.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 13

    Hi Frances. Thank you for your kind words on Farewell My Friend. Dont you think Old Road Sycamore Street is a fine beginning to the story?

  • @quork  Feb 13

    Thank you, Frances, and thanks for listening to and commenting on my song. It's fascinating and helpful to hear how people approach songwriting, and interesting to see how some start with the music ( unlike you and me).

  • @klaus  Feb 12

    Thank you Frances for your kind words on Read My Hips. I agree with "satire". I thought I had something like that going in the first verse. I just couldn't name it at the time. 😀

  • @ttg105  Feb 12

    Thanks for your ongoing support ... much appreciated!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 12

    Hi Frances. Im glad you liked Old Men and Old Women. Just one more song to go and The Nickel Ride will be complete. I may write an unrelated song or two before the months out. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  • @mungus  Feb 11

    Hey man, thanks for commenting on 'Where you dedicated it all' - That was really constructive feedback, thank you!

    Thank you for appreciating the lyrics, I try and only write lyrics which feel honest. I agree I should have built up more in the end - this was the original intention, but started to feel the pressure of FAWM's 14 in 28 day challenge looming!

    Been using FAWM as a kind of workshop to prepare me for releasing fuller releases in the future - and this helps all the more when I receive great feedback, thank you again.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 10

    Hi Frances, Thanks for commenting on Lovers Stand Alone. It is definitely a lesser effort, but there is something about that I like. Perhaps the idea of the child being sung lullaby that encourages the little one to maintain individuality in the face of adversity, and to never succumb to the mass mind.

  • @tsunamidaily Feb 10

    thanks for commenting on "nothing can't be taken away." i ended up putting up a demo for it! not like i thought it would be.... or you.

  • @gemhughs Feb 10

    Thanks for your kind comment on "You're the Fool Who Let His Good Dream Slip Away". I'm a sucker for the sentimentality of those "old style country" songs, especially when they have a 1-3-4 chord progression. However, after writing 7 dream songs for the week 1 challenge (this was the last one), I am ready to move on to a new challenge. I had dream songs coming out of my pores but for me the fun part about FAWM is trying to actually create new songs which meet the week's challenge. 😊

  • @billwhite51 Feb 9

    Hello again. thank you for your comments on the boy who strapped on lavender shoes. Im looking forward to your next offering.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 9

    im glad you liked Death Came for the Hangman. I was hoping you would find the melodic variations over the repeating four chords iinteresting.As usual, your comments are much appreciated, as you always get what Im trying to go for.

  • @klaus  Feb 8

    I did some more "serious" songs way back in 2013:
    Man with a guitar. Folky singer-songwriterly stuff.

  • @scubed  Feb 8

    Thank you for your kind words on "See What They See"! I really enjoyed setting @kahlo2013's powerful words to music.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 7

    Hi Frances. I did the zoom out to show that the reection of love is not simply a personal issue between two individuals, but the manifestation of a sick society. Glad you caught it, and thanks for listening Your comments are always spot on and very valuable and appreciated.

  • @adnama17  Feb 7

    Thank you for checking out "She May Be Crying (But She May Be Loving It)"! It's always an adventure with @fuzzy. Thanks for coming along with us! 😀

  • @monplaisir Feb 7

    Hey, thank you a lot for your nice comments. I understand what you're saying, your sentences are meaningful, not totally right (as my english), but meaningful 😀 it's appreciated, thanks.

  • @tsunamidaily Feb 7

    thanks for commenting on "door or the couch." i hope you are having fun this year!

  • @chandra83  Feb 6

    Thanks for your feedback on "Rough" 😀

  • @klaus  Feb 6

    Thank you for listening Do You Wanna Rock ( Live! ) . Yes, those big stadiums are really confusing places. 😀

  • @ttg105  Feb 6

    Thanks for listening, Frances! Paul Pennyfeather & the Rhondas imploded in a haze of sex, drugs, rock and roll and total apathy. Fun while it lasted!

  • @cblack  Feb 6

    Thanks for the comment. 😀

    And yes, it's definitely a good way of improving your skills to try new things.

  • @unkept Feb 5

    Glad you enjoyed, "Never Before"! I am having a rough day at writing, your comment helped. 😀 Happy FAWM!

  • @aprilm Feb 5

    Thank you for listening to Farewell Moon Lover. I hope to fix up the recording today - needs some work even if I do like the song itself, the recording leaves something to be desired!

  • @billgcaldwell  Feb 5

    Thank You for the nice comments on my Come on Sun song, The muse has been sadly missing lately so I am forcing some output.

  • @wildnettle Feb 5

    Thank you so much for your comments on my demo, and the notes on how the audio file shows up for you. I'm not stressed about how many comments I get, but I don't want to make anyone's life harder! I'll have to see about the garageband/soundcloud thing - I've been playing with Garageband tonight trying to get the recordings to come out right in it, without luck so far but I'll get back at it tomorrow.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 5

    hi frances. thanks for your comments on rootie tootie cutie. i agree with you that songs like this will soom be a thing of the past, but i plan to write a few more archaic ditties while im still around. if i wind up recording these songs with some peruvian musicians, i will attemt some kind of mutated ffoo wop arrangement on this one.

  • @scubed  Feb 4

    Thanks so much for listening and commenting on "I Dream of Green Hills"!

  • @zxcvbnm  Feb 3

    Thanks Frances, you were very prolific in 50/90 so 14/28 shoud be Ok for you.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 1

    great to hear from you francis. how was your year? ive been busy with the baby, and have had to do a lot of hack writng to meet the extra expenses, but ive managed a few outside tasks. thanks for comments on the song. looking forward to hearing your songs this year

  • @klaus  Jan 31

    Hello Frances! 😀

  • @zxcvbnm  Jan 30

    Back again Frances, I suppose that means neither of us wrote a million seller since last FAWM. Good luck.