francessmith 14


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. (This isn't the only thing that draws me to a song, I like lots of emotion too, and interestingness, as defined by me, but this information is for confused acoustic guitar players).

Live in UK. This is my third FAWM, the first year I joined but posted no songs.

Not sure what I'm going to do this year. I'm just going to see what happens. Last year I tried to write songs that I thought I could turn into an album, but they are still waiting.

After 50/90 I finished an album, to a reasonable level, thanks to the Album Production Challenge, that began after it. There is another after FAWM.

But I have loads of songs sitting around that want to be turned into albums, so I don't want to write with the intention of creating another one. So I'm just going to write songs, and maybe an instrumental or two, and see what happens.

It's a FAWM for experimenting.


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  • @captainillegible  Feb 28

    Congratulations Frances. Thanks for all your comments and support, they have meant a lot to me. Best wishes to you for the year ahead and hope to see you back here next year.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 28

    congratultions for completing the challenge. your songs just keep getting better and better, and your presentation is always evolving in new and exciting directions.

  • @misterd Feb 27

    Thankyou so much Frances by only for listening and commenting on my last song 'Size 11 Blundstone ' but for your very insightful and thoughtful comments throughout this FAWM 2018 experience . I have felt something shift creatively ,in a good way , for me during this experience and people like you are true angels -kind, supportive , intelligent and wise . Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

  • @wacha  Feb 27

    Thank you for your kind words on "Such A Sin", that one was a challenge for sure but I ended up pretty happy with how it turned out.

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 27

    Thanks so much for all your support Frances - often a lone voice, and really welcome. I reckon I'll manage one more song because I've got half an idea, 36 hours, and it's snowing. This has been wonderful. I'm anything but prolific, and I've written songs here that are as good as things which have taken me days or weeks to write, back in normal time. Next year I'll definitely be doing collaborations. How have you felt about it?

  • @goldarrow  Feb 27

    Hi, thanks for the comments on Still Drive Me Crazy (30'sJazz) from week 1. I posted a demo now in case you still care to listen.

  • @lute4life Feb 26

    Hi Frances! I did put some sound files up, nothing is as finished as I would like, I don't know a lot about production yet, and I can hear music in my head, but it's hard for me to produce it on my instruments, except with my voice. Anyways -- come on over and have a listen!

  • @zxcvbnm  Feb 26

    Thanks for your kind words Frances. An emotional Scot? After Murrayfield on Saturday of course I am. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @captainillegible  Feb 26

    Maybe I should finish it there ... but I have another song and a half mostly written, so I may as well have a crack at them to finish off.

  • @misterd Feb 26

    Thanks so much Frances for listening and the insightful comments on my song 'open sky '-in fact you have been nothing but super supportive from the beginning of this month and I just want to sincerely say 'Thankyou so much '. I really feel that this is a lovely supportive community here and you are one of the people that make it so . Thanks ๐Ÿ™

  • @billwhite51 Feb 23

    regardig the division of musical lines into bars....a friend of mine, one of the last of the great old bluesmen, told me there was never anything like an 8 or 16 or 32 bar blues until the white boys from england brought some of the bluesmen to their shores, planning to back them up with their rock bnds, they had a lot of trouble followinng the irregular irregular verse structure..because there wasnt any. playing blues is free, a line can be as short or as long as you want it to go. but the white boys taught the back men how to fit their songs into patterns that were easy for them to follow. thus, the 8, 16,and 32 bar blues were born. but when a mn is playing the blues alone, he never plays no heed to no bars.

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 22

    Thanks for the comment on New Zealand. Itโ€™s funny, the song started out a lot less sympathetic to the character. Not hostile but exasperated. Your comments and support are really appreciated. I know itโ€™s supposed to be about the art etc., but itโ€™s all a massive cry for attention.

  • @captainillegible  Feb 20

    Hi Frances, I'm really appreciating all your comments and support as you follow me on this journey back in time. One week to go - I'm hopeful that I'll make it to the end!

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 20

    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 youโ€™s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @misterd Feb 20

    I really appreciate your supportive and always insightful comments on my songs - particular 'Living silence ' which I feel really proud of . Thank you so much Frances.

  • @owl  Feb 20

    thanks for your nice comment on "dreams are another country," frances!

  • @soulbird Feb 19

    thanks for your comments on 'ask the moon to dance'. Of course you're right I just dread writing a long song - I'll see if I can get the why in two lines...

  • @ttg105  Feb 19

    Different Rhondas - one is a classically trained pianist, the other a college professor! Neither is named Rhonda, and one - the professor/drummer - is not even female. But I'll try to make it work! P.S. Writer's block? Haven't seen a song of yours in a while.

  • @staticcaptain  Feb 19

    Thanks for the comment on "Rewind." I think my biggest problem is that the result didn't match what was in my head. I set out to do something new and ended up with a song that sounds like 100 I've done before. I'm glad you liked it, though and appreciate the support. Off to by a dry ice machine.

  • @klaus  Feb 18

    Hi Frances. Just commented on Monochrome. Do you know any black midi music that is more like yours, and less like those piano roll game musics which are just silly?

    EDIT: and thanks for listening Darkness and Shadows.

  • @owl  Feb 17

    thanks for listening/commenting on "Lonesome Vale"--the story I intended (not sure if there's enough info in the lyrics to figure this out, I was kind of going for an impressionistic thing more than a clear narrative) was that the narrator's "you" is dead--ambiguously possibly killed by the narrator--and that the narrator ends up killing Carrie for reminding him of the missing "you", in a murder-suicide type situation.

  • @klaus  Feb 17

    Hi Frances. Thank you for your kind, kind words on A Pinhole Through the Veil. I suppose I am on a journey, but you know, aren't we all, all the time. Sometimes you just see it more clearly. And can do nothing about it. ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • @woolford  Feb 15

    Thanks Frances for stopping by and leaving encouragement again, on โ€œListen, Brotherโ€.
    Itโ€™s lovely to feel that someone โ€œgets itโ€. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @ttg105  Feb 15

    A Productivity Owl sounds like a great thing! I try to turn the computer off around 6 p.m. so that I don't get too caught up in it. Thanks for all the lovely comments, by the way!

  • @zxcvbnm  Feb 15

    Muchas Gracias Frances ๐Ÿ˜€ I intended it to be sort of operatic but I am NOT the fourth tenor.I tried to set it to music but postponed that until after FAWM. It will take some time!

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  • @klaus  Feb 12

    Hi Frances. Thanks for the comments on Body and Ghost. To me the lyrics clearly are about necrophilia. So, very optimistic. There is love after death! ๐Ÿ˜ž

    I'll ask Klaus what he thinks next time I go to dungeons to feed him. ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • @billwhite51 Feb 11

    it was more a question of grammar than a political spat. the person in question had used a pronoun in an obscure way that made it difficult for me to ascertain to whom it pertained. had it been a face to face situation, i would have simply asked ho they referred to and would have received a quick anser and that would hve been that. but this person is on a crusade to persecute those who question any detail of their compositions. you can easily track down the comment by a different person who really set her off and see that it was the audacity to make a critical suggestion regarding the composition that triggered a nuclear reaction. she is just a sensitive person, thats all, so ill steer clear of her from now on. as for me beign quier, i listened to a lot of songs this mornings left a dozen or so comments, and wrote a song with maddie. thats not exactly being silent, but you are right that i havent been hooting my mouth off so much as i was yesterday on the forum. the real quiet

  • @olisiatonight Feb 11

    Hi, I'm very thankful for feedback! Have a nice day (:

  • @bri4n  Feb 11

    Hey, thanks for your comments on my fourth song ๐Ÿ˜‰ I cannot over-recommend the Novation circuit. I was lucky enough to find one used at a discount price in my area. It's really a great little widget to dabble with - and what I put together, I did in less than 3 hours, as a novice.

  • @mrblitz000 Feb 11

    Hi Frances, yes, it is fine to refer to me as 'Andy'. The 'mrblitz thing' is from years back. Since then, my band name has changed to 'Xiangqi', and again to 'Purple Catfish Bettie'. Anyway, thanks for all of your comments, and keep up the good work with regard to your own output of material. Cheers!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 10

    thanks for busting my zong on you cant make a living selling shoelaces in miami. it would still be a zong had youot cmmented. and to think i thought the title bordered on being clickbait!

  • @dukemeyer Feb 10

    Thank you so much for your wonderful words to my sketch "Letztes Laster" (Last Vice) - und for listening to my sketches at all! Your very kindly and thoughtful comments encourage me. May you have a wonderful time and good inspirations!

  • @misterd Feb 10

    Thank you so so much for your thoughtful and insightful comments on my song 'The persistence of memory ' . I get a lot of ideas for improvements and refinement from your comments and I really appreciate the way you present it. Thankyou kindly

  • @tiedyehero Feb 10

    Your comment was wonderful and very insightful. Those are the ones you stick around for. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @brrrse  Feb 9

    I just want to wish you a nice day!! ๐Ÿ˜€ That's all. thanks for being you!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 9

    thanks you for your comments on i am the law. one thoughtfl and perceptive comment from you is worth ten quickly dashed off generic thumbs up from someone who hasnt even listened to the whole song.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 9

    also, comments dont always reflect the number of listens. one of my best songs that has been listened to quite a few times has received the fewest comments. one thing i like about bandcamp is that it tells you how much of the song has been listened to. id rather get a full listen without comments than a generic comment that hs only listened to under ten percent of the song.

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  • @woolford  Feb 9

    Hi Frances,
    Thank you for your comments on both songs. Youโ€™re right, I hadnโ€™t responded to your feedback on The Stag. I felt that youโ€™d perfectly grasped what I was aiming for, and I was so grateful to you for taking the time. I really ought to have said that, so I am sorry! Iโ€™m going to attempt a demo of Three for Three today or tomorrow. Thank you for your encouragement. X

  • @ttg105  Feb 9


  • @billwhite51 Feb 9

    i think i just posted i am the law too early, amid a flurry of zongs..

  • @misterd Feb 9

    Thankyou so much for taking the time to listen and respond so thoughtfully to my song 'The girl from bolin bolin billabong ' I really do appreciate it . Thankyou kindly

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 8

    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! Hereโ€™s your badge. Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 8

    thanks for listening to footprints. all the songs i am writing this month are about the human condition.

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 8

    Thanks for the comment on 'Munich 1945'. You're right about Whitby - it's a very musical place, so we're used to singing at each other in pubs. Your 'Island' track really is good. Part of me wants you to re-record the vocal, and the other part is saying: leave it raw because it is so affecting. I don't know - do both and pick the one you like the most.

  • @sbs2018 Feb 7

    Thanks for commenting on Tirtured Soul - I really appreciate your input.

  • @pizilden Feb 7

    Hi Frances, thanks for the comment! I'll be sure not to make that mistake again haha ๐Ÿ˜ Have a great FAWM!

  • @ttg105  Feb 7

    Yes ... Aunt Ethel! I've probably written 10 songs about her in the last few years ... a real inspiration. Thanks for the lovely comment!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 7

    Thnks for listening nd agin for your thoughtful comments. i was glad you singed out the line you did, as it was the hardest one in the song for me to write. went through many images before i found the one that expressed what i was trying to say. being from england, yu were probably raised in the rain as well. thats why we spend so much time indoors, writing, reading, listening to music.

  • @bobporri Feb 7

    Hi Frances. Just figured out how to say hello back. Have fun in FAWM! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @billwhite51 Feb 7

    thank you frances, for you well considered comments on measure of a man.

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 6

    Hi Frances. Thanks for the comment. I'm new here. I've been writing songs forever, but very slowly. Impressed at how much you're getting done.

  • @tiedyehero Feb 6

    That explains why I didnโ€™t find him. I swear I read sometimes

  • @tiedyehero Feb 6

    Iโ€™m not familiar with William Buckner but now Iโ€™m gonna have to explore! Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • @thegreatbrandoni Feb 6

    Thanks for the comment on my song. Hope you have a great FAWM.

  • @captainillegible  Feb 6

    If the suspense gets too much I can tell you how it ends ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @pamgrisham Feb 6

    Frances, thank you so much for commenting on The Real Thing. You're a great teacher as well as a great songwriter - I learn lots simply by reading your comments. Thank you for sharing your beauty and your wisdom with all of us FAWMers.

  • @goldarrow  Feb 6

    Hi, thanks for the comment on Still Drive Me Crazy . Yes, I hope to upload the demo in the next day or two. I will let you know!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 5

    thanks for the comments on misery in her head. it all started when i ran into an old girlfriend from high school who had lost her mind and was living in the streets whose opening line upon seeing me was life is so long. thi fawm is turning out fairly well. i intened to write an album about the various ways we deal with the human condiion, and now im doing an ep with maddie as well.

  • @ttg105  Feb 5

    Back now!

  • @misterd Feb 4

    Thanks for listening and the constructive comments on my song 'It's starting to get interesting now ' . I appreciate it . Cheers

  • @electrocelte Feb 4

    Hahaha come on, donโ€™t challenge me to do a ballad... for my next song...

  • @electrocelte Feb 4

    Bahahahahahaha! Itโ€™s called satire. Doesnโ€™t matter what I really think! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @markelord Feb 4

    I like the way that you approach songs individually. Each one tells it's own story.
    Thanks for breaking my zong on Flawed and for your kind words. I find many folks don't have the patience for instrumental music

  • @billwhite51 Feb 3

    thnaks for your comment on if not now. it is predicted that a wave will come to the area where i was born and raised that will reach all the way to the mountain range. and now, of course, i live in the circle of fire. we fer an average of 79 earthquakes a month, and in the fishing village where i lived for a year, i experienced a tsunami after a tremendous earthquake chile. i loved in a house on the beach, and some of the lines in the song come from that experience, especially the biit bout the complacency of the natives, a neighbor of mine in particular who refused to evacuate becaue he felt god would take him when the time came, and there was nothing he could do abut that. the chorus comes, of course, from the final act of hamlet, during which hamlet tells hortio that the outcome of the duel with laertes is irrelevant becase, if the king wants him dead, it will happen sooner or later, regardless of whether or ot he accepts laerrtes' challenge.

  • @jorh Feb 3

    Thanks for your kind words! I know really determined to learn an instrument this year after putting it off too long ๐Ÿ˜€ hopefully long term I can put some music to my lyrics, and have another great journey doing that

  • @scubed  Feb 2

    Hi, Frances! Thanks for stopping by to say hello & thanks *very* much for your lovely comment on "Under the High Desert Moon"! ๐Ÿ˜Š I look forward to hearing your songs. Hope you have a wonderful FAWM

  • @aneil Feb 2

    Thanks for comment I put my first demo up Prayer letter if you want to hear how i sound Enjoy!

  • @unkept Feb 2

    Thanks for taking a listen to "Special Day"! ๐Ÿ˜ Your kind words were very welcome.

  • @zxcvbnm  Feb 2

    Thanks Frances, looks like we are both experimenting this year. I enjoyed making it too!

  • @totallynotaspambot Feb 2

    Be greeted and thanks! Beep-bup-bup-beep.

  • @yam655 Feb 1

    Thanks for the lovely comment on "First Fruits". I'm going to try to be around FAWM as I can. There's just so much inspiring music to listen to that it is hard to stay too far away. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @ttg105  Feb 1

    Thanks for your note ... I'll be here!

  • @lofiwaves Feb 1

    Thanks for listening and commenting. Looking forward to your stuff.

  • @moonshadow Feb 1

    Thanks for you comment on my song

  • @elesimo  Jan 31

    Hi, Frances!

    I think I'm also going to try making a black MIDI song this FAWM. I'm wondering if it would work to add notes everywhere, and then just remove some of the notes trying to create a melody with the holes?

    Have a great FAWM!

  • @klaus  Jan 31

    Hi Frances. Everything is as alright as it can be for a gloomy goth-rocker like me who dresses in black. This is the Year of Anti-Klaus after all. ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • @zxcvbnm  Jan 30

    Thank Frances, and the same to you. It looks like a busy, sleep deprived month for us all. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Enjoy it, that's the most important thing.

  • @billwhite51 Jan 28

    Hi Frances. It is good to see you back, I have missed the edification your songs gave me over the 50 90 months. looking forward to hearing more. I took your advice and sppent the last three month remastering all my music and posting 45 albums on Bandcamp.You were right. It is fantastic receiving the feedback and getting money as well.

  • @pamgrisham Jan 2018

    Welcome back, Frances! Happy FAWMing!

  • @tootoobee  Jan 2018

    Hi Frances, have a great FAWM! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @andygetch  Jan 2018

    Hi Frances!