Influences: Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Eagles, KOL, Billy Joel
Hi 2018'ers! - I'm currently working on my first album! I've decided to participate this year. I can't resist. It's been a heck of a year for me, been there done that, trying to keep sanity in all of the insanity and big changes in my life.
Goals for Fawm 2018:
1. Write happier songs.
2. Practice production with what I have. Being creative.
Fawm 2016 - 15 songs. (2 collabs, 3 skrms).
Fawm 2017 - 14 songs (2 collabs, few skrms).
2016 was my first fawm and I've learned that when you got the passion and the drive with a target, the sky is the limit. It changed my life.
Favorite Fawm 2016 song:
Favorite Fawm 2017 song:
|#1||After You Bleed||
|#2||The End Of The World||
|#4||--Wishing Too Much (OLD VERSION)||
|#5||Wishing Too Much (NEW VERSION)||
|#6||This Is How I Live @judypie||
|#7||No title yet.||
|#8||Took The Bait (Another skirmish disaster)||
|#10||Howcome a pretty woman like you loves me||
|#11||Young and Crazy||
Thanks for your kind words on "Who Knows the Rain." =]
Thx for comment on my birthday songs. Kids are target audience let’s hope they not too cool to sing
hey thank you so much
for your very kind words, means so much
Einstein huh?! Why thank you! Not sure he ever used the word "ploughing" though 😝
Thx mate. Ive added a couple more verses hopefully ive grasped your storyline. Will try for some music tonight - will then post as a collaboration.
LOL! I love that you were guessing the body parts in Hear My Body! So, what did you guess? I'm curious!
Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my skirmish song!
Thanks so much for your wonderful words, you are way too kind... It would be a true honor to me...
My voice came back, there's a demo on My Voice now 😀
Thank you for your comments on "Other Side of Her Heart." I'm sorry you understand this feeling of heart break. I'm sorry I understand it too. But I am glad that we understand each other 😀 Thanks also for liking my viola playing, it is always a chore for me to play it, haha.
Thank you so much for your moving comment on my crying lyrics Haim.
Thank You Haim 😀
I know what you are saying. Hope you feel happy again soon.
Thank you Haim for listening and leaving your beautiful comment on Crying Hopelessley. I agree, the girl on the picture is very beautiful. I felt the image was very moving. It is also amazing how the photographer upload it for free to use. Very generous.
thank you so much for the compliments on my writing!! so so kind of you
all art I post is my own unless it's part of an article I've reposted
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 your comment! I recorded them together on my phone because I was pressed for time, though I agree and would love to re-record it with stronger vocals and harmonies. It's a bit of a moot point though, because I don't have any real recording equipment and wouldn't know how to use it if I did! 😁
Ha ha . No worries mate. Its sometimes hard to keep track. I about to post a new one, which i think is right up your street. Save your ears for some morning earworms 😉
Thanks for the comments on "Never Saw it Coming" 😀 x
My process? It starts with an empty mind. Quiet and even. My normal background thought is just the sound of my own breathing. Imagine the mental quieting performed before meditation and some forms of prayer. This is where I begin. If I've had a stressful day (or stressful commute home), I explicitly return to this state before I start.
Then I start recording and read the prompt. I open my mouth up. I feel in to the quiet of my mind and start singing.
It's basically like what writers call "freewriting", but I do it with my mouth.
While I'm singing, sometimes I check the time. If I've not hit 2:30-3:00 for the song, I keep going. Sometimes this requires changing direction. That was hard for me at first, but over time it has gotten easier.
yeah been a tough week mate. If you only get to listen to one - listen to my song "chemo"! always hanging tough though and loving my first Fawn - kept me sane! even done 2 collaborations. We have to do one sometime! keep um coming!
Comments on each of the 14 songs? Thanks! That's highly unexpected. 😀 There comes a point where you know you're going overkill, and you only do it for yourself. One of the reasons I like posting them together is that it makes it easier to get comments on them. (I live-streamed the whole set, too, though I don't think I had any watchers.)
Many many thanks for all of your kind words. Thanks for listening. 😉
Also Join one of the skirmishes we have them all day today. I find the prompt words get me out of my old boring patterns and Spark new ideas.
I find when I have writer's block best thing to do is to stop. I take a walk. I have a coffee like I am doing now. I watch people. I listen to all the music coming out of the speaker. My conscious mind is distracted. That way the unconscious mind will continue to come up with ideas. When you come home relaxed They will come back out. Worst thing for me is to force it then I get nervous and then I say terrible things to myself. So go out and try it and maybe you already did. Hakol yihiyeh b'seder🤗🤗
Lol, I am trying to fire out if you said I am on fire cos of the lyrics in the song! Thank you for inspiring it anyway 😀 Nooooo, sorry to hear you're in a slump!! I am off to Manchester now to watch the professionals do it!
Hope you're having a great time Haim! Shabbat Shalom🌻⚘🌺
Thanks for your comments on "Paella"! I listened to the new version of Wishing Too Much and I LOVE the harmonies. gorgeous! Can't wait to listen to more of your stuff!
I would like to thank you very much for your gorgeous comment! I was very happy to read it!
Thanks! You too. Gonna be a good FAWM again it seems.
Thank you for your kind words on "Start Again".
I love it. I mean, you're good singer anyway, but, when you sing in Hebrew, there's something about it. Maybe it's because I don't understand the language so I'm not distracted by the words, but it feels like, when you sing in Hebrew, there's a depth of feeling there that I don't detect in your other tracks.
Please understand, I'm not saying your other tracks are inferior. I'm saying, in this track, you really sell it. I feel this track 100%.
Thanks for listening to Be Good Be Else Be Gone. This is the first full song I’ve written in a longtime and it came from nowhere. I initially found the chords, whilst recording them for reference I ad libbed the words. Dan’s a fan of Radiohead, I’m not really so not sure what I was thinking. The muse obviously has his/her reasons. (Karl).
Of course I listened. I was trying to comment when you deleted it. As far as I can tell its the only Hebrew song you posted. I can't speak Hebrew, so I don't know what it was about, but I was going to find out.
Thanks so much for your comments, Haim! I’m a little slow to get started this year but will try to catch up soon!
Glad your back!
Thanks so much for your lovely and kind comments! It would be an honor to me...
I enjoy that you reviewed my review, ha! Keep bringing us the good stuff man 😀 You and Julie should collab again this FAWM!
Hey! post that "test" track again, I was digging that.
Haim, thank you so much for your kind comments on my LyriCloud skirmish song "Stuck Blues." Nice to hear it "stuck" with you.
Haha, no problem dude! I'm hearing word of a collaboration that you're doing with one of my friends... Can't wait to hear that!
Oh, and yes - I was playing all the instruments. It’s ukelele, plucked violin and bowed violin. (And lots of vocal harmonies etc). I’m not good enough at guitar to accompany myself, so I’ve been using ukelele (or piano).
Yeah, I’m finding it hard to get the time to record it properly!! It’s about 40% of the way done, so hopefully I can post it tomorrow! Having two kids under 3 makes it virtually impossible to have any spare time!
Welcome back Haim! Fellow Bon Jovi and Aerosmith fan here. I'm sure you've heard of the girl group HAIM? They've made it big recently, you may be interested in checking them out if you're into big fun pop songs.
Hello! Wasn’t sure if I should comment on your song or your profile, so I’m doing both haha. Love the new changes to your song.
My songwritings been smooth so far, fourth song is basically written but I want to make sure it’s ready before I record it. I’m a bit worried I’ll lose inspiration after that one, but that’s what skirmishes are for. How’s your FAWM been?
No problem....I went ahead and did that demo.... I still think you’d have done a better job, because you’re amazing at production!!! But, I eagerly anticipate doing a collaboration with you!!!
Hey - thank you so much for your kind words! I was a member of the band 'Anderson Hall' from two years back. I skipped out last year but I decided to rejoin FAWM this year as a way to focus and force myself to work. I love your music, I still remember some of your songs from two years back and I'm happy we're reacquainted!
Thanks for your kind words about "Cosmic Symphony" , yes that line is totally about meditation! The peaceful resting state that connects folks to something greater.
Of course you are good in terms of what you do too, but I'd never say that about myself. 😝
I've just read my comment on your song again. When I said "good" I meant that we're both obviously in a good place in terms of getting those happier emotions in music. And by showing off, I mean 'expressing that emotion outwardly'. Does that make sense?
Mate how do you find the song numbers? thx doesnt come up on IPad does on my desktop
Thx for your comments on “my freedom” I enjoyed singing it more than any other thats why i clicked favourite even though its not as complete a song as Stories Past. Keep em rolling!
Thanks for the nice comments! I'll definitely try to add some EQ to the piano because I see what you mean about it not being as clear. I'm suddenly developing so much respect for people who include vocals/other instruments in their demos 😀
Hi Haim, Thank you so much for your nice comments, made me blush... My name is short for Angelique, and then made into the Dutch version. Because it's so difficult to pronounce in English I wrote a song for FAWM 2010 I think, What's in a name, with the line that you can call me LJ if you like, my initials.
I changed my path because I took a class about teaching students with disabilities and felt called to that. I realized I can incorporate my love of music and arts into my teaching and life outside of the classroom. I wanted music to still be something I enjoyed and was not reliant on it for income.
Thanks for listening and for your kind comments. I look forward to listening to your two new songs today!
Thanks so much Haim! Glad you understood so well what the song was meant to be about!
Thanks for listening to "I'm On Fire". Repeating the verses should work, as you said. I was in a hurry is all. 😉
You have a good one, too!
Hi! Yes would love to collaborate! I'm a little time-poor as i have a one year old son but I'll do my best. Email me using the link at the top of my profile page 😀
Ah thanks so much matey for you comments on "it's alright " yeah and that was my little message to people as my just relesed album is lyrically very in depth and revealed myself like never before , so just in case , I thought I would create a wee happy message for all . Thanks so much again mate . Means a lot
Yeah i have the same thing often mate. Its funny often a really positive tune will pop out of my head as i generally do music first, but then the lyrics are so much harder, especially when you are feeling stuff that you want to get out in the words. Anyway, joyous or melencholic, it doesn't matter mate as people want it all and you got it 😉
Thanks for the wonderful comment on my first song. I see you're already off to a flying start. Keep it up!
I totally get that. It starts out as a crazy challenge, but becomes tradition and necessary.
Did I mention that I'm glad that you changed your mind about FAWM? Your musical And interactive personality would have been missed.
Hi Haim! Welcome back.
Thankyou so much for your comments, so glad you felt the emotion in the lyrics and it touched you 😀
Is this the year we make a collaboration happen? I love your style and production quality! Let’s talk about what you’d like and I’ll write you some lyrics....
Thank you for the kind words, Haim. Bon Jovi is one of my favorite bands, and if you really wanted to pursue something along those lines with my lyrics, just ask and I will gladly add you as a collaborator. I'm looking forward to hearing more of your songs.
Thanks for your comments on Temporary. It's awesome that I can help another FAWMer think outside the box, so to speak. I have wanted to do a percussion-only song for a long time. I'm happy with the way it turned out. Glad you enjoyed the listen!
Thank you Haim, I definitely am feeling better than I did last summer! Sorry to hear you were feeling the same! Can't wait to listen to more of your tunes 😀
Thanks for listening to my bleach song skirmish and the comment about Dolly Parton 😁
Thx for your comments on house on the hill! Hard to write the happy songs keep trying!
It's loops - you input your chords into the program with the song details, then the AI software takes the loops and stitches it together into a line - There are several piano settings, from gospel to simple quarter notes.
Thanks for the comments on You don't see me coming! The piano is from Band in a Box, it's a music production software - there's a long thread or two about it in the forums. Most of my music is made with this software. One of my biggest influences was the ballads of the piano men of the 70's - Elton John, Billy Joel, Barry Manilo, the carpenters - but my heart is in jazz.
Hi, Thanks for your comment!! Which "free simple audio editing software to record vocals separately from the piano" do you recommend? Thanks again. 😀
Thank you for telling me haha, I really appreciate the help! Thanks again for the nice comment
thx for you very nice comments on "Stories past"
Haim, Thank you so much for posting information about tags in the Skirmish thread. Really appreciate your help!
Thanks for the warm welcome and the great tips! Looking forward to checking out your music!
for the skirmish, you did not miss it yet. John Staples Skirmish starts today Friday in the States at 17:00 hours Eastern time so that would be 7 hours later for you in Israel at 00 hours.
There is an earlier one starting from Europe your today if you look on page one or two of the Forum you will see it. There will be skirmishes all weekend. Hope this helps. Kol Hakavod!!
Hey, happing FAWMing 😀 Looking forward to listening to your stuff this year!
Hey thank you for the lovely comment! Look forward to hearing your stuff!
Yes! I'm around this month. Glad to see you are too!
Same to you!
Thanks for your input, Haim! And good luck with FAWM, I'm sure it will be a great one! 😀
Nice to see you again 😊
Welcome back! Happy FAWM!!!!!
Thanks for the comment dude, looking forward to your stuff once again. 😀
Hello! Realllllyy looking forward to hearing your songs again this year! 😁
Hey! Great to see you here again! Thanks so much for your kind words, it would be an honor to me!
Hey man, have a good month!
Hi! Congrats on your upcoming album. Hope to hear some new music from you this month!