Influences: The Beatles, Mose Allison, James Booker, Ry Cooder, Guy Van Duser, B.B. King, Mark Knopfler, John Hurt, Dylan...oy, lists like this make my head hurt. And it's all dudes. Well - record by record, here are some other favorites: Suzanne Vega (Suzanne Vega & Solitude Standing), Joan Armatrading (To The Limit), k.d. lang (Absolute Torch and Twang), Shawn Colvin (A Few Small Repairs), Carla Bley (Heavy Heart).
FAWM #6. I love, love, love FAWM. Every year I wonder how I'll possibly make time for it, and wish I could think about nothing else for the month, and this year is no different. Somehow, I get the songs written. I hope that happens again this time. I got a new record out in 2015, and 7 of the songs came from FAWMs past, which is pretty satisfying. This year I'm playing in a band with another guitarist/songwriter, trading off tunes, so I'm especially motivated to come up with things the band will think are cool and fun to play, and to have more stuff that seems to fit the general vibe of the band. It's pretty much of a stupid guitar blowout, [but / and therefore] absurdly fun. Meanwhile, I've been listening to The Band's Live at the Academy of Music and wanting to take the simpler structures I tend towards and build them out more in terms of choruses and bridges and such. Sometimes I already do, and sometimes I just feel like I've gotten it said in the verses so why overstate things? But that's one of my aims this time.
That, and, as ever, commenting and collaborating more. I squeaked over the Centurion line last year but there were still tons of songs by favorite FAWMers of mine I never got to commenting on, and FAWMers with whom I likewise would have liked to have collaborated with further (or at all). Collaboration is not really in my genes but when I've done it here it's brought a whole new dimension to the FAWM experience. This is more than I ever write in my profile. Better save some words for the songwriting to come.
Geek Notes: I've gotten questions about my recording setup over the past several FAWMs which, as a latecomer to that side of things, I find flattering in the extreme. I moved studios last May, and it turns out the room I was in until then had a whole lot more to do with how things were sounding than I had any inkling of. So I'm not sure how things will sound yet this FAWM, as I'm still struggling to get things sounding how I want in the new space. That said, I'm happy to explain what I do, for what it's worth. It's pretty nerdy, but here goes: I'm using a Lauten FC-387 large-diaphragm microphone, into a Shadow Hills Mono GAMA preamp, through an Apogee Symphony interface, into a "trashcan" Mac with Digital Performer. From there, I use (as plugins) a little EQ (cutting the lows around 200 and boosting the highs around 3750), a little compression (a hunt-and-peck process, to be sure) a little room-sounding reverb and a little hall-sounding reverb. I place the microphone about six inches from my face and a couple inches below my mouth so it picks up the vocals and guitar as evenly as possible, and the guitar is a 1956 Martin 00-18 that I feel incredibly lucky to play every time I pick it up.
|#1||I Don't Think This Is Going To Work Out||
|#2||Great Big Fox||
|#3||The Stakes Are High||
|#4||Watch Me, Spin Me||
|#5||Everybody Talks Too Much||
|#6||There's a New Perfume||
|#7||My Father Used To Play This Piece (Bach Invention #1)||
|#8||Vegan Dad Emergency||
|#9||Sail Together, Sail Alone||
|#11||Why Won't You Listen To Hank Mobley?||
|#12||Eddie Wore Paisley||
|#13||The Thing That Is Not Happening Is Sleep||
|#14||Next Year (With Apologies To Little Walter)||
Tried to follow you on SoundCloud today and the link was kaputt!
Or a final collaborative song with a bridge . . .
Thanks for your fun fact 😀 And congrats on 14 songs! Hurray, you made it!
Congrats on your win!
Thanks for listening to talk, talk, talk. I bumped the guitar/vocal track a few dB to make it a bit louder.
Thanks for visiting "Lie Down". Glad you liked it. This years FAWM has been heartbreaking for me, just when I had some time to catch up on demos my voice disappeared. I'm scared I'll have lost the vibe by March and won't bother. So your words are encouraging thank you! You know how much I admire what you do. 😀
You are most welcome for any and all comments I may have made on any or all of your songs. *evil grin* And likewise, thank you for stopping by.
Also, I see in your soundboard message that you said you had an album of recent release? Is there linkage to such a thing so that a fellow who enjoys what he hears could purchase such a capitalistic thing? I'd be greatly appreciative if you could provide a link to an internet storefront (or other retail space.)
Regarding shorts: no, not at all, though the man can wear anything he wants, eh?
Not pedantic at all (and I'm happy to have the lesson!). And with a day job as a professor, I'd be the last to criticize pedantry anyway.
Even without the liner notes I got a pretty good sense of who Hank Mobley was from the song -- I think you conveyed him, and his coolness, well.
Yes, that's what "bitch" reversed sounds like.
"magnitude of the controlled looseness" ... wow. In a way it's just a byproduct of bad timing, but I really do aspire to the feel of not-quite-in-time so that is the best musical compliment I have ever had, thanks!
Aw shucks, thanks. You've heard the best one though.
thanks for the note and info- and yeah, semi-hollow body guitars, with reverb added, are da bees' knees! great you can record thru a real amp live, nice to hear it sounding that way in real time, I'm sure. As for my burst of songs, yeah, I guess politics got me workin overtime again. the ones marked with a 'heart' are probably where you might want to check out first.. I'm liking some of those alot, some of the others are real throwaways.. in other words, a typical fawm! meanwhile, I love what i've heard of yours this year and must hear more!
hamiltonpoolhall, Ref steel guitar lyrics - "I wonder if you're thinking of it going in a humorous, upbeat direction or something darker?" This would have to be an upbeat, humorous twang-thang.
Hey there! You are one of my favourit-est FAWMers so I was chuffed you liked my song. I hope I manage something a bit more classic this month, but I'll take what I can get. Gonna listen while I'm here. 😀
Have fun reading the lyrics. They're all quite mad, but some of them are quite short.
Good to have you back too. I was in Austin for a few days in October and I thought it would have been nice to team up for some picking but I had no contact info. And your Soundcloud link is broken, by the way.
Oh man The Band's Live at the Academy of Music is such an awesome record
When February rolled around, among the first thoughts through my head was "Gee, I wonder what kinda one-take, virtuosic-fingerpicking goodness is going to come out of @hamiltonpoolhall's corner this year..."
Not trying to be sycophantic, but thanks for making such fantastic music.
cheers matey I am actually moving accomodation tomorrow as can't listen at the moment and uploads taking 45 mins if i lucky. Ah FAWM and India joys
Welcome back! Thanks for note. Hope all is well, and I'm looking forward to hearing your music again this year. Yay FAWM!
Thank you for the wonderful comments. It's tough for me not carrying on a demo fornat through to completion but hopefully I shall get used to it . Cheers
So glad you're participating. I really like your music! Have a great FAWM!
Yes..... can't wait to hear your music again. Have a wonderful FAWM!
welcome one of my fav fawmers. Bring it on
Hey bro, you make my heart sing... So delighted to see your name again... Long live the brother and sister hood... Love you man..
Hope to hear some more Hamiltonpoolhall classics this year!
So glad you are on board!!
You back this year Hammy?
Hi There! Good to see you here...