Influences: Belle & Sebastian, The Strokes, Indie Pop music
First time here. Nice to meet you all!
Some gear used for FAWM:
Casio wk-200 keyboard
Dean bass guitar
Thanks for visiting!
Probably won't be logging in as often as my activity here seems to be slowing down. Thank you everyone for all your support and kindness. Take care!
|#8||Takeover (without vocals)||
|#9||Takeover (only Casio tracks)||
|#12||Mathematics (Unit conversions)||
Hey, what you said was fine, no need to delete. You've got a great mind. Sometimes we're to sensitive, yet fine. You have every reason to be comfortable with your thoughts 😀 -- Just sayin... saw the 
Thanks for listening and for all of your comments! I don't know why but the emojis are not showing up for me. sadface.
Thank you for the comments! I love distortion too. As for the title "Killed by Kicking a Partly Eaten Hobbit Corpse", the death is due to injury sustained from kicking. It is actually a possible death you can get in a game called "nethack", which is where i was stealing my chiptune song titles from. (the titles from my other tracks are all variations of titles from Philip K Dick books, which is why they seem creative)
On lavender: I don't think they use actual lavender in some of those products. Their fragrance doesn't even smell like real lavender. When I first smelled actual lavender oil in its full strength, I didn't like it. It grew on me and now I really like it when its subtle. If you can find a lavender sachet/bag much like the cedar sachet's they sell (around here anyway), you'd get a closer idea of what it truly smells like and if it does aide in sleep. There are some hand-made soaps made with real lavender (expensive for soap). I got one for Christmas--almost gone! I love the smell of it in the shower as the steam carries the fragrance. Also, you can buy pure lavender oil to use in laundry or in a humidifier, but full strength in the bottle is rather strong. It need to be diluted by putting a few drops into oil or something like soap. Those are the products that would give you an idea if it would really aide in sleep. 😀
check your regular email, iHelen.
Hey iHelen! I'm just peeking in real quick, but wow! Thanks for checking out all of my songs and commenting. I'd like to keep in touch if you're agreeable to that (?) What's the best way?
Thanks for listening to I Can't Forget! @kc5 is a truly wonderful person and I am blessed to have her as a collaborative partner, even though we're halfway across the continent from each other. As she has often observed, I always come up with something musically she wasn't expecting, but it usually works! Likewise, I wasn't expecting this lyric when I sent her the music, but it worked VERY well.
Wow iHelen! It's
so nice to encounter you here! Thank you so much for your detailed feedback on my songs. I appreciate the effort and time you invested in your listening and commenting. I most certainly will be back here to check out your music as well!
Thanks for your comment on Seasonal Affective Disorder! For what it's worth the sun is up much longer (even though it's -25 these days), and spring is just around the horizon!
Thank you for your comment on just on ordinary face.
For what it's worth, I took it that the captain on the seas got his wife/lover pregnant and *he* isn't aware of it. But she misses him something fierce because she *is*. Thanks for listening to Tilbury's Tavern!
Yeah, there was another Helen on 50/90 that was quite active last year. However, other than that, I don't if she ever attempted FAWM before, so I thought that was you. But thanks for clearing up the confusion! Now I know it wasn't you. 😉
Again, thank you for the nice comments regarding on my songs and my future blog!
Thank you for the comments and the birthday wishes!!
Thanks for your constructive comment on "Pity I Will Never Clean My Room"! Yes the liner notes would definitely be useful in the long run. However, producing more songs and looking back on them once in awhile would be quite enough for me to stay on track of my songwriting. However, since I'm going to do a blog on my songs soon, I would need to save that invaluable info or else I'll probably forget them!
Yeah, in my first 50/90 I was experimenting with borrowed chords in my songs with the help of Matt Blick's Tickets-to-write tips. And ever since then, the burrowed chords have been coming to me naturally in my songwriting. For my first FAWM, this is still an experiment but less depending on the tickets this time around. I've depended on actual ideas that I've picked up from my favorite bands and this fellow fawmling that I've met before joining FAWM.
I believed I've heard of you from 50/90, though I could be wrong. 😝
Btw, congratulations on reaching 14 songs! It's certainly not an easy task especially when you have to commit to things important in life!!
Thanks for your kind comment on "Going Solo"! The idea about the guitar solo came from an interview with David Gilmour, who said that he's much rather answer questions by playing a guitar solo rather than verbally! My own soloing is somewhat dodgy...
Thanks for listening to "Oblivi-Yawn," yeah it wasn't all humor. Some of my other songs are funnier if you want to check those out.
Thanks for you comment, checked out a few of your songs and i like what you are doing.
Helen that is uncanny that we thought of the same songs! The impressionist period is my favorite of orchestral music, as well as painting, and these are two of my favorite pieces of music from that period (well some argue that Faure is not impressionist, but I see Monet and Manet paintings in my head when I hear Pavanne). I wish you hadn't felt you couldn't do those pieces when someone else had used them. As you know I used very little of the source melodies but hopefully enough to send uninitiated to go listen to the originals. I would love to have heard what you would have done with these pieces. It's not too late. Please let me know if you do some kind of interpretation of them.
Thanks for your comment on Cheat! I'm sorry to say I have been a bad influence on another fawmer who intends to cheat on 50/90. ☺
No problem - one of the great things about songwriting when you're aiming for something you're not too familiar with is that it often ends up birthing something unique. 'Takeover' is a good case 😀
Helen! Thanks again for being ambitious and listening to the Hot Drinks series. Since you'd like to know (and it doesn't need to be secret), the cafe sounds are samples that are edited together. I am happy you enjoyed the series. It was a lot of work. More so than I think any of us expected. And thanks for listen to You.Take.Me. Yes the bigness I am referring to is the tuning of DADGAD. It allows for sounds that are much more difficult to achieve in standard tuning. Try it. It's a ton of fun.
Thanks so much once again for the wonderful comments and taking the time to listen to more of my (and my collaborators) songs. You are awesome... 😀
Hey, thanks for the comments!
As to how I do those vocals... Well, there are effects, but simply some compression to even things out, a touch of Waves Manny-M Distortion to warm things up a bit, and a quarter-note delay to give a bit of depth. The bulk of what you hear though is simply sheer volume. I take a really loud headphone feed out of Cubase and absolutely belt the lyrics out over it into nothing more complicated than a Rode NT-1A mic!
In fairness it does take a few evenings to get warmed up , and in the first half of FAWM I'd rehearsing and then recording the new Abomnium album, so by the time I started FAWM I was able to just do these vocals at the drop of a hat 😀
Hey Helen, yes, I will let you know about Oblivian.. I need to figuren out how vocals will work best.. but I tend to take time for songs to grow..
Have a great weekend too. Thanks for listening to East meets West...
I'm with you. I do that when listening to people's work to. It doesn't help that I created episodic series. Apologies again! I'll be back to listen.
im going to check out the rest of your work today as i liked that first song so much. do you also play all the instruments on your record?
Hey there Helen, that All came as a nice surprise! Thank you. I will return the favour asap. Cheers
PS...yes, as corny as it sounds, "jam out" is a phrase.
Helen! You had me laughing as I read you commentary as you listened to Hot Drinks backwards. Sorry I should have made that more clear on my page. Thanks so much for listening and I assure you it makes sense in order!
Someday I am hoping to crack out a bass (or guitar) method book. Maybe finally actually learn some scales (never have) and theory (also never have). I'm not being a good example am I? I just taught myself by ear and ran with it. I learned the main chords on guitar, but a lot of the time I am just moving my fingers around into a form that sounds good and have no idea what the actual chord is. The problem with that is that unless I write down what I was playing I won't remember it later and can't play that song. I have a lot of songs that I don't know how to play, lol.
Don't let theory hold you back. It is certainly not a bad thing, but isn't always necessary. Depends how you play... 😀
Have a great weekend!
Cheers for the comment on 'Polly Is', most kind. Going to have a dig into your tracks now!
Thanks for the listen, and comment! I will be back to give listen here.
Hi Helen. Thanks for stopping by and listening! Yes, much appreciated. Good to hear from you. Off to listen to more of yours. Oh, and thanks for your advice on 'All your 'reveries'. I'll ponder about it.
Before FAWM ended you would add a new song. You could title it whatever came to mind. Call it Future Song. Then go to where it says Public and hit arrow. You will see a selection that says either only you can see it or the like. Then save. It will show pink and a lock.
Then when you are ready to do song you click on it, create song and then do to public and change status to everyone.
I will come back and listen in a while
A place holder would need to be done prior to FAWM ending, when you can still add songs. You'd add a song as always, just no content. As well, you can mark it viewable only to you, colors red I think.
Then, when have a track, Edit it, add lyrics, URL, and mark it for all to see when you save it.
Some do two or three, just in case, and may delete them if you want to, as with any song, -- may be deleted.
If you are serious about making that HELL-N album I'd definitely love to hear it! Hit me up when it's done-
I was actually going to say that my wife's first graders would love the math song... So, I think you were on target for the kids. But also the adults. It's one of those great songs that go to both. 😀
Thank you for your nice comments! We had never done a band collab before, so this was fun....they tried to get me by making me, the drummer, start off the collab. So, I ended up only playing guitars and bass. Haha! I got them!!! We would love to play where you are...who knows where we will play. Thanks again for your nice comments.
I think this is the first time anyone's ever called me a pro at music making! 😁
Thanks for your lovely comment on Northern Lights. I shall have to listen to more of your tunes!
I went to 5090 and tagged your soundboard 😝 Over there my ID is [nutation] ... well, if I make it there ...
I'll guess they delete all to refresh the acct like here. So, take a look around now, if so inclined.
Thank you for your comments on ALL my songs. I appreciate It! They were all very authentic and nice. You get a gold star for that. You can put it in your little FAWM trophy cup! ☺
Congrats on 14! I appreciate your listens and comments. I am really looking forward to listening more of your stuff when I have more time 😊
Thank you, you're great for the full review. It's very much appreciated! 😀 So much work for you, thank you.
Waiting in excitement for your last 2!!!
Thank you very much fro your comment on " It's Not Easy" I had a rough time with that one but I'm glad it is connecting with people.
My first few FAWMs were all lo-fi a-capella. This year, the closest I've gotten to that has been the multi-layered vocal stuff -- like my "Mixed Emotion" song. Somewhere along the way, I stopped having issues with the sound of my voice. I kind of like it now.
You might try making an experimental song out of just your voice as the source. Process it with effects, sure, but your voice is where it all starts.
It sort of confronts the sound of your voice head on. If the only thing in the song is your voice, then no matter how you process or mix it, you can't hide it.
Your voice sounds fine, you just need to hear it more to get used to it.
You want a title/theme for such a song? How about "Internal Monologue?" That way it can be self-referential about the sound of your voice. 😉
Thank you for the comment. I think it's so interesting too how musicians hear such a range when reading my stuff. Any demos that come back usually reflect that same range and I'm almost always surprised.
I have some anxiety issues. Once I realized that my anxiety exists independent to any outside stimulus it was a bit easier.
If I ever ask, "Why am I anxious?" My immediate reply is, "What'cha got?" I can be anxious about anything.
My "Mixed Emotions" tries to both capture that, both the anxiety and worry, as well as only focusing on a single piece of it. (To the point where only the main lyrics are listed. The voices in the background are explicitly ignored.)
Congratulations on making it to the Century Club! 😀
Hi, Thank you for your comments on "Wisdom Adds Up". Cheers!
@ihelen Thanks for the creative interpretation of my title (castles made of jam) 😀. Some of those kinds of thoughts did come to me after I cam up with it, but my thinking was really: I've built a formally rigid(ish) structure out of a very loose and sloppy jam (on an great app called DrumJam), and then the title is a takeoff or something of the great Jimi Hendrix song 'Castles made of of sand' (fall in the sea, eventually), to which musically it has no relation at all.
But I did like the grotesque image of a castle made of jam, pretty much as per what you said. It would be a horrible sticky mess, which also seems fairly apt.
Anyway thanks again for listening and writing!
You're so sweet, thank you so much! I'm sorry that I scared you with my liner notes. In fact, the notes were as lazy as the song ; they should have said "...and as I lack oxygen, I'm supposed to breathe, and practising some forms of singing is very good for that, so here is a breathing song." 😁
I would have loved to hear you singing in French, but I can relate to what you say : FAWM devours our time and energy in a scary way. We all deserve a rest, I think. Maybe you'll sing in French next year? 😀
Take care. <3
I'm so glad you like my songs (and I like yours, too!) Have fun brushing up your German! You never really lose it, you know - it'll all come back to you when you use it, for example if you travel to Germany or read German books.
Hey, thanks for the feedback on my Christmas song. You're a brave one 😉 I appreciate the review.
Yes, well the "X-mess" is commentary about what it's become, and not what it's about.
I can't know your background et al, but you are one bright, sensitive, open person... apparently; so, -- it is an intended "Reverent remembering", it's not a "national", global generic "holiday". It has nothing to do with 😀 Jingle Bells or Frosfy the Snowman, or Easter Bunny. So, that's the "X-mess", mess reference.
Yes, His first supper was His last, so to speak... His shadow "Crossed", as in the Cross, and the word Pass, is a ref to Passover... first born male child dies. Now, there was Adam, but, he was not "born".
What I find interesting is Eve was taken from him, Adam, so to speak, and yet women give birth. Lots of Lyric ops 😀
Again, thank you!
Thank you for your nice comments on my El Gorrito lyric!
Re: bar chords- Do you know about the trick where you can tune the 6th "E" string down to "D"? This way you can avoid stretching out the ring finger (to the 5th string) and just use the first finger for the 5th and 6th strings. Makes things easier and it"s perfect for two note (where only the 5th and 6th strings are used) rock/metal/punk songs.
BTW, that cat pic is @mantra. It's @caterwauler's cat. @caterwauler makes some serious soundscape/soundtrack music which I highly recommend.
Wow, you're amazing... looking up word meanings! Just great 😀 (wrecking train, just great!) ...
I did a couple of lyric notes, snippets on post apocalyptic thoughts, and it got munged in that "song" ? ... it's a weird "form" but if changed, would be a different song, too.
Well, I do appreciate that you're, somehow affected. Song writing is one solid place one can have an opinion, -- period. In any other context, it seems, there so much menutia... but, not in a song, and context of singing it. That's it. I love it. I've been singing to four blank walls my entire life.
What's weird is, some folks hear it, and say, wow, others "run". It's a very weird context of communication.
Trust me... I understand both things. Check out my liner notes for my jungle song. I totally misread owl's lyrics when she sent them to me early in the morning.
And i understand people not listening to your music. I stopped putting links online because book one listens. But i make music for myself. 😀
Haha, don't worry about "Temple of Doom" it's very forgettable, watch "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or "The Last Crusade" for an Indiana Jones movie. Thanks for the feedback! It's exactly what I was wondering. This was one of those tracks where after i got the main loops, nothing came naturally, so i felt like I was forcing a lot of it. So I didn't know what worked and didn't, and just wanted to get it away from my ears and hear other's opinions.
Excited you have a new track! Gonna listen now!
Thanks again for taking the time to listen and for the wonderful comments. I love how Empathy came out, and really thought Holly's lyrics were wonderfully stated. They definitely are written in a way where the listener could probably take them different ways. I definitely take them as a plea to treat people with respect and dignity, as well as trying to have empathy for different people's situations. That last verse for example shows a guy complaining about women's rights in other countries, yet treats his wife like an object. (At least in my opinion). 😀
Hey, when ya gonna break out that Strat of yours! I want to hear some Shred! 😝
Hey thanks for the comps on the new tunes!
You..... are so kind. Thanks for taking all that time, and for all the wonderful comments! You songs have been wonderful too and I can't wait to listen to the rest of them!
thanks for giving the new ones an ear Helen and thx for the words too. In my liner notes to 'move it' I was revering to some forum posts
I have not had a look at the stats befor I read this, bud had to laugh afterwood... and yes, you're probably right, I should link the song rather then the whole album. Still, it was more of a joke then a complaint...
With Notion I mean this...
mine is the iPad version, the phone's much to smal for my fingers *].
It's stuffed with LSO samples, I really luv it. If it wheren't for Notion I could never write for Orchester, I have to hear what I write, am not schooled enough to write scores on paper.
Cheers from Vienna...
Now you're making me think of the Blue-man Group...;) oh... I love them. I got to see them in Las Vegas, at the Luxor. Experimental music at its best, imo.
So, feeling blue can be a good thing in that regard. Smurfs are pretty cool to... though not very musical, in so far as I know of. I have limited two dimensional cartoon friend interaction 😝 ... well, it's been a while, anyway.
@ihelen thank you for your feedback on my songs! Yes you got it right on Nero, the harp is meant to be him playing his harp happily and ignoring the plight of his people. 😀 It was fun to write a song with scenes in mind, I hadn't quite done that before.
If you care to know, most of the song is in C Minor but it shifts to C Major for the "happy harp" piece too. Since Nero was happy and the people not so much. 😉
You're jealous of *my* musical skills??? Im unsure if you are serious but if you are, that's quite humbling because when i listened to your song Spring yesterday I was thinking to myself...I really need to up the ante with my musical skills. That's the honest to goodness truth. Your vocal harmonies and piano playing are awesome. But it's also how you took a minor classical tune and made it major and all that ability...it may be easy for you but i couldn't even figure where to start to do something like that. I'm a full on ear player. I have no knowledge of musical theory. Just the basics really. *tips hat*
So yeah, no need to be jealous of me...well...except for my absolute pristine guitar soloing abilities and dynamite drum soloing with midi controllers (not).
Don't worry about other's casio punk, I want to hear your spin! Just run your casio into any kind of effects you have and see if it sparks something. At least, that's what worked for me. Good luck!
Nope...there's only one song about the toilet (which is up now) but nice guess! That profile image....that's a new look for you isn't it? :-p
I am running so far behind on soundboards and thank you's. I haven't had nearly as much time to fawm as I'd planned, but who does, I guess? Thank you for the comment on my super song - and yes, quality beats quanitity. 😀
Please do a casio punk song!!! I'd love to hear you put your twist on it! You always go such unique directions.
Re: Shevchenko, yeah I'm sure she is single. Her next fight is for the women's bantamweight title so i think intimate relationships are the last thing on her mind. Maybe i can change her mind with my charm *cough* *cough* hey I can dream right?
That's someone playing a guitar???? It looks more like an aardvark on a stick!
Thank you for your kind comments.
Thanks for listening in Helen. 10-12 never got finished but I'm glad I joined anyway and I hope to see you next year. Peace sister!
Thanks for the comments! I really appreciate it. 😀
Thanks for your comment on my anti-valentine song. I hope the demo won't be too long arriving.
I think a full 90% of my songs this year have been thanks to skirmishes. 😀 I push myself and try new things, but the skirmish keeps me focused.
They're also a great way to catch up. You can even do skirmishes late. Hop in to one of the skirmish threads, give yourself an hour, use the tags, and post in the thread that you've done it, and that you just started late. 😉
Thank you for the high praise on my songs!!!!
Yes, it is a guitar. Thanks for the comment.
Thanks for the comments on my songs. I appreciate the feedback. The experimental was also a relatively quick way get something else up and posted. Several in the works.
Ah ok, Logic.....thought it was VSTs. Sounds great!
Wow thanks for that compliment Helen!
Haha! Thanks for listening and for your comments. No instruments were harmed, I promise. Have a great month!
Thx for listening Helen (I like this ihelen). Ja, the doorbells to the hell outside throughout the decades, until there's no one left to make noise...
Hi and thank you for your comment on Sweet Memories (Pillow Planet)you are welcome anytime! It's the softest place in Outer Space- Like Fawm!
Hi Helen-in regards to Knock Knock, yes I used guitar and bass which were pitched down. I played them both at the same key then pitched them down (bass half way down from the guitar).
Thank you for your lovely comments - i'm glad you enjoyed the emotion in my lyrics! i'll definitely be trying to learn that musical instrument, just need to make sure i make the time now 😀
Regarding the Wedding Parade: I had to fight to keep myself from laughing (though now I realize I should have just laughed) so if it amuses, that's just fine with me. Most of my experiments are just noise but this one comes very close to being music.
Thanks for the kind words. You're right, of course about "sunset." I actually sing "waiting for the sun to set," but I didn't update the lyric. I'll fix that!
Thank you for your encouragement, beautiful.
Very much a positive feedback loop-- they hear dad having fun making music and want to have fun making music as well, which in turn inspires dad to keep on making music! Thanks for stopping by the footlings' page!
Aw, thanks 😀 I know I need practice hitting the right notes though! Guess I'll take FAWM as practice for my writing muscles and vocal cords.
I took one year of violin at my old school, so there's that. Unfortunately, a broken string prevents me from doing much beyond pizzicato on the G and D strings 😞
Maybe I'll pick up piano again...
Thanks for your kind comment on "Superheroine (Unbeatable)"!
You helped me know for certain that the genre of the song is pop. Thanks 😀
Thanks for your comments on my songs. Your comment on my love song made me look at it from a completely different perspective. I appreciate your insight!