Influences: Jon Foreman, MuteMath, Needtobreathe, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Hammock, James Vincent McMorrow, Ben Howard, Local Natives, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club, Jars of Clay, Switchfoot, This Beautiful Republic, Matthew and the Atlas, Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay, Josh Garrels, Sleeping at Last, Liz Frencham, and a little of every genre really.
I'm Jacob. I sing stories and ask questions. I have a simple songwriting philosophy: "Find your vulnerability."
Texas is home turf. I'm a worship pastor for a small church in Fort Worth. I travel a lot. I do odd jobs and write music and play gigs in between. Sometimes I design graphics, which used to be my real career. Now I'm an even more broke starving artist. But it's more fun.
I recorded a studio EP in 2017 and the first single is dropping on 2/1/18. I'm pretty stoked about it. The EP includes several songs written during previous FAWMs.
FAWM is the best. Hands down. There's nothing like it. If you're a Fawmer, you're family. So, fam, I'm looking forward to hearing your music and sharing my own. I appreciate all feedback.
I'm always open to collaborate. Words, vocals, instruments. Any of it.
Last year I wrote 21 songs after setting a goal of 20. So we're upping the ante a little bit:
2018 FAWM GOAL: 25 Songs
If you like my music, please follow me on your preferred social media platform. I love making connections and every follow counts. I'm just trying to get a few songs out there that will make a difference.
As always: Much love.
|#3||Bleach and Gasoline||
|#6||Lioness From The North||
|#11||The Legend of Snake Jones||
|#13||Seeds or Kites @scottlake||
|#15||Shortcut Ghost @stevenwesleyguiles||
Wow, congratulations on your ep! I will definitely pick that up. Very exciting!
Jacob, is there any way I can help with any of your tunes? I can add keys, different guitars, mandolin, and now some semi decent drum tracks. I'd love to return the favor. BTW, I friend requested you on FB and asked SWG if you guys might want to do some type of virtual band over this next year.
Alright....I'm back for some listening!! Nicely done, sir...
Thanks for sitting and giving a good listen to that track and your in-depth feedback, 7 minutes is a lot to ask for, so again, thank you!
I think I may give more goes at ambient music, with a more defined curve dynamically
Post that thing!
Oh, thank you so much for your comment on Saltwater! I really appreciate it. You're correct, I didn't use a pick. I found them awkward when I was learning to play and then got in the habit of not using them, so it's actually pretty rare that I do!
Thanks Jacob for taking the time to listen to and comment on "They Say Love." I appreciation your encouragement re: the headvoice. Definitely a comment if you could hear it featured on The Voice. 😀
In Boston the driving isn't so great, but I find the pedestrians to be surprisingly bad. Pedestrians behave toward drivers like drivers typically behave toward pedestrians, with total inconsideration. They'll cross at any time, regardless of how it impacts traffic. It's quite an interesting experience. 😀
Thanks for the thoughts on Roads and Rainbows. Honest, I don't know how that came to me, other than the article I mention in the notes.
It's a fun challenge I think I'll be adding to my toolbox.
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!!
Hey Jacob. Thanks for the compliments on “The Descent (Out of Time).” I guess the drivers in Texas are as bad as the self-described “Massholes” (its an official term) here in Massachusetts. 😀
Logic is da shit! I'm happily stuck with my old ProTools but might change some day after all.
Are the drums on Three Threes also from Logic? A friend of mine help me with the Logic drums from time to time and with some distortion i think they sound just great. §:•)~
No rush. I’m gone for the weekend. If you are an Apple user we could FaceTime and workshop some music ideas also
I know you are super busy with requests but let me know if you'd be up for collaborating!
Can I send YOU stems?
Then you can cut and paste from your amazing chorus section?
I'll email you...
Just wanted you to know I'm pulling up our song now to give it a crack. I think we should go for "finished not perfect" on this one. 😀
I love what you did with the chorus, so, gonna work off of that. 😀
Thank you so much for those kind words means so much coming from you, oh i do hope something i write hits you take care bud
Het Jacob. Thanks for the kind words on my song. See you at the FOP!
You've got mail!
Well, the work that I put into recording and mixing their record works out to be about $5/hour....maybe. But, that's not why I do it. I certainly hope that the sonic difference is worth it. I was going to put any pay back into recording equipment anyway, so that was a huge surprise and very exciting. What are you using your tone beasts on the most/best?
Are you up for me sending you some lyrics on a worship song? Won’t be typical. Plays off of the concept from Beautiful Eulogy’s Satellite Kite Song.
So remember how I said that I was waiting to get paid for my recording job? That band bought me a warm audio wa412! So the rest of farm is going to be super fun checking these preamps out
I had never heard of William Fitzsimmons before- so I Spotified him and WHOAH - so chill- totally love it. Awesome compliment. Thanks for that! And for the rest of the good words!
E-mailed you something... 😀
Hey man - you having a good year? Looks like FAWM is coming along well for you. I've started a couple songs, but I've been insanely busy with other projects and haven't managed to post anything yet.
Sent you an email.
I would like to thank you so much for your generous comment! I was very happy to read it!
Hi and thanks so much for your comments on my songs!
Re hitting you up via email - will do ! 😀
Thanks for visiting "Way too much". I'm in a bad way this feb but its comforting to know I might be able yo salvage some art out of it when I'm able. 😀
You are the best, sir! I’m glad the lower register is working for people, because I’m slowly losing my voice, and it’s the easiest range right now. Trying to crank ‘em out while I still can! Looking forward to following along this year. Happy FAWM!
Ahaha, sorry for the foul language, Pastor Wallace! Figured that it'd be better to mouth off here than anywhere else! Thanks as always for stopping by!
Thanks for your comment on my "Before the Coffee Kicks In." I just updated the demo, transposing and adding vocals.
Thank you so much for the kind words on "Spark". My comfort zone is being wrecked this FAWM... all thanks to having bought a telecaster 😉
Today's song was another alt-metal-counrty crossover monstrosity. What the heck'a happened to me! 😎
Re: Thanks so much on your kind comments on 'Careless' collab w/ @dani312 -- I'm thrilled, and it's with the drop-D tuning. Tuned DADGBe .. I am adding a video link of the chord progression if you'd like to check it out. Definitely tuned into your work. I love to see how I can collaborate and grow as a song-writer this month.
Hey, thanks for your comments and kind words on the collab I did for Careless Wave on violin!
Re: "Yesterday's Moon"—ah, my repetitive repeating repetition syndrome. When I slow down in March, I'll give that "next dawn" some thought. And who knows, maybe someday I'll come listen to all your stuff like I did last year 😉
Howdy pastor! (from a pastor)
just sent you a google doc invite.
Let's do this!!!
The structure is kind of...hmmm...ABABCABCA
I believe that it's in F of some sort. Bmp? Hmm...uh...the tempo dial was at about 12 o'clock on the Hammond. Haha. No ideas or preconceived notions about vocals. Surprises abound!
Thanks! Yeah man, if you want it, it's all yours
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! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Ha ha, thanks for taking a stab at Alone, Jacob. I structured it very differently from a normal song so that it would sound more conversational but I'm not surprised it was hard to write music for. Springsteen/Isbell/anthem -- I'll see what I can come up with. Don't get your hopes too high! 😉
Hey, thanks for listening to my crazy tarot card song. I did a song the other day that was ALL swells and reverb....lol...like.. completely. Probably why I just kept it to the ending on that one. Didn't want to overdue it. I'm sure you'll get around to it sometime. Oh, and I've got Saturday completely free with no one else at home to interrupt recording so if you made any progress with that collab idea (or any other) just let me know! You've got my email. 😀
Thanks for your comment on Starman. I doubt I'll ever perform it live but if that changes I'll give your tag idea some thought.
I feel like last year was my softmore slump. This year, with my newly aquired production skills and the use of Band in a Box to get the sounds that I hear in my head, the songs almost seem to be writing themselves.
Thanks for the kind comment on "Just Staring At Me"....yeah, I like that idea that it had the "live show" feel to you. Makes me feel better about throwing that one up there. I'd be happy with that recording at a show.
Thanks for taking a listen to my song! Yes, I have a thing for 'Some Girls' era Stones. I tried to capture this kind-of belligerent, swagger on the tune 'Nothin' with the lyric delivery. I think it'll eventually sound like a house-party that someone might be asked to leave.. Love the tunes here!
Hey Jacob 😀 I'd love to collab on something, if you are interested ?
Welcome back! Happy FAWMing 😀
Thanks for listening to "Monsters". The vocals were done with that modified MXL-990 microphone with the WGT U87 clone capsule we discussed in the forum. Looking forward to listening to your music, I'll be coming around soon!
Thanks for your listening and your kind comment. My drums are always programmed, using Addictive Drums 2.
Thanks for a great skirmish prompt Jacob!
I most certainly am! I will definitely try to find deals....The hidden gems. Well, I also will pony up for what is good. But, I also will not sell anything, pretty much. I recently got a tube amp for free...EL84 tube circuit with 2 channels (same kinda circuit as a Vox), but then it also came with an empty Traynor 1x12 and then the guy said that he found an extra Celestion from a JCM800 cab for free!!!! I was so happy. Anyway, yes....you are correct. I am a Cooperider. Clearly.
Thanks man! I got a couple snares this year that I am amp'd to try. The Ludwig acrolite that I am using now and another one I got from Goodwill that is a 6.5" deep steel snare for (hopefully) lower tones and darker sounds. I might need to go into March to try everything. Hey look, you have another song! Moves in to listen........ 😀
Hey, congrats on your release yesterday too in the "real" world! I meant to tell you yesterday. I thought it. But then....life.
I've been advised by my legal staff that I am not allowed to admit how often I search Craigslist for musical gear. My lips are sealed. 😜
Thanks for the comments on Evening Echo, Jacob. It was a fun write.
Thanks for the listen... The only thing different with the drumset is a different 1970's Ludwig snare that I found on Craigslist this past summer. But same heads, mics and interface. Actually on this year's song, I only had VSTs on the snare and kick. Everything else was dry, but I've done that before too. I must just be a better player now..... Bwahhhh hahaha
Wow! Coming from you, that comment on Country Singing Man is much appreciated!
Well, now it's time for me to listen to your first tune. I'm really excited! Less work on the other end is what I have heard about some of the higher end preamps. I have some Audient preamps and they are amazing. Not so noticeable in the first phase, but less work on the mixing side--like you said. Super cool.
You rule, man. I really appreciate your encouragement. Very cool of you. How do you like those tone beasts??? I still am waiting on my payment to get the wa412.
Thank you for the lovely comment!
Hi and great to see you again! Looking forward to listening to Wanderer later today.
Have a great FAWM!
Thanks, Jacob! Much appreciated. Don't tell anyone, but I don't like the sax either. 😉 I wanted a harmonica part, but couldn't quite get it right, so I just threw something in there.
Hey Jacob! Thanks for the pro tip. Now if I can just figure out how to post more efficiently 😂. Looking forward to hearing this year's crop. Happy FAWM
Hey Jacob! I'm glad to see you are back. I'm not sure how much time I'll have this year to devote to FAWM but I definitely hope to listen to your creations. Happy FAWMing 😀
love your work
can't wait to hear what happens in 2018
Do you have a sketch of the layout of your room? And an inventory of the panels?
Hey SuperSkirmish (Feb 2/3) host! I just posted my skirmish notice so if you want to use it feel free to,
1) copy/paste its title into your new post and change all pertinent info in the title
2) copy/paste its body into your new post and change all pertinent info in the body
Stopping by to say hi....
Hi Jacob! Always looking forward to listening to your songs, and I've listened to our collab Sun in the Mirror a gazillion times, so please let me know if you want to collab again. It would be a pleasure and an honour! 😀
Dude! This is Troy. Just signed up per your recommendation!
Hi and welcome! You had me at Liz Frencham and Josh Garrels!
I'm intrigued! Tick...tock...hurry up Feb 1!
Josh Levitre and I are working on a possible plan going forward. If/when we finalize something we'll make an announcement with a few details.
Glad to see a Cowtowner here -- I grew up in Fort Worth, and my folks still live there.
Looking forward to hearing your songs!
Thank you for the warm welcome! Your beard is epic sir and I promise I won’t disappoint! Thank you for the kind words as well!
Oh, you are back. I remember how much I loved what you did.
I wish you a fantastic fawm/M
Happy FAWMing! 🤗 That beard looks stellar!
Hey there Jacob!! So good to see you will be taking part this year. 😀
Also. Totally up for another collab this year if you wanna.... I'll be (kinda) gone Feb 16-24. So if inspiration strikes early for either of us let's swap ideas! 😀
Hello friend!!! I can't wait to hear what your journeys this year inspire you to write in February! 😀 Looking forward to it.
Looking forward to your output this year! Happy FAWMing!
Great to see you're back for another year, Jacob, and congratulations on the EP. Wishing you the best of luck with the single!
I'm totally up for another collaboration with you. All the Dark Distance was one of the highlights of last year for me. Thanks for saying hi!
Welcome back!! I hope you're well! Good to see you! Happy FAWMING!!!
Welcome back! Looking forward to hearing your songs again this year 😀
Ok. It’s on.
I hope you are back this year. Would be interested in collaborating in some way. Perhaps a Jared Anderson-like worship song, which majestically transitions from inward to upward focus?
Ok. Let's do it!! I do the collab via Google Docs. Then we're not going back and forth. I can set one up or you can. I'd love to do something in the DCFC vein of rock. Driving, clean but slightly distorted guitars.
Hi Jacob..you're getting hairier each year 😁
Good luck with this Fawm