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. Stories about survival, about longing, heartache, pain, happiness, joy in simplicity, the love of Jesus, the need for honesty and frankness about those deep places in our hearts and the premise of what it means to be grounded in peace and blessing.
My simple mantra for songwriting is, "Find your vulnerability."
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, is home turf. I'm the worship pastor for a small church in the area. I own a small business building furniture out of reclaimed wood. I used to design graphics for a living until I got laid off in January 2016 and since then my life path has changed pretty drastically. I've been writing a lot more music, starting to play gigs, and as of January 2017, I'm in studio working on my first EP. (what!?)
I love FAWM because it's an amazing place to express yourself and learn how to do that. With the album project I'm not sure how much time I'll have this year but I'm looking forward to it anyway and especially all the music YOU create!
I'm always down to collaborate in any and all forms.
2017 FAWM GOAL: 20 Songs
End-of-2017 FAWM Update: Whew... what a month. I ended with 21 songs which was one more than my original goal. It was a haul but it was so worth it and I'm very pleased with how it all turned out. This is the best community on the net and I'm very thankful for everyone's comments, encouragement and support. I will be here through March catching up on all of your amazing tunes.
If you enjoyed my music, please consider finding me on social media. I'm currently in studio finishing my debut EP and I'm very excited about releasing it and beginning gigs and small tours. Thanks y'all!
|#2||The Great Divide||
|#4||Ballad of a Troubled Troubadour||
|#5||Good Happen Compromise||
|#8||Damascus (Come On Down, Blinding Light)||
|#9||All the Dark Distance @crisp1||
|#11||Report Me All Well||
|#12||Speed Mountain (Airborne)||
|#14||They're Gonna Hang Me!||
|#20||Soon I'll Be @russiasaturn||
Well thanks autocorrect! Did you send me something to mix?
Did you try sends g me something for me to mix?
soundcloud is on the fritz for me at the moment -- I'll come back.
Jacob! Thanks for all of the kind and thoughtful comments throughout FAWM. I really enjoy songs and really look forward to hearing them each year.
I use Tracktion as my DAW. I can use .wav files. If you have a way to export tracks individually or as a multi-wav that will work
I love your songwriting mantra. A great place to start for sure. Thanks for your kind words.
Had to stop yesterday to go hear some live music at the coffee shop, but I'm back today, chipping away at a few more of yours. Thanks for so many good listens. Delighted if my feedback helps.
You finished 21 .. wow way to go.. Looks like you really did get a lot out of FAWM this year..
Let me know if you want to collaborate
email as usual
Thank you for your really kind comments on "Cabinet and Furnace" and congratulations on surpassing the finish line! I'm going to catch up on my listening this week and look forward to hearing more of what you've written. Nice to connect this year and hope to see you back next Feb.
I'm cheering you on for your 20th!!! You can do it!!! I just finished singing and posted my 20th and I'm going to sleep. But I'll be back to catch up on listening to the rest of your stuff (and everyone's)! Congratulations on an amazing FAWM. You rock.
Aw, thank you so much, Jacob! I am SURE that if you had done a version also it would have very beautiful. Well, it looks like you've had quite the successful FAWM once again. Congratulations on your win!
Thanks, will do. Give me a couple of weeks.
👍 You're on... Seems so far away. I try to write there rest of the year but usually fail. If I come up with anything that makes me think of you I'll let you know. But next year is a check!
You're right. Let's take a break! But we'll definitely collab in the future.
You'll easily hit your goal of 20. What a year it's been. It's been fun following your progress. We need to collab for real. I'd love to get your vocals on a track. Thanks for all your comments.
Thank you for your kind comments on my collab, A Simple Gift!
You did well... I find mixing fun. I'm the main mixer of this band, but Rob has lots of skills (especially with his stuff) and Chris too (although he would say he doesn't). Stacy hates mixing, but does well anyway, lol. 😀
I *love* mixing and building......
Thanks for going outside your comfort zone to listen to my crazy 80's synth exploration... Holly's vocals were so amazing (and difficult to balance in the mix) but I appreciated your comment and have bumped them up. I think they are very clearly above the fray now, but still balanced in the mix. I lovvvvvveeeeeddddd that song with Stacy. She had shows me some early takes on it, when I was at her house a week or two ago, and it already sounded good, but it turned out amazing. 😀
I love where you bumped that last line back to! Works really well there! 😀 So glad we conquered it together, because it's awesome.
Thanks so much for your nice comment 😀
Thanks for the nice comment on my song "Tired".
Awesome, glad you liked it. I think I did about 247 takes over the past week. hahaha I wish I could have come up with some additional random harmonies for layering, but I'm happy to at least have all the important stuff there. I can't wait to hear the final version!! 😀
I just dropboxed you all the wavs....whew!! CONGRATS on 14! I know you are reaching for more, but it still must be said. 😀
thanks so much ie. Austin meet-up...I'll know more as it gets nearer to the time. If not this time, hopefully I'll make it to Austin one day...really want to check it out...
Thanks for checking out my little Saturday night distorted guitar freak out... Pinky did a great job ramping the energy up even further. 😀 My electric guitars for FAWM go through PodXT (and the basses through a Bass PodXT). The Les Paul was with the "68 Plexi Jump" setting, with lots of tweaks from me. It's a 1968 Marshall sound... I really should plug into my amps sometime for FAWM, but it's easier to experiment in headphones without rattling the house. 😀
I almost didn't give the nudge about Dinosaur, but it calls my name so hard I had to say something.
If you get it sorted, please let me hear the new version.
Thanks for your comments on my latest songs! (I'm so behind on commenting, so I appreciate people who take the time for genuine feedback.) Really glad you suggested more dynamic drums. Gives me a direction to go in!
Thanks Jacob, for ALL your comments. Yes I have gotten my mixes to be louder and wider, finally! Thanks to the FAWM community for helping me out. I knew I could turn to them and get some help.
Howdy Texas Jacob. Thanks pard, for reviewing "Little Dogies Kept Moving Along". See if you can get Ernest Tubb to troubadour it for us.
Ha! Thanks for the listen and comment, I really appreciated it as always, coming from you. And I have had some really good luck in the last year or two finding interesting stuff for pretty cheap! My younger brother guatecoop is the master of deals though... 😀
I love your voice!!!! Really good stuff!
Of course, I'm in the 'forgiveness business' professionally... LOL. Hope your trip improves for you.
Thanks. Yeah, they are pretty loud. All the drums came to me in one file. Probably will send Coop all the pieces to start from scratch. I suck at mixing this stuff.
Wow. I need to catch up with listening to your stuff. I somehow missed that you'd posted this many. I was just blown away by "Cardinal Things" by the way. I'll be back in due time to get through all your stuff. 😀
thank you, Jacob 😀
My heart was heavy. Song helps with that.
Thanks for coming on over and checking out one of my tunes. I'm struggling with it a bit, and will definitely revisit the song after FEbruary to work on that flat dynamics issue, which I hear as well.
I really wanted someone to get the joke in the liner notes for Hot in the Kitchen
Yea... ok, actually, nothing demure at all about the Zombie surf song, lol. It is intense.
JUST so you know... the zombies in my last track were VERY demure. Delicate even. Well, maybe delicate isn't the right word when parts are falling off you... 😉
Dude thanks for your very kind feedback on, "How 'Bout A Hug." So glad you enjoyed it. That was a fun one. 😀
Thanks for visiting 'Lie Down' and for your kind words. I was in a Celtic band for most of my 20's so maybe that's where that influence comes from. 😀
Do you do vocal tracks? Not that you're not a very good writer.. just that I'm a bad singer..lol (not a performer at all)
will trade your voice for a piano track or something on one of your songs..
Thank you so much for your really thoughtful comments on my songs. They very much appreciated. I'm a little behind on listening to others' but definitely plan to listen to more of your songs soon.
I think I'll do an entire soundtrack for the western outlaw flick. Be a fun project for March 😉
Jacob, that was such a flattering comment you left for me. Thank you so much...
Thank you for commenting on "Times Ten"!
Thanks for listening to "Sunshine every day". It started out as a Beatles experiment complete with Little Richard ooooo,s, hence the simple rhyming, but wasn't really happening. Dan came up with this whilst playing Buckets of Rain.
Thank you so much for your comments on my songs 😀
Happy fawming 😀
thank you for your comment on my lyrics..
I changed the lyric as you suggested and you
were absolutely spot on..
Hi Jacob. Greetings from cold and snowy Amsterdam! Thanks for taking the time to listen to some of my songs and leaving such nice comments. Much appreciated! Happy Fawming sir 😀
Hey... just wanted to say an official thank you... that was very nice of you (as you sit over here and kill it yourself!) Looking forward to getting a chance to catch up with the rest... I've missed a few. My ideas are coming wayyyy too fast, and yours are too, apparently - but that is good. 😀
Your LA story sounds like a good song my friend. Deal. You move out here and we'll be the new Tom Petty/Mike Campbell. LOL! 😀
Thanks so much for listening to and commenting on "Love Is What Makes The Man." Appreciate it!
Thanks man. Never seen 'The Halcyon' but just IMDB'd it and it looks like the theme is pretty much what we were going for with the lyrics.
I'll stick it on my evergrowing watchlist if you'd recommend it. Only 6.8 on IMDB though 😉
I just emailed you some ideas. 😀
Thanks for busting my Zong, Jacob, glad it made you smile. I will put some bass on, I just ran out of time before I have to lose myself in a 5 days of live sessions for another guys album. I wanted to put the song up so I felt like I had another number on the board before having to tear myself away. Gonna listen to what you've been up to while I'm here.....
Thanks for the comment on "The Note."
After 12 years I've learned to not spend one extra second on recording if I can spend it on writing. With time it'd get way more piano work, but I know better than to go down that rabbit hole right now 😉
Thanks for listening to Cape May Warbler, sir!
thank you for your comments. It means a lot.
thank you for your comments. It means a lot.
Dude you're welcome! You gave me great feedback so I will return it in kind. Looking forward to more from you and I hope you'll continue to give me your thoughts. Thank you!
Really like your voice and the songs you write. Good good stuff! Keep it up! 😉
Thanks for the really nice comments! If I could score films for real, I totally would. I've always been a fan of movie scores. I fondly remember a trip to the cinema as a young girl and watching Terminator 2 and being blown away by the opening credits.
My email is email@example.com. Looking forward to hearing it! Thanks, Jacob.
Thanks Jacob! Glad to be back for my tenth time around the FAWM. Not sure why you aren't on my watchlist from previous years but I fixed it now. 😉
Awesome!!!!!!! I don't really have anything specific in mind. I just think it would be fun to do, so I'm game for whatever inspires you. 😀
Thanks for the comment! I'll definitely consider trying it out in a different key, didn't really give that a thought. Also, the sound was achieved with a spaced pair of mics, dynamic SM57 pointing at the soundhole while a pencil condenser points at the 12th fret. Sounds so freaking good!
Go to Ireland in the winter. Way less expensive, no tourists, and still beautiful in the west. Co. Kerry and Clare are moderate, 50-60F most days.
Or, if you want to see all the touristy stuff open, go in May. Not as expensive as June, and no tourists yet, but everything's open.
You can do a month in winter for about $4,000 all told, if you're willing to economize on everything and just enjoy being there. Maybe less.
Your comments are absolutely amazing! Thank you very much! I will come back and listen and comment when I can give your music my full attention. YOU ROCK!
I thought I was up late. It's, what, 3am in Texas? (I miss Texas. Don't tell anyone.)
Glad you liked "3000 Miles." I so need to go back.
I don't see an email in my inbox... sorry.
If you are open to the idea, I would love to maybe sing some backing vocals on a track. Every time I hear your songs I think it would be cool to sing with you. Think Ryan Adams & Gillian Welch (Bartering Line) or Damien Rice & Lisa Hannigan (Volcano) style. So, just throwing it out there! 😀
Hey, I really like your song Wildfire Sky, and would like to play it on the fawmcast radio show. If that would work for you could you send an mp3 to pigfarmer *at* gmail DOT com ? If not, no worries. I still enjoyed listening quite a bit. It's a good song.
Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀
Thanks for listening to a couple of my viola tracks, and for the kind words! Best of luck hitting your 20-song goal this month.
Thank you also for taking the time to listen to 'Here For You' and for your warm words. 😀
Hi Jacob! Thank you for listening and commenting on Path Of Least Resistance much appreciated! X
Thank you for listening to my song!! I usually don't do dark pop (it's usually very bright 😝) so it's good to experiment with new things 😁
p.s. I'd love to collaborate! 😀 I'd be down for writing some worship tunes even.
Thanks for the comment! And you're right, a sub bass may have been a good idea there.
Hey, thanks for the comment on Dust, Jacob! Good luck hitting 20, lord knows 14's bad enough 😀
Thanks a ton for the extremely positive feedback. I really appreciate it!
Thank you for the really kind comments on my first song. I should have known better and used a click track, but the verses or choruses felt rushed or too slow in a fixed time and I couldn't settle on one, so went with the "wing it one-take" approach. That kind of bit me in the behind once I realized drums were kind of essential. haha. But I appreciate your words so much. Going to listen to your 2nd song right now!! 😀 Keep up the great work!
Hi Jacob! Thanks for dropping by my song.
Thanks for the comments on my song Jacob! Journey on!
Thanks for your kind words on "here we go" looking forward to hearing you!!
(Karl here hijacking Dan's account).
Thanks for the feedback, on "Sunshine". I normally write nonsense lyrics, but I'm currently pretty unwell, this is tries to reflect that whilst refusing to be negative; however some lines sneak in because they sound good.
Yeah, but that is what I am working on... Just my goals. More importantly, I want good songs and no filler.
Big production? No. I like things to sound good. I started recording everything at 6:20pm or so and mixed after that. I don't do big production, but I'm thankful that you heard it that way...Hehe...
Thanks, man... That is very nice to hear. I have had you on my unofficial watch list this year. Maybe a collab at some point? Many of my songs are written for lyrics, but I am just too obvious to write cool lyrics. I appreciate your feedback.
Hey, Jacob - thanks for the comment! In case you aren't familiar, we have a #firstfruits "challenge" that some of us have been doing for the past few years. Make the first song (or, as often happens, some later song when we suddenly remember that we forgot) specifically as a worship song and mark #firstfruits . http://fawm.org/forums/topic/6644/#c1...
Thanks for listening to Beneficial and for your kind words!
When *you* say that something that I wrote is pretty good, why I... I start to think maybe I can really learn how to do this lyric writing stuff! Thanks, Jacob!
Thanks a ton for listening... Yea the drum mix is one of those 10 second balance and go types of things. I didn't really mix them or EQ at all, other than panning the overheads to the side. I'll have to re-record those drums anyway, but I want the snare mixed better too for sure. I have a hard time getting that right. I can't wait to listen to yours! They are always great...... 😀
Hey! I am very happy to see you here again! Thanks so much for the lovely comment and your that kind words!
Hey Jacob, Good to see you FAWMing again this year, Looks like you're hitting it hot and heavy already. I got a late start on things this morning.
Thanks for checking out In Seventh Grade. Punking out? Yeah, that never even occurred to me but, now that you mention it, I can hear it like that too. Maybe "folk" is a poor choice. I prolly should have made it contemporary or pop.
Hello! Thank you for the song feedback! 😀