Jennifer Levenhagen 14


Appleton USA   Jan 2018  

Artist Bio

Influences:   various

multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, painter, haiku poet, person, (violin, piano, guitar, accordion, other things lying around places)...

If you have lyrics/songs you'd like me to sing, I'd be interested in seeing/hearing them! I'm increasingly interested in finding existing songs that fit my voice, or singing songs written for my voice.

First time with FAWM! Glad for the communal push to write more frequently. I've had some spurts of writing, including a period of months that I created every day - often by writing a song, but also by taking photos, painting, drawing, etc.

My song-writing style is heavily improvisational. If I am writing with words, I usually just hit record and sing. I may type/write the words as I listen to the recording, and use these for follow-up recordings and writing.

I also may come up with guitar or violin lines in this way: start with the playing, enjoy it, and set myself up with the parts that went together best, or which I liked most.

When I play piano, I am ALL-IN for improvisation. Over the years, certain themes have developed, so they show up throughout my playing...but in general my piano improvisations are so unique and original that I haven't even tried to recreate them note-for-note
I'm not sure if that sort of improvisation is common in the FAWM community, but I'd like to share some here during the month!

I'm glad to be here, and look forward to checking out everything in the FAWM universe!

Be well,
Jennifer Levenhagen

p.s. I'm LevenhagenArts on Instagram and various other social media outlets that are linked here.


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  • @quork  Mar 7

    Hey, if you're still around, I see you're looking for existing songs. I wrote and demoed a song that is from the perspective of a female jazz singer. It's minor bluesy and could be an interesting fit with the vocal style I heard on "Dear Child". Here's a link if you want to check it out. I can send you the chords, which are not complicated.

  • @jibbidy34  Mar 2

    Hi Jennifer! Yes I run The Songwrite Inn - we'd love to have you! It's a Facebook group for songwriters and we have lots going on to keep you inspired to write. Search up The SongWrite Inn on FB. x

  • @burrsettles  Mar 1

    A FOP in Appleton!?!? Yay! (I nearly went to Lawrence for college).

    Use of the FAWM logo is fine as long as you're not doing it commercially (e.g., charging $$ for a profit).

    I hope your FAWM together is amazing!

  • @steve2705 Feb 21

    Thanks for your kind words Jennifer. I’m up for a collaboration if you would like to try out singing some blues. So Iif you’d like to have a go at singing Interesting Times (I cannot really sing - always been a guitar player/ sideman, but now writing songs again and there ain’t nobody else who’ll sing them on the demos!) I can send you a link to an instrumental verson, with lyrics - might suit your voice!
    Best wishes

  • @tiller2  Feb 21

    Hi Jennifer, thanks for checking out Hinkypunk and for your kind comment. The Paint Card Challenge:

  • @srcoops Feb 19

    I appreciated your kind words in regard to Company Man. Thank you.

  • @berni1954  Feb 18

    Hi Jennifer. I am, of course, aware of Jake. Is there anyone who plays ukulele who has not heard his version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"? πŸ˜€

    Yes, in the future, today may well be seen as the heyday of the ukulele. But for anyone my age, the shadow of George Formby and the 1920s to the 1940s ukulele craze still looms large, as that was the music our parents played us and how I first heard the instrument.

    Are you a member of the Ukulele Underground? We have a weekly song challenge called the "Seasons of the Ukulele" New songs are always welcome there as well as covers (as long as they fit the week's theme).

  • @berni1954  Feb 16

    Jennifer, I am humbled by your comments on "Just one Look in her eyes" - I couldn't agree more. As we old hippies used to say. "The Revolution is in your Head!" πŸ˜€

  • @berni1954  Feb 16

    And thanks for giving "Strolling along the Prom" a spin. I was pleased with that one. I was goign for a traditional ukulele song feel.

  • @berni1954  Feb 16

    Thanks for listening to "I'm a Songwriter". I really appreciate your detailed comments. I agree that the song could apply to anyone involved in any creative field.

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2018


  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2018

    Why don't I write something thinking of you... I will send you some lyrics to consider, okay? Or tell me a theme or genre to write to - or we could co-write lyrics across the miles - whatever you would like!

  • @haim  Feb 2018

    Thank you Jennifer on your touching comment about my skirmish song "River".. I appreciate the time you took to listen and to give nice words. You made me really happy! Seems like your fawm rhythm is going great with 10 songs until now, have a nice fawm and see you around!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2018

    If you are open to collabs I write a lot of lyrics -including ballads - but all genres - from quirky to, well, less quirky, and love and nature. Love your voice and presentation. If you are interested I can suggest some to consider or I can write something.

  • @odilongreen  Feb 2018

    Thank you for the kind words on my Winter River song (and on my profile page πŸ˜€ )!

  • @defaultdave  Feb 2018

    Thanks for swing by and commenting on The Scourge.
    Some of the instruments are me actually playing them in these songs, others are EZ keys and drums, yeah I can't play ragtime piano πŸ˜€
    And EZ drummer has a crazy kit with a lot of those extra sounds, and I triggered them.
    On Scourge other than singing, the only two physical instruments were the mouth harp, and Kazoo. I have this crazy kazoo that allowed me to wah it.
    Hope that all does't ruin the fun 😁

  • @paulster1967  Feb 2018

    Hi Jennifer, thank you also for your kind comments on my song lyrics Run of the Mill and In it Together ☺

  • @yam655 Feb 2018

    Welcome! I, too, heavily lean on improvisational singing. I'm not currently any sort of instrumentalist, though, and I specialize in lo-fi improvisational acapella. (I invented the term "crapcapella" to describe lo-fi acapella.)

    A few years back I created the "3in10" challenge, where you improvise 3 songs in 10 minutes. (The goal is to get each song as close to 3 minutes as possible.) It's nice because most people can find 10 minutes _somewhere_ in their day. πŸ˜‰

  • @fonte  Feb 2018

    Ahhh thank you so much for your thoughtful comment on 'stay' and your kind words. I also was hearing some 'diva' ad libs at the end but I'm not a singer so couldn't do them! Normally when that happens I compensate with a guitar solo....;-)

  • @brrrse  Feb 2018

    Thanks for you words on Chariot! Yep, that's my Leviathan, as I lovingly call it - Oscar Schmidt 21 key. πŸ˜€

  • @skylermf Feb 2018

    Thanks so much for the comments on my songs! You clearly spent a long time on them and I really appreciate it. You gave β€œShirlington” a new meaning to me πŸ˜€

  • @marwan Feb 2018

    Really appreciate your comments! I'm sure you understand the feeling that gives me as a fellow artist. I think you are falling in love with the Trance genre just like how I fell in love with it! It's very expressive and mystical, and super super addictive.
    To make Trance music, you have to be a producer. So I spend hours listening to a loop and stare at frequency graphs trying to make the sounds mesh together well. I use my DAW alongside plug ins and midi controllers to create the sounds. Some sounds I design myself using the synthesizers plug ins, and some sounds are just default, like 'piano' where I select it and play it. I then play with their frequencies until I get it to where I want. Super technical, but very very fun and gratifying as much as it is frustrating. Sometimes I do use loops and samples, but I edit the crap out of them. For Earth One it's all midi, so I didn't use any samples.
    That sharp sound that comes out at 3:10 is just a snare with lots of feedback on the ping

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 2018

    Thank you for your kind words on Mist of forlorn. <3 I am kind of obsessed with ghost ships πŸ˜€

  • @wacha  Feb 2018

    Thank you very much for your kind words on "Start Again".

  • @zxcvbnm  Feb 2018

    Thanks for your comments, I did think long and hard about "Girl's game" but decided within the time constaints against political correctness in favour of trying to get a feeling over. Hey I know how fierce women are I'm married. πŸ˜€

  • @kevinemmrich  Feb 2018

    Please play with it (football skirmish song)! Change lyrics or anything you want. I would love to hear your take on it. I am working through all the skirmish offerings now.

  • @bejubi Feb 2018

    Jennifer, I'm looking forward to seeing your first post in the FAWMku discussion:

  • @tan482  Feb 2018

    We sound like kindred spirits πŸ˜€

  • @metalfootlings Feb 2018

    How it works (it's @metalfoot here, because for a number of reasons I don't want my young kids doing stuff on the internet on their own!) is I have an older Olympus voice recorder which they can record stuff on whenever inspiration strikes. They then bring the recorder to me and pester me till I upload their recording to the FAWM site. LOL

    On occasion I will work with them to record things more deliberately. It's great when we have a family sing, dad and/or mom playing guitar or piano and all of us singing together. (Mom isn't a FAWMer and that's OK--she is a really talented musician in her own right, so the footlings had NO chance other than to be musical!)

  • @erbaer  Feb 2018

    Hey there! Wonderful to see you. Song 1 was great! Waiting for Song 2....

  • @jenniferlevenhagen  Feb 2018

    I used to write songs a ton, but have been out of it for a while...getting back feels like wobbling on fresh sea legs!

  • @kevinmason  Feb 2018