jessica Szturmann 15

@jessica14 

37073 Göttingen Germany   Dec 2015


Artist Bio

Influences:   Georgia Maq, Frank Turner, India Arie, Natalie Merchant, Sia to name a few.

FUN FACTS about me: I am left-handed (how fun ist that) / I like to sleep on my belly / I learned to ride the bike twice (despite common believe, that you only need to learn it once). If you want to make my day, tell me some fun facts about YOURSELF on my soundboard!

Fun FAWM Facts: only person who has rapped in German at FAWM 2017... as far as I know 😀

I am Singer-Songwriter from Germany and this is my second your of FAWM. I am quite focused on lyrics, so it probably doesn't surprise you that I work as a teacher for German and English at a college 😀
Last year I wrote around 5 songs... I can be quite critical with myself.

This year I got myself a loop machine to play with and a viola. I love strings, but my main instrument is the guitar. (If you are lucky I might dig out an electric guitar that I've got lying around somewhere.)

Updade:

19/2

"I lend my untrained ear
To 200 talented FAWMers here
Now please put my humble name
On this golden wall of fame"

Listening to all those songs has been an absolute joy and inspiration. I am in awe of all those heartfelt lyrics I found. Some told stories that have happened to me also, but I could have never put it into words myself. I found it deeply healing. And I have laughed a lot along the way,the humor and wit I came across blew my mind. I guess, the heart of life is good after all.
Quoting my fellow FAWMER @michaelsalamone: I became "a giant fan of other independent musicians and that makes me extremely happy."

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  • @ustaknow Mar 13

    Hey, thank you for the feedback comment, -- it's much appreciated.
    -- So, my fun fact about self is, I don't sleep on my stomach 😝

  • @andygetch  Mar 13

    Hi Jessica, thanks so much for the recent comments and your 15 wonderful songs. Oh by the way, not expecting a comment or anything, but this song was inspired by a Sabrina Piergossi mindfulness mediation http://fawm.org/songs/74331/ Lets collaborate again someday 😀

  • @yam655  Mar 11

    My lyrics this year were mostly improvisations. With "Death Meat Coffee", the title came to me, I started recording, then I started singing. The melody and lyrics were both discovered as I was singing. My improvisational singing has origins when I was a child and sung songs to myself, and then it took off again when I had kids and sang silly songs to them on request.

    If you want to try a nonsense song, I recommend you try improvisational singing in your native language first. This will prevent you from over-thinking the lyrics.

    The backing track was based upon a notion of a simple four-chord progression, and while singing, I could either repeat the existing chord or move on to the next. It's my first year experimenting with chords, as last year I mostly did "crapcapella" (lo-fi a-capella).

  • @pcob1993  Mar 11

    Thank you so much and welcome to Fawm, the greatest community of independent musicians on earth ever. I'll listen to your songs this week and get back to you. Ciao
    Pearse

  • @gvgeis Mar 7

    Vielen Dank für den Kommentar über Little Star. Es freut mich sehr, daß das Lied dir gefällt. Erin hat so ausdrücksvoll gesungen.

  • @mikedebenham  Mar 7

    Herzlichen Glückswunsch to you too, Jessica! Fifteen! Well done. Sorry it's taken so long, but I'm slowly catching up with my commenting.

  • @f3bb0y Mar 5

    Thanks for the suggestion - I will give it serious consideration. I always appreciate thoughtful critique.

  • @f3bb0y Mar 4

    Hi - thanks for the kind comments on "I Don't Like People (but I Like You)". Keep writing! (Fun fact about me - my wife is a relative of a famous German - Bertolt Brecht!)

  • @j3jeffmason5 Mar 4

    Hi thanks for the comments on Borderline.
    I have another line about Mohammed's arrival too!
    Also need to improve on my extinct animals. Song needs reworking. Glad you liked it.

  • @j3jeffmason5 Mar 4

    Hi thanks for the comments on Borderline.
    I have another line about Mohammed's arrival too!
    Also need to improve on my extinct animals. Song needs reworking. Glad you liked it.

  • @w1n Mar 1

    Hi Jessica thanks for the nice comments on Seven Year Itch, I've updated the track now btw, looking forward to checking out some of your tunes in the coming days, I'll finally get internet at home again tomorrow. Really liked the lost socks song btw

  • @nuchoyce Feb 28

    Thanks Jess. And you made it to 14! I have 4 more to go....smh

  • @marcoaziel Feb 28

    Thanks so much for your commentary and compliments! Congrats on the 14, I'll definitely be checking them out!

  • @highmountain Feb 28

    Danke schön für der (den?dem?) Kommentar!

  • @andygetch  Feb 27

    Hooray for 14 my friend!

  • @adforperu  Feb 27

    Thank you, I hope so! Congrats on 14.. I'll be back to listen soon 😀

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 27

    Thank you! Not intentional, but having Dylan heard in one's songs is always flattering. Fun Fact about myself: Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume II was the second LP I ever bought (that's right, LP #1 was The Monkees Greatest Hits. Nobody can say I didn't get around.) looking forward to doing some listening here soon; congrats on approaching the finish line!

  • @michaelsalamone Feb 26

    Glad you liked that line about enjoying other indie musicians enough to quote! (spelled my name wrong though, but it's cool, it's a weird name)

  • @singn4supr Feb 26

    Thanks so much for taking the time to listen and comment on He Chose Me. Congrats on being almost done.

  • @akokulit Feb 26

    Thanks for your encouragement and comments to my songs. 😀 Will add your songs to my playlist this week. 1 more and you're done! Congratulations in advance. 😁

  • @aprilm Feb 26

    Wow! Comparison to Janis Joplin is a huge compliment! Thanks for sharing your comment on All Night Long. Your encouragement is so vital to my process. I have found that this year's FAWM efforts have resulted in several "keepers" and I am very pleased with the songs I have been able to produce - several will be remixed and I am actually planning to perform live in March for the first time in decades! I am so very appreciative of my FAWM friends. I will spend some time over the next few days getting caught up with my listening too. 😀

  • @aprilm Feb 26

    Thanks for your comments on Your Love is Like Chocolate! It took me until now (I am almost 56 years old and I met him in 2015) to find a man who could even come close to being like chocolate - after many who were more like cheap imitations! You never know what the future may hold!

  • @quork  Feb 26

    Jessica, many thanks for your supportive comment. Much appreciated! And yes, breaking no more bread is a keeper.

  • @juoppis  Feb 25

    Hi Jessica! I'd like to thank you for your kind words on Before the Fall 😀

  • @angelinapowersuit Feb 25

    Hi Jessica! Thanks for your feedback on "You Embarrassing Thing" and for your encouragement, hoping to get another one done today! And congrats on getting to 12 songs already, I'm jealous!!

  • @mikedebenham  Feb 25

    Thanks for all the encouragement and feedback, Jessica. It means a lot. Good luck with your final two!

    I hope you keep your songs up past the end of February - I'm way behind on my listening and not sure I'll have a lot of time to listen in the next few days.

  • @glines  Feb 24

    Hey Jessica, thank you so much for listening to my songs - I really appreciate it and will return the favour. x

  • @scottlake Feb 23

    Jessica, I see you commented on my collab with Mike Debenham and that you are a fan of his. Make sure to go listen to his older songs at http://barnadine.net/archive.html. Make sure to listen to The Clearing. I believe it is one of the most poignant songs I have ever heard

  • @alphanerg Feb 22

    The link to your facebook page seems to be kaputt.

  • @alphanerg Feb 22

    Thank you for the nice comment.

  • @tabulhas07 Feb 21

    I got your email and I responded! The beat is awesome!

  • @tabulhas07 Feb 21

    Hi I'm interested in the collab with the song called racism I tried your email link but it did not work

  • @kvnwoodruff Feb 21

    Thanks for the nice comment! I really like what you have going on here.

  • @leah0k Feb 21

    Thanks for the encouraging comment! 🙃

  • @unkept Feb 20

    Hey @jessica14 , I'm happy you enjoyed "Boredom". 😀 I hope your rapping goes well too, it's fun to try new styles of music.

  • @aflinner Feb 20

    So glad you liked "It's Not Enough." Thank you for your kind words.

  • @sueawesome Feb 20

    hi Jessica! Thank you for the comment on my song. As for your question about 'into'... I just sort of ended the sentence there and didn't say where into was. If that makes sense. I just did it as a way for the reader to decide.

  • @tabulhas07 Feb 20

    Hey thanks for your comments 🤗🤗 and yes I care about her alot more than she'll know or let me

  • @tonyw  Feb 19

    Hi Jessica, thanks for your note about Winchester. It's a great place to live with history on every corner. I'm pleased you enjoyed your time here. I have been to Germany often, I lived there in the 80's in Minden ( I saw the Rolling Stones in Hannover in 1982) and still regularly visit for work (more in the south) and holidays.

  • @yarsky Feb 19

    Hey there! To answer your question: the chords and the off-key solo are transcribed from Bartok's 5th string quartet, second movement 😀

  • @teapot Feb 19

    Thanks for listening to my song and commenting. So encouraging. You also have a lovely voice!

  • @silentkid  Feb 19

    Thanks for listening to "Paradoxal". Your comment about listening it the eyes closed is quite funny, as I recorded the vocals in the bathroom (which I use as a vocal booth), in total obscurity.

  • @tcelliott  Feb 19

    Thank you for listening to the Fawmcast and mentioning it. I really do appreciate it.

  • @mishykatz  Feb 19

    Yes this is an amazing playground for learning and growing, so happy to find it!!!

  • @billgcaldwell  Feb 18

    Thanks for commenting on my song Emma Lazarus. The melody took a step down for the last chorus (D to E). I had to use a bit of Melodyne to make the last bit in key, if not the notes I intended to sing. Thanks again.

  • @corinnecurcio  Feb 18

    Thank you so much for your comments on "Snow Moon"

  • @johnstaples  Feb 18

    Thank you so much Jessica! It is such an honor to get to work with Joy as I am such a huge fan and admirer of her music!!!

  • @mitchmash  Feb 18

    Thanks for commenting on my song! I appreciate your thoughts. Happy FAWM!

  • @mishykatz  Feb 17

    Go girl! Thanks for the comment on my song and I will definitely take a listen to yours! Your comment really meant a lot to me, it's the best part of FAWM (my first year and I am hooked bigtime)

  • @robinkirby Feb 16

    great songs 😉

  • @tonyw  Feb 15

    Hi Jessica, thanks for listening to London City Lights and your lovely comments. I was in London this evening - the nightscape still strikes me after all these years.

  • @rickamorphis  Feb 15

    Hi Jessica! Glad you're back...I'm shocked to see you have 9 songs up already...very impressive. 😀

  • @joeeee Feb 15

    i appreciate your comments and i think i know what you mean about the lyrics being kind of hard to follow on 'stage_fright'. most of my lyrics tend to be more streamofconsciousness-style like some have pointed out so i thought i'd try something more narrative. i will consider it the first draft!

  • @chrishope  Feb 15

    thank you for the thoughtful comment on 'can't wait' ...well done yourself

  • @marthie Feb 13

    "Ek wil Loop" thank you for your feedback. Lots of Germans visiting South Africa!

  • @marthie Feb 13

    Thank you for your feedback on "Meet me here in the road"

  • @rebeccajasso Feb 12

    thanks so much for your kind words on "the King and I." =]

  • @yam655  Feb 12

    Thanks for the comment on "Celebrate Yourself." It turns out I accidentally uploaded a demo that was missing the vocal component. That's been corrected. (If you're interested.)

  • @sjbatavia Feb 12

    Sorry for the multiple posts. Damn computers....

  • @sjbatavia Feb 12

    Thanks for the feedback on Dreams Come and Go. Any comparison to Johnny Cash is more than welcomed!

  • @sjbatavia Feb 12

    Thanks for the feedback on Dreams Come and Go. Any comparison to Johnny Cash is more than welcomed!

  • @sjbatavia Feb 12

    Thanks for the feedback on Dreams Come and Go. Any comparison to Johnny Cash is more than welcomed!

  • @yam655  Feb 12

    Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀

  • @argenstock Feb 12

    Thank you for the kind words on "The Well Gone One"! Ever since I stumbled upon (and subsequently started practicing) Buddhism, I can't stop wanting to write songs about it.

    The story of the Buddha's enlightenment and defeat of "Mara" is a great story (even though I'm sure it's a bit more dramatized than how it actually went down! lol), so I really wanted to give it its own song worthy of such scope. I hope I came close to succeeding!

  • @lazykat  Feb 11

    Thank you so much for listening to my song 😀
    Happy fawming!

  • @wurzelfrau Feb 11

    Hey, danke für die lieben Kommentare, werd mich gleich mal bei dir durchhören!

  • @pinekoan  Feb 11

    Many thanks for the encouraging words.

  • @cindyrella  Feb 11

    Thanks for your comments on my Eyre Highway song and the advice too. I put the camel in there because I saw a sign with that and the kangaroos and wallabees.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 10

    Thanks for your kind words about 'What if you died today?'. I'm really happy with that song! Will take a listen while I'm here...

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 10

    Thanks for the nice words on "Damascus"-- first, thank you for your service in that area. I have friends who also work with refugees and understand some of the nature of such a task. And yes, this song was a bit of an irreverent take on the Biblical account of Saul's conversion experience on the road to Damascus and how we can go around just wishing somebody would knock us off our own high horse and let us have it. Haha. Anyway, glad you liked it.

  • @jamkar  Feb 10

    Thank you for commenting get on "Face" Jessica. Appreciate the kind comments. 😀

  • @kovbleu  Feb 10

    Thank you so much for the the kind comment on "I Will." That was a fun one to do, for sure!

  • @mikedebenham  Feb 10

    Thanks, Jessica! Great to see you back too (fashionably late). Hope you have a great month.

  • @plainspoke  Feb 10

    Thank you. The verse didn't have to be super fast, but I get bored doing slower stuff so it's a literal change of pace.

  • @mom23gals  Feb 10

    Thanks for your kind comments on Jury Duty. I'm struggling to find a place to park my feelings, so your positive affirmation of the song, and the work of Grand Jury, is helpful. 😀

  • @nuchoyce Feb 9

    Hi Jess, Im glad that my song Real or Fake touched you. Its a question that we all deal with on some level. Thanks for listening!

  • @aprilm Feb 9

    Thanks also for commenting on Believe Again - I would like to add a solo in there but still working on it

  • @aprilm Feb 9

    Thank you for your comment on You Were the One. Strange how challenges and skirmishes can spur emotions and memories.

  • @aprilm Feb 9

    Hi Jessica! Good to see you on here!

  • @andygetch  Feb 9

    Hi Jessica, it is great to see you here 😀

  • @mrmule Feb 8

    Actually, I used dishwasher already some years ago. Also drills on the first track, the others are just piano meditations.
    https://j-kill.bandcamp.com/album/med...

  • @kovbleu  Feb 8

    Thank you so much for your comment on "Tattoo." I appreciate your kindness and I'm glad the song was able to connect with you.

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 8

    Thank you! I joined!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 8

    Thank you for your kind comment and encouragement. Much appreciated.

  • @corinnelucy Feb 8

    Thanks for pointing out that one of my links was pointing to the wrong song! 😀

  • @julesbf  Feb 7

    Hi Jessica thanks for your comments on Hopeless, helpless, Worthless, not sure about brave but certainly a risking subject to look at. I am constantly struggling with material to ensure that I don't cause more harm than good. I am using this subject as my research for an MA in Music so have been pretty engrossed in it for some time now.

  • @dawn1 Feb 7

    Thanks for you kind comments on 'To the Lighthouse' I'm glad you enjoyed it, thanks for listening!

  • @chandra83  Feb 7

    Thanks for your feedback on "Whispers"

  • @billwhite51 Feb 7

    thank you for listening to nd leaving such kind comets onn my song, along this earthly path i sometimes go

  • @igg  Feb 4

    Thanks so much for your comment...Explorations of mortality help me reorient to what's important...