John Crossman 21


Madison USA   Jan 2008

Artist Bio

Influences:   Trip Shakespeare, David Wilcox, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Housemartins, Lyle Lovett, Kurt Vonnegut, BNL, Shawn Colvin, M. Ward, Anne Lamott, Jackson Browne, Rev. Al Green, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Shawn Kirchner, Martin Sexton, Elmore Leonard, XTC, Jonatha Brooke, Greg Brown, Don Chaffer, Iron & Wine, Bob Schneider, Wilco, Dr.Dog, punctuation, TC Elliott, Das Binky, SWG, Nancy Rost, cowex, Dethklok, hoopshank and you!

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft." -Anne Lamott
"Defeat may serve as well as victory, to shake the soul and let the glory out." -Edwin Markham
"Up yours, gravity." -@stevenwesleyguiles
"Good nouns make good songs" (paraphrasing) - @charliecheney
More great inspirational quotations for you and me here:

To do:
Auntie-syn -

Not sure about too many collabs yet, but we'll see as we get into it.

Hey, @cowex cast us in a musical! Now presenting Taco: The Musical -

Though I appreciate it, don't feel compelled to comment on my songs. I feel supported and there are other opportunities and fawmers who could use our fawmlove. πŸ˜€ Heck, go write another song!

Songs (21)

#1 🚣 Nothing to Say (or Lonesome and Proud) 34
Feb 2018
#2 πŸš€ Cosmic Ride 21
Feb 2018
#3 🏠 Boots Inside The Door (DEMO added 3/3) @theresaj  8
Feb 2018
#4 πŸ”Œ 40 Watt Heart 28
Feb 2018
#5 πŸŽͺ Don't Believe Them When They Tell You that You're Crazy 28
Feb 2018
#6 🚞 I Think I Can I Think I Can 12
Feb 2018
#7 πŸ’ˆ Depending On 12
Feb 2018
#8 🐾 Winter River (demo 2/11) 24
Feb 2018
#9 🍡 Stuck Inside a Coffee Cup 18
Feb 16
#10 🎒 The Cusp (now, faster! new demo 2/25) 14
Feb 17
#11 πŸ‘“ Think I'll Have Another (DEMO added 2/26) 21
Feb 17
#12 πŸ‘€ Will's Song (from Taco: The Musical) @cowex  5
Feb 18
#13 🌎 Gravity Pulls 7
Feb 19
#14 πŸ• Foood 15
Feb 21
#15 πŸ”¬ People Like Me 15
Feb 22
#16 πŸŽ‘ Show Me A Picture 6
Feb 24
#17 πŸ— The Success of My Secret 5
Feb 24
#18 πŸŒ‹ No One Knew 12
Feb 25
#19 πŸ“» Last Night I Walked Away 13
Feb 26
#20 πŸŒ‚ When Heavy Rains Come @kahlo2013  15
Mar 1
#21 πŸ›€ Slow It Down 12
Mar 1


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  • @srcoops Mar 19

    Thanks for your nice comment on Senior Pickup. Being 81 years old, this is more truth than poetry for some of my friends. Fortunately, I have been married for more than 60 years so this is not an issue for me.

  • @rainchaser  Mar 10

    Thank you for your comment and compliments on our song. And we really appreciated the listen! I'm so glad we got the vibe right. I'm glad you liked the harmony, and yeah the rhythm guitar had lots of energy in it. I was having a blast recording that part! We're glad you liked the lyrics too!!

  • @cowex  Mar 9

    I love the emoticons. They add so much color to your titles. You're a true emoticon artist.

  • @nancyrost  Mar 4

    No, no, I'm glad to be dezonged. Thank you for all the encouragement, and I'm looking forward to learning some of each other's songs soon.

  • @nancyrost  Mar 4

    I feel so dezonged!
    And look at you with your fancy avatars on the songs. Dang! I feel so deblinged!

  • @billysea  Mar 4

    John. So sorry i check out for a bit and missed the opportunity to collab with you on "Think I'll Have Another". Having said that, I love the way you did it. πŸ˜€

  • @hoppiern  Mar 3

    Thank you for your kind comments on my songs! Hoping to get time to hear more of yours today!! 😊

  • @monty  Mar 3

    Enjoyed you comment on We Go to Eleven. Thanks for booking us. πŸ˜‰

  • @famouspatrick  Mar 1

    Thanks for the kind words on "Need a Job." It was kind of fun to do, and the guitar part turned out better than I thought it would. I'd love a picture of the "smiling ears." πŸ˜‰

  • @sunnymae  Mar 1

    hey John it's been so great hanging out with you this month. I've enjoyed listening to your music as Always and hope we hang out on the Facebook page during the year. All the best.

  • @kahlo2013  Mar 1

    Much apprciated! Love the energy and emotion you put into the song. The chorus is beautiful and the breakdown for the bridge is perfect! You made my day!!! A collaboration with one of my favorite FAWM musicians!

  • @kahlo2013  Mar 1

    Just post when ready!

  • @harmonicdirt  Feb 28

    Thank you for your suggestion about making a slight change to distinguish our verses from chorus on 30 Below. We’ll shine up the song a bit more and will do just that!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 28

    Yours if you want it - I already told others no!

  • @harmonicdirt  Feb 28

    We have the music up now for β€œ30 Below” β€” give it a listen πŸ˜€

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 28

    Wondering if you were still going to work on something for "when heavy rains come"

  • @spinhead  Feb 28

    I think I forgot. But I’m not sure. D’oh.

    If you can find something fun or pensive or wistful about travel or reasonable facsimile thereof, give me a holler. I’m all worded out, I think, but I could do a melody for anything you want to share.

  • @berni1954  Feb 27

    Hi John,
    thanks for giving my "Old Man Walking an Old Dog" a listen. I am happy that you liked it.

    The instrument you can hear is actually a Seagull Merlin (AKA Seagull M4). It is a basically stick dulcimer. Cute instrument that is limited to a diatonic scale, but offers unlimited possibilities for a songwriter πŸ˜€

  • @andrewjtaylor  Feb 27

    Hey John! Thanks so much for your encouragement. It was a good FAWM, despite my initial expectations. Really pleased with how I've grown in my process this year. I think my process is similar to yours, starting with guitar or piano, and a melodic line with a phrase. Unfortunately, with such fast-paced lyrics I'm not lyrically developed enough to do anything other than interpret the mumbled melody. Something for next year...hopefully. πŸ˜€

  • @johnstaples  Feb 27

    So, a couple of Johns walk into a bar... 😁

  • @wisconsinitegirl Feb 27

    Thanks so much for all your nice comments on my lyrics! πŸ˜€ I listened to some of your songs and really liked them a lot!

  • @tap Feb 26

    Thanks John! Your misheard lyrics are more appropriate than my heard lyrics.

  • @pornstache  Feb 25

    Thanks for the comments on "One More Song". Definitely hoping to get that one set to music at some point. Then we'll just have to see which one of us gets to try the DiNizio voice. Congrats on your win this year.

  • @mdrnmaverick Feb 24

    Thanks for all of the love on my tracks, really appreciate the feedback and hope i can come out with more for you to hear! πŸ˜€

  • @wacha  Feb 23

    Thank you for your kind words on "Start Again", I'm really glad this one is resonating with people.

  • @nikke88 Feb 22

    Thanks for commenting on "Luna." G-Hassle really does sound like a wnb-rappers name.

    And congrats on 14!

  • @tunecat  Feb 22

    Thanks for coming back to listen and comment on my skirmish song. Much appreciated.

  • @theresaj  Feb 22

    Congrats on 14! You really pounded them out and it all sounds great. Will try to listen to all of them soon.

  • @tunecat  Feb 22

    Hi there. I appreciated your comments on my skirmish lyrics "I'll have another".. You said to let you know when the track is posted.. well its taken me till now. Be warned though its kind of spoken word chaos.. but if you'd like to drop by I'd appreciate comments. Thanks

  • @cowex  Feb 22

    With 3 Os. The third O is edible. Where you see foood, you find someone who needs to eat. And congrats on the 14!

  • @erbaer  Feb 21

    Hey... Great morph song. I went through the chain and the song before you would've probably stumped me. Way to stick the landing. I like what you did.

  • @owl  Feb 19

    thanks for the first-time (apparently?) Vowl Sounds comment!

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 18

    Thank you so much for the compliments, I'm super happy to have joined in on FAWM as it gives me some deadlines - making me actually take the time to sit down and write. Been having so much fun. I'll hopefully have a bunch of songs I could complete and actually release something later this year.

    You have some great great stuff on here too!

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 18

    Wow you're fast dude! Thanks a lot for the comment on "Tattoos & Lollipops". Yeah, that love for 80s rock is really hard to shake, haha. Glad you enjoyed the song!

  • @phlecksy  Feb 18

    Thanks for your nice comments on my 'De-generation' tune. I agree it doesn't need a voice musically in a sense, but I think a voice always transforms a tune and I just want one there if I can get one. Plus bringing in a different person's stamp is also always interesting, right?

    I like your inspirational quotes by the way. πŸ˜€

  • @msykes71 Feb 18

    Thanks for your encouragement. I spent an hour or two yesterday jamming through some chords on the guitar, but nothing conclusive coming out of it. As you'll notice I've not uploaded anything as I've not been able to write anything sadly. I'm very disappointed but what can you do?

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 18

    Thanks for your kind words regarding my version of Tiger. I'm not a huge XTC fan, but I respect them, and I love their material when other artists cover them.

  • @cairobraga Feb 17

    "Time is Incomplete" is in 5/4. sorry I forgot to put the chords and sig with the lyrics, gonna do that later when I get home.

  • @andrewjtaylor  Feb 17

    Hey John. Just wanted to say thank you for your detailed constructive feedback on several of my songs. Really appreciate you taking the time.

  • @sunnymae  Feb 17

    I guess we're all buzzed and awake hey bud??
    Thanks for taking a listen to my version of on the cusp. I really appreciate your feedback. Yeah those first six lines could be a chorus. I'll play around with it for sure. Thanks for tuning in.

  • @rustyp  Feb 16

    Hey John, Thanks so much for your critique. I appreciate it. πŸ˜€

    It's interesting how interests overlap. I was just looking at your list of influences and saw a few of my own. Not tons, but important ones. πŸ˜€

  • @spinhead  Feb 16

    Order in Words was a lot of fun. Glad the taste came through.

  • @angelinapowersuit Feb 2018

    Hi John! It certainly is! I was able to resist for the 1st week, but I'm sucked in πŸ˜€

  • @scubed  Feb 2018

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my skirmish song!

  • @cleanshoes Feb 2018

    Thank you so much for your comments! Regarding Winter, I agree that it would benefit from a third section. I was going to add one, but, you know, skirmish! I would love to revisit it at some point. As for Deviled Eggs, I love upbeat songs, but don't tend to write them myself, so it was a lot of fun. It's 100% about my strange family, so the details wrote themselves. Finally, I am now going to listen to your updated demo of Winter River--I'll let you know what I think!

  • @cairobraga Feb 2018

    hej John, you're up on the Morph Chain 1! here's my song for you to morphhhh:

  • @aprilm  Feb 2018

    Thanks so much John for your kind words on Winter River!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2018

    Thank you John!!!

  • @tcelliott  Feb 2018

    re: wifely saint.. erm, saintly wife. In more ways than one, brother.

  • @zerk Feb 2018

    Thank you for the heads up on my bandcamp link! you were correct, the HTTPS was causing some sort of conflict.

    I really enjoy your music πŸ˜€

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 2018

    You send me a lyric, I promise music will be made. πŸ˜€
    And maybe you can add harmonies on top?


  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 2018

    No worries at all bud, just glad someone wanted to repost my song πŸ˜€ You've got some truly great stuff on here, looking forward to some more!

  • @andrewjtaylor  Feb 2018

    Yeah, I realized that a bit after I wrote it. I wish I would have referenced the fact that you admitted it was potentially 2/3 complete. πŸ˜€

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 2018

    Wow thanks for the tag in the recommended thread! (the link was not correct, but since I'm tagged I think people will find it anyway) πŸ˜€

  • @nateger Feb 2018

    @johncrossman I really appreciate your thoughtful feedback on a few of my songs! It means a lot that you'd listen with a critical ear and take the time to help me think of how to make my songs better!

  • @corinnecurcio  Feb 2018

    Thanks for your comments on "Medusa" John - It ends abruptly - because the person turned to stone! Was it you? πŸ˜‰

  • @spinhead  Feb 2018

    Your comments on "We Are Water" just about qualify as a collaboration. Excellent stuff.

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 2018

    Thanks a lot for the comment on "Sushi Sunday"! Glad you liked it!

  • @mattpierce  Feb 2018


  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2018

    PS yes- forgot to mention - I agree about the pre-chorus. PC1 works for all.

  • @tcelliott  Feb 2018

    Hey, JX. On Fall it was a guitalele. Nylon guitar tuned to an A instead of an E. I cheated.

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2018

    Well just listened to your two posted songs - seriously do the rain song however it speaks to you as when I listened to your two songs I was like yep, that would be beautiful to both. Call me indecisive at best.

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2018

    I would LOVE that John!!! And I would really love your guitar and vocals on it. Heavy rains are kind of driving so though the message is melanchology a more kind of driving gritty feel would work but I totally trust your musical sensibilty -and talent. I am grateful !!'

  • @bradbrubaker  Feb 2018

    To quote Taylor Swift: "Look what you made me do"

  • @corinnecurcio  Feb 2018

    Hello John - Nice to "see" you again

  • @expendablefriend  Feb 2018

    Hi John, welcome back!

  • @tan482  Feb 2018

    Thank you for stopping by to listen and for your kind words. Yes I think it could go for a little longer too but I was eager to get a song up to kick off!

  • @dannyk1 Feb 2018

    Hope you have a wonderful and productive FAWM. Thanks for stopping by.

  • @nuerdetjuligen  Feb 2018

    Yes! So happy to see you again. Happy Febrapalooza!

  • @leslie Feb 2018

    You too! I keep missing you when I'm in Madison. Next time I'm through we should hang out in actual real time.

  • @sueawesome Feb 2018

    hours left 'til they open the gates..

  • @ajna1960  Jan 2018

    Heya John πŸ˜€ Yes I am back, as always like a bad penny !
    Would love to collab at some point πŸ˜€

  • @hazeyjohnii Jan 2018

    Hi John - thanks for pinging me, unfortunately I don't have time for FAWM this year - might be back in the future. But I did 50/90 if you want to hear more songs from me - see my bio. Good luck this year!

  • @danvaillancourt  Jan 2018

    Glad you are here!

  • @kevinreid  Jan 2018

    The smooth sounds of John Crossman... I'm looking forward to it! How's Madison treating you these days?

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Jan 2018

    For the record, when Dan Wilson responded to my tweet, I was jealous of MYSELF. And shocked. And then I knew I had something I could hang over your head at a future FAWMStock. πŸ˜€

  • @ballyhoot  Jan 2018

    Welcome back to FAWM!! Good luck and have fun!!

  • @pifie Jan 2018

    Hi John, thanks for the kind welcome back, man

  • @devin  Jan 2018

    ABBA said it best
    β€œThere is nothing we can do”
    FAWMku while we wait

  • @swampjaw  Jan 2018


  • @arthurrossi Jan 2018

    Hey! Looking forward to your new tunes! πŸ˜€

  • @bradbrubaker  Jan 2018

    Dr. Drab Drudaker?!? Bwahahaha

  • @sherrycanary  Jan 2018

    Hi John
    Looking forward to hearing your offerings this year!

  • @driftwood1  Jan 2018

    Glad to see you back John. Looking forward to the tunes.

  • @jibbidy34  Jan 2018

    Oh yeah...John's back, it's getting real now!

  • @bradbrubaker  Jan 2018

    Another year, another FAWM! Glad to see you back!

  • @spinhead  Jan 2018

    Love to record that in the right key now that I have a guitar I can play. Great lyric there.

  • @spinhead  Jan 2018

    Let's do a lyric swap this year. Then we'll each do our own music with our own lyrics. I can never accept a collab as "the real music" for my songs, but I always love hearing what folks do with em. Since, like, you're folks, might could work.

  • @popmythology  Jan 2018

    Hi, John! Good to hear from you, and thanks for stopping by! But thank you especially for your kind words. I look forward to the chance (hopefully) to drop by FAWM now and then in Feb. and listen to some of your stuff!

  • @acousticmaddie  Jan 2018

    Happy fawm to ya!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 2018

    Hello!! Great to see you back. πŸ˜€ Yay for FAWM!!

  • @helenseviltwin  Jan 2018


  • @standup  Jan 2018

    Yes, working with Nancy is always in mind. Hoping for a new one this year.

  • @colgoo  Jan 2018

    Welcome back!

  • @valeriecox  Jan 2018

    Hi John. Happy FAWMing. Maybe my first song should be about get Facebook hacked. πŸ˜€

  • @standup  Jan 2018

    Hello and ready for another one.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 2018

    Hi there again!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Jan 2018

    Your perfectionism quotes are nearly perfect!

    Hey, Man Crush. πŸ˜€

  • @unpronounceable  Jan 2018

    Good to see you too!!!

  • @max  Jan 2018