John Crossman 14


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 -
@cowex as the guy who wakes up
@debs as the duck-like raccoon
@expendablefriend as the taco
@johncrossman as Will, friend to tacos
@helenseviltwin as the tea bag

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!


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  • @wacha  4 hours

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

  • @nikke88 23 hours

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

    And congrats on 14!

  • @tunecat 1 day

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

  • @theresaj  1 day

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

  • @tunecat 1 day

    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  1 day

    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  2 days

    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  4 days

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

  • @mmmmarcus  4 days

    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  4 days

    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  5 days

    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 5 days

    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  5 days

    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 5 days

    "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  5 days

    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  6 days

    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 1 week

    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  1 week

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

  • @angelinapowersuit 1 week

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

  • @scubed  1 week

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

  • @cleanshoes 1 week

    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 1 week

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

  • @aprilm  1 week

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

  • @kahlo2013  1 week

    Thank you John!!!

  • @tcelliott  1 week

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

  • @zerk 2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

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


  • @mmmmarcus  2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

    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 2 weeks

    @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  2 weeks

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

  • @spinhead  2 weeks

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

  • @mmmmarcus  2 weeks

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

  • @mattpierce  2 weeks


  • @kahlo2013  2 weeks

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

  • @tcelliott  2 weeks

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

  • @kahlo2013  2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

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

  • @corinnecurcio  2 weeks

    Hello John - Nice to "see" you again

  • @expendablefriend  2 weeks

    Hi John, welcome back!

  • @tan482  2 weeks

    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 3 weeks

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

  • @nuerdetjuligen 3 weeks

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

  • @leslie 3 weeks

    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 3 weeks

    hours left 'til they open the gates..

  • @ajna1960  3 weeks

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

  • @hazeyjohnii 3 weeks

    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  3 weeks

    Glad you are here!

  • @kevinreid  3 weeks

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

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  3 weeks

    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  3 weeks

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

  • @pifie 3 weeks

    Hi John, thanks for the kind welcome back, man

  • @devin  3 weeks

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

  • @swampjaw  3 weeks


  • @arthurrossi 3 weeks

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

  • @bradbrubaker  3 weeks

    Dr. Drab Drudaker?!? Bwahahaha

  • @sherrycanary  4 weeks

    Hi John
    Looking forward to hearing your offerings this year!

  • @driftwood1  4 weeks

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

  • @jibbidy34  4 weeks

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

  • @bradbrubaker  4 weeks

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

  • @spinhead  4 weeks

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

  • @spinhead  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

    Happy fawm to ya!

  • @fearlessflight2014  4 weeks

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

  • @helenseviltwin  4 weeks


  • @standup  4 weeks

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

  • @colgoo  4 weeks

    Welcome back!

  • @valeriecox  4 weeks

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

  • @standup  4 weeks

    Hello and ready for another one.

  • @fearlessflight2014  4 weeks

    Hi there again!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  4 weeks

    Your perfectionism quotes are nearly perfect!

    Hey, Man Crush. πŸ˜€

  • @unpronounceable  4 weeks

    Good to see you too!!!

  • @max  4 weeks


  • @barbara  4 weeks

    Hi John, I can sure relate to your bio message. I'm trying not to fret about it ahead of time anyhow. Even one song can be so satisfying, so let's see what happens!

  • @theresaj  4 weeks

    Oh. That was it? Ok then. Let’s do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @jamkar  4 weeks

    Hi John greetings, and happy FAWMing!

  • @kahlo2013  4 weeks

    John! FAWM time is drawing near! I look forward to your music!

  • @theresaj  4 weeks

    Hey John! The lover boy songs are bound to make their way here. I know you’ll enjoy them πŸ˜‰.
    Happy FAWM’ing! Even though you didn’t give me my pre-fawm pep talk this year. I’ll forgive you this time.

  • @igg  5 weeks

    Welcome back......I'm looking forward to hearing you again.....

  • @sueawesome 5 weeks

    it really is

  • @airbagtester  5 weeks

    Hey John! Glad you're here too! I couldn't resist FAWM either. I think it has to do with February being in the name of it, and me not being able to go a year without February either.

  • @cowex  5 weeks

    In this special space, I spryly spun a spew of sprawling speech (like a spicy spider spokesman, specifically), sporting sparkles and spelling sputters of splendid spirits.

  • @sueawesome 5 weeks

    and another

  • @sueawesome 5 weeks

    let's do another

  • @autoclamp  5 weeks

    You are my very favorite reminderer.

  • @ericdistad  5 weeks

    Ah, the mighty Crossman returns to bestow musical splendor upon us once more. πŸ˜€ Happy FAWM John!

    (And I will attempt to create 14 new musical things this year - but my 14th FAWM was last year... and I did make at least 14 new things... so I succeeded already? πŸ˜€ This is technically number 15 for me... Boy is that a weird thing to say. )

  • @boyatheart  5 weeks

    Slowly getting in the mood. More distractions at the moment for me, but I think I've said that before! Have a good one. πŸ˜€

  • @fiftydegrees  5 weeks

    Good seeing you back in Fawmistan another year!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  5 weeks


    Who's writing the music and who's writing the lyrics this time?

  • @nancyrost  5 weeks

    Verse 1:
    Redundancy is the soul of songwriting
    Hello hello hello hello
    Verse 2:
    Friendships grow in repetition
    Hello hello hello hello
    John Cro-o-o-o-o-o-osssss-man rocks!
    And so I say to him
    Double chorus:
    Hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello

  • @stephenwordsmith  5 weeks

    They don't call me Stephen Wordsmite for nothing!

  • @tcelliott  5 weeks

    JX! Glad to see you around.

  • @cts  5 weeks

    Once again....Crossman.

  • @andygetch  5 weeks

    Hi John, let's do this!

  • @kristian  5 weeks

    Bring it. It being your voice and guitar. And tunes. And maybe shakers and a bit of tamborine? And cowbell... Lots of cowbell

  • @devin  5 weeks

    Have a great month sir, I shall be stalking your fine tunes as per usual!