johnstaples 20


Chicago USA   Jan 2013  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Americana, Country, Folk, Rock (John Prine, Neil Young, Jethro Tull, Gillian Welch)

** my album cover is a photo of a Syrian refugee child living in Jordan **
** we should Choose Love instead of banning refuges **

2017 will be my 5th FAWM! I am so excited to write some songs and listen to those of all my favorite FAWMers!

Finally getting around to publishing my first album! Well, actually, it will likely be a couple of albums because I have some country stuff and some rock stuff that don't play well together!

Here are several that will be on the CDs!

Burn the Ground

Paper Flowers

Taking Me Down

Just Passing Through

Burn it Down

Holding On To Our Dreams (Coming Back)
I live in the Chicago area, previously from the San Francisco Bay area and originally from western Kentucky! I love John Prine and Led Zeppelin, Gillian Welch and Pink Floyd, New Grass Revival and Yes, Neil Young and Jethro Tull, Dolly and Taylor and Gaga and Amy and Madonna and Tammy, Willie and Waylon and Hank and Johnny and Merle and George, Elvis and Pearl Jam, the Jackson 5 and Michael, Prince and Jimi, the early Beatles and the later Beatles! There is very little music I don't like!

I use Reaper on Windows for my DAW. I record mostly with a Zoom H4n handheld digital recorder using its multi-track mode so I can lay down several layers.

I play guitar, tenor guitar, baritone guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo.

🎀 🎧 🎼 🎹 πŸ₯ 🎷 🎺 🎸 🎻


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  • @driftwood1  5 weeks

    Thanks for the info. I have always been hesitant to buy an acoustic instrument sight unseen, but you don't see a lot of baritones in local stores. Hopefully next year I can join you in the deep.

  • @petemurphy  6 weeks

    John, thanks. I think I have an idea what it might be. I pay for the FAWM hosting every year, but I use dropbox anyway, as I'm so familiar with it. I know that they're phasing out the public folder in dropbox, so it may be a result of that. I'll have to use the FAWM hosting from next year onwards. It's no big problem. I'm still happy to listen and comment without receiving any back. I've had plenty of comments this year!
    I hope you're well.

  • @michaelepic 6 weeks

    You're too kind, John. Thank you very much for the comment you have left on my song "Girl Bye"! That was really nice of you! 😁

  • @ihelen  7 weeks

    Thanks for commenting on my Remembrance song - you're right - I also notice that most of my songs are tinged with sadness. Not sure why. Unless I really make an effort to write in a major key and keep it that way, I tend to slip into the minors. Maybe I like the way they sound. πŸ˜€

  • @fearlessflight2014  7 weeks

    Hey there John, I'm finally getting some hasty audio up at last including my very first skirmish we shared this year 'Choose Love'. You asked to hear it so here it is. πŸ˜€

  • @hrafns 7 weeks

    when and where can I buy your CD?

  • @braintwang 7 weeks

    Hi John. Someone told me I should respond directly on people's soundboards, thought then it's out of context and I have to reference my comment. In regard to your comment on my song, Gotta Put You Down: Wow, thank you! Yes, I'm playing slide, or trying. Glad you like it. Still (always) working on it. I mess around, but bringing it into my songwriting is new. Thanks for the kind words!

    Anyway, I really dig your songs, singing, and playing. You're a good songwriter. I think I left something more specific before. Keep up the great work!

  • @dancrook 7 weeks

    Thanks John!

  • @audrey  7 weeks

    Thank you for your kind comment on 'Christmas Memories'. It's much appreciated.

  • @chandra83  7 weeks

    Thanks for your feedback! <3 πŸ˜€

  • @paulharrison  7 weeks

    Thanks so much for your encouraging comments on "San Francisco," John!

  • @zxcvbnm  7 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on Martin Luther King song, we have our own problems over here and I was a bit reluctant to "fingerpoke" in the politics of another country. I made an exception for Trump though.

  • @emplate 7 weeks

    Hey, thanks for your comment on "The Gift", I really appreciate it! πŸ˜€ And I'm happy if I was able to create a frantic atmosphere with the song!

  • @chipwithrow  7 weeks

    Hi! I tried to listen to a few of your songs and they wouldn't play. I tried downloading but was only able to listen to a few seconds. (Both problems could have been issues with my ancient computer.) I'll keep checking back - I want to hear what you've been up to!

  • @zecoop  7 weeks

    I could write a three page thank you... but you already know how much I appreciate you on FAWM. Awesome music that I love (even at *sometimes* opposite ends of the musical spectrum) and an even better person to have around. I definitely am always glad you are here!
    (and yea..... that person right below me too). πŸ˜€

  • @piney  7 weeks

    Thank you soooooo much! Wow!

  • @zecoop  8 weeks

    I've got so much catching up to do... The ones I heard from you are (as always) so well done and I enjoyed them a ton. My watchlist to the hit in my listening this year, in favor of fawmlings and new discoveries. Be sure that I'l be getting to a lot more this weekend. πŸ˜€

    So, to answer your question....
    This is the song i think i am most proud of from just about any fawm for many reasons:
    Broken Carousel (written by Piney and then full band-ed by me)

    Also proud of this one, as it is another collaboration with my dad's lyrics (and I played my trombone, lol) (and actually sang)
    Basement Band

    Then... for days/weeks down the line, next up would be:
    Northern Lights
    Market Square

    How about you? Give me a couple! (except 5, 13, 20). Actually I know I listened to 1 early, but apparently never officially commented. That was a blockbuster for you

  • @johncrossman  8 weeks

    Just stopped by to say what I would bet I said last year - you have been such a positive fawm-force again this year! You're unstoppable! But who would want to try! That's all, carry on with your awesome joy-spreading self... πŸ˜€

  • @joyfulbliss22  8 weeks

    Thank you so much.

  • @songsville  8 weeks

    Heh heh, nerves of steel, I clicked with about one and half seconds to go ... πŸ˜€

  • @sw1n3flu  8 weeks

    Thanks for you kind comments on "We/re Great Again". To think.... I nearly forgot about this one entirely, came across it this morning when listening back through voice memos.

  • @sheilerk  8 weeks

    What a good feeling that was getting your note on my soundboard. Thank you! I feel exactly the same!

  • @sapient  8 weeks

    Blimey - the lack of colour on your song list tells me that I've not yet listened to any of your from this month yet... 😏
    This changes - right now! 😁

  • @letterafterz 8 weeks

    Thanks for the kind words man. Appreciate it πŸ˜€

  • @musicbykatie 8 weeks

    Just made it harder for you to keep your promise πŸ˜‰

  • @tiller2  8 weeks

    Hi, John, you asked to know when I had a demo for my One Day You'll Understand lyric. It's posted and I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

  • @tootoobee  Feb 26

    John, thanks so much for your kind comments on my songs! I need to catch up with commenting in March ...

  • @hmorg Feb 26

    Thank you for your kind comment on "MissΓ€ taivas maata suutelee"! I was aiming for something like the opening track of the collaborative album "A Black Sea" by The Lion's Daughter and Indian Blanket, in terms of progression, and while I think I missed that mark completely, I managed to create something quite good anyway.

  • @heidiserwer  Feb 26

    Congratulations on continuing past the finish line, John! You are an inspiration! Just listened to "Rain and Fire." It's a great tune with such a lovely melody!

  • @darkmantle  Feb 25

    Thank you for picking up on the Lodi nod! First one to mention it! hahaha

  • @sheilerk  Feb 25

    Thank you so much for your comments on the Non-traditional pets song. I was worried it would come off heavy handed. I wanted to do your skirmish, but I wasn't able to. Hope to jump in on the next one πŸ˜€

  • @sunnymae  Feb 25

    Oh my gosh John thank you thank you so much. And I just made the song downloadable for you so go back and grab it if you'd like. It would please me no end. The prompt was so inspiring so we will have you to thank for the outcome. You kind of are our favorite Skirmish Rockstar host and I know a bunch of us couldn't wait to work with you again. I'm already having separation anxiety from this amazing Community it's a hard trip to come off of. Congratulations on hitting 14 woohoo!! Hugs at yaβ™‘β™‘

  • @kathym  Feb 25

    (((((((((((((((((((((((((((John)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) for the precious feedback on skirmish. I knew I didn't want to miss your slot if I could help it. There have been a lot of great superskirmish prompts this time around. Sometimes there are tons that are just off the wall. I'll be referring to the prompts list long after this fawm is over. But, thank you so much for the support on this one. I hope it won't be too hard to make friends with it and let it reveal itself to me fully.

  • @tiller2  Feb 25

    thanks John, you expressed very well what I was trying to say in my take on "One Day You'll Understand." Thanks for the great prompt, which touched a nerve in me, fortunately in a productive way. I'll let you know when I have a tune.

  • @angelinapowersuit Feb 23

    Thanks so much John for your kind feedback on "Let Him Live!" In an ideal world my vocals would be soulful and strong, I was imagining a Negro spiritual kind of delivery, but unfortunately this white girl doesn't have those kind of lungs. . . so I just went with what I got. Glad you like the lyrics too, i wasn't sure it would be effective from his nannan's perspective. I'm actually going to try to record another one today, wish me luck!

  • @ponygal1961 Feb 23

    @johnstaples Thank you so so much for your wonderful and kind review of 'Rearview mirror'! I truly appreciate you taking the time to listen and am blown away by your positive feedback. β™‘ I haven't been a prolific FAWMer this year, but this one is enough. Thanks again my friend!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 23

    Go check out my demo of Off You Go (John Version) on @jaegerin's page, if you would...

  • @majordanby  Feb 23

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving encouraging comments, we are all very busy cranking out tunes and trying to listen into others.

    I love your style, it fits right in with my record collection. I've just written a country picker we hope to record in the next couple of days. There's another that we need to wrestle away from its current reggae feel.

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 23

    Damn, look at you go, John! Need to check out whatcha been up to! I'm way behind on comments, but I'll get there!!!

  • @abudabard12514  Feb 22

    Dude! John Staples! Yes!!

    I'm hosting a FAWM open mic and extravaganza this Saturday in the North Burbs for Chicago and Chicagoland Fawmers to showcase their work over the last few weeks! It's The 25th (This Saturday) in Glencoe!

    Proceeds and donations will benefit Ukulele Kids Club (Healing through music therapy in children's hospitals, great group doing excellent work) and FAWM itself!

    Here's the deets!

    Hope you can attend, and bring that Ukulele. I'll have my tenor with me, you can bet on it!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 21

    The song Where is the man (that I married) is up...
    Please let me know how you would like me to label it and how I should add you as a collaborator...there is room for only one person on the collab...Hope you like it...It turned out different than planned and my recording technique is very rough...thanks so much...xxxc

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 21

    Your song Rough Patch has inspired another song...not a sequel, but more of the wife's point of view...of a marriage gone wrong. Wish I had all the cool slide guitar lol! but my little plunky uke will have to suffice...they ran out of money and had to sell the slide guitar as well!!
    thanks John...Happy Tuesday...

  • @michaelepic Feb 21

    John, I can't thank you enough for your endlessly generous comment on "My Stache" and I am pleased that you approve of a song about facial hair πŸ˜€

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 21

    Thanks for listening to my various superskirmish ramblings this past weekend. I appreciate your carefully crafted comments. Thanks for taking the time.
    It was great fun playing with you and the other FAWMers for all those hours. Have a great week.

  • @atitlan Feb 20

    Thanks for your comment. Somehow songs always turn out positive if I start from a reggae base. I'm quite happy with how this one turned out.

  • @spunky4455 Feb 20

    Thanks for the compliments on my Ice song. Was my first skirmish, and if I'm lucky I'll find time to do one or two more by the end of the month.

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 20

    Thank you for the encouraging, thoughtful comments on my song, Walls.

  • @kathym  Feb 18

    <3 on Love of My Life. I hope it comes across as parental love and not something oedipal. Josh has a lot on his shoulders and deals with it all well and I appreciate all that he does for others as he tries to keep his own stuff done. I guess we're a lot alike that way, too, but we have a small family, so we cover a lot of ground. I am so far behind on soundboards and reciprocal listening, but planning on doing some catching up over the weekend. I'll be popping in to hear what you've been up to.

  • @kovbleu  Feb 17

    Awww, thank you for your kind words, John!!

  • @toms  Feb 16

    Some songs are bound to a time, place, or event, and that's just fine. πŸ˜€

  • @toms  Feb 16

    Thank you for the most enthusiastic comment this FAWM. πŸ˜€

  • @laotranati Feb 15

    Thanks for your comment on Working tΓ­tulo, I was really scared when I posted that song because it's the first time that I write a song with english lyrics so your encouragement it's really appreciated

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 15

    Thank you John for your beautiful comments.

  • @kathym  Feb 15

    Thanks for the comments on Alternate Facts. I swore I was going to avoid the political stuff but my sadness and frustration have been so profound that there is no getting around it, even for fawm, so may as well plow through it. I've been working a lot of extra hours and had extra time with my granddaughter, so I've been so tired at the end of the day with little energy left, so I'll be playing catchup in listening and writing in the second half.
    I'm looking forward to hearing your songs. They are always interesting.

  • @inger Feb 14

    Β΄Thank you so much for your kind comment on my Trees song!

  • @deadhead  Feb 14

    Thanks for checking out Morning Meadow! This was my first time doing anything really serious with DADGAD, and well, I'm addicted. The resonance just sounds so much nicer! Let me know if you use it any of your songs and I'll definitely give them a listen!

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 13

    thanks for your enthusiasm and kind words on that huge singalong video for 'this is what democracy sounds like'- and yeah, it was just as much fun as it sounds! Great to see ya back here and do some great songs as always!

  • @cellogirl2017 Feb 13

    john staples thanks so much for your words of encouragement. It is so validating and refreshing to meet people who have come from a similar background as me and have chosen a different path. I can imagine that having a child would make one rethink. The community of church can be very lovely. I lost my family over my lack of belief, so it is always tempting to try harder to believe.

  • @marthie Feb 13

    Thank you for your feedback on "Dream"

  • @spunky4455 Feb 13

    Hey, John, thanks for listening to our song! Glad you liked it!

  • @cindyrella  Feb 12

    Thanks John on my Bowling Green-did you listen to it also?

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 11

    Thanks for visiting 'Snow Moon'. I was writing this with @petemurphy in mind as he was open to collaborate on songs with a dark theme. I'll let you know if he or I demo it. Am behind on my listening and I see you've been busy...

  • @acromie Feb 11

    Thank you so much for your comments on Down at the Solstice ball. I am humbled that you enjoyed it so much. I really did have a ton of fun with that challenge, and it gave me another song to add to my kids repertoire.

  • @squeakmouse73 Feb 11

    Thank you, John. I appreciate ya.

  • @brownium  Feb 11

    Dude - thanks for the comment on "I'm Sorry" Wanted to do something with the banjo this year! πŸ˜€

  • @seanbrennan  Feb 11

    Thanks for the comment (and wow, that was fast)! Glad that it didn't feel like a cheap copy of an REM lyric. πŸ˜€ Thanks for taking the time to listen, and I loved how yours turned out! Nice skirmish idea.

  • @wickedmessenger1  Feb 10

    Many thanks for your comments on "The Reasons We Get Sent Away." Your favorable comments mean a lot to me.

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 9

    And thanks so much for your supportive comments -- I wish there were a little less to inspire me right now, but it's definitely a silver lining of terrible times.

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 9

    On it: (feel free to share.)

  • @eringoblog Feb 8

    Hey, John...thanks so much for your comments!

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 7

    Thanks for listening to my song "Underneath The Tree", I appreciate it.

  • @judypie Feb 7

    Thank you John and Mrs Staples! 😁

  • @dragondreams  Feb 7

    John, you are so very kind. Thank you! 😊

  • @zecoop  Feb 7

    Thanks for the listen John... The theremin sound is actually my GEM Sprinter 49 Combo Organ with the vibrato button pushed. πŸ˜€
    It looks like this and is from the 70's:

    I record directly in for the keyboards via the headphone jacks, and either go directly into the DAW or into my guitar effects to add delays, reverbs, chorus, etc and then into the DAW. When I get around to using my Farfisa Pianorgan, I will have to mic it... and that will be tricky. It is a wind-reed organ that sounds just like an accordion (but obviously is a LOT easier to play).

    Dang... I have a lot of listening to catch up on. All the writing makes it hard, lol.

  • @wurzelfrau Feb 6

    Hey John, I'm not quite familiar with the oracle, but I know some of his Illustrations and always loved them. Maybe you could pick a card for me and send me a picture of it? I would love to do this challenge!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 6

    I just realised why I've not been getting notifications on your tunes! You weren't on my watchlist?! And I could swear you have been in previous years. Oh well, remedied now. 😊

  • @jaegerin  Feb 6

    Hey, thanks for the comment on my first song! And... you know how my mind works, don't you? Because that challenge you gave me has already got me thinking...!! Will keep you posted... And thank you πŸ˜€

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 6

    Hey JOhn. I can't thank you enough for your wonderful comments on "master key". I actually had so much fun playing this one I was tempted to do just one take with no harmonies but i found cranking out two guitar tracks gave it some meat. You have also made my brother in law the happiest man in Henley right now as he has never had anybody (apart from me) review his lyrics. Thanks again matey

  • @bhaile  Feb 6

    Hey John, thanks for your comment on Read Between the Lies. I haven't collaborated here before and it made me nervous thinking the lyricist might be disappointed. He hasn't told me what he thinks yet, so actually, I am still nervous about it. I enjoyed working on it. Thanks for playing match maker on that one πŸ˜€

  • @jessicagraae  Feb 6

    Thanks for your kind comments on my Embrace a Tyrant song. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • @mattpierce  Feb 5

    I'm stalking you! πŸ˜€

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 5

    Hi John
    So glad you liked my political satire song. Means a lot coming from you!

  • @dawn1 Feb 5

    Thank you John for your kind words on To Dance with You πŸ˜€ Thanks for listening

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 5

    Hey John: thanks for your enthusiasm for Bowling Green Massacre. Just for you, I've put it on soundcloud -- feel free to share:

  • @yam655  Feb 5

    Congratulations on hitting the Century Club!

  • @jcooper  Feb 5

    Thanks John for your great comment on eccentric with Elizabeth. Much appreciated!

  • @chariotbaldwin  Feb 5

    You and Rose are more than welcome to crash here if the shit hits the fan here. Don't forget your purty gitars πŸ˜‰

  • @mishykatz  Feb 5

    Thanks for the Ukulele Love Song feedback! I have been making clay ukulele sculptures and had a really fun idea for the video today, FAWM is amazing! I would have loved to jump in on the Super skirmish but with working 9 hours yesterday and 8 today, I figured I'd save my energy and jump in on another. I did get a song out of a skirmish I did the first day and I am liking it!

  • @sw1n3flu  Feb 4

    Superb work on the super skirmish! Thanks for kickstartin' my FAWM πŸ˜€))

  • @snoozin  Feb 4

    Hi John, thanks so much for oranizing the first Superskimish of 2017! It was tons of fun and tada, I came away with 5 songs and maybe a few to finish. Your enthusiasm is tremendous and helps to keep the ball rolling!

  • @scubed  Feb 4

    Thank you kindly for your lovely words on "When In Doubt Choose Love"! That was really a great skirmish - awesome job on the topic. πŸ˜€

  • @russiasaturn  Feb 4

    Thanks for the kind comments! You should do the pronouns challenge! it was really fun πŸ˜€

  • @jodv  Feb 4

    Man, such flattery. I'm glad you enjoyed the song!

  • @aprilm Feb 4

    Thanks! I was texting someone I know who is also a musician while this skirmish was starting and he helped me come up with some the lyrics! Such a fun sing to write and sing! And too much wine mad its way into the process, in the lyrics and in real life! LOL

  • @jinx  Feb 4

    Hey John! Thanks, it's my name in real life too, haha πŸ˜€

  • @sw1n3flu  Feb 4

    will sort my super skirmish page out tomorrow... off to bed now.

  • @kristi  Feb 4

    John, your enthusiasm is so inspiring! Thank you so much for taking a moment to listen to my collab with @aprilm, "What We Love" and for your in-depth and generous comments! She did a fine job breathing life into the lyrics!

  • @snoozin  Feb 4

    John, I truly appreciate your thoughtful words about my song 'choose love'. Very much appreciated. Thanks for the great prompt! Cheers!

  • @klaus  Feb 3

    Heh, thanks for asking. I'll post my first demo sometime tomorrow. It always takes a while to get started. πŸ˜€

  • @aprilm Feb 3

    Many many thanks again, John. You continue to be an inspiration and I tear up with every encouraging comment you make on my music. Fighting to have my voice heard for so long - it is so heart warming to know it resonates with someone. It's high praise from you too, as I respect your talent so greatly