Influences: Americana, Country, Rock, Blues
2018: My first FAWM was in 2008 and I missed 2009, so this must be my 10th year!
acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele, electric guitar, bass and percussion (cajon, too).. and maybe some BIAB, too.
Don't know about videos this year -- they are a lot of work! I did buy the ditto x2 looper in December and while it is not needed here (I can do multitrack recording), I may do a video of me using the looper if a good song candidate pops up.
14 is always the goal. Maybe even a collab or two, ... or three.
Collaboration: my default stance is that collaborations are equally owned by the joining parties, no matter the perceived contribution from each party. However, if I team up with a lyric only person and they want to go a different direction after FAWM, that is OK with me, too.
|#2||Never Saw It Coming||
|#4||Snowy Gran Prix||
|#5||River in Winter||
|#6||Wash My Blues Away||
|#7||Life is a Travel||
|#9||In The Silence||
|#10||Life Should Be A Thrill @optik23||
|#13||There For Me||
|#14||Secret of Our Success||
Thanks for verifying the progression... I thought I had it but its nice that you confirm the Em, Em7, & C9
We definitely plan on being back next year. Thanks for giving our filk songs a listen! I appreciate the comments!
Re. harp, I’ll try to get you something tomorrow.
Thanks for the visit! The grandkids love to create songs. I love that they love it! 😀 But they do make me work hard sometimes... 😉
Thank you for the wonderful comment on Brains of Castamere! It made my day!
Thanks for the comment on “Ode to John Madison” - a tribute to my great grandfather and the stories I’d heard. 😀
The answer your question of "what time is that song in?" the answer is "inconsistent and sporadic time." 😀
Thank you for your kind words on "Quilted Heart". Of the cards I was given, that was the one that stuck out at me the most.
I made point to sign up for as many challenges as I could this year. I ended up signing up for a few too many but am glad I did. A few of them provided some great inspiration.
I am by no means a stage olayer, and thank you for the lovely compliment on my singing on One Who WAlked Away From Omelas. Since for most of my life I was told I could not sing, that means a lot to me.
Hey Kevin thanks for popping by and congrats to you to on getting to 14 and then some!
Thank you for the very nice comment and for taking the time to listen!
Thanks for the lovely comments on Home on Earth! That’s funny what you said about the viola because whenever I am looking at the viola parts for my string quartet I always say “voila” to myself hehe....
Wow, a ukulele, not a mandolin. Then you play the ukulele beautifully. I only play piano, no stringed instruments, so sorry about the "picking" comment. your playing just sounds so precise and difficult, that I guess I thought you might need a pick to get that great sound. I made a wrong assumption. I'll go edit my comment now.
thx for your comments on the secret of my success. marthie did a lovely job with the lyrics. Looks like the song is getting some legs - a child agency here is considering using it as a motivational song for troubled teenagers.
Thanks for the comment on "Straggler". It's in 7/4
Thanks Kevin for the nice comment on my song Tell Me Why?
Thanks so much for your comments on my song "climbing To The Clouds." It was fun. I've been working a little more with samples and programming rhythm tracks so I was kinda proud with that one for that reason. 😀
I'm a looper as well though none of that came up in any of my songs specifically this year, at least not live looping as we understand it. I made plenty of loops for the sake of time. 😀
Anyway, thanks so much! 😀
I appreciate your comments on Hinkypunk, the music all resulted from the puzzle of how to deal with that strange word. I decided that was all that was needed for the chorus! Hey, today I'm hosting a jam in DC for some of our old FDP gang--Clamfest folk--plus new people from DC. Trying to give amateurs like me a full rock band experience. That's taken a lot of my listening time away, but I'll resume tomorrow, when this is out of my hair. Cheers.
Thanks for your comments on "Issues". Glad you liked it. Been fun skirmishing with you. Let's do it again.
I've listened to some of you songs at "bandcamp"... thats why I assumed all your tunes this year are ideas & sketches for a future album... the songs on your album have a lot more polish in their productions & presentations... I've been traveling around listening to songs here at FAWM,,, there's a lot of interesting tunes here... guess I should let others know I'm here... I'll add my name to that list
Thanks for your kind words about "Rocky Shores." There's room for everything here at FAWM!
Thanks for the feedback! Glad you enjoyed the experimental FAWMtronica. 😝 And yes, I'm quite happy with that song. Definitely one of my better ones. 😀
Thanks for listening to "Luge." Skeleton is actually an older sport, I think, and was brought back recently. If I did skeleton I'd want a good plastic surgeon in the family...
Hi Kevin, I truly appreciate your feedback and suggestions. I like the idea of changing the rhyme scheme in the chorus to differentiate from the verse. I always try to give a 'lift' to the chorus. In "LAZY SUMMER AFTERNOON" The verse is in A and the chorus is in E. I'll be back shortly to comment on some of your work. Thanks again!
Hey! Thanks for your kind words on Brotherly Love! I posted it during a super skirmish weekend, so I thought that tag might help it to not get lost, ha ha! I managed to do the whole album on the family theme, and feel so chuffed to have achieved it. I found writing around a theme like that took a lot of the effort away as the subject matter was already chosen! Don’t know what I’ll do next year mind...
Thank you for commenting on our fun song. 😀 I really appreciated the listens! I can't help but to laugh along with you about my lack of output for FAWM! lol Yeah, collabs can be tough. My first one for 50/90 didn't went well at all! I had other collabs but I don't count them because those songs were almost finished and I just needed a bit of help to finish those songs. Luckly this one went well! Communcation to me is key to a successful collab, without it you're pretty much doomed! lol Glad you liked Tom's lyrics also. 😀
Thank you... that song was both fun and very very special to make. Going to be a keeper forever. 😀
Thx. I sort of felt i had a lot more. I was just taking the numbers off the left chart. Thx for that. I didnt want to seem rude to that dude but i thought i was a good example of what you can get out if you put in. As it turns out i got even more. Thx
Thank you, Kevin, you are very kind. I will be checking out more of your songs soon
TX for the comments on Glass Doll 😀
Well i am a supportive social animal. But it came at the right time for me to give it a big effort. Now trying to fight my way through music for a dozen songs - not as much fun for me as lyrics - been lucky to find a few collaborators.
Thx for your comments. I was fortunate to have the available time and i just wanted to see what i could do. I did 14 in the superskirmish. I was done by the end!
Thank you for your kind words on "No Way Out", I was in such a rush to try to get the one posted I'm, surprised there weren't more typos.
Whatdayawantamedal? Well you’re getting one! You are SUPERB Tripletime Trooper! You took the time to write 300 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 300 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Hey Kevinemmrich, thanks for the comment on the song I appreciate it. Your friend Jimmy
Thanks for the comment on " Ballet for a Plumber in Poughkeepsie." The lyrics came 3rd - possibly even 4th. Tracks 1 and 2 were so . . . oddly unique . . . I digested them several times turning ideas over in my head. Originally I was going to do a bass synth track but on one listen, the words just popped in there in very rough form based on the relentlessness of the percussion @nancyrost had put down - maybe I was having my own mini nervous breakdown about the song. 😉 The version on tape may well be considered a 2nd take and the only notes I had written down were the opening lines and I kept the ideas of the Telltale Heart when the distortion kicks in and the yellow pages/padded room at the end in my head on the final vamp. Really, I had no idea what I was doing. I'm glad/shocked it worked.
Thank you for your kind words for I Know Nothing!! 😀
It's a good job I've not seen season two yet or I'd have had to sing a lot faster.
Re: the plumber in Poughkeepsie, the lyrics came third in the process. These four-tracks all evolve differently; it's pretty amazing to watch them work.
Thanks for your comments on "The Puppeteer" . I certainly hope I will get to do another skirmish.
Yeah, I sort of specialize in lo-fi improvised acapella. It's a skill I become confident with through skirmishes, polished with my "3in10" challenge, and now with my "FAWM Squared" challenge appear to have mastered. (Just one more improvised album, and I will have improvised fourteen 14-song albums in February.)
Lol Thanks Kevin! yeah that was a fun trip in Italy. I definitely 'Showed UP' haha. Hey really you have been an inspiration to me this year. Your comments are thought out and motivating. I also just received my band in a box today to up my game after reading yours and others experiences here with it. Fawm rocks and so do you!
Thank you so very much for your kind words about my skirmish song, "You Were There for Me." Means a lot.
Thanks for the nice comment on my "No Way" skirmish song. I like to say that the only time that I'm a second story man is when she doesn't believe the first story! :-0
Heya! Re: guitar on my "no way" skirmish song. It's just a (fairly) cheap yamaha acoustic electric. But I have a capo I cut up to where it only covers the A D G strings and lets the Low E, B and high E strings ring through. I put it on the fourth fret and just played regular chord shapes (well, mostly regular.) It works on the 2nd fret as well.
Thanks for your comments on thoughts and prayers Kevin. Thank you also for hosting and giving us a great prompt!
So, neither I, nor Val, know what the slang for heeling might be, despite having UK and US covered
thx Mate - this one wrote itself thank goodness.
THANK YOU for hosting a skirmish or two and helping us with this FAWM Mega Super Skirmish weekend!!
Below is what you have signed up for,
Super Skirmish #4 - Feb 23/24
SKIRMISH #: SS2324-A
EST: Friday, February 23, 2018 5pm EST
CST: Friday, February 23, 2018 4pm CST
PST: Friday, February 23, 2018 2pm PST
GMT: Friday, February 24, 2018 10pm GMT
Sorry for the late reply! "I didn't want to read the translation in case you were talking about going to McDonalds for a burger and they left out ketchup or something." haha, luckily it wasn't! But thanks anyway for your kind words! 😀)
Thank you for your kind words on "Seeds", I'm always happy when one of my protest songs resonates with someone.
great to hear from you bud
dont worry bout visiting my page bud i know your busy and working hard with your talent
we will meet again
speak soon bud take care K
Thanks for the listen & the kind comments on "Me Too".
Thanks for the listen & the kind comments on "Me Too".
Aww you’re welcome. Thanks for your thanks Kevin!!
Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Thanks for listening to Scars! I know what you mean about the last line yeah! I just couldn't make it fit but yes, you're right, it's totally implied enough hopefully 😀
Thanks so much for your lovely comment on "Better Angels"!
Kevin the vocalizations are just me with various amounts of pitch shifting, including the low 'chug' which is me saying the word 'water' pitch shifted down many many octaves.
thx for your comments. im glad its coming out ok because i am so grateful for finding this! i am learning and finding new ways to do so much!
Good thing you didn't double dog dare me to post the other one, because I'd have had to resist! LOL! You make a good point, though, and one day I'll be brave and do just that. For now, I am happy that I got closer to my intentions before I drop off the site for tonight.
Thank you for the comment in the song I did with Morty... and I completely agree with you on the strength of the music from the 40’s and 50’s... exceptional talent from that era.
Hi Kevin. Thank you so kindly for commenting Body and Ghost. Most of the songs in Fawm are tagged "acoustic" and/or "folk". We rockers are a minority, but we make a bigger noise! 😀
Thanks for your comment on "I Know Nothing". I make my drum parts in the Piano Roll View of Sonar. I think this one was already made. This was just a couple of bars then I copy it out. You are the only one who mentioned the Know Nothings. When I decided to host a skirmish I took a book on the lead up to Lincoln's war, fanned the pages, stuck my finger in at random and landed on "I know nothing".
THanks for your comments. I don't know why i have to repeatedly be told to bring the vocals up, I think its because I mix in headphones , but thanks for noting hopefully I fixed it with the new mix. CHeers!
thx for your comments. I wrote this song in the 1 hr skirmish - the topic was travel and as an added challenge you had to go to a site called map crunch - it randomly selects a place and you had to put it in your song. I got a place called the Bermuda Rail Trail.
Thank you for your very kind words!
Thanks for your comments and the warm welcome!
Hi Kevin! I don't think you'll find anything BUT skirmish songs on my board right now, anyway, LOL! Yep, you should try DADGAD; it has its own beauty that can kick off a different type of song. Adding a 2nd guitar track was very exciting in that tuning, so you, in particular, will have a blast!!
Thanks so much for dropping by and I'm glad you enjoyed River in Winter the instrumental. Great advice on getting it to film or media. Wish I knew who that could be!!
Thank you for your kind comment on Winter river. I do actually love celtic music:) <3
Haha "skirmish sirmish" .. thanks it's uplifting to hear your kind comment on my song "River". Wish you happy famwing.
Thanks for the feedback, Kevin! Nope, not a random collab. We're what you might call a seasoned songwriting partnership. 😉 We even released our first album one week ago, where we wrote 10 out of the 11 songs together.
"...Plus you stuck with just supporting the song and not over doing it (like I like to -- ha, ha)..." That is one thing I'm learning this year--sparser arrangements are probably better. You can hear the different instruments better and it sounds more authentic. Thanks for listening! 😀
Thank you for your kind words on "Start Again", glad you liked the song.
Kevin, thanks so much for your kind words on my skirmish song I Never Saw it Coming. WOW 10 years with FAWM! This is my first and I appreciate your feedback.
Congratulations Kevin you wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Thanks for your comment on Homework Sucks! You’re right about the C#/Db and G#/Ab - they’re enharmonic equivalents. Setting the pedals that way (7 pedals on a concert harp, one for each note-name, and each with three possible positions, flat, natural or sharp) enables harpists to do glissandi on a pentatonic scale. It’s how all the stereotypical dream-sequence glisses are done on old tv shows...
Hi mate thanks for the comments on my first efforts of the season! It was a very distorted guitar recorded a bit of distance away from the amp to try and bring the ambience back. I think it fixed it!
Hey thanks for listening to Clouds In Your Eyes! Much appreciated x
Thanks! Yeah, that track was definitely a mood-setter. Not exciting enough for a main album song, but probably good enough as an intro or mid-album chill-out song. 😀
Would you be able to send me chords for running? email@example.com
Thanks for your welcome and for your comment on my story song about the Spanish Civil War. The instrument was a Tenor Guitar BTW, not a ukulele. Though you'll probably hear a few of them if you look me up later this month. I have 19 of the things 😉.
Thanks for your comment on my Song,
Have a good Fawm!
Thanks for your comments . No lack of Lyrics but on Demos i'm slow and well not gifted with knobs and buttons and sound effects and computers well they a necessary evil. Enjoy your Fawm
Thank you Kevin for commenting on House of MirrorsI wasn't sure exactly sure what "first fruit" was supposed to be- just the first song for fawm? I tagged it there but maybe I misunderstood. Is there more to it than that?
Thanks for getting back to me- I get it now!
My lyric was protesting Patriarchal oppression. I should probably remove the first fruit tag!
Thanks so much for your supportive and wonderful comment, Kevin!
Hey, thanks for the nice comment...nope no words going on here. It is pretty suited for some vocals, which was my intent. Thanks!
Thanks for the feedback on You didnt see me coming - I agree on the ending. I had to chop the track for a stopping place, because initially, I had a bridge, and instrumental verse and 2 more repeats of the chorus - but it was quarter till the next skirmish and I was getting frustrated - so I said something along the lines of a curse word, faded the ending and posted it. I am very much in love with this song, and it is first on the list for March Production. I hear cellos. 😀
Thank you for your feedback, "veteran" ! Et merci du conseil!
Hard and complicated vocal layering, yeah, we'll go with that, not "ad libbed over the piano part a few times, then oh god time's nearly up and I've got to write some more lyrics and edit it and figure out which vocal tracks I want to keep and NO YOU DON'T IT'S A SKIRMISH JUST HIT EXPORT TO MP3 AND UPLOAD THE THING" Ahem.
I did wonder why no one commented on my skirmish song. I knew it wasn't the greatest, and I haven't a clue where the story came from, but I thought it must be dreadful for no one to comment. It was so unFAWM-like.
Glad it got cleared up 😀
Thank for your thoughtful comments on Temporary. I had the idea of doing a percussion-only song and finally had the nerve to try it. I'm definitely not a percussionist so it was a stretch for me. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I truly appreciate your feedback.
Thanks so much for letting Em know about the soundboard thing, that was really nice of you! And thanks for the nice comment!
Thanks for your comment, being in Scotland, your political She Devil comment means nothing to me. However we.have plenty he and she devil politicians of our own. 😀
Thanks for you nice feedback 😀 it was meant to say nochorus not notlyrics hahaha! Thanks for pointing it out
Biab not Bush, phone won't let me fix it.
Yes sir, Bush hank 12 string fingerpickin' on my song.. Biab guitar is all I can really play. Thanks for the kind words.
Happy FAWM! Thanks for the welcome. I'm excited but a little nervous, 😳. Have a great month. I'm looking forward to hearing your new collection!