Influences: love, pain, sadness, hope............................................................................................. some bands / musicians that have influenced my life over the years: pearl jam, regina spektor, ani difranco, tori amos, tool, nine inch nails, fiona apple, smashing pumpkins, metric, rilo kiley, the shins, jesca hoop, thao nguyen, mirah, willie nelson, mazzy star, suzanne vega, nirvana, janis ian, ingrid michaelson, rachael yamagata, sia, ryan adams, brandi carlile, the sundays
Hello everyone. This is my 4th year participating in FAWM!
I'm a singer/songwriter from Kalamazoo, Michigan. I currently play guitar (acoustic and electric) and sing in my band, Treading Bleu, with a great group of guys (who are all also participating in FAWM). I also play bass, drums, and will be taking a stab at some keyboard/synth stuff, and random other instruments this February.
My new instrument for this FAWM = DRUMSET. So, I hope to be inspired to write songs starting with my own drum parts and building from there. It will be a new approach for me and I'm excited about it.
My style varies - I don't like to be tied down to a specific genre. What I love about FAWM is that it's given me a place to experiment and try things I wouldn't normally do. It worked out well the last couple of years and I came away with several songs I really love. My plan this year is to do the same - a variety of acoustic-based songs, mixed with more experimental songs because I am enjoying getting into the programming/mixing/more electronica side of things and stretching out of the comfort zone of my songwriting to grow as an artist. (Let's be real, I'm going to play, strum, beat, bang, sing, shout, whatever it takes to make 14.)
My bandmates who are also FAWMing:
@ZeCoop - bass player (7th year FAWMer)
@guatecoop - drummer (3rd year FAWMer)
@slawbleu - electric guitar/keys (2nd year FAWMer)
I'm also in the early stages of a side project with my friend and old lead guitarist from a previous band I had when I lived back in Richmond, VA for several years. We've always talked about doing a long-distance project to continue writing together, but it's never happened (until now - 10 years later!) I've talked him into trying out FAWM this year and am looking forward to collaborating on some tunes. You can find him at @anthill - if you like our collabs, please comment on his page too (he's a fawmling).
I'm really looking forward to hearing what everyone comes up with this year!!
Latest album "Stories Telling Themselves":
2015 & 2016 FAWM song output (sketches/demos) are located here:
2017 I had to start a new Soundcloud account half way through, so some are here:
Thanks for listening!
|#1||It's Not Me||
|#2||Why Are You Lonely? @anthill||
|#7||It's Complicated @anthill||
|#8||This Isn't Home||
|#9||The Ride @anthill||
|#11||Broken Boy @slawbleu||
|#12||Fade Into Light @guatecoop||
|#14||Blurring The Lines||
|#16||Other Side of the Sky @slawbleu||
|#18||Ending or Beginning @anthill||
|#19||Infinite Game (with zecoop, too) @guatecoop||
|#21||Just Keep On||
|#22||Let The Rain Come||
Hey, thanks for all the comments! Hope you're recovering from FAWM okay!
I'm so glad you heard in This is a Time (which I might rename "A Way to Hope") what I was intending it to mean! Thanks for listening and commenting.
Thanks so much for the nice comments both on Black Fallen angel and the part with his mistress.
Thanks so much. Good to hear your beautiful voice 😀
Girl, you did 22 songs! I should be congratulating you! Thanks for the nice words on Awaken. I wasn't sure at first about deviating from standard musical stuff, but I feel like FAWM allows us the freedom (and encourages it, really) to just follow gut instincts. I promise I'll get to listening to all the people on my watchlist (this includes you), but I seriously need a break because I feel like my ears are trashed. Do you ever feel like that after FAWM?
Thanks so much for the kind words on Long Way Gone! Means a lot coming from you 😀
Thank you so much, dear!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm about to listen to some of your tracks. It's been a crazy couple weeks 😀
My wife did like Northern Lights. Thanks for listening 😀
Hey, thanks for that nice comment! It made my day! God, I wish I could score stuff for a living. That would be amazing. I've always loved instrumentals and movie/TV scoring, but I hardly ever made them until this year, during FAWM, so it still feels strangely new and slightly unfamiliar. Thanks for making me feel like I'm not sucking! 😀
Pitch shift was totally F#2's idea. He wanted it to sound like a squirrel and he thought that would do the trick!
Haha sorry, I think that I got into this Sinful Town theme just made me not able to think of anything else than the charachters and how they sound right now.
Thank you for the kind words on Honeysuckle, I appreciate in-depth comments! Maybe next year you'd be up for a collab! 😀
Comments completely deserved. 14 songs congratulations, I need to sit down and catch up.
Thanks for your comments "cause of the bleeding". I added the lyrics 😀
Thanks for your appreciative comments on "Geek Alert". It was totally experimental for me pulling out ideas I heard in school many years ago. I was afraid it would sound awful but I'm happy with the way it came out. Thanks for listening and congrats on your trophy!
Thanks for the congratulations and powering through on those vocal stems! They sound great. I'm actually excited to try my hand at mixing female vocals, haven't done much of that... hope I do it justice! 😁
I'm so glad I stumbled across you! I love everything you're doing! You can be sure that when March rolls around I'll be listening and commenting to everything. 😀
Thank you so much for commenting on the Unicorn Onesie song! 🦄Oh my gosh - if you're thinking of getting one do it. Seriously. They're amazing. I love mine so much!
Thanks! I have some new ones cooking right now....keeping my theme of diversity and variation....I think that is my theme.
Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀
Thanks for the feedback on "Silence". It helped me discover your music. I love your voice!
Thank you so much for the feedback on The Vision, much appreciated!
Understand ... you are doing some great stuff.. cheers
Hi! Thanks for stopping by and for your thoughtful comments on my songs. I look forward to hearing more of your great music this month!
I've got a pop/bubble gum kinda of tune where the girl is struggling to keep her virginity under pressure.. if you know what I mean..
Got some chorus lines.. and the chords.. but hearing your style I think it would work.
I want it to be for love.. I want it to be for life...
anyway.. if you want to collaborate.. buz me back.. cheers..
Thank you for the great comments on my songs! I appreciate the feedback.
Wow. Thank you for your beautiful comments on "Examination" Nice that you find it inspirational. So did really your comments for me too.
Thanks so much for the comments! Not making as much headway as I'd like so far so the positive feedback is super helpful. 😀
I like your collaboration! That is nice to have that again, I'm sure.
Thanks for listening to "Negative One". (cuz I'm e to the i pi!)
Hope the chorus gets as stuck in your head as it is in mine. No, wait, I don't wish that on others. That's not nice. 😉
Have a great rest of FAWM!
"The Note" was hard for me to get through so I'm glad it's finding listeners. Thank you for the second listen 😀
Thanks for you wonderful comments. I'm glad you liked what you heard. You rock too, so it means a lot to me when you make comments like that!
Thanks for listening to my song "Underneath The Tree", I appreciate it.
Yes, I did get mine set up. 2 years later!!! It was a gift, so it was like I got the gift all over again! I've used it on 2 songs so far, but have plans to use the Moog plugin...that will be FUN!
thanks for your kind comments on my tunes! looking forward to checking out your stuff when I get off work tonight!
Thank you so much for listening to IV of News and Break Out. Your comments are always so kind and encouraging. Looking forward to hearing your songs!
It does indeed... 😀
If the snakes 🐍 one gives you any ideas... feel free. And the name can be tossed. But you know that. 🎶
Thanks for your awesome comment on Far Away. That was so nice!
Think I might have something interesting, and perhaps disconcertingly dark, which needs a strong male/female duet vocal to properly illustrate. Send me an email and I'll send you what I've got. If you don't like it or aren't feeling it, I've got other ideas too. 😀
Thanks for your comments on 'On the inside', it is quite draining writing about the subject but it needs saying!
Thanks on your lovely comment for "Breaking no more bread". You're a star 😀
Thanks on your lovely comment for "Breaking no more bread". You're a star 😀
Thanks for the feedback on my song! I had so much fun with it, I will take a listen to yours soon, am mid-recording frenzy today, had to take a bit of a break cuz it's noisy and time for vocals soon 😀
I'm so so glad you like what I have up so fair and it always feels good to know your voice is appreciated because it's one of those that feels pretty personal, ya know? 😀 Thanks for the follow and excited to hear and be inspired by another michigan songwriter!
I appreciated it too. It felt like a really personal song, and it felt like it spoke to a lot of my own demons, so, thank you for that.
Wow thank you so much for your amazing comments on "weeping angels". I am often full of self doubt whenever it comes to my music but more especially when it is just me and my indian guitar. I was imagining this as a piano epic laden with strings so was very nervous about putting it out there like this but you totally made me feel positive about it. Big thank you once again
Not going to de-zong it, but that was awesome. You really turned that into a cool song!
If I'm open to it, she says? Ha! Of course, I'd be honored! Let me see what I can come up with. I was going sequentially by the ideas in my pre-FAWM notes, but that seems to be shuttin' down fast. Plus a little standard Day 5 funk. Some collaborations might just be the trick. If you've got any particular ideas, let me know!
I really like your song "Why are your lonely" and would like to play it on the FAWMcast. If you would allow me permission could you send a mp3 (or wav) to pigfarmerjr *at* gmail DOT com. If not, then that's quite all right as well. I still loved listening to it.
Thank you for stopping by and commenting such nice things on my song! Haha, yes, best if you don't sing "saved by murder" out loud 😝
Thanks so much for your lovely and that kind comment on "We are not we"!
Yep, banjo and e-bow. 10/10 for observation!
Hey, thanks for the kind comment on The Battle! Glad you enjoyed it. Fun to see a fellow Midwestern woman around here. 👍🏼
Thank you for your nice comments. Really liked " It's Not Me", looking forward to checking out more of your songs.
Dude, I would totally color my hair like that RIGHT NOW(cuz I luuuuuv it), but I'm trying to keep it virgin-style so that I can donate it.
(How the hell do you have two songs already? I'm so slow.)
Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by to listen.
I desperately trying to listen to your stuff but Indian wifi refusing!! Don't worry am moving out to better wifi place tomorrow all in the name of FAWM .
Thanks for your kind comment on "Driving". 😀
I'm happy to be back for my 2nd FAWM.
May the muse be with you. 😉
Thanks for saying hello! I haven't had time to start yet but maybe tomorrow.
Thanks! I'm not cooking up much yet, I'm afraid...but I AM feeling better!
Thank you for listening to my song! Best of luck with your writing!
Thanks lovely for your wonderful comments. They will give me confidence to strive on
thanks for listening and commenting on my song. looking forward to your stuff.
Thanks for feedback - really appreciate it! I certainly feel what the lyrics are saying as well hahaha Looking forward to hearing your stuff!
Thanks for the hollar! Looking forward to hearing what you do this year!
Thanks for lovely note! I'll take the soul-punching, that's what I aim to do to myself when writing, so it it does it for others that's an added bonus. 😀 Awaiting your first tune!
Hey, looking forward to collaborating with you on 14lbs! I need an email address for you. You can email the address to me if you don't want to add it to your profile.
Nice to see you back here! Love the mermaid hair, gurrrrl. 😀
Have a super FAWM!
Hey lovely. Yes i am back although not physically as am out of the country for the whole of FAWM. This is going to be a real test. Can't wait to hear you stuff. Hope you well x
Hello back your way. Looking forward to hearing your wonderful music again. Have a great FAWM!
Have a great FAWM!
Have a great FAWM! Looking forward to your output!
Ahhh, my fab and talented friend, I look forward to have you amaze me yet again!!
Hello! Have a great FAWM!
You!!!! Super talented amazing lady!!!!
Have a fab fawm
Hello back 😁
Yes I am. The small human I created is much bigger and more demanding now so not as hopeful of consistent attendance but aiming at the 14 😀
good to see you back too xxx
Hey Stacy!! Thanks! Being in studio has been an absolute blast. Hoping to release by the end of summer. I'm looking forward to hearing what you create this year, saw that drum set. That whole space looks creative! I'm sequestered in a small corner of my apartment bedroom but it works. This is gonna be a good year, I can feel it, but most importantly, I'm set on just makin' it happen.
thanks 😀 you too, have a great FAWM
Oh hey it's yoooooouuu! Here we go again, eh?
hi. liked your music last year, anticipating for more this year.
Yea imma ready got some things happening that may consume my time but we see what happens not going to not do it
Hey! I'm thinking that this year we should do a band collab. Maybe I will come up your way, or just do it from where we are. I know you've got some good stuff in there for this year. I look forward to hearing it.