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 5th 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 FAWM 2018 is my first Ukulele. I'm going to be traveling during part of February, so I'll be taking that with me so that I can hopefully still write while on vacation. I'm going to Jamaica....so, I mean it's cool. It's not like it's a work trip or something. We'll see how many I can get cranked out this year though!
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 has 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 (8th year FAWMer)
@guatecoop - drummer (4th year FAWMer)
@slawbleu - electric guitar/keys (3rd year FAWMer)
Lat year I started a side project with my friend and old lead guitarist from a previous band I had when I lived back in Richmond, VA @anthill. We'd always talked about doing a long-distance project to continue writing together, but it never happened (until last FAWM - 10 years later!) We wrote 4 solid songs last year and released 3 of those on Bandcamp in 2017. I think he's going to be back this year and am looking forward to collaborating on some more tunes.
I'm really looking forward to hearing what everyone comes up with this year!!
Latest album "Stories Telling Themselves":
My side project "The Homesick" 2017 releases - https://thehomesick1.bandcamp.com/
2017 I had to start a new Soundcloud account half way through, so the second half of FAWM 2017 tracks are here:
2015, 2016, and the beginning of 2017 FAWM song output (sketches/demos) are located here:
Thanks for listening!
|#1||Nothing New Here||
|#2||Static of a Stranger||
|#3||Are You Listening?||
|#5||Just Staring At Me||
|#7||From Here @anthill||
|#8||Let Me Out||
|#9||A Little While||
|#10||They Know Your Name||
|#11||You Will Be Fine||
|#12||What I Saw From Here @anthill||
|#13||Anything at All @slawbleu||
|#14||Point Of No Return @slawbleu||
|#16||Out Of The Dark @guatecoop||
|#17||Shades and Shadows (band collab) @zecoop||
|#18||Not The Enemy||
Thank you for your comment on When It Rains! I hear it that way too with a full band, I hope it gets to be played that way one day!
Thanks a million for all your great feedback on Just Another Daydream.
Guess a few of us diehards are still listening and catching up. So much great stuff out there!!! Thanks again.
I am slowly making my way through, I'll try to get through them all 'cause I'm a fan!!
Thanks for listening to "Good Things" - great to get feedback in late March
Thanks for your comments on my instrumental piece. I appreciate your encouragement. Hopefully its one of many.
re: Stuck on a Bridge
That first stanza/verse is exactly what she put in her FB post. And yes, she did like it a lot. Well, she said she did. She's awful nice, so it's possible she lied to make me feel better.
Thanks for all the comments. I greatly appreciate it.
Thanks for the listen and kind words on When It Rains! It was fun to get to do a late collab and Kayla was great to work with.
Jen is such a talented singer and musician. I'm trying to convince her to do more stuff during FAWM! 😉 Thanks for listening and your kind words on Habakkuk.
Thank you as well!
thanks for your really lovely comment 😀
Thank you for your comment, and listen on our song. we really appreciated!
Thank you for your kind comment on my collaboration with Rachelle on One More Day, Although the vocals are not ready, the piano track is included, just saying as you were interested in how the music would sound.
Thanks for coming through and leaving feedback on "Last Ride" - I have a tempo in mind that I'd say is somewhere right there in the middle. Maybe around 75 bpm or so? - It was originally meant to be kinda like a Luke Bryan kinda vibe I guess, but I could also hear it slowed down and a female vocal haha. Maybe someone on here will/would have an idea to pull the whole thing together with music.
Your awesome feedback and kind words mean the world to me! More than anything, I strive to create the most catchy hooks I can, so I’m thrilled to hear it’s working! Thank you so much for following along every year. And it is SO not too late to contribute vocals to Sing Out! Check out this forum post! <3 http://fawm.org/forums/topic/8246/
Thank you for your kind words on "Follow Me", I struggled with that one a bit at first but once I got started writing it came out of me really fast. I was really happy with the rhythm I was playing the guitar but have found it's a little harder to keep that up the length of the song when I'm playing it live so I've given myself something to work on.
I was going for more of a Mumford and Sons thing but have found it's very rare what I think I'm doing often doesn't translate how I think it will which always works out for the better. Going back and listening, I can hear the Indigo Girls comparison comes from.
Thanks for commenting on our songs. Living like you don’t know how, chorus; I know what you mean, is it, was it? This is why I was drawn to your songs. Very impressive, especially composed on the ukulele. I will check out more over the next few days. (Karl).
Thank you so much for the comments on "Svårt Att Nå Dig" as well as "Invincible"! And thank you kindly for the comparison to Bon Jovi, I am humbled. Was so fun singing in Swedish so I've been actually writing some in Swedish now.
Hey, congrats on finishing! I definitely will get around to listening to your work this year. Sorry, i've just been so behind (illness, life, in general, being soooooo slow). How's it going? How are you doing?
Thank you for your kind words on "Such A Sin". I did watch "True Blood", the first few seasons were great but it went down hill fast.
There is some definite polishing needed on that song, I want to a lot more with the melody and might make the guitar a bit more sparse.
Thank you so much for the congratulations and comments on my songs! I'm a bit behind on listening but looking forward to hearing the rest of your stuff as well!
Thank you so much for your comment on I Can Change. It's really helpful to have feedback on what is working, what's catchy, how people feel after hearing a song, and so I really appreciated you taking the time to listen and share some love 😀
Also, is there a song or group of songs you would like me to listen to and share thoughts on? How can I help?
Yes!! I'm so excited to listen to it. 😀 That's a trick I've employed a lot; take an unexciting topic and tweak it and make it sound like it's about a relationship or something much more dramatic and relatable than it actually is. Works like a charm! And thank you for all the love on "Break It Down," I'm really happy that resonated (and it's always nice to get a mention in the Rec thread). Anyway, I'm happy to meet you and I can't wait to listen to that song and all your others as well!
you are so so sweet and kind!! I'm doing all my listening catch up this month so looking forward to yours!!
Oh, my! I shall make that downloadable (I thought I had, already? Hmm...) Thank you so much!!
And from what I've heard thus far, you're definitely a chameleon!
Rock is my thing, but I consider myself to have eclectic tastes. I'll definitely check out more. 😀
Thank you so much!! I guess I did end up evoking more artists through it! I shall peruse some of your music momentarily...;)
Congrats on your trophy girl...I was hoping to keep up with your songs, but life and all of that nonsense...but awesome you went on vaca and still got your songs done...
Sorry it took me all month to comment on one of your songs!
No worries I'm in the same boat
Thank you so much for your feedback on Unknown! : ) and thanks for listening, too!
Thank you so much for your lovely comment on Strange Days! I bloody love the Sundays - listened to them a lot when I was 11-12 and learning how to sing, I like that Harriet Wheeler might have rubbed off on me. 😀
Congratulations Centurion Soldier! 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!!
oooo i can't thank you enough for your amazing comment on Daffodils on death row. I started it yesterday and kept changing it actually. At one stage I had a whole song of hush hush's but i couldnt work the lyrics around it. You are a superstar Miss and am loving your stuff and Isn't it nice to be in February 😉
Thanks for your comment on "In My Heart of Hearts" - I spent way too long re-recording that chorus to try to make the "I" sound okay, so it's nice to hear that I did an alright job. 😁
Hey,thank you for taking the time to comment and listen to my song wakeful night. I am SLIGHTLY more caught up on sleep!
Thank you for your very thoughtful comments on my tunes, I'm a big Jonathan Coulton fan, so I take that as high praise.
Thank you so much for your comment on my waltz. Glad you enjoyed it so much!
Thanks for the thoughtful words and insights on "Daughter Of Swords".
I’ve been meaning to get hold of a snare drum to do that myself. Yours sounds good though, is that a cheap snare or something expensive?
Thank you so much for your comment on Nobody won! Glad you enjoyed it 😀
Thank you so much for listening to Clouds In Your Eyes! Much appreciated.
Hey Stacy, thank you for your kind words regarding Tell Me You're Mine All Mine 😀
Thanks for the warm welcome! I've already been blown away by the support of this community. And so far I've finished two more songs than I probably would have otherwise, so regardless of what happens, the month has already been a success!
Yea... I had to google Refulgent, lol.
Yes I am here... finally! I'm glad you're here too! Looking forward to listening when i get a chance. Seems like you're off to a great start!
Thanks so much for listening and for your comments!
Stacy, looking forward to another go at this! I will begin in earnest today to set up some gear and see what comes out!
Thanks so much dear, looking forward to your songs. <3
You are off to a quick start! Can't wait to listen. Happy FAWM!
Ah, the real world. She's a crazy one, ain't she? Haha. Thanks though, it seems it's been well received which is a good feeling! Always appreciate your support. 😀
Hey, thanks for the comment!
Anyway, back for another go... I do lyrics. Maybe sometime...d
Hi and Happy FAWM! Can't wait to listen to your tunes this February!
Hi there! I saw your picture on facebook, pretty inspiring studio you built up for yourself. Waiting for your songs. Enjoy!
Oh hello, wondrous one! I am not rested, no. I keep travelling around and forgetting to. February will not involve rest either, but it will at least involve staying in one place. Have a productive FAWM!
We'll see if I've got any tricks up my sleeve. I'm taking some time off in February, but I'll have the boy full time, so its going to be about 10 minutes here and there. I'm probably going to focus more on "writing" than recording, but I'll try to get something up here. More than anything, can't wait to hear YOUR stuff. If you get a minute, let me know who else I need to keep my ear out for. I'll at least have some time to enjoy some folks (I hope!). Love ya Stace!
just love your brilliant work...
Have a wonderful FAWM! Very excited to hear your new songs!
Looking forward to hearing your musical offerings!
Well, I'm in my usual emotional state at this time....waivering between this will be great....and...I'm sure I won't write anything good...torture as usual.
You and interfaces just aren't friends. Maybe go reel to reel.
Hey! Best wishes to you, of course! Did you ever figure out your mic/interface/daw problem?
Hey, what's up, girl! I'm really happy to see you are back this year, and with continuously awesome mermaid hair!
Here we go again...getting excited!! 😀
Welcome back, gorgeous. Looking forward to your tunes!
Hi Stacy, happy fawming. Looking forward to hearing som fresh tunes from you. The Homesick songs are really nice btw.
Hello! HAve a great FAWM. Looking forward to hearing your work! 😀
Here's to a good FAWM - hope to hear you sing again soon!
Hey lovely. Hope you well. bring it on x
Looking forward to more of your great songs!
So happy to be here and ready to hear more of your beautiful voice! Maybe we could do our first collab this year?
Welcome back Stacy! Happy fawming!
thank you - and you! have a great FAWM 😀
Yes, I'd love to! I actually was just today inspired by something that I think you'd dig. But it's gotta marinate in my ideas folder for awhile longer. Gah, is it Feb yet!?!?
Best wishes to you for FAWM 2018!
Cool! I look forward to hear what you will create,
Here it comes!!! Get yourself healthy for FAWM and vacation! 😀
Great to see you're back here for Feb. Best of luck and looking forward to listening. 😀
Stacy! Ditto to you as well. Jamaica! That sounds like an interesting inspiration. I fully expect some reggae. Haha.
Blooooooo! From Kalamazooooooo!
.... and now I'm stuck with a mental image of you as Blue from Madame Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
I can't wait to hear your voice again, you are such an inspiration to me!!