Influences: Prolly, like: Neko Case, Stevie Nicks, Loretta Lynn, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Sleater-Kinney, Smashing Pumpkins, Bruce Springsteen, Cat Power, The Mountain Goats, PJ Harvey, Aimee Mann, Jens Lekman, Stephen Sondheim. I'm not saying I *sound* like any of them, but I think about them lots.
My name is Ashley Brewer. Third time FAWMer.
This year I seem to mostly be inspired by "Big Little Lies," "Middlemarch," and just generally the trauma of being a woman and some other stuff maybe too.
|#3||Big Little Lies (Celeste)||
|#5||Big Little Lies (Jane)||
|#6||Take the Bait||
|#8||I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough||
|#9||(See it Coming) For Miles||
|#10||Lost Touch Geography||
|#11||Haunting Dreams @siebass||
|#13||The Dhaka-Sylhet Hwy||
|#15||La Douleur Exquise||
|#16||Big Little Lies (Madeline)||
|#17||You Walked in the Room||
Hi Ashley! So many 'thank yous' for your beautiful comments and kind words. Nice to see and hear you again this year. Congrats on 19!!
Thanks for all your comments. I've really been enjoying everything I've heard on your page as well. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next year. 😀
Thanks a bunch for your comments! I've been focusing so much on getting to 14 all month, I knew in the back of my mind I must be missing out on so many other fawmers' material, like yours. Your melodies are GREAT and catchy. Hope to check out more of your stuff before it's over. 😀
I really enjoy what you're doing! The way you rhyme your choice of words in "Ostalgie" is fantastic! Dig the general sound of the production too, certainly lends itself to your songs... congrats on hitting the goal and beyond!
Thanks so much for the shoutout in the recommended song thread! Much appreciated 😁
Thanks for giving my "Spanish Inquisition" song a spin.
I really appreciate your comments.
One of the most worrying aspects of the situation here is the awful silence on the issue. You just don't hear that much about the situation here unless there is some incident involving police violence. The media used to be at the forefront of the waves of change I have seen over my life - denouncing injustices wherever they had emerged. Now, it seems obvious the oligarchs have total control over the mass media and only allow issues which serve their purposes to get any major coverage. That there are political prisoners in an EU country should be on the front page of every newspaper in Europe. It isn't. Spain has put pressure on any country that has expressed any support for the beleaguered Catalans.
Sadly, I think Spain is a test case, if they get away with it here, then the totalitarian aspects of the Spanish Government's actions will be rolled out throughout Europe. While Europeans contin
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!!
aw thank you so much for the post in the recommended songs thread!!! <3 I'm so glad you liked the song--i hate that line of reasoning SO much. And pleased you found the Ted Bundy quote source before I had a chance to post the liner notes, almost as though you were some kind of information sciences professional 😀
Thanks so much for your kind words on "For Our Best Friends". It warms my heart that your dog got a hug as a result. I see nothing nutjob about anything you did or said.
thank you for the Breeders reference! I am a big fan!
Hey thanks for the comments!! Aww Neko Case. You know one of my best life moments ever when she said I made her well up covering one of her songs on Twitter.
Hey, cheers for listening and commenting. I think all of us creators who don't live in our own studios or the back of beyond have to deal with the interface with Other People in our own ways. Me, I harvest them - usually for fiction purposes, but this time they got into a song.
Hey! Thanks for the comments. It's great to get such specific feedback on what you liked in the songs.
All the rapping and lyrical genius comes from @frenchcricket - I only did production and beatmaking on that one. That said, my first few FAWMs I did do the occasional rap - I was trying to pioneer a subgenre of rapping over video game music called chip-hop, as I recall. But that was so long ago... Maybe I should bring that back!
Thanks for listening, and congrats on finishing!
Enjoy RVA! I'm a VCU alum.
I just went to your Facebook to see where you live and saw that it's Hampton Roads. I grew up in Hampton and still have family there. Small world!
Wow! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment on Mr President. You've absolutely made my day! Angry songs are my favourite to perform. Thanks soooo much 😀
Thanks for your comment on "I think you're stupid." You caught me, I was definitely channeling my 90's grunge for that one. It was a lot of fun to write even if the demo is rough.
Wow thats a great compliment I love both Tom Waits and Patti Smith. I am blushing now. <3
(also if you prefer to build lyrics on top of music, let me know and I'll get cracking at a musical bed for your lyrics to build on. I've always worked the other direction, personally)
thanks for your kind words on decanters / mirrors. much appreciated!!
Any update on the random collab? Cheers! 😀
Thank you for your comment on my first track, "Just Let It Happen," I'm so sorry it's taken so long to acknowledge it. This is all a bit overwhelming. 😁 I just re-listened to this track the other day after a break and I really like it, myself. My 'too busy' worries were probably just from hearing it too much in mixing. Thanks again.
I'm fine with communication via email (my email's in my profile), FB messages, I'm alexklages there, Twitter IMs (alexklages there too), or Google Docs (metalfoot76 at the gmails). Whatever works best for you! I think we're configured so I'm the music and you're the lyrics but if I come up with something musically that works for you to add piano and/or voice to, that's awesome as far as I'm concerned!
Saw your comment on the random collabs; let me know if you want to collab again on another song. I don't have as much time this year, but our collab was one of my favorite songs from last year also.
Thanks for listening to "Travelers." I appreciated your comment! Yeah, it was a fun one to do.
Howdy! I guess we were assigned to be partners in round 3 of the random songwriting collab challenge. 😀 Looking forward to this!
So glad to see you back this year! <3
Best wishes to you on your 3rd FAWM!