|#1||Play with Fire||
|#6||(I ate at) Subway @oddbod||
|#9||The Frog and the Scorpion @scottlake||
|#10||Overton Window @miltz||
|#13||Victory Day @miltz||
|#14||All in all it was a normal kind of day||
I'm so glad to see your visits to the Derek and Ever-Revolving Mechanical Fairy Forest cycles. I will be back in touch over the weekend. Thank you, Mike.
Mike, thanks for your comment. Much appreciated.
MIke, Thanks for visiting my Dream song. I will swing by some of your tunes in the next couple weeks.
Thanks so much for listening and for your kind comment on my and Cindy's song "Silver Anniversary". You mentioned Ron Sexsmith, who I had never heard before, so I'm listening to him right now, and I gotta say, I like what I'm hearing, so thank you for the comparison.
Wow, thanks for visiting my songs- I feel honoured! I love your music. 😀
Thanks, Mike. I really appreciate your comment on 'This Alchemy'. I can be counted on for some brooding or mournful sounds every challenge, though I had made it a goal to steer away from it this time. This one slipped out and reveals how natural that state is for me. Dammit. =p
I still do the occasional SongFight when the title inspires me, although it's looking a bit thin on the ground there at the moment but maybe that's just a FAWM effect.
Thanks for some good listening (in at least two senses).
The saz, if I remember correctly, was all my sister, but the komuz was from both of them.
Maybe I'll see you at 50/90 (I'll be signing up, though whether I'll get anything done is another question) or KVR (I haven't taken part in the contest since I stopped running it, but I keep half-meaning to). Otherwise, I'll see you here next year, I hope.
I meant to ask if you did much musically for the rest of the year these days. I think I've noticed the occasional KVR music café song.
BTW, is your complete FAWM back-catalogue around anywhere? Better Than Love and Blue Crayon are two (at the very least) which I really would like to have downloaded
"Lighter" : Got it, thanks for clarifying. 😀
Yeah, Surreptitious is definitely lighter (regarding the number of tracks), but I doubt it will retain its lightness after a couple of post-FAWM-tweaking sessions. Lightness (or "nimbleness") is definitely a weak point in my soundtrack stuff. It does sound smaller sometimes, but not nimble -- at least, not to my ears. Every track is awfully busy, and neo-classical purists would probably kill me in reviews, if they listened. 😀 But for me, it's therapeutic. My screwed-up hearing is now under control (almost) thanks to this soundtrack project.
Interesting, what you said about your friend. "The music knew before he did." I often say that my songs write themselves. I barely have a clue of what I'm doing when I record them, especially during FAWM. Well, I know what direction I want to take, but the final outcome is always a surprise.
Googled "average vocal range". I had no clue!
Haha, thanks for taking the time to record the folk version. Yes, it definitely works. But you would make anything work, wouldn't you?
"If that's unassisted" : Not sure what you mean. It *is* assisted, with heavy reverb, and a filter to cut off the lower resonances. As for my range, it's far from remarkable ; I have a 4.5 octaves span, at most, and both extremities are laborious (and ugly).
Re the "lighter tone", and the "smaller scale settings" : none of my songs from this year beats the light tone of a couple of my 2015 and 2016 pieces. But maybe the way I read "lighter" is wrong.
As for the "smaller scale", well... In the past couple of years, I've received a scary number of comments suggesting that the stuff I do nowadays is OK, but deterring for a number of people who enjoyed what I did before. As far as I'm concerned, the "smaller scale" would feel like a regression. I enjoy a lot working on massive pieces. But I understand that not everyone enjoys them, and I'm OK with that
Haha I guess. I once went to Pukkelpop there and that was pretty awesome! And waffles yo. Belgian it is! 😝
2017 looks like being another vintage year for Chateau Debenham. Well done, you've managed to pull my emotions around to and fro yet again with another diverse and wonderful set of songs!
Perhaps we can revisit our Hope/Crosby act again sometime.
Hey Mike, thanks so much for listening! Ummm Belgian?! I do get a fair few American comments when I speak but no, you're both wrong! English born and bred here 😝
Cheers for orange lady comment and yeah what a thought having Tom cruise and a homeless woman in one song. Never thought about that!
Thank you for your lovely comments. I would be curious to hear "that lilting melody [...] as a solo folk song". I tried to imagine it but couldn't.
Ha, fair dues. Ooo, you sneaked over 14, well played. I should be up to speed on your work on my lunch hour.. exciting!
Look at you! You made it! Congratulations or "Herzlichen Glückswunsch" as we say over here in the land of beer and bratwurst! 😀
I understand, and it's not so odd. We can talk about Hoops (and Derek if you like) after FAWM is over. Hope you're having a good time with song number 14!
No worries Mike, my songs will be up all year. Just them lovely songs coming! <3
I just wanted to send you send you some encouragement! 11 down, 3 more to go! Hope you haveing lots of fun this FAWM 😀
Post away! Sounds like you had some additional fun with it.
Mike, yes let's do it. I assume you're up first. Send me a guide track and framework of chords, tempo etc. once you're ready.
Thank you for your kind words on It Wasn't Me. Means a lot coming from you. I will be back for more listening. Was out of town and just catching up!
Thank you for all the encouraging comments.
I do like Grouper. Very much.
Our collab: I have some partial lyrics and a vague notion or two. I'll send you an email later tonight or tomorrow.
Okay, okay, you can get your orphan now. Treat him/her well.
Thank you for your beautiful comments. It's always a pleasure to read your feedback, and I enjoy listening to your songs even more.
Thanks Mike! It was kind of you to visit my profile and listen. I'm glad you liked 'Lucky Girl'.
Haha I wonder if he loves me three times as much or if actually, he's three times as talented?! 😝
Yeah, I had to google his name and was somewhat annoyed that there was a far more famous Schumann, ha. Just think, 20 or so years ago I'd have had to shell about £50 for an encyclopedia for that tit-bit. Pretty frivolous I'd admit..
Hello Mike! I remembered your music from last year and I was specifically looking for you, checking if you're back and here you are. I am looking forward to your songs this year! I already love this stuff you've down so far... I hope you don't mind that I am fangirling you like that 😀
Had to come back to listen again/download. I've played the stuff to my girlfriend and she loves it too. There's so much integrity in your music. Bravo, my friend.
Good question. Wish I had an answer. Have a few hours tonight. Let's see what happens. The day gig is kicking my ass.
hehehe cheers for the listen Mike, ack well it's the only voice I have so I'll persevere with it I guess! 😀
Oh yes i will play the musics. likely next week sometime.
Bahaha, good catch on our profile info being out of date, Mike! Fixed it now...
You should totally write that vermilion antelopes song!
I gagging to listen but Indian wifi says no. Argh
I sent you an email which you may want to ignore
Am I here? Are you? Is this real? Too excited! I've got to play it...
Ha! Me too... I can't pick who lived near me, unfortunately, all part of the challenge ...
Hello Mike! So glad to see you back again!
There's always hope!
you, sir, are my favourite. just don't tell anybody.
I guess that'd make me feel better about only writing a few songs - wouldn't want to bankrupt you with too many new mouths to feed.
Have a good one!
Glad to see you back. Thank you for your kind words ; I don't care much about hope : relentlessness makes for better results.
Well, you know, FAWM collabs are no good for my sanity... I would be glad to collaborate at any other time of the year, when we don't have to rush.
Looking forward to your new tunes.
No 50/90ing. I signed up, got a first verse or two written, but things were such that I felt more like watching movies than making music. So I did that instead.
Debenham! So good to see you again. FAWM can't come soon enough.
Hey Mike. Good to see you (if thats the correct term staring at your name 😉 ) Looking forward to some more magic from you this year
Good to see you're back, Mike. Happy fawming.
I have this half baked idea that came to me in the middle of the night very recently. For some reason I thought you are the person I need to share it with and take it forward. I will hold back till tomorrow before explaining and you tell me it's b****cks
This might be the year we get a collaboration in. In any case, happy FAWMing. I look forward to hearing what you get up to.
Mike, I hope you are back this year and fancy a collab.
Once again hello me old mucker
"And if you can, find something better than love."
I did. It is called Mike Debenham.