mike skliar 20


New York USA   Feb 2006


Artist Bio

Influences:   bob dylan, loudon wainwright, lennon & mccartney, george harrison, richard thompson, grateful dead/jerry garcia, frank sinatra (& all the jazz standards he sang by gershwin, cole porter, rogers & hart, harold arlen, etc etc), john prine, dan bern, hank williams, tom lehrer, allen sherman, various classical composers, today's headlines, yesterday's obituaries, & lots more I guess..

I've in New York City , been doing FAWM since 2006. I play acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, bass, harmonica,and a bit of banjo and dobro. I tend to write a mix of the serious and comic, and sometimes with topical or political songs.

I have two older cds on CD Baby -"mike skliar" released about 2004, at cd baby here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/skliar
and "Ship of State" from 2009 (featuring many other fawmers singing on the title track and contributing to other tracks too) http://cdbaby.com/cd/skliar2

More recent projects are on bandcamp (mostly all free or pay-what-you-want (and free is fine!)-

2012- "February Singing"
2013 "My Kingdom for a song"
2014 "Singing the obvious to the oblivious"
2014 'Summer of Ice"
2015 "You're fine, how am i"
2016- "How low do we have to go"
2016- "Need you in November"
2016- "Love trumps hate"
2016- "Chill on Chill"
2017- "This is what democracy sounds like"
2017- "Summer of the Orange Disaster"
2017- "Whatever Magic"

These albums are sometimes drawn from the various FAWM and 50/90 (50 songs in 90 days) songs I wrote and recorded, with a some polishing and re-recording added. Link to the whole bandcamp collection (click on the right side links for the older ones) is at : http://mikeskliar.bandcamp.com/

Notes on a few of them-

thei most recent album as of this writing is "Whatever Magic" which is non-political (for the most part) and was released in the fall of 2017. The one before that, "Summer of the Orange Disaster" is a political, anti-trump album written and released in the summer of 2017.

"Chill on Chill" is an electronica-flavored virtual instrument album called that's a big departure for me- an all-instrumental groovefest, and alot of fun.

Finally, the last few years I've been part of a collaborative musical project, "Seth & Skliar" with a good friend of mine who is a NYC Cabdriver- our debut album is a combination of spoken word, songs, poems & stories about NYC, cab driving, etc.. it's called "The Bards of Gridlock" - its great fun and a real trip!


the 'seth and skliar' project will hopefully also be active this FAWM and posting brand new songs here at http://fawm.org/fawmers/sethandskliar/

Songs (20)

#1 Where do we go from here? 34
3 weeks
#2 Cave Shadows 20
3 weeks
#3 Rebuttal to State of the Union address 17
3 weeks
#4 Never saw it coming (skirmish) 23
2 weeks
#5 Living on borrowed time @sethandskliar 9
2 weeks
#6 58 9
2 weeks
#7 Wear your heart on someone else's sleeve 7
2 weeks
#8 Jesus, Simon and Garfunkel @stevenwesleyguiles  33
2 weeks
#9 Meet me by the riverside @wen  11
2 weeks
#10 He's bad 8
2 weeks
#11 Thoughts from Past Presidents 16
1 week
#12 1983, a space odyssey (parts1 and 2) 8
1 week
#13 Cheerless celebration 9
1 week
#14 Winter Olympics 2018 11
1 week
#15 Helen by starlight 8
1 week
#16 Love in the 21st Century (love is meant to be brought home) 6
1 week
#17 Thoughts and prayers (NSFW) 23
1 week
#18 Travelling Sailor (skirmish) 16
6 days
#19 Happy Birthday Burr Settles (skirmish) 16
6 days
#20 One little song (the arc...) 7
2 days


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  • @hamiltonpoolhall  1 day

    Baritone challenge! If I knew how to organize a skirmish (and had time to show up) that'd be a fun one.

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  1 day

    Saw your comment on @danvaillancourt 's page and I had the same trouble with Firefox at the start of the month. Turns out, however, that the player will work just fine in Safari, so that's how I've been listening. (Not that you'd know from the, ahem, paucity of comments I've made to date.) Dunno if Safari is a practical or palatable alternative, but there it is.

  • @tsunamidaily 1 day

    you are doubly right. "there's wither in our rhyme" i'll stand by, but "of curse" was a typo for "of course" and after i laughed, i kind of liked the meaning better as the typo, so i left it. it does take a bit of poetic license, yes. and thanks for commenting on a couple of songs! i'm a bit busy from work but it is lightening up of late. i'm squeezing comments in and not able to record a couple of things i'm committed to. keep enjoying yourself!

  • @acousticmaddie  2 days

    Thank you for your kind comment on you ask why <3

  • @danvaillancourt  3 days

    Hi Mike! Have you tried going to Tools and then Add-ons and clicking "always activate" on the Shockwave Flash option? (May need to restart browser after you change the setting.) My firefox didn't play initially and changed that setting and mine works like a charm. πŸ˜‰

  • @misterd 3 days

    Thanks so much for listening and comments on my song ' waiting for the day to start ' . Much appreciated . Thankyou !

  • @angelinapowersuit 4 days

    Haha thanks for the late night listen to Cream of the Crop, trying to lighten up a little πŸ˜€

  • @jwhanberry  5 days

    Sounds like our Guilds are about the same age. I bought mine new in early 1977. At the old Guitar Center they put me in the back with 5 or 6 of them that were on sale for minor blemishes and said take your pick. Amazing how different they were. I love this guitar. It's strung with D'addario XL-140 Light Top/Heavy Bottom electric strings. I use them on most of my guitars; acoustic and electric.

  • @aaronnathans 6 days

    I have the same problem with Forefox. I’m able to hear the music on my phone or by using Chrome as my browser.

  • @tuneslayer2018  6 days

    hank you very much! Yeah, "Jones For The Highway" could easily have been me about forty years ago.

  • @wacha  1 week

    Thank you for your kind words on "Seeds".

  • @cindyrella  1 week

    Thanks Mike. I do hope that some day our songs won't be necessary, but I am beginning to feel hopeless.

  • @majordanby  1 week

    Thanks for commenting on Make A Wish. I’m not sure about the mix in terms of the guitar effect. The lyrics were initially referred to John Lennon (madmen on the rampage, shooting stars), then the Stones and technology; a little muddled. (Karl).

  • @billysea  1 week

    Thank you Mike. Glad to see you too!!! I didn't realize how much I missed it all till I started listening to everyone and forcing myself to sit down and write new stuff. I just wasn't equipped last year. Now I mostly confine my rants to one of my twitter pages lol. I'll probably put up 14 (baby steps haha) then spend the time catching up on everyone else's stuff. πŸ˜€ Thanks again

  • @kenjku  1 week

    Thanks Mike! Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, that is an electric w/ distortion and the reverb is cranked! Thinking maybe I need to bring down the level of those reverb tracks...but then it’s onlh a demo right?

  • @tuneslayer2018  1 week

    Thank you for checking out "Can I Come Play At Your House", yeah it's depressing but all too much of a reality for a lot of kids.

  • @erikdidriksen  1 week

    Still interested in that interface, or is your new preamp doing the job? I dug it out, but I'm having trouble finding the power adapter.

  • @mistermann 1 week

    Thanks for the welcome Mike! Still creeping for now but that might change soon!

  • @jibbidy34  1 week

    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!!

  • @dreamscuba  1 week

    Thanks for your comments on 'Own Your Own..."..>Demo up. Thanks

  • @aflinner  2 weeks

    Sorry about that, thanks for wanting to listen to my songs! Are you using the most current version of Firefox? I'm using Firefox myself without issue. 😏 Hopefully the mods can get it sorted.

  • @cindyrella  2 weeks

    There you are! Now why did it throw me off my watchlist? Thanks for your comments on my Trump song.

  • @asladders 2 weeks

    Re: Careless / Taylor - Glad to connect! Yes, the open tuning is regular old 'drop-D'. It's wonderful how that Taylor rumbles with that tuning. Thanks for your kind feedback. I wanna to throw a proper open tuning on a song this month. Know any good ones? Considering either DADGAD or an open-G (?) Cheers!

  • @billwhite51 2 weeks

    thank you for listening to and commenting on measure of a man and raised in the rain. im looking forward to listening to the songs you hve been writing this month.

  • @ianuarius  2 weeks

    Hey, sorry but I don't want to enable the downloads. Kinda sucks tho. If the player is unusable with Firefox, they should definitely do something about that.

  • @tsunamidaily 2 weeks

    i thought i had already greeted you. but no, so hey!

    all the best in these trying times.

  • @moonshadow 2 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on my Song
    have a good Fawm

  • @engebretsen  2 weeks

    Thx for comments on "If I Said IΒ΄m Sorry" Much appreciated. I listen to your stuff a little later.

  • @zecoop  2 weeks

    Thanks so much for listening... The bottom line is that whenever I write anything on keyboards I curse myself because I suck, and 'non-standard chord/melody choices' are really just things that happen on accident because I am fumbling around and playing by ear, lol. It all works out eventually. Appreciated the comment a ton. πŸ˜€

  • @annayarbrough 2 weeks

    Hello fellow New Yorker! Thanks for the welcome!

  • @erikdidriksen  2 weeks

    Happiest of birthdays, Mike! Hope it's been a lovely one!

  • @unkept 2 weeks

    Thanks for checking out my "Never Saw Me" skirmish! 😁

  • @cloudboy  2 weeks

    Thanks for the kind comment on "Out of Mind", Mike! Four already! I need to move.

  • @sjbatavia  2 weeks

    I'm usually only in NYC during the week. Occasionally I am there on the weekends. It just depends on what I have going on.

  • @skylermf 2 weeks

    Thanks for letting me know about the soundboard thing, and thanks for the nice comment!

  • @haim  2 weeks

    Thanks, have a happy fawm.

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  2 weeks

    What?!! How did I get behind so fast on your songs?! Time to dive in...

  • @tiller2  3 weeks

    Thanks, Mike, for your kind comment on my Dylan dream lyric. Looking forward to hearing your songs.

  • @sjbatavia  3 weeks

    Hi Mike, I was in New York all week and got back last night. I'll be back on Feb 12. Are you in Manhattan? Been to the Flatiron Room several times for Monday night bluegrass, but they discontinued that. I've been thinking about checking out the Rockwood in the Bowery, but haven't gotten there yet.

  • @nuj4x 3 weeks

    I was so excited to check out your songs. I didn’t do it at first because I was truly afraid I’d just sit here and press repeat and leave no one any comments 😏 I loved Murder Ink so much!

    Let me get to those songs now πŸ˜€

  • @unkept 3 weeks

    Thank you for the kind words on "Special Day," and let there be more harmonica in our futures! 😁

  • @williamhaight 3 weeks

    Thanks for the feedback on Mike Pence.

  • @williamhaight 3 weeks

    I posted Mike Pence. I would appreciate your feedback.

  • @bithprod 3 weeks

    Thanks, I partly agree about the details and descriptions. I'm often torn between telling a story where people can sort of imagine the details themselves, thus perhaps relate easier, and to paint the specific image I've got in my head. And that might be a place people don't want to visit. πŸ˜‰

  • @natrin 3 weeks

    Hello! Happy FAWMing!

  • @robs  3 weeks

    Have Fun! There is a lot to write about (fortunately/unfortunately).

  • @aaronnathans 3 weeks

    Happy FAWM!

  • @tan482  3 weeks

    Hello from Australia! Happy FAWMing!

  • @erikaji 3 weeks

    Thanks for the welcome note! Happy FAWMing πŸ˜€

  • @jonmeta  3 weeks

    Hey Mike, it's great to see you back here again. There's so much to protest this year, even more than last year! ha ha. I'm looking forward to the hope-filled cynicism of your lyrics and the rustic urbanity of your music.

  • @erikdidriksen  3 weeks

    Saw your thread about mics & interfaces; I don't have any recommendations for condenser mics in the <$100 range, but if your machine has a FireWire port on it, I have a phantom-power-capable interface I'm not using that you're welcome to.

  • @tinattd  3 weeks

    Hi Mike, have a great FAWM! What will the winter of the orange disaster bring?!

  • @sherrycanary  4 weeks

    Hi Mike
    Looking forward to hearing your offerings

  • @bking  4 weeks

    Hey Mike. Can't wait to hear what comes from you next.

  • @dragondreams  4 weeks

    Hey, Mike! 😎
    Looking forward to hearing your songs, and maybe bantering in Slack Chat now and again. πŸ˜‰

  • @dani312 4 weeks

    Looking forward to hearing some of your music this year ! Just a few more days!

  • @karlsburg25  4 weeks

    Good to see you mate. bring on the FAWM!

  • @nancyrost  4 weeks


  • @fearlessflight2014  4 weeks

    So good to see you here again. πŸ˜€

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  4 weeks

    Mike, so good to see you still at it, as always. πŸ˜€ Onward, upward!
    I think you'd like a new song I wrote called "Very Stable Genius". πŸ˜€

  • @kahlo2013  4 weeks

    Looking forward to hearing some great political music!

  • @johnstaples  4 weeks

    Hey Mike! Happy FAWMing!

  • @musicsongwriter 4 weeks

    Thank you Mike. Likewise.

  • @zecoop  4 weeks

    Hey there! It's getting close... I'm sure you have endless material just waiting to get out of your brain! Looking forward to hearing it πŸ˜€

  • @jibbidy34  5 weeks

    Howdy Mike!

  • @ustaknow 5 weeks

    Hey @mikeskliar -- thank you! Go for it! Others will likely benefit from your generous thoughts! (She's sixteen, and I am getting daily video feeds of all kinds of stuff for which I have no clue. She found a video of NYC Steak Houses, hahhh 😝 , so, one-down)

    Me, I used to go to Broom St. and eat at "Food", gone now so many years.

    Anyway, thank you! Just go for it. I could be a nice side conversation other may enjoy too.

  • @cts  5 weeks

    Whatup, brochacho!

  • @erikdidriksen  5 weeks

    Pleasure seeing you 'round here as always, Mike!

  • @tootoobee  5 weeks

    Hi Mike, happy FAWMing! πŸ˜€

  • @cairobraga 5 weeks

    here's to another year of making great songs, dearest! *clinking glasses of wine*

  • @rickatfulcrum 5 weeks

    Have a typically prolific FAWM!

  • @andygetch  5 weeks

    Hi Mike, lets do this (again)!

  • @stuartbenbow  5 weeks

    Happy FAWM!

  • @writeandwrong  5 weeks

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018!

  • @seanbrennan  5 weeks

    Happy FAWM! Not sure if my message will stay or if the site is being redone as I type... but hope to see you around this February either way!