mkd 17


  Jan 2018

Artist Bio

I play instruments with strings, though not the guitar! (My main instrument is the harp, but you might also hear some piano, viola or cello, perhaps even a uke...)

Edit: 4th Feb: I’m absolutely buzzing about doing FAWM, and am now working on the idea of a concept album based around family life... don’t be put off by any of the daft song-titles, they’re not songs aimed at children (though so far, my boys are enjoying listening to them too, but they’re biased!).

I play in a band, so any decent songs I produce will be put in the pot for them, but my offerings here will be just me. That said, the ideas I’m starting to get may not work band-wise, so who knows! I bought the Trio pedal when someone recently shared it on the fb page, so whether that may feature, along with the looper, we shall have to see! (Edit - it does! It’s in the Peekaboo Song.)

Pic is of my son from a couple of years ago, who used to love running up and down the windowsill with his uke! So proud of himself too!


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  • @toms  Mar 23

    Ouch, the Amazon reviewer is not very kind. 😮 Looks like a great book, however!

  • @toms  Mar 22

    Is your harp theory book publicly available?

  • @spinhead  Mar 8

    Cello guitar: I have two tenors, tuned CGDA an octave above the cello. Fun and easy to play, but I miss the big boom of the low E on my cedar-topped 6-string. A cello tuned 4-string would have that C below a 6-string's E, but be just as playable as my tenors (though no one knows what to call these things, since baritone tenor is stupid, and octave tenor is just confusing. And I'm not going with cellotar or guitello or guitcellarine or whatever.)

  • @metalfoot  Mar 8

    I would never expect anyone to listen to all 72 tracks of mine (soon to be 73, once I recover enough to finish up an ongoing late collab) because I am aware I write and post too many songs to be reasonable for others to listen through. But I like listening through people's whole playlists when and where I can!

  • @spinhead  Mar 8

    So glad you liked Destination Irrelevant. She really stretched herself to do that.

  • @metalfoot  Mar 8

    Hm. Seems I've missed listening to a handful of your tracks. Well, that will be sorted in short order...

  • @quork  Mar 8

    Hey, thanks for your great comment about Mrs. Franklin. It was a fun song to write and record. I recorded a simple kick/snare rhythm to keep me on the beat. After I added the hand drum I deleted the track.

  • @jibbidy34  Mar 2

    Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @guatecoop  Mar 2

    Hey, thanks for the nice comments about The Next Chapter. I can relate to you about elderly parents, mine are 81 and are very close to our son. Parenthood is such an amazing human experience and I'm glad that we both are so invested. In back to listening, so I will be back soon. Stick around!

  • @gordon  Mar 2

    Thanks so much for having a listen (and leaving comments) on some of mine. I've had a listen to a few of yours and you have a wonderful sound (really like the harp). Looks like you had a fine FAWM yourself.

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 28

    Thanks for your comments on Bob and Phyllis. I'm thinking both a unison octave for at least 1 chorus and the bridge, then full harmonies for the final chorus.

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 28

    1 more Bob and Phyllis may be coming. I have a set of lyrics. Tonight I'll see if I can set it to music.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 28

    If it weren't for my voice crumbling and falling apart in the last 25s or so of the song I'd agree with you... ugh. I can do better on the bridge and final chorus when I can, you know, breathe. Thanks for listening to The Middle! I love Nadia's expressive piano playing so it's a treat to work with her.

  • @tgbanned Feb 28

    Thanks for your kind words! I'm glad it had the intended effect! Gonna go listen to your stuff now...

  • @skittycat  Feb 27

    Thank you *send snow vibes*
    Its STILL snowing here!

  • @wacha  Feb 26

    Thank you for your kind words on "#Metoo" I really enjoyed working with those lyrics.

  • @ustaknow Feb 25


  • @metalfoot  Feb 24

    Recorded the instrumental track, sped it up by 4/3ds, recorded vocals, slowed it back down to normal speed. The Troll voice. I developed the character of the troll in 50/90 last year as a bit of a running gag after @stephenwordsmith wrote a lyric about a troll bridge. 2 more episodes to finish the EP/story.

  • @zoom  Feb 24

    Thank you so much.
    Yes, I know the Indigo Girls 😀
    I don't mind that I made you think of them *blush*

  • @tan482  Feb 23

    Hey, I've got a Celtic sounding fiddle tune that would love some harp backing.. would you be up for it? If so I can email to you as an mp3 sometime in the next two days 😊

  • @benjo  Feb 21

    hey thank you so much for your kind words
    and taking the time, means a lot to me


    take care


  • @tan482  Feb 21

    Hey I'd like to introduce you to my husband @chezwizboy. We are both big fans of yours 😀

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 20

    Funny you should mention it... I've been working on a song for Phyllis today.

  • @ustaknow Feb 20

    I didn't understand the Huck Fin, thought maybe it was for you... what does it mean? (I have no idea... )

    -- Oh, and I think you did fine... sounds good to me. I'm new to it too.

    The initial track got 24 plays... so, someone's listening. 3 so far on Rev02

  • @ustaknow Feb 20

    Oh, very cool.

    I'll update the file and song post. And if I can find my forum post? hahahah, that too.

    You breath well! 😝

  • @ustaknow Feb 20

    Remember, the primary ability for playing the harmonica is to --breath 😝 so, just don't be dead, and you'll be fine.

    And, if you "suck" even better!, 'cause then you get the Alt-Key! Hahhh 😉 (get it, draw key... so funny...)

    Don't you just love music, it's just so, musical!

  • @tan482  Feb 19

    Thanks for listening! I feel like we would make a great collab match too... how about it?! 😉

  • @adforperu  Feb 18

    Oh wow, really - that's so cool! Forgive me, what's NFO stand for? We don't really get many decent gigs come to Sheffield anymore; did you play Manchester? It's a bigger city with more of a thriving scene, so most acts play there if they're going to play northern England at all. Not too bad as it's just over an hour's drive across the Peak district basically

  • @ustaknow Feb 17

    Excellent, go for it. 🙂

  • @zoom  Feb 17

    Yeah... I found it! 😀

  • @zoom  Feb 17

    Thank you so much for your feedback on my demo recording of 'Later'
    made me happy as I found it very hard to post my first tune.
    So thanx again.
    I'm trying to find the forum thread you mentioned, but am a bit lost. 😀

  • @metalfoot  Feb 15

    Next song in teacup saga is being written. Was trying to catch up on a number of collaborations before they got lost! But expect next teacup song Friday or Saturday 😀

  • @metalfoot  Feb 15

    No problem. We all need a boost every now and again, and I'm glad to see you back on track! 😀

  • @wacha  Feb 14

    Thank you very much for your kind words on "Living on Love" I have bit more I want to do with the arrangement of this one but I definitely want the "living on love" part to be more muted than the rest of the song.

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 13

    Thank you for your warm comment on You ar no longer here.

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 13

    Thank you but I cheated as I've posted a version of the same song and my songs are often just instrumentals/lyrics, rarely both so I have long way to go for being a winner here... But thank you anyway. It was a pleasure to listen to your heart-warming song.

  • @tunecat  Feb 11

    Thanks for commenting on my track - I think it was Sweet Dreams (i.e. a cover, sort of). I did meet Ian Macmillan once, a long time ago when he was doing a show in Huddersfield and we gave him a lift home (he doesn't drive). I loved his stuff. Never knew he'd be into this.. but I've only been really doing the spoken word stuff for a couple of years and haven't tried doing anything with it, (yet).. Interesting.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 9

    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!!

  • @spinhead  Feb 9

    Glad you liked my Little One's cackling on "Fibethos." I intentionally waited for her to wake up to record that because I knew she'd react.

  • @unclephilly Feb 9

    Dang, I'm flattered by your comments on Solstice, thank you so much. And being mentioned in the recommended thread feels like a huge honour! And I'll take the compliment on the vocals and production, I always feel they're the weakest aspects of my song-making.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 8

    Number 9 is probably the best executed of the bunch. I should try doing a full song in a jazzy trombone and vocal harmonies style at some point this month. Thanks for sharing my "Unexpected Day Off". I had fun playing the autoharp in an arpeggiated style, too for #10.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 8

    It's part of life for me. And I thought I'd take lemons and make lemonade, so I wrote a song about staying home sick! (Or rather a 10-mini-song suite about it!)

  • @brrrse  Feb 8

    thank you. Seems I found my voice... I'll probably be very noisy for a while. Thanks for the hug. 😀

  • @unclephilly Feb 7

    I don't believe your household can be that unsettled with such a creative, musical dad 😉

  • @waltermosch  Feb 7

    Thanks for commenting Babysize Blues. Yes, it's interesting to write from the perspective oft a kid. But it's hard to imagine how they experience the world. Even if I read a few books about it. Happy fawming:)

  • @sfparadox Feb 7

    Thanks for the reply. I'm going to try what you recommended after this month is over to add some layers to the song.

  • @gummunq Feb 6

    Asmr is some scientifically unproven tingly pleasure that people get from whispery quiet sounds, hehe. If you search it on youtube you’ll get some examples. I dont really get it but my roommate said one of my songs gave her asmr chills, so now i like to identify potential asmr-triggering songs, hahaha

  • @tan482  Feb 6

    You are definitely a winner, way to go!! 😀

  • @kevinemmrich  Feb 6

    I do believe I actually understand what you are talking about with the pedal settings on the harp! Thanks for the reply.

  • @tan482  Feb 6

    Thanks for your encouraging words. My husband and I are both musos and we do tag team a lot. Our little boy comes to gigs where possible and has also been at rehearsals. I guess I find it difficult to access my creative space when there's so much to do and so little time! But that is probably everyone's challenge isnt it?! 😉

  • @electrocelte Feb 6

    It’s true too that in the day of cellphones many probably don’t even know what a dial tone is. What a weird world we live in!

  • @electrocelte Feb 6

    14 songs in 28 days takes some time, especially when you have a job. Ah well perhaps I’m just bitter as I have less time to play with music toys this time around 😉

  • @metalfoot  Feb 5

    Now that I've done my big weekend song surge I'm trying to catch up on some listening. Your songs deserved positive comments -- I'm genuinely impressed!

  • @unkept Feb 4

    Noted on the finger count! I love getting any info about music. 😀

  • @unkept Feb 4

    Thanks for listening, and for the informative feedback on playing a physical harp! I really appreciate it, and it made sense to me!

  • @unkept Feb 4

    I did a new song, with a bit of my sampled harp... if you want to take a listen! 😀 It's called "A Dusty Sunrise".

  • @unkept Feb 4

    I'm glad you liked "I'm on Fire"! 😁

  • @cblack  Feb 3


  • @benjaminnolan Feb 3

    It was Bloop. 😝

  • @unkept Feb 2

    Thank you for listening to "Special Day." 😀 I look forward to hearing your first song soon.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2

    Yes, it's a concept album somewhat planned out by a silly conversation the kids and I had in the car about a month ago. Now that it's February, I will let my brain freewheel and come up with things to fit the theme.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2

    Yes, that's me on both vocals. My wife insists everyone needs to be aware that's me and not her singing the high bits. LOL (She has a prettier voice than that!)

  • @tan482  Feb 2

    Thanks for your comment, I love the texture of these 3 instruments too!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 2

    Thanks for stopping by ‘Paper Mouse’ and your lovely comment. So nice of you to take the time out from your own creating 😀.

  • @ustaknow Feb 1

    Happy FAWM2018!

  • @sparkie76 Jan 31

    Hey 😀 Thanks for doing the intro, just noticed it. So exciting 😀 xx

  • @cluebird66 Jan 31

    You’re going to love this community. Beautiful souls- and 🎶 music. Very inspiring! Have fun.

  • @aflinner  Jan 31

    Have a great first FAWM! No matter how much music it pulls out of you, there is that much more in the world because of you. I'm so grateful to my friend @jeffdesantis for introducing me to FAWM - I shudder to think how much music I never would have written. Anyway, this is a great place, and you're gonna love it. Welcome!

  • @julesbf Jan 31

    Welcome and good luck, hope you have lots of fun.

  • @fuzzy  Jan 30

    Hey, welcome to FAWM!
    Don't stress, everyone is wonderful here!
    Remember, the main thing is to have fun!

  • @unkept Jan 30

    Welcome! I hope we can help you grow that concept album.

  • @brrrse  Jan 29

    Hey, welcome to FAWM! Looking forward to hearing your music!

  • @martinneuhold Jan 28

    Thanks for the comment on my soundboard. Looking forward to February 😊

  • @tsunamidaily Jan 28

    best of luck in the coming month!

  • @standup  Jan 24

    Welcome to FAWM, I see this is your first time around... When I started all this I was surprised to see how soon ideas started arriving. For me it's best to be open to any idea that dares show itself, and not rule anything out, styles and subjects be damned!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 23

    On behalf of the footlings, thanks for the greetings! 😀 We'll be watching your stuff with interest, too!

  • @izaakalexander Jan 22

    Welcome to the madness--- 14 songs in 28 days!!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 22

    Cello?! Wow. Very impressed. 😁

  • @metalfoot  Jan 22

    So would you play your harp in a band? That'd be awesome!

  • @skittycat  Jan 22

    Hiya 😁
    We have a Betty's not far from us in Northallerton but we just went in the shop last time (its a bit expensive 😉 )
    The cello in my pic is a Bridge electric. The action is ridiculously high so i tend to play the acoustic one more but its not as pretty for photos lol

  • @metalfoot  Jan 22

    Glad you liked the song!

  • @nancyrost  Jan 22

    Here's to cups of tea as we chase the muse!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 2018

    Welcome! I really hope you have a great month of writing and make lots of new friends!

  • @tan482  Jan 2018

    Hi! Welcome to the fun!

  • @andygetch  Jan 2018

    Hello and welcome to FAWM!

  • @guatecoop  Jan 2018

    Yes, that is exactly right. Posts to specific people go on their soundboard, but posts on forums to others will work If you mention them and put @ in front of their name. I hope that helps.

  • @kc5 Jan 2018

    Welcome, mkd! I hope you find it a wonderful experience here.

  • @mkd  Jan 2018

    Thanks @guatecoop! Looking forward to achieving *something* this coming month! I like your idea of writing a children’s song with your son, I wonder if my 4 yr old would be up for much this year but it’s food for thought! (Ps - am I replying in the right space or should I have gone to your Soundboard?! Still learning the etiquette!)

  • @guatecoop  Jan 2018

    Welcome!! I'm glad you've joined us!