Influences: Too hard to narrow down...New Orleans jazz/swing from the 1920s on until today and everything in between...seriously. I can't pick one specific genre.
I'm a Texas city girl who can write lyrics & make a melody for pretty much anything. I'm not limited to a specific genre b/c I can't pick the thing I want to focus solely on yet. I'm still exploring the boundaries of what I can do with my voice, my lyrics & melodies. People to pay me to sing as a WFH on their tracks so I can't be terrible...Check out my soundcloud.com for more research about songs I've written/sung. (I've noted when I'm not singing.)
I have 20+ songs in music libraries with various co-writers in 3 years since I got started in 2015. I write for film & tv so I tend to make vivid images with words and melodies that anyone can connect with. Lyrics are like a puzzle for me. I love the challenge of finding what's marketable, remains "art" and is full of passion to communicate an idea clearly & with emotion.
During FAWM, I need to collaborate with those who feel they can contribute heavily to the instrumentation of songs we work on here. I don't play an instrument anymore. I played the violin growing up so I know music but don't play a chorded instrument quickly. However, I've taught myself basic music theory using a keyboard and can figure out the key I just wrote something in and the chords I hear under the melody. But that takes me SO much more time than it does someone else, it's just easier when we use the strengths we already have. 😀 Work smarter, not harder!
If you can do a little production too, that's awesome. I have equipment but I'm a novice with mixing/producing. I'm great at sending a great raw vocal track though! 😉
On the business side of things:
I consider all co-writers to have equal ownership when I'm working on a song. I may not play an instrument, but I most definitely contribute my share of lyrics, melody and singing. If that's not reasonable/acceptable to you, then I won't be offended if you find a different co-writer/collaborator. No worries. This personal policy just keeps things simple for later if we decide to continue pursuing the growth & marketing of a song.
I'm a member of GYAWS and Taxi & teach public middle school science to 13-14 year olds. That's a whole 'nother story.
Feel free to email me with questions.
OH! This is my first FAWM. So if I'm doing something wrong, please tell me.
|#2||Head in the Clouds||
|#4||Head In The Clouds (Again) @oddbod||
|#5||Help Yourself @mmmmarcus||
|#6||Help Yourself @mmmmarcus||
|#7||Win This War||
|#8||Hear That River Roll||
|#9||We Will Win @bobporri||
|#10||Nothing Can Compare||
|#11||New Attack @tseaver||
I added an arrangement to your song "Nothing Can Compare"...
I sent it to your email,,,
If it is satisfactory, use it...
If not delete it...
I just needed a challenge 😊.
Thanks for the listen & comments on http://fawm.org/songs/88641/ ("Dirty Low Down Blues")... I see you've got 2 collaborations I haven't heard yet... I also read your lyrics for http://fawm.org/songs/88734/ ("Listen") the other day but I didn't make a comment because it was a zong then & I wanted to give others a chance to see your work... I'll now share my comment there 😊!
An exquisite corpse is not really that difficult, even though it may seem like it at first. If you're doing one, just wait for the person ahead of you in the list to finish their song and they will send you a 10-second piece of music (full mp3 file by e-mail; downloadable link via Soundboard; or whatever), which you use as a springboard for writing a one-minute piece of your own music. You send your full song to the person who's been designated as the "stitcher", again either the full file or a link to the file. You then create a separate song file that contains only the last 10 seconds of your song, and you send that to the person on the list after you. And voila! You're done. Now you just wait for the rest of the participants to finish their songs and for the "stitcher" to piece all the songs together as best he/she can, one after another, in the order that they were received. It's a lot of fun and creatively very liberating, I think. You should definitely do one the next cha
The last episode to Exploding Teacups should be posted later today if I can get my sinuses to drain sufficiently to record it. It varies from user to user if they leave their files up for listening, but about 90% of FAWM's output remains listenable/viewable/commentable till the site refresh in January. A lot of folks stick around through March, anyway, to listen to stuff they might have missed under the pressure to create in February, so the forums and site remain pretty active through March, anyway!
Thanks for your complimentary comments on "Old Man walking an Old Dog" - My first song for FAWM, it will always have a place in my heart.
The troll, of course, is my own singing voice slowed down by 25% for that deep, slow effect. 😀 (PS: When replying to comments on the soundboard, it's usual practice on FAWM to reply on the other person's soundboard. It's a little disjointed but you get used to it.)
The topic, they came up with the 'TNT party' and 'cheese and firecrackers' lines-- I've been waiting to use those all month! But the story is mine. Not even they know how the story's going to end yet. They're waiting to find out. 😀 Oh, and my 10 year old F#1 HATES my creepy neighbour voice. She does not like him or that tone of voice at all.
That troll's going to be really important in the final chapter of the story. 😉
Thank you 😀
I have added my email in my profile. Feel free to send me your question.
I am glad you enjoyed Slide Funk! Grading by slide whistle, I like it! 😀
Thank you for your comment on “Wildflower.” I appreciate the feedback!
Thank you very much for the comment on "Make Peace With Me Darling"! Glad you liked it. Been one crazy ride through FAWM. I have a few more tracks coming before the month is over I think. When joining I did not really know what to expect from this, and I'm gonna have withdrawal symptoms after February, haha.
It was a fun challenge. And thanks for the birthday greetings!
Thanks for the Napalm Lipbalm song title ideas!
Posting your mix of "End of the Line" as a collab would be great! Do you want stems for it (e.g., so you can duck the guitars to fit with your vocal)?
Thank you for your kind words on "I'm Okay With That".
Thank you very much for the kind words on "Svårt Att Nå Dig"! It was surprisingly fun singing in Swedish 😀
The uke is a 50 euro one, and while recording it didn't really want to stay in tune well enough, haha. It's the intro lead and mid song solo, plus layered for chords in chorus. First time ever I use an uke in a song, slightly tricky with where I have the chords compared to guitar.
Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments on "And Now, Explode!" I really appreciate that you took the time to listen and provide specific feedback. Glad you liked it 😀
Thanks for your comment on "I think you're stupid." I definitely switched the "you"s in the song; I know it's potentially confusing, so I may need to workshop the lyrics a bit more. It's too bad there's no easy way for me to do it without changing the feel too much. Maybe I can switch to 3rd person for the 2nd half; I'll have to think on it.
Thanks for the listen & the kind comments on "Me Too".
Thanks for your comment on "End of the Line." I'd be glad to have you make a stab at lyrics for it.
In return, maybe I could record some frailing banjo for your "Nothing Can Compare?" I don't play any Scruggs three-finger style, if that is an important part of the sound for you.
Thanks ever so much for listening , breaking my zong and the kind and generous comments for my tune ' waiting for the day to start ' . Thanks a million 😊👍
Thank you for the comment for my collab with Colleen, and thanks again for the collab with you!
Thank you so much for your kinds comments.
It's encouraging that you say you're sure "He's smiling" because that's one of the lyrics I sortof questioned. It's that old nature of thinking God can't possibly be smiling at me when I'm screwing up. 😀
I'll definitely consider varying the last chorus. I'm not super happy with the verse melody, but I like it all for the most part. 😀
Thank you! I look forward to hearing your music.
Thanks for your comment on "This is forever". Yes, I liked the writing at first, so thanks for mentioning it. I'll clear my mind and think about the song later. Have a great FAWM!
So glad you had fun with the Exploding Teacups songs. The story's only half done! 😁
Thanks for your comment on my "Before the Coffee Kicks In." I just updated the demo, transposing and adding vocals.
HMMMMM......deeper HMMMMMMM thx for comment enjoy every Song and hum
Love the track, I hope I can do it justice!
Glad you enjoyed the energy of Old Dark House! We know we're not the best musicians, so the plan is to have fun with it and play fast and loud. Sounds like it worked! Keep rockin'
I would just like to say that it is SO difficult to get to everyone's music b/c there is so much awesomeness happening 24/7! I keep wanting to go to all the comments to say "Thank You!" But I keep running out of time. This place ROCKS. And y'all are fantastic.
Should do some FAWMing together ml 😀
I'll be posting it up pretty soon. FYI - you'll be able to edit the post so if you want to add something to the liner notes go right ahead.
You’ve made me blush with your last comment. I’ve done long-distant collabs before. I’m too crushed for time during FAWM itself, but may I look you up sometime afterward?
yes, got it and replied
Thanks a lot for the nice comments on my tracks! I'm humbled.
Collaboration sounds great. I'm first time FAWMer so not sure about the common practice on here for that. Trading emails and go from there? firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Facebook (Marcus Mittilä)
Do you want me to sing or make music for you singing (you said you had lyrics and melody, right?).
Hi, would you be up for me adding some music to Head in the Clouds? Drop a message on my soundboard or drop me an email if you'd prefer - the link is on my profile. Cheers
Hey, Thanx for the comments!
No, that's not a ferret in my profile pic; it's a badly taxidermied baby seal. Bought it at an auction for eleven bucks. It's actually staring at me right now...
just thought I'd mention BTW, that your songs 2 & 3 are stereo mp3s but the signal is in only one channel...thought you might want to try fixing that next time
Hey girl, we have a lot in common, although I’m a California girl living in Florida. Still trying to figure out my genre. I’m a member of NSAI but more drawn to EDM. I sometimes hang out on Taxi but haven’t joined yet. Hope to see you around.
Thanks a lot for listening and commenting on "Into the Deep"!
Woohooooo welcome Ms Michelle ! Amanda here 😀 Fantastic to see you here 😀 We will just HAVE to collab soon for FAWM etc 😀
love n hugs 😀
HEY HEY HEY!! 😀
Let's DO THIS!
You are welcome Michelle. Happy Fawm.
You teach junior high? I'm a substitute teacher with most of my work being in grades seven and eight, so I know you know what "weird" is like!
Thanks! The starting point will simply be certain nuances in his sound. The demos I’ve heard of his over the years will be my biggest influence. I’ve also been listening to the deluxe version of Purple Rain. Who knows, maybe we can work on a tune together. 🤔😎
Welcome to FAWM, fellow Texan. Here’s wishing you a great month!!
Welcome to FAWM! Looking forward to your songs in February. Sounds like you are quite musical but just don't play well enough on piano or guitar to quickly record your tunes. That seems easily correctible!!! Have fun this FAWM.
Welcome!! Have a great FAWM 2018. 😀
Welcome to FAWM! Hope it's a blast for you! 😀
Hey, welcome to FAWM!
I love the production side of things and would welcome the opportunity to use a raw vocal track on something experimental.
Let me know if you're up for a weird collaboration!
Hi Michelle, looking forward to hearing your February songs.
Hi Michelle and welcome to FAWM!
Hey there! I'm glad you joined us!
Official FAWM welcome.
Pro tip: the watchlist is the best way to keep tabs on your favorite artists here.
Hello and welcome to the wonderful community that is FAWM! Enjoy!
Hey girl! 😀
Let's DO THIS!!