Influences: Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Elvis Costello, Björk, Father John Misty, Mica Levi, Leonard Cohen, Motörhead, The Cardigans, Bee Gees, The Beatles, MC Chris, assorted silliness, well-placed fury... and my sole guilty pleasure, Kiss (love the music, but there's SO MUCH misogyny)
FAWM 2018 (my first) has been an amazing experience in many ways.
1. February is usually my hardest month. Being engaged with several short-term creative projects (fancy-talk for 'songs') has been an amazing mood stabilizer.
2. Never have I been so aware that creativity is just recombining existing ideas.
3. I hadn't collaborated on music since the early 2000s. I'm grateful to experience this from my current level of maturity, and without a care for what I think is "cool".
4. Though the Tuneful Muse showed up with my guitar every day, the Wordsmith Muse did not. When @ductapeguy recommended I do a FAWM, I decided not to let a lack of words deter me. Speaking of which...
I'm incredibly happy with the wonderful variety of ways my FAWM collabs turned out. Much respect to the FAWMers who chose to collab with me this year:
Till next FAWM 😀
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FAWM's reputation as a positive community precedes it. Even so, I had no idea everyone would be this wonderfully kind. So...
...just as we practice songwriting, please practice the art of constructive criticism on me. If you hear something "off", I promise I'm here for more than just to "get my 14" -- I also wish to get better.
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Spent my wee years with AM radio, and my teens with thrash metal and glam rock.
Served time in an industrial metal band in the early aughts, with whom I played 2004 Canadian Music Week.
Worked labour till I retired relatively young due to mental health issues, then I cartooned and wrote short stories for a decade.
Now it's just me and an acoustic, strumming away on silliness and angry politics, with an amazing partner, an annoying cat, and much nostalgia for the aggressive days.
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The Muses don't show up for me when asked, and the Wordsmith Muse doesn't visit nearly as often as the Tuneful Muse.
If you're a lyricist, maybe we could do something? Most lyrics I encounter, I inevitably wish to switch up a word here and there (for flow, or ease of enunciation, or story-logic, etc.), and I DO NOT consider most of that to be lyrics-credit-worthy. It is incredibly important to me to respect the artistry and honour the vision of the lyricist.
Let's focus on telling a good story effectively.
|#1||Tell Me You're Mine All Mine (formerly 'Keep away from strangers') @arthurrossi||
|#4||He got no more to say @acousticmaddie||
|#6||Collect Them All! (formerly Decadent Disgust) @visiblydistorted||
|#7||The Hotel Ghost @stephenwordsmith||
|#8||temporary instrumental w/ tentative title, now called 'Tentative' @oneslowtyper||
|#9||I wanna be metal @siebass||
|#10||Can't Breathe In Silence @ajna1960||
|#11||UPDATED: I Spend My Nights in Bars (edited) @arthurrossi||
|#12||He Got No More to Say @acousticmaddie||
|#13||The Duct Tape Arpeggios @ductapeguy||
|#14||No One Gets Out Alive @coolparadiso||
|#15||Things Pile Up @kahlo2013||
|#16||I Know Nothing!! @oneslowtyper||
|#17||Tentative (with vocals) @amysens||
|#18||I Want to Smell Roses @crisp1||
|#19||Tally (my 1st original lyric of FAWM 2018)||
|#20||From Afar Know Who You Are||
|#21||Catherine in Love @kahlo2013||
|#22||After Innocence Falls||
|#23||(protest song, needs a title) @ductapeguy||
Thank you for your kind words. I'll work on adding the lyric sheet for "Born Dead" today and let you know when they are up. I've alsways wanted to work with a rock band but have never bothered to try to make the logistics work, this really let me scratch that itch.
I love dark songs and movies but have never been able to write a dark song as eloquently as "Join Me in Death". I was really excited to get to work on it.
Thanks to your comment on "Cyber Insecurity" i went and read a dissertation on quantization and J Dilla. Giving me lots to think about.
but anderson cooper is a silly priss. as are a loto of straight men, the real reason though for calling him a priss is that it thymes with kiss and i was quoting the new york dolls here in peru where i live we dont have the same existential gender problems as you have now in the states, nor are we as puritanical as the states are today, probably the worst since the prohibition era. i am currently writinng a book called beyond gender the androgenous heteroxexual male, and am worjing on an album of songs by women, sung by myself, entitled Female. i come from an earlier era, when gays were sexual outlaws who wrote books witht titles like queer, numbers, querelle, and reality sandwiches...and prissy was a word more often heard in gay rather than straight company. lasty, i was not aiming the phrase silly priss at any group of people, but at an individual, and it was not used in malice, but in the gentle spirit of satire and in the comfort of cutural allusion. my apologies for any offense.
thank you for commenting on pornography of democracy, but i was wondering..what was the message of which you disagreed? the song is a Mad magazine type spoof on the anchors of CNN, and the soap opera daily news in general. there is no message , just poking some fun at the amateurs who have hijacked the world stage.
Just sent you an email 😀
Thanks for the listens! I try to have fun making music and one of my target audiences is my young family, so I'm sure that comes through loud and clear in the music.
Also, I cut my musical teeth on a combination of CKMP, CFTR, and CKEY so that might explain a lot...
WAIT. You're from Elmvale?!
(Grew up in Port McNicoll...)
I gotta listen to some of your stuff now....
Thank you for your kind words and suggestions on "I'm Okay With That". That is a great idea that I'll give a try when I work on recording it.
Surf chase is straight instrumental... I love surf. And love good instrumentals. Thanks for listening!
Thanks for listening and I agree, Holly is wonderful to write songs with, and i love when her voice and my music can go together. This was our second song together (one last year), plus one more on the @fourtracktape page. Reading your bio sounded very familiar... A lot of the same influences and primarily a music writer. Glad you are here and so glad you had a wonderful FAWM experience!! I'll definitely check out your music... 😀
Thanks for your comments. Congrats on finishing FAWM and then some!!
thx mate - ive had a crazy fawm ive tried everything out of my comfort zone - its been great - played the keyboards and mando again skirmished and now rapped ah ah all the fun of the fair. and thx for all your comments and our collaboration.
Wow!! Really love the melody and clarity in the delivery - the accepatance in the matter of fact tender delivery of the complexities of love. Thank you!!!! Awesome job! I am grateful!!
Oh please post! Will get more listens as a song!
Thanks for the feedback on "Things Pile Up", that playing style is definitely not something I normally do but it's FAWM and a great time for experimenting.
Hey @moonraccoon , I'm sorry I just now saw your comment on "I´d rather die than to beg for love". I'm curious as to your suggestions for the lyrics, as long as @arthurrossi is fine with it. If you can help us find a female singer to sing it, that would be great! And if you have ideas to improve the music, or add a musical part, don't hesitate to let me know! 😀 Thanks a lot!
Wow, the track is great on I'll never be metal. You really nailed it! I really enjoyed listening to it come to life.
Wow, the track is great on I'll never be metal. You really nailed it! I really enjoyed listening to it come to life.
I'd love that!
I'd love that!
Hey. It's supposed to be drubes, and I must confess I don't know if the word has a meaning, I didn't write the lyrics, kahlo2013 did, and I'm danish 🙂
Hi William, I'm fine with any changes on Tentative. As the owner of the post, I'll leave the final decisions to you... and I really appreciate the courtesy you showed of running things by me.
Thank you for all kind comments <3
You can indeed add audio to an existing lyrics post if you are listed as collaborator.
Heya 😀 re the lyrics - can you send the changes to me via email so I can see if I like em 😀 or maybe I can see something more. email@example.com or you can find me on FB (Amanda West - Ireland, or 'Amanda West - Lyrics') Thank you !!!!
Awesome!!! Thank you!!!! I love what you did with Things Pile Up!!! Fantastic groove and delivery!!! Grateful and appreciative!!!
Whoa. You stayed up all night and crossed the 14 threshold ... And all collabs to not. Congratulations!
I Want to Smell Roses -- go for it!
i love it mate. thx i really enjoyed it. good fun all around i think - the casualness works
Only way to edit.
You still going to have a crack at. No-one Gets out of here alive
Roxy every Saturday in February then just 3rd Saturday rest of the year.
My weird 5 string Adagad instrumental was 2 finger dadgad chords d, g, a, and a shape up the neck sort of b and sort of c. I can show you at the Roxy tomorrow.
Thanks for your comment. I do like those guys, but I wasn't thinking of anyone in particular, just trying for my best "classic metal" voice
Thanks for commenting on Put It On Repeat. Long time ago I used to do hiphop, when it wasn't cool to be a whiteboy rapper. I was pretty shit at it, but the group I did it with -and me- didn't seem to realise this back then. At least I don't believe KRS1 and LL lost any sleep over our competition.
Thanks for the superkind comment on If God existed this is her Plot. <3
Hey thanks for listening to Song of the Sirens! \m/
Bags86@gmail.com. Go for it how you want. Im not signing over exclusive rights for a million dollars am I. Ha ha.
Thanks for your helpful feedback on “Josh Weed”. I was very aware of the issue you mentioned and have since rectified it in my performances. I put up an early take and I am just too lazy to go back and fix my “day of” recordings. I don’t do much polishing on FAWM. Most of my stuff you hear is rough cut one-takes shortly after written. I then go back and polish my favorites later. I can tell you are much better on the production end than I. Thanks for listening!!!
Also feel free to just demo and post, if you are ready. Just tag me for the collaboration, and I'll delete my locked song.
My apologies; you can email me at siebassmusic at gmail dot com. Thanks again!
Hi there 😀 Thank you so much for being interested in my song 'Can't Breathe In Silence' 😀 I would love to collab and have added you as the collaborator 😀 If you need me to tweek the lyrics to better fit a melody etc, just ask and I'll sort it for you 😀
Thank you for your kind feedback on my random collaboration "Murder Martyrs". I am very happy, as well, with how Josh interpreted the reverse poem idea. It was definitely something very different for both of us,
Thank for that kind comment on Whistle
Your "able to sing a murder ballad" gave me a good chuckle! If you wanted to keep things simple, you could just post a forum titled "Let's do a 3-way... collaboratively speaking" and say We have the music, the melody, the lyrics... looking for a singer to round it out. Then just post a link back to your original song.
Just wanted to tell you that I checked out your website... you sir, are UBER-TALENTED!!
HAHA... I would LOVE to hear what you have in mind for my Hogan's Heroes inspired lyrics. Feel free to post it as a new song and you can just mention me in the liner notes, or I can add you as a collaborator... your choice.
I always have a sort of interim music for all songs which i only use when i am finally happy. Somehow this ones interim music just hasnt grabbed me. It was a simple ADE7. But i am happy if you wanna find the real music !
I knew exactly where my words were going if she accepted. Thx fir you comments.
I like it as is, but faster might give more of the hint of IN YOUR FACE COMMERCIAL type short attention span? I dunno... it could work. up to you 😀
Yes thank you for not doing that <3 Hopefully more tunes soon!
Certainly lots of good dudes out there,and that’s why I try to call out a woman’s behavior too because it was also presumptuous and insensitive, but important to call certain things out because honestly I’m quite sure the guys I’m writing about feel that they’re “good guys” and they are woke in certain ways but this type of sexism is so engrained. Anyway thanks for listening. Really I think that’s what most women want: just to be heard. So thank you!
As said in my orofile I would really like you to email me acousticmaddie (a) gmail.com if you would like to do changes Before you do anything ok? 😀
I would love if set it to music. THANK YOU. I add you to it in a sec/Maddie
O man! That’s terrible, but so cool you’re soldiering on. I’m so curious to hear what you made of Tiger. And what you think of mine - coz you’ll finally be able to hear it without fear of being -what was it?- jinxed?
Thanks so much for that comment on Stick.
How are you coming along with Tiger?
Hey! Thanks for your comment on "I´d rather die than to beg for love"... I would love if you also gave it a try... As always, please, feel free to alter the words any way you like...
Thanks so much for your comment! <3
Yes, the Chain in that case was FuzzFactory, TC Flashback Mini, Hughes Kettner Red Box, Focusrite Interface. And I forgot to load an ampsim in the DAW...
Thanks for your nice comment. The lead guitar tone is a Hagstrom D2F into a DIY Fuzz Factory pedal and some delay.
Yep, you can change it how you see fit! I suggest tweaking the title to something similar, and post it as another (separate), song for the collab instead of updating the one I have posted.
Yay! please do give Decadent Disgust a little attention. I'm excited to hear what you come up with.
Thanks for visiting ‘Way Too Much’. Do you also deal with anxiety?
You seem to believe I know how to take a compliment...
Thanks for the comment on hell baby, I agree the mix was really off. I dont know if it got better but it made me go back and redo the vocals and turn down the guitar a bit. thanks!
Have you ever heard of Adbusters' "Buy Nothing Day" campaign? I love everything about it, and if you're a kindred spirit in anti-marketing, you'll probably get a kick out of that too.
If I have some lyrics I can’t do anything with (often happens) I’ll send them your way. Thanks for your comments!!
O, come on...
Please do, I would Love that!
I would like to thank you very much for bringing these words to life in such a gorgeous way... I like the pace and the strumming feels perfect for this song. I am very happy how it turned out... Could you, please, be so kind to send me an MP3 on my email, too? I would look very forward to it...
Thanks for your comment. Hoping to hear more from you!
Hey! Thank you so much for this wonderful song! The musical direction you took it really suits the words beautifully... The menacing atmosphere becomes very palpable here... Awesome vocal delivery as well... May I ask you for the favor to send me the MP3 on my email address, which is
? I would like to save it and listen to it also when this FAWM is long over... Thanks so much for all once again!
Yes, of course, you can alter the song title... (and any other part). I am looking very forward to it...
Hey! There is no special etiquette, all is free for all, and you can alter the words any way you like as well... 😀
If Bjork is one of your influences, then that's a good indicator of your collab worthiness. Yay!
I will most certainly post lyrics on an open ended collab basis. See you there, if you so desire to pursue such an invitation.
Welcome to FAWM!
Hey! Thanks a lot for your kind words and welcome here! Of course, I would be delighted at it... If you like, as soon as I have the one or the other murder ballad, I will hit you up... 😀
Silliness? Angry politics? We may just be able to do business...
Welcome to the fray.
Welcome aboard. It's always good to see you, online or face to face. Happy FAWMing.
So good to see you here with us this year, hope you have a great FAWM! 😀