* FINAL 2017 FAWM UPDATE (Feb. 28, 2017)
I made it through six of my projected nine songs from my narrative concept album "The Cell Phone Tower Who Wanted to Be a Tree" (and 15 songs overall!) before felled by kidney stones in late February. So I "won" FAWM, and, even though I didn't complete my concept album, I'm off to a great start. I'm quite happy with most of of the concept songs, and even with regard to those that are more rough, I think I have a solid basis for moving forward.
I'm still recovering from my physically miserable last few days -- I basically gave up trying to record more by Feb. 25 -- but do fully intend to finish up drafts of the last three songs (or maybe four 😉 ) in fairly short order. After that, the plan is to re-record and improve the entire cycle -- and then re-work the text -- and then hire an artist to do illustrations -- and then get it up on a webpage (and, in some abstract dream, even POD print) -- all hopefully by 50/90! We'll see if that happens! (Yes, gosh darn it, it will!!! 😀 )
So overall, another successful FAWM as far as I'm concerned!
In junior high a long, long time ago, I elected to take flute as my required instrument. Unfortunately, in my second year, I was put in a third-year class due to a scheduling conflict. Being so far behind everyone else made me miserable. As a result, I did . . . unfortunate things to my flute to sabotage it in order to try to get out of class.
The repair guy figured it out pretty quick.
Nonetheless, while I've always enjoyed a very active listening relationship with music, the whole experience pretty much killed any interest I had in making my own. Until over twenty years later, when for some reason I picked up a keyboard and a computer DAW.
And now, I'm loving every minute of it.
|#1||It's a Trap!||
|#2||The Battle-Lord of Ebonfyre @ajna1960||
|#3||The Cell Phone Tower Who Wanted to Be a Tree||
|#4||Have You Ever Seen Anything (That Looks So Dumb)||
|#5||I Will Change You||
|#6||My Right Hand||
|#7||Zombie After-Party @cts||
|#8||Cowbell Daredevil (The Legend of Stumpy Jones)||
|#9||(The Words I Said Are) Not What I Meant||
|#10||Not As Great As I Thought It Would Be (But I'm Happy)||
|#11||Back Up Your Stuff (A Public Service Announcement)||
|#12||March of the Zongs||
|#13||A Child Lost (No Connection)||
|#14||Kidney Stones (I Hate You So)||
|#15||And Lunch Came Strolling In||
Sorry to hear your kidneys are still stoned! But c'mon! Now I'm stuck wondering whether or not that bear ate that kid and stuff! PLEASE keep me posted when each new chapter is ready!!
And seriously hope you feel better soon!
You feeling better?
Of course I'll be doing 50/90! There is presently no place to follow my music outside of FAWM and 50/90, but after I move I will actually have some kind of reasonable internet access so I'm hoping to set something up then. Looking forward to hearing the conclusion of your story!
Hey, Thanx for all your great music this February! I always love your stuff!
You didn't get your story finished I don't think - did you leave that little kid lost in the woods?!?
So nice of you to comment on Read My Hips. And congratulations on your Win. Hip hip hurrah! 😀
Thanks for your comment 😀
Happy last fawm days 😀
Just dropping by to let you know I recorded "Telepathetic Lover"
Thank you so much for your comment on " my favourite child"! It made me laugh 😀
Oh man, I just realized I hadn't thanked you for your great and long comment on Valentine's Day! Anyway, it really made my day and it's one of my fave comments this year, so cheers!
Thanx for the comment on "Unwind A Little Bit". It's interesting that both you and Tina thought it sounded like a sea chanty - that was the furthest thing from my mind while making it.
Hey odilongreen! I finally posted a demo for the echo chamber! I hope you can check it out!
Thank you really much for your nice and useful comments. Especially your comment about the video projection in live performance was very useful. So far I've had only one solo gig and I was using a bit too childish animation kind of things but combining them with some truly terrifying video would probably make deep impact to audience. 😁
Thank you very much one more time!
In my personal experience epiphanies are supposed to blow your mind and potentially forever change the way you experience the world. Plenty of religions and cults have been started by one person who experienced an epiphany.
In my song we have discussion about what being _real_ actually means. It's fully embracing the world, not just the beautiful, but all of the mounds of blood and crap the world is filled with. But, then the song goes on about embracing it in a positive way that can't land anyone in jail, so we're not going to deal with literal blood and entrails, we'll go for the emotional equivalents and in a song we'll spread them about our canvas.
And it's an introspective, reflective message with a literal representation of that in the treatment of the song.
It's also possible that I make art instead of music. Some types of art aren't meant to hang in a living room. 😉
Thanks for the kind words. A few years ago, before I started writing songs, I literally could not sing, meaning I couldn't find melody or hear what note was to come next. As soon as I started making my own music, things started to make sense to me.
The vocals are all me, singing in different ranges. (Diluvian Dreams)
Thanks for commenting on my disco number! It was so much fun to involve my daughter on that track. Only two more to go for you! 😀
Thank you so much for your sweet comment on our Casio Punk song! Loved your PSA. Going to check out more soon.
It's funny about the bear. I've been thinking about rewriting that line, but your comment makes me hesitate. I mean, from the standpoint of a kid, running into wildlife is a wondrous thing. As an adult, we know that's a tragedy waiting to happen. When I wrote it, I was channeling my inner child. But now the parent in me is unsure...
Thanks for listening and all the kind words. I was thinking about your early days as a fawmer. I recall that you were really self-conscious as a singer. Now people seek you out for your wit and ability to sing/speak a story
Thanks for commenting on my cheesy dance song. When I came across the 'cheer' sample I had to throw it into the mix - it just fit the mood 😀
Thanks for your comments on "That's Not What I Meant". So glad you liked it.
Thanks for the thoughtful comment on "A Happy Tune." I, also, wish that I could fully "retire." The best I could manage was to cut down to part-time, working shorter hours and fewer days. However, I can still enjoy my time to myself, which is what the singer celebrates in this tune; just claim a day as one's own and tell the world to kiss your attitude if they don't like it!
Pardon me for taking such a long time to find the time to listen to your work properly. I just finished binge-listening to all your tunes so far (most of them a few times) and I find myself captivated. TCPTWWTBAT is coming along great, and I do hope you have the time to finish it. It's so full of imagination and a brilliant, warm sense of humour all done with such distinguishable style. I can't wait to hear how it unfolds. The tunes outside the story album are great too, Cowbell Daredevil being my favourite, probably. You definitely have your own sound both musically and vocally and I'm following your progress with great anticipation and joy.
I much appreciated your thoughtful comments on my whooping crane lyric. As you know, that kind of fact-filled song takes some labor and one can't predict how it will go over. I do think our stories will have a place.
Thanks for commenting on my cryptogram song! After reading your bio, I definitely had to listen to your cell phone tower song. If possible, please tell the tower that it's not big and ugly - it brings happiness and laughter to all who pass it on the highway. You produced a wonderful, very cute, and clever song there. 😀
odilongreen, thanks for reviewing "Today Is A Glad Glad Day For Me". Maybe the musical will be named 'Glad Sad Street'.
Thanks for your lovely comment on 'Cross of Wood.' I am writing basic tunes for all these skirmishes and recording ideas to work on later, I think this one might be piano. I'll link you up when I do it 😀
Thank you so much Odilon for your great comment on my skirmish lyric.
It was truly amazing to read and I absolutely love your skirmish song. You are amazing!!!
Thanks a lot for your comment on "The Fool's Serenade".
I'm proud of the fact that you'd describe it as sinister. 😉
Hey thanks for your comment on 'Daytime believer'!
Thanks for your comment on 'And the Birds Flew Away' - as we're now into the second half of FAWM comments are getting rarer, so I'm especially grateful for any that come along.
Yes, it was a piano improvisation. -metalfoot, on behalf of F#2, "The Surprise Song"
awesome songs here I enjoyed listening!
I hope to post recordings by the weekend! Thanks for the encouragement!
Thank you for your comment on 'the outcome'. Much appreciated. Happy fawming:)
Thank you for your insightful comments on Weep. Your thoughts on the structure (that happened intuitively) is very helpful for when I come back to it for refining post-February. Keep rockin!
Thanks for your kind comments on 'I am just like you', challenging material but hopefully delicately and respectfully dealt with.
Thanks for the update on your hand. It was only afterwards that I realised it was a metaphorical hand.
Thank you for the compliment! 😁
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a zombie after party to attend.
Thanks again for your comment! I can't tell you how much it means to get some positive feedback. Also really love that you called it ultraglam. That's like exactly the descriptor I want to aspire to--this album especially haha. Maybe I'm forcing the glam a little but whatever works! 😝
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Good sir, my compositional comment was more of a foreboding overshadowing of the genre I was going to potentially use for a (no longer) secret song about your song!
I just need to figure out how make "ceramic" guitar sounds now.
You are so kind! Thank you.
Hey there. Thanks for the comment on my tarot song.
Love the tunes man, You got this quality about you that just makes the day brighter. And again thanks for all the kind comments on my tunes.
Thanks for checking out Morning Meadow. I'm glad that you enjoyed it! 😀
Thanks for the thoughtful comment on my "Dance" skirmish song. It is short, but Bobby McGee is only 2 verses and a chorus, also. (Not that I'm comparing myself to KK) I was going for a "Tennessee Waltz" feeling.
Thanks for the lengthy comment on my "Breakfast" skirmish song. Yup, I was just singing the recipe. Last year, I did the "Grilled Bratwurst Waltz."
Thank you so much for giving me such detailed and glowing reviews for several of my songs. It means a lot to me that you connected with my songs.
Ha! Glad you enjoyed the cowbell! 😝
Thank you for your comment and compliment. I googled the band you've mentioned, they sound awesome!
Gosh! I am blushing with all of your generous and kind comments!!!
Thanks for the comments. I think I've forgotten what my "normal" songs sound like.
Thanks for your kind comment on "Ariadne"!
No worries at all about the 'fav' tag button thingy 😀
I ADORE what you have done with Ebonfyre 😀 It's great 😀 Thank you so much 😀
Thanks for the feedback on the song! Glad you enjoyed it. What's funny is I just started with the "They say..." and started making up words. The theme started to tumble out after once I realized I had something to say. Funny how that happens, eh?
Thanks for the comment. That song DOES sound different, but it didn't start out that way. Somewhere I have the original version, which sounds more like me. Maybe I'll dust it off if I'm desperate to make 14. I'm looking forward to following your entire narrative arc this year
Dear sir, you are far too kind. Ideally, I'd know more to say to such a lovely comment as yours. 😀
Absolutely, you most definitely do stay true to your creative vision (as you should!). It's one of the things I consistenly appreciate about your work. As for more lyrics from me, i dunno... There's so much going on right now that i already feel like my creative mojo for this month is spent. Bleh. But one never knows so we'll see. I do hope a "God in the Sea" demo gets done, though! I'm quite attached to it. 😀
Thanks so much for your kind comments on "Starting". I appreciate the feedback. 😊
Thanks for listening to "Underneath the Tree", I am glad it made you feel happy!
Thanks for listening Do You Wanna Rock ( Live!). Glad you liked it.
Thanks for visiting "Nightmare of My Dreams", I appreciate your time and comments!
Thanks for the comment on Saturday Groove! 😀
Thank you for your kind comment. You described perfectly what I was going for in that song. So I was very encouraged by your words. Peace and Love
Congratulations for making it to the Century Club!
Thanks for reminding me about Century Club. I thought I added everyone when I made my last change, but we're at a point where people are reaching it really fast. I go offline to make a song, sleep and work and suddenly there's a bunch more. 😀 (It's a good problem to have.)
Thanks for listening to "Sever" and leaving such nice feedback! Yeah, probably my first "anthemic" chorus - so that's fun. I could totally hear a crowd sing-along on that one!
Thanks a lot for your comment on "Order 23"! At first I intended to write much more lyrics on it, but nothing really worked, so I went with those two lines, and sometimes less is more apparently 😀
Thanks for your comment. And I really dig the Title of the concept album!
Great to see you again on FAWM. Thanks so much for your kind comments. "The cell phone tower who wanted to be a tree"? That's hilarious!
thank you for your listen and kind comment! Looking forward to hearing more about the phone tower who wanted to be a tree!
It was indeed an improvisation-- glad you liked it!
Thank you for your comment! I will get to those demos!
Thanks so much for your comments and interest in my music! I hope you at least like some of it 😝
Wow, thanks a ton for the super positive comment, I really appreciate it!
Cheers very much for the comment!
Nutmegger here, just posted two, lyrics only. I got to it!
Thank you 😀 It was initially only three verses and no chorus...so i had to expand it a lot and found it a little difficult to keep the narrative focused...i'm very pleased you found it worked ok.
Thanks for your lovely comment on What We Love! It was a pleasure to collaborate with Kristi
Thank you very much for your comments, they made my day. It's very inspiring and pleasing to know someone's is looking forward to hear how the story unfolds. I'll make sure to give your songs a good listen as well.
Thanks for your comments. The octets are really a learning exercise; I'm not about to give up writing pop songs any time soon (though they may end up with more interesting instrumentation as a result)
So glad you liked "Something Fishy." It's encouraging to get such enthusiastic feedback from someone who's a fan of that sort of stuff.
Thank you fro your comment, Odilon. I see my grandkids tomorrow and will play Pillow Planet for them!
Thanks for following my songs and some of my life's more complex thoughts over the past year. Love and life are complex and I find thinking through things in lyrics much more affordable and fun than I imagine therapy would be! Those two songs are directly related in the evolution of an almost relationship that never could have or should have been that you listened to in flipped flopped order, yep my heart is dripping off my sleeve this FAWM! 🙃
Yeah, if only! An animated short would be so awesome! But I'd be happy if someone just wanted to record it, even. You make a good point about the explicit reference and that it pulled you out of the fun of the song. I might tweak those lines so that it's less era specific. Cthulhu rules all eras, all time!
Thanx for the comment on Barfight. Nope, not written out in advance at all - just pulled it out of my head.
Thank you for dropping by and leaving such a lovely comment on my song!! I'm looking forward to hearing the EP too 😝 As well as your concept album!!
Oh, thanks for asking! No, I'm not selling PopMythology.com, at least I hope I don't have to. I don't have much but it's one of the things I do have and that I can be proud of so, no, I'll hold onto it for as much and as long as I can. I... fell for a scam on Flippa that involved buying a website with a "proven" monthly income stream (something that Pop Mythology unfortunately does not have). I didn't spend a fortune on it or anything but it was still a very big sum for me, about two months of groceries' worth that came from money my mom had sent me (cue guilty music), and then later when I found out my mom had cancer the guilt was even more excruciating (cue even guiltier music). The "proven" income stream of the site in question seemed to be well documented but there was a trick to it that I didn't catch onto until too late. The whole thing was such a stupid, stupid mistake - so stupid that it's hard to talk about because it's too humiliating. I *know* that I'm supposed to know better, but the mistake was made out of fear and desperation when I knew my disability case was about to get rejected by SSA. And now I'm paying the price of letting desperation dictate my decision-making process. Never, never again. That's why I tell people to be careful on Flippa unless they know what they're doing (I clearly didn't), because I know there are other struggling people on there looking for ways to earn income and the scammers exploit that. (Sorry if that was too much information!)
Hey Odilon ! Brrrse declined on the collab for the battle lord, so ive added you in, hope thats ok. There is no hurry what so ever 😎
Thanks for the comment.Always nice to defy expectations 😀
I love the Ackbar sample...I mean, that's gold! The whole jam is great, especially for SW nerds. Which I am not. I swear.
Can't wait to hear what's next!