owl 10


Madison USA   Feb 2014


Artist Bio

Influences:   some things currently in heavy rotation: Big Thief, Nana Grizol, Mitski, Jens Lekman, Frankie Cosmos

"the perfect is the enemy of the good"

This is my fifth year FAWMing.

Check out some previous FAWM songs (and others) done up proper at my band Gentle Brontosaurus's site here:
@ndavies plays keys and pocket trumpet for GB. @chlamore plays guitar for us. (We met him through FAWM!)
I play ukulele and keyboard and sing.

Also check out Vowl Sounds, collabs with @vomvorton, also made possible via FAWM: facebook.com/vowlsoundsmusic

other musics from the past you could also listen to: tldrband.com (surf-tinged indie rock; I sang), www.facebook.com/RedTapeDiaries (math-tinged power pop; I played keys)


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  • @aprilm  10 hours

    Thanks. Purple Storm was a bit trippy - some very trippy paint colour names to work with! Seemed to work lol

    Thanks for checking it out!

  • @theawkwardsleep 11 hours

    I’ll be back to listen more. We’re so behind!! Thanks for the kind comments. -ru

  • @circle 14 hours

    Thanks a lot for your comments! I really appreciate you taking the time to check out multiple songs and share your thoughts 😀

  • @thelowestbitter  15 hours

    That Slate article is fantastic, I internally "hell yea'd" the whole thing. Thanks for posting it. 😀

  • @johncrossman  16 hours

    First time... this year! 😀 I'll be back...

  • @fuzzy  22 hours

    Yes! Eraserhead!!

  • @ggallagher 23 hours

    Thanks for the feedback on curtain falls. I will totally field test the “ghostlight” bridge as an ending thing. I’m far too stuck on verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/ chorus and that might be a fun variation also rocking out riffing and being pensive is the best

  • @francessmith 2 days

    Lonesome Valley does work beautifully as an impressionistic song, and it's really lovely. I just didn't pick up that Carrie had been murdered, but before making any changes, don't rule out the possibility that that might be my fault for missing it.

  • @darcistrutt  2 days

    Yes that lyric was very dark. I tend to create happy/funny songs because that gives me balance, but I was a very good creator of ghost stories at one point in my life. Thanks for reading!

  • @feeslip58  2 days

    Thank you so much for your comments. You have many interesting viewpoints yourself. Thank you for the inspiration and influence you provide to all of us.
    I just posted the music for it.

  • @francessmith 3 days

    Thanks for your comment on Island, I will have a try of your challenge. A random place will be a really interesting to try.

  • @jibbidy34  3 days

    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!!

  • @mungus  3 days

    Hey! Thanks for listening,

    yeah, with FAWM it seems in order to achieve lyrics in time just allowing a stream of consciousness is about the only way to get them out. When writing music outside of FAWM its such a painstaking process, something freeing about the lack of time, can't be too critical

    Haha, Pavement are big thing for me, thank you

  • @shortdan  3 days

    Ha! I chopped up James Taylor’s ‘Fire & Rain’ though I’d be amazed if anyone can spot it!

  • @bitshred  3 days

    LOL. Saw you at the show on the lake. You opened for Bad Hats. East Side Business Association by Olbrich Park. I think they are called the "summer sessions" or something. But, it was a couple summers ago.

  • @bitshred  3 days

    Ms. Owl, thank you much for listening to my tune. I appreciate yah!
    Can't wait to listen to your tunes. Haven't seen your Brontosaurus band in a while, but I saw you guys at the summer session thing at the ESBA a couple summers ago. Fun stuff!

  • @standup  3 days

    Got anything that needs a collaborator? I'm short on lyrics right now, but have some music/mood things I'd like to try out. Ambient guitarish, or noisy synthesizer-ish.

  • @wacha  3 days

    Thank you very much for your kind words on "Follow Me". I wasn't thinking Indigo Girls at all on the arrangement of this song but now that you mention it, I can totally hear that.

  • @tiedyehero 3 days

    thanks for the shout out!! I’m glad you enjoy the words

  • @lieke 3 days

    Thanks so much for listening to my tracks and zongbusting me! Listening to The Sundays now. I like it a lot, so thanks for referring to them. I'll take some time to listen to yours too soon.

  • @iwilleatyou 3 days

    AAHH! I love Madonna and hate Nirvana. I guess I would go to the show and boo cheer. Or cheer boo? How bout one thumb up and one thumb down. Yeah that's it. I would do a cover band but it would have to be one where we play EVERYTHING. To do just one band, I would get bored. I want to open the show with Rock of Ages and follow it up with Rock Me Amadeus. Kno Meen?

  • @lhcisco  3 days

    Yeah, that was like science getting that melody/harmony down. I have my keyboard within arms distance of me so I finally figured it out! Thanks for the comment!

  • @iwilleatyou 3 days

    I quite like the sound of "Haoll Sataend". May actually be a cool album title. Or how about a death metal Hall N Oates cover band name?
    Imagine One x One playing really really fast ONE X ONE I WANNA PLAY THAT GAME TONIIIIGGGHTT AAAAAARRGGGH!!!!! *double kick drums*

  • @anonymouse 4 days

    Hi. Thanks for the comet.
    Instrument in that song is a Yamaha Portasound (one of the small ones) with some distortion on the bass bit

  • @majordanby  4 days

    Yeah I know, I haven’t written songs in over a year, so the strangest things are coming out.

  • @zecoop  4 days

    Sent you an e-mail. Any interest in collabing this year?

  • @majordanby  4 days

    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).

  • @iwilleatyou 4 days

    It worked! Hail Satan!

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  • @iwilleatyou 4 days

    Oh My God do you not know how to type the evil metal devil sign???? haha...thanks for the listen!

  • @shortdan  4 days

    If only I had a real one! I was using the Optigan expansion pack for M-Tron Pro: https://www.gforcesoftware.com/produc...

  • @anonymouse 5 days

    South Island is most renowned for its beauty (which I'm sure is why you went there). I'd like to go there if I have the chance.

    We do have penguinos in Australia - actually you can see them wild in Melbourne's city (or near enough in St Kilda).

    How busy was the charleton 3 cave walk? Sounds too impressive to be quiet?

  • @karlsburg25  5 days

    Thanks so much for the listen and actually it was the first time i was consciously going for a sound and you are spot on it was stone roses.

  • @majordanby  6 days

    Thanks for listening to “Be Lucky”. I write this whist searching for chords for another song I was working on. As Dan has pointed out to me, this is my standard picking pattern, a default setting. I’m glad you liked. (Karl).

  • @santadharma 1 week

    Thank you so much for your kind words!

  • @anonymouse 1 week

    Visiting a friend who is moving to the North Island. I'd like to go to the South too but will have to see. Any suggestions?

  • @wolfkier 1 week


  • @downburst  1 week

    owl! Thank you for the nice comment. Looking forward to hearing your stuff.

  • @loveonamixtape  1 week

    Thanks so much for your awesome feedback, and just for listening, as always! So glad to see you back, as well! FAWM has become an almost necessary February thing for me now, and hearing your stuff and interacting with you is always a big part of that! (but not in a creepy way? The internet is weird, but I'm normal, I promise.)

  • @tsunamidaily 2 weeks

    hey there! i just realized i hadn't said hey. hey!

  • @sph  2 weeks

    A big thank you for your comment on "empty spaces"

  • @vomvorton  2 weeks

    Bad news about the FAWM streaming player thing! It's working OK for me so far, but when it fails I generally find Chrome will use its own streaming... thing to play songs if I just hit the download mp3 link (but I guess it depends on where they're hosted).

  • @anonymouse 2 weeks

    cool, ibis are rad (and much unfairly maligned)
    It's the city that turns them depraved!

    I'm going to kiwi land soon and have never been there before. Hope you had a great time.

  • @zecoop  2 weeks

    @mdavisto said the same thing... They are playing fine for me, so I'm not sure what the deal is. 😞

  • @iwilleatyou 2 weeks

    Are you serious about Daryl Hall? I'm a fan of hall n oates and that would suck if he was a fraud. First Milli Vanilli and now THIS. WHAT HAS THE MUSIC WORLD COME TO!!!

  • @expendablefriend  2 weeks

    I shall do my best, and I hope you will too! Welcome back, always a joy to hear new songs from you. 😀

  • @slawbleu  2 weeks

    Hello! I'm certainly planning on doing this -- I can't wait to hear what you come up with!

  • @cynthiawolff  2 weeks

    Having a hard time getting things started...
    Hope it passes by tomorrow morning!!!!

  • @cynthiawolff  2 weeks

    One of my faves...
    Looking forward to hearing your new work..

  • @vomvorton  2 weeks

    I thought I was going to be ready "as soon as I've changed these guitar strings" but then I haven't done that, so I guess I'm not. But DEFINITELY let's get those Vowl Sounds echoing around FAWM country once again!

  • @nancyrost  2 weeks

    You too, Huan-Hua! Yay!

  • @kristian  2 weeks


    oh sorry.... you said "hit" not "punch"

  • @guatecoop  2 weeks

    Hey Owl!! Thanks for checking in. It will be great to hear what you write this year. Feeling good about it? I'm in a weird state about my FAWM prospects. Don't know why, but then tomorrow will come and we will get going...as usual.

  • @pinky  2 weeks

    Can't wait to hear/read what you come up with! Your one of my favorite FAWM lyricists!

  • @miltz  3 weeks

    Hi, Owl.

  • @w1n  4 weeks

    Hi Owl Hope you will FAWM this year, really enjoy your songs.

  • @standup  4 weeks

    Hello! As usual, you're on my "Oh yeah, I should collab with that person" list.

  • @iwilleatyou 4 weeks

    You forgot to put Hall & Oates under influences.

  • @kovbleu  4 weeks

    Hope you're back this year! Can't wait to hear your songs.

  • @gregthehero 4 weeks

    may the 4th (year) be with you!

  • @nancyrost  4 weeks


  • @fearlessflight2014  4 weeks

    Hello!! Looking forward to your stuff this year! 😀

  • @websheldon  4 weeks

    Happy Fawming!

  • @expendablefriend  4 weeks

    Hoping for new owl songs soon...

  • @kristian  4 weeks

    Hey you! Yeah YOU!

  • @sailingmagpie  4 weeks

    Hope to see you again this year!

  • @zecoop  4 weeks

    Here we are again!! Can't wait to see what you come up with... I'm always up for another song together as well. Last year's is still one of my all time favs. 😀

  • @fuzzy  5 weeks

    Hey, I hope one of my favourite FAWMers (that's you!!) is participating this February!!

  • @guatecoop  5 weeks

    Hey there! I hope you are well. I'm looking forward to more music from you!