Influences: The Magnetic Fields, Suzanne Vega, Big Star, Aimee Mann, Belle and Sebastian, Neko Case, The Velvet Underground, Dar Williams, The Stone Roses, Elliott Smith, Paul Simon, Neutral Milk Hotel
lyrics to chew on. vox and uke. "the perfect is the enemy of the good"
This is my fourth 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)
|#1||I Hope I'm Histrionic||
|#2||A Frog or Bug||
|#4||Queen of the Night||
|#7||Too Woke for Love||
|#9||Variations on A Theme||
|#11||Sugar In Tea||
|#12||We'll Come To The Jungle @zecoop||
|#16||The Nature Documentary @vomvorton||
|#17||All God's Children @mistermann||
|#18||The Book of Mediocrity||
|#19||The Owl and the Pussycat||
|#20||The World's Only Vegetable @pipewrench67||
|#21||Ritorno a Venezia||
Oh man...*blush for daysssssssssssss* Thank you! The feeling is obviously mutual...and in case it wasn't obvious, I think you're wonderfully talented, and I always enjoy your lovely, sad, funny, brilliant, wry, heart-wrenching songs, and you're one of a few artists on FAWM that really helps to reinvigorate me -- so thank you for THAT, too! And I really might do 50/90!
No, but seriously, I remember thinking "that sounds NUTS" my first year, but ALSO thinking, "...and also AWESOME." Anyway, I'm super thinking about it. I'll be in a new city with a new job, which will either incapacitate me vis a vis anything else, OR reinvigorate all of the things. I'm guessing the latter, but we'll see. 😀
Not really sure what to say.
My song doesn't refer to any of the stuff you are angry about. And as you rightly point out his "downfall" came about for different reasons and was endorsed from "both sides" of politics. It is really this aspect I refer to, which is historically, a universal.
I don't see how my song normalizes anything...
For me an important thing that needs to be recognised is that all these "iconoclasts" are predominantly reactionary. They effectively say "what you said, the opposite is true". The social dynamic gives rise to them (and we are a part of that dynamic, we can feed it or find clever ways to defuse it).
I've never been a proponent of unlimited free speech.
Anyway, I'll leave the politics at that.
The leader, follower thing is a huge problem I'd agree.
To clarify again: Any time there is a moral scandal (demanded by society notions of what constitutes sin etc.) every interpretation that paints the "enemy" in the worst light possible is used. There is no leniency. No attempt to understand the other's perception. It is good VS evil.
I am a huge proponent of judgement where appropriate, and I do not consider myself a moral etc. relativist. But, in these circumstance appropriateness is often extremely hard to determine because of the skewed interpretations.
Don't know the dude, but have seen this phenomenon repeat.
so half my message disappeared.
"justice is a travesty": the character of the song accepts that injustice is necessary for justice. From a certain percetive, bigotry is an attitude which has served "justice" in the past. But justice appears to be temporally relative.
Opolous said some things about his own life. I defend the view that the life he experienced was "legitimate". More importantly I defend those many others who have been denied that satisfaction. I don't defend the attitudes others think he tried to legitimate, and IN FACT did legitimate through his clumsy (or deliberately so) use of language.
You referred to him as human garbage. I find that hard to understand. That's you with your sword, standing for justice. He and others like him are a product of the political climate.
[I don't really feel passionate about the above but did as I was writing the song]
[I just tried recording on my phone but the performance was no good - so maybe later].
Thanks, I appreciate your intelligent comment. Your surmise is correct re: Googleopolous. As I mentioned I know very little about him (hadn't heard of him til a recent scandal). I don't care to learn more about him because he seems a boring, courts controversy and using double-meaning to justify the actions of some of his followers. But nonetheless. What I DO know is that the usual suspects, - the guardians of "justice" who are really no less reprehensible than himself deliberately misconstrued him on almost all points and announced themselves vindicated for their own political purposes. Ridiculous hypocrites.
It occurs to me that those with outlandish opinions or heretic "lifestyle choices" have been burnt on the stake throughout history, always by the just and the true.
50 years ago speaking publically of being of a different sexual orientation may have resulted in a similar outrage. References to The Smit
re: Nature documentary - got it. I guess I was confused because of the appearance of the penguins just after she had the idea to get away. Perhaps you could take the parallel further - for example the penguins wish they could take off but when they spread their wings nothing happens and they are forever stuck in the chill?? just an idea 😀
Thank you very much for your kind words on "Female on the Beach", I'm glad that the song is connecting with people. I was a little leery that it wouldn't resonate. I tend to sing a lot lower than I actually can because it's more comfortable, I have been making an effort to push my voice up higher.
I'd say there's a 35% chance I will complete that song. I have most of the guitar parts, maybe need one more section, and a bit of tweaking to get the vocals to fit.
Thanks for commenting on my song, "I'll be fine." Congrats on a successful FAWM!!
Thank you for all of your lovely comments, they're always so thoughtful and mean a lot, especially coming from a songwriter such as yourself. Especially thank you on your super-kind words about "Lullaby for the End of the World" -- pretty much made my month! 😁 Songwriting is so funny, which is part of what I love about FAWM: how introspective it makes me about the songwriting process itself. Some of my favorite songs this month have come from challenges and my one skirmish, which got me outside of my usual zone, or things I rely on, but then songs like "Lullaby..." are just the more classic "I had an experience which led to a thought and then a song came out" kind of thing. Anyway! I always enjoy hearing your music and interacting via FAWM and the social medias, and hopefully I'll get to hear your music and say "hi" some time IRL!
And thank you again for the comments on my lyrics, I'm still quite anxious about sharing them, but Fawm has been very positive and boosted my confidence
very interesting that you mention Sun Kil Moon, as I largely play Nylon Guitar if ever I actually play an instrument and have been an avid listener since his release of Benji,
I had expected to have more Nylon Guitar pieces during Fawm as I assumed that was closer to my comfort zone - very cool that you picked up on a strain of influence!
Hey! Thank you for your comment on 'more to follow,' I really appreciated it, exploring ideas is half the fun! I very rarely have much of a plan so often writing is just bouncing off the last bar of music and seeing where it goes!
Sorry about the MN comment; I see that you are actually in WI - a neighbor, nonetheless! I checked out your facebook page and some other songs - just delightful!
Thanks for kind comments on "Dancing With Nancy Sinatra" Ms.Owl. I have listened to several of your excellent songs. so coming from you, that's high praise! I find that the tune is now stuck in my ear - always a good sign. Say hi to my MN friend Matt Hannah (if you happen to know him.) We went to Steve Earle's Camp Copperhead together. Keep writing and singing that wonderful music!
Cheers for the comment on Angel Of The North, most kind. Going to have a dig into your very numerous tracks now!
You got quite a lot of song done :)_
Ahh... mystery solved, thanks! Thanks so much for all your kind and insightful commentary this year, it has totally made my fawm to have you review my efforts as a whole.
Thanks. And thank you as well for your comments on my other songs. I've barely had any time for listening, so I'm only just starting catch up. I've really enjoyed what I've heard of yours so far. It sounds like you've had a very strong FAWM this year.
Re What is your hold over me? To be honest, everything in it from the original! I tried to add stuff but it just made it sound a bit rubbish.
You're welcome - I do love your songs! A collab next year would be awesome 😀
Thanks for letting me know! It was user error on my part. It's up now!
I'm not too familiar with Oingo Boingo but have certainly met a fan or two at some point. However, thanks for the comment on my last mess... er, song.... and you win! I couldn't stop thinking about how I might try to XTC it up. I fell far short of course, but hooray for you, and for your songs this month. I'm looking forward to hearing more because they contain so much gooey song and lyrical goodness contained within.
YOU'RE TOO KIND
I think you accidentally posted on the wrong page. I'm not a collaborator on "All God's Children." Hope you get it sorted out! Good luck!
It has been a privilege to listen to your awesome music this February!
It is now in the flurry of activity I must have missed it or double clicked it or whatever, should be able to grab it noe
I only have it as a wav file you should be able to grab it from SoundCloud I could send you the whole reaper project
But it is a real mess ss
I'm from Sheboygan...but haven't lived there for years..
We are thinking of MKE or Sturgeon Bay...Have you heard of
The Steelbridge Festival?...It's a cool little town waaaaay up
I'm from Wisconsin...
and have lived in California for quite a few years now...
We want out of Southern Cal and want to relocate..
Wis is cheap...I know MadTown is pretty hip and groovy and we won't be moving there but just wondering how you like it...How did you take the transistion from California! i.e. Winter?
If you don't mind me asking...
How do you like living in Madison (Wis?)
and why did you decide to move there
Thinking I've been remiss in that I haven't thanked you for all your encouragement on so many skirmishes. Thank you a million.
So I spent way to much time on the Radish and didn't mix it down at all and my additions still sound really assy to me, so hopefully a night away from it will fix it, I'll get it up before deadline.
Thanks for your kind words, I'm doing fine just a virus sponge, currently not suitable for general population. Really struggling with hospital internet connection, but will hopefully get to listen to some songs tonight and home tomorrow.
Hey, hi I downloaded haven't had a chance to try anything (like listening to it, yet) sometime tonight I hope to work on it. I have this collab and one other that are focus points right now, hope to get those done and finish some started tracks before this month closes.
Thanks for your comment on my song Fire, you've got me thinking about how I write my lyrics, not with a view to changing my perspective, I'll stick with the zoomed out, but the different is really interesting!
Great comment, I liked it! (On Jää hampaat, jää luut)
About that rib cage. That's exactly what I meant with that line 😀
Hi Owl! Thank you so much fo commenting on my songs this FAWM - I really love your songs, especially your lyrics. I've been working on an instrumental song and I was wondering if you would like to write some lyrics for it?
Is your electric ukulele a miced acoustic, or is it a solid body??
Hey, thanks for the comment. I'm into your stuff, so to see you say nice things about mine means a lot. Keep doing you.
thanks for your comments on "another f#$%ing name." shot down with flu at the moment but trying to return some comments, since i'm not working or trying to get a song together. hope you are having fun!
Hi Owl, thanks for listening to "Off the Lowest-Hanging Bough." The narrator of the story is in fact white. I realize now that only referencing his pale skin in one line isn't enough to ensure that people don't mistake the narrator for a person of color. I agree with you that I don't like that interpretation much either.
Hi Owl, thanks for listening and visiting.
Thanks for listening and commenting on "Turn The Page". I'm glad you liked it.
Thank you for your lovely words on Turn the Page. I am hoping Pete Murphy will demo it.
Been meaning to stop by and say hi anyway!
I was especially invested in the bit in "The Note" about what her mother says. Glad that spoke to you. I'm thrilled I pulled that one off.
FJM? Wowzers! Thank you so much again 😀
Totally wasn't meant to be ambiguous! Ha! Basically trying to say that I don't mind if times flies to such an extent that my life feels shorter - so long as I spend that time with that person 😀
Hey the Z thing saves a lot of keypresses in Reaper, that's all I meant. No idea on Spire. Are you thanking me now for comments I made to thank you for commenting on my songs? We're never going to get to sleep at this rate ... 😀 I comment on your stuff regardless, it's all lovely and cheering me up ...
Awww shucks thanks for your comments which were pertinent, plentiful and lovely ... yeah, The Cure have far more keyboards in than I remember, hard to do on one-takes without silly vocal emulations .... 😀
Thanks for listening to V & V. That's the first time I've ever tried to sing harmony, so if I managed to channel some vague ghost of S&G...
Thanks 😀 Mine is naturally dark brown, so I do come worryingly close to frying it every time. But I'm enjoying experimenting with hair colour too much to quit atm, and also it has the added bonus of pissing my parents off
I'm actually doing a combined degree (Lang. & Lit) so there's bits of all of the above. Did Prose last semester. Am not studying Poetry from a Lit perspective, but am writing some for CW.
(By the way, if you hard-refresh your browser I have updated my profile pic)
English! It's hard, but really rewarding - I'm taking a Creative Writing class this semester and it's awesome. A chance to show off all those transferable FAWM skills.
I'm hoping to get a couple or so more songs done this year in the gaps, definitely want to do way more listening!
Thanks for that comment, I think that song might be too sad to receive too many! Yep there's uke in there, I wrote it on uke then tried it out on guitar and piano before returning to uke... and distorted bass synth. Classic combo.
Thank you for the birthday wishes and your nice and thoughtful comments (as always!) on the collab piece with @siebass and on Bernie Sanders! *sigh* I feel the same way, re the naivete. I'm pleased with the solidarity now, but obviously distressed at the circumstances, and a little bit suspect that the solidarity is maybe keeping us from doing the introspection and change on our end that we need to be truly successful at bringing out progressive change. BUT ENOUGH OF POLITICS (for now.) I just submitted myself to the weekly torture of the Sunday morning news shows, and now I'm going to go walk by the ocean and try and find some ducks I've never seen and enjoy this 70 degree February day and try not to think about what the weather aberration maybe means for the destruction of our planet....*good vibes*
Hey - sorry I've been insanely busy too, on top of the bureaucratic nightmare that is changing gender, I'm also deep into Semester 2 at university. Barely had time to write or listen, :'(
I do really appreciate your comments on the two songs and your well wishes too - things are moving in the right direction which I am really happy about.
Why does leather and lace keep coming to mind?
Time well spent my friend
I came up with something musically, slow Dm F C Dm repeat like 4 orv6 times then for a b section Bb F Bb F Bb F GM Am C
Should I start in with laying basic tracks or do you want to formulate some kind of lyric pattern?
I think it is the latter 😝 (you could also substitute Lars Von Trier for Inception (in my view))
Thanks for your comment I appreciated that! My recording setup is about as artifical as possible, I use a usb interface and plug guitars direct in, and use fake pianos and fake drums.
Thank you for visiting, listening, and writing! I can't wait to hear the rest of your tunes! 😀
Oh woops...you already saw my toilet song.....just noticed now ha ha.
Toilet? What toilet? What is this toilet you speak about?
Thanks for listening and commenting on "Ain't Got Time". Glad you liked it.
I was feeling a bit stressed about another demo but then the first lines came to me and the song fell out. Felt much better then.
Yea, later looked up Prynne. Weird. Never read it, am uneducated about it. Think it's on a shelf somewhere. Sounds like a cool book.
The inception vs tarkovsky remark was actually a somewhat mean one.
Some puzzles have a soul, some do not. Yet it is not always clear which is which. [i'm running that line of thought lately but shouldn't have written it!]
----In this case, I can't be expected to follow the puzzle when I was personally missing some pieces 😀
There's definitely a song there:
Number five was the lucky number of Coco Chanel. The famous and highly successful perfume, Chanel No 5, was launched May 5, 1922.
“I always launch my collection on the 5th day of the 5th months, so the number 5 seems to bring me luck – therefore, I will name it No 5” – Coco Chanel
I'm an idiot. Thank you for sorting that out. Of course I know that song. Unfortunately my method was simply googling interesting number facts to fill in the blanks. It could have been about Coco Chanel - favourite number was 5 or earthworms having 5 hearts.
Thanks for your nice comments. I am aiming for light positive music this year. Not sure I know what the XTC reference is - help.
Bearded dragon maybe? Thanks for listening to that ridiculous song.
Haha...it's not that I dislike them. I prob know them as well as you. I just don't like to knowingly sound like anyone in particular.
I don't have any buttons on my keyboard that say "bass"
I wish I did...
No I don't have a transcript, I will go back and gather words, I wish there was a way to copy and paste subtitles.
As far as keys I have no preference I'm thinking minor since the subject is so sad. (maybe even Dm). I think that there should be 3 choruses reflecting each of the characters radish descriptions. Just some quick thoughts.
i still love you anyway, bass patch and all.
wish I knew what a bass patch was...
one day i will learn all that fancy production stuff
There are so many aspects that need to be addressed, Sorry bone bag, the air duct, getting fired, eyes too close.
Do you have preferred key?
Are you going to start the radish song or should I?
Thanks for your comment. I was just pleased that no one said that it sounded like the Dropkick Murphys. Hahaha. Nothing against them, but don't like to sound like other bands much. That last collab of your's was crazy and huge sounding. I wasn't expecting that. Super cool.
Haha...sorry typed too fast. I meant to say I couldn't eat my bagel due to the thought of someone growing out their nose hairs to have a mustache. Even I disgust myself every now and then.
Thanks for your thoughtful comments on my song "The Architect." You make a good point about rhyming "cars" with "cars" but in my mind I was slant-rhyming "garage" with "cars." I think at a certain point in writing the song I abandoned a formal rhyme scheme and just added couplet rhymes for emphasis wherever it seemed to work. This song was inspired by listening to Dar Williams who plays fast and loose with all the rules to a great effect.
Hey! Sorry. That was only a temporary condition of being out and about without my other device. No way I would put up with missing out on any demos!! Thank you for your gracious and kind reply, though. I still took that in. 🙂
omg, why do I not have my watch button set to on for you!?
So glad for your comment on my experiment! It seems so perfect that me having ridiculous childlike fun should delight others as well, but there ya go...art, humans, resonance.
I am bummed that I can't listen to your songs right this minute because I'm on my ancient phone that will not cooperate with non-FAWM-hosted links, but will remedy that soon. 😀
No mustache but i can grow my nose hairs if that works. OK great, now I can't finish eating this bagel.
Not sure about the difference to be honest. But I get the feeling that during my childhood we called them all chemists. And with the advent of "warehouse" stores pharmacy has come into use also.
I did a fair bit of work in pharmacies a few years ago. They played popular-at-the-time music -"One more night - Maroon 5" is etched a little in my memory.
You gave me something to ruminate on, as it was the only part I myself was uncertain of at the time of posting.
I've added a comma for clarity. I didn't really want to use 'womb' as I think the metaphor's dangerously close to overextension as it is.
I also used the word in the little star song, and I'd prefer not to apply it to multiple songs.
Your feedback is always welcome.
Nope, do not recognise those songs one bit 😀. Weird. Alternative 80s
P.S. We don't have drug stores, we got chemists and pharmacies
Thanks for commenting on my Cryptogram song. As for the hidden message, the first note of interest in an A, which would map to the letter H, O, or V. 😉
Hey, I like Belle and Sebastian too! (I read your bio.) And also have "The Charm of the Highway Strip" by The Magnetic Fields.
And last, but definitely not least - it's so cool that you're in a band! You all sound great! 😀
To room, v.
share a room, house, or flat, especially a rented one at a college or similar institution.
This extends to a corporeal body through the miracle of poetic license.
Thank you for your comment.
Sounds good. I seriously don't know hall and oates (even after watching some youtube videos). Did you end up singing on some?
Hey, thanks for your comments on Sweet Dreams, definitely some NMH influence in there I'm sure. I didn't know Goodnight Irene but yeah I can see the connection!
Does your cat do sessions, I like his/her style. Great backing vibe.
I've been meaning to ask: how did the hall and oats halloween concert go?
Glad you liked my little love song 'Lucky Girl'. I'm gonna listen while I'm here. 😀
LOL I thought it was just him taking the piss, but that totally makes sense that it's from Clickhole. Man, my truthdar is way off because every time I wake up and think something is from the Onion it's the Washington Post. Crazy times.
felt the change of pace was fitting, right? we'll be back to dreamy soon enough, im sure 😉 -ru
Hi -- I actually appreciated your comment a lot. I have not liked anything I've done yet for FAWM this year so focusing on some backgrounds/ambience might be helpful!
Hey!! I've got a brand new uke song - want to see if it's anything that you could do vocals and maybe even keys on? I'm just finishing up the composing and will record it soon. Let me know... 😀
something to do with the vocal phrasing and the chord shift beneath
I don't think I should need to say more about the B band 😀