owl 16


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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  • @anonymouse Mar 15

    Thanks for the run down. That drum plugin sounds very flexible. I'd love to have a pet drummer. Never managed to get comfy with reaper tho. Still haven't booked my nz flight but week do so soon.

  • @wacha  Mar 14

    Thank you for your kind words on "Damaged", I love working with @crisp1's lyrics.

  • @fuzzy  Mar 14

    Thanx for the comment. Yeah, "The Haunting of Hill House" is one of the best psychological horror novels I've ever read.

  • @mikedebenham  Mar 9

    Oh man, 'Metafono' would have been a much better title for that matofono track. Ha. Well played.

  • @balancelost  Mar 8

    Yeah I guessed that was probably the case. Congratulations on your 16 BTW! I'm trying to check out everybody's songs now but there's so many. Don't be surprised if you get more comments in August or something

  • @lenigmusx1  Mar 8

    Re-sing lol

  • @lenigmusx1  Mar 8

    Thank you for your comments on " Our Times" to answer the weird sound on the vocal is that I accidental put compression on the track prior to running the Mic modeler, it definitely did something unpleasant but I haven't had a chance to resing it. The end chorus is the only place with auto tune because I couldn't hit the octave up power ballad end chorus as intended. A resign is in order there too.

  • @standup  Mar 5

    I can't believe I let February go by without commenting on your songs. Revisiting today!

  • @anonymouse Mar 5

    [the ole comment-box-too-short-for-comment trick]

    I never liked the idea of being stuck to a signal beat, but this FAWM tried experimenting with a click track that changed tempo after a few bars then reverted (working on an alternative version of Peter and the Wolf) but it was too ambitious for me). Thanks for complimenting my guitar. I don't know that that is true 😝

  • @anonymouse Mar 5

    What's a comp take? I do sometimes re-record songs that I really like (post fawm); during fawn I used to record a couple of takes and usually choose the second one- that didn't happen this year, my gear being such a mess that I felt a re-take was crushed by diminishing returns.
    I used click track for the first time this year (on the synth track)! But generally speaking, I've never used one nor recorded vocals separately [cept once]. I realise these two factors would make my life much easier, but in the early days I didn't get good results from trying ... and so never mastered the technique.

    Of course, it does depend on the song.
    It's not always completely as I described (sometimes tracks are quite developed before REC). And I do sometimes make notes on tracks if they're really complex.

    The reason I asked what DAW you used was cause of the drum track. I have no idea how you do that - it has fills, and little 'personality' bits. Seems like a constant tempo throughout though?
    I nev

  • @anonymouse Mar 4

    Really not familiar with the Verlaines. I liked the sound of the guitar on Joed Out.
    And thanks so much for all your comments. Appreciate it a lot.

  • @anonymouse Mar 4

    There was a song of yours, not sure if I commented on it, you recorded on unplugged electric last thing before bed. Long set of lyrics and sounding nice. That sort of thing is remarkable to me. Even if I had written a set of well structured lyrics there'd never be a well recorded demo like that forthcoming in a flash. Huge fumbling battle.

    RE: wicker park. Band sounds great.
    Something of that song reminds me of The Smiths (Bass line / vocal line?)

  • @anonymouse Mar 4

    I feel agitated just thinking about my "approach" to songwriting. I am a rare example of someone who has gotten worse at writing songs as time goes on. Generally speaking, lyrically, I start with an idea I want to express but with no thought for structure. Then I find some music I have and try to cram the two together often with the red light blinking. I never actually know precisely how a song is going to turn out as I am playing it. That everything that kills song, I accidentally played the chords in the wrong direction (sliding 5th fret to 3rd rather than the opp) which had repercussions for the rest of the song, as I was meant to include some other chords which no longer fit what was happening.
    Even with songs that are fairly well structured i.e. I want to. I still hadn't worked out precisely how certain bits were going to play when I recorded it. It's an anxiety inducing method.

    Contrary to you, the songs I am most proud of took me the longest time to write.

    There was a song of

  • @jibbidy34  Mar 4

    Whatdayawantamedal? Well you’re getting one! You are SUPERB Tripletime Trooper! You took the time to write 300 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 300 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @kevinreid  Mar 3

    Thank you for such kind words on The Golden Shore. My mom's family all grew up beside lakes in northern Wisconsin. We'd spend time up there every summer, which was an indelible part of my own childhood, so it was important for me to get the feeling right.

  • @quork  Mar 3

    Re. the drums in Dunedin, you certainly made them fit into the song. I'm impressed.

  • @kenficara  Mar 3

    Yes, I definitely overused the ring mod, mostly because after not FAWMing for three weeks I did five songs in one evening, and fell in love with the sound (and didn't want to spend time setting up another patch). Also I often record vocals and harmonica in the same take with the same mic, or simultaneously with both a harmonica and a vocal mic.

  • @gslade Mar 3

    I like to get immersed in a single artist for a few tracks. It gives me a better idea of the overall image I should take away. Make sense?

    Fingers crossed about my flight. lol

  • @rayboneor  Mar 2

    If you can "imagine a room full of captivated, cheering FSY fans all falling into a hushed reverence," then you have a pretty good imagination. 😀

    Speaking of writing songs in the non-challenge months, I know exactly what you mean. I don't even play music unless I'm gearing up for FAWM, which is why I don't get better, I guess. However, who needs to write lyrics when you can steal from the ancients? This one is now mine: "I saw with my own eyes the Sibyl at Cumae..." Watch for it...maybe in about 11 months. Thanks! 😀

  • @pipewrench67  Mar 2

    Likewise on the congrats for the WIN.
    All Messed Up was a blast, I would do it again (although some of the stories about rehearsal spaces, give me pause). I talked to Simon, he is a really happy guy. We played well, it went really quick and the girl in the Stormtrooper pajamas, said we reminded her of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, so I also consider that a win.

  • @wacha  Mar 2

    Thank you for your kind words on "Quilted Heart", I tend to take instructions too literally and then feel like I have broken a rule if I don't follow them to the "T" which I am aware is silly when I am doing something for fun.

  • @mattfoole Mar 2

    Thanks for reading Gimp Bracelet! I hope to have the music up tomorrow. 😀

  • @anonymouse Mar 2

    How long, generally (if estimation is possible) do you spend writing the lyrics for a song? How much of the writing process is determined by a, perhaps preconceived, structure of rhyme and verse chorus?
    It seems to be that you must be incredibly efficient.
    Also, do you go through a process of refinement of lyrics once the whole song is written? Taming what's already there with a view to the 'whole?

    Also, what software are you using again? Gband?

  • @anonymouse Mar 1

    Everything that... [] refers to certain masculine stereotypes: Competition, aggression etc [and literally everything that kills]. I'm not really happy with the implication. Will check out Verlaines. Thanks!

  • @nancyrost  Mar 1

    Thank you! Looking forward to catching up on more of your songs in days to come.

  • @anonymouse Mar 1

    yes, tape recorder at beginning and whirring throughout, I had a different vision for the song [to start with a lightning crack actually] but with my dilapidated tech I couldn't get my ext.hdd where all my field recordings are to be recognised. So just used whatever I had access to.

  • @rwc Feb 28

    Thank you for listening to my songs "Make Do and Mend" and "Don't Hide", and for your encouraging comments.

  • @rayboneor  Feb 28

    'Dreams are another country' is such a great line, getting at the uncanny combination of the strange and the mundanely familiar we see in that land. You can own that line completely

  • @rayboneor  Feb 28

    There's a spotlessyouth lyric readymade:
    Remember the horse
    Look at that horse
    The bushy tail, the big teeth, the hooves
    Okay...that may in fact be a butterfly
    It may, in fact, be a moth

    Maybe I should submit that as a lyrics only and go for the win

  • @harmonicdirt  Feb 28

    Music is finally up for our song “Blue Moon Atlas”

  • @fuzzy  Feb 28

    Hey, thanx for your comments and all the fantastic music this FAWM!

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 28

    @owl I know what you mean about the flood of songs about the shootings, they can be emotionally very wearing. I don't normally write politically-minded songs, but I guess it's been on everybody's mind.
    Thanks for your thoughtful comments reagrdless.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 27

    Dammit! I had another Gamma Ray Burst lyric started that I abandoned because it was ludicrously high concept - maybe we need to combine them all, Bohemian Rhapsody style!

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 26

    Aww, wow. My daughter was about 2 3/4 years old. She had been talking and laughing up a storm and then all of a sudden, she stopped. Cold turkey. Her sister was born and a cousin flew out to help us with her sister as I was very sick after and needed help. Her sister stayed two months. My daughter got so close to her in that time and then she left (of course that young, maybe didn't understand) and then her playmate moved to another state about that same time). She was so young, I don't know if those things caused her to shut down or not. Delayed her speech, potty training, everything. I was told that it can also be an early sign for autism and it wasn't until 7th grade she got diagnosed with Asperger's. She's doing really well now tho. She still struggles with socializing but she tries very hard and the Asperger's will obviously always stay with her. Can't really tell she has it tho except when you live with her... and then oh boy hehe 😁 She's adorable tho!! Sounds like you have over

  • @zecoop  Feb 26

    <3 Thank you my friend. That was very kind of you. That song was so much fun. Took all weekend, but it was super fun. 😀

  • @harmonicdirt  Feb 26

    Thank you for your kind feedback on my song “Bluemoon Atlas.” Your songwriting is coming along great! You are an inspiration to us.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 26

    Hehe, when I finished that lyric I must confess I thought "shall I go Full Magnetic Fields with this?"

    But lazy one-take won the day 😉

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 23

    Thank you so much for your kind words on "My Baby Girl" and for sharing your story with me as well in regards to SM. May I ask how old you were? Three years... My first instinct was trying to go down the list (being a new parent) of what I did wrong. It broke my heart because she was talking so much and then all of a sudden nothing. I am so grateful it was only a year for her, and she wasn't old enough to really explain after she started talking to say anything in regards to it, what she was feeling, thinking, what her fears were, etc. I'll always wonder, but I look at her now, so proud, and I still get tears knowing she could easily still not be talking. It delayed her, but she overcame, and she's a musician... so to both of you, music heals, very therapeutic, and thanks again for sharing your story <3

  • @ohkshea Feb 23

    Thank you for your comment on "Couldn't Care Less," appreciate you taking the time to listen!!

  • @thelowestbitter  Feb 23

    Hey, I emailed you earlier but then had a massive realisation as soon as I hit send that the song was a not-good mess (see follow up email saying "this is a not-good mess, sorry") so feel free to ignore it entirely!

  • @wacha  Feb 23

    thank you for your kind words on "Vivian", I had a lot of fun working with those lyrics.

  • @dvdshnsmth Feb 22

    thanks for listening. i am making these really fast when i sit down to get something i'll start writing out the lyrics. making my way through your songs now.. you have a great melodic ability and these recordings are really really nice to listen to. i'll pay attention to the next posts. cheers.

  • @ferry0123 Feb 22

    Thanks much for your encouraging comment, glad you liked what you listened to 😀

  • @shortdan  Feb 21

    I know that song well (I’m a massive Sufjan fan) but I’d totally not made that lyrical connection! Thanks for bringing that to my attention - it’s a nice little bonus 😀

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 21

    Thanks for your comments on the songs. I'm bummed I can't listen to your tunes 😞 *"Sad violin music* *or maybe "She's Gone" from HnO* *or maybe We Got The Beat?*
    Head Over Heels...that's my Go-Gos song. And Jane rules.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 21

    Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 21

    Wow, thanks again - but I promise that the well was not meant to be quite so dark as in The Ring. It's *meant* to be "hopeful". 😀

  • @songsville  Feb 20

    Gee thanks, that is my favourite ever outro actually. The repeat button is available ... 😀

  • @songsville  Feb 20

    "birdlike themselves" ! what a cool thing to say, thanks a mil ... 😀

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 20

    Hey @owl . Thanks so much for your comment on In Pursuit Of JOI. Yeah, I didn't really want to go about explaining that one, but, well...every day is a school day, right?

  • @quork  Feb 20

    Such a powerful song. I love the three stories you wove together around dreams. It feels honest and true. Very nice instruments. I’m very happy you commenting on my song led me to this. Oops, this was supposed to be for “Dreams Are Another Country “.

  • @ihelen Feb 20

    Thank you for your kind words on "Love Your Pet." I enjoyed listening to your sweet singing and beautiful music as well. I wish I knew how to easily type the gentle smile emoticon, because the huge grin that shows up after colon and left parenthesis is just too wide and exciting for how I feel after listening to your Dreams song. <gentle smile>

  • @aprilm  Feb 20

    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 Feb 20

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

  • @circle Feb 20

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

  • @thelowestbitter  Feb 20

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

  • @johncrossman  Feb 19

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

  • @fuzzy  Feb 19

    Yes! Eraserhead!!

  • @ggallagher Feb 19

    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 Feb 18

    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  Feb 18

    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  Feb 17

    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 Feb 17

    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  Feb 17

    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  Feb 17

    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  Feb 16

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

  • @bitshred  Feb 16

    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  Feb 16

    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  Feb 16

    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  Feb 16

    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 Feb 16

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

  • @lieke Feb 16

    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 Feb 16

    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  Feb 16

    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 Feb 16

    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 Feb 16

    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  Feb 16

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

  • @zecoop  Feb 16

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

  • @majordanby  Feb 15

    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 Feb 15

    It worked! Hail Satan!

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  • @iwilleatyou Feb 15

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

  • @shortdan  Feb 15

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

  • @anonymouse Feb 15

    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  Feb 14

    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  Feb 14

    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 Feb 2018

    Thank you so much for your kind words!

  • @anonymouse Feb 2018

    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 Feb 2018


  • @downburst  Feb 2018

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

  • @loveonamixtape  Feb 2018

    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 Feb 2018

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

  • @sph  Feb 2018

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

  • @vomvorton  Feb 2018

    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 Feb 2018

    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  Feb 2018

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

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 2018

    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  Feb 2018

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

  • @slawbleu  Feb 2018

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

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 2018

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